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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gift Ideas + Stocking Stuffers for Gluten-Free Loved Ones

Whether shopping for loved ones or for yourself on Black Friday or really any other time, even on Christmas Eve, 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, some are Black Friday deals, others are just ideas 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 - BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!!

Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker

   $49.99




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 - BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!!

   $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 - BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!!

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 - BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!!

   $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!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Raising Jack Supports The Teal Pumpkin Project!


The Teal Pumpkin Project is making waves this Halloween and we're happy to be a part of it!                                                                                                                                                   FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) started a new initiative this season, encouraging families to participate in trick or treating by passing out "Non-Food treats to promote safety, inclusion and respect of those living with food allergies - and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all."

Celiac disease and food allergy communities have a common bond. We can relate, even though the scenarios may be different, celiacs and those with food allergies have to avoid certain foods to prevent harm to one's body.

Jack was on board and ready to start painting our TEAL pumpkin! 

After painting the pumpkin, Jack was ready to fill the Halloween bowl! We headed to the store and we came home with LOTS of TRICKS! Jack's favorite - the skeleton parachute guys!









This was a FUN "Project" and we look forward to doing this every year! 



P.s. You didn't know this, but teal is one of my favorite colors - hence our door and shutters are TEAL! :)

Wishing all our food allergy and celiac families a SAFE and FUN HALLOWEEN!

P.s.s. You still have time to paint your pumpkin TEAL! 

For more information:   #TEALPUMPKINPROJECT

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GLUTEN-FREE S'MORES GIVEAWAY!

Everyone needs to enjoy a S'MORES at least once, right?! 

Jack enjoying his first gluten-free S'more a few years ago.

I'm so thankful for Kinnikinnick sending some S'moreables my way for our GLUTEN-FREE S'MORES GIVEAWAY!

2 WINNERS will receive:

(1) Box of S'moreables 
(1) Bag of Marshmallows 
(3) Hershey Candy Bars


BUT wait, there's more!







Have you seen Kinnikinnick's new Vanilla Wafers??  I had an opportunity to try them at the GFFAF (Living Without's Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest) in Indianapolis a few months back. They were AWESOME! And guess what, the winners of this giveaway will receive a box of them!

Enter below for your chance to win a Gluten-Free S'Mores Prize pack! 

Remember 2 WINNERS will be chosen! GOOD LUCK! :)


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