Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
I can’t believe I am finally saying it but it is that time of year! It is time to buy Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies 2014! Well, at least some of us get to enjoy them, in some parts of the country you can now buy the newest addition to the Girl Scout Cookie list – Certified Gluten-Free by GIG – Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. Not sure why the Girl Scouts decided to “test market” the cookies because apparently they are selling like Gluten Free hot cakes! (Umm …no-duh!)
I can tell you that you can download the Girl Scout Cookie app for your smartphone to track down the cookies near you but have some patience. It isn’t exactly working very well. I think it is overloaded with the overall demand of the yearly sale. I think I found out some better more direct information for you by using my inner Gluten Free cookie monster investigative skills. I was able to find out that the baker is ABC Bakers and not all Girl Scout Councils use this baker.
A full list of Girl Scout Council by state that use this baker and are selling the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Girl Scout Cookies is listed here. Honestly, your best bet is to call a friend or family member that lives in an area listed and ask them to order them or buy and ship them to you especially if you live in WA or OR.
Luckily for me I was able to score a bag from a very dear college friend, Sheila that lives in the Philly area. She sent me a bag and I couldn’t wait to rip them open and try them! They are bite size, flavorful little treats that are just big enough to quickly dunk into your coffee, milk or hot cocoa. I just wish that we could all enjoy them and be part of the Girl Scout Cookie fundraiser.
I have to say that it makes me a tad bit giddy this year to finally walk by, even virtually, a Girl Scout Cookie stand and to know that we – Gluten Free Foodies are included in the joy of Girl Scout Cookie Season!
So go … search, hunt, find and rip open your bag of Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies! Oh, but make sure you have your favorite beverage ready to go to dunk and devour! As we Girl Scouts say … always be prepared!
Gotta run and make a pot of my favorite coffee and get ready to dunk!
I will always have a place in my hear for the Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout, badges and all! I thought I would share one of my favorite memories at Girl Scout Camp around the campfire, multitasking, sewing or crafting and making plans for our next meal! Love the hat with my camp badges on it and the white knee high socks! Yikes!
I will forever have the Girl Scout Pledge branded in my memory …
Good luck and enjoy! Thanks Sheila!
I am so impressed with GlutenFreeda brand foods! All of their products make enjoying easy Gluten-Free snack and mealtime fun and flavorful. You will love GlutenFreedas products anytime and anywhere. Why? Just look at their mission statement, it says it all – GlutenFreeda mission is “To help people with dietary restrictions return to a normal life of eating by offering convenient, high quality, authentic tasting, delicious consumer products that people eat every day.”
GlutenFreeda offers Certified Gluten-Free Oats in packets, cups and packets of granola in a variety of flavors. All very delicious and offering the best quality Certified Gluten-Free Oats flavor combinations made in a 100% dedicated Gluten-Free facility in Washington state. Real Apple, Maple and banana flavor is the perfect way to warm up and rev you up!
What does Certified Gluten-Free Oats mean to people with Celiac Disease?
It begins with the seed, dedicated farms that only grow oats and equipment avoiding all cross-contamination. Additionally after production, each batch is tested at the facility using the R5 ELISA to ensure <5ppm. To learn more about the testing and inspections please go to – The Truth About Oats section on their website.
This is genius! I love the idea of a instant Certified Oatmeal in a cup. What a great way to travel and enjoy your Certified Gluten Free Oats! Blueberries, Strawberries and Brown Sugar is just one of the ways that you can enjoy a little comfort food anywhere. Additional flavors include Brown Sugar and Flax, Cranberry, Apple, Walnut with Cinnamon and Golden & Brown Raisins with Cinnamon.
How fun is that?!
So easy to get some hot water at your local coffee shop, airport, or on an airplane while traveling and don’t forget your spoon! This is by far an easy Gluten-Free snack or meal anytime and anywhere.
Don’t forget GlutenFreeda’s pre-portioned, generous portions I might add, granola packets. Easy to put in your purse or bag for a snack on the go. Great to enjoy alone after a workout, in between appointments or on top of your favorite Gluten-Free yogurt and Ice cream! Fun and easy to use for a crumble topping on your favorite sautéed apples, bananas or pears! Use it in all your favorite recipes to add a nice crunchy texture.
GlutenFreeda also makes additional products that are just as easy to make when time is limited. They offer frozen burritos, pizza wraps, pocket sandwiches. I love them all!
Thanks to GlutenFreeda for contacting me and sharing their Certified Gluten-Free Oats and granola with me. I am not influenced by their complimentary products to write this post. I am originally a fan of their Gluten-Free burritos. I love to see that they are expanding their product line. I am now a fan of their Certified Gluten-Free Oat products and am happy to suggest this as a perfect Gluten-Free food to enjoy while traveling to friends and family.
I have been a big Downton Abbey fan since day one. I know there are millions of fans out there too, so this gift is perfect for everyone! I can’t wait until January 5, 2014, season 4 premiere, to see what twists and turns will happen with the Crawley family and the many wonderfully delicious lines that Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham will sling this season.
In the meantime, Christmas is just a few days away so let’s get this Gluten-Free Downton Abbey Party Gift rolling so that everyone on your list will be ready for a party. I selected a few, very proper items to add to a gift bag (Not sure if the limited edition Downton Abbey reusable bag is still available but grab it if you see it.) You can always add the items to a pretty basket or a serving tray if the bag is gone. The fun part is that everything can be found at your local World Market in store or online. Even better they have a few items on sale right now!
A party is only proper if you serve the proper tea, in a proper tea pot, served in a proper tea set…whew! That’s quite a bit of proper wouldn’t you say! I think I need a cuppa-tea and a Gluten-Free biscuit! Speaking of Gluten-Free biscuits, add Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies, found at your local market, to the gift!
Make sure you go online and enter the World Market Downton Abbey Sweepstakes to win a trip to London and more. Ends 12/27/2013.
You can always buy the previous seasons on your local PBS station during their fundraising campaigns.
So put on your Downton Abbey inspired proper party hat, found on Etsy or your local consignment store and get the house ready for prime viewing in 2014. Now if we only had house staff to help us get things all tidy … the countdown has begun!
“Mary you will be a wonderful mother” …
“you will be my Mary for all eternity and I love you more and more everyday” – Matthew Crawley.
Good luck shopping and good day to you,
Please note, I added Hammond’s chocolate bar to my gift suggestion. A party really is never complete without chocolate, at least in my book! Here is Hammond’s list of Gluten-Free items. I would suggest adding their toffee to the list. See their site for where to buy.
Louis Armsrong is singing “Winter Wonderland” in the background and I am making a pot of Starbucks Christmas coffee and Tazo tea from Starbucks. I’m getting ready for a good ol’ fashioned evening in front of the fireplace, listening to our favorite music and catching up with friends. I can’t think of a better treat to serve with coffee and tea than my newest favorite, Gluten-Free Clementine Chocolate Almond Biscotti made with my Candied Clementine Syrup.
Just think Clementine Chocolate and Almond dunking into your favorite hot beverage and creating the perfect bite in one quick swoop!
makes approximately 2 dozen biscotti
1/3 cup Gluten-Free Multipurpose flour mix, Bob’s Red Mill, Pamela’s Products, or Maninis GF Multiuso *Cup4Cup contains Milk Powder and is not Dairy-Free
1 1/2 teaspoons Gluten-Free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup grape seed oil
1 cup Candied Clementine Syrup
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a food processor.
Slowly add the oil, pulse 1-2 times.
Add the Clementine syrup, pulse 1-2 times.
Add the eggs and vanilla, pulse until all incorporated.
Gently incorporate the chopped almonds and chocolate.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Scoop out the dough with a silicone spatula or spoon.
Spread the dough out to make a long loaf approximately three inches wide and almost the length of your baking sheet 13 inches long. Smooth the top with the silicone spatula.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Take it out and let it cool for at least 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut slices 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal with a serrated knife.
Place the slices, standing up, next to each other on the baking sheet with parchment paper. I reuse my previous paper, even if it is slightly messy.
Bake – 15 – 20 minutes until the centers are slightly dry.
Remove from oven and let cool on a baking rack for at least one hour prior to serving.
Let the biscotti sit out to continue to dry. If you have leftovers, place in an airtight container or tall jar.
**Add a few biscotti to a bag with a bow for an easy gift with some coffee beans or specialty tea.
Biscotti = twice baked Italian cookies = bliss
Oh Clementine, Oh Clementine how I love to eat thee!
I absolutely love this time of year because for all of the wonderful flavors that it brings.
Luckily for us ’tis the season for Cuties Clementines!
Do you or someone you know love Cuties Clementines as much as I do? I can’t think of a more wonderful gift than a cute little box filled with Cuties!
Did you know that Cuties Clementines contain 36 mg of vitamin C and that 2 Clementines are 80 calories, 400 mg of potassium?! So the choice is clear, treat yourself, family and friends to a box or two of Cuties Clementines this holiday season. Clementines are only available November – January so make sure you get them at your local store while they are in stock. To find a store near you go to – Find Cuties box by entering your zip code.
So what do you do with your Cuties Clementines when you get them? Well remove the skin and eat each juicy section, one-by-one is the easiest way to enjoy nature’s candy. But you could make them last even longer by making …
Candied Clementine Syrup
makes approximately 3 1/2 cups
6 washed Clementines, cut
1 cup cold filtered water
2 cups Zulka Organic Cane Sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the clementines in a Le Creuset French Oven or a pot with a lid, with the skin side down. Add the water and then sprinkle the sugar on top of the Clementines and put the lid on.
Carefully place the pot in the oven and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 hours.
Carefully take out of the oven and remove the lid, keeping away from the steam.
Let cool, uncovered on a rack for at least 1 hour.
Add mixture to the food processor and pulse to the consistency you desire. I like to keep a few peels visible for a tad bit of texture and extra pretty bites.
Serve with scones, waffles, biscuits or add to recipes to give them a wonderful Clementine flavor. Store in the refrigerator in a tight sealing jar, for 1 week or in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.
Stay tuned to for my special Clementine recipe coming up next …
Oh Clementine … Oh Clementine … how I love to cook and eat thee!
** I received a box of Cuties Clementines from Cuties Citrus. They heard I was a Clementine lover and they asked if they could send me a box and I graciously agreed. I was not influenced to write this post because of the complimentary gift. Nature made me fall in love with Clementines and sometimes you just can’t deny Mother Nature.
Must Have Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers 2013 that are sure to please everyone!
There is nothing better than taking a mid-day break with a hot cup of coffee and my favorite Gluten-Free, Nut-Free – Chocolate Sun Cups made with sunflower seeds. Even better, this lovely little treat is Non-GMO and Soy-Free as well! All of Sun Cups products are made in a gluten, nut, tree nut free and certified Kosher facility!
This chocolate cup is all grown up with a fresh new hipper recipe that is safer for everyone to enjoy. I have been a fan of Sun Cups since I found them in 2009. Sun Cups has mastered the chocolate candy cup making by creating deliciousness like I remember but without the gluten and nuts! Such a treat with four combinations. Dark Chocolate Sunflower butter, Dark Chocolate Mint, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Sunflower butter.
Don’t ask me to pick a favorite because I love them all. I know, I love dark chocolate with everything, especially sunflower butter because the creamy flavor pairs nicely with the semi-sweetness of the dark chocolate. Oh don’t even get me started on my forever love …. Dark Chocolate Mint! Sun Cups makes their cups with perfectly real fresh peppermint oil.
I will say that I usually stay away from milk chocolate because it is usually too sweet but both of the Sun Cups made with Milk Chocolate cups are just enough sweetness to soften your sweet tooth without sending you into orbit!
I say we all enjoy the new hipper and safer chocolate cup for everyone! Buy a case and take them with you while you travel safely on airplanes, share them with friends and remind Santa to add them to stocking stuffers! Give yourself, your family and friends permission to take a deliciousness break and discover your favorite Sun Cup today. You can find Sun Cups at a variety of stores near you by using the store locator on the Sun Cups site. Additionally you can buy direct from Sun Cups online.
Thanks to Sun Cups for sending me some samples. I was a fan in the beginning and will always be your biggest fan regardless of the freebies.
Luckily for me it is time for my Sun Cups break now …
Oh wait before you go …
Check out this video from Sun Cups, featuring the founder, David Lurie and fans. Help them raise money for the Sun Cup fundraising campaign. They are trying to raise money so that they can provide free Sun Cups to various events and non-profit organizations. #SunCupArmy
My newest addition to my gift list, Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013. Who knew that having Celiac Disease and living a Gluten-Free lifestyle meant we had to make sure our makeup is Gluten-Free? Well I learned the hard way in the very beginning almost 10 years ago. I am one of those people that habitually applies tinted moisturizer to my lips. Well, let’s just say that we definitely digest what we put on our lips. But beyond just our lips, anything we put on our skin is absorbed and I believe in only using products that are Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty Free. I have been searching for years trying to find a full makeup line that I can use, believe in and trust.
Introducing my new favorite,
Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013
I love Au Naturale for their simplicity, passion, generosity and social responsibility products. Au Naturale is Organic, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Bismuth Oxycholride-Free, Non-Toxic, Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Sulfate-Free, Non-Nano, Professional and made it the USA.
Friends Ashley and Alexandra, owners of Au Naturale, created their makeup with a goal to assist women in finding a makeup that embodies their values, without sacrificing their health. All of their products are made fresh and then shipped. They believe in their mantra so much that every package is marked with the 3 words – healthy. pure. glowing.
In a recent chat with Ashely Prange, I asked her about the company philosophy. Ashley said, “Au Natuale’s vision is to empower women, girls and the global community to flourish in a positive, healthy and productive world.” Au Naturale is based in Washington, D.C., and produces “meaningful makeup” which means with every purchase, 10% of sales is donated to support education in a partnership with Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS). Ashley worked closely with ZOCS while attending college and recognized the need for assistance in fundraising to educate the Zambian children.
I was telling Ashley, when I was a little girl all I ever wanted to do was play “makeup”. I remember going over to my friend’s house and playing with her mom’s makeup case that had all sorts of colors in small containers that I thought were so beautiful. I used to try every color for my eyes, cheeks and lips. I never worried about foundation or mascara because I was too young to realize how it really worked. (Now I totally get it!) We would dress up, putting on outfits, high heels, hats, costume jewelry and then the grand finale … a fashion show! Oh what fun! Looking back, I haven’t had that much fun with makeup since then.
I also remember 10 years ago, when I was very sick, from an auto accident. My health was declining rapidly and I had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I remember one particular day, looking in the mirror and crying because I looked and felt so horrific! I was so sick that I didn’t care how horrible I looked. Wearing makeup was the farthest thing from my mind but I knew I had hit rock bottom. I vowed to get my health and glow back as I picked myself off of the cold bathroom floor.
Well, I can tell you that I am having fun with my makeup once again! When I found Au Naturale this year they were so wonderful when I contacted them. I was so excited that I found a company that had the same standards and philosophy as I did. I couldn’t believe how many different products they had. The beautiful colors for lip gloss and lipsticks! I love love love the eye shadow cremes, blushes, bronzers, powders, foundations and more! My inner giddy girl couldn’t wait to play!
Au Naturale sent me a generous sample makeup package. I absolutely love all of the makeup. I will be honest with you. When I look at the colors that they sent to me, I hesitated. This was not my habitual, comfort zone color palette. I opened the lip gloss first, it was coral?! Wow, I had never seen a prettier, more natural color. I loved it. I am typically a red lip lady. So when I saw this on me I was very surprised and grateful. I realized that by just putting on a new lip color it gave me pep! I continued to try the rest of the makeup on and I have to say I am a new woman! It opened my eyes to new colors that looked really nice and natural on me. Even though I don’t feel great every day because of my Chronic Pain, when I put on a little makeup I feel pretty. It does a world of good for my mind, body and spirit that just lifts and reminds me that I do care about myself. You can see some of the products that were sent to me in the photographic gallery that I created above.
All I can say is that you need to play too. Lucky for us Au Naturale is extending a special Gluten-Free Foodies, holiday discount of 20% on all orders placed until January 1, 2014.
Please use the code = GFF20
in the promo code box at check out.
Additionally, Au Natuale has a couple of Red Cross products – Red Cross Red Lip Gloss and Red Cross Red lipstick, made with Certified Organic Ingredients and will donate 20% of the sales of these products to the Red Cross.
That is a great incentive to continue my signature red lips!
Thank you Au Naturale for making a makeup that we can play with, feel beautiful wearing and not sacrifice our health. When I wear your makeup I feel healthy, pure and glowing!
Please don’t wait another minute, place your order today so that you have time to take advantage of the -Gluten-Free Foodies discount code GFF20 to save 20% on your order until January 1, 2014. I know you will be as happy as I am with Au Naturale.
A reader contacted me today asking for an Easy Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies recipe that his kids could make. He wanted to bring some Gluten-Free cookies to his office for a holiday party for a few people that are Gluten-Free. The reader is not Gluten-Free but lucky for me he still likes to follow my blog. I suggested that they buy one of my favorite cookie mixes so that they didn’t have to buy any extra Gluten-Free ingredients than needed. I love using Pamela’s Products when I need a recipe to be fast and easy. Pamela’s mixes are also great for introducing Gluten-Free baking to new bakers or people that are newly diagnosed to the Gluten-Free lifestyle. Pamela’s Products are found at most major grocery stores across the USA.
I suggested that they make my…
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and place the rack in the middle of the oven.
8 Tbs butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Using a standing or hand mixer, blend the contents of the cookie mix in a bowl with the butter, egg, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa powder. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Take the dough out and use a spring scoop or two spoons to make balls with the dough. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use the back of the spring scoop or spoon to gently press the ball down leaving an indentation. *This will hopefully bake with a small indentation that will be the perfect place for the melted chocolate to puddle and sit … Oh my! If the indentation does not stay, use the back of a spoon to gently push the cookie down while they are cooling.
Bake 9-11 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler while stirring. If you do not have double boiler use a small slow cooker or the microwave. Melting times will vary.
Once the chocolate is all melted use a spoon to scoop the chocolate onto the cookies. Sprinkle the tops with crushed peppermint candies. Let cool before storing in a tight sealing container.
I suggest enjoying these cookies within 1-2 days so they are fresh. I am sure once you start baking them it will not be that hard.
TIP – if you have a candy cane shape cookie cutter or a favorite shape, you could rollout the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and cut the cookies out. Bake, cool and top with the melted chocolate and peppermint pieces.
Merry Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Christmas!
Come a little closer and I will tell you my favorite beauty secret …
What is the one thing that your mother always told you to do when you were younger?
Take care of your skin, after all it is the largest organ of your body.
I recently met with Karen Ries, owner and creator of HANA Organic Skincare, which started in 2010. It turns out that Karen found her passion while studying to be an herbalist. She originally wanted to make medicines for her family. During the course, the students were required to make skincare products. So by chance she started to make the products and use them on her skin. She used to get eczema every few months so she tried her products on her rashes and they made it go away. Of course she was thrilled with the results but in the process she discovered her passion of making a truly natural skincare product. Karen shared her class project products with her family and friends. Once their products were gone they began to ask her to please make more! She realized that she loved making products and that this could really be a business. Karen realized that it was the process of creating and making wonderfully nourishing products to nurture our bodies. It was fitting that when Karen thought about a name for the company she wanted something to represent that nurturing spirit and decided to call the business – HANA, her daughter’s name.
“We do care what you put on your body and what goes into your skin. Your skin is just as important to me as mine. We make small batches. I test everything on myself.” Karen is so dedicated that she is thinking about buying a farm to grow as many of her own ingredients that she can. Currently she only buys the best Organic ingredients to meet her shared high quality standards. Karen makes small batches of her products because they are meant to be used within a timely manner and not sit around. If a product sits on a shelf, it needs preservatives and chemicals and that is what she avoids.
We talked more about skin conditions and I explained to her that during the diagnosing process, people with Celiac Disease can have skin irritation symptoms or Celiac of the Skin called Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH). DH is extremely itchy, chronic conditions that requires medication and a strict Gluten-Free diet. DH often looks like eczema. I asked her if she had anything that would help quell symptoms of DH or other irritations. Karen says that her Lavender Grains are very gentle and nourishing. In fact this product contains certified Gluten-Free oats. Karen says the combination of the lavender and oats is one of the best things to help quell skin irritations.
HANA Organic Skincare makes six products - Lavender Grains, Gentle Cleanser, Gentle Toner, Renew, Luxe Serum and Eye Oil. She wants to focus her full attention on these products because they are the most popular. Karen assures me that when she is ready there will be other products added in the future. (Trust me I put in many requests for various products to be created. When you find something you love you just want more! Right?!! )
I am absolutely in love with all of the products but a must for me is Renew and Eye Oil to keep people guessing my real generation. I have been told that my skin has a healthy glow and that makes me feel really good. I care about the ingredients – I eat foods that nourish my body internally so why not my skin? I like to make my skin incredibly happy. All of the products are 100% toxin and cruelty free, no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or perfumes. I actually think the natural fragrances from the lavender, rose, frankincense and others give me the added aroma therapy benefit as well. I can’t wait to wash my face or to use the toner so that I can take a few long deep breaths and feel refreshed.
All of the products are Gluten-Free (certified GF Oats) and Non-GMO Project. Please go to the HANA Organic Skincare site for more information. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter as well to receive updates for new products and special announcements. Karen is happy to ship to you, if you are not local to the island or Seattle.
As a special bonus to my readers,
Karen is extending a
holiday discount for Gluten-Free Foodies readers.
Shop now and use the special code
GFF15 to save – 15%
at check out in the special code section.
HANA Organic Skincare accepts returns please see her site for the return policy. Karen says that the best place to spot check a new skincare product is the crook of the arm, or décolletage.
“Think of our products as food for your skin. This is precious, we make small quantities of our products with natural preservatives to be used daily and be replenished frequently.” - Karen Ries
Karen’s sister makes the beautifully lined make-up bag, shown in the picture, by hand. The bag will hopefully be available to purchase soon.
So let’s just keep this as our beauty secret … okay? When I see that extra glow on your face, I will know where it came from.