It seems like in the past year Gluten -Free products have been showing up everywhere from restaurant menus to our grocery store shelves. A while back I was sent some ginny bakes organic gluten – free products to try and review. As far as I know no one in my family needs to eat gluten free so who better to share them with but folks who can choose to eat anything they want and get their honest opinion.
One box of ready made cookies were opened first. I shared with hubby Tom and the verdict? Delicious! I must tell you I have tasted a number of different ready made gluten free cookies and these are the best tasting ones yet! Great with a hot cup of coffee or hot tea. Even though I don’t need to eat gluten free I have a friend who follows a gluten free diet so I have sampled a variety of her treats. I have also dabbled in making my own gluten free desserts and treats when we dine together.
Since my daughter and her husband were coming over I whipped up the ginny bakes organic gluten-free chocolate chip love cookie mix so they could help me as taste testers. Every time they come to visit they want something sweet to eat and since I don’t bake very often anymore I almost never have anything to offer them. They were delighted until I told them these cookies were gluten -free. They looked a little skeptical…
…until they took one bite and we all knew - these are amazing cookies! They taste like a wonderful home made cookie that your mom made for you! You would never know they are made from organic brown rice flour or a prepackaged mix. Two thumbs up from my taste testers! In fact the newlyweds were more than happy to take the rest of the cookies home with them. You will notice that the cookies stacked on the right are puffy and smaller. The directions say to flatten slightly after you scoop the dough onto the prepared pan. Well apparently I didn’t flatten them enough so I flattened the second batch (on the left) a little more and they were thinner. I got 22 cookies instead of 21 that package stated! Each serving is one cookie at 100 calories. Not bad at all.
If you ever need to have something for those following a gluten free diet I would highly recommend the ginny bakes pre made cookies or the cookie mixes. It takes all the guess work out of what products are safe to use and it eliminates you having to invest in a variety of specialty flours that are gluten free. They carry a lot more products than shown here. Check the Ginny Bakes website for a Store Locator. I received these products for free but the opinions expressed here are my own and I was not paid for this review.
These jam jar vases are my new favorite decorating tip for Spring! I first spotted them in the floral department at Whole Foods. I already had several Kerr jam jars at home that came filled with locally made jams from our Farmer’s Market. Just put the ring on the jar less the center disk and fill with little flowers. About a week or so ago hubby Tom bought me a lovely huge bouquet of flowers. The larger flowers died off so I removed all the small filler flowers and cut them down to fit into the jam jars. Lovely! Great idea for teacher gifts or Mother’s Day! If you don’t have any of these jars at home look for them at Walmart, Target or thrift stores.
Wow – you all had so many wonderful ideas for organizing and saving the recipes you find on line. Thank you so much for taking the time to share how you attack this challenge. I have used many of the same ideas and of course now I have the blog where my favorite recipes are posted. I have been asked by readers for some ideas on how to organize and keep on line recipes and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your tried and true methods.
Here is a recap of your ideas:
Pinterest – super popular for organizing and saving recipes you want to try or ones you have tried. You can join for free.The bonus is that you set your own categories and organize as you see fit and you have a photo of what the finished product should look like.
Binders – with printed recipes stored in plastic sleeves. Super organized and each recipe is protected from spills.
Word Documents - copy and paste from the internet source into a word document and organized into categories.
Yummy Soup – a program for you Mac users that allows you to store recipes.
Mastercook / Living Cookbook – software programs that can be purchased and allow you to copy and paste recipes into your own categories.
Bookmarking – the recipe site and storing them in categories on your computer. This soon gets super messy!
Evernote – a free app for smart phones, iPads, computers and almost every electronic device out there! This is totally new to me.
Yesterday I spent almost the entire day in the kitchen, trying a new chili recipe, baking cookies and puttering around. My kitchen has a hardwood floor so it is a hard surface with no give. By dinner time my post surgery foot was a swollen mess! I was wearing the Easy Spirit shoes with orthotics but I should have worn my new Vasque hiking boots or my Keen hiking shoes as they are my most comfortable footwear.
It’s so frustrating! This morning the swelling has gone down but not completely back to normal. I will need to take it easy today as we have plans to do a long hike tomorrow and I can’t do that with a swollen foot. There was a long list of chores and errands that I had planned for today but now that plan is out the window! I am not a happy camper but it is what it is.
Thank you to everyone who left me ideas on the previous post for comfort shoe websites and what brands of supportive shoes have worked for you. I will do a recap soon and share all the good information. It seems that I am not the only one with feet problems!
Catch the spirit of Spring by buying yourself a few fresh flowers to tuck into a vase. They will add a pop of color and make you smile!
Have a happy weekend!
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Do you have any food allergies?
I do have to watch how many eggs I eat, if I eat them too often I get a rash. I also have to be careful about products with sugar alcohols, chickory root fiber and inulin. Our son has some lactose intolerance and our daughter is allergic to buckwheat which seems to be showing up in a lot of products lately. We have to read all labels carefully!