Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Watching the twitters yesterday, I started seeing alarming tweets regarding gluten free labelled Cheerios recalled due to unspecified gluten. The company WILL make it right, but you may have already eaten them.


The recalled cereal boxes have the plant code "LD." The Cheerios have "better if used by" dates from July 14 to July 17, 2016 and the Honey Nut Cheerios have "better if used by" dates of July 12 to 25, 2016.

Only 1% of all boxes (or 1.8 Million boxes) are affected by the recall - but you should check what you have in your pantry and freezer, just in case. 

Read more HERE

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Celiac Awareness Month! And a Pasta Craving…

So one of my favourite food trucks in Calgary posted that they were serving Pasta Carbonara today.

And I'm hungry. Since I can't visit the truck, I'd see what all was involved in whipping up my own.

Actually - and yes, I was surprised - not a lot!

There were plenty of gluten free recipes to pick from. All have very slight variations!  Guess I'm going to have to try a few.

Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box: Traditional Gluten Free Carbonara  She even has an EGG FREE casserole version! Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box: Gluten Free Casserole Carbonara

One of my favourite blogs is Gluten Hates Me, and Marlow has what looks like a good recipe to try!  Gluten Hates Me: Creamy Bacon Carbonara Gluten Free

And I haven't seen Andrea's blog before, but I'm pretty sure I'll be back! Lazy Gluten Free: Gluten Free Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

And whaddya know - a Celebrity Chef! Jamie Oliver (much love :fistbump:)

Jamie Oliver: Gluten-Free Pasta Carbonara

Friday, 23 January 2015

Baking Powder - Gluten Free?

Yes, in Canada, it is.  Now if you purchase imported product, that might not be the case.  Call the manufacturer if you are at all in doubt.

Fleischman's and Magic (from Kraft) have both been declared gluten free and safe for celiac dining, although the Kraft Magic Baking Powder is not labelled as such, the Fleischman's IS.  The Art of Gluten Free Baking has a post on her experiences and research.

I have used Magic brand my entire life, however, when I originally started eating gluten free 20+ years ago, read a lot of American information saying it was potentially unsafe, so I did invest in some from El Peto (a great company for everything from soup broth concentrate powder on down!).

Did you know that it's best used one year after opening? Ooops. I have had jars and they have lasted  for many years.  You can check to see if it's still effective as well! As the Magic site here indicates:  To test if Magic Baking Powder still packs a punch, combine 1 teaspoon baking powder with 1/3 cup hot water. If it bubbles enthusiastically, it’s fine!

I did not know that!  Learning something new about the products we use every single day.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The BEST Christmas Hacks!

Just spotted this from Facebook.  I know. I hate that place, but a friend posted it, and it's SUPER great suggestions were a few McGyver-ish things even I hadn't thought of.  Yes, that's right. I learned some new and great things today. I can say they are so very awesome!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Passwords. Those Devilish Passwords. Are you safe?

I think the one question pros in IT get asked the most is; "I read about this [Hack/worm/virus/stolen credit card info], should I change my password?"

The answer is YESbut.

How secure is your password choice? How often do you change it? Can you even REMEMBER it?!

I can tell you I don't.  And I don't have to.  Thanks to an awesome software called 1Password.  I have it installed on every single device I own, and it's available to me on the internet even on computers I don't own because I sync the data through Dropbox.  You can use iCloud…sure, but not just yet if you have an iOS 8 device.  Dropbox has never been "unavailable" to me, so there, they have my loyalty.

With 1Password, I remember my one favourite password.  ONE! Thank you from my aging brain!

The latest and greatest feature… Touch ID identification and unlocking. A Fingerprint! Starting with the iPhone 5S and now the 6, I seldom even have to type in that password.

There are a LOT of great features, and it's not the cheapest software out there, but think on this: How much would it cost you if your identity were stolen and you had to clean up the mess that unconscionable thief left behind?  I think my investment is well placed, and the support and responsiveness of the company that developed it, Agile Bits, is outstanding.

Here. Read an article from . No, it's not the most recent article, since I just received notice that 1Password 5's release is imminent and will require the latest and greatest Mac OS, Yosimite, but it covers all the essentials that make the case for WHY you, YES YOU! and everyone you know, need 1Password.


If you're ready to take the plunge, here's the App Store link for iOS. 1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet by AgileBits Inc.

I should mention I have no investment, affiliation, nor was compensation or software provided to me. I'm just a massive fan.