Love those fundraisers!

Even though Walk Now for Autism Speaks is loooong behind us, we are still so grateful to those who came out (in the RAIN no less!) to show their support for the cause.  We met our fundraising goal of $1000!

On November 12th, I arrived at Angels Stadium in Anaheim at 6AM to start setting up our booth for the Expo.  It’s very inspirational to see so many people willing to bear the elements and sacrifice sleep for the sake of helping the autism community!  This year was slightly different in that ALL the vendor booths were grouped together underneath huge tents to protect us from impending doom (rain).  With the booth set up and looking pretty, we were ready for some families to swing by!

I love working the ASC booth at autism events.  There’s absolutely nothing better than seeing the smiles on the kiddo’s faces when they come to our booth and ask to play our game to win an awesome prize. And I love, LOVE, when they get to take a peek inside the highly-coveted Treasure Box–so exciting! Simple, easy, and fun for ALL ages. This is also a great time for parents and guardians to get some questions answered by our staff about who ASC is and what it is that we do!

I’m excited for our next family-oriented event: The TACA Family Picnic! Slated for June 10th, rain or shine, we will once again be out in the community supporting families with autism. This is one of TACA’s biggest fundraisers, and it’s one of the most fun! Perfect for the whole family: activities for the children, vendors, resource providers, event sponsors, GFCF food, snacks, beverages and entertainment everywhere. This is a safe place where families can relax and have fun and NOT WORRY if their kid has a meltdown in the middle of the park, because hey, we’ve all been there! ;)

So here’s what you need to know so that you too can be a part of the fun this year:

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Registration:
Type of Registration May 11 – Jun 9 Onsite
Adult 14 & up $20.00 $25.00
Child (ages 3-13) $15.00 $20.00
VIP Pack – Family of Four $175.00 $200.00
Note: this event has sold out in the past.
Location: Phoenix Club (New Location!)
1340 S Sanderson Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806-5629

 

Hope to see you there! :)

  • For more information and to see what’s new at the picnic this year, visit the TACA website!
  • For more pictures from the Autism Speaks Walk at Angels Stadium, please visit our Facebook page and view our photos.

Happy November! (Did someone say “food”?)

What do you think of when you think of November? Autumn? Leaves changing (well, maybe not so much in Southern California)? Changing your clocks back? Or….FOOD?
With the rainy weather we’ve been experiencing and the unbearable dip in temperature (I’m talking low 60s here, people!!), I thought today would be a great day for baking. (Having gutted a huge Halloween pumpkin and being the proud new owner of ??lbs of pumpkin puree is also a good motivator for baking, too.)
Because I recently gave up gluten, I’ve been looking for recipes online and was lucky enough to find one that, when tweaked slightly, was gluten-free, casein-free, and soy-free! It helps too that it is incredibly easy and fast (10 mins. prep and 35 mins to bake).
So throw some good ol’ It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! into your VCR (my what?), press play, tell your dog to stay out of the kitchen, and get cooking!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Pumpkin Spice Pudding:

  • 15 oz fresh or canned pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie filling.)
  • 3/4 cup rice milk (you can use other non dairy milks, but in the interest of keeping the recipe GFCFSF, I chose rice milk)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil four 6-oz  custard cups (I had to use two small custard cups and one larger custard cup, which worked fine) and set aside.

rice milk

brown sugar

spices

Combine all of your ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Be careful to not let your cornstarch clump! Mix ingredients together, either vigorously by hand with a whisk or with a hand mixer. I used a hand mixer because my homemade pumpkin puree was a bit clumpy still, but a whisk has worked for me in the past when I used canned pumpkin. Distribute mixture evenly into the custard cups.

pour it into cups

Prepare a water bath for your custard cups (that is, place the custard cups in a larger baking dish or roasting pan and fill the pan with water until the water reaches halfway up the outside of the cups).

water bath in oven

Place the baking dish or pan into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top of the pudding is a golden brown. This can be served warm OR chilled! I couldn’t wait to eat it so I had mine warm…I’ll save one in the fridge and eat it chilled tomorrow, or whenever the temperatures reach the 70s again (should be around Wednesday)!! ENJOY! :)

Job well done, ASC San Diego!

ASC SD at Walk Now for Autism Speaks

ASC San Diego at Walk Now for Autism Speaks!

A quick congratulations to Autism Spectrum Consultants San Diego! They raised money for the San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks (held September 10) and looked really good doing it. ASC Orange County is PUMPED for their turn on November 12th at Angels Stadium!

It's go time!

 

ASC San Diego presents… Monday Mixers!

Starting this November, ASC San Diego will be hosting a mixer for our kiddos with peers, siblings, and staff in a family-friendly environment.

  • We’ll be kicking things off Monday, November 7th from 2-5pm at Doyle Park (in the playground area). Doyle park is located at 8175 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122 View Map
  • The fun continues December 5th at Pump It Up! Sorrento Valley for our holiday party (as an OC girl, I’m super jealous!)
  • Celebrate the New Year with us at 4S-Ranch Park, Rancho Penasquitos

Here’s the Monday Mixer flyer for your printing convenience ;)

 

This just in!

We officially are signed up for the Autism Speaks Walk.  You can find out team information, donate, or join Team ASC at the Autism Speaks website!

GOOOO TEAM ASC!

Rally Time! Walk now for Autism Speaks

Our booth at the Walk in 2010!

Dust off your walking shoes (and possibly your walking legs) and join us November 12th at Angels Stadium in Anaheim as we support Autism Speaks in their annual effort to raise money for amazing families and kiddos.  Look for our smiling faces at the ASC booth, where we’ll be talking to families  about our awesome company.  Don’t forget to stop by for a kid-friendly game of Plinko!!  You know you can’t resist some GFCFSF candy! ;)

 

We are currently in the process of forming an Autism Spectrum Consultants WALKING TEAM this year, so we are VERY EXCITED!!! More details to come.

In the meantime, check out our wonderful staff who volunteered at the booth to entertain the kids.  We had a blast!

Our staff at the Autism Speaks walk in 2010.

 

For more information about the walk or to register, click here.