looks a little different around here

pumpkins in the field

Have you noticed? The pumpkins waiting to be plucked from muddy fields, destined to perch on porch steps? Or the way the leaves have started to droop on the trees, even as they grow more vibrant? Or how woodsmoke curls through the air, rising toward the grey skies, as you drive by farms or houses with burn piles?

It’s fall.

The change of seasons always feels like a time to step back and contemplate where we have been. And let me tell you, people, this was one heck of a summer. Picnics with friends, trips to San Francisco, a major surgery, sleep deprivation. Mostly, a lot of sleep deprivation. I think every Twitter message I wrote for months began with “a cup of hot coffee…” (Come to think of it, they still do.) There were family gatherings, walks along the beach, and trying to teach a toddler how to sleep again. We had strings of days of friends taking the ferry and sitting in our backyard, talking and eating, waving hands at Little Bean, and not leaving until the light started to fade from the sky at 9 pm.

And in every moment in between: working, baking, writing, tweaking, re-writing, tearing hair, laughing at it all. Then, back for more editing.

Now, it’s pitch-black dark at 7. We don’t need that curtain on the window to convince Little Bean it’s time to sleep. Our friends are staying closer to home in the city, drinking hot chocolate and making pies. It’s much more quiet around here.

Time for a re-design of this site.

It has been well over a year since this little website had a new look. Season after season passed with the same rooster and chicken holding court on the porch up there. We’ve moved away from that house now. (And, I’m sad to say, that beautiful rooster was killed by coyotes just before we left.) I think this website has looked one way since before Little Bean was born.

Boy, how much has changed since then?

So it’s a fresh start around here.

See up top? All those buttons? You can navigate more easily now. You can read about us. You can find all the recommendations we have in one place. You can find the recipes gathered. You can watch any video you like. You can read what other people have said about this site. And you can find all the links — dozens and dozens of them — to other sources of information about celiac, living gluten-free joyfully, and other food people who have become friends.

Really, you could spend hours on this site now. (If you have the time for that, we tip our hats to you!)

Perhaps the biggest change is one that has been a long time coming — the name of this site. Danny has been in my life for over three years, far longer than the one year I wrote before him. He has influenced every recipe, every photograph, every choice of spices. I could not live without him, and I certainly cannot write without him. We love this space, and we share it together. And so, as it should be, the name of this place is now.…

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

(It’s about time.)

We really can’t take claim for this beautiful site. That’s all the doing of Kaytlyn Sanders, the powerhouse behind Beneficial Design. She has been tweaking and creating beautiful new features on this site for years now, and we’re lucky enough to have her as a friend, as well.

She has also helped to design Cannelle and Vanille, Tea and Cookies, and Dana Treat’s beautiful site. So, if you are looking to make your blog suit your style more, you’d be wise to talk to Kaytlyn.

We’re so happy to be here now.

carmelized apple bread pudding

And the re-design (plus the editing and sleep deprivation) explains why we haven’t been here as much as we had hoped this week.

But come back next week. You don’t want to miss the recipe for this caramelized apple bread pudding.

Looks like fall to me.

60 comments on “looks a little different around here

  1. Jennifer Jeffrey

    Congratulations to BOTH of you on your gorgeous new site! I love it. And those pumpkins… wow.

    To more sleep — and great coffee! xox

  2. Swiss

    I think it is wonderful — easy to use beautiful pictures — a joy. One of the best I have ever seen. Classy and a bit sassy.

    (short and sweet it was my tweet)

    Then I remembered you will not see it there!

  3. Tracy Chastain and Kim Malone

    To Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef -
    Much love and success to BOTH of you! Love the new name. You are certainly a pair. :) Lots of love from the east coast pair, Kim & Tracy!
    :) tc

  4. Thomas Dzomba

    Love the new design and title — all the more reason to love your blog even more.

    Great job Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef! :-)

  5. Mair

    Love the new look! I noticed it this morning when I came looking for something in the ‘recommends’ page. Cute that you renamed it too. Congrats on all your continued success!

  6. GREEN KEY

    The site looks beautiful, and the new name, well, it’s very sweet! Thanks for the improved site navigation. I look forward to exploring …

  7. glutenfreeforgood

    Love the new look and that photo of the two of you is brilliant!
    Peace, love and new blog features! Yeah!
    Melissa

  8. Engineer Baker

    I hope I’m not the only one, but I’ll miss that rooster — loved it! Your site is beautiful, even rooster-less though :) She really does fantastic work!

  9. Real Food, Real World

    Beautiful new look! Your site has become one of my favorite places and the source of so much inspiration to me, both as a lover of food and as a parent. Nice work. :)

  10. Shuku

    Absolutely fabulous Shauna — I love the new look –and– the new name. Congratulations to you and the Chef! Thank you for being so much of inspiration for me when things were so difficult.

  11. Livia

    The new look is gorgeous. So gorgeous that I sent off a note to beneficial design right away. \o/!

    Yay Autumn!

  12. Dr. Jean Layton

    Terrific remake! Love the new clarity and ease of navigation.
    Love that Danny is included in the name.
    Can’t wait for that recipe.

  13. melissa

    …and the Chef! That was the first thing I noticed and I did a little dance in my chair. This is as it should be.

  14. Julie R.

    Digging the new site design! Don’t you just fall in love with the Pacific Northwest in autumn? Totally brought to life in those pumpkin photos.

  15. cottagesweet

    I like it! Your new design, that is. It’s good to have you posting more, now. The new name fits.

  16. Susan

    I shall leave you with my standard “I love this, for it is fabulous” comment on things that I like (such as this redesign!).

    Start by saying, “Pretty pretty pretty!” Then squinch up your face as if you’re about to kiss somebody, put out your hands as if you’re going to pinch invisible cheeks, and then make a few squishy noises while pinching the air, like so.

    *squish squish squish*

    :D

    Susan :)

  17. Agata

    Hi Shauna and Danny,

    I love the fresh look of your site! Shauna, your style of writing is beautiful and the pictures are divine!!!

  18. smallbluebird

    Well, Sugar, it’s about time you added that man in! Love it all…very fresh and exciting.

  19. Birdy

    Shauna & the Chef, your site is fantastic!! I love the new look of it (and it was already great before Shauna!)I love your stories your recipes and the warm and cosy feeling one get when reading your site. Thanks so much for taking the time to share it all with us :-) all the best, Birdy

  20. thewholegang

    Love the new look! Love how easy it is to find information. So much talent in one house. Little Bean will be building rockets or figuring out clean water for the world by next summer. :-) I hope you get to enjoy some of the quiet and rest. Love the new look!

  21. Kelly

    It’s beautiful! And I can feel the love :-) We have two munchkins of our own, and my hubby just re-designed my blog last night too. It must be in the air.

    Love, Kelly

  22. Sirena

    I love it too! And i especially love the new name. You guys are so adorable and every new post reminds me of why your site is a must-read for me.…

  23. Tartelette

    Change is good. Change is fun. I love the new design and I love those sidebar photos by Lara!
    Dang, poor rooster…

  24. La Niña

    The site looks beautiful– reflecting the two people who live it and create it. The design is clean and delicious, proving that with the best ingredients you can make a masterpiece.

    When Lu is old enough, she’ll have to be added to the banner! (she can add her own spin on life, love and food…)

    You amaze me with your dedication and tireless (well– I know you’re tired!) efforts… –xo–

  25. Adriana

    Wow, I very much like your new design. Thanks again for your wonderful writing which gets me through the work day! Your blog is the perfect antidote to cubicle-craziness.

  26. Earth To Liz... a river of living

    well, it’s weird, I want to say “I love you”, yet, since we don’t know each other, I won’t (I’ll think it though). Why when I read your blog my eyes warm up, my heart grows a little bigger and my kitchen get a work out, why? I think because your love for life bleeds through the pages and out of the photographs. something like chocolate.
    anyway, thank you. I’m inspired.
    liz

  27. LaurieY

    Your site is always a blessing. I have learned so much from you. Wheat-free for a long while now. No gluten in all it’s various forms –none. We have a gluten-free household. (And no soy, either — not even in supplements.) No soy, no wheat has completely eliminated iffy digestion, insomnia, fatigue, heartburn, anxiety, low-grade depression and so much more. It’s taken me a while to REALLY *get it* — and now, I am so healthy, full of energy, positive, and clear. I’m a better cook because of you and Chef, and even a more awake human being in keeping it real. We can hardly wait for the new cookbook. I just can’t thank you enough for helping me to “connect the dots.” And for sharing your loved life.

    I don’t have much time to comment — but, I send a “hi-ho” on the inner planes, often.

  28. mn

    The new site design is excellent and so user-friendly. I hadn’t been here in a couple of months, but I love the changes. Most of all, love your writing.