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Monday, December 8, 2014

Gluten-Free Holiday Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

DAY 8 of Pamela's "12 Days of GF Cookies" - I'm honored to have been asked to share one of our favorite gluten-free cookie recipes with Pamela's fans!

My cookie recipe is...drum roll please...

Holiday Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies


This recipe was introduced to me by my lovely sister-in-law, Jaime. She made these gluten-free for Jack soon after he was diagnosed with celiac disease. He asks for them all the time, especially when we go to Aunt Jaime's house...I GUESS she makes them better than me! ;)

Let me walk you through the steps of making this yummy recipe - it's super easy and super delicious!


Ingredients:

1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Peanut Butter
1/2 C. Shortening (Jaime uses the Crisco Butter Flavored Baking Sticks)
2 Tbsp. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1 3/4 C. Pamela's Gluten-Free All Purpose Artisan Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Pkg. of Hershey Kisses
                                                                                    
Have some extra sugar on the side to roll the balls of cookies in before placing on cookie sheet.


Step 1:

Mix all ingredients together, except for Pamela's Artisan Flour.

Step 2:

Add Pamela's All Purpose Artisan Flour - add half of the flour, mix.
And add the remaining flour.

Step 3:

Cookie dough is ready to roll into balls!

Step 4:

Roll cookie dough into balls, then roll balls in sugar. You can make the balls as big
or as small as you like. Jaime makes 40 cookies out of this recipe, I probably make 30.
Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 8 minutes

Step 5: 

While the cookies are baking, unwrap Hershey Kisses...
and eat at least one or two while waiting for cookies :)

Step 6:

As soon as cookies come out of the oven, place a hershey kiss
in the middle of each cookie.

Step 7: 

For the holiday version, wait for cookies to cool 
and decorate with sprinkles and frosting. 
HAVE FUN! 


There you have it! My holiday cookie recipe! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. 

DON'T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY and PAMELA'S GIVEAWAY!

Happy Baking and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pamela's 12 Days of GF Cookies + 12 DAY GIVEAWAY

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to get our minds wrapped around Christmas and all the goodies that are in store! 

I'm so happy to be a part of Pamela's 12 days of Gluten-Free Cookies!!

From December 1st - 12th, Pamela will share a cookie recipe, as well as another recipe from a blogger, like myself.  So a total of 24 gluten-free cookie recipes!! (Link below)



Besides, 24 gluten-free cookie recipes, Pamela is having a GIVEAWAY, each day, December 1st - December 12th, an AWESOME COOKIE PRIZE PACK will be given to one lucky winner  - so   12 WINNERS in ALL will receive the lovely prize pack below! 




To top off the 12 Days of GF Cookies, I'm having a GIVEAWAY as well! You have a chance to win the same prize above! 1 Winner will be randomly chosen on December 12th.  

Make sure to enter, it could be YOU that wins this awesome prize! :)

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Visit Pamela's 12 Days of GF Cookie Recipes and GIVEAWAY:    HERE


Make sure to check out Pamela's website on December 8th, because that's when my holiday cookie recipe will be revealed!! :)



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gift Ideas + Stocking Stuffers for Gluten-Free Loved Ones

Whether shopping for loved ones or for yourself, I wanted to share with you gift ideas and stocking stuffers that I think would be helpful to someone living a gluten-free lifestyle.

Below, you will find a list of products that I have taken the time to search, that you could surprise your gluten-free loved one, friends, co-workers, etc. for Christmas.

This year, I'm doing most of my shopping on-line! It's easy, convenient and you can store the gifts in the boxes they come in under the bed or in the garage until Christmas!

Click on the pictures to find out more about each product.




1.  Slow Cooker - it's a saving grace for our busy lives and their are TONS of gluten-free slow cooker recipes.

This is a #1 Best Seller in Slow Cookers 

Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker

   $48




2.  Quesadilla Maker - I just made some awesome quesadillas using Udi's gluten-free       tortillas with our quesadilla maker. This is a PERFECT gift for a college student too!

Average cost $20

 

3.  Bread Maker - Beth Hillson's absolutely LOVES her bread maker and I know there are   plenty of gluten-free bakers out there that make their own bread.  I know Beth LOVES her Zojirushi bread maker! It's a more expensive one, but maybe there's a reason for that.

Zojirushi 

   $250









4.  Kitchen Aid Mixer - these can be very pricey! You can get one on Black Friday for                        $199, which is half the price!!

This is a #1 Best Seller in Household Stand Mixers 

Kitchen Aid 5 Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield - Empire Red

   $199




5.  Kitchen Utensils  - I love this set - I could use some new utensils!

    $30



6.  Living Without Magazine Subscription - Give the gift of a subscription to a great magazine or a cookbook or BOTH! This is the first gluten-free magazine I subscribed to after Jack was diagnosed. I enjoy reading the articles, recipes, tips, etc. - this magazine has so much to offer. As well as great cookbooks and books!







7.  Toy Oven + Bumbalooza's Buma-Bakers Cookie Mix - YES! Your child can still play with an easy bake oven and bake GLUTEN-FREE cookies, thanks to Bumbalooza who makes 3 gluten-free cookies mixes!

Easy Bake Ultimate Oven 

   $29                              $7.99 for a box with 3 mixes 


                                                            Bumbalooza Mix HERE


8.   Pamela's Individual Chocolate Brownie Packs - These individual brownie packets are perfect for a college student, a sleep-over at a friend's house, special after school treat, work, etc. You can make a "Brownie Basket" - with 2 oversized mugs, 6 of these brownie packets and a little note that says, "Warm up with a sweet treat this holiday season."

$19 for a pack of 12












9.  Red Apple Lipstick - I LOVE THEIR LIP GLOSSES! I had an opportunity to try Red Apple Lipstick products at this year's GFAF Expo in Chicago and they were fabulous. I wear Cabernet Kiss Lip Gloss daily and my 8 yr. old daughter loves her Pink Peppermint Lip Gloss. They have a minty scent and feel so good on my lips. These would be a great gift for your daughter, wife, co-worker, etc. From lipsticks, glosses, mascara and more - Red Apple Lipstick's products are GLUTEN-FREE, Paraben Free, Soy Free and Vegan.








10.  Cupcake 2 Go - You know I LOVE this product! Especially when it comes to kiddos needing a special treat for a birthday party or at school. It's perfect for anyone! You can fill one of these with Hershey Kisses or a gift card to a gluten-free bakery. Have fun with it!

   $9 for two




11.  Herb and Spice Carousel Rack - for those living a gluten-free diet, getting creative in the kitchen requires having some spices and herbs on hand. Spices get old, so make sure to check dates and maybe by yourself a rack FULL of them!

This is a Cole and Mason Herb & Spice Rack - you can choose a rack that holds 10, 16 or 20 spice jars.

$40   $50    $65



12.  Toaster Oven - Toaster ovens come in very handy for those on a gluten-free diet. You can even designate one as "GLUTEN-FREE" - from toast, to pizza, cheesy bread - you name it, you can put it in here! Another perfect gift for a college student too!

Black and Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven 


       $23.99


OTHER GIFT IDEAS AND STOCKING STUFFERS:

- GIFT CARDS to favorite gluten-free friendly restaurants
- GIFT CARDS to speciality food stores, like Whole Foods
- GIFT CARDS to stores like Container Store and Bed Bath and Beyond
- TICKETS to an upcoming Gluten-Free Expo - may I suggest the GFFAF
- GIFT BASKETS - Themed gift baskets are great. Cookies, Pizza, Spaghetti


If you have any other gift suggestions, let me know, and I'll add it to the list!! 

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Muffins


MmmHmm! That's right, Pumpkin Bread Muffins! Gluten-free, cream cheese frosting and our favorite toppings - pecans, chocolate chips and cinnamon and sugar.

Thank you Pamela's for your new Pumpkin Bread Mix! Pamela's baking mixes make my life so much easier as a busy momma of three. I don't bake from scratch, but Pamela's makes me feel like I am, because her mixes taste so good!

You can of course make a pumpkin loaf instead, even adding an optional topping of butter, brown sugar and pecans to top it off.  It sounded so good, but I opted for muffins and frosting to be a little more enticing to my kiddos.

My kids each had TWO muffins today. They loved them!






















  You can find the Pamela's Pumpkin Bread Mix exclusively at Whole Foods this holiday season. 

  Also look for Pamela's NEW Spice Cake Mix as well.  



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Please

(updated Nov. 2014)

It's time to get our GLUTEN-FREE Thanksgiving Menu planned!  There are many options to making our Thanksgiving delicious and at the same time, safe (free from gluten) for our whole family to eat. There are already quite a few dishes that are gluten-free, and for those that are not gluten-free, I have some great suggestions for you!
                                                                                  
First, Thanksgiving traditional dishes that ARE gluten-free:
                                                                                    
Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Sauce
Corn
                                                                                        
Now for traditional dishes that AREN'T gluten-free, BUT will be by the time we are done :)
                                                                                                                               
Stuffing                                                          
GF Alternative: Try Glutino's Cornbread Stuffing, available in stores. We had this last year and it was great.



Rolls
GF Alternative: Instead of the traditional rolls, make cornbread muffins! Try Pamela's Products Cornbread - from Cranberry Orange Muffins to Kernel Cornbread muffins, there are some delicious cornbread recipes to choose from.  


                                                                                                  
Gravy
GF Alternative: Here's a Traditional Turkey Gravy recipe from Pamela's Products - what doesn't this woman do?! If the traditional gravy is not what you are looking for and need something quicker, try Pamela's Delicious Fast Gravy recipe.

Photo from Pamela's Products

                                              
                      
Green Bean Casserole, nah! 
GF Alternative:  I skip the green bean casserole all together and make a 7 Layered Salad instead. I love Pioneer Woman's (Food network) recipe. Recipe below.

(Photo from The Pioneer Woman)

                                                                        
Ahhh, Pumpkin Pie
GF Alternative: Pamela's Pumpkin Pie recipe. Nothing I make with Pamela's products ever fails me...so I know this will be delicious! This recipe also includes her easy pie crust recipe. 
Photo from Pamela's Products
                                                                                        
Seven Layer Salad 
recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman)  

Ingredients
  •  SALAD:
  • 2 heads Iceberg Lettuce, Chopped
  • 8 ounces, fluid Baby Spinach, Washed And Dried
  •  Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • 16 ounces, weight Bacon, Cooked And Chopped
  • 4 whole Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 8 ounces, weight Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 bag (10 Ounce) Frozen Peas, Partially Thawed
  •  FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (more To Taste)
  •  Fresh Dill, Chopped

In a clear glass bowl, layer salad ingredients in the order they appear above, concentrating ingredients around the perimeter of the bowl and filling in the center with lettuce, if needed. End with the layer of peas.
Combine dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Pour over the top of the peas and spread to cover, bringing dressing all the way out to the edges of the bowl. Sprinkle with fresh dill.
Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Toss just before serving.
                                                                         

For more Gluten-Free Thanksgiving tips, check out my article "Green bean Casserole is Overrated".
                                                            
 From our family to yours - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

           



Monday, November 10, 2014

GIVEAWAY - 3 Issues of Gluten Free Holidays - 75 Recipes!


With the holidays just around the corner, I have turkey, mashed potatoes, pies and cookies on the brain!

As fast as October went by, I know Thanksgiving will be here in a flash, then Christmas even faster!  I need all the help I can get when it comes to preparing meals for the holidays, especially gluten-free ones.

And that's where Living Without's Gluten-Free Holidays Issue comes in! It's packed with great recipes (75 of them), from Thanksgiving, to a Christmas Buffet, Cookies and Desserts - they've got it ALL covered.


The BEST part about this...

I have 3 Issues to GIVEAWAY to 3 Winners!

Value: $6.95

This magazine has A LOT to offer and I hope you all get a copy today, and if you happen to WIN a copy, when you enter below, you can always share it with someone you LOVE! :)



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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I would love to say, I was just in the mood for some chicken noodle soup, but it really wasn't the case. My whole family came down with the stomach bug (beast) this past weekend and I needed to think of something to comfort and hydrate them.


I thought, "How hard could it be to make homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup?" Well, it wasn't hard! I couldn't believe how EASY and DELICIOUS this turned out!  I've never made HOMEMADE chicken noodle soup. I impressed myself with this one my friends, I really did!

I hope you enjoy it as well.

Ingredients:    


- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 1 C. Chopped Sliced Carrots
- 1 C. Chopped Celery
- 1/2 C. Chopped Onion
- 2 Tbsp. of Butter
- Half a Box of Ronzoni GF Pasta (this is our fav)
- 1 Box Pacific Chicken Broth
- 3 Massel Chicken Bouillon Cubes
- Garlic
- Poultry Seasoning or Sage, Thyme, whatever you like
- Salt/Pepper


Directions:
  • Place chicken breasts in pot and pour in 2 C. Water and 1 C. Chicken Broth and boil until fully cooked - 15-20 minutes. Use colander to reserve water/broth for soup. 
  • While chicken cooks: Saute celery, carrots and onion in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  • Cut chicken breasts into cubes.
  • Add to pot - remaining broth, 2 C. Water and remaining broth/water from boiled chicken.
  • Add chicken, 3 Massel chicken bouillon cubes and poultry seasoning (1 tsp.)

  • Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste test. Decide whether to add more salt, pepper and garlic. I believe in taste testing - I usually add seasonings later because you don't want to over salt or over power with garlic.
  • Add half a box of Ronzoni pasta. Simmer another 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.


  • Lastly, serve up a bowl and ENJOY!!