New Year: Ready or Not?

With the year coming to an end, there is so much to look back at.  Our kids have learned mommy can make gluten free donuts and daddy can fix anything with super glue  :)  Ok that does seem insignificant, but trust me to my boys those are no small tasks out of the many that have been accomplished this year.  No matter how you look at it, being a parent is a challenge.  Then, add in gluten free and it can get over-whelming.  I admit I have not always been the person I am today, but I have evolved out of necessity.  I have become a more empowered me.  This year has been a major year of attempting to take control of the situations I can and reminding myself (as much as I would love to) that I can't control everything.  While I understand gluten free is still foreign to many (companies no exception), I have made it my mission to help educate.  For the past 3 years, I have spent my time obsessing about gluten free.  I have … [Read more...]

Riega Foods Review & Giveaway…2 winners!!

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I am going to give a little insight into the lives of a 100% gluten free household. In our household, I will estimate that we are at least 75% homemade due to limitations either of quality, options available, etc… Before going gluten free, I can say without hesitation that our family was not committed to any companies. We used to be like the average consumers, shopping for the best prices to save money. The days of saving money aren’t necessarily over, but it is more of a challenge. Gluten free living requires a bit of faith in the companies claiming they are what they say they are, so my dedication to companies has increased. I wish there were more companies like the one offering this giveaway. Gluten free living doesn’t mean we deserve over-priced or lower quantities because we are on a special diet. They seem to understand Gluten free customers are for life; as a result, we are offered delicious products at affordable prices. On to Riega Foods as a company… *They are located in … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Holidays

While preparing for the holidays, I always feel a sense of isoation.  We have a celebration at home, so we can have all the christmas traditions gluten free.   As for stepping out of our bubble, there are the people who say they are not inviting us because it is an inconvenience and the people who have unofficially elected me do all of the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning.  Speaking of, I am way behind schedule on my shopping and cooking for Christmas :)  As Hunter gets older, I refuse to let him see how cruel people can be.  It scares me that if this is how our family treats our son, then how can we expect the rest of the world to accept him.  It is so frustating feeling all that added work and pressure; however, there are many cases that if I did not take charge, we would be left out.  Everyday I am thankful for Hunter.  After 21 years of chronic migraines, I am relieved of them.  I have a son who has taught me how strong I can … [Read more...]

Bodycology: Re-invents image with same great products!

With Celiac and our first child attending school, the germs are running wild in our house. Once one of us gets gluten contamination it seems like we can never get well, so in walks....Bodycology. They offer great anti-bacterial products that allow us to get clean without dehydrating our skin. Bodycology has the appeal of specialty bath products without the hefty price tag and conveniently located at mass-market retailers and grocery stores. Antibacterial products include... Antibacterial foaming hand soap: "an intense foaming lather for a quick, yet thorough clean" available in 3 scents: Apple Orchard, Brown Sugar Vanilla, and Cucumber Melon. *My personal opinion is that this is a great treat after doing the kitchen chores. Even after washing dishes, scrubbing, etc.. using the Apple Orchard hand soap left me feeling clean, conditioned, and the scent is delightful. While I have soap placed at all of our 4 sinks, I often catch myself sneaking into the kitchen to wash my hands for … [Read more...]

Betty Crocker: Red Hot Holiday Trends

Betty 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends includes Gluten free lifestyles!  Here is a list of the trends: 1. Bright Colors, Playful Food: Food Is Fun Again 2. Street Eats and Tweets: Meals Go Mobile 3. Man Up, Eat Up: Beer. Bacon. Good. 4. Spot at the Table: Pets Are Part of the Family 5. Gifts to DIY for: Wrap Up Some Creativity 6. Food for a Cause: Feed The Soul 7. Kids in the Kitchen: Connect While You Cook 8. Alternative Diets Go Mainstream: Hold the Gluten 9. Retro Rewind: Get Back to Great 10. Mixology Mashup: Cookies Meet Cocktails Thanks to General Mills/Betty Crocker embracing the needs of those with dietary restrictions going into a grocery store and holiday planning is not as stressful as it used to be.  After receiving the Red Hot Trends list, I tried 2 recipes immediately: Gluten Free Fudge Crinkles and Reindeer Feed.  Both were effortless and I have provided pictures of my own finished product to show my results.  Feel free to check out the complete … [Read more...]

bath & body works: "committed to helping consumers improve emotional and physical well-being" unless gluten free?

  I used to be a customer of Bath & Body works pre-Celiac. When we first started dealing with purging products (companies) for the health benefits, Bath & Body Works was contacted. They responded that there was no Gluten free list, but i could tell them a product to find out. 3 years ago things were different and i admit gluten free was not as mainstream so i stopped shopping there. 3 years later: I am now revisiting the past and trying to get questions answered...I contacted Bath & body Works again. It amazes me that nothing has changed. We are on our 9th email with little progress. They do not provide ingredient lists online and i refuse to go to the store only to look at the ingredient list on every single item. They have since apologized for their previous response, provided a generic answer, and have yet to answer my questions on specific items. Why do we have to feel like we are intruding? Has anyone else had similar experiences? … [Read more...]

Eden Foods Black Bean & Quinoa Chili Review

Eden Foods was gracious enough to offer me Black bean & Quinoa Chili to review. First off, I would like to expand on Eden Foods as a company. They are the oldest natural and organic food company in North America. One of Eden Foods statements to live by is “Doing everything it takes to acquire the absolute best, no shortcuts“. As a celiac mom preparing a healthy environment for my boys, I can appreciate a company who stands by that standard. Also, “in 2009 Eden Foods was selected as the best food company in the world, and the third best company overall by The Better World Shopping Guide. They acknowledged Eden's outstanding record in social and environmental responsibility. The company earned A+ and A ratings in ten food categories". This is further explained here. They have a great assortment of healthy foods available; obviously, I find comfort in companies like Eden Foods providing great gluten free options: for example check out their Gluten free grain basket To see more … [Read more...]

Christmas tree decorating with GF chocolate-almond donuts

I pride myself on our healthy eating; however, sometimes you just need something when decorating for the holidays.  I spent last night making these delicious chocolate donuts that were crisp on the outside and very moist chocolate on the inside.  Upon waking, the boys were excited to see these breakfast treats.   Chocolate-Almond GF Donuts (or loaf) *Ingredients: ~6 oz. unsweetened chocolate   ~14 TBSP butter (unsalted)  ~6 lrg. eggs, separated  ~1 c. sugar  ~1 tsp vanilla extract ~1/2 tsp. almond extract*  ~1/8 c. all-purpose flour mix  ~1/2 tsp. xanthan gum  ~1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder  ~1/2 tsp. salt *Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease mini donut/loaf pan . 2.  Melt Chocolate in microwave; Begin with 1 minute, then stir.  After that stir every 30 seconds until melted. 3.  Melt butter then let cool for 10 minutes. 4.  Place egg whites and egg yolk in to separate bowls. 5.  Beat egg yolks about 1 min.  Add sugar then … [Read more...]

Amazon: Subscribe and save is a lifesaver (plus save 15%)

I have used Amazon in the past for many things; however, I have become a regular customer of several gluten free stables with subscribe and save. What mom can live without (gluten free) o's cereal Then, when it comes to staples every 6 mos. amazon delivers cornbread mix and brown rice flour to my door within 2 days if necessary. While I realize this is a convenience, I appreciate not searching for what we need. I have found a great price at amazon with the luxury of not dealing with the disappointment of being unable to find our pantry staples. Bob's Red Mill Organic Brown Rice Flour, 24-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix, 20-Ounce Units (Pack of 4) … [Read more...]