{Party like Gatsby}

Re-reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was on my list of post grad to-do’s, I had originally read it in 10th grade English and knew it was time for a refresher. Β The preview of the re-done movie version of the book coming out in December is what peaked my interest originally, and I can’t wait to see it! I didn’t know there were older movie versions (and there are a few) until my ever helpful Mom informed me, and luckily Netflix came through and gave me something to watch on a rainy, rare, day off. πŸ™‚ I watched the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, it was FABULOUS!

I have always been a sucker for old movies, the charm and poise of how people (at least in movies) carried themselves is always an inspiration, considering so few people seem to have manners anymore. Not saying that I am any example of supreme elegance and class but I like to believe I know how to behave in situations that aren’t a frat party. Β Again rambling off topic, I am still working on the re-reading of The Great Gatsby, I have been swamped with work and unplanned happenings this past week. Β So I full re-count, and probably raving review of how Gatsby takes you back and time and makes you wish you lived in a different era, to come. To tide you over and get excited you about the upcoming release of the newest movie… πŸ™‚

I can’t wait for this movie! And an update on my love of Fitzgerald’s ever famous The Great Gatsby




xox GFP πŸ˜‰


Tell the truth, tell it early, and tell it often

So on Monday morning I woke up to a text message from a friend from college telling me the upsetting news that one of our professors and my advisor, Dr. Stuart, had suddenly passed away. Although at some points this professor and I did not see completely eye to eye, he was always there to help his students, and I can not deny that he was great at what he did; I could not have gotten through college successfully without his help.

When starting out college at Longwood, I was an Athletic training major and realized quickly that AT wasn’t that path for me, I wanted a lifestyle that didn’t constitute me wearing sweats everyday to work. That just wasn’t a cute enough avenue for me, I couldn’t live in an industry without dresses. But it was not just the fashion choices that led me in a different direction, anatomy was just a subject I could not master, so it really wouldn’t have worked out anyways. I fell in love with the Communication Studies department, always enjoying my classes, and my professors. We as a department pride ourselves on being tight knit and really thinking of ourselves as a family, as a COMMunity. Corny, but perfect for us all the same.

With that being said, losing someone from our COMM family is really heartbreaking, especially someone who was such a huge part of the department, and LU campus. He was a great advisor and with his help and the help of my other amazing professors I was able to complete an A earning senior thesis that is all my own work; had you told me I would have that under my belt 4 years ago I probably would have said you are crazy. Β It is hard to lose someone who has had a lot of influence over your learning and the path for your future. There are so many lessons in his classes that I have put to use in my real life career path, and I know there will be so many more things that I will refer back to and thank Dr. B for everything he taught me, and my colleagues.

One of the lessons, and first rule of PR that he always told us to remember was,

“Tell the truth, tell it early, and tell it often”

Thanks for everything you did for us Dr. B. Rest Easy.

For more information see the Longwood University website.

xoxo GFP

{Running shoes, and the Real World}

So as I excitedly proclaimed in my last post, September is my birthday month! Yipee! And as unfortunate as last year’s 16 candles-esque 22nd birthday was, I have set my standards a little lower. Why you ask? Well because unfortunately birthdays aren’t as cool or as important as you get older and that is a sad fact that we all have to come to terms with eventually. Heck, I am working a wedding on my birthday at my new job, but I am going to love that because I love my new job :):). BUT last year is no less of a reason to not LOVE my birthday month because 1. last year was weird, a lot of things have changed for the better since then and; 2. September is always a season of change and new beginnings, usually it is due to the beginning of a new semester, but as a post grad it is the beginning of my new career. Although it does not feel the same sense of a refreshing new start, it is still a new start none the less.

HOWEVER since, I rambled off topic completely there for my intro! Although my birthday is not until the end of the month, between now and the 22nd my Mom and I had 1 day that we could plan to go pick out my birthday running shoes and that was this week. A few weeks too early and these shoes will be well broken in by my birthday, my parents treated me to a proper fitting at The Running Store and a new set of awesome Saucony Omni 11 running shoes. I AM OBSESSED. As a former gymnast, having to stop after a completely reconstructed foot and a torn ACL/Meniscus I never thought I would be able to run without pain in my foot and my knee, but these shoes made all the difference! My endurance is still not up to par but it is definitely getting there now that I can run without wanting to chop my foot off.

So Happy early Birthday to me love my parents, free exercise for the rest of my life, HA!

So it is a beautiful day, I ran two miles am going to Yoga it up after I post and then maybe some swimming before closing up the pool. Forever a lifeguard, can’t wait to be full time as an Event Coordinator! πŸ™‚

TTFN xoxo, GFP #glutenfreeprep πŸ™‚

{September is for Birthdays}

Yay! First blog of my 23rd birthday month, I really don’t feel like I am turning 23…honestly it still seems weird to be able to buy alcohol HA! I have been slowly but surely adding things to my ‘wish list’ but it really does get harder with age!


But for today’s blog I am sharing with you my very first gluten free success right after I was diagnosed with celiacs in 2011. A friend at the YMCA gave me this recipe because I told her pizza was what I missed the most; many have said that it reminds them more of a pizza casserole or even GF lasagna however, this is Zucchini Crusted Pizza πŸ™‚ I am making it tonight for me and mama dearest.


– Olive oil and rice flour

– 2 cups of shredded zucchini (packed tightly)

– 2 eggs (mostly egg whites, a little egg yolk)

– 1/4 Cup rice flour

– 1/2 Cup grated mozzarella

– 1/2 Cup grated Parm cheese

– pinch of basil, oregano, italian seasoning to taste

– pizza sauce

– toppings optional

**Pre-heat over to 400 degrees

Step 1: grate 2 cups of zucchini, lightly salt and dry for 15-30 min

Step 2: mix together zucchini, rice flour, eggs, parm cheese, moz cheese, seasonings, and 1 tblsp olive oil.

Step 3: Spread zucchini mixture in a 9×12 pan bake for 30-45 min, or until firm

Step 4: Paint top of firm zucchini mixture with olive oil

Step 5: broil for 1-3 min or until golden brown on top

Step 6: Add pizza sauce, cheese, and additional toppings

Step 7: Bake at 400 degrees until top ingreidents are baked through

LET COOL!!!! STAYS HOT FOR A LONG TIME!!!! And enjoy πŸ™‚ YUM! I had a side salad with it and made some bootleg Olive Garden salad dressing, Supreme! πŸ™‚


more delicious gluten free ideas coming soon! πŸ™‚