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Coupons!

How many of my readers use coupons when they shop? Come on, raise your hands high! Anyone?

I haven’t used coupons for a long time, with the exception of my Glutino coupons. I cannot believe they give us FREE product coupons. How cool is that?!?!? Their products are AMAZING!! Glutino Foods and Udi’s are my favorite gluten-free companies! Texture, taste, variety…all fabulous!!

Today, I’m giving you an opportunity to win 10 (THAT’S RIGHT 10 Glutino Foods FREE PRODUCT coupons) coupons for any Glutino product. These are not just $1 off coupons either, these are FREE PRODUCT coupons. This means that you pay NOTHING! Cool, right!?! Very cool…

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For those of you who have been gluten-free for any length of time, you know how expensive eating a specialty diet can be. While Glutino Foods products are among the most inexpensive, they can still be kinda pricy. These coupons can really come in handy when you are stretching your dime.

So go ahead, click this LINK  and follow the prompts. Then just wait til the giveaway is over to see if you won! Don’t forget to come back and tweet everyday to increase your chances of winning!

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

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Exhausted

I am sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I have reviews to do and giveaways…but I have been exhausted lately and the last thing on my mind has been posting on here. I know that sounds bad, but it is the truth. I have a family and camp things and just so much else to worry about. And honestly all that comes first. Have you ever been so exhausted you couldn’t sleep? Yeah, that’s me these days.

So, instead of the reviews I need to do, We are going to keep this short and sweet and do a giveaway. I will get to the reviews later. You are going to be amazed, though. The product I’m reviewing next is sooooo good!

Anyway… today’s giveaway is brought to you by Glutino Foods! We are giving away more free product coupons. In fact, I have so many to give away that someone is going to get 10 coupons! That’s right, I said 10 coupons! These are for ANY Glutino Foods product. FREE!

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You’re welcome…

Click HERE to enter this fabulous giveaway!

Good luck everybody!

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

Sorry friends, this giveaway only open to those living in the Continental US.

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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!

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xo

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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…

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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 ♥♥♥♥♥

Live, laugh love and be kind. xoxo

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Chocolate And Salted Caramel Cheesecake

I am usually one of those people who are all or nothing. When I am on a ‘diet’, I normally say no to anything I would normally consider indulgent. Not because I feel I can’t splurge now and again, but because I can’t do ‘just one bit’ or ‘just one piece’.

Take this chocolate and salted caramel cheesecake for example….

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This is not something I would normally indulge in. Something so rich and chocolatey with rich, salted caramel.  So yummy!

BUT, this one I can! This chocolate and salted caramel cheesecake is gluten and (mostly) sugar-free! It can be made completely sugar-free very easily. I made it using a couple of Glutino products because I was coming up with a recipe using their  chocolate and their new salted caramel pretzels. I found a few recipes for gluten-free and sugar-free cheesecake and tweaked them using what I needed to for the crust and topping. Boy, was it tasty! Yeah, I’ll share the recipe!

Chocolate And Salted Caramel Cheesecake  (Click HERE to print recipe)

For The Crust:

Get This:

  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 1 c. Glutino’s Salted Caramel Pretzels, blitzed in the food processor til chunky (if making 100% sugar-free omit these and use 2 c. almond flour or 1 c. each almond and coconut flours)
  • 1/4 c + 1 T. butter, melted.
  • 2 T. Truvia® or sweetener of choice

Do This:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix flour, pretzel bits (if using) and sweetener together.
  3. Pour melted butter over mixture and mix well, making sure to get everything covered and a dough ball begins to form.
  4. Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Press dough firmly  into bottom of your baking dish.
  6. Bake crust at 350° F. for about 20m or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. While the crust is baking and cooling, make your cheesecake filling.

For The Cheesecake: 

Get This:

  • 2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese or Neufchâtel, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. caramel extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c. Truvia® or sweetener of choice (more or less to taste)

Do This:

  1. Beat your cream cheese for a minute or so by itself so it’s creamy.
  2. Add eggs, sweetener and caramel extract; beat again til smooth. Set aside.
  3. Once your crust has cooled, spoon onto crust and bake for 25-35m or until you start to see golden brown patches across the top of your cheesecake.
  4. Allow to cool 5-10m before adding toppings.

For Toppings:

Get This:

  • sugar-free caramel sauce (I made my own, I will share my recipe tomorrow)
  • sugar-free chocolate chips or 80%-85% dark chocolate, chopped
  • pecans (optional)
  • Glutino’s chocolate covered pretzels, blitzed in the food processor til chunky (optional)

Do This:

  1. While your cheesecake bakes and cools, make your caramel sauce (recipe coming tomorrow).
  2. Chop your nuts (if using) and your chocolate (if needed).
  3. Blitz your Glutino’s chocolate pretzels in the food processor til chunky.
  4. Now sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) and pretzel bits over your still warm cheesecake.
  5. Once your chocolate bits have had a chance to melt a bit, drizzle caramel sauce over everything.
  6. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting and serving.
  7. ENJOY!!

Note: You can make this recipe completely sugar-free by omitting the pretzel bits in the crust and on top.  I am a product reviewer/recipe developer/giveaway hostess for Glutino and I wanted to come up with a delicious recipe using their new gluten-free salted caramel pretzels.

This recipe was inspired by these cheesecake bars. It came out better than I could have dreamed. Once again, Glutino’s has amazed me with their wonderful product. It gave this chocolate and salted caramel cheesecake a wonderful punch of flavor and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. Even my picky-eater sister thought it was really good, in fact she’s having a piece for lunch as I type this!

For my THM friends, simply leave the pretzels out and use either all almond flour or a combination of almond and coconut flours. This delicious chocolate and salted caramel cheesecake is an S dessert!

REVIEW: I am giving Glutino Salted Caramel Pretzels ♥♥♥♥♥

Lie, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

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Giveaway!

Who’s ready for a giveaway?!? This is NowICanEatCake’s first official giveaway and I’m super excited to share with y’all that it’s sponsored by my friends at Glutino’s!

I got a hold of my girl, Megan over at Glutino and asked her what we might be able to give some of my readers and she emailed me back asking, how about we have a giveaway for some free product coupons?!? I thought that was a fabulous idea!

So that’s what we are going to do! My first giveaway here on NowICanEatCake is going to be for 2 coupons for the Glutino product of your choice! Yay!! I figure this way, you can go to the store and purchase whatever your heart desires! They have so many yummy options, from yogurt covered pretzels to pizza crust mix.

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Their products are always great.They consistently have good texture, flavor AND variety. To me, that is very important. Glutino offers a number of bagged and boxed goods, pre-made goods and mixes. See, lots of variety!

Just click **HERE** to enter the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

Live, laugh, love and be kind!  xoxo

**I am super sorry, this giveaway is open to US residents only**

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Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes

Today I would like to share with you my review of Glutino’s Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes. I have shared with you before that I think Glutino brand has some of the most consistently good products out there. Between them and one of their sister companies, Udis, I think they could corner the market on gluten-free foods! Their premade food and their mixes are amazing…

These delicious Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes are no exception. They have great texture and crumble and the vanilla flavor is amazing. Pair that with the candy sprinkles, and you’re darn near perfection friends! I didn’t even frost mine.

Just look at these beauties…

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See?!? No frosting! You can frost yours if you want, I’m not the boss of you.

These Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes obviously are NOT sugar-free. Of course, they should be eaten as often as can be in moderation, as part of your holiday celebrations. They are not meant to be part of your everyday diet. So please, enjoy with every meal good judgment. 😜

I give Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes. ❤❤❤❤ (out of 5)

They got 4 out of 5 because the hubs and I thought they were just a smidgen on the dry side, but not enough that I wouldn’t recommend these and not enough that I wouldn’t make them again!!

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xo

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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!

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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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Celiac Awareness Month

By a raise of hands, how many of you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month?  Raise you hands high!! Ok…we have a lot of smarties out there…

I only recently learned of this information.  Of course, I am new to this whole thing.  Being gluten-free, that is.  I’ve been gluten-free for about 2 months now give or take.  You would be surprised how many people think that means I can’t have cheese or ice cream or any number of other things that have NOTHING to do with gluten whatsoever!  LOL

Can’t really blame people though, for not knowing what gluten is…it’s not really a common thing, to be gluten intolerant or to have Celiac Disease, although it is becoming more and more so.  I think a lot of people suffer from gluten intolerance to some degree and don’t even realize it.  I think I have been sick for some time and didn’t even have a clue.  I’m still dealing with some of my symptoms, truth be told. I think that’s because I’m still being ‘glutened’.

Like yesterday…we went to one of our favorite places to eat…a sandwich shop known for their sub sandwiches.  They will make any of their subs into a salad.  While I had her change her gloves before she made my salad, all of the items she put in my salad (cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, etc) had been handled by hands (albeit gloved) that had handled bread….something that I hadn’t thought of until I started feeling poorly later in the day.  I’m just going to have to realize that some places just aren’t going to be an option for me anymore…

That isn’t really what this post is all about though.  Not really.  What I really wanted to tell you about is this really awesome website called freedible.com.  It’s a site for bloggers and companies and others to join together and share their recipes and stories and whathaveyou.  It’s a place where those of us with new-found food allergies can find companies that offer allergy-free foods geared toward our specific allergy.  Also, bloggers can find other bloggers who are blogging about similar things, because as we all know, it is wonderful to be able to network and build an audience that can relate to what you are writing about!

Also this post is to tell you about Glutino and how amazing they are!  Of all of the companies I have worked with so far, I would have to say that their products have been the most reliable and the most consistent so far.  Everything I have tried of theirs has been good and I would recommend to anyone who is starting the gluten-free lifestyle or who has been eating gluten-free but hasn’t had a chance to try their products. They have a wide variety of products as well.  Everything from pre-made cookies  and cookie mixes to pasta and frozen meals! I haven’t had the pleasure of trying EVERYTHING they have to offer, but like I said, it’s only been a couple of months.

In honor of Celiac Awareness month, Glutino sent me a box of their Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix along with a recipe for Beth Hillson’s ‘Cookies for a Cause’ recipe. As per usual I didn’t make the recipe exactly as written, cuz that’s how I roll, yo!

Her recipe was my inspiration, though. And here’s my version…

Glutino Cookies For A Cause

Glutino Double Chocolate Chip Cookies For A Cause (Click HERE to print recipe)

Get This:

  • 1 box Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 T. honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 t. vanilla

Do This:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper; set aside
  3. In a medium size bowl, add first 3 ingredients; stir to combine and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter.
  5. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  6. Add honey and vanilla; beat again to combine well.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix just until everything is moistened and combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  8. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop cookies onto prepared baking sheet(s), leaving about an inch in between cookies.
  9. Press to flatten slightly.
  10. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until just set.
  11. Cool on cookie sheets a couple of minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  12. Store in an airtight container.

I really like these cookies! Like I said before, Glutinos has great, quality products.  They are consistently great.  Great flavor, texture, everything.  And the variety of products they offer is just amazing.

And now for the surprise I was telling you about before…

Glutinos is letting me give one lucky reader a prize package for Celiac Awareness Month!!! Not just any prize, though! This prize package will include the following:

·         Toaster Pastries (Strawberry & Apple Cinnamon)

·         Honey Mustard Pretzels

·         Pretzel Chips

·         Instant Pancake Mix

·         Rosemary & Olive Oil Crackers

·         Cinnamon and Sugar Bagel Chips

·         Wafer Bites

·         Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

·         Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

·         Glutino SWAG

Isn’t that AWESOME?!?!?! Yeah, so make sure you click on the link below to enter this awesome giveaway!!!

ENTER HERE!!!

Live, laugh, love and be kind! xoxo