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Saturday, January 19, 2013

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

I was so excited to try Pamela's NEW Sugar Cookie Mix!! I ordered two bags through Amazon this past week and made a package of them last night! They are SOOOO GOOD!

Let me show you how easy it is to make and bake these!

I love Pamela's colorful packaging!




Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Makes about 18 cookies, depending on how thin you roll out your cookies.

What You Need:

1 Package of Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix
1 Egg
1 Stick of Butter (softened)
Parchment Paper
Rolling Pin
Cutters









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, tasty and fun to make and bake!

I'm never disappointed when I use Pamela's products - she has made gluten-free baking so easy and at the same time great tasting! Thank you Pamela! I'm looking forward to trying your NEW Oatmeal Cookie Mix too! :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Easy Peasy Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping

2012 was a busy, busy year for us. A new house, a new baby and a traveling Daddy. I'm excited to get back to blogging! My 2013 blogging resolution is to post at least twice a month, so please stay tuned.

As a busy mom of three, I don't have time to play hide and seek while shopping for gluten-free items. I need to know where the gluten-free products are as soon as I enter the store. As I'm cruisin' the store wtih a sleeping baby in the cart and Jack hanging on the side, I don't want to be running from one end of the store ALLLLL the way over to the other end and still not find what I need.

It can be overwhelming at first, especially for those mammas starting out on their search for gluten-free items. I hope this post can help make your gluten-free grocery shopping more enjoyable!

HELPFUL TIPS TO MAKE GLUTEN-FREE GROCERY SHOPPING EASY:

1) First and foremost, FOCUS ON WHAT YOUR CHILD CAN EAT, NOT WHAT THEY CAN'T.

2) Stick to the outskirts of the store - PRODUCE, DAIRY/CHEESE, MEATS and DELI - you'll find that almost ALL of these items are GLUTEN-FREE!

Fruits, Veggies, Meats, Cheeses and Dairy are mostly
GLUTEN-FREE and HEALTHY too!

3) ORGANIC/HEALTH FOOD Section is a MUST! Shop at a grocery store that has an established health food section.  This is where you will find speciality gluten-free items.

4) Locate the Gluten-free FROZEN section. This may be located by the ORGANIC/HEALTH FOOD SECTION or it may be in two different locations. For example, I find Udi's Bread in a freezer in the bakery section, but Van's Waffles and other GF products at the opposite side of store in the ORGANIC/HEALTH FOOD SECTION.

These items HAVE GLUTEN and you need to substitute by looking
for GLUTEN-FREE options in the frozen section or the
ORGANIC/HEALTH FOOD SECTION.

5) Meal Plan - I have to say, I'm not very good at this, but it's a new year, so I hope I can do better! It makes grocery shopping easier knowing the meals you plan to prepare for the coming week.


Where to find some of our favorite GLUTEN-FREE ITEMS in the grocery store:

1) FOR cupcake/cake, pancake, cornbread mixes and so much more, we use - Pamela's Products - I LOVE her products as they make GF baking so easy! You will find these products in the HEALTH/ORGANIC section of the store. They are easy to locate with their colorful packaging.

2) FOR bread, pizza crust, buns, and even pre-made cookies Jack prefers - Udi's - these can be found in the bakery section of the store. It will be either in the freezer where cakes are located as well as other bakery items or you can find it on a designated stand of just Udi's products in the bakery area.

3) FOR a special treat -  French Meadow Bakery - Individual Frozen Brownies. These are so convenient and taste awesome! We find these in the freezer of the HEALTH/ORGANIC section. These are great for birthday and special events at school. No need for your GF kid to feel left out when all the others are eating cake - try decorating the brownie with frosting and sprinkles.

4) FOR Pretzel Sticks and Yogurt Covered Pretzels - Glutino - these have been great for Jack! He loves dipping the pretzel sticks in peanut butter and he LOVES the yogurt covered pretzels! These items are located in the HEALTH/ORGANIC section.

5) FOR Graham Crackers, Oreo like cookies called KToos and other sweet cookie like treats, we look for Kinnincknick products. I can usually find the KToos at the local grocery store in the HEALTH/ORGANIC section...I usually have to go to a speciality store like Whole Foods or order on-line for the graham crackers.

6) For yummy Waffles - visit the HEALTH/ORGANIC Freezer section. There you will find Van's Waffles. Jack loves his w/ peanut butter, butter and syrup!


Our 2 Favorite Stores for Gluten-Free Shopping:

KROGER - This is the store I shop at the most, due to it's convenient location to our house. I'm happy with their Organic/Health Food section and I'm now familiar with the layout of the store so I can run in and run out as needed.  I'm also very impressed with their gluten-free knowledge - click on the link and check it out!

WHOLE FOODS - This a fabulous store, but unfortunately it's not convenient to our house. If I'm in need of gluten-free items that I can't find at Kroger, I will take a trip to Whole Foods. They have more of selection of snack foods like graham crackers, cookies, sugar cones as well as a variety of pastas, asian meals, etc! They offer A LOT of gluten-free items!

Easy Peasy!

Grocery stores are becoming more and more gluten-free friendly!  I'm excited to see that the gluten-free market is growing faster than what I ever expected it to. I've seen an increase in gluten-free products available on the grocery store shelves just within the past 3 years! I only see it getting better for our children which makes me so happy to know that my son won't have to go from store to store to find what he needs to live a happy, healthy gluten-free lifestyle.