Happy Monday! I have some exciting announcements for you instead of a recipe today :)

Tomorrow is the release date of my friend Shauna Ahern‘s third book. It’s a cookbook called Gluten Free Girl Every Day and while I have not yet held the book in my hands, I took a sneak peak at the recipes and photos and they are just beautiful. I adore Shauna’s writing and she and her lovely husband Danny are extremely talented in the recipe development department. I am sure you will love and use this one whether or not you are gluten-free: you can buy the book here.

Another dear friend recently published her second E-book. I read it on the plane on my way to Colorado last month and I was bowled over by it’s awesomeness. Kim Foster is a heck of a writer and her memoir, Sharp Knives, Boiling Oil: My Year of Dangerous Cooking with Four-Year-Olds, is simply a must: it will make you laugh, cry, and want to drop everything so you can go get messy in the kitchen with your kids.

Chalkboard Modern Sprout Planter

I recently learned about Modern Sprout (pictured above), a gorgeous self-watering/self-feeding planter in which you can grow herbs, produce and more in your kitchen window. One version of the planter is solar, and one of the kits is made with reclaimed wood from the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange, an organization that diverts wood from landfills, promotes sustainable deconstruction and hires people with barriers to employment. You can get a kit by contributing to Modern Sprout’s kickstarter campaign here.

A month or so ago, I teamed up with to add a recipe box to my site. If you are not already familiar with Ziplist, it’s a great tool to help you save recipes from all over the web. To use it, click on my “recipe box” link in the navigation bar at the very top of my blog, or click on the “save” icon that you’ll find next to each of my printable recipes. This will take you to your own personal recipe box in which you can save recipes from my site and many others. Ziplist is nifty because you can use it to make a meal plan and even more importantly: a shopping list. Download their smartphone app and you can pull up the shopping list at the grocery store!

After many years of dragging my feet, I finally decided to start a newsletter. There are a couple of places on the blog to sign up (in the sidebar and down in the very bottom corner of every page) and I hope you’ll do so. The newsletter is a way for me to keep you abreast of what’s going on here and also alert you to any special promotions I don’t want you to miss. Eventually I hope to send out the newsletter weekly…right now it’s more of a twice-monthly gig.

And last but not least: are you a member of my community over on Facebook? I’ve been posting over there more frequently, and I’d love for you to add your voice to the conversation.

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