Let’s get acquainted: I’m Linnaea.
I’m nineteen, usually quiet, sometimes bossy. I love to bake, read, take pictures, ride horses, write, ski deep powder, and speak Pig Latin. I have six sisters, no brothers. My family lives half an hour away from the nearest grocery store and about four hours away from the nearest mall (I think I have only been in a mall about ten times in my life. Escalators are a novelty, and, frankly, a bit terrifying).
My family, and thus my home, is on a organic beef ranch in the mountains of Idaho. I love it there.
HOWEVER, Now that I’m “all grown up” aka “adulting,” you’ll find me far from home going to college in the city. I’m majoring in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Yes, I miss home a lot. Yes, I cook in college and it’s the only thing that keeps me sane. And, yes, sometimes I don’t have time to cook and end up eating cereal for dinner.
Here’s a picture of the ranch to add to the homesickness:
There’s plenty to do on a ranch or in college rushing between classes. So why, you ask, do I bother to run this blog?
Around nine years ago, my entire family was sick. Some of us were sicker than others—My little sister was so “out of it” that my parents wondered if she was autistic. We heard about the gluten-free diet and figured we’d give it a try.
It changed our lives for the better, and we’ve never stopped eating gluten free since then, and we’ve always been grateful and relieved to be eating this way. But even so, after a few months on the diet, my sisters and I were tired of it. Never eat pizza again? Not ever!? Like most kids on the gluten free diet, we longed for carbs and sugary goodness.
I’d always liked baking before we became gluten free, but now I was motivated. I started experimenting with gluten free baking. Slowly, I learned to bake and discovered a passion.
I run this blog because, well, I love it, and because there’s a need for great gf recipes out there. Every single recipe is tried and true, taste-tested by myself and my sisters. My goal is to create recipes that your family will enjoy as much as mine does. And, now that I’m in college, this extends to all of those broke college students out there trying to spend exactly zero hours per week cooking while still eating gluten-free on a budget. Been there, done that. So, yes, as my college cooking skills improve, I’ll be sure to share the successes (and the occasional disaster) with all of you!
If you have any questions at all, you can comment below or contact me at imglutenfreeteen[at]gmail[dot]com!
P.S. The only reason this blog even exists is because of my super rockstar parents and sisters and their support, even when it came to eating that horrible molasses chocolate coffee cake or that avocado pudding. You guys are the coolest.