Well, ladies and gentleman, we’re about to close out another year. 2012 has definitely been a year full of adventure and activities. For one, The Balanced Platter , of which I am a contributing editor, launched. It grew immensely and will continue to grow as a valuable resource for healthy and allergen-free living. I also discovered that canned salmon is not only edible, but can actually be tasty! (I continue to buy it and eat it regularly – it’s an inexpensive way to get good protein and omega-3s!) I also have been focusing all year on balance, body image , and celebrating appreciation for my body and what it can do (which is a continuous work in progress). In May, Domino’s came out with a (not-so) gluten-free pizza crust , and the gluten-free community was definitely up in arms about this topic. Good thing we have alternatives: for instance, Local Oven *really * took off in the Dallas area (and beyond) with their gluten-free baked goods, available in many groceries and restaurants. I had the biggest bumper crop of peppers in my garden this year, and made lots of roasted chile salsa (among other things). I also learned to sprout buckwheat , and so made granola. And of course, Simply Gluten-Free Magazine launched this year as well, which is currently my *favorite * gluten-free magazine of all time.