Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 Summer Favorites

Summer is a time to run and play, splash and jump in muddy puddles and remember your childhood.  One of my fondest memories is cranking ice cream after a summer fish fry with my grandparents and great grandpa making glow rings for us with the butt of a lighting bug.  Just the sound of a ice cream maker churning brings back these vibrant and joyful memories.  I can taste the fried catfish and grits, any remember mixing ketchup, mayo and pickles to make tarter sauce to dip my fish in.  Today I am sharing 5 of my favorite summer recipes to help you create colorful and joyful memories for your own children.

1. Popsicles

2. Vanilla Ice Cream 

3. Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

4. Fruit Kabobs

5. Jicama Salad

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Cereal Your Kids Will Love from Freedom Foods

After years of eating shredded wheat for breakfast, under the belief the extra fiber would help IBS (majorly wrong as I am intolerant to gluten and found out the wheat was also making my endo much worse).  I really am not a fan of cereal, I much prefer oats or eggs for breakfast (the true is I could just eat cookies and cake in the morning with my coffee and be really happy). My girls on the other hand look at cereal as a treat.  They get excited to see a box of cereal and smiles follow as they sit down to a bowl of cereal with almond milk.  

Their absolute favorite is the Maple Crunch from Freedom Foods, Lillie loves to eat it dry as a snack too.  If you are a cereal lover or love the fact that cereal is quick in the mornings, I get that as a busy mom some days you just can't cook eggs or oats and dry cereal in a baggie is eaten on the road to school, work or daycare - then you need to try Freedom Foods cereal.  The Tropic O's reminds me of Fruit Loops and would be perfect for gluten free craft projects like necklaces for your toddlers.  Super easy with some yarn and a bowl of dry Tropic O's (and it just got better for your kiddos too)

Freedom Foods is sharing some fantastic news regarding their fast-growing and highly popular TROPICO’s Allergen-Free Breakfast cereal. For the last 6 months, the R&D Technical team in Leeton, Australia have been working on development of an even better TROPICO’s……..with even more positive nutritional profile, as well as certification with both the Non-GMO Project organisation and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (N.F.C.A.) in the US.

Well, they have done it. By including Chick Pea in the recipe, and moving to natural Paprika, Carrot, Sweet Potato and Tumeric colours they have achieved a product which tastes great and has……

Even Lower Sugar                           from 8g to 6g
Even Lower Salt                              from 40mg to 30mg
Even Higher Fiber                           from 2g to 3g
Continued 100% Natural Flavors and Colors

Freedom Foods are also updating our packaging to reflect this improvement – you can see the current and new design below:

                              CURRENT                                                         NEW


The new pack design includes the Non-GMO Project Certification, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Certification, our Free From Allergen list and Kosher Certification. And we are really proud to now have the great Freedom Foods Red Banner to lift Tropico’s shelf presence.

Freedom Foods also has just come out with 2 new pancake mixes in easy to prepare and take with you.  We loved the pancake mix with quinoa, baked up perfectly and had amazing flavor.  As much as we travel, this is a simple product for on the go - camping, hotel cooking, or staying with family.  You don't need a spoon or bowl.  Just add the water or milk to the contain and shake. Then pour on your skillet or griddle and flip.  Just think no risk of cross contamination with spoons. I'm in love!  You can also store the mixed up batter in the fridge to use later. Check it out in the video below.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Namaste Review and Giveaway!

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I must admit that Namaste's Perfect Blend Flour is my absolute favorite gluten free all purpose flour.  I buy it in mass quanities and can never have enough (If we ran out of flour in our house I think the world might end - LOL)  Recently Namaste reached out to see if I would like to do a review and giveaway on my blog, of course my answer was YES, YES PLEASE. I was excited, like really excited.  I even interrupted my husband at work to tell him (just a tad excited).  

Namaste sent us a box of goodies and we were ready to go!  

We received Perfect Blend Flour, Bread Mix, Cookie Mix and Muffin Mix, Namaste grocery totes, recipes and coupons.  One lucky reader will be getting a prize pack from Namaste too!   I love that the flour and mixes are free from gluten, corn, potatoes, dairy, nuts and more.  The potatoes, dairy, nuts and gluten are important for us with my intolerances and the girls food allergies.  I first found Namaste when we found out Lillie was allergic to peanuts and potatoes, as I needed a new flour blend. The Perfect Blend Flour works great and bakes up perfect every time.  I used it to develop our newest cookbook Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage, including the fabulous donuts and pie crust.

When I saw the recipe for blueberry coffee cake, I knew we had a winner as the girls love "blueberry muftins". I picked up a pint of fresh blueberries and gluten free kefir.  The coffee cake was gone before 10am, now that says something for the taste and texture.  

I used the Prefect Blend flour in our friday night pizza crust.  I used it in pancakes and the texture is awesome.  The best compliment is when a non-gluten free person doesn't know they are eating gluten free and say it taste great or like yesterday when I made pastries with the flour, I was asked "where did you buy these they are great?" - now that is a compliment not just for the cook, this means the gluten free flour is superb. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Join me in Raleigh at the GFAF Event

Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event
Aug 9, 2014
10am - 3pm

   DoubleTree Hilton Raleigh Brownstone University1707 Hillsborough StRaleigh, NC 27605

Admission to the events includes:
  • Product sampling and sales from more than 50 companies
  • Free lectures from well known members of the gluten-free community about gluten and allergen-free living
  • Free cooking demonstrations that invite you to explore the world of gluten-free cooking one delicious bite at a time
  • A free gift bag to tote around samples and purchases
Join me for an amazing evening to learn more about eating healthy.

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The speakers include some amazing gluten free powerhouses including 

Dr Stefano GuandaliniProfessor of Pediatrics
Section Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and NutritionFounder and Medical Director, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

Carol KicinskiAmerica's Gluten Free Voice
Featured Speaker from SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE Magazine
Gluten Free TV Chef - Daytime TV - Nationally syndicated (NBC) in 3rd season, Founder & Editor in Chief of SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE magazine,
Cookbook Author, GF Blogger since 2007, food writer published in over 100 newspapers in America.

Jennifer Fugo is the founder of Gluten Free School, a website dedicated to teaching gluten-sensitive individuals commonsense, simple and powerful steps to get healthy. She’s a certified Health Coach named a “Gluten Free Guru” by Philadelphia Magazine who co-hosts the popular “Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse” to empowers gluten-free folks to take control of their diet, feel great and kick their sugar habit.

Chandice Probst is the Founder of popular website, Gluten Free Frenzy, which is known as the #1 gluten free giveaway site and provides individuals with recipes, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Gluten Free Calendar, which hosts Celebrate Celiac™ events and Celiac Awareness Nights with professional athletic teams nationwide to promote celiac awareness, raise proceeds for non-profit research facilities and achieve the companies slogan of Unity in the Gluten Free Community™.

Pam Jordan was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2011 after struggling for fifteen years with symptoms. She is a working wife and mom to three young kids. Her blog, I'm A Celiac, provides simple Gluten Free recipes with common ingredients, product reviews, restaurant reviews, and giveaways. Pam also authored a cookbook, Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes. Every week she will post a weekly menu to help you feed your family safe meals. 

Jen Johnson offers an integrative mind-body approach to healing. She has been working as a coach since 2000 and working as a Counselor since 1991. Jen has been practicing Mindfulness Meditation since 1985 and teaching it as a tool for stress reduction since 1986 and practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching it since 2010. Jen’s primary teachers and influences have been Sarah Powers, Rick Hanson, Ronald Siegel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Tara Brach, Dori Langevin, Stephanie Keach, and Geshe Lobsang Tenzin.

Ryanna Battiste is the founder and co-owner of GRUB, a dynamic food education resource offering programs and support to help people change their lives through food. A lifelong cook, who also suffered from a host of undiagnosed maladies, Ryanna took her first step toward the world of food education in 2007 while studying at Apicius Culinary Institute in Florence, Italy.

Amy Fothergill was trained at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. She never thought her culinary skills would be necessary to manage her family’s special diet but has found her cooking knowledge has come in handy. Currently she is acooking instructor, consultant, blogger, and author of a gluten-free cookbook, The WarmKitchen. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband and two children.

And your's truly!  Speaking on how to raise a child gluten free. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Makin Chocolate Popsicles

Popsicles or as Lille has been calling them Lollies are become a fast favorite of the girls.  They are definitely an outdoor treat, but fun.  The girls are even getting involved with the making of the popsicles, probably more for the tasting and licking of the spoons. As Franki says "I taste please".  

This is a chocolate and vanilla mix popsicle.  You could even do a multi layer if you had multiple puddings made up.

Fresh from the freezer.  Just run under warm water and the mold releases.  

This is a vanilla custard with fresh strawberries.  (great use for left over eclair filling)

Vanilla Custard Recipe

2 cups coconut/almond milk blend (any kind, but not nonfat) 
1/2 cup sugar 
1/4 teaspoon sea salt 
4 egg yolks, at room temperature 
1/4 cup amount cornstarch 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

In a medium-size heavy-bottom saucepan, place the milk, sugar and salt, and whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. While the milk is coming to a simmer, in a medium, heat-safe bowl, mix together the cornstarch and egg yolks until smooth. The mixture will be thick and relatively stiff. Once the milk mixture has come to a simmer, remove from the heat and drizzle the hot milk very slowly into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. This is to prevent the egg yolks from scrambling, but the mixture will inevitably clump a bit. Once the milk has all been added to the egg yolk mixture, transfer the whole mixture back to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the custard has begun to bubble and thicken (about 1 minute). Remove the saucepan from the heat, and whisk in the vanilla extract. Continue to whisk the custard until it is no longer hot to the touch. Place custard in popsicle containers, and freeze until firm.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Lash Project and a Giveaway

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I have never found a mascara that could compare and I have tried many brands.  I grew up with our neighborhood Mary Kay lady teaching how to apply makeup so I didn't look like Tammy Faye Bakker.  I moved on to high end department store brands, then to a more natural approach before finding Red Apple Lipstick last year.  WOW!  If you have seen any of my video reviews you know I am in love with RAL.  So what is all this screaming from the mountains about?  Products that are gluten free, paraben free, vegan, soy free, cruelty free, allergen free, corn free and dairy free!  The make up last all day and I still have to wash it off every night, now that is awesome makeup with staying power.

RAL's brand new product is The Lash Project a 2 in 1 mascara and conditioner.  I am in love again!  I was using another allergen free mascara and did doesn't even come close. 

RAL has assessed every "pain point" that a woman could possibly have when wearing mascara. Each of these pain points are powerful things that you will not have to deal with anymore. 
The pain points TLP has solved:

  • Clumping
  • Spidering
  • Smudging
  • Flaking
  • Eye irritations: itchy, scratchy watery eyes
  • Puffy and red eyelids
  • Short, stubby lashes
  • Lashes that grow in weird directions
  • Lashes that fall out
  • Mascara that’s hard to remove and therefore you scrub your eyes too hard
The Lash Project is:
Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Corn Free, Soy Free, Vegan (synthetic beeswax, not the stuff from real bees), Cruelty Free, Dairy Free, Plasticizer Free, GMO free, Glycol Free, Nut Free, & SLS free

The issue is that mainstream mascaras are laden with nasty ingredients that are well known to actually clog your eyelash follicles and over time create damage like itchy, puffy eyes, styes, lashes that fall out, or grow stubbily (yep RAL is making this a word!).

But we can reverse the damage. By using a mascara that actually has conditioning ingredients in it, we can take back our lashes. The follicle will be conditioned on a daily basis while you wear TLP, it won’t be clogged, and your lashes over time will be able to return to their healthy state – the way they were when you were a teenager, before you wore mascara.

RAL have written a wealth of information on the topic. It’s long, but I implore you to read it to really gain an understanding of why TLP is so different than typical mascaras and therefore why it costs $42 and not $17. The Lash Project launches July 31st

It’s important for you to understand we are not talking about just mascara. You will feel the difference from the first moment you try TLP. I do not feel the weight on my eyes of mascara and when I brush my lashes with my hand they are soft. My lashes feel naked, but look amazing! Your daily makeup routine will be transformed when you put down the tube of $17 mascara that has the same nasty ingredients that the drugstore $7 mascara has in it – and switches to something actually good for your lashes. 

Did you know that 98% of all cosmetic companies are owned by 3 main corporations. So if you switch “brands” 6 times they don’t care – you’ve probably switched to one of theirs containing the same ingredients – but because it’s a higher end brand name, they can charge you more for it. It’s the perception of choice yet, not being given one at all.

How about the number of mascaras you might have tried over the course of a year, how much cumulatively did you spend trying to find the right one? TLP will last approximately 6 months with normal usage. It will not dry out in the tube when you know there’s more left in there. 

But best of all...if someone still doesn’t like it after all of that – they have six months to get their money back or exchange it for something else. This is unheard of in the personal care industry. RAL believes so much in TLP that I would rather take the risk out of your hands and just have you try it. Just give RAL a chance to help you.

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Incase you just can't wait to see if you won RAL is offer my readers a special discount of 22% using the code GFMOMVIP on any order size of $50+ during launch week.
My favorite lipgloss is Hot Mess, so I’m offering my readers a 22% discount on a new mascara and a lipstick or lipgloss of your choice – Hot Mess is a great choice!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jimmy Bars Review and Giveaway

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Recently we got to try Jimmy Bar snack bars and I have to say YUM.  My favorite is the How 'Bout Dem Apples bar.  It taste like a apple spice cake and if you know me at all you know I love dessert as much as my Grandma Tippey always did.  Grandma was the lady when you asked if she wanted pie or cake would always respond both please (just a little bit of each) but would eat a whole piece of each and enjoy it.  

Jimmy Bar is a family owned business from the Chicago area that produces a clean and tasty snack.  I loved throwing these in my bag to take with me.  I ate them for breakfast with coffee, as a snack at work and in the afternoon with a glass of tea.  The bars are made with only ingredients that you can read and no additives or preservatives.  They use no sugar as the bars are naturally sweetened with dates and I love that they contain no food coloring too. 

Jimmy Bar can boast they are:
  • Non Artificial
  • Dairy-Free
  • Family Owned
  • Gluten Free
  • Yummy
  • No Added Sugar

And now….. you can get your own goodies!  

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