Thankful for the GFE Retreat! Thursday Thankful

So…I had the great fun of going to the annual GFE retreat, as hosted by the most delicious Shirley Braden of Gluten Free Easily. Oh, the food! But the company was even more wonderful. Debi of Hunter’s Lyoness, Valerie of City|Life|Eats, Linda of Gluten-Free Homemaker and Heather of Gluten-Free Cat, with a guest appearance by Katie Oliver, author and laughing yoga with Jennifer Smith.

0823132011And, of course, there was Sonny, doggie extraordinaire.

It was fun, it was restorative and restful, and of course, it was delicious. It’s amazing, really. Some of us are avoiding grains, other are vegan, and there were a bunch of quirky intolerances to look out for, including mine. Of course, we are all gluten-free. And yet we were able to generally come up with delicious meals we all could share and enjoy together. Granted, we’re all old pros at the GF deal, but it was somewhat surprising how easy it is when everyone has the same intention.

I didn’t take many pictures of everything because I only had my phone, and the other bloggers are seriously gifted photograpers. But I did take a few snaps:0823141904b

Venison burgers that Linda whipped up, along with Valerie’s (now) famous cashew sauce



0825131239bMs. Shirley made her marvelous Brazillian Un-Cheese Rolls with a twist. We used garlic hummus instead of red pepper for my sake, and tapioca flour instead of coconut flour for Debi. If you’re vegan and grain-free, they are a must-make. Okay, even if you’re NOT vegan and grain-free, put them on your list.


0822142012aAn almond butter version of this PB Cup Cheesecake recipe. It didn’t taste like cheesecake to me, but it was absolutely delicious! Doubly delicious for breakfast. 😉





I brought along some potatoes from my garden, which we roasted with olive oil and a delicious herb seasoning. It had big chunks of herbs, which makes a big difference for me in terms of flavor.


cookiesAnd last but not least, I made my Divine Chocolate Chip Cookies– or rather, I made them at home and brought along a cookie dough roll. They travel well, and they were delish! Somehow, I didn’t even think of taking pictures in the moment, and then, poof! They were all gone, so this is a picture from my kitchen.



Linda made Roasted Ggingered green beansreen Beans and Peppers from Kalyn’s Kitchen. I absolutely LOVE ginger and it was SO good that I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I had to make a variant on it this week so that I could get my fix.

So, I’m very thankful for a much needed vacation, full of yummy people, good food and abundant laughter.


About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to Thankful for the GFE Retreat! Thursday Thankful

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. So glad you enjoyed the green beans!

  2. Debi says:

    I can’t even remember trying one of your cookies, Cheryl! I do know they went fast! Miss you like crazy. 😀

  3. It was, Kalyn, and your recipe was wonderful! I never would have thought of pairing green beans and garlic.

    Debi–Indeed, lightning fast! Miss you, too.

  4. Johnna says:

    Oh, what a great time it looks like you all had! I love that you brought potatoes from your own garden. 🙂

  5. carrie says:

    That’s SO cool! It’s awesome that you’ve made it a yearly event and that you can all go and the food is safe for every single person! It seems like such a rare thing these days! The food looks SO yummy! I keep saying one day I’m going to try to give gardening a go! 🙂

  6. It was so much fun and the food was incredibly delicious! There wasn’t anything I didn’t like, but your cookies were certainly at the top of the list of what I loved! 🙂 Already looking forward to next year. 😉


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