Picky eaters, back to school lunches, & Bob’s Red Mill giveaway winner

It’s back to school time, & while my kids going “back to school” at home, I know many of you are preparing to send your kids off to school soon (or have already).

I usually save this sort of thing for MM, but I figured since school, for many you will start right after Labor Day, I’d give you a heads up to prepare.

Image from: Plant Powered Kitchen

Dreena (ie. my vegan culinary hero) of Plant Powered Kitchen, breaks down the secrets of getting picky kids to eat & shares many helpful tips & tricks, especially as it relates to healthy eating & feeding vegan kids.  Check it out, here.

Image from: Peas & Thank You

Sarah, of Peas & Thank You, offers 40 vegetarian lunchbox ideas & an awesome giveaway (you’ve got to check out those creative sandwich cutters!).


Giveaway Winner

Sheesh, you guys made it really hard to pick a winner for the Bob’s Red Mill giveaway.  Not quite the level of Sophie’s Choice, but nonetheless, I had my work cut out for me.  I really wish I could send you all a little Bob’s love, I know it would just make your day.  But, there can only be one lucky reader this time around.

The winner is….Alta.

Check out an excerpt of her submission, she has quite a story.

I want to thank you for your website and for this giveaway. I particularly enjoy your recipe posts, and also the ones where you just show what you and your family typically eat, because I am always looking for new vegan gluten free ideas.

That said, here is my bid to win. About seven years ago, pregnancy seemed to trigger my already poor immune system to start attacking my body. After two years of mysterious and painful autoimmune symptoms and no significant help from traditional medicine, I went to a conference of doctors who examined me and their consensus was that I was developing a systemic autoimmune disease and that they could do nothing for me but try to treat symptoms with suppression drugs as they came up.

This was a very scary position to be in as a young wife and mom. Shortly after, my mom found a book online and encouraged me to order it. It outlined a whole food, low fat , gluten free diet to treat autoimmune problems. I dove right in, and within weeks was dramatically better. That was five years ago, and the diet has continued to keep the symptoms in check. Although I have remained strictly vegan and try to eat whole foods, I added gluten back in a few months after my improvement. It never caused the obvious return of the original symptoms, but I have always felt that I do in fact feel and even look better when I eliminate gluten. It just seems so daunting to be gluten free and vegan. I jokingly say that soon I will just be living on air and water:).

So anyway, about 4 months ago I decided to try to eliminate gluten again and I have found, like you, when I slip and eat gluten once in a while, it is just not worth the way it makes me feel. I also am looking to try a gluten free diet for one of my daughters who suffers from eczema. I have typically used Bob’s Red Mill all purpose mix, but have not tried any of the others, and would love the chance to experiment with them! this package giveaway would be a great addition to help me try out some new recipes that would please both me and my little girl:). Thanks!

Alta:  please email me with your mailing address, & you’ll get your Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free starter pack in jiff.

All:  Thanks for participating, look for another great giveaway coming up next month.  

Lots of love, hope you all have a great weekend.


  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    on September 1, 2012 at 2:56 am said:

    Yay congrats to Alta for this awesome giveaway! Have a great weekend 🙂

  2. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    on August 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm said:

    Congrats Alta!! Back to School time is always so fun:)

  3. Dreena Burton
    on August 31, 2012 at 7:53 pm said:

    Janae, thank you oodles for including my post link here. I greatly appreciate it. And… wow, you’re making me blush too. You are the sweetest. We really need to meet some day! xo

    • Janae Wise
      on September 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm said:

      Of course, Dreena, you know I’m your #1 fan. I fully expect us to sit down to tea & crumpets, & have a nice long chat in person, some day :).

  4. Daisy
    on August 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm said:

    Congrats, Alta! And thank you, Janae, for blessing others this way. 🙂