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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.

almost homemade cinnamon raisin bread

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)


  • 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)


  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!

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xo

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Steel Cut Oats

Udi’s Steel Cut Oats, to be exact. I had never had steel cut oats before today. I have to say, I really like them. These happen to have currants, flax and chai seeds added to them. Udi’s makes some really good gluten-free products. I have been happy with most of their products.

What I like most about these steel cut oats is that there is no added sugar. It’s just certified NON-GMO, gluten-free steel cut oats, currents, flax and chai seeds. Just good, wholesome all-natural, good for you food!

The directions for making the oats is right on the outside of the package, which is nice. I added a little extra something special to mine, cuz that’s just how I roll, yo!

Here’s my fancy lil’ recipe…

udis steel cut oats

MMmmmm, don’t they look delicious?!?!

Udi’s Steel Cut Oats Made Delicious (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 c. Udi’s Steal Cut Oats
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1-2 T. THM brown sugar
  • 1-2 T. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (optional, if needed for consistency)

Do This:

  1. Boil water and salt.
  2. Stir in oats and vanilla; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon.
  4. Spoon into a bowl and top with brown sugar and almond milk, if using.
  5. Enjoy!

I really liked this warm cereal. It’s perfect for a fall/winter morning! I had this and  cup of coffee with a splash of half and half. For my THM peeps, this is an E meal, so keep your fat to less than 5g and your carbs between 20-45.

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Who’s Ready For A Giveaway? (Giveaway Ended)

Ok, friends. Who’s ready for a giveaway? I know I am! It’s been a while since the last one and I am so ready for someone to win some gluten-free goodness!! Guess who’s sponsoring this giveaway…Can you guess? I bet you can!

That’s right! Glutino Foods is. Remember I told you about their Merry Mint Brownie Mix? Well, I talked to the generous people over at Glutino Foods and they are going to give one lucky reader 3 holiday baking mixes! How awesome is that?!? I don’t know which ones they will be but I will make sure one of them is the brownies, because they’re amazing!

glutino mixes

Your goodies should include at least a couple of these mixes…

To enter this fabulous giveaway, simply click on the Rafflecopter link, follow the steps and you’re entered! Easy Peasy, right??

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Good Luck Everybody!

I’ll be seeing you soon, Til then…

Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind! xoxo

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Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

Some of you may remember that I am part of a group of gluten-free bloggers for Glutino Foods and I have a job to do here. This month they sent me some gluten-free baking mixes. Holiday baking mixes, to be exact. It’s rough but someone’s gotta do it!  I had to suffer this month and try brownies and peppermint yogurt covered pretzels, among other things coming up!

Glutino Foods makes some of the best gluten-free baking mixes I have ever used.  In fact, they make some of the best gluten-free products in general, that I have had the pleasure of using/eating. I am super impressed with the texture, flavor and overall quality of their products. They are consistently superior to any other product in my opinion.  And I have used quite a few.

They recently sent me a few of their new products. Some ‘Snowflake Pancake Mix’.  A ‘Twinkle Sprinkle Cake’ Cupcake Mix. There was a Corn bread stuffing mix as well. There were a few other holiday baking mixes as well. Some sugar cookies and also a bag of yogurt covered pretzels. Those were super tasty!!

I have only had a chance to try a couple of things, but the couple of things I’ve tried have been so good! A lot of gluten-free baking mixes (some pre-made items you can buy are this way, too)produce dry, flat, tasteless baked goods that, in my opinion are not worth the, usually higher price you have to pay for them! If I’m going to pay a higher price for an item, I want it to at least taste good! I don’t mind paying a little more for something I know isn’t going to make me sick, as long as it tastes equally as good or better.

These ‘Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Gooey Chocolate Merry-Mint Brownie Mix’ brownies did not disappoint! They were perfect brownie texture, fudgy and gooey, with a just a hint of mint.  The white fudge chips that come in the box, to sprinkle on top, bring them to their over-the-top perfection. I may or may not have eaten the whole batch of brownies but the two I sent out with my husband and daughter when they went out hunting Saturday. *wipes fudge from her mouth*

Glutino Merry-Mint Brownies

I give Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Gooey Chocolate Merry-Mint Brownie Mix ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

This photo does not do these any justice  at all! Can you see how moist and gooey these are??? YUM! Now, I cooked them until JUST DONE. The toothpick had a little bit of batter on the end of it when I took them out of the oven. Not a lot, just a teensy bit. This is vital for perfect brownie doneness. You must take them out when they are JUST DONE. They will continue to cook for a few minutes after taking them out, so take them out when you think they are just done so you don’t over cook them. You don’t want them raw but you don’t want them over done, either.

Gluten-free baking mixes may be a little more tricky, so I would set the timer for 5-10 minutes less than what the box calls for because everyone’s oven is different. Check them when the timer goes off and adjust baking time from there. Better to check a few times and have them come out perfect than to have them over done. I love gooey brownies!

Stay tuned y’all! We’re getting ready to have a giveaway all up in here, yo! That’s right, Glutino and I are going to have a giveaway and one of my readers is going to be the lucky winner of one or more of these delicious holiday gluten-free baking mixes!  Make sure you come back in the next couple days for all the details.

Or better yet, subscribe by e-mail in the upper right corner of the side bar and get any upcoming posts right in your e-mail inbox, and never miss another post!

See you soon!!

Live, laugh, love and be kind.  xoxo

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Trim Healthy Mama

Have y’all heard all the craze about Trim Healthy Mama?  These two Christian ladies (sisters, actually) wrote a book about their struggles with finding the right way to shed their unwanted pounds, with a few other things thrown in for good measure.  They wrote it from a Christian, biblical point of view, but aren’t super pushy about it and are very down-to-earth and real. 

They sent me the PDF E-book for review!! I am not done reading the book yet, but so far I am LOVING it! It goes through the ‘philosophy’ of the program and why they came up with it and then it goes through each of the meal styles (S [satisfying], E [energizing], etc.) and what they do and why. 

It even gives you scriptures about what God says about certain foods and diet.   It’s fabulous.  If you’re not big on the bible or Christianity (which I can’t imagine) don’t worry,  they don’t push it down your throat or anything.  I would suggest though , that if you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you get that taken care of!  See my Romans Road page for more information on that!!  🙂

When I finish reading the book (or maybe even before!),  I am going to get started right away on this plan and I am going to give it a good month-six weeks and then I will be doing a full review of this book/plan.  But I have to be honest, so far I am loving what I see.  If it works half as well as I imagine it will, I will be one happy, trim healthy mama!!  😉

In the coming days, weeks and months I will be sharing my weight loss journey along with recipes, tips and tricks.  I may even share before and after photos along the way!  Excited to start this.  I have a year (My sister is getting married September 5, 2015) to lose about 75#’s.  I think that is totally feasible! 

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo

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Let’s Give Some Brownies Away! (Giveaway Ended)

As I said before, these brownies are amazing, so let’s give some brownies away, shall we?!?! Some lucky reader is going to be very happy when these so up at their doorstep, I guarantee that!

Ardenne Farms Fudge Brownies2

See the review for these here.

Ardenne Farm has also decided to send the lucky winner of this giveaway a bonus prize with this brownie mix!!  I know what it is and so do they, but I am going to let it be a surprise to whoever wins!!  It’s kinda cool, though, I will say that!  🙂

So, who wants these amazing brownies?!?!?! Just click on the Rafflecopter link and follow the steps to enter!!

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Good luck everybody!!  xoxo

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Ardenne Farms Fudge Brownies

I was pleasantly pleased when the Ardenne Farms Fudge Brownies came out of the oven.  I am always a little leery when I read all-natural, no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors along with gluten-free on a package.  Just because experience tells me that it is going to TASTE like it’s gluten-free and has no artificial flavors or colors in it.  Which USUALLY means it isn’t going to taste good.  Or it is going to have a weird texture.

That is soooo not the case with these Ardenne Farms Fudge Brownies. NOT.AT.ALL.  And just look at the way they bake up…

Ardenne Farms Fudge Brownies2

Don’t they look delicious? Even better than the ones on the box!!  And the texture was amazing… the flavor was dark and rich and so chocolaty! I added about 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips to the mix just before baking, too.  PERFECTION!

I give Ardenne Farm Fudge Brownie Mix ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

While brownies are not exactly health food, you can feel a little less guilty eating these since they are all-natural and have nothing artificial in them and they don’t have refined sugar in them, either!   🙂

If you are craving rich chocolaty brownies, give these a try!  They’re great!

Stay tuned for a fabulous giveaway!!

All the best…  xoxo

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Since I’m still working on recipes, let’s have an әvol. giveaway, shall we? The fine folks at әvol. and I have decided to give one lucky reader a couple of their  Bacon Mac and Cheeses and some coupons toward the purchase of some of their great products!

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Here is a review of one of their products. And here. And here! I believe there are more, but you don’t need to see them all to know that әvol. puts out quality products, do you? I didn’t think so…

Let’s just get on with the giveaway then… I had over a thousand entries in my last giveaway, let’s make this one a good one, too!!  🙂

Just click on this link  RIGHT HERE  to enter the әvol. GIVEAWAY, follow the prompts and you’re good to go!

Good luck everyone!

Live, laugh, love and be kind y’all! xoxo

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Remember a while back I did some reviews for a company by the name of әvol. ?  They have some really good products.  I loved most of their stuff. They sent me some mac and cheese, lemongrass chicken, burritos and some other stuff.  The burritos were my least favorite of all of it, but they weren’t horrible.

I did run into a problem with the company, which I will not go into details about, because I told the company I wouldn’t. BUT, I will say that the company was very good about making it right.  I Emailed them right away to tell them about the problem.  I told them I realized that I hadn’t paid for the product, that I had gotten it to review and so on.  I asked them what they would do had I been a paying customer.  The lady Emailed me right back apologizing for the problem and asked me if I would like coupons for product AND more product.

I told her thank you for understanding that even though I wasn’t a paying customer, this was a problem that needed to be addressed and that I would be happy to receive whatever they wanted to send, anything but burritos that is.  She apologized again and said it was no problem to send more product and that she hoped I would give them another chance to prove they had a quality product and that she had went through the proper channels to correct the problem that had occurred.

I was super impressed with how the whole thing was handled and their frozen meals ARE really good for the most part!  So I just wanted to let you all know that I DO recommend әvol.!

I got my box of their frozen meals today and I was shocked at the amount of food there was!  There were 4 of the bacon mac and cheese, 2 lemongrass chicken, 2 chicken quesadillas, and a couple different chicken and rice meals! WOW!!  Thank you әvol.!! You really know how to make it up to your customers!!

I give әvol.  ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of 5)

They not only have good food, they really know how to take care of their customers and that is really important!

Take Care…  xoxo

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Nostalgic Cookie Review

I have done a lot of reviews on this blog and all of them have been positive.  I knew there had to come a time when I would find something I just really did not like.  Well, that time has come.

I tried a few different flavors of these cookies…

Amaretto Limoncello Glee

amaretto limoncello glee

Kiwi Lychee Chocolaty Delights

kiwi lychee chocolaty delights

Strawberry Pomegranate Tastes

strawberry pomegranate tastes

Pomegranate Hibiscus Pleasures

pomegranate hibiscus pleasures

What I like about these:

The packaging is awesome.  The sandwich cookies are individually wrapped.  And the other cookies are packaged two to a package. So when you open the box, there are nine cookies in there, but each have its own wrapper so you aren’t exposing all of your cookies to air.  LOVE THAT.

I love that they are made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients.

They are made with almond meal so they are low-glycemic, meaning they will not spike your blood sugar the way some cookies, bread do.

Even thought they have some sweetener, they are made with all-natural sweeteners.  Nothing artificial in these!

What I didn’t like about these:

They didn’t look like the photos. The cookies are actually quite small.

The flavor.  I just didn’t care for these.

Now, I will say I have had worse gluten-free products and definitely worse ‘diet’ food!  These were not awful, but I will say they have been my least favorite of the items I have reviewed so far.  If you want to try an all-natural, healthy cookie, try these.  Give them a shot.  Not everyone has the same tastes.  You might very well like these…I know I really wanted to.  But I told them I would give an honest review and that’s what I’m doing.

I give Nostalgic Cookies  ♥♥ 1/2 (out of 5)

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo