Monday, August 31, 2015

Gluten-Free On The Run....

This blog post is very much needed for our back to school craziness and fall baseball/softball schedule. The last few weeks have been crazy - adjusting to homework, getting fed and to ball practice by 5:30.

So this momma needs to have some quick meals ready to squeeze in after homework. Meals that can be made ahead of time or have minimal preparation are my favorite.

Before I get to dinner, here a few healthy, protein snacks your kiddos can have after school to fuel them before their game or maybe before the game have a few healthy snacks if they don't plan to eat dinner until after the game.

"Ready for the Game" Snacks  
  • Pumpkin Seeds - full of nutrition - zinc, magnesium, protein and iron.
  • Peanut Butter and Banana - like, mini banana sandwiches. 
  • Greek Yogurt - add some raspberries.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs - my daughter loves them, Jack, not so much.
  • Almonds and Walnuts
  • Chex Cereal Trail Mix - variety of chex cereal, add pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, sunflower seeds.
  • String Cheese
  • Kind Bars  - LOTS of bars to choose from. Packed with a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut - you name it - they got it.
  • Go Picnic Meals - a variety of gluten-free meals to choose from - these are available at Target stores.

"Let's Go" Dinners: 
(That's me, "Kids - LET'S GO - the game won't wait for us to start.")
  • Crockpot anything! My "gotta eat something tonight, what are we going to have" Crockpot dish: 3 Frozen chicken breasts, pour bbq sauce on them - cook on high for 5-6 hours. Check out my other Crockpot recipes under "What To Eat".
  • Baked Potatoes - Top them with anything and everything.
  • Scrambled Eggs - breakfast for dinner (Brinner!)
  • Pizza - serve with carrot sticks and pears
  • Cheeseburger - Jack's favorite - he loves it cut up with some ketchup on it. It will give him some protein for the game - serve with a veggie and fruit.
  • Turkey or Ham Sandwich with chips and apples
  • Grilled Cheese with apple sauce and veggie
  • Your favorite GF Chicken Tenders with Ore Ida French fries and apples

"Hittin' The Drive-Thru" Dinners: 
(Disclaimer: Go with your gut and use your best judgement, and ask about your fast food locations' about their grilling and frying practices)
  • Wendy's cheeseburgers - Jack likes their cheeseburgers - this is the best fast food place for us. with baked potatoes, salads, cheeseburgers and chili - it works. I appreciate their webpage too, about gluten.
  • Chick-Fil-A - Grilled nuggets meal

There you have it, I don't think we'll starve...if you need me, I'll be at the ball park.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to School with ALDI's LiveGFree + GIVEAWAY

Let's celebrate going back to school - with some great gluten-free products at affordable prices!

ALDI, the nation’s leading low-price grocer, operates over 1,400 stores in 32 states.  ALDI shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent on more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items. 
And for those like you and me, who are in need of gluten-free products at a reasonable price, ALDI now has their own gluten-free line, called liveGfree. As a stay at home mom of three and two of our family members having celiac disease, finding gluten-free products that aren't going to break the bank is a priority for me.

For back to school, I went to ALDI to check out their gluten-free products and prices. With over 30 gluten-free products, there was plenty to choose from and I was able to find some great deals.

Below, I share with you what I found.

BREAKFAST - The most important meal of the day! ALDI has a variety of gluten-free products to get your kiddo off to school - from pancakes, breakfast bars and granola. Don't forget to add some eggs or yogurt for some protein. As you can see, the frozen pancakes have a great price - you just can't beat it!

LUNCH - The school day is half way over and your kiddo needs a REFUEL! Load them up with a great sandwich using liveGfree's white or whole grain bread. Along with liveGfree's pretzel sticks (only $2 a bag).

SWEET TREAT - We can't forget to throw a sweet treat in their lunchbox...I would never hear the end of it, if I forget to put a treat in Jack's lunch. Using liveGfree's Animal Crackers (only $2 a box), make your own cookie sandwiches. Super easy.


- Place cookies with chocolate (like above picture) in microwave for 7 seconds.
- After microwaving, place other cookie on top and put in the freezer for 5 minutes.
- Pack in lunch or save for a special treat after school. 

Looks yummy, doesn't it? Your kiddo will love these!

Shopping at ALDI for your gluten-free products, are not only affordable, but make for a tasty day for your child!

Just to show how affordable their gluten-free products are - check out what I purchased below for ONLY $10. ALDI's has a "Special Buy" section, which is where I found the gluten-free pasta microwavable dishes for only $.99 each!

I want you to have an opportunity to try ALDI's liveGfree's products too! I've teamed up with ALDI to GIVEAWAY (3) $10 GIFT CERTIFICATES. TO ENTER, you know the drill - follow the requests below for entries! The winners will be announced Friday, August 21st.

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Make sure to visit ALDI's website for more Back to School tips and learn about their Double Guarantee policy, why you bring your own grocery bags, $.25 for a shopping cart and more! This company strives to save money all around - I LOVE it!

~This post is sponsored by ALDI. I was compensated for this post, but by no means does that affect my opinion on shopping at ALDI or purchasing their LiveGFree products.  I really do LOVE ALDI and will continue to shop there. :)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Jack & Gluten-Free Funfetti Cupcake Mix

 Wow, 8 years old! 
I can't believe it!

This handsome boy is doing great! 

What's Jack up to these days? 

Let me tell ya!

Here's 8 FUN FACTS 
about JACK:

1 - He LOVES baseball. He's
     played since t-ball and starts his
     8th season next week. His team
     for the fall season is the
     Muckdogs. He likes to play
     catcher and 3rd base.

2 - He LOVES legos. He is going to be surprised with a big one today that he's been wanting for over a      year! He likes the Chima legos (has about everyone except the HUGE ones), Hero Factory guys            and Bionicle guys.

3 - He LOVES watching shows on Discovery Channel and Animal Planet - "Dual Survival" and
     "Naked and Afraid" (really put some clothes on!).

4 - He LOVES to play Minecraft.

5 - He's a wonderful BIG brother - he teaches his little brother Jason everything - the good, the bad
     and the ugly. He's a great lil' brother as well, but he also likes to tattle and fight with his older  
     sister - which I guess is only natural.

6 - His favorite foods are cheeseburgers without the bun, pizza, pancakes, bacon and strawberries.

7 - He also LOVES chocolate and peanut butter.

8 - And he loves to make people laugh... sometimes, he just says the funniest things.

That's my Jack. He's a keeper for sure.


Since Jack loves to make people smile, we decided to do so by having a GIVEAWAY of (2) Pillsbury Gluten-Free Funfetti Cake and Cupcake Mix.  2 WINNERS!  

We actually haven't tried them yet - I'm making them this afternoon, but I've seen them all over my Facebook feed, so I had to get them and share! I found them at Target on the bottom shelf with all the other cake mixes. They also have gluten-free Funfetti Sugar Cookie Mix and a Hungry Jack Funfetti Pancake Mix!


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Gluten-Free Star-Spangled Banner Sugar Cookies

Happy 4th Everyone!

Let's CELEBRATE! I made these delicious gluten-free Star-Spangled Banner Sugar Cookies and they turned out FABULOUS! What a FUN, KID-FRIENDLY treat to share with EVERYONE.

We all know I enjoy Pamela's gluten-free baking mixes. When she came out with her Sugar Cookie Roll & Cut Mix a couple of years ago, I was SO EXCITED!! 

I have made TONS of different gluten-free sugar cookies using her mix and they turn out fabulous every time.  I will be sharing more of my sugar cookie recipes on an upcoming post over at My Life with Food Allergies for Sugar Cookie Day on July 9th.

The Star-Spangled Banner Cookies were very easy to make. I used two bags of Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix, divided into 3 parts to add food coloring for the red and blue stars. I simply rolled the cookie dough, used my star cutter and baked! Just follow the directions on the back of the cookie mix package and you will have some fabulous sugar cookies as well!

The best place to find Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix is at Whole Foods or you can order it through Amazon as well:

Pamela's Products Gluten Free Cookie Mix, Sugar, 13 Ounce      

And check out these other fun gluten-free 4th of July recipes over on Pinterest. I can't say I have tried any, but they look delicious and wanted to share.

            Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake Bowls & GIVEAWAY

I had an idea. I wanted to do something fun with strawberry shortcake. I made a gluten-free version of strawberry shortcake in the past, and it turned out great...

But, this time around I wanted to get creative and make some type of bowl...and I did.  I came up with a recipe called Strawberry Shortcake Bowls, using Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix.  Below, I share this delicious, gluten-free summer treat with you, as well as a GIVEAWAY for Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix to 3 WINNERS!

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bowls

Step 1:

(Recipe will make 6 berry bowls)

Following Pamela's Drop Biscuit Recipe:

1 cup Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup plus 1 additional tablespoon milk


Preheat oven to 375°.
In a large mixing bowl pour in Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix and cut in shortening with fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour milk into flour mixture while stirring with a fork.

Step 2:
See picture to the right. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Divide dough into 6 dollops. Placing the dough on top of each muffin mold, begin to cup dough with hand, forming a bowl. Form the dough over the curve of the muffin mold, going down less than half way. **Note: Do not spread dough too thin, especially on the curve of the muffin mold...when baking, it may separate. 

Step 3:
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Depending on your oven, check bowls at 8 minutes. They will be golden brown when done baking.

Step 4: 

Make strawberry mixture.  Slice 1 LB of Strawberries.  Add 2 Tbsp. of Sugar. Mash or use food processor. I used our smoothie maker - it's however you like your strawberry texture. You can also use a fork or your pastry cutter to mash the strawberries. My husband likes chunks of strawberries, so I always make sure to not mash too much. Refrigerator when done. 

Step 5: 
Bowls are done baking! Admire your creation! Let them cool.

Step 6: 
Create your Strawberry Shortcake Bowl.  I don't show it in the pictures below, but the strawberry mixture is under the ice cream as well.  Follow pics below to make a delicious treat for your family and friends, or just eat all yourself! :)

What you need:

Vanilla Ice Cream
Cool Whip
Strawberry Mixture
Shortcake Bowl
1 Strawberry to top

And if you want to try the drop biscuits instead of the bowls, this is what they look like below.

I love using Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix, not only to make this delicious dessert, but we LOVE her PANCAKES too! Did you know Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix is the #1 gluten-free selling pancake mix? If you haven't tried it, make sure you do!

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Thank you Pamela's Products for being a part of my first sponsored blog post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions, pictures and recipe are my own. I will only do sponsor blog posts for companies or products that I have personally approved of and feel are beneficial to Raising Jack followers.  Sponsored posts will allow me to continue contributing to the celiac and gluten-free community as I do already, but will support costs that pertain to this website.

Friday, June 19, 2015

"The Gluten Free Cheat Sheet" by April Peveteaux

I received the new book, The Gluten Free Cheat Sheet and I wanted to share it with all of you.  I recently met the author, April Peveteaux at the CDF Expo this past May. I had the chance to chat with April and I just really enjoy her spirit. She's a fun, straight forward gal with a lot of insight on living with celiac disease and adapting to the gluten-free lifestyle. April also wrote the book, Gluten is My Bitch.
Just a few of the chapters discussed in the book.

This book is quite different from her first book, both great reads, and she still uses her sense of humor, but it's not so much as personal story as it is a "helpful" guide to going gluten-free.

A 270 page paperback book, filled with lots of gluten-free advice, recipes and more! It's also available on your Kindle.

It's perfect for a gift or a loved one that may be feeling overwhelmed about starting a gluten-free diet or even someone who has been living the gluten-free lifestyle for a while, but would like to try some new gluten-free recipes.
Just 1 of the 100 GF recipes in the book!

This book is available for pre-order for $13.19 ($14.95 regular price) and will be available 
on July 7th - order your copy here: The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less

Monday, June 1, 2015

Crafted Gluten-Free Boxes - 50% off & GIVEAWAY!

At the Celiac Disease Foundation expo earlier this month, I had an opportunity to meet the family behind Crafted Gluten-Free. I enjoyed talking with Erin, her husband and daughter about their unique gluten-free monthly subscription boxes. Crafted Gluten-Free is different from the other gluten-free box companies because their subscription and specialty boxes feature more than just a random assortment of snacks—they include more substantial mouthwatering meal items and complementary items of condiments and seasonings as well. Most of their boxes contain 8-12 full-sized items, making them value-priced. And when you love something you try, you can easily purchase the individual item on their website.

I was excited to receive a box from them and share all the yummy gluten-free goodies inside with the kiddos. I received the "Kid's" Monthly Subscription - which is obviously geared towards your child's taste buds.

More gluten-free goodies underneath this top layer of goods!

Crafted Gluten-Free offers 2 Monthly subscription boxes, your choice between the regular "Monthly" or "Kid's" Monthly box. They also offer "Themed" Gift boxes which are AWESOME!! They cover everything from the Kid's Overnight Party Box, Ultimate Cookie Box and the Summer BBQ Box, just to name a few!

Here are just a couple of the items from the Kid's Subscription box I received:

Edison's Quinoa Pasta and Cheese - this was DELICIOUS! My husband and kiddos APPROVED!

Bumbalooza's Gooey Oatmeal Bar Mix with Fat Toad Farm's Caramel - gooey YUMMINESS!


Crafted Gluten-Free is offering Raising Jack readers 50% off on any subscription using Promo Code: Crafted50  

The promo code will take 50% off the first month of either the adult or kid's subscription. The subscriptions are $59 month to month (automatic billing- cancel anytime), and 3, 6 &12 months each increasingly discounted based on length of commitment. The code takes $29.50 off any order for a subscription be it month to month or 3, 6 or 12 months.

Link to Crafted Gluten-Free below...but FIRST, enter the GIVEAWAY!! :)

The Giveaway is for a (1 time) Monthly subscription box, which will include:

TWO family dinners: Make a pot of hearty award-winning white bean chili that pairs great with the crunchy Vermont cheddar crisps or make THE best crowd pleasing mac n' cheese (add some savory artisanal truffle salt and say hello truffle mac n' cheese!). Dig into snacks like our highly addictive Chicago mix popcorn or our premium quality steak jerky that will satisfy every palate. Recharge with our peach ginger or macadamia chocolate chip energy bars that are super tasty and healthy.

Thank you for entering!! Below, when entering giveaway, it says "Visit", but if you haven't "Liked" Raising Jack or Crafted Gluten-Free, I would greatly appreciate it! :)

GOOD LUCK and check out Crafted Gluten-Free Subscription Boxes and use code --> HERE

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