Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger November 2010 Sign-up

Welcome to the November edition of the Adopt a gluten-free Blogger Event! Last month yours truly hosted an amazing assortment of adoptions that that made me very, very hungry. I don’t know what appealed to me more; the chana masala, spaetzle, lemon poppyseed bread or the carrot hummus. Let’s just say it was ALL appealing. As always, my favorite part was the love and appreciation the participants showed their adopted gluten-free bloggers and their recipes. At least here in the States, November is a big month for food and trying new recipes with Thanksgiving on the calendar, so I hope to see even more participants this month sharing their experiences with new recipes for the holidays. And remember, you can make your food in time for Thanksgiving, photograph it, and put off your post until early December, long after all the dishes have been put away and life has settled down again. Of course, early birds are always welcome too! Anyway, let me give you the skinny on how to participate, and then leave you to sign up in the comments. You know you want to join us!

*Please read all of the numbered instructions. HINT- #4 is especially important because it tells you how to get included in the roundup! Believe me, I don’t want to leave anybody out. Also, I’ve asked you to consider resizing your large photos. If you don’t know how, don’t worry about it but it does save time and would help me out immensely. See the bottom of this post for instructions on how to use an online photo editor to resize your photos.

Here’s how you participate.

1) Pick a gluten-free blogger whose recipes you admire and adopt them by commenting on this post with your name, blog name and their name and blog name.

*Blogger’s recipes must all be gluten-free or have a way to sort and read ONLY gluten-free recipes
*Please pick a different blogger every time you participate
*Please pick a blogger that has not been adopted yet this month!

2) Pick one (or two!) of your gluten-free blogger’s recipes to try.

3) Make the recipe, photograph it and write a post in your blog introducing the blogger and their recipe.

*Follow the recipe as written, as closely as possible. And, please don’t print their recipe on your post- just provide your reader a link to their original recipe.
*Provide a link to this event announcement page

4) Email me at adoptaglutenfreeblogger[at]gmail[dot]com with your photo of the recipe, the URL of your post, name of the recipe and the URL of the original blogger’s recipe post.

IMPORTANT New Note: If at all possible, please make sure your photo is less than, say, 700 pixels wide. I can’t upload larger files into Wordpress and so have to resize them, which makes me cranky and gives me less time to wax poetic about your beautiful post. *For instructions on how to use a free online photo editor to do this, see the bottom of this post.

5) Post YOUR POST’s URL in a comment to this post, and if possible please try to visit two other blogger’s posts that are posted here (and comment!).

*The goal is to make this event more interactive and fun!

Deadlines:
Sign up BEFORE November 29 (loose deadline; late sign-ups are ok)
Post your Review and Email me by December 10 (firm deadline, no foolin’)

If you don’t have a blog, you are still welcome to adopt a gluten-free blogger. Sign up to adopt a blogger, write a review of one of their recipes, including your name (or pen name), the recipe URL and recipe title. Then take a photo of the completed recipe (if you can) and EMAIL ME the review and photo. I will create a special page just for our non-blogging participants and post it for you.

I’ll start the adoptions by picking my favorite willowy Boulder resident and goddess of almonds. That would be Elana of Elana’s Pantry, whose Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook I’ve recently become obsessed with. So far I’ve made her chocolate chip scones (yum) and her biscuits (double yum, and so versatile). I see cauliflower rice and more in my future…

Adoption Sign-Up Sheet:
1) Elana from Elana’s Pantry (adopted by Sea of the Book of Yum. Me.)
2) Desi at The Palate Peacemaker (adopted by Shirley @ gfe)
3) Shirley at gluten-free Easily (adopted by Debi of hunters lyonesse)
4) Kim of Cook It Allergy Free (adopted by Ellen of I am Gluten-free)
5) Li at li loves david (Adopted by Teresa of Sweet Pea)
6) Ali and Tom of Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen (adopted by Alta of Tasty Eats at Home)
7) Jenn and The Whole Kitchen (adopted by Noelle of Noelle Likes Good Food)
8) Allyson at Manifest Vegan (adopted by Kristen at gluten-free vegan munchies)
9) Jeanine at The Baking Beauties (adopted by Gigi of Gluten free Gigi)
10) Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten free Mom (adopted by Kathleen of I Made Toast)
11) Brittany at Real Sustenance (adopted by Thomas of the GFCF Experience)
12) Lauren the Celiac Teen (adopted by Michelle of gluten free smiles)
13) Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl (adopted by Christi at chaos-in-the-kitchen)
14) Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free (adopted by Valerie of city life eats)
15) Jill Elise from Hey, That Tastes Good (adopted by Jen of A life of Sugar and Spice)
16) Linda, the Gluten-Free Homemaker (Adopted by Rachel @ The Crispy Cook)
17) Ellen of The Gluten-Free Diva (Adopted by Tia of Glugle Gluten Free)
18) Stephanie of Wasabimon (Adopted by Wendy of Celiacs in the House)
19) Kelly of The Spunky Coconut (adopted by Diane of the WHOLE Gang)
20) You pick!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
If you sign up and cannot complete this event by December 10th for any reason, please email me immediately at adoptaglutenfreeblogger[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know. Please ONLY use this email account for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger relevant emails.

Can’t find a blogger to adopt or looking to meet some new gluten-free friends?
Visit my Gluten-Free Blogroll
Example of an Adoption Post

*Instructions on how to resize photos:
Resizing photos is really handy, and will serve you well whether for your blog, in emails sending photos to friends and families, and when participating in online Blog events! Unless the photo is going to be printed, it only has to look good on your computer screen. A good rule of thumb is to keep it small enough that at its largest, it will fit nicely on a small laptop screen, or inside a blog frame on a small laptop screen.

To re-size your photo, you can either use software on your computer or an online photo editor. I use Adobe Photoshop myself, but often digital cameras come with software that will allow you to resize your photos. If you don’t know how to use your bundled software, you can always use an online photo editor. I have used the Google owned site www.Picnik.com in the past. They let you edit your photo online for free. There are some fun features, too. I notice they have a lot of buttons saying “upgrade to premium” blah blah blah. You don’t have to in order to resize, so don’t let them scare you. :) You also don’t have to create an account if you don’t want to.

Here are instructions on how to resize in Picnik

Basically, you upload your photo, and then the two important tabs are EDIT and SAVE AND SHARE. Actually, once you upload the photo, you don’t even have to use the “Resize” button under the Edit folder. You can resize in the SAVE AND SHARE tab, before you save. Hope this helps!


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