Friday, January 11, 2019

Gluten-Free Roll & Cut Sugar Cookies For Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away! We are always busy baking around this time of year as my daughter's birthday is the day before. You'll find me in the kitchen baking cupcakes or cookies, most likely using Pamela's Baking Mixes.

A few years ago, Pamela's came out with her Sugar Cookie Mix, which we absolutely LOVE.

Super easy to make and bake!

What You Need:
1 Package of Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix            
1 Egg
1 Stick of Butter (softened)
Parchment Paper
Rolling Pin

Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes

Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Step 1: Pre-Heat Oven to 350

Step 2: Soften butter in bowl / Add Mix / Add Egg - begin mixing with a mixer or utensil. I ended up using my hands to bring the dough together. 

Step 3: Place dough on parchment paper.
Step 4: Place another piece of parchment paper on top and begin rolling out the dough.

Step 5: Peel off parchment paper and begin using your cookie cutters.

Step 6: Place on cookie sheet - I also lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper. And place in oven for 8-10 minutes. Always start at 8 minutes - you don't want to over bake - when they brown just a little on the bottom edges, they are done.   

Step 7: 8 - 10 minutes later, they are done and placed on the cooling rack

Step 8: Then it's time to decorate!! Yummy Valentine's Day Cookies ready to devour!! 

I will use this mix over and over again to make sugar cookies - it's easy make and delicious to taste!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Gluten-Free School Lunch Tips and Menu Ideas

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(republished post from 2016)

School will be back in session in just a few weeks. When it comes to packing lunches, I will be packing Jack's lunch every day, 5 days a week, 20 days a month, for 40 weeks out of the year. That's a lot of lunch packin'! But, I don't complain, as it keeps my boy healthy.

But, you gotta get creative, so it doesn't get boring and your child says, "Do I have to eat that again?"

Below I have some tips to offer you and some gluten-free menu ideas.

3 TIPS: 
  • Lunch doesn't mean having a "sandwich"- anything nutritious that fills your kiddo up until they get home from school will be just fine.
  • Packing a lunch full of iron and protein packed foods, will help provide energy for the afternoon math test.

  • Healthy Foods - Fruit, Cheese, Yogurt, Turkey, Veggies 
  • Milk or Water
  • Pack a little treat - other kids at school will bring all types of treats and even buy ice cream from the cafeteria. 
  • Sugar Drinks 
  • No items that are too hard to open - they need to focus on eating, not trying to open something for 10 minutes
  • Minimal plastic baggies - it really is a waste - find a great plastic container to reuse  


Lunch 1:

(Jack's Favorite lunch)

Hard Boiled egg
Spinach leaves (yes, he eats SPINACH!)
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lunch 2:

Turkey and Swiss Cheese Roll-ups
Carrot Sticks
String Cheese

Lunch 3: 

PB and Jelly sandwich on your favorite GF bread
Lay's Potato Chips
Pear Slices
Carrot Sticks/Spinach Leaves
Glutino's Chocolate Chip Cookie

Special treat in this one! And extra ketchup packets, save
them for lunch!
Lunch 4:
Perdue Breaded Chicken Tenders  
Carrot Sticks/Spinach Leaves
Cybele's Cookies

Lunch 5:

Pizza Squares - Udi's Pizza Crust or Kinnickinnick Pizza Crust - bake, cut in squares, put in thermos to keep warm.
Mandarin Oranges
Carrots/Spinach Leaves

Here are some products to get you prepared to pack lunches every day! From lunch containers to an individual cupcake holder for parties and more, I got you covered! 

Happy lunch packing! 
Best wishes for a great gluten-free school year!