The Teal Pumpkin Project

It’s fall! And you know what that means – pumpkin everything, apple picking, chai lattes, and Halloween!

I was lucky enough to live a childhood without food intolerances (my Celiac symptoms began in my late teens), so trick-or-treating was always a sweet experience for me that resulted in many cavities and sugar highs (I know where you hid the Halloween candy, Mom!). As I am now on the other side of the door giving out candy, I have a extra swell of empathy for the ballerinas and wizards who come to my door and boldly ask, “Do you have any candy without peanuts?” “How about soy?” “Oh, I LOVE these! They’re gluten free!” But if there isn’t candy that caters to their specific food intolerances, they walk away empty handed.

That is why I love the Teal Pumpkin Project. It is a movement to support these wonderful children who must carefully weed through their Halloween treats. What you do: Buy some non-food goodies to give to your trick-or-treaters. Either paint a pumpkin teal or (if you’re paint-inept like me) draw a teal pumpkin and tape it to your door with a sign that says “Non-food treats available”. (I’m also pretty crayon-inept – please look past my mediocre sign making skills and see the lovely message)


Why am I talking about this in September? Because it is important to get the word out before October 31st. You don’t want to be the only allergen-friendly door on the block, so take a moment to chat with your friends, neighbors, folks in the laundry room – anyone. The more teal pumpkins there are, the more these wonderful kids can enjoy their evening and not feel like they are missing out.

Last year I gave away swirly straws. Kristopher proclaimed, “Oh no, you’re going to be that lady that gives out straws instead of candy?? They’re going to egg door!” I showed him – I left a bag of chocolate and a bag of swirly straws in front of my door (I was working that night), and when I came home, half of the chocolate was left but all of the swirly straws were gone! I’m officially the cool swirly straw lady.


Oriental Trading has a ton of great Halloween mini toy options, and this year they are providing me with some fun trick-or-treat supplies – spooky finger puppets! Again, I plan on being the coolest lady on the block. Find more of their fun Halloween items here.

Let’s spread the word and help these kids have the best Halloween ever!


Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this. All opinions are my own.

1-2-3 Gluten Free Mixes Review & Giveaway

1-2-3 Gluten Free is a company that truly goes the distance and I LOVE IT. They make some of the most fabulous gluten free baking mixes on the market, and you simply must go out and try their products now.


Great facts about 1-2-3 Gluten Free:

  • Dedicated gluten free/allergen-free facility – no gluten, dairy/casein, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, eggs, and sesame
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • GMO Free
  • Certified Kosher
  • Produced in the USA
  • Many products are fortified with extra vitamins
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • Established by a woman who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 15 years ago. Her nieces and a nephew were also diagnosed, and she was determined to create amazing gluten free versions of favorite foods to share with her family.
  • Donates to Celiac Disease, Autism and food allergy research (LOVE!!!)

You’ll find mixes for:

  • Biscuits
  • Pan Bars
  • Rolls
  • Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Lemon Pound Cake (sugar free variation available)
  • Brownies
  • Muffins/Quick breads
  • Chocolate Bundt Pound Cake (sugar free variation available)
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Yellow Cake
  • Corn Bread
  • Devils Food Chocolate Cake
  • Multi-purpose Flour

On their website there is a list of dozens upon dozens of different recipes that can be made with their mixes. Everything from carrot cake to pie crust to wrapped gouda appetizers. You’d have to buy all of their products ten times in order to take advantage of their versatility. I would seriously never get tired of 1-2-3 Gluten Free.

I recently had the opportunity to sample several products, and I was super impressed. I used the recipe for Pumpkin Bars using their Pan Bar mix, and it resulted in one of the best fluffy cake textures that I have ever found from a gluten free mix – so light and fluffy! The perfect crumb. It freezes super well and maintains its’ perfection once it is defrosted.


I also made Pumpkin Pancakes using their Allie’s Awesome Buckwheat Pancake Mix (I’m on a pumpkin kick, anticipating the start of fall and the approaching cool weather). Though I may add a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to my next batch, I loved everything about the pancakes, particular the texture and how well they formed. They came out perfect every time – look at how beautiful these pancakes are! Perfect with a bit of grass fed butter or maple syrup. As a bonus, this mix is also fortified with B vitamins, iron and calcium, which is important because many of us who are diagnosed with Celiac Disease often have nutrient deficiencies.


All in all, I cannot recommend 1-2-3 Gluten Free more highly. I urge you to support this fabulous company and start your fall baking season off right!

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Disclaimer: I received samples of these products, but I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.