Those little meat and cheese gift baskets have a special
place in my heart because we always got at least one Hickory Farms gift
basket from out of state family for the holidays when I was a kid. It just didn't seem like Christmas until we broke open a roll of summer sausage.
I carried on the Hickory Farms gift basket tradition as an
adult because it is such a simple gift to find, give, and ship to out of state family. Hickory Farms is
company (shopping local. Oh yeah!) but are easy to find with over 700 holiday
stores and kiosks across North America.
I take the lazy way out and place my orders through Hickoryfarms.com that way I don’t have to deal paying extra to ship the gift after I get it. Hickory Farms does that for me. Especially when it comes to
family in military because the Home for the Holidays Gift Box has free shipping
to APO/FPO military addresses.
The day Blitzkrieg passed away, his favorite uncles and the only people we trusted to watch Blitzkrieg when we were out of town because they followed his rules (our parents often broke them because they thought Husband and I were too strict not realizing those rule are what turned Blitzkrieg from the abused fear biter to the confident goofball cuddle bug he came to be) immediately came over with wine and food.
Yes they brought food. We are Midwesterners and that's what you do when there is a death in the family. You bring food.
Tim made kitchen magic with his a little of this and that gazpacho.
Andrew went straight for the heart and proudly presented Husband and I with carrot soup.
Husband and I had to bring a dish to share at his family
reunion. Its apple season and I have been dying to sink my teeth into ooey
gooey apple crisp. This potluck is the perfect excuse to make apple crisp.
I added a personal challenge to make a gluten free apple
crisp that wouldn't taste like cardboard plunked on apples.
I succeeded. No one at the party realized my apple crisp was
gluten free until I told them. Winner! Winner! Chicken dinner! Uh, I mean
gluten free apple crisp.
The in law's bought the farm - literally. They downsized their house to one on a small farm. Here I am doing my best car model impression on Father in Law's new to him retirement sports car.
Husband and I dove into the 14 day Gluten Free Challenge the day
after we received our box of gluten free goodies from Udi’s Gluten Free. Thanks
to Udi’s bread, muffin, pizza crust, and granola samples, I did not have to do
extra shopping for gluten free food until our regular monthly or so grocery
I was happily surprised too. Cooking from scratch with
unprocessed ingredients (except things such as pasta) helped immensely. Although
finding out gluten is in, unmarked, or added to our staple items such as plain
oatmeal, lunch meats and hot dogs (fortunately, I already buy brands that are
gluten, lactose, and nitrate free when the urge strikes), some spices, and health
and beauty items like toothpaste. The thing that killed me because I use it for everything is discovering gluten is in
distilled vinegar. Balsamic vinegar is gluten free but not an ingredient in any
of our mustard collection. Bummer.