Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pamela's Microwave Brownie Mix

Chocolate is a weakness of mine.  Recently during a grocery shopping trip I spotted a new Gluten Free chocolate treat I had to have!  It is a single serve Gluten Free brownie mix from Pamela's Products.  

The instructions were super simple and all you need is the packet, oil and water.  It even cooks up in just a minute to sooth your chocolate fix!  The mix is also dairy free.


I thought that flavor was good and very chocolately.  I do have to say the texture wasn't that great.  It was't very moist and fell apart easily.  I have made Pamela's regular brownie mix before and felt the texture was fine.  It seems like the mix needs an egg or something.

Overall it solved my chocolate fix but I may experiment next time and add an egg.

Anyone have an idea to fix the moist issue?  I have one more packet left to try. 


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Weekly Menu October 28 2013

The creativity and pantry cleaning from last week paid off!  We avoided the grocery store until pay day!  Woot!

This week I'm trying some two new recipes from eMeals because they looked simple and tasty.  I'm also using a new Pinterest recipe.

The big event this week is the Food Allergy Blogger Conference in VEGAS!!  I leave Saturday and I can't wait!




Monday - Chicken Fajitas using this recipe  and Toufayan Wraps

Tuesday - Chicken Cacciatore using eMeals recipe
Wednesday -  Shepherd's Pie
Thursday - Black Beans, Beef and Rice using eMeals recipe
Friday - Breakfast for dinner
Saturday - Family - Leftovers.  Me - VEGAS!


GIVEAWAYS

Moon Rabbit Foods Holiday Baking Essentials Giveaway!  Win a CASE of Gluten Free baking mixes!

Three Bakers Gluten Free Stuffing!  Win 2 boxes for your holiday table!

My blog and cookbook have been nominated by Gfreek.com for the Best Gluten-Free Blog (category 17) and the Best Gluten-Free Cook Book (category 27).  If you have a minute please go here and vote!

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Check out MyLifeWithFoodAllergies.com.  It has great posts about being Gluten Free hosted by Living Without magazine. 

Do you Like I'm a Celiac on Facebook?  Great conversations and support going on!


Don't forget to check out my cookbook on Amazon!  
Please help me and leave a review if you enjoyed it!



Need help planning your family's weekly menu?  Check out eMeals.  Use codDINNER15  for 15% off or OCTOBER for 10% off!


Looking for a good Gluten Free Magazine?  Check out Living Without. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gluten Free Mascara

Our friends at Red Apple Lipstick have out done themselves again!  Not only do they have kick butt lipstick, lipgloss, lip balm and eye shadow they are now coming out with GLUTEN FREE MASCARA!  What!?!  Raise your hand if your excited??

So here is are the details:
  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Allergen Free
  • Soy Free
  • Corn Free
  • Toxin Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Plasticizer Free
  • GMO Free
  • Petroleum Free
  • Vegan
  • AWESOME
Oh and its designed to actually help strengthen and grow your lashes!  And if that isn't enough to convince you check out this video!

I've already added my name to the list and can't wait to try it!

The mascara is set to release in early December just in time for Christmas   Can you say stocking stuffers?!

To learn more and get the inside scoop go here.  Hint: it has a wicked awesome offer for lipstick! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

BBQ Sausage Stromboli

This super tasty recipe was created out of the random food items in our house.  Do you ever listen to the NPR radio show "Cook Your Cupboard" where people send in three totally unrelated food items and the host has to make a meal with them?  I am always so amazed with what they come up with!  I'm so not that creative.  This meal is about as creative as this girl gets!

I had a tub of the new Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Dough and was planning on making some veggie calzones with it.  However the ingredients I planned on using were used for other meals.  So I took a hodge podge of items and made this kick tail, sauce running down your arm, dinner!  Introducing Gluten Free BBQ Sausage Stromboli!

What You Need
1 tub of Pillsbury GF Pizza Dough
1 cup of cooked pork sausage - we had leftovers from the previous day
1/2 cup of BBQ sauce - I used Bone Suckin Sauce
1 onion
EVOO - extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese

How to Make It
Slice the onion and caramelize in the EVOO in a skillet.  This takes about 15 minutes.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove the onions from the skillet and add the sausage to heat it up.  Roll out the pizza dough on parchment paper.  You want it thin but not too thin because you don't want it to crack.  Spread the BBQ sauce down the center of the rolled out dough.  Cover with the caramelized onions, sausage and almost all the cheese.  

Carefully fold the sides in and pinch the seams together.  Top with remaining cheese.  Bake for 15 minutes.  

This was a WOW!  The flavors went together so well!  The pizza dough was good but not as earth shattering as the cookie dough.   However, it was great for this dish since its main job was to hold all the goodness.  The hubby and I split one and ate every last crumb!

Looking forward to making this again!  I can see adding bacon to it!

Here is the I'm a Celiac "Cook Your Cupboard" challenge.  Make a meal with these 3 items: Gluten Free rice tortillas wraps, greek yogurt and zucchini!

Winner gets a virtual high five and a shout out!

Enjoy!

Post linked to Vegetarian Mammas Gluten Free Fridays. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sometimes Dinner Comes From a Can

In a perfect world my house would be filled with fresh fruit and vegetables from the farmer's market.  My pantry and fridge would be stocked with products from the local co-op.  I would make earth shattering meals every night that my family would love.  And money would fall from the sky!

Now back to reality there are things called budgets, bills and paychecks.  Sometimes the three do not align correctly and we have "a eat whatever is in the house to make it till payday" kind of week.  Anyone else want to admit to this fun adventure?!

This week happens to be one of those fun weeks.   The meals have all been good and well received but they haven't been fabulous.

So to be honest, I made dinner out of cans and boxes last night.  Don't judge this is not the norm.  But this is real life here. 

Here is how it went down.  I cooked up some rice from a box.  Then I combined can chicken breast, ro-tel and Progresso's Chicken Enchilada soup in a skillet.  Once the chicken, cheese mixture was heated we ate it over the rice.  We also used tortillas chips to dip with.  Was this dinner awesome? No.  Did it feed the family? Yes.

So there is the truth - sometimes dinner comes from a can!




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My First Half Marathon

Earlier this year I had a crazy idea that I should train and run a half marathon.  For some reason running for 13.1 miles sounded like a fun time!  After months of training I finally achieved my goal and ran my first half marathon this past Sunday in Durham, NC! 


The Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo was a blast!  The course was really nice for the first seven miles then the hills kicked in.  The hills from mile eight to twelve almost killed me!   

After the race I was so glad to be done and my legs were yelling at me!  I had a sweet friend also run the race.  She is a rock star and killed me by about twenty minutes!  The recovery tent had massage tables set up for runners.  That ten minute massage was the best massage I've had in my entire life.  I even asked the sweet woman to marry me!


Post race they had nine food trucks set up.  I knew ahead of time that Triangle Raw Foods would be there and they'd have some yummy things for me to eat.  I grabbed some Pad Tai and a chocolate square.  However the other food trucks didn't have anything appealing to my friend and hubby so we headed over to Bull City Burger for our post race celebration meal!  Can you say pimento cheese burger on a Gluten Free bun with duck fat fries!!!!  Yes please!

For dinner I enjoyed the food from Triangle Raw Foods.  The Pad Tai was made with zucchini noodles.  It had a great texture and flavor but was a touch spicy for me.  The chocolate square had a nut base topped with an avocado chocolate spread.  I could have gone swimming in the avocado chocolate goodness!


I want to thank all of you for your support during my run!  I loved seeing all the comments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram of you guys cheering me on!   

I was also able to share the Gluten Free love with other runners.  Lots of people made comments about my shirt.  My Groovy Hoo from Hoo-Rag was also a hit!  I didn't have to adjust it once in 13.1 miles!  That says a lot! 

I'm even planning to do a second half marathon in November at the Outer Banks!  Anyone want to join me?!  This is a flat course with only one hill - praise the Lord!  I'm hoping to take at least ten minutes off my time!

Thanks again for all the love!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Weekly Menu October 21 2013

This weekend I completed a big goal of mine!  I ran my first half marathon!  I'll do a post later this week about the details.

This week's meals are basic family favorites to clean out the food we have and try and avoid going to the grocery store this week. 




Monday - Calzones using the new Pillsbury GF pizza crust

Tuesday - Mexican Chili a slow cooker meal
Wednesday -  One Dish Meal 
Thursday - Beef Non-Stew 
Friday - Leftovers or eating out 
Saturday - Chicken Alfredo 


GIVEAWAYS

Moon Rabbit Foods Holiday Baking Essentials Giveaway!  Win a CASE of Gluten Free baking mixes!

Three Bakers Gluten Free Stuffing!  Win 2 boxes for your holiday table!

My blog and cookbook have been nominated by Gfreek.com for the Best Gluten-Free Blog (category 17) and the Best Gluten-Free Cook Book (category 27).  If you have a minute please go here and vote!

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Check out MyLifeWithFoodAllergies.com.  It has great posts about being Gluten Free hosted by Living Without magazine. 

Do you Like I'm a Celiac on Facebook? We are growing!


Don't forget to check out my cookbook on Amazon!  
Please help me and leave a review if you enjoyed it!



Need help planning your family's weekly menu?  Check out eMeals.  Use codDINNER15  for 15% off or OCTOBER for 10% off!


Looking for a good Gluten Free Magazine?  Check out Living Without. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Goldbaums Gluten Free Products

Do you love to try new things?  I'm a girl that likes change and new.  I can't do the same thing day after day nor can I eat the same thing day after day.  That is one of the many reasons why I love our community so much!  There are always new things to try, new people to talk to and new places to go!

The awesome people at Goldbaums loaded me down with some new Gluten Free goodies to try that I want to tell you about.  

The products I tried include:

  • Ice cream cones
  • Pasta
  • Crackers
  • Quinoa Chips
  • Chow Mein noodles
Goldbaums was started in 2007 when Leah Parnes wanted better Gluten Free pasta.   After finding a recipe she loved she began to share it with others.  As the company grew so did their product offerings!   You can find their products online and at a number of retailers including Whole Foods.  

I used their tasty Chow Mein Noodles to make Chocolate Haystacks!  A huge success!

The quinoa chips are ridiculous good and healthy!  The BBQ was my favorite flavor.  


The ice cream cones were a big hit with the kiddos.  The sugar cones where their favorite.



The pasta had a good flavor and texture when boiled.  I found that it didn't hold up as well as other brands when boiled and then baked.  



Overall I was impressed the products from Goldbaums.  My favorites where the quinoa chips and the ice cream cones!

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I was given the products to try.  The opinions are my own.  No financial compensation was received for this post. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Vegas Baby!

This girl is going to Vegas in 2.5 weeks for three days of fun!  I will be attending the Food Allergy Blogger Conference November 2-4th.  Yes, my version of fun includes hanging out with a bunch of moms and bloggers talking about food allergies, Celiac Disease and the like.


I'm beyond pumped about this trip for so many reasons!
1- To learn more about blogging and how to help more people.   The speaker list is awesome! 
2- The chance to spend time with my #GFBFF's.  In Chicago I meet an amazing group of bloggers who I'm honored to call my friends.  Here is the list of attendees. 
3- Awesome Gluten Free food
4- Mom vacation
5- It's Vegas


What is the Food Allergy Blogger Conference you ask?  It is the brain child of Jenny Sprague and Homa Woodrum.   These ladies along with their awesome team have spent two years planning this conference.  They found a resort in Las Vegas with a skilled chef who can accommodate all of our crazy dietary needs - I feat in itself!  Then they lined up talented speakers to teach us about food allergies and about blogging.  To top it all off the conference also happens the same time as the local FARE walk

I can't wait to go, learn, connect and share with you all the things I discover!

Any Gluten Free hot spots in Las Vegas you know about?  Best restaurants?  Best shows?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Swiss Chicken Casserole

There are two dishes in my Gluten eating days that were part of our family's normal recipe rotation.  However we haven't had them in over three years due to the fact that one key ingredient is stuffing mix!   I recently found out that Three Bakers makes stuffing mix and I knew exactly what I was going to make with it: Swiss Chicken Casserole.   This Gluten Free recipe is adapted from this recipe.



This is an easy casserole to customize to your personal likes and how much effort you want to put in it.  You can throw in a bag of frozen veggies if you want.  You could sauté some onions and mushrooms to mix in with the soup.   You could add more meat if you have a bigger family.  You get the idea!

What You Need
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
4 slices of swiss cheese
3 cups of Three Bakers Stuffing mix
1 can of GF cream of mushroom or chicken soup (16 oz)
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of melted butter
Salt and pepper


How To Make It
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x11 casserole dish.  Season chicken and arrange in the casserole dish.   Top each chicken breast with swiss cheese.  Combine the milk and soup then pour in with the chicken.  In a bowl combine the melted butter and stuffing mix.  Pour into dish. Cover dish with foil and bake for 50 minutes.

This is a super easy recipe and a big crowd pleaser!   This stuffing is so flavorful no one will ever know its Gluten Free!  The stuffing on top has a nice crunch while the stuffing that soaks up the soup is moist and tasty!

Here is my review of more Three Bakers Products!  The Hoagie rolls are my absolute favorite!

Three Bakers Giveaway:
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Disclaimer: I was given the Three Bakers products to review and giveaway.  No financial compensation was given for this review. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Weekly Menu October 14 2013

If you read this post you will see that I totally failed at making any of my planned menu meals last week.  Oh well!  Crossing my fingers that I can do a better job this week!

In super exciting news my blog and cookbook have been nominated by Gfreek.com for the Best Gluten-Free Blog (category 17) and the Best Gluten-Free Cook Book (category 27).  If you have a minute please go here and vote!


This Sunday October 20th I will be running my first ever half-marathon.  I have been training since the spring.  So if you think about it please send me some encouraging tweets, Facebook or Instagram messages from 7:30am to 10am EST to help keep me going for 13.1 miles!  Much love to you all for your help this far!




Monday - Pizza night!  Hubby has been wanting pizza for days

Tuesday - Swiss Chicken Casserole - new recipe and it will have a giveaway from Three Bakers!
Wednesday -  Balsamic Glazed Pork - slow cooker
Thursday - Mexican Shepherd's Pie
Friday - Pasta Bake
Saturday - Leftovers or eating out 


GIVEAWAYS

Red Apple Lipstick $35 Gift Card!!! Gluten Free cosmetics that rock. 

Moon Rabbit Foods Holiday Baking Essentials Giveaway!  Win a CASE of Gluten Free baking mixes!


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Check out MyLifeWithFoodAllergies.com.  It has great posts about being Gluten Free hosted by Living Without magazine. 

Do you Like I'm a Celiac on Facebook? We are growing!


Don't forget to check out my cookbook on Amazon!  
Please help me and leave a review if you enjoyed it!



Need help planning your family's weekly menu?  Check out eMeals.  Use codDINNER15  for 15% off or OCTOBER for 10% off!


Looking for a good Gluten Free Magazine?  Check out Living Without. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

4th Annual Gluten-Free Awards

I almost peed my pants and almost said a bad word in front of the kids today!  Want to know why???  ImaCeliac.com has been nominated for the Best Gluten Free Blog of the year by Gfreek.com and to make me run around the house screaming my cook book was nominated for Best Gluten Free Cook Book too!  

Shut the front door!  My name is in the same space as Simple Gluten Free, the Celiac Diva, Gluten-Free Goddess, Erin Smith's Gluten-Free Fun, Gluten-Free Girl, Gluten Dude, Celiac and the Beast and others!  Just to have my blog recognized and listed with our communities' greatest bloggers made my year.  I plan on getting two votes: one from me and one from my mom.  Beyond that I expect you all to be honest and vote for all the other people :) 



Greek.com creates an awesome award program every year.  Not only does it highlight some awesome Gluten Free products and people it also donates money to the Best Gluten-Free Non-Profit Organization of the year.   The best part is YOU get to pick the winners!  Please take five minutes and vote for the brands you love and use in your house!  

VOTE HERE 

Confessions and Hoo-Rags

Confession time: I worked hard to prepare this beautiful weekly menu, I made a grocery list with all the items for these meals, I went to the grocery store to get the items and then I failed TO MAKE A SINGLE ITEM ON THE MENU.   Sometimes life happens like that.  You make a plan and it all goes to poop.   I did manage to make or provide my family with Gluten Free meals they just didn't happen to be the ones I planned for.  So to anyone that has some strange idea in their head that I have it all together here is the truth - I failed!  Hopefully next week will go better!
To make the confession worse here is me without makeup!
The Hoo-Rag giveaway is over and the three winners are Shea H, Katie A and Kim L.  Emails have been sent out so please get your address back to me soon.

If you weren't one of the lucky winners I have good news I have one more free Hoo-Rag to giveaway.  I will be running the half-marathon in Durham, NC this Sunday and will have the Old Glory Hoo with me.  I will be in my Gluten Makes Me Sick t-shirt.  The first one to find me (among the 5,000 runners) and mention Hoo-Rag gets it!   Don't forget that if you just want to buy a Hoo-Rag use coupon code PJ906 for 10% off your order!

There will be a food truck rodeo after the run and Triangle Raw Foods will be there.  All their items are Gluten Free.  On twitter they told me they will have green burritos, pad thai, Asian Kale, kelp noodles and desserts.  Can't wait to try them all!  After 13.1 miles this girl is going to be starving!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Chocolate Haystacks

When it comes to snacks are you a sweet, salty or both kind of person?  Do you prefer cookies to chips?  Do you sit and munch on popcorn or candy?  Personally I'm more of a salty snacker.  I lean towards carbs and balance them with a touch of sweet.  


I was recently introduced to a new company called Goldbaums. They make a number of Gluten Free products like pasta, snacks, ice cream cones, crackers, chips, and meals.   I was super lucky to land a box of their products to try.  One item that jumped out at me were the Gluten Free Chow Mein noodles!  I haven't had these in years!

With the Chow Mein noodles I was ready to create the perfect salty and sweet treat!  These do contain nuts and peanut butter so you may need to adjust accordingly.   Here is how you make Gluten Free Chocolate Haystacks.



What You Need

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts
2 cups GF Chow Mein Noodles - I used Goldbaums

How To Make It

In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate and peanut butter together.  Use half power and cook for 30 intervals then stir until melted.  It took me 1 minute. Gently stir in peanuts and Chow Mein Noodles.  Spoon onto wax paper to cool.  Place in plastic container and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.



These have a great crunch to them!  The salty peanuts go great with the sweet chocolate and smooth peanut butter.  I took these to work and my co-workers loved them.   Danger- you can't eat just one and you will get chocolaty fingers!

Enjoy!

Post linked to Gluten Free Fridays

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Holiday Baking Essentials Giveaway

With the holidays right around the corner now is a great time to get loaded down with some awesome Gluten Free baking mixes!  Moon Rabbit Foods is a great Gluten Free company out of North Carolina.  They use Premium Cassava Flour in their mixes.  The texture is great and so is the taste.  The products have been created by Mark Hetzel a professional pastry chef.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Mark and Eric, the sales and marketing guys, at a number of Gluten Free expos.  They have a large product line but my favorites are their cake mixes, brownie mix and pie dough.  I used their pie dough to make some rockin' blueberry hand pies a while back!

Moon Rabbit Foods is being super generous and giving away a WHOLE CASE of products!  

It includes a box of:
Chocolate Cake
Yellow Cake
Pie Dough
Pancake/ Waffle
Biscuit /Scone 
Cornbread 
They will also be including some recipes to go alone with the mixes!

Whoever wins this case of goodies will be set for loads of holiday cooking!

Login below to enter!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sixth and Vine a Gluten Free treat in Winston Salem NC

Last week I was in Winston-Salem, NC for a work conference.  I had already arranged with the conference to have Gluten Free breakfasts and lunches so I was covered there.  Dinner was on by own between classes so I turned to by phone for help.  Using a combination of apps I discovered a restaurant called 6th and Vine.  It was only one block away from the convention center so it was super convenient.

Since I didn't want to walk in blind I called the restaurant to see what menu items were Gluten Free.  When the hostess listed more than five things I said I was good and would be right over.

It turns out the owner is Gluten Free and tries to make lots of dishes safe.  The menu does not designate which items are Gluten Free but the staff was very knowledgeable.  They have a huge wine selection and nightly specials.  Since I had more classes to go to I opted out of the yummy looking sangria.

I ordered the Pepper Jack Queso Chorizo Nachos.  These rocked my world!  I ate the whole plate by myself and all but licked the bowl clean!  

The white cheese was so flavorful and the guacamole sour cream was dreamy!  I considered ordering another plate of nachos to go for after my evening classes.

There are so many items on the menu that looked amazing like the Crab & Artichoke dip (with chips instead of pita), Peach Pork Tenderloin and the Stuffed Portobellos.  Next time I'm in Winston-Salem I'm heading back for more 6th and Vine!

Enjoy

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