Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Many Faces of Red Apple Lipstick

Do you know these people?  My hubby in the middle calls Jay the Makeup Dude.  Truly Jay is the chemist behind Red Apple Lipstick.  The pretty lady by me is Andrea the face of Red Apple Lipstick.  She does have a gorgeous face, no wonder the chemist choose her.  No but really they are awesome!  Red Apple Lipstick is my go to for gluten free makeup, that last.
Make sure to click on the link below to order you own Red Apple Lipstick products.

I use Sei Belle for foundation and face cleansers, which is also gluten free. Sei Belle is luxury at affordable cost. I mom of 3 can not truly afford to spend all my money on makeup.  (or can I, lol)

This is the fabulous mascara The Lash Project!  Primer and Conditioner in one.  Lush long lashes every time. 

My makeup stash or maybe it is better to call it a haul. Can you tell I love Red Apple Lipstick products?

My palate includes: 
Violet Vixen - Graphite Glam - Black Magic
Sugar & Spice - That's My Jam - Vamp
Buttercream - Golden Girl - Champange

Other Eyeshadows I use: Poise 'N Ivy, Innocence, Mermaid Lagoon, Siren, Raven

When I apply my eye make I use a trick I learn to brighten and open my eyes as they are narrow set. 
  1. Prime them with Prime Time. All the way around, up to the brow and even underneath and in the  eye inner corner. 
  2. Apply a well packed and covering coat of Buttercream all over the lip and up to the brow.
  3. Apply the color of the day from the outer corner of the lid downward toward the center of the iris.
  4. Apply the color of the day from the outer corner of the lid up toward the brow to the center of the iris. (similar to a v shape)
  5. Use the color of the day as eye liner.  I wet my eye liner brush and make a quick eyeliner to apply only to the center of the iris on top and bottom. Right at the lash line.
  6. Apple Innocence to the inner corner to create contract and brush under the eye on the lid toward the outside. 
  7. Apply multiple coats of The Lash Project, slowly.  Remember to coat the top of your upper lashes too.

Get the look:
Eyeshadow - Vamp
Eye Liner - Black Pencil
Lipstick - Love My Kiss
Gloss - Hot Mess

Get the look: 
Eye Shadow - Siren
Lipstick - Love My Kiss
Gloss - Romantic

Get the look:
Eye Shadow - Poise 'N Ivy
Lips - Sweet Coraline

Get the look:
Eye Shadow - Poise 'N Ivy
Lip Stick - Love My Kiss

Get the look:
Eye Shadow - Poise 'N Ivy
Lip Stick - Love My Kiss
Gloss - Hot Mess

Get the look:
Eye Shadow - That's My Jam
Lipstick - Nude

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Apple Compote Cake with Zemas Madhouse Foods

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We recently had the opportunity to review a box of Zemas Madhouse Foods cinnamon oatmeal apple muffin mix.  You know I just could follow the directions. Right. We had to get creative and this apple compote cake was gone in one sitting.  

The mix is a box of dry ingredients which you add liquid and apples to.  Zemas uses teff and sorghum in most of their mixes.  I love that you can see the ingredients right on their website

The cake was moist and soft with great flavor similar to a spice cake.


I decided to use the mix for my cake base.  I made the apple compote from the breakfast chapter of Kid Approved using Winona Pure Coconut Oil.

Then I made a batch of salted caramel from Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage to top it off.
The trick is to put your apple compote in the pan before putting your mixed up batter. Bake as directed, and top with salted caramel. YUM

Mix up Zemas Madhouse Foods cinnamon oatmeal apple muffin mix leaving out the apples and walnuts.  I did use Neat egg instead of eggs.

Make Apple Compote as directed.

Line your 8 inch round cake pan with parchment paper. 

Spread hot apples in the cake pan.

Pour muffin batter over apples.

Bake as directed.

While the cake is baking. Make Salted Caramel as directed. 

Let cake cool 10 minutes, then turn out. Top with salted caramel and enjoy! 


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Kids Cooking Class

Do your kids like to cook?  Do they like to taste everything? or do they just want to be involved?  

If they are anything like my 'little taster' they need to be in the kitchen the second the hear you pull out a spoon.  This Saturday's event is for them!  Bring out the little bakers and tasters to Fresh Thyme at 12 noon on Saturday for our Kids Cooking Class.

I am excited to be back at my favorite store cooking up cupcakes with the kids.  Cupcakes will be allergy friendly and we will have 2 different icings for them to decorate with and more! 

I will be teaching on safe cooking with kids and handing out free devils food cake recipes for you to take home.  Pick up a copy of our newest book Kid Approved at the lowest price available and I will personalize the book just for you or your little taster.

Saturday, July 11th - 12 noon
Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market Joliet
2700 Plainfield Rd
Joliet, IL
Call 815-733-4001 to Register Today and save your spot! 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Salad Love

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During Summer everyone wants a body that will fit in the that infamous yellow polka-dot bikini right?  

OK maybe it is just me, a mom who has had 3 kids, but still wants the cute little Summer body.  

Honestly I am happy with my body and self.  This has taken me several years to get here but I can put on a string bikini and not have a care.  Most weekends you can find me running around the backyard with my kids in a bikini, because I am happy with myself. If you need help getting to your happy place contact My Kitchen Shrink, Elyse Wagner.  She can get you there!

The reality is during Summer I prefer quick meals, to allow more time for playing and sunning.  This salad was awesome and Hubby even had seconds.  

Summer Salsa Salad with Mahi Mahi


Romaine lettuce
Mahi Mahi
2 tbs GF Mom Certified Fajita Seasoning (found inside Gluten Free Mom Certified Cookbook)
4 Tomatoes
1 Med White or Red Onion
1 Avocado
1 cup Cilantro
2 tbs Honey
1 cup Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic


Wash and season mahi mahi with fajita seasoning.

Rough chop tomatoes, onion, avocado and mix in medium bowl.

Rough chop cilantro. Peel garlic. Place cilantro, garlic, honey and oil in food processor and blend into dressing. (I used my mini chopper here)

Mix 1/2 of dressing with rough chopped veggies.

Grill the mahi mahi about 3 minutes per a side.

Build your plate with romaine as the bed. Top with Summer salsa, then mahi mahi and add a little dressing to the top.

This is great to eat alone too!

Photo by Franki - Her view of my meal prep #toddlerPhotography


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Egg Free Classic Sugar Cookies

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We had some fun this past week with finding the perfect egg free sugar cookie.  Three batches later I need some more Real Jules GF flour and we have a winner.  I also had enough cookies to practice my icing.  Lately I have been inspired by watching the cookie decorating videos on Facebook. They make it look so easy.  I is easy but you still need some practice and skills.  The most important thing is to make use the icing dries between colors and layers. 

The "little taster" has a partner in crime today! (egg free dough makes it even better)

My Mom's favorite cookie is a classic sugar cookie, with just sprinkles.  I can remember even at a really young age climbing up to help cut the cookies out.  My girls really enjoyed this and had some much fun. 

Getting you kids to help you bake is a great way to learn counting, math, patience and adventure.  They can count how many scoops are needed in the bowl.  Do math by doubling or dividing recipes and even work with fractions. 


Classic Sugar Cookie

1 stick Earth Balance (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup sugar
1 Neat Egg or 1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/8 cup GF Jules Flou

In a large bowl cream Earth Balance and sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the prepared Neat Egg and mix well. Add vanilla extract. Add GF Jules Flour on low till combined. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour. 

Roll out using flour and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake for 12 minutes.

Royal Icing

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tsp almond milk
2 tsp corn syrup
1/4 tsp almond extract
food coloring

In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and almond milk until they are somewhat smooth. Add the corn syrup and almond extract. Mix until all the icing is smooth and glossy.  

Divide into bowls if you are adding coloring. Stir in food coloring if using.  Scoop icing into a pastry bag and decorate cookies.  

Make your outlines and let dry. Add 2 tsp corn syrup to thin for flooding. 

Step by Step

Make sure to use flour when rolling out your cookies and run your cookie cutter through the flour too.

Pipe the outline first and let it dry.

Flood the cookie inside the outline. Let it dry.

Add sprinkles if you want before the flooded inching is dry.

Once dry go back with your next color. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today's the Day #GFMOMLOVE

Sorry for Coupon Hiccup
I first want to apologize to everyone for the issue with the coupon we had today.  Thank you to everyone who let me know via social media and emails.  I am working with our IT area to get it resolved.  Today is meant to Celebrate you, all my gluten free family. I have placed a global discount on our website today just for you.  The discount is for $9.99.  What this means is you can pick any ebook  and purchase it for free.  This discount will only be available today for #GFMOMLove.  ​ Go grab yourself a new eCookbook and enjoy! 

Today is the day for us celebrating you! We have several ways you can feel the love. 
GF Mom Certified's LOVE Day includes..
• Dessert Photo Contest - the 'little taster' will be judging all on her own.  So get baking!  To enter simply upload a picture of a dessert you made to Facebook and tag @GFMOMCERTIFIED and hashtag #GFMomLove in your dessert picture post. The picture must be upload to Facebook by 6/17 9pm CST. The winner gets a free year of membership to the GF Mom Club and all the downloadable goodies too! ($97 value)
• Gluten Free Mom Certified eCookbook is our free gift to you on Love Day! - This is our original best selling gluten free cookbook with 60 recipes. Full of family favorites. On June 17th simply go to our new store to get the eCookbook absolutely FREE.
• Sign up for our Free Weekly Recipe Club at and get a FREE copy of our Gluten Free Solution eGuide.  This mini book is invaluable to living a gluten free life, including grocery ideas, gluten labeling and even a fun recipe to get the free mini eGuide
• Twitter Party - details below. I will be sharing BYOC information, recipes, tips and even giving out prizes.  Register below for our Love Day


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HOST: @GFMomCertified
Here’s what you have to do…
1) RSVP to the Twitter Party here 
2) Follow @GFMomCertified
4) Post a Tweet containing the following hashtag #GFMomLove during Party Period
Come chat with gluten-free blogger and author Tiffany Hinton (hey that’s me!) as we talk about Gluten Free living and keeping your kids safe in a world of food
RSVP for your chance to win GFree goodies as well as a special grand prize your gluten free kid will love! 
That’s right – win GFree products and more at this Twitter Party! All you have to do is RSVP below and attend the party on 6/17 on Twitter using the hashtag #GFreeLove – it’s that simple! (Register  HERE)
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