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Relish 10: the pumpkin spice of life

Relish 10 | October 2013 | Lovely Gluten-Free ThingsTime has just been rushing by. 2013 is 5/6 over. That’s kind of crazy. And October is over. The prettiest month of the year. And this October was pretty darn great. There was a wedding where two of my best friends married each other. There was a trip to Dallas to see some of my favoritest ladies ever.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. – LM Montgomery

I fail at being a vegan.

I tried to do it. I really gave it the old college try. But I could not do a 100% plant-based diet. I made it 3 weeks, sort of. I cheated with pork at Little Goat and a specially ordered gluten-free filet at a dear friend’s wedding.

On to good things.

In the gluten-free world, there was something amazing that I really hope you know about – Erica, from Celiac and the Beast, released her first book. She funded the printing through a kickstarter campaign, and I finally got to hold and see the book. It is dang good. It is laugh out loud funny and brutally honest. I included a picture of the piechart she made at the Dallas GFAF Expo. Go buy your copy now! You can get it from her, for your Kindle, Nook or in iBooks or you can order it from Amazon.

It was lovely seeing all your faces in Dallas (Plano) last weekend where I was with Erica for her book launch, and I can’t wait to see more of you this weekend in Las Vegas for the Food Allergy Blogger Conference. Which is pretty much going to rock.

Oh, and our friends at Taste Guru are making a video. It is going to be pretty bad ass.

Now, let’s talk food.

We all know I love to eat. This month I found some pretty tasty things to try. And while I love pumpkin, it was nice to see such variety this month.

relish 10 | october 2013 | frannycakes picks gluten-free treats

Joy the Baker made a Mushroom and Brussels Sprouts Hash (01), which, means she might have made the most epic breakfast ever. (I might love brussels sprouts…and anything that is a “hash”). My dear friend Amy, who I got to see this past weekend, made Skinny Orange Spiced Pumpkin Butter (02). I think it is a perfect use for one of the pumpkins I haven’t cooked yet. It might be from the summer, but this Tokyo Fried Chicken (03) from Gluten-Free Girl is something that I think fits the comfort food requirement for late fall. And this Caramel Apple Popcorn (04) from Irvin at Eat the Love might just be genius.

Get yourself a little something, you deserve it.

It is almost time to do all your holiday shopping, so before you start shopping for everyone else, get yourself a little something. Particularly one of these books I mention…

relish 10 | september 2013 | frannycakes picks gluten-free luxuries

Seriously, one of my besties wrote the most amazing book about living gluten-free. With just enough fart jokes. (01) My new favorite lipstick is Barcelona from Red Apple Lipstick’s fall collection (02). My favorite summer scarf is from Fashion Able, and I really think this one might be making it’s way to me soon (03)…And did I mention one of my best friends wrote a book? (04)

Let’s do November.

All I know is that it involves Las Vegas, a blue wig and Thanksgiving.

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