Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dark Chocolate Chips from Enjoy Life

I was very excited to try these new chips as I LOVE dark chocolate.  Thanks to Enjoy Life they let me sample some.  I decided to use them for baking chocolate chip cookies

The great news is these are dairy, nut , gluten and soy free, yeah!

I had to stop myself from eating a bunch before making the cookies of course, they are delicious!

 The cookies were better than ever thanks to the new chips:)  Of course I had to share with my son

Make sure to try all of Enjoy Life's products at

Available at a store near you.

for the recipe go to
Gluten Free cookies


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Bagels

Thanks to the good folks at Kinnikinnick Foods I had the opportunity to try these great bagels.  I got to sample Blueberry, Plain, and Cinnamon Raisin, what a treat.

My favorite was the Cinnamon Raisin, just like I used to have years ago, it has a great taste.  I added Earth Balance, which is dairy and soy free butter with some honey, and it made a great treat.  This would be a wonderful breakfast item also.

Their motto is "Gluten Free Never Tasted So Good", and I agree.  They have a variety of foods, check out where you can find these delicious bagels and other items on their website.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

47 Gluten Free Baking Classics Book Review

I recently reviewed this great book

47 Gluten Free Baking Classics Cakes, Cookies, Breads, Pizzas, and More

This book is great for the upcoming holiday season.    It is filled with gluten free recipes.

 This book starts out explaining the different types of gluten free flours to use and the reasons for each use.  I find this very handy when baking and cooking. 

It is filled with many great detailed recipes including sugar cookies, dessert bars, banana bread,  pumpkin muffins, cakes, pizzas, and delicious breads.  The recipes are very easy to follow and detailed.

A great reference and recipe book to use over and over.

Don't miss out on this, you can get today for free on your kindle!  What a deal


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen has brought back the gluten free pizza again, this time with stricter standards.  I opted to try the mushroom and pepperoni with sausage, although the pepperoni was missing, it was very good.  I also did not get cheese, the sauce was a little light, but the pizza was very good and as big as my husband's pizza which was great.  I actually got to take some home this time, and had no ill after effects.  It is around 2 dollars more than a regular pizza, so around 14 dollars I believe.

Here is some more information on precautions and such

Going Gluten Free: Complete Reference and Recipe Guide Review

This Guide is Written by Shirley Baker and is a complete gluten free diet guide to get you started.

It includes great information, especially for those just starting out.  This book goes over how to go about testing, and all the different foods and ingredients you need to avoid, tips on eating out, and more.  Then it goes through all the different flours you can eat ( I didn't realize there were so many!) and it has some great recipes which include great recipes for the picky eaters like children and even some delicious smoothies, cant wait to try some. They are easy to follow and there are some great photos.  Vegan and Vegetarian recipes are also included.

A great source when you have been diagnosed and not sure what to do first, or even if you think you may have Celiac or an intolerance.  Then a great reference to follow afterwards.  You won't be disappointed in this book.

It is available for purchase on Amazon  Going Gluten Free   on the kindle for 4.99 or paperback for 12.32.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Stur Liquid Water Enhancers

Stur was generous enough to send me all six of their exciting flavors.  Stur is a liquid water enhancer that you pour right into your water.  The packs are small and convenient for travel, they also do not need refrigeration.

Here is a bit of their story from the website.
" I initially created Stur for my wife, so she could drink more water naturally while pregnant with our twin girls. We are a family-run company, passionate about better health. Our mission is to help millions of Americans drink more water, and we’re really proud of developing a good-tasting product without any artificial sweeteners, flavor or colors."

  These products are all gluten free.  They are also free of artificial colors, flavor, and sweeteners.  Zero Sugar, and Zero Calories, yeah!  Stur also contains a blend of essential vitamins, including A, D, E, B3, B5, B6, B12.  Something we all need.

 My two personal favorites are the Simply Strawberry and the Truly PomeCranberry, they seem to have the most flavor.  They are naturally flavored with Stevia with the exception of the Cucumber Mint, which is not sweetened, has a distinct taste, I could really taste the cucumber.

The 6 flavors are:
Honestly Lemonade
Purely Orange Mango
Simply Strawberry
Truly PomeCranberry
Proudly Tea Plus Lemon
Only Mint Cucumber Unsweetened

Here is the website for all the details


Friday, September 6, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Enjoy Life Chewy Bars are Back and Tastier

Enjoy Life has improved their Chewy Bars and have made them even more tastier.  I have to say I do enjoy the flavors more, and they are very moist.

There are four flavors, Cocoa Loco, Caramel Apple, SunButter Crunch, and Mixed Berry.

My personal favorites are the Caramel Apple and the Mixed Berry, I love the berry pieces and flavors, and the Caramel Apple is perfect for fall.  These are great for on the go, kids lunches or snacks, or a quick snack in the afternoons, try them you will be pleased:)

                                            These are also free of dairy, nuts, and soy



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Betty Lou's Gluten Free Snacks

 I was excited to try their wonderful selections.  They have a wider variety of gluten free items, including fruit bars, coconut balls, peanut butter, bars, and more.

Here is a part of their story
Everyone wants to feel their best, and when I decided to remove refined sugar from my family's diet 32 years ago, I began creating recipes that were made with honey and brown rice syrup instead. Children know what they like, and my sons were my very first taste-testers. As I fine-tuned the recipes my boys' friends took notice, and soon I had the most popular yard in the neighborhood! I was like the mom with Kool-Aid(tm) in the TV commercial.
I chose "Just Great Stuff... and Plenty of it!" as our motto because it truly reflects the dedication that we have to the quality of our products. I always use the best, healthiest, cutting edge ingredients because I believe that they taste better and make you feel better.

The Betty Lou's Experience

Delicious, healthy food! Food that not only tastes good, but makes you feel good. That's the Betty Lou's promise. Reinvigorate your body with any of our healthy snacks: high-protein shakes, low calorie cookies, nut butter balls, fruit bars, organic-certified bars and more! Make the right choice in taste and health and enjoy Betty Lou's - the Northwest's homegrown health shop.


  • Wheat
  • Refined Sugars
  • Hydrogenated Oils! (No Trans Fat)
  • Genetically Modified Ingredients (Non-GMO)

I tried the Gluten free Strawberry Fruit Bar and the Gluten Free Coconut Ball.  The fruit bar was so delicious and moist, reminds me of the fig newtons I grew up with but much better and much healthier.  Next I tried the Coconut Ball Macadamia, one word Wow!  This felt like a dessert treat, it was so moist and tasty, the coconut is an added bonus! And it also has 6 grams of fiber:)

They also make these great organic bars with all great stuff in them, that come in four flavors.  The Acai is full of antioxidants and vegan.  These are great bars for your purse or backpack on hikes or just day trips.

Enjoy, and check out their website to find all their products and information

BettyLou's Website

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

FlaxMeal Wrap

I had to share this recipe, I tried it yesterday for a burrito, and it turned out great, gluten and dairy free and so easy.

low carb, high in protein and fiber

it is from the book WheatBelly, by dr. Wm Davis

Flaxseed Wrap

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

keeki Pure and Simple Products

I was happy to try a few products from this great company, a nail polish and a lip balm.  They say they are gluten and soy free. I, of course love the little dog logo:)

I have been searching for a non toxic nail polish, here is what they have to say

Our non-toxic nail products provide for the perfect manicure!
Our 100% biodegradable, vegan, gluten free formulas make
Keeki Pure & Simple's nail care line the safest on the planet!

I chose the color cotton candy, very fun! 

The lip balm I received is called Minty Vanilla Cooler, it is very tingly going on

Made with organic & food-grade ingredients, Minty Vanilla Cooler Lip Balm will keep your lips smooth for hours! We add only organic flavor compounds making our lip balms the yummiest around!

Ingredients: *Beeswax, *Macadamia Nut Oil, *Sweet Almond Oil, *Coconut Oil, *Stevia, *Rosemary Extract, *Flavor Compounds & *Essential Oil

Here is more info on how the company started

Here you can find a store near you


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Absolutely Gluten Free Crackers and Flatbread

I came across these great crackers at my local Sendiks and Fresh Market in town.  They have no rice, wheat, or soy, they are made out of potatoes!  I had to try a box, and they are really good, great alone or in my soup.  There is a cracked pepper and an onion cracker, I chose the cracked pepper, it has a really great flavor.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jovial Foods Contest

Enter today for a win a trip to Italy!

Like their facebook page and enter the contest through the facebook site, good luck!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Enjoy Live Soft Decadent Baked Bars

Thanks to Enjoy Life for sending out these new samples to review. 

They have a new bar that comes in four flavors, here is a statement from their website.

"These indulgent bars come in 4 unique flavors, including: S’mores, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate SunButter®, and Cinnamon Bun. Each bar is topped with a complimentary melt-in-your-mouth white or dark drizzle (depending on the flavor). Decadent bars are a great anytime snack or a luxurious dessert. All bars are gluten-free, free from the top 8 allergens, and verified by the Non-GMO project."

I immediately had to try the Cinnamon Bun, and was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and it had the drizzle on top, extra yummy!  The fact that they are gluten, soy and dairy free was extra special.

This was DELICIOUS, and a great snack to carry around for on the go.  Also great for kid's lunchboxes.

Try some today, here is the website


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dr. Praeger Sponge Bob Broccoli Bites

My son spotted these cute Sponge Bob Gluten Free Broccoli Potato Bites, they were on sale today so we had to pick them up.  They were pretty good, a bit smooshy, but the taste was good, and it was a nice healthy part of lunch, better than fries.
Kids will love them!


Gluten Free Mistakes and Contest Reminder

Worst Gluten Free mistakes

And dont forgot to enter the contest below by Friday!

Friday, May 10, 2013

libre naturals review and giveaway

This is a great company formerly known as nonuttin.  They make their food in a dedicated factory free of the top 11 allergens and gluten, this way you have peace of mind.  The top allergens the products are free from are
Tree Nuts(including coconut)

They even use latex free gloves during manufacturing and are tested to be gluten free oats.

I tried the Vanilla Cinnamon Cereal, and it was wonderful, I decided to add a few bananas in it and make it my breakfast with almond milk.  This would be perfect to take along for hiking or trips also.

I also tried the Double Chocolate Chunk Granola Bar, it is delightful, great for carrying in your purse or at work, nice to have your chocolate fix in a healthy way.

They also make little oatmeal cups which are perfect for on the go and for a quick fix in the morning.

This company was featured on Marth Stewarts Mother Day Special last year

Check them out at  Oatmeal - Daily Hug NEW!

Now for the contest make sure to like my page on Facebook  and leave a note here, facebook,  or an email at on what you would like to try from this company, and you could be the winner of a 25 dollar gift certificate!  Awesome
Contest ends a week from today, make sure to leave you an email so I can contact the winner


Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Healthy Pantry White Bean Chili by Cook Simple

I recently received from samples from this company, and the White Bean Chili with chia seeds and bell peppers was my first choice.

It was fairly simple to make, just had to add water and ground turkey or chicken.  This is gluten free and all natural.  I also added in corn and some veggie cheese.  Cooked it in under 20 minutes. It was good and had a nice spice to it, very filling with the beans and ground turkey.

Here is a bit about the company taken from their website.
Not really the “cook out of a box” type? Neither are we…usually!
Sure, cooksimple™ meal kits are pre-packaged to make your life easier, but they’re also chock-full of healthy high-quality ingredients – delicious, nutritious, and all-natural. 
Nothing preserved, nothing artificial – basically what you’d never expect to find in a box.
From tried-and-true family favorites, to authentic, globally-inspired dishes sure to spice up your dinner routine, cooksimple™ offers a tasty and healthful option for easy, home-cooked meals.
Our products have recently been recognized with national awards, including:

You can find this product at Whole Foods, great for easy , fast nutritious meals the whole family can enjoy

Here is their website for more information, they make a variety of meals


Friday, May 3, 2013

Check out this Delicious 4 inch Sugar Cookie from New Grains!

When my son saw this cookie I knew he would want to have it, he was so happy when he got to share it.  This is a 4 inch gluten free melt in your mouth sugar cookie with butter frosting and sprinkles on the top, makes a great special treat!  This would be a good treat to have handy for special occasions in kid's schools when they cant have the treats that are brought in.

Here is Justin enjoying it

enjoy!  New Grains

4" Sugar Cookie

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Grains Gluten Free Bakery Review

Thanks to the good people at New Grains I got to try many samples, and I would love to review a few of them today, as they have many great products!

What I love about this place is they are a dedicated gluten free factory.  Here is a blurb from their website

Over the Past 7 years we here at New Grains Gluten Free Bakery believe we have created a very intuitive list of products to serve your dietary needs. we are a Gluten Free (100% Dedicated) Fresh Bakery distributing to stores & individuals nationwide. Changing peoples lives one 'loaf' at a time.

Last night I tried the hamburger bun with my turkey burger, it was delicious, moist right out of the package, honestly the best gluten free bun I have tried yet.  It was the perfect size for my generous burger also.

 I also had to try the chocolate chip cookie of course, that caught my eye right away.  My son and I enjoyed them very much.  We also tried the sugar cookie, this was my favorite, it was so soft a melt in your mouth type of cookie, yummy!  It is topped with frosting. 

They carry a wide variety of items including English muffins.  All the breads are gluten and dairy free, yeah!

Stay tuned for more reviews on this great company.  To find items at a store near you go to


Celebrating Spring with 40% off Items

Check out my Etsy site for 40% off all orders today in honor of the nice weather finally!  This applies to all orders over 10.00!  Use code Welcomespring, dont delay!  A bunch of gluten free items as well, soaps and perfumes Calendula Baby Soap  Gluten Free

Shea Summer Soap with Citronella

Soy 6 Oz  Pure Beeswax Tin