Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Celiac Clinical Research Study

Although I follow a strict gluten-free diet, I am not a diagnosed celiac, and its unlikely that I ever will be.  If you however, have a confirmed (by biopsy) diagnosis of Celiac disease and have been on a gluten-free diet for a minimum of 12 months you may qualify to participate in a Celiac Disease Clinical Research Study.

Trials are taking place across the US and Canada, click the image below for more details.

Thanks to Living Without for bringing this to my attention. Have you checked out their recipes? I made this Gluten-Free Corn, Mango and Black Bean Salsa twice this month and it only arrived in my email box on July 12!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A little treat, Chapman's Sorbet | lactose free, gluten-free, peanut-nut free

sorbet label
The hubs and the boy went camping today and they probably won't be home until Tuesday, possibly Wednesday. Although I will miss my big boys, I'm super excited to have four days of one on one time (minus working of course) with my littlest man.

Now that I have him on his own, I'm trying to find special little moments that we can share, but it seems that even ordinary activities are a completely new experience when its just the baby.

I've been craving ice cream lately, so I was super excited to discover that Chapman's Sorbet can meet my entire family's allergy needs. I read the label over three times before I realized that the front label stated that it is lactose free, gluten free and peanut-nut free. Amazing, an allergen-friendly product that I can buy at my regular grocery store and at $7.50 for a 2L the price is comparable to ice cream.

sorbet front Orange is not my favourite flavour and apparently I'm not the only one; there was exactly zero of the neopolatin flavour and an entire row of the orange. I obviously bought it anyway, the texture is great and it tastes delicious.

Seriously, I'm on my third (little) bowl since I bought it this afternoon. The baby wasn't exactly sure what he thought of it, but I sure had fun watching him test it out.

This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Green Wall using a Pallet and Landscape Fabric

DIY Pallet Garden
I've always wanted a green wall in my home and now I have this gorgeous garden propped up against my west facing chimney. We followed this awesome pallet garden tutorial, and although it was a little bit time consuming, it was actually pretty easy to make.

To make our skid garden, as the hubs likes to call it, we got the best looking pallet the hubs could find and stapled like crazy to attach landscape fabric to the back and sides.  Then we laid it down and filled it with almost 5 bags of topsoil.  We packed the plants in quite tightly, about 8 plants per row.

We watered it like crazy and left the pallet flat to give the plants a chance to get established in the soil.  After about two weeks we very carefully stood the pallet up and leaned it against the wall before attaching it with a metal hinge.

After that, all that's left to do is water, water, water and let mother nature do the rest!

Isn't it lovely?