A New Thanksgiving

Hi friends,

I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend while staying safe and healthy. Ben and I had Thanksgiving with just the two of us at home. This year was our first adventure of cooking a Thanksgiving for two but also in making an allergen free meal. I recently have chosen to change my eating habits to a gluten and dairy free lifestyle due to a health diagnosis. Lucky for me, there are so many resources and healthy substitutions out there. Even luckier for me, a man who loves butter more than anything in the world is supporting my lifestyle change by pursuing this new gf/df lifestyle.

So Thanksgiving was full of adventures even though we stayed home in Tennessee with just the two of us.

So what did our Thanksgiving spread consist of if I can’t have gluten or dairy in my life? Thanks to Audrey at Mama Knows Gluten Free, Ben and I were able to make everything we love to eat on Thanksgiving. Our meal included: turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, cranberry sauce, creamed corn, rolls, stuffing, and green bean casserole. Our meal was fantastic, and I shrunk most of the recipes down so that we did not overcook. Take a look at our gluten and dairy free feast:

While the dinner rolls did not come out the best, luckily my pie experiment did. If you know me, you know I’m an avid baker that has made many cookies, pies, and cakes in my life. This March when flour was hard to find, we purchased a 25 lb. bag and by October nearly all of it was gone. I made many pandemic pies, biscuits, and so much more. Thinking about how I could go gluten free and flour free made me panic at first, but luckily I have a gluten free guru in my friend Hannah. Hannah mentioned some great flour substitutes and ones to stay away from! So as I wanted to use my original and favorite pie crust recipe, I subbed the flour for gluten free flour and subbed the butter for non-dairy plant based butter. For the filling I used almond milk, pie puree, brown sugar, a variety of spices and a pinch of salt.

And my goodness, it turned out wonderful. I even enjoyed the pie the next few days for breakfast and dessert.

Now that I’m facing a new lifestyle that is gluten and dairy free, my blog will shift to include recipes and lifestyle. This journey is important to share with everyone and I’m happy to say my sister Gabby, an expert baker, is already up to the task of converting our favorite recipes to allergen friendly.

This year has been really tough on all of us, but one thing I know. I am so incredibly thankful, everyday, for the people in my life that support and love me.

What are you thankful for?

Stay tuned for some more crafts that will be perfect for those chilly days ahead. And seriously, check out Mama Knows Gluten Free for some great recipes.

Until next time friends,

Gracie Love

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