Simple Mills: The Best Gluten Free Bread EVER

In my quest to eat healthier, I have turned to a lot of almond flour recipes.  Because I'm a busy mom who likes to keep things simple, I was thrilled to learn that one company, Simple Mills, has produced some quick and easy-to-use mixes that utilize almond flour.  I recently tried their Artisan Bread Mix.  This fabulous mix can be used to make flatbread, dinner rolls, or sandwich bread.  All of the recipes can be found on the back of the product's box.  The only ingredients needed are eggs, water, oil, and apple cider vinegar--score!

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The Quest

Ever wonder...I mean really wonder...what your life would be like if you could have gluten?  I've wondered that in the past few months especially.  Sadly, I think I'd be skinnier. While I know some people have gone gluten-free to lose weight, that hasn't really worked for me.  I wish HAVING to be gluten-free automatically meant weight loss, but it doesn't.  As a matter of fact, I have gained weight since having to go gluten-free.

ALDI Does it Again!

ALDI NEVER ceases to amaze me.  I was thrilled to discover these finds there yesterday!

Starbucks' Gluten-Free Marshmallow Bars: A Nasty Rumor TAKE TWO

Previously, I had written about a nasty rumor I had heard regarding Starbucks' Gluten-Free Marshmallow Bars.  I am happy to report that, thus far, I haven't had a problem obtaining any!  Every time I go to a Starbucks, I ask for a bar...or ask if they have them.  No problems!  I haven't checked at the Target that told me they wouldn't be carrying them anymore, though.  I will do that in the near future and report back to you all!  One place I went to had the bars in new packaging, which may account for the fact that Target said they were being discontinued.

Cecelia's Gluten Free Grocery Guides: Last Call

One invaluable tool in this gluten-free journey is Cecelia's Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide.  While it is often possible to find information about the gluten-free status of various food items online, I personally find conflicting or incomplete information.  When I have had these guides in the past, I have found them to be a great tool! They've helped me navigate g-free products in unfamiliar stores. (We often shop at Wegmans, and they help us out by having a little "g" on all their name brand gluten-free products.  I'm spoiled!! I sometimes feel "lost" in other stores.)

Product Alert: Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix (Gluten-Free)

Today when I was at Weis, I noticed that the Pillsbury Funfetti cake mixes are on sale:  two boxes for $4.  This is definitely a good price, and it's worth stocking up on these.  I had used this exact mix to make cupcakes for my kids for their birthdays recently. Additionally, I baked a cake with the mix tonight.  It's a beautiful mix that turns golden brown, has a great "not dense like other g-free products" texture, and tastes really good, too!

Product Alert: Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

Product Alert:  When I was at ALDI in Johnson City today, I saw these...and almost screamed! (HA...but, no, really...).  It looks like they are a Special Buy item, so get them while they can. A lot of times ALDI will use Special Buy items to gauge interest in a product before keeping it in stock on a regular basis. Well, I'm interested, and I hope they continue to sell these babies!

Pizza Hut in Johnson City, NY is NOT Going Away

I panicked the other day when I drove past the Pizza Hut in Johnson City and saw that their sign said that they were open until November. ACK...so I called them.  Apparently, they are moving into the space right beside Metro Mattress and ONLY doing take-out. (WHEW!) I couldn't get confirmation yet on whether they will still carry their gluten-free pizza.  I hope they will, as my son and I love their pizza.  I'll let you know if I find out anything else...

Another Winner Made with a Gluten-Free Flour/Mix Substitute

Lately I've really been enjoying experimenting with the different one cup of this instead of one cup of wheat flour gluten-free flours on the market.  I also have been substituting gluten-free Bisquick for regular Bisquick in recipes, and it seems to be working out pretty well.

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Starbucks' Gluten-Free Marshmallow Bars: A Nasty Rumor

Image from Starbucks.comLast night at Target, my daughter asked if I wanted some coffee over at the Starbucks counter. Considering that it was after 8 P.M., I didn't really want any coffee. However, when we got to the counter, I figured out why she really wanted to go over there:  she wanted one of the Gluten-Free Marshmallow Dream Bars.

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