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I am passionate about cooking, entertaining, and photography.  Since living gluten free, my motto is:

"don't miss it...make it!" 

I love sharing my experiences of converting recipes to gluten free as well as creating new recipes and sharing all of it with a spin of my life through photography. 

My name is Mary and my favorite pastime is enjoying time with my husband, my children, my family and my friends and it usually includes gathering in our home with a spread of great food and wine, sharing music, laughter, and the simple pleasure of being together. 

The name, Gluten Free Spinner, came from my husband asking "what are you spinning-up tonight?" in reference to continuous attempts at creating new recipes while spinning the spice wheel to add another flavor. It's become a joke in my home, even when my two grown children walk in the door to ask the same question. The gluten free designator came in December 2009 when I learned I had a gluten intolerance and became a gluten free girl.  Although the journey was challenging at first, the benefits have been remarkable, most of which I notice in my overall health. 

As I learned of the many products containing gluten and the list of items I would need to replace my old staples, I emptied my pantry and cleared out my refrigerator only to discover I would spend a small fortune in doing so. But now that my kitchen is gluten free, it's ready for my next spin of the spice wheel.

My passion for photography has allowed me the opportunity to work as a freelance food stylist and photographer.  There are times I can barely wait for the timer to buzz on a given recipe so I can summarize the oozing melted cheese running down the sides of a ramekin through a descriptive photo.  Or I find myself searching for the optimal source of light to capture the glimpse of a perfectly ripe strawberry and it's tiny almond shaped seeds.  I love to describe the detail of food through the eye of my lens, and I truly love and appreciate food.  I respect the growers, the food scientists, the chefs and the servers, and I admire the creativity and dedication it takes to cook gluten free. 

I'm learning to cook as I did before, enjoying the food, it's preparation, and the final result. I re-created many of my favorite recipes to gluten free, and as I did, I learned new ways to use other products to produce the same result. I also researched the many online blogs and Celiac sites to educate myself on living gluten free, and I give thanks to the pioneer's of a gluten free lifestyle as they created the awareness and tools available for the rest of us.  It's because of them that grocers are beginning to carry organic gluten free products, and the challenge is now minimal.

As for me, personally....

I love sunrises, passionately. I don't have time for trivial things or menial tasks, there are sunrises to see after all!  I love experiencing life, listening and being aware.

I’m passionate about decorating…about the feel you get when you walk into a room.

I love a good cup of hazelnut French roast coffee while watching the sunrise. Beautifully delicious.

And I love my family and friends...passionately.

I'm honest (sometimes to a fault), loyal, fun, sensitive (much too), and serious yet playful (depending on the subject).  Whiners, complainers, and Debbie-downers bore me. I don't like working out, although necessary (another menial task), and I love a walk in the woods, especially in the morning.

I love puppies, wine, flowers, scented soaps and candles, and bonfires.

I love the beach, sunshine, margaritas, and life.
That's about it...that's me



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