Waffle Winners

Can you say that 10 times fast? Waffle winners, Waffle winners, Waffle winners, Waffle winners….okay….on with the program!

Here are your random comments/people:

July 14th, 2010 at 2:03 pm
I love the van’s mini waffles because I can dip them!

July 14th, 2010 at 9:57 pm
I love Van’s waffles I think the traditional are my favorite.
I follow you on twitter and I’ve tweeted about this giveaway.
I also like you on facebook.

July 14th, 2010 at 9:59 pm
I would like to try the organic blueberry waffles.

July 14th, 2010 at 10:25 pm
I’m a “like” on Facebook.

July 14th, 2010 at 11:07 pm
I LOVE Van’s GF waffles. I’ve tried all the flavors and my favorite is the traditional flavor. I also like blueberry. I am following you on Twitter now and tweeted about the contest. I’ve also become a fan of Gluten Free is Life on Facebook.

Jill L
July 15th, 2010 at 1:50 pm
We love the blueberry!

Julie Garmon July 14th, 2010

Sarah – Celiac in the City

July 15th, 2010 at 11:42 pm
Love the blueberry ones. (and the regular ones too!)

July 16th, 2010 at 10:35 am
I’ve never tried Van’s, so I can’t tell you my favorite. But, I’d love a chance to try them anyway!

Evan Thomas
July 15th, 2010 at 9:15 pm
I tweeted it http://twitter.com/EvanFMFF/status/18646240922

Winners, please email me with your address and I will get your coupon in the mail!

Thanks to all who entered!!! There is another BIG giveaway coming on Tuesday – make sure to check back!! This one will include 2 really cool prizes.

**Edited because I forgot to add the 10th winner!  LOL!  See what happens when I multitask?

Are You Ready for Some Waffles?

One of my tried & true trusty gluten-free products has been Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles. I have been eating them for most of the 4.5 years that I have been gluten-free. I have done through stages of how I like to eat them, including traditional, with syrup, as bread for a sandwich and spread with almond butter and topped with fruit spread or warm, cinnamon apples in the fall.

So, I want you guys to experience the awesomeness (one of my friend Erin’s words ;)) of Van’s. I am going to be giving away 10 coupons for free Van’s waffles. Yes, you read that right 10 coupons! 10 lucky readers will each win a free box of waffles!! How do you win? Just read the instructions below. You can enter up to 3 times to increase your chances, but, you can only win one coupon/box, if that makes sense.

1. Leave a comment telling me which variety of Van’s is your favorite

2. Follow me on Twitter, or if you already follow me, Tweet about this contest. Leave a comment telling me you did.

3. Become a fan of Gluten-Free is Life on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you did.

Contest will run until Friday night at midnight! GOOD LUCK!!!


***Coupons were supplied by Van’s International Foods in return for my writing an article for their blog that can be read here. My views and opinions of Van’s Waffles have not been influenced by any coupons and/or samples. I have been eating these waffles for long before I started my blog.

Menu Plan – A Day Late

I have been BUSY this past weekend! Phew! My mom came to visit and we had a blast. She and I had a nice afternoon out that included pedicures, sushi and birthday shopping for Hannah! Later that same night we took the kids out to dinner. We had fully intended on going to BJ’s Brewhouse, but at 6 PM they had an 1.5 hour wait. No, thank you. We chatted about other options close by and settled on Molly Woo’s, which meant more sushi for me! 🙂 I was one happy girl! After our sushi appetizer, Jon and I both tried new menu items to us and were really pleased. I will post a review of them later this week on my Examiner site, so hold tight!

Sunday was spent at the pool. My mom was kind enough to evaluate my horrid swimming form to see if there was any tips she could give me. I swam a lap (50 meters) and she looks at me and says “Yeah, that isn’t very efficient!” LMAO! I couldn’t stop giggling about that statement! I am really glad I found it funny instead of sad and didn’t start crying. I have learned over the past 8 weeks that I have to have a sense of humor about my rehab if I want to make it through a stronger person. After putting some tips in place given to me by a very nice girl on Daily Mile, my mom watched me again and said that I was looking better and I just really need to slow down some & practice. So, practice it is!

Onto the meals! Sunday was a mish mosh of leftovers and such, so I will start with Monday this week.

Monday- Chickpeas, Madagascar pink rice, okra, carrots, jalapenos in a bowl and salad. (Kids still working on leftovers)

Tuesday -Grilled chicken, baked potatoes, asparagus & salad

Wednesday-Salmon, zucchini, quinoa & salad

Thursday -Mexican pizzas, refried beans & salad

Friday -Pizza, broccoli & salad

Saturday -Leftovers

Baked Goods

Chocolate Chip Cake (mix I have to review)


Looking for Simple Summer Recipes? Lots of easy recipes here.

Canyon Bakehouse hits a homerun with their buns.

Menu change at BJ’s Brewhouse.

Summertime treats for kids.

Bob’s Red Mill launches a gluten-free resource page.

Caribou Coffee introduces signature iced teas.

Raisin Rack launches a gluten-free blog.

Katz gluten-free is offering a $2 off coupon.

Jon makes Belgian waffles with Better Batter.

Help me wish Shirley over at Gluten-Free Easily a Happy Birthday!!

Heidi caught my eye with these fruit parfaits & sundaes (dairy-free).

And the winner is……

The winner of the Hamburger Helper – Asian Helper meals are…..

Here are your random numbers:

5 and 2
Timestamp: 2010-07-12 13:02:53 UTC

Holly Varner
July 8th, 2010 at 4:34 pm
I was already a friend on Gluten-Free is life FB page:) Sorry but I cant do twitter I stopped my account:(


Stacy Lane
July 8th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
I became a fan of Live Gluten Freely on Facebook.

I want to thank everyone who entered this giveaway. I have another giveaway that will go up later today that will have multiple winners!! Don’t forget to check back!!

Holly & Stacy – please email me for more information.

Product Review & Giveaway: Gluten-Free Hamburger Helper

If you are a reader of my blog, you are well aware that I am not a big fan of processed foods. As I am learning more about food, due in part to my having to scour labels for gluten (and onions), I have found that my body feels better when I eat whole foods or foods that have been minimally processed. Because I eat this way, my family does for the most part, too. So because this product does not fit into our typical meal plan, I was conflicted about how to write this review. But my readers tell me that they value my opinion, so it’s important that I be honest about my impressions.

As I have mentioned before, I have been a part of the new Live Gluten Freely webpage since they relaunched in May 2010. One of the great benefits of writing for LGF is that I often get to try new products before I can find them locally. The newest product that I have been given an opportunity to try is Gluten-Free Hamburger Helper & Asian Helpers. I received all 3 varieties the other day – Cheesy Hashbrown, Beef Fried Rice and Chicken Fried Rice .


I made the Cheesy Hashbrown meal last night for dinner. I used lean ground turkey in place of the ground beef and butter in place of the margarine.


This meal was really easy to make and took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish. I started by browning the ground turkey, then I added the water and dried potatoes. After the potatoes were done & the mixture had browned & been flipped, I just topped with the cheese sauce, which is made with the included powder and milk (I used skim).


I dished out the food for the kids and added a couple of tortilla chips on the side. Jon asked for sour cream & taco sauce on his – whatever works, right?


The meal has a good flavor. Jon liked his, but Hannah did not like hers. That being said, my kids are not big fans of casserole items or foods that are mixed together. Case in point: Hannah wouldn’t eat rice the other day that had vegetables already mixed in it.

This meal is super easy to prepare, tastes good and will be available in grocery stores nationwide. It is important to note that the meal is high in sodium, as most processed foods are. The nice thing about these new meals is that they are great for those short on time, young adults just starting out, or a family member or friend who wants to make sure there is something gluten-free available to eat, and turns to General Mills as a trusted source to help them out. While this meal may not appeal to every gluten-free person out there, it will appeal to a lot of them. The use of convenience food is widespread these days.

General Mills and Betty Crocker have been leaders in labeling and producing gluten-free foods. Starting with the removal of barley malt from Rice and Corn Chex, next labeling the Yoplait Yogurts and then launching the Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Baking Mixes.

Now, for the fun part! I am giving away 2 Asian Helpers – 1 to each of 2 lucky readers. The Asian Helpers that are up for grabs are the Beef Fried Rice & Chicken Fried Rice. Unfortunately the winners won’t get to choose which one they get, though I will take preferences into consideration, if possible. There are 5 different chances per person to win. Each person can choose one or all 5 of the ways to enter below. The more entries, the better chance you have to win, however, only 1 prize per person. Here are the different ways to enter:

1. Visit Live Gluten Freely and become a fan on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you did so.

2. Visit Gluten-Free is Life on Facebook and become a fan if you are not already one. Leave a comment.

3. Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you did.

4. Leave a comment here & tell me whether you prefer the Beef or Chicken Fried Rice.

5. Tell the person sitting next to you about Celiac Disease & the gluten-free diet to help spread awareness. Share your favorite gluten-free foods with them. Leave a comment. 🙂

Giveaway will end on Sunday at midnight! Good luck!!

Happy 4th of July & a Menu Plan

Happy 4th of July! How are you spending this holiday weekend? The weather here has been picture perfect – lower humidity, clear, blue skies and perfect summertime temps of about 80 -85 degrees. I kicked off the weekend with a 2000m swim at the pool yesterday morning, then I went to donate blood and then Hannah and I spent the day at the pool. I see another pool day in my future really soon. 🙂

On Saturday I wrote a post about my obsession with fruit. Have you tried yellow watermelon?

I remember tasting one last year, but didn’t want to buy a huge watermelon for just me to eat (the rest of the family doesn’t like watermelon). Today Meijer was selling them in quarters, so I got a quarter of a watermelon for $1.30. Can’t beat that!

On the menu this week…

Sunday – Veggie Mexican Pizzas (post with details to come later this week) and salad

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, risotto, asparagus & salad

Tuesday -Filet Mignon, baked potatoes, steamed green beans & salad

Wednesday-Grilled Chicken Kabobs, roasted zucchini & salad

Thursday- Burgers (Sunshine for me), sweet potato fries, broccoli & salad

Friday-Pizza and salad

Saturday – my mom will be here, we will cook together or be lazy & go out! 😉

Baked Goods

Since it is so hot outside, there will be no baking, but I wanted to share a recipe I found in an email for Real Simple that I would love to try.

Fruity Ice Cream Cups

*Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

Serves 4
Total Time: 15m

  • 1 cup of ice cream (Real Simple suggests vanilla, I suggest being creative)
  • 1/2 cup fruit sorbet
  • fresh fruit , such as raspberries or sliced strawberries (optional – was not in Real Simple’s recipe)

Dividing evenly, layer ½ cup ice cream, ½ cup fruit sorbet, fresh fruit and another ½ cup ice cream in 4 small paper cups.
Freeze until firm, at least 10 minutes and up to 4 days.

My flavor combination idea: Breyer’s Dark Chocolate Velvet Smooth & Dreamy Ice Cream with raspberry sorbet & fresh raspberries.


Weekly Recap

Gillian’s Food Review

Betty Crocker wins an Edison Award

Melting Pot offers a new gluten-free menu

Review of Immaculate Baking Company cookies

A Visit with Friends

Exciting news from Joan’s GF Great Bakes

Raisin Rack launches a gluten-free blog

Recall on Pure Base garlic spread

Wendy’s updates their gluten-free menu

Whole Foods rolls out Farmer’s Pick program

There is a Jules Flour giveaway here – enter until July 9, 2010.

Thanks to Gluten Free Philly for letting us know about P.F. Chang’s offering free lettuce wraps with the purchase of an entree through July 31, 2010. Click here to get your coupon. Scroll down to enter your email address & get your coupon.

Erin talks about intuitive eating here and don’t forget about her brand new ebook, Living a Healthy Gluten-Free Life, that you can purchase here.

Have a great week!!

A Slight Problem….

I have a slight problem….I eat a ton of fruit! Do you think it is possible to eat too much fruit? I looked it up on google and most of the information that I found said that if you are trying to lose weight, which I am not, then yes, you can eat too much fruit. Other than that, I think I am in the clear. I eat most of my fruit for breakfast in the form of a large fruit bowl/salad. One of the best things about fruit is that it is naturally gluten-free!


Doesn’t that look good? I mix up watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, plums or pluots, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes & cherries. I started doing this one day when I couldn’t decide what fruit to have for breakfast & they all sounded good. With so many of my favorite fruits being in season right now, I am taking full advantage while I can!

Another favorite of mine is ice cold watermelon on a hot day. You just can’t beat that sweet, cold, juicy bite of fruit when the humidity & temps are soaring.


Along with my fruit for breakfast I usually have some almond butter on rice cakes or toast.

What is your favorite summer fruit?

Product Review: Pamela’s Cornbread Mix

I have long been singing the praises of Pamela’s Products. The first product I tried made by Pamela’s was the bread mix. The bread mix is the one that I always have on hand and order in bulk from Amazon.com. Not only does it make great bread, but really good bagels, too.

Last night I made Pamela’s Cornbread to go along with our BBQ ribs. The mix is super easy to prepare and has a lot of different options on the side of the package. There are options for cheesy cornbread, sweet pepper cornbread and buttermilk cornbread. I made the original, but cut the sugar down to 1/4 cup and used canola oil in place of butter.



The cornbread was wonderful! Even Aaron enjoyed a couple of pieces. The kids had more for breakfast this morning with some fruit.

Pamela’s is having their 5th annual recipe contest right now! All you have to do to enter is create your own, original recipe using any of Pamela’s products and you could win a $200 gift certificate! The contest is open to entries through August 16th.

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