January Resolutions?

December 31st isn’t the only time to set resolutions.  I actually find it is usually the worst time for me to set resolutions, because I am putting so much pressure on starting the New Year right that I blow it and can’t mentally recover for months. So this year, I have eased into resolutions.

In early January I created a road map for my business with goals for each month, so I could focus each month of doing something better or different instead of making a list of all the things I wanted to fix instantly. Similarly, Nick and I broke our year up into quadrants for personal development, allowing each quarter of the year to be focused on something specifically, including books, learning, and actions.

So, even though I was behind in reading my various newsletters, I pulled up the December issue of Celebrate Gluten-Free Magazine and noticed an article titled Gluten-Free Resolutions. The author’s three resolutions, in summary, are 1) convert a family recipe to gluten-free at each holiday, 2) get involved with the gluten-free community, and 3) cook more.

It got me to thinking how much those resolutions jived with my goals, both personal and business. One of my BTN big picture goals is to create a community of people centered around both gluten-free education and food.  Food in-general is known to bring people together, but specifically allowing gluten-free food to do the same in our community, north of Pittsburgh… and HERE in this little virtual space I’ve created.

So maybe it’s cheating to steal other people’s resolutions, but I also really liked the first one about converting family recipes and it has inspired me. Just being honest… we don’t have very many “family recipes”, and even less family recipes that are baked goods.  One of those was the peanut butter chocolate kiss cookie… which I did end up making gluten-free for this Christmas! Then in anticipation of Valentines day and spring, I have remade the sugar cookie, and I suppose every family has some tried and true sugar cookie recipe.

So be on the look out for future holidays where I reveal some family or simply traditional recipes that we have remade, gluten-freedom style. What old family recipes can you add your own twist too this year? Comment below and share with the community! I’ll try not to steal any of your ideas!


Have a cookie,

Lauren Marts


Holiday Baking is HERE!!!

I’ve been getting questions like… what are you offering for the holidays… AS IF my signature chocolate chip cookies weren’t the holiday food of choice! 🙂

SO… I decided to take requests (which I am still doing by the way).  The two things that I’ve heard back about so far was pumpkin rolls for Thanksgiving, and chocolate kiss cookies for Christmas.  So I went to work and they are HERE!!!!! And yes, they are as good as they look below. To order, click on the contact link and we’ll work this thing out.

Note – please plan on ordering by Sunday night if you want either item for Thanksgiving (locally to Pittsburgh)… and order NOW if I need to ship.

Gluten-free Pumpkin Rolls….. $10/each


Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies… $12/dozen


I can do the kiss cookies with milk chocolate or dark chocolate… for those of you that have a STRONG preference. These are definitely NOT sugar free, by the way.  Can you see them glisten? Pure sugar.  Sorry.  Some things just can’t be altered.

I will have more details on Christmas deadlines after Thanksgiving.  Let me know if you have an idea of something you would like to see and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks to everyone’s yummy feedback (and thanks for my sister and brother-in-law for the hardship they suffered tasting my kiss cookie testers last weekend).

ENJOY! and Stay Delicious!