Thanksgiving..What are you grateful for?

This season we have much to be grateful for and even more than that, a new appreciation of what is important.

This past year has had it’s share of learning moments for us.  
Our dear father Rev. Dale Shellhamer went home to be with his heavenly Father this May. From this experience we have learned to not to take life so seriously, but to enjoy life for what it is, a journey.  For it is through God that we find our strength.  
All things come from him and when life does get hard he has an amazing way of bringing us through it.   

 Mark’s sister and family made the move to Oregon shortly before Dale passed.  We miss them so much but at the same time know that it was such a blessing in their lives. 
 That’s what is so awesome, to see how God moves in peoples lives and that he has it all figured out.

Our children are doing so well.   Jenna is enjoying this year of school, making new friends and learning some pretty amazing things.  Enjoying dance and playing soccer for her first season and she did very well.
  She always keeps us laughing with the one line zingers that she comes up with where she keeps them tucked away in her back pocket or maybe the statement should be how she puts them together and gets them into her back pocket 🙂
amazes me.

 Tyler is doing great.  As many of you have heard of his recipes on this blog and on our Facebook page, The Gluten Free Clan, he continues to come up with goodies in the kitchen and is never afraid to try a new recipe.  Just recently he made homemade gluten free Chinese dumplings, wow trying to make them always intimidated me. 
  I am hoping we can make some together during this Christmas break. 

 Just recently he was asked to join Phi Sigma Pi at college, what an honor. This is a special math fraternity. 
His hard work just amazes us and we are so proud of him.  

As we get closer to Thanksgiving what are you most grateful for?  How will you be celebrating this year?

For us we will be over at my Mother in-laws and the whole house will be full of family. It will be different for us this year but I believe that God places people in our lives to help us walk through pain and to heal and we will be surrounded by those folks this Thanksgiving.

   My mother in-law is learning to make food gluten free and we so appreciate her attempts.  I will be making some gluten free goodies as well to take along for dessert.  

Here’s my list of what I am hoping to make.  

Chocolate chip cookie sandwiches with some mint chocolate chip ice cream in between them.

You can certainly use any flavor of ice cream you would like from coffee, chocolate, vanilla etc.  You choose and make it your own!

For us mint chocolate chip the green kind is our favorite, except my husband he would probably prefer coffee.

cookie recipe on blog

 Gluten free Banana split pie

 Banana split pie recipe


  • 4 cups crushed gluten free graham crackers
  • 3 sticks butter room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 16-ounce box powdered sugar
  • 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 to 3 bananas sliced
  • peanuts for garnish
  • maraschino cherries for garnish
  • 12-ounce container whipped topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
For crust, mix crushed graham crackers and 1 stick of butter. Line bottom and sides of a 13 by 9-inch pan with mixture. Bake crust for 5 to 8 minutes.
Beat the eggs, 2 sticks butter, and the powdered sugar until fluffy. Spread mixture on cooled crust. Add layer of crushed pineapple and layer of sliced bananas. Cover with whipped topping and sprinkle with peanuts and maraschino cherries. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

And some gluten free no bake cookies for the chocolate lover in all of us.

recipe on this blog

This year I hope that you will have time to spend with loved ones and can really be in the moment of Thanksgiving.  Check out the labels on the right side of our blog for recipes.  It looks like a black bar, there you will find gluten free stuffing and other Holiday treats!


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