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Gluten and Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie

When I went gluten and sugar-free I thought I’d never be able to have pumpkin pie again. I was DEVASTATED! Pumpkin pie is the ultimate Thanksgiving desert, everyone knows that! So when I realized I can make this gluten and sugar-free pumpkin pie, I was ecstatic!

sugar-gluten free pumpkin pie

MMMmmmm, so good!

Gluten/Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie (Click HERE to print recipe)

Stuffs:

  • 2 (12 oz.) cans evaporated milk
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 1/2 t. cloves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (29 oz.) can pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 3/4 c. Splenda® (or granulated sweetener of choice, adjust amount as needed)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Pour milk into large bowl, followed by salt and spices; allow to sit for several minutes.
  3. Add eggs, pumpkin and sweetener.
  4. Stir to mix everything together well.
  5. Allow to sit a few minutes.
  6. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake for 1h 10m or until set and starting to brown on top.
  8. Serve with Whipped Topping.

This gluten and sugar-free pumpkin pie is so good, you’ll never miss the crust or the sugar! The best part…you can eat it and not feel guilty! Well, that’s second best, the very best is you can eat it and not get sick!!

Live, laugh, love and EAT what you love!  xoxo

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Almost Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread

As most of you know, I have been gluten free (mostly) for almost a year now. I work with a couple different companies, for which I do reviews and giveaways. I enjoy doing this so much. Sometimes I just try the product as is and review it. Sometimes I make  recipe with the product. I really enjoy doing this. The product I am reviewing today is Glutino Foods Favorite Sandwich Bread. This is a mix, so you must prepare it yourself, but I decided I wanted to use it to make a recipe instead of just making plain bread. I decided to make this Almost Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

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It turned out great! And just look how it rose out of the pan! Can you believe that it’s gluten-free?!?! I also love the color, so golden brown… YUM!

Almost Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Click HERE to print recipe)

Stuffs:

  • 1 box Glutino Foods Favorite Sandwich Bread
  • 3 t. cinnamon
  • 3 T. Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend
  • 1 3/4 c. warm water
  • 2 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 4 T. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. softened and well-drained raisins (red or golden)

Steps:

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, pour the bread mix and the package of yeast included in the box, Splenda and cinnamon. Start mixer and stir to combine. (You can just use the paddle because this bread will remain pretty loose).
  2. Now add warm water, vanilla, oil and eggs; start mixer on low-speed and mix to combine. Once everything is mixed fairly well, turn mixer to med-high speed and mix for about 3 minutes.
  3. Once mixed, add softened raisins and mix just until raisins are incorporated.
  4. Spoon bread dough into greased 9″x5″ bread pan. Allow to sit while you preheat your oven to 375° F.
  5. Once your oven is hot and your bread has risen to the top of the pan, bake your dough for 30m or until golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped.
  6. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes in the pan and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely before cutting to serve or putting in an airtight container to store.
  7. Best if stored in refrigerator or freezer.

You could totes change this Almost Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread up by using any dried fruit and using different spices to go with whatever fruit you’re using.

My Review:

I am giving Glutino Foods Favorite Sandwich Bread ♥♥♥♥

This bread has great flavor and texture. It isn’t dry and doesn’t fall apart like some gluten-free breads I’ve tried. I really like it. It does have a bit of an odd aftertaste. I think it’s the pea protein. It’s not enough to totally turn me off to this yummy bread, though, which is why I gave it 4 hearts out of 5!

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Help A Girl Out!

Hai again! I’m wondering if y’all can help a girl out? Me specifically…

As most of you know, my family and I live and work full-time at a Christian camp. Fort Faith Baptist Camp, to be exact. We are supported like any other missionaries would be.  While we are not on foreign soil or over seas, we ARE missionaries.  We serve others and the Lord in hopes that those we serve here at camp with come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

We have been living/working here full-time since May 2009. While our bills always get paid and we always have food on the table, we are definitely not living in the lap of luxury. God always provides our needs and we are so thankful for that. We are not at all complaining.

The reason for this post is that my sister, Shannon (one of my BEST FRIENDS) is getting married in September and she has asked me to be her Matron of Honor. She lives in another state, so we will be traveling for the wedding and staying in a hotel. I will be purchasing a dress and shoes for the wedding and because my husband is giving her away (that’s a whole other post), he will be needing a suit (he doesn’t even own one).

So as you can see, we will be needing money for traveling, hotel, clothing, etc. And on a limited budget, that’s going to be hard! So my sister suggested opening a GoFundMe account to see if I could raise some of the money that way. So I did! And I’m happy to announce, I’ve raised almost $300 already!  I thought I would explain my situation to all my friends here and see if anyone would want to help a girl out?!? 🙂

Just click HERE to donate!  Any amount will help and is greatly appreciated! Thank you, y’all are great!!

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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A Different Direction

Hai guys!

I’m sorry I haven’t been around much. I have been soul-searching and trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog and I think I finally figured it out.  I think I want to head in a different direction.  I will still be posting yummy recipes and delectable photos, they just won’t be focused on the THM plan. I tried that plan for several months and I did lose weight at first, but then I gained quite a bit in a short amount of time. Now I not only have to lose what I did before, but what I gained on THM…

NOT COOL!

So, I’m heading in a different direction as far as weight loss and as far as this blog. It will still be gluten and (refined) sugar-free as I am pretty intolerant of both but you won’t see new THM recipes posted. You can still find the old recipes in the archives if you choose to search for them. Up in the top middle of my home page, you can search my blog by tag, category or date. I love that feature! Or you can just type THM into the search bar in the top right corner of the home page! Easy peasy!

I will also be adding more personal posts to NowICanEatCake. They may include weight loss goals and/or photos. Posts may also include topics such as religion, homemaking tips, reviews and or giveaways!

How about this… What would you like to see more of here??? Leave it in the comments!

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My heart

I know this is a ‘food blog’ but today, I’d like to share my heart with y’all. I hope that’s okay. I have been holding this in for a while now, and I just need to get it out of my head, off my chest and out to you…

I have been a Christian for a long time, since I was like 11.  An evangelist came to my church and talked about the end times and showed this movie that depicted what the end times would be like and what the people left behind would go through. I was like, nuh-uh, not this girl, I need Jesus and I need Him now!

The plan of salvation was shared often at my church growing up. I went to a Baptist church. It was not an ‘Independent Fundamental Baptist’ church (IFB) but it was a Baptist church. I was brought up believing that as a Christian, I shouldn’t drink alcohol to get drunk, I shouldn’t gamble, I shouldn’t dance, etc. A pretty typical Baptist upbringing, from what I have learned throughout the years.

IFB churches take the ‘rules’ even further. They believe as a Christian one shouldn’t drink alcohol at all, they even go as far as to say that when God speaks of wine in the bible, that he is talking about grape juice. These same people say they want us to take the bible Ver Batum as God’s Holy Word and trust it as God makes no mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I BELIEVE this. But God is very specific and clear in all other things so if we believe that why wouldn’t we believe that if God meant juice, He would have said JUICE?!?!

IFB’s also believe in no gambling, no problem there.

Now we’ll move onto ‘no dancing’, there are plenty of arguments for the opposite of this in the Psalms and in Ecclesiastes, now I’m not talking about bumping and grinding here, people. I am talking about appropriate dancing.

Then there is ‘no going to the theater’, because we don’t want to support Hollywood or because someone might think you’re seeing something you shouldn’t! #1 We support Hollywood whether we see a movie in the theater or we buy the DVD, so that’s just a silly reasoning. #2 People are going to think whatever they want to think, regardless. I understand the avoiding the appearance of evil thing, I do. BUT, does that then mean we shouldn’t put our groceries in a bag because someone might think we are hiding alcohol in our bags? Or we shouldn’t shop at Meijer anymore because they sell cigarettes there and someone might think we are buying them! No, that’s ridiculous! People will think what they are going to think despite our best efforts to appear or even actually be chaste.

IFB churches teach that women should only wear dresses or skirts, because we have to be modest. Where does this come from? You can be just as immodest in a skirt, if not more so than you can in pants or slacks. I mean come on, think about that for a minute!  And I have yet to find a verse in the bible that says anything about a woman wearing skirts and dresses only. Most christians (yes, I spelled that with a little c, because I believe that the kind of Christians who place these kind of legalistic rules on others are not Christ followers) who are against women wearing pants, cite the verse in Deuteronomy about woman not wearing that which pertaineth to a man. A thorough study of the clothing norms in the bible reveals that there really was no distinction between men’s and women’s clothing in bible times, not beyond the stylistic differences, such as size, trim and color. In fact, the clothing that God Himself made for Adam and Eve, in the garden, was so similar that He used ONE WORD to describe the garment he made for each of them. The same word describes the clothing worn by godly men and women throughout the bible, yet we want to demand much more than even God did in not only in style, but form and function. Do we know better than God?!?

As an Independent Fundamental Baptist, if you are not in church EVERY time the doors are open (no exceptions… if you are able to be there, you should be there), you’re not being a good Christian. The verse cited most for this is the one in Hebrews about not forsaking the gathering of ourselves. This I do agree with to a point. Yes, we should gather together and have a time of learning God’s word and having fellowship as Christians, one with another, but where does it say you MUST BE IN CHURCH 3 times EVERY SUNDAY and EVERY WEDNESDAY and EVERY SINGLE time the doors are open. NO WHERE!

IFB’ers Only listen to Christian music (and I’m talking hymns and music without drums and/or anything but a piano and acoustic guitar, NO contemporary Christian music) or you’re a heathen, now I have never been called a heathen, but this is what we are taught. Anything that has a beat or anything that makes you want to lift your hands and cry out is NOT OKAY! To me, I think that should be the purpose of the music you listen to. It should be uplifting and make you want to shout to the Lord in thanksgiving for all He’s done and raise your hands in praise….maybe I’m wrong?!?!

If you don’t show up at the appointed time for door to door soul winning, you’re a poor example of a Christian. Really?!?! Show me in the bible where it says anything even close to this! Yes, the bible says we should go soul wining. We should go out into the hedges and highways…no where does it say it has to be door to door, or an organized time or day or even a church activity. I have the Romans Road here on my blog, I witness to people on Facebook all the time, I work at a Christian camp where I talk to people and witness to people all the time. Is that not soul winning? Of course I could do more and I’m not saying I do everything I can all the time, I don’t think any of us do. We can all do better.

Final thoughts, here…what are we doing? I think we have gotten so far off track that we have lost focus of what we are really supposed to be doing which is spreading the LOVE of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. In all those things I have written above, do you see love? I don’t. All I see is legalistic junk. Things that, in the long run, don’t mean anything.

Do you think when we stand before out Lord and Saviour, He is going to care about whether or not we wore pants or skirt?  Or whether we bought DVD’s or saw movies in the theater?!?! We are supposed to be loving on people and sharing the gospel with them. Instead they see us looking down on each other from our high horses in judgment about what we wear, where we go and all that. Of course, we don’t judge them because they aren’t saved yet and don’t know any better, but once they’ve been at church for a while and ‘know better’, we best start to see some change or we’ll start saying things like, ‘if you don’t share our beliefs or you find yourself disagreeing with a lot of what is preached, this probably isn’t the church for you.’ WHAT?!?!

It amazes me how insensitive people can be. We need to remember what Jesus was all about. Yes, He was/is against sin, no doubt. But He was/is ALL ABOUT LOVE. Let’s get back to the basics, friends. Let’s love on people and spread the gospel light. Let’s treat people like Jesus would if He was here. I’m not talking about tolerance of sin, here. I am simply talking about not judging others, that’s not our job. We are to love others as Christ did and show them the way to eternal life, through HIM.

I hope I have been clear here and that you have seen my where my heart truly is. I am for you, Jesus is for you. He loves you and He wants you to come to know Him. If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, please visit my Romans Road page for a clear presentation of the plan of salvation. Still have questions? Just leave them in the comments!

Live, laugh, LOVE and be kind! xoxo

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We have a winner!

We have a winner!

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The winner of our $30 Udi’s prize pack is…

*drum roll*

~*~Stephanie Labile~*~

Congratulations Stephanie!! I will be sending you an e-mail shortly to get your shipping information to send to Udi’s. They will be sending you your prize directly.

Thank you for entering our gluten-free giveaway!!

Thank you to everyone who entered!!  Stay tuned for upcoming giveaways!!

Live, laugh, love and be kind!! xoxo

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$30 Prize Pack

I have been feeling out of sorts lately, which is why I haven’t been here a lot, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Udi’s and I are going to give one of you a $30 prize pack! That’s right, $30 worth of Udi’s fabulous gluten-free product! You’re welcome…

You have all heard me go on and on about their frozen burritos, brownie bites and even their steel-cut oats. I just LOVE their products. I really like that they are consistent in quality. Whether you are buying their frozen product, pre-made items or their boxed/bagged mixes, you are getting something high quality that will taste good, hold together well and have good texture.  All of which are important to those of us who want our gluten-free foods to resemble their gluten-filled counterparts. We want REAL FOOD!!

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Above you can see some of their rolls, which come frozen and prr-baked. You simply reheat in the oven. They’re so good!

So, I am so excited that one of you will be winning a $30 prize pack. This is a generous prize that Udi’s is going to send you! As anyone who has been gluten-free for any length of time, gluten-free products can be a bit pricy. I have found, though that the Udi’s gluten-free line is quite affordable.

To enter this $30 Prize Pack Giveaway, click HERE!

Good Luck everyone!

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo

So sorry, but this giveaway is only open to those living in the Continental US.  

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Gluten-Free ‘Spaghetti’

If you’re like me when you think of spaghetti, you automatically think of long, thin noodles.  Well, there is nothing saying you have to use those kind of noodles.  In fact, you can use any kind of noodle you want to.  For me, I need to have a Gluten-Free Spaghetti. So, whatever your need or want is, use your imagination.  Anything goes.  As long as you have noodles and tomato based sauce, you have spaghetti!  🙂

You can used brown rice pasta, corn pasta, rice pasta. There are any number of choices out there. For my THM friends there is Dreamfields Pasta. It is, however, not gluten-free so that is not an option for me.  When I make dinner, my whole family eats gluten-free because I don’t want to have to make two separate meals because I can’t have gluten.  That’s just too much work for my taste.

For quite some time now, I have been making my own spaghetti sauce. Sort of… I start with a canned sauce and add to it. If I wanted to , I could make one totally from scratch, but I got this ‘recipe’ from a full-blooded Italian woman who makes her spaghetti sauce like this so I figure if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!  😉

So here’s the recipe…

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Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Get This:

  • 1 lb. gluten-free pasta, or spaghetti squash works too (whatever noodles you like, I’m not the boss of you!) (If you are a THM’er, use Dreamfields Pasta and only cook what you will eat in one sitting as it cannot be reheated)
  • 1 lb. lean venison, turkey or chicken
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. fresh mushrooms
  • garlic salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can or jar of spaghetti sauce (make sure to get one WITHOUT high fructose corn syrup or added sugar)
  • 1 can all natural organic diced tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper to taste
  • Truvia, to taste (or your favorite sweetener) (yes, you add ‘sugar’ to the sauce to cut the acidity)

Do This:

  1. Cook your pasta until JUST done. You will cook with the sauce a bit. If using Dreamfields Pasta, cook according to packaging.
  2. Brown onion, lean ground meat, mushrooms and garlic together in medium pan until hamburger is no longer pink and onion is translucent. Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Once the hamburger mixture is done, add sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper.
  4. Add cooked pasta and stir to mix well. (If you are a THM’er, DO NOT add pasta to sauce, as you cannot reheat pasta).
  5. Simmer sauce for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add Stevia or sugar to taste.  My husband likes his sauce on the sweet side.
  7. Enjoy!

**note: for every 4-6 people just add another can of sauce and another can of tomatoes**

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PB Crave

Ok, by a raise of hands, how many of you like peanut butter?  **wildly raises her hand** Yeah, I LOVE peanut butter. My family loves peanut butter. So when I had the opportunity to try PB Crave, I jumped at the chance. Like, almost literally JUMPED at it!  Hehe…

PB Crave is unique, in that they don’t sell just any peanut butter. They sell FLAVORED peanut butter. You read that right. FLAVORED peanut butter!

Cookie Nookie for example, has wild honey, chocolate chips and cookie dough flavor added to it.

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Choco Choco PB Crave has wild honey, sweet and dark chocolate added to it. This one was my personal favorite. I know you’re all shocked and appalled that I liked the one with two kinds of chocolate in it the best!  Haha…

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The Razzle Dazzle has wild honey, white and dark chocolate and natural raspberry flavoring in it.

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And last but not least, well maybe least as this was my least favorite, PB Crave Coco Bananas. This one has wild honey, chocolate and natural banana flavoring. I think it was something about the banana flavoring I didn’t care for in this one, which is weird because I love bananas.

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I wasn’t sure what to think about this product because the last peanut butter product I tried for a review was terrible, but I went into this with an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really liked this product. PB Crave has the rich peanut(y) flavor you want but then adds a touch of sweet with the wild honey and then the excitement of the other flavors and surprisingly, they don’t overpower the peanut butter and they blend well with it as well.

I am giving PB Crave Peanut Butter ♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

If I had liked all the flavors, I would have given them 5 hearts out of five. It’s peanut butter peeps, so it has some fat. It has some sugar in it from the honey and chocolate, but the sugars are actually quite low. It’s not health food, so I suggest eating it in moderation. Enjoy it as a treat now and then. I just had a fantastic idea….PB Crave would make awesome peanut butter cookies! Wish I would have thought of that before, when I still had some! Oh well…maybe I will have to go get some!

I was not compensated for this post, but I was given product in exchange for my honest review of said product. Opinions and thoughts shared are mine and mine alone, are never influenced by anyone in any way.

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Gluten-Free Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Remember that amazing cheesecake I made with Glutino salted caramel and chocolate pretzels? Well, they sent me a bag of their honey mustard pretzels, too. I knew I wanted to come up with an awesome recipe using them instead of just eating the whole bag as is. Although, they are so good, I wouldn’t mind doing so! I came up with a gluten-free honey mustard chicken tenders recipe. Oh hang on, I have something to say…

I apologize for the mix up with my last giveaway. I have been sent product from Udi’s and Glutino Foods recently and I have been giving the go ahead to run giveaways for both companies as well. So when I typed up my giveaway post, I posted photos and links and the whole nine yards, apparently not paying close enough attention to who sent what and got them all mixed up. I even sent my link to the post to the wrong contact person from the company! Talk about embarrassing! I promise to do better from now on…

Starting with these beauties…

gf honey mustard chicken tenders

Just look at the crispy goodness on those babies! So good! I served these crispy gluten-free honey mustard chicken tenders with a side of cheesy veggies. It was a great meal! I just know you want this recipe.

From The Kitchen Of:  NowICanEatCake  (Click HERE to print recipe)

Recipe: Gluten-Free Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Get This:

  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut into strips (or chicken tenders)
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bag Glutino Foods gluten-free honey mustard pretzels, blitzed in the food processor
  • Natures Seasons® (salt and pepper to taste) (I seasoned the chicken AND the cream and egg mixture)
  • 4-5 T. coconut oil or butter

Do This:

  1. Cut fat and anything undesirable from chicken breasts and cut into strips.
  2. Whisk cream and egg together; season with Natures Seasons®.
  3. Blitz pretzels in food processor til fine, but not super fine. You want a little texture.
  4. Warm skillet over med-high heat; melt coconut oil in heated pan.
  5. Once oil is hot, dip chicken into egg and cream mixture and then coat well with pretzel bits.
  6. Carefully place coated chicken into hot oil and cook until golden brown on first side before flipping and cooking until chicken is completely done, about 4m on each side.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly on paper towels before serving.
  8. Serve with a side of veggies or a nice big salad.

Note: These are fabulous when they are fresh and good when reheated, but I recommend eating them fresh for the best flavor. You lose the honey mustard flavor when you reheat them for some reason.

The Review: I give Glutino Foods Honey Mustard Pretzels ♥♥♥♥♥

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