2012 Florida Publishers Association, Inc. – 1st Place
2012 GlutenFreeHelp.info – 2nd place (out of 6.7 million other websites)
2011 Moxy Woman Award
2011 Media of the Year
2011 Five Star Publications
2010 Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Recipient
2010 National Best Book Award
2010 Purple Dragonfly Awards – 1st Place
2010 National Indie Excellence Awards – Finalist
2009 International Book Award Winner
In a nutshell, I’m a cookbook-collecting, recipe-developing junkie, and I live in the kitchen. I love food and have a blast plating my creations and then testing my photograph skills, which is an ongoing learning experience in itself. I’m hooked on farmers’ markets, traveling, eating healthy and hiking until my legs scream at me. I love to communicate through my books, and I’m also a good listener. I care about others. There’s nothing better than being among family and good friends. I really have fun, and sleeping is just plain boring.
I’m a writer, author and mom of three, and I’m a totally passionate foodie. I make a mess in the kitchen and love every minute of it. I totally love to read cookbooks-all kinds! I am friends with many others in this field.I also consult individuals, families, restaurants and businesses about the paleo diet, gluten-free eating, celiac disease, menu ideas and recipes.
I transformed into gluten-free cook and baker as I HAD to be for physical reasons. Previous to this I went several years misdiagnosed to finally find I was celiac, and auto-immune disease. I followed the gluten-free diet for many years while I worked diligently in this field. Many physical issues still did not fully resolve after 7 years, and eventually two of my three kids were positively diagnosed with celiac as well. Not seeing my 2 kids thrive physically and not feeling totally better on the gluten-free diet was my opener. I did more research and Voila! Then I switched to the paleo diet, which is grain- free so essentially started over in the kitchen and the way we ate. I had to toss all the grains and flours and stock up on healthy nut flours. I’m now a dedicated and constantly learning and developing paleo cook and baker.
My initial gluten-free diet led me to a number of years of researching and working in this arena while I continued to write my children’s books and Apps for my children’s book series, Danny the Dragon (www.DannytheDragon.com). I was busy writing for top sites and magazines, working with MDs, most of the gluten-free companies, many radio shows and interviews, hosting others’ shows . . . all in the hope that I could help others not have to go through what I had gone through, which was years of misdiagnosing and no correct answers.
I believe in the paleo diet and the paleo lifestyle so much that I turned over my previous award-winning gluten-free website at the end of 2012 (www.GlutenFreeHelp.info Voted #2 info. site in the world 2009), and I’m now an advocate for the paleo diet and lifestyle and I still continue my advocacy for the awareness of celiac disease and the detrimental effects of gluten within our bodies.
I truly love what I do and the incredible people I meet through my choice of diet, lifestyle and career. I love my life and really enjoy helping others.