My lovely mother made me the most excellent birthday dinner/dessert yesterday. I love when your family “gets” it about checking things to see if they are safe; Mom was texting me all week about different items (brisket, BBQ sauce) and whether they were okay.
In my past gluten eating birthdays, Great American Cookie Company was my favorite. I mean, cookie > cake to me. Mom prepared it with two Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mixes and 20 minutes. It came out moist and chewy! Moms always do it better (except maybe icing decorating but I think it’s adorable).
I recently got a new job as an operating room nurse and as part of my training I have to attend an internship in Temple, TX for three weeks. Thank goodness my family lives in Waco so I don’t have to drive from south Austin to Temple everyday. That’s about a 2-hour daily drive, so I am crashing in Waco at my mom’s house during the week.
Waco is not the most gluten-free friendly place, but there is one health food store that makes it a little bit easier, Drug Emporium and is also a Vitamins Plus. I’ve been going there since I was a kid with my grandma. They have a variety of everything from hair products, vitamins, wall decor and good prices on designer fragrances. I loved going there with Gogge (my grandma) because she would always buy me some Lip Smackers or some kind of treat. 😉
This time I bought my own treats of the gluten-free persuasion. Two bags full for $29…can’t beat that!!
The store has a great variety of brands, some that I don’t even see at HEB or Whole Foods. I can’t wait til the GFAF expo, I am sure I will find even more new choices. So if you ever get stuck in Wacko and are jonesing for a GF snack, stop at Drug Emporium (located at Bosque and Valley Mills).