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Hi, I’m Jillian. I am 28 and live in British Columbia, Canada. I love reading blogs, especially cooking, baking, gluten free, vegan, and photography blogs. 

While I used to really struggle in the kitchen (seriously, I was a terrible cook!), that changed in 2007 when I was diagnosed as being a celiac. At that time, I had already been a vegetarian for about ten years, so my options felt very limited all of a sudden. There were not a lot of gluten free, vegetarian products available at that time. Also, after seeing a naturopath, I discovered that I have an allergy to eggs. I felt doomed to a life of tasteless, boring food. I started eating really unhealthy food in an effort to compensate for my bread cravings. I started to gain weight and feel awful. It wasn’t long before I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to learn to cook so that I could create my own healthy and delicious meals that would meet my own dietary restrictions and choices. So I began looking for recipes and resources of my own.

Fast forward to 2010, where I was continuing  to build up a database of my own recipes, some that I had created myself, others that I had adapted to meet my own requirements. I had come to love cooking and baking, and I focussed on foods that were made from wholesome ingredients. Where possible, I tried to avoid sugar and excess fats. I had also been doing a lot of reading on Veganism, and I began to experiment with recipes that were vegan as well. I was feeling so much better physically than I had when I was first diagnosed as celiac. But still, people were always asking me what I eat, having so many dietary issues. Quite often, people said that they felt really sorry for me, because I must never get to eat good food (totally untrue…my food is delicious!) So I started preparing foods (mostly desserts) for friends and family. People were suprised at how good food can taste, even when it is gluten free. I started sharing my recipes, but I felt like I was spending a lot of time typing out recipes; I decided there had to be a better way to share them. At first, I thought that I could write a recipe book. But I didn’t really have enough recipes for a big one. Then I discovered the world of food blogs, and I was hooked.

I have been hesitant to start the blog, mostly because I am computer illiterate, but also because I just didn’t think anyone would want to read it. But when one of my best friends started a blog of her own, I was inspired. So, here it is! As I create new recipes, I will post them. If you have suggestions of recipes that you would like to see veganized or gluten free, send them my way as well….I will do my best!

Thanks for reading!!

Love, Jill

A word about the products I review:

I sometimes talk about products that I love and use all the time. When I really love a product, I will occasionally (very rarely) do a feature post on it…just because I love it that much. I get asked sometimes if I am receiving compensation or free product for these posts. I think a lot of bloggers do this-give a product a glowing review because they received a-money or b-something for free. But FYI, I have never received compensation or free product from a company to review; the ones I have shared with you are the products that I just love that much. However, a few companies have sponsored giveaways on my blog (Truvia, Pure Bar) where they send YOU some free product. If for some reason I ever do receive a product for free for the purpose of a review, I will let you know that in that specific post.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 12:17 am

    yay!! i’m so happy you started a blog finally! you’re awesome!!! can’t wait for those recipes to start coming!! :) talk soon!

    • September 30, 2011 6:18 am

      Thanks, Tiggy!! I am excited too….I figured out how to fix my header, so now it’s legible! YAY! Can’t wait for our blogger meetups!!

  2. Christy permalink
    September 30, 2011 9:05 pm

    Can’t wait for your delicious recipes to start rolling in! Congrats on the blog Jilly bean! Love you XOXOX ~Chris

  3. Chelsea permalink
    October 1, 2011 7:43 pm

    Yeah finally!!! So excited to give these a try! Thanks Jill

  4. Elizabeth permalink
    December 13, 2011 8:33 am


    I recently discovered your blog and wow, your recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to give some of them a try! It’s difficult finding vegan, gluten-free recipes that look this appetizing and I am so thankful for finding your blog. I also enjoy reading your posts because you have a great sense of humor!

    Elizabeth :)

  5. December 16, 2011 3:29 pm

    Hi! This is Audrey from Just Audrey ( I’m so sorry that I never responded to the comment you left on my blog about a month ago. For some reason that comment notification was turned off, so I never saw it until today! To answer your questions: Yes, I am vegan! :D And I would be honored to be on your blog roll.

    Thank you for connecting! :)

  6. December 19, 2011 10:44 am

    Hey Jillian! I just found your blog (through charskitchen), and love it :) Where abouts in BC do you live? I’m in Chilliwack; love finding bloggers from nearby!

  7. January 8, 2012 2:03 am

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger and Tell Me About Yourself awards.
    Please find my initial response here:
    And my nominations here:

    I’m so excited I found your blog :)

    • January 9, 2012 7:03 pm

      Thank you!! I am so honoured! I will do a response post shortly!! Thank you again! :)

  8. January 20, 2012 10:56 am

    This is absolutely one of the best vegan blogs that I have come across! And while I am not a celiac, reading about your experience has been interesting and educational–As well as serving to put my tolerance for gluten in perspective. Thank you for posting!

    • January 28, 2012 8:51 pm

      Thank you SO much!! It’s so nice to hear that!! :) I am hoping to be able to post more frequently in the next little while!! Thanks for reading! :)


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