Holidays are not an exception to the healthy rule in our house. However, I don’t think we have to miss out on the fun of holiday treats. As a gluten free and peanut free house, I am always looking for products that provide healthy and allergy friendly choices. Last Easter, I found out about YumEarth (To see the YumEarth Sour Beans Review click here) On to the Holiday Gummy Bears… YumEarth tastes much better than mass produced chemical candy because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients to sweeten our lives & yours. YumEarth. Good for us. Good for Mother Earth. “Santa” knows that we don’t take a break for the holiday so he can provide Mom-approved stocking stuffers rather than the traditional candy...Read More
I have been waiting for a good excuse to test out Kellogg’s gluten free Rice Krispies. They taste the same, but are made with whole grain brown rice . My kids are always mesmerized when I buy a new kind of cereal. With limited options of mostly boring boxes i.e. no characters, Rice Krispies appeared to be especially entertaining for them. Ingredients & Supplies 1/2 c. butter 12 c. marshmallows green food dye 1 box Gluten Free Rice Krispies (11 cups) red fruit rollups, diagonally cut into strips white chocolate chips writing icing (I used cake mate) frog cookie cutter frosting (optional for “gluing” eyes) Directions Melt butter over low heat. Then, add marshmallows. Heat until marshmallows completely melted. Stir in green food coloring...Read More
Welcome to Week 3 of the Color, Click, Capture photography challenge hosted by East9thStreet, A Helicopter Mom, Nap Time Is My Time and Sunshine and Sippy Cups. Every holiday I tell my husband to not get me anything, but he never listens. Whenever I think of yellow, flowers are the first thing that come to mind yet I was determined to come up with something unique. Voila! I will give him credit that he gave me my muse for this week’s photography challenge. I took picture after picture before I took a bite. He gave me a gift that captures my love of art and chocolate! This week’s photography tip is from Faith Massey. Faith owns and operate Images by Faith Portrait Art, a boutique studio nestled in the Lake Norman area, just outside...Read More
It’s funny how we often start out to create one thing and Then, you get inspired while in the process. That is how the minty sandwich cookies were born. Our oldest son, Dylan (the non-Celiac) said did you make us Oreos!?! While not exactly like oreos, they are reminiscent of the beloved Oreos Ingredients: Cookie: 1/2 cup rice Flour 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup Sorghum Flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 3/4 cup of melted Coconut Oil (or preferred oil) 1/3 c. applesauce 2 Tablespoons vanilla Filling: 2 cups White chocolate chips 3 TBSP. peppermint extract (give or take depending on preferred mint strength) Red food color (optional) Directions: 1. Combine Dry ingredients. 2. Stir coconut oil (melted), applesauce,...Read More
@Smarties for an allergy-friendly Valentine’s Day: Love Hearts, Extreme Sour, & some for you …oh my!
4 years down the Gluten Free path and there is so much more for me to learn… Sending the boys to school was definitely one of the hardest decision I ever made. Hunter has had pneumonia a few times thanks to gluten breaking down his immune system. Before me, I had never really meant anyone dealing with food allergies or food restrictions at this level. I find it funny how people talk about me like I am some SuperMom. How do you do it? they say. Like anyone else, I just do what needs to be done while trying to stay balanced between over-reacting & under-reacting. Friday afterschool, our oldest son walks to the car with this around his neck in celebration of 100th day of school, so what do I do? Fruit Loops are scary! He gets in the car. His...Read More
Whenever attending events, I always like to provide a gluten free treat. However, you want something that is allergen friendly as well as crowd friendly. While the choices of nut butters can be overwhelming, I absolutely cannot resist the taste of Sunflower Seed Butter! Here is my twist on the well-loved Puppy Chow … Ingredients: 1/2 c. Sunbutter (or other nut butter available) 1/4 c. butter 1 c. chocolate chips 1 tsp. vanilla 9 cups Rice Chex 3 c. powdered sugar* Directions: 1. Combine Sunbutter, butter, and chocolate chips until melted. Then, add vanilla. 2. Put Chex in large bowl and pour chocolate mixture over it until thoroughly combined. 3. Place powdered sugar in ziploc bag (or covered container). Then, add in chocolate covered Chex mixture....Read More
Back in college I worked at a health food/ Coffee shop, I remember all the coffees made with Torani syrup… there are so many different flavors. I especially like the sugar free options. Obviously making coffee at home with Torani can save you money while still letting you indulge. Depending on your taste about 1/2 – 1 oz creates a coffee just like your favorite coffee shop version for a fraction of the cost. But, I am not here to talk about coffee. I want to help you create a delicious holiday candy using Torani Hazelnut syrup. The holidays are approaching! As Thanksgiving & Christmas arrive it is easy to focus on how gluten free living affects us during this season. Peanut Brittle is one of those things I miss. Corn Syrup...Read More