Our weekends have been filled with picnics, birthday parties, and other random social events. On Sunday, I was schlepping my six year old to yet another party. Knowing there would be absolutely nothing I could eat at this celebration (well, if I was desperate, there’s always the party napkin!), I quickly downed a gluten free Think Thin bar en route. As it came time for the food portion, I tried not to drool over the mouthwatering greasy, cheesy pizza. Oh pizza, old friend, I miss you so 🙁 After declining the pizza, then came the cake. Did I mention that the family hosting the party are bakers? This cake was a beautiful gluten filled dream. Again, I declined a slice. As the party was winding down, I almost jokingly asked the birthday girl’s father if they would ever consider offering gluten free baked goods at their business. I braced myself for the usual resounding “No”. However, his response caught me so off guard because he matter of factly said, “We have a large variety of gluten free foods.” Better yet, the bakery containing those gluten free delights was right down the street from the party. This amazing man ran down to his bakery (Di Bartolo Bakery in Collingswood, New Jersey) and brought me back a bag filled with a half dozen vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing and a mini cheesecake. (Insert angels singing here.) When we arrived home, I was like a kid on Christmas, opening my package with anticipation. Without delay, I unceremoniously shoved two cupcakes (well, one at a time) in my mouth. Hey, I haven’t had a cupcake in three years, so a little unladylike-ness was totally justified. The cupcakes were delicious – not crumbly in texture or dry. I plan on having the cheesecake tonight after dinner. So, before all the cupcakes and cheesecake are happily in my belly, I took a picture to share with you.

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