Sunday, November 28, 2010

My new favorite breakfast food

I haven't written on this blog in what seems forever but I thought I'd add a great post about my recent gluten free finding! I made a long time favorite last week...rice krispy treats...well not exactly I used Chex Rice and Marshmallows along w/Earth Balance and it came out delicious! I then made it into portions and put it into 6 Ziploc bags. I'm currently munching on some Honey Nut Chex...very addictive! Now I can finally enjoy a cereal again...and its gluten free!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween SAFE candies

Its been awhile since I've posted...yes I know I've been neglecting but not for long! Still looking for a nonprofit job but I wanted to post something I found that's an amazing list to have for everyone who has kids or just loves candy in general...especially perfect for Halloween Trick or Treating!

Gluten-friendly and Gluten-Free (Safe) Candy and Treats for Halloween

3 Musketeers fun size
3 Musketeers Mint with dark chocolate

Act II Popcorn Balls
Albert’s Gummy Eyeballs
Albert’s Iced Halloween pops (lollipops)
Almond Joy fun size bars
Amanda's Own Confections Chocolate shapes and chocolate lollipops
Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
Applehead, Grapehead, Cherryhead,

Baby Ruth
Bazooka Big Mix (includes bubble gum, bubble gum filled candy, candy chews, and bubble gum filled lollipops)
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Wicked Webs Berry Wave mini feet
Betty Crocker Halloween fruit flavored snacks – “Gluten Free”
Butterfinger fun size
Big Blow bubblegum
Black Forest Gummy Tarantulas
Black Forest Gummy Fun Bugs Juicy Oozers
Bubbly lollipop + gum

Candy Checkers (made for Target)
Caramel Apple Pops (lollipops made by Tootsie Roll)
Charleston Chew fun size
Charms Blow Pops
Charms Candy Carnival Package (Blow Pops, Sugar Babies, Zip a Dee mini pops, Sugar Daddy, Pops, Sugar Mama Caramel, Tear Jerkers sour bubble gum, Blow Pop Bubble Gum)
Charms Fluffy Stuff Spider Web cotton candy
Chewy Atomic Fireballs
Chewy Lemonheads and Friends
Child’s Play
Colombina Scary Eyeballs bubblegum
Colombina Fizzy Pops
Comix Mix Candy Sticks (Tom and Jerry, Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popeye) – “Gluten Free”
cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts
Disney Halloween Candy Mix (jelly beans, gummies, candy bracelets and candy characters from Cars, Tinkerbell and Toy Story)
Dove pieces (Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate)

Dots Gumdrops – including Candy Corn Dots (candy corn flavored), Ghost Dots (assorted fruit flavored), and Bat Dots (blood orange flavored)
Dubble Bubble bubblegum
Dum Dum Lollipops (including Shrek Pops) – “This product does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment.”
Dum Dum Chewy Pops – “This product does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment.”

Farley’s Kiddie Mix (includes Smarties, SweetTarts, Now and Later, Jaw Breakers, Super Bubble and Lolli-pops)
Ferrara Pan Caramels
Ferrara Pan Lemonhead & Friends candy mix (includes Applehead, Cherryhead, Grapehead, Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, Chewy Atomic Fireball, and Red Hots)
Florida’s Natural Healthy Treats Nuggets, Sour String, Fruit Stiks – “Gluten Free”
Fright Fingers Popcorn Kit
Frankford’s Bugs Gummy Candy
Frankford’s Gummy Body Parts
Frankford’s Marshmallow Pals
Fun Dip
Fun Dip Sour

Game Night boxes of candy game pieces (includes Operation, Sorry!, Monopoly, Life, and Clue)
Grave Gummies (Yummy Gummies)
Gummy Pirate Choppers

Heath milk chocolate English toffee bar snack size
Hershey’s Kisses - Milk Chocolate Only!!
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate snack size bars
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds snack size bars
NOTE: As of September 2010, the only candies Hershey's considers gluten-free are plain milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar in the 1.55 ounce snack size and Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar in the 1.55 ounce snack size.

Hot Tamales – “Gluten Free”
Humphrey Popcorn Balls

Jolly Rancher hard candy and Doubles Candy
Jolly Rancher lollipops and sticks
Jr. Mints fun size

Kellogg’s Spongebob Squarepants fruit flavored snacks
Kraft Jet-Puffed Boo Mallows marshmallows

LiveSavers Gummies

M&M’s – original, peanut, peanut butter
Mallo Cup
Marvel Heroes Candy Sticks (Hulk, Spiderman, Wolverine) – “Gluten Free.”
Melster Peanut Butter Kisses
Milk Duds
Mike and Ike – “Gluten Free”
Mini Mentos
Mini Sour Dudes Straws
Monstaz Pops (jack-o-lantern lollipops)
Monster Hunt plastic monster eggs filled with candy bones, skulls and pumpkins (made for Target)
Mounds dark chocolate fun size bars
Mr. Goodbar

Necco’s Sky Bar 4 in 1 chocolate bar
Nestle Milk Chocolate fun size bars
Nestle Raisinets (milk chocolate) fun size
Now and Later

Operation Gummy Candy

Palmer Peanut Butter Cups
Pay Day peanut caramel bar snack size
Peanut M&M’s
Pearson’s Bun candy - maple and roasted peanuts
Peeps Jack-o-lanterns, Ghosts and Chocolate Mousse Cats – “Gluten Free”
Pez candy – “Gluten Free”
Pop Rocks
Pixie Stix

Rain•Blo Bubble Gum Eyes of Terror
Red Hots
Reese’s Fast Break candy bars and snack size
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups snack size and miniatures
Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins
Reese’s Pieces
Reese’s Select Peanut Butter Cremes
Reese’s Select Clusters
Reese’s Whipps
Rolo chocolate covered caramels

Skeleton Pops (lollipops)
Skittles fun size – “Gluten Free”
Skittles Crazy Cores fun size – “Gluten Free”
Skittles Sour fun size – “Gluten Free”
Smarties – the small pastel-colored candies sold in rolls, not Nestle’s chocolate version) – “Contains none of the following: gluten (from wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soy beans.”
Snickers Fudge bar
Sour Patch
Starburst Fruit Chews fun size – “Gluten Free”
Starburst Gummibursts and Sour Gummibursts – “Gluten Free”
Sugar Babies
Sugar Daddy Caramel Pops
Super Bubble bubble gum
Swedish Fish treat size
Sweethearts conversation hearts Forbidden Fruits (candy packaging of The Twilight Saga, New Moon the movie)
Sweet’s Candy Corn Taffy – “This product is Gluten Free”

Tootsie Pops (original and miniatures)
Tootsie Rolls midgies and snack bars
Transformers Candy Mix – gummy shields, fruit chews, candy shields, gum rocks

Warheads – Extreme Sour hard candy and Sour QBZ chewy cubes
Wonka Bottlecaps
Wonka Chocolate Laffy Taffy
Wonka Giant Chewy Nerds Jelly Beans
Wonka Giant Pixy Stix
Wonka Gobstopper Everlasting
Wonka Gobstopper Chewy
Wonka Laffy Taffy Ropes
Wonka Mix-Ups
Wonka Monster Mix-Ups – SweetTarts Skulls and Bones, Spooky Nerds, Howlin’ Laffy Taffy
Wonka Nerds – carry a cross contamination warning on the Spooky Nerds orange and fruit punch flavors
Wonka Pixy Stix
Wonka Runts
Wonka Runts Chewy
Wonka SweetTarts
Wonka Sweetarts (regular)
Wonka Sweetarts Chew
Wonka Sweetarts Giant Chewy
Wonka Sweetarts Mini Chew
Wonka Sweetarts Chewy Twists
Wonka Sweetarts Shockers
Wonka Tart N Tinys,
Wonka Tart N Tinys Chew
Wonka SweetTarts Boo Bag Mix (SweetTart Chews were OK, but other packages in the bag were labeled with a cross-contamination warning. See list below.)

X-scream Mouth Morphers Fruit Gushers – “Gluten Free”

York Peppermint Patties Pumpkins

Zed Candy Skulls and Bones (fruit flavored hard candy)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My big find plus two recipes

Up until a month ago I thought most products would be impossible to find gluten free...I was wrong! Arbonne has over 50 gluten free products. Just check the list on my new Arbonne website plus they have a 45 day money back guarantee. Since self-diagnosing myself as gluten intolerant I know how important it is to have gluten free items. I'm glad I made the choice to try Arbonne!

I also find a great recipe for chocolate cake w/gluten free beer! Check it out: Chocolate Beer Cake
Ingredients: 1 cup dark gluten-free ale (Green's Dubbel Dark Endeavor Ale) 8 Tbs. unsalted butter or non-dairy alternative (Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks or Shortening) 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch Alkalai Processed) 2 cups granulated cane sugar (Wholesome Sweeteners®) 3/4 cup sour cream, dairy or non-dairy (Tofutti® Better Than Sour Cream or Follow Your Heart® Sour Cream Alternative) 2 large eggs 1 Tablespoon (*not teaspoon) gluten-free vanilla extract (Nielsen-Massey® Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla) 2 cups Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour 1 Tablespoon (*not teaspoon) baking soda
(*Note- you will need a large saucepan for this recipe, not a mixer and mixing bowl!)
Preheat oven to 350 F (static) or 325 F (convection).
Prepare a 9-inch springform tube or bundt pan by buttering and dusting lightly with Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour.
In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla.
Measure out 1 cup of beer and let the head settle to be sure your measurement is correct. Pour the beer into a large saucepan (you can drink the rest!). Add the butter and heat just until melted over medium heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder and the sugar until smooth.
Add the egg mixture into saucepan mixture and whisk. Add the flour and baking soda until mixed.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out fairly clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes, then invert to remove from pan onto a cake plate.

Gluten free Croatian Donuts like what I cheated with on my trip but here's a gluten free recipe just find a yeast alternative:
1 quart rice/soy milk
Find yeast substitute and use it
6 egg whites
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon salt

1/2 Earth Balance
Brown sugar- 1 cup for making mixture for inside
1 Tablespoon Gluten free Vanilla powder/extract for mixture for inside

2 cup agave
6 cups of Jules Gluten free flour
Dilute yeast in a large pan or bowl with a little warm milk and flour. Let rise until light and bubbly (sponge). Then add lemon rind, flour, agave, egg whites, salt, butter and beat with a wooden spoon. Beat until dough bubbles and crackles leaving spoon free of dough. Cover with a warm floured cloth. Let rise until double.

Take dough by spoonfuls and drop on floured board. Flatten out with the palm of your hand. Dot each center with brown sugar and vanilla mixture. Take another spoonful of dough and flatten on top of the brown sugar mixture. Dip the edge of water glass in flour and cut doughnut out or use a regular doughnut cutter. Re-use also the ends of dough that are left over. Spread a clean floured cloth on a tray and place doughnuts far enough apart because they rise quite a bit.

Drop doughnuts into hot grease and fry a golden brown. Keep pan covered when doughnuts are first put in, turn doughnuts over once and let them remain uncovered. Remove to a pan lined with paper towels to absorb grease. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Braids: Make 1 recipe of DOUGHNUTS (above). Take by spoonful and drop on floured board. Roll out by hand and braid or twist into shapes. Drop into hot grease and cover. When golden brown on one side, uncover pan and turn doughnuts over and fry uncovered. Remove when golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Spoon Doughnuts: Make 1 recipe of DOUGHNUTS (above). Make the dough in a pan or bowl. Take by spoonfuls and drop into hot grease. Fry to golden brown. Cover until one side is browned, then remove cover and fry other side uncovered. Remove when golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I'm sitting here working on my new Arbonne business which has a lot of gluten free items. Check it out at
I'm so excited to go to this event tonight and actually pass out my business cards w/samples. I'm currently snacking on Katz's Cinnamon Rugelech which I have to say is my absolute favorite thing from their product line so far! It is so yummy that I started it last night and I'm finishing it this morning...well afternoon but who's gonna tell! Go to Katz's Gluten Free's website posted below in my prior posts and try some and remember to enter their sweepstakes!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yummy gluten free food

I recently got two amazing packages full of gluten free goodies in the mail! From Katz's Gluten free and Shabtai!
I started the morning with a honey muffin/cupcake from Katz's yummy reminds me of those honeycake days from jewish holidays! I am currently snacking on Shabtai's Chocolate Chip Biscotti...yummy even my non gluten free husband loves 'em!
Shabtai chocolate chip cookies were a snack at my recent party all the guests were surprised to hear they were gluten free! The apricot cookies from Katz's are good but my favorite thing is the chocolate cupcakes! They are very moist! I will post more reviews soon!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gluten free sweepstakes

New contest on Katz Gluten free is if you mention my blog at to enter in the grand raffle, you get a chance to win $25 in their goodies! And they are delicious! Just be sure to mention my blog website in the referral box! Also follow: a. b.
There are two prizes: $25 Coupon Winner for their goodies, and a Free Sample Pack winner.
GOOD LUCK everyone!

Amazing gluten free companies

Just as I was sitting home bored...trying to get my Arbonne company started...I just became a consultant the other day...I got two packages in the mail. One from Katz Gluten free, and one from Shabtai! Katz gave me so much which is incredible since the jewish holiday is coming up! I'm so excited for all of these goodies!

Honeymoon part 2

The Cruise was Royal Caribbean 12 nights Mediterranean from Barcelona to France, Italy, Croatia, and Greece.
Before you cruise with Royal Caribbean make sure you call and warn them about your food allergies as I had done that but still had problems! Since i'm lactose and gluten free I wanted to make sure they were prepared. My husband and I had dinner everynight scheduled for 9pm, not the your time dining option they also offer (which I would have loved to have done but thought they wouldn't be able to accommodate me) They made me a gluten free bread that wreaked of baking soda and looked like sponge cake.
Our first stop was Nice which we had an excursion to Monaco and then Nice. I had my meals on the ship pre-ordered a full day in advance and most mornings just had their gluten free pancakes that tasted like crepes.
I loved visiting both places but did not find many gluten free options at either one.
Next stop was Pisa and Florence which was amazing! Florence actually has gluten free pizza. Can't remember the name but from a search I just did one of these should be it: Ristorante Circo & Sons, Via del Giglio,26/28r. Tel: 055.289694
- I Quattri Amici, V. Orti Oricellari , 29. Tel: 055215413
The pizza was sooooooooooo good...definitely my best italian gluten free food!
I also found a health store that had gluten free croissants but let me tell you...those were not good!
Rome was our next stop and it was great! We visited Vatican City, The Forum, Colosseum, and more.
Naples was our next stop and we ended up taking a boat to Sorrento to have their husband was dying for that. I actually had gluten free pizza but it was nowhere as good as Florence. Not even close! They did have a fabulous mint slush that I fell in love with...just ordered the syrup I hope its the right one from amazon. So rich in mint oils, etc.
I did the most shopping in Barcelona, Florence, and Sorrento.
Now our trip was almost over...just about 5 days left...
We saw Venice next...amazing! This and Nice were my two favorite places of the entire honeymoon! So beautiful! I did not find much to eat in Venice as my husband had pasta someplace, I just had some of his salad and then a Mint Slushy. Venice is known for their masks and our ship was having a masquerade ball that night so I got husband had a few days earlier in Florence I think.
The next day we had a spa day!
I'll continue the rest in the next post...and I'll try to figure out how to put some pictures up!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Gluten Free Honeymoon Part 1

My honeymoon was a European honeymoon...visiting 7 countries in two weeks.
We stayed at the Mur Muri in Barcelona for 3 days before boarding the cruise ship.
The hotel had no gluten free options but I did find some great restaurants that offer Tapas (appetizers/small plates of food) One in specific brings to mind CATALANA (93-216-0368) especially since we almost didn't even go there because of the hour wait. AMAZING FOOD!
I did however really like the Pharmacy's in Spain because they have quite a few gluten free items including amazing Schar Wafers which I got in hazelnut and chocolate. Delicious!
The next two parts will include all of cities/countries I visited on my Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Mediterranean Cruise.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Best Ice Tea

I've always been a huge ICE Tea drinker. I used to drink sips religiously as a child in my school lunches but ever since I started dating David its been Inkos and Arizona. I first tried Inkos while visiting David when he worked for Related by Columbus Circle. Ever since I've been addicted! I love their honeydew iced tea! It is white tea, that tastes so fresh and not too sweet but still sweet enough for me. Grab yourself some!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The beginning

I was diagnosed a long time ago with Lactose Intolerance (2nd grade) and just recently self-diagnosed myself with Gluten Intolerance while a few years back I was also diagnosed with IBS but probably was just Gluten Intolerance. I have started having some favorite foods and restaurants which I will be posting that are both gluten and lactose free in their offerings. Get ready for the best reviews out there! If you want a product reviewed on my blog please email me at, get ready for real reviews by an allergy sufferer/newlywed just like you!

The best breakfast bar: Enjoy Life's Cocoa Loco
My favorite topic: the best cookies: Shabtai's Lace cookies (I've always been a cookie aholic and believe me these don't even taste like they're gluten and dairy free but they are yay)
The best chocolate bar: Enjoy Life's Boom Choco dairy, nut and soy free chocolatey bars (I love the ones with the crisp rice)
The absolute best sandwich rolls: Everybody Eats Dairy Free Deli Rolls
The best hamburger rolls: Gillian's French Rolls
The best way to eat veggies: Littles by Dr. Praegers (Broccoli and Spinish are delicious) even my husband that has no allergies loves it!
The best fish sticks: Dr. Praegers Potato crusted Fish Sticks
The BEST sandwich bread: Udi's
The best gluten free muffins: Udi's blueberry muffins (reminds me of Dunkin Donuts muffins with the sugar on top and taste)

Some of my favorite gluten and dairy free combinations to make great meals:
I used to LOVE raisin bread with cream cheese as a child, and now I can enjoy it with Glutino's Raisin bread and Tofutti Cream Cheese...absolutely delicious together!

My favorite Raw and Vegan place so far is One Lucky Duck, I love their lemonade and Pumpkin salad.

Come back for more posts on my favorites and feel free to share yours!