Ultimate Blog Party 2009Hi! Welcome to The Gluten-Free Homemaker. In case you haven’t heard, 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting the Ultimate Blog Party this week. So for those of you who are new to my blog, I’ll tell you a little about it.

In the fall of 2000, I was diagnosed with celiac diboys 3-19-09sease, an autoimmune disease which can only be treated by a strict gluten-free diet. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been learning to cook and bake gluten-free. I have greatly enjoyed the challenge and have discovered that gluten-free can be delicious. Many of my family’s favorite foods are a result of my gluten-free endeavors. My husband and three sons, ages 17, 15, and 12 are my taste testers. They are very happy with that job.

With the goal of passing on some of what I have learned, I started this blog in August 2008. I write about gluten-free recipes, gluten-free living, celiac disease and any other related topics.

what's for dinner wednesday small2 “What’s for Dinner Wednesday (gluten-free style)” is a blog carnival I began hosting last month. The goal is to provide a place where people can get gluten-free dinner ideas and to help build a sense of community among gluten-free bloggers and readers. So far, it has been great with some really good dinner ideas.

I hope you take a few minutes to look around. If you like what you see, why not subscribe to my RSS feed? The subscription button is in the top left corner of my sidebar.

Don’t forget to head over to the Ultimate Blog Party! Besides having links to lots of great blogs, they are also having giveaways. My top three picks would be:

  1. Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer – a great tool for gluten-free bakers!
  2. $100 gift card to Home Goods
  3. $50 Targe gift certificates offered by Shoot Me Now, Agoosa, and Beginner Baby Blog
  4. Retro apron from Country Girl, City Life (USC 58)

And since we’re supposed to list any of the prizes we would like, here they are somewhat in the order I would want them. 88,68, 26, 91, 113, 118, 123, 121, 11, 12, 15, 43, 50

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  1. April says

    I am just checking out all the blogs and seeing how everyone else does theirs.
    Have a great week of partying

  2. Untypically Jia says

    I am so subscribing! My husband might have Celiac (we haven’t had him tested cause most doctors give us the run around) but I’ve tried GF diets before and even if he’s not Celiac, we both always feel good on them!

  3. trishtator says

    I’m excited to scope out your recipes! Party time :)

    Cheers to tasty GF living, right?

  4. Karrine aka HerMedia says

    I applaud you ! I don’t know that I would be able to stick to a glueten free diet. I lack the self discipline maybe ?

    Happy Blog party-ing !
    AKA Her Media
    AKA The almost always organized mom

  5. BizAdventure says

    Always interested in finding out more about a healthy eating style! Bookmarked your site for me to come back to when the UBP2009 is done! Have fun!!!

  6. The Happy Housewife says

    Love the idea of your gluten free dinner link up! Great picture of the boys too. Where is S and the dogs, lol?
    Hope you have a great field trip today.

  7. Kathryn says

    Oh, wonderful site to find. Don’t know if i’m actual Celiac or just sensitive to it. When i don’t eat gluten-free, i sure pay for it in pain!

    Glad to find you.

  8. a Tonggu Momma says

    What a wonderful site to find! I don’t have a gluten allergy, but I am allergic to sulfites – which are found in almost everything boxed, bagged or canned nowadays. Can’t wait to check out your Wednesdays.

  9. milet says

    i admire your discipline in your diet. i have lupus and am glad i don’t have a strict diet because i know i won’t be able to stick with it.

    have fun partying!

  10. auntrene says

    Good Morning on this beautiful spring day!
    I am out partying!! haha about the only kind of partying I do. Thanks for inviting us to stop by during the Blog Party.
    I am Aunt Rene from auntrene.blogspot.com, stop by sometime.

  11. Marianna says

    I am blog hopping today and wanted to say hi! Our good friend has Celiac’s disease and I’m always looking for some good gluten-free recipes for parties and such. So I will definitely be back again.

  12. Sharon says

    Great to find your site. You do good work!

    When you get the chance stop by and say hi. I’m writing about living an abundant life (on a budget).

    Enjoy the Party!


  13. Phoebe says

    The gluten-free diet is something we have been considering. Glad to have found you through the UBP!

    I’ll be back!

  14. Lynnette Kraft says

    Hi Linda. My family went gluten free for 2 1/2 years after being tested through Enterolab and being diagnosed as gluten intolerant (not celiac). We benefited a lot, but after our guts healed we were able to go back to gluten-full! :) Although we are now careful to go easy on ourselves by eating sprouted and soaked grains.

    I’m over for the Blog Party. It’s been very nice visiting today and meeting you. :) I’m sure your gluten free recipes have been a huge support to many – celiac is such a common thing anymore.

    Have a great day and come and visit me, as I’m having some fun giveaways!
    Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground

  15. Quiskaeya says

    Great blog! I’ll have to share this blog with a friend of mine who also has had to go to a gluten free diet because of illness. Hope you are enjoying the festivities!

  16. Holly says

    I’m bookmarking your site to come back and steal recipes. I too have celiac disease and trying to live gluten free. Hope you have a wonderful bloggy party!

  17. Natalie says

    Interesting, I’m glad you’re enjoying the challenge of baking/cooking gluten free. I’ve only known one person who had to eat like that and we were in high school, it was rough on her. I imagine it would be rough for me too. Good luck with winning the prizes you want!

  18. ikkinlala says

    I don’t have celiac, but one of my newer friends does – your blog looks really useful!

  19. Comfort Joy Designs says

    Mmmm! Your ham & potatoe casserole looks so YUM! Thanks for sharing!

    I popped in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G'Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


  20. The World's Dresser says

    WHOA – why haven’t I found you before?!?! Great site – lots of info here.

  21. Robynn's Ravings says

    This is a HUGE challenge. Had to do it for awhile. Good for you for having such a fanTAStic attitude. I’m sure that has rubbed off on your family.

    Found you through UBP! Nice to meet you. Drop by anytime. I write a humor blog. :)

    I’m a homeschooling mom of two teens.

  22. Christian Frugal Mama says

    Hi. Happy Partying to you and am glad to hear that you’re having fun learning new ways to cook. It’s so helpful to look at it positively and keep moving on!

  23. Thriftymom says

    Excellant site, I do not know how I have missed it, me, my son and daughter all have celiac. Thank you UBP !!
    Happy Party!

  24. Katherine says

    I am so impressed with your site.. I have a few sites on food allergies etc… yours is excellent. THanks for helping others!

  25. Pregnancy and Parenting Blog says

    I know a few people who can’t eat gluten. I will forward them your site!

  26. Allie says

    I am so happy I found you, all signs are pointing to going gf for me and you have a wonderful resource!


    ps have a great UBP !

  27. ModMomMuse says

    Dropping in to your place during the progressive UBP09, because I am wheat-sensitive (though not gluten-free). I have over 20 foods to avoid, and dd has her own lengthy list, too. When we cheat we get eczema breakouts, so I am always checking out gluten-free sites b/c that will meat quinoa & wheat-free, too! Thanks for your fun intro. I'll be back!

  28. Nick | Mom Most Traveled says

    Woah! I have two small sons (4 and 1) and the first thing that came to mind when i saw the pictures of your sons was “Jonas and Deacon and _______ are going to be like that one day soon!”

  29. Jenny Beth @ JenuineJen says

    I’ve read several blog where people say they are living a gluten free diet. I really do not know much about it or much about what leads to that decision. After the party, I look forward to coming back here to learn more about it.

  30. Susan (5 Minutes For Mom) says

    It’s so great that you’re sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge about gluten free cooking. It’s so great that you can help so many people with this blog.

    Thanks for partying with us.

  31. Mary says

    I’m a fellow celiac stopping by from the ultimate blog party :) I have a collection of gf recipes too linked from my blog – I have a sweet tooth so mine tend towards desserts…

    Thought your idea for gluten-free stories is quite interesting – have you received a high volume of responses or are you still looking for more?



  32. JamericanSpice says

    I have this mom who was asking about recipes for her baby with celiac and it was so hard to find support for her in the mom community. I’m glad you are doing this.

    Nice to meet you!

    Talk about a party!

    I’m quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

    Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

  33. Kati says

    As a nurse, I am constantly involved in the learning process and this is one of my favorite diseases to read about.

  34. Rachel - Puppy Dog Tales says

    Great site! I have a cousin who was ust diagnosed with celiac disease. I’m going to have to pass on your website to his wife.

  35. Organizing Mommy says

    Back in ’96, I was diagnosed with DH (a form of celiac), but it probably was a misdiagnosis because I am back to eating wheat again. I wonder if the body can naturally heal itself over time? Anyway, I was gluten free for a while. It was an interesting adventure, and I learned to cook a lot of things. Now, I write about organizing.

  36. shopannies says

    great meme I will have to check it out
    I hope you are having fun at the UBP I am come over and party with us when you have time

  37. lori says

    Will have to tell my sister about your blog. My 5 year old nephew is autistic and she has been thinking of trying a gluten free diet with him.

    Happy UBP!

  38. Miriam says

    Great blog! I’ve been curious about GF since i began reading more about the food-mood connection. I can’t wait to get a chance to read more!

  39. Fruitfulvine2 says

    It’s awesome that you are doing what you need to so that your family can be healthy. I’ve come across the words gluten-free in a few places but don’t know much about it. I’ll be back to check it out. In the meantime I’m off the visit some more parties.

    Nice to meet you at this year’s UBP.

  40. Jenn says

    Thanks for your blog! My mom has Celiac’s and I believe I’m well on my way down that route so it’s been tough to figure out the “wheat -free” thing.

  41. ~~gail~~mooselovingmamabear says

    Great blog…lovin’ your party time… Yesterday I went to an alternative Dr and was dx that I needed to go on a wheat/ meat free diet (for starts). Feelin’ a little lost, but I’m looking forward to feelin’ better.

    Stop by my party if you get a chance…

  42. Tracey says

    Great finding your blog through the party! I’m sure this site is a great resource for those seeking a gluten-free diet. Have a great afternoon!

  43. Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan says

    I’m stopping by from the UBP. Thanks for invited me in and introducing yourself! We have some friends who are on gluten free diets, I’m going to pass your blog on to them, and save it for myself for when they come over to eat :)

    We’d love you to join our party if you get a chance.

    Find out how we’ve received $150 in FREE gift cards in just 2 months. You can, too. (top left sidebar)


  44. cari_and_kevin_king says

    Blog hopping for UBP09. Nice to meet you.

    charlies_secret_angel2006 at yahoo dot com

  45. Colleen says

    Hi Linda! I’m just stopping in through the party link list. It’s so great that you’re sharing what you learn. I have a couple of friends that I need to point your blog out to!

    Stop in on my party if you’ve got a minute!

  46. Upstatemomof3 says

    Hi there and nice to meet you. I find the whole gluten-free diet fascinating. It amazes me how well it works. Stop on over to
    my party
    sometime and meet my family.

  47. Alexandra says

    Hi there! I would love to try some of your gluten-free recipes! :) I’m going to sub to your blog so I can return soon!

  48. Jenny says

    Nice to meet you! It is so awesome of you to share your gluten-free recipes and ideas. My daughter has a tree nut allergy, so I understand how difficult it can be at times to find the right things to eat.

  49. Kelly says

    I'm stopping by from the UBP, although I found your blog recently and have been reading it. I have food allergies as well (wheat gluten & milk) but I've never been officially diagnosed with Celiac disease. I hope to participate in your Wednesday Gluten free dinner carnival soon!

    Would love for you to stop by my blog!

  50. Maria@Conversations with Moms says

    What an amazing gift you are giving for all those with celiac disease as well. I am sure you are helping to give them some great recipe ideas.

    Found your blog through UBP.

  51. Genesis says

    My sister has celiac, I`ll have to refer her to your blog. She`s always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes. :)

    Just popped in from UBP, cool site!

  52. Erica G says

    I should check out your recipies. I’d like to try some gluten free meals. Thanks!

    babychooch (at) gmail {dot} com

  53. Traci says

    I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to say hello and to check out your blog. My husband is GF so I’ll definitely be back! :)

  54. Cooking with kids says

    Love your site, it is cool. I am going to pass it along to my mom. She told me about the blog party, so I wanted to visit your site. My name is Becca and I have a cooking website with easy recipes for kids. If you have a minute, take a look or have your kids who like to cook stop by for a visit. We have videos of other kids cooking to make cooking easier. Thank you and have fun at the blog party!

    Edible play dough

  55. Whitney Olson Smith says

    Stopping by from the UBP, and am excited I found your blog and all of your gluten-free recipes/information!!

    My MIL has celiac’s and my mother has a wheat sensitivity, so am always trying to come up with great recipes to enjoy at family holiday dinners that they can eat!

  56. Thao says

    I have a friend who try to live gluten free due to oneo of their children. I am following you on Twitter.

    Party on…

  57. ashley:) says

    I am so happy you are able to share with everyone here on your blog, I am sorry you have to deal with the gluten free life style but it speaks volumes to me how you are so upbeat in handling, it goes to show we ALL can do anything if we set our heart and minds to it…you rock on!

  58. Pregnancy Graphics says

    Hi from the blog party. My doc suggested I try a gluten free diet and I’m so glad I wandered upon your site. He thinks that gluten may be the reason I am have tummy problems. I’m definitely going to bookmark your site. Thanks for putting it up.

  59. Nanette says

    Just popping in from the UBP. Don’t know much about gluten free diets but have heard a lot of good about them.

  60. JP Shaw says

    Popping in from the UPB and I love your site. Sorry about your health but I think it’s terrific the attitude you’ve taken to control your illness and utilize it creatively with recipes and what not in this blog.

  61. Cher says

    I actually just tried some gluten free chips and they were really good!

    Stopping by to say Happy Blog Partying!

  62. TwinHappyJen says

    I’ll definitely have to check out your blog more later… especially for that Ratatouille recipe :-) (I’m just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)…

    Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I’m giving away a free print copy of my book, “Two Snowflakes.” Here’s my address: http://twinhappyjen.blogspot.com/

    It was nice to meet you!

  63. Exploramania says

    What an inspiration to start a blog! I’m always looking for healthy things to eat so I’ll be checking back often. It’s nice to meet you.

  64. Stephanie @ bizziemommy.com says

    Stopping by for the party before it ends. I have to admit I’m not sure what Glueten Free means though I have heard a lot about it. My father was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease I wonder if this diet will help him as well.
    Anyway nice to meet you and come stop by for my party if you have some time.

  65. Mrs. Marine says

    Blog Party Woohoo! Talk about fashionably late, right, sorry. I have been sick which left me in a fog all last week, so I am still trying tomake my rounds. Better late than never I figured. Anyway, hope you had a great week at the UBP. Hope to see you again sometime!

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