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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Buttery brownies...

I tend to go on baking frenzy's, and this week is no exception. I am still not totally recovered from that dreaded virus,  but I have to admit that chocolate is finally back on my food list...YIPPEE!!!

Yesterday I baked a batch of brownies with a new recipe I came across.  I have to admit they were quite tasty, like something you might find in a 5 Star restaurant. The taste of the butter in the recipe ( 1 whole cup )  in my opinion however , took away the "REAL" brownie taste I have become accustom to and love so much.

Needless to say I am off on a tangent to tweak the recipe to get that chocolaty taste I am searching for...I will post the final recipes after I have done my taste comparisons and let you be the final judge on which recipe you prefer...Until then have a great wheat free day!

Sharon

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Udi's Gluten Free Pizza Crust review...

I am feeling much better today, although chocolate is still not on my list of foods to eat :(   I did however want to tell you about a product I recently tried that I thought would interest you Pizza lovers out there. Udi's Gluten Free Thin and Crispy Pizza crusts...

Udi's multi grain bread has been my go to bread for months now, and I am so glad I found their pizza crusts also. I must say that this crust actually has the taste and texture of any wheat laden competition brands out there.

The crust is so much like the regular wheat crusts on the market that if I hadn't been gluten free for almost a year now, even I wouldn't have noticed the difference. I added my favorite pizza sauce, topped it with cheese, then pepperoni, and enjoyed my feast. It handled just like a regular pizza when eating, and did not crumble or fall apart. It definitely was not too moist or gooey like so many other gluten free brands I have tried.

For those of you who have been brave enough to have tried Domino's gluten free pizza, I have to tell you that this crust from Udi's, definitely beats it in taste! Each package comes with two crusts with a shelf life of 7 days on the counter and 6 months in the freezer. 1/2 of a pizza crust only contains 190 calories, 0 saturated fat and 0 trans fat.

Ingredient; Udi's best blend of tapioca starch, brown rice flour, water, non gmo vegetable oil (canola or sunflower or safflower), egg whites, evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, tapioca maltodextrin, salt, xanthan gum, yeast, cultured corn syrup solids,(natural mold inhibitor) enzymes.

I purchased my crusts from The Gluten Free Mall...just click on their button to the right of this post.  They are on sale right now for just $3.19 for a two pack. This is a item you will want to stock up on at this price, which is a 50 %  savings! I really wish I had ordered more, which I plan on doing today, before they sell out!!!

Out of all the gluten free microwavable pizza's, or gluten free pizza crusts I have tried over the course of this past year,  I must say this is at the top of the chart in taste, texture, and ease of handling.
 I would have to rate this 5+ Stars...Mmmmmmmm

Have a great wheat free weekend!!!

Sharon

Friday, January 11, 2013

Chocolate..Chocolate..Chocolate..

Good afternoon all. If you have faithfully been following this blog you no doubt know that I am a lover of chocolate. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate...the more the merrier! Well I just wanted to let you all know that I have not touched not one smidgen of chocolate for over two weeks now :( This virus has left my taste buds virtually without such desire and pleasure.

I can't wait until I am over this virus  and can begin to live normal again. Charting meds, ginger ale, soup, Popsicles and such, are by no means a substitute for the more pleasurable tastes life has to offer. Chocolate being one....

There is actually about 6 pounds of chocolate sitting on my counter just calling out my name each time I pass. All are Christmas gifts, that have yet to be sampled and enjoyed....I keep thinking each morning as I wake if today is the day I will feel well enough to just sample one delicate morsel???

It seems like the days of baking chocolate cupcakes with the rich chocolaty scent filling the air is still many days off yet. Although I am progressively getting better each day, it will still be awhile before I will be up to doing product reviews.

So until then I will keep you updated,  and hope today is a great wheat free kind of day for you!

Sharon

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Mad Magazine cover picture...

Hi everyone. Today is my 12th day after returning home having caught a "bug" while visiting family back home for the Holidays. I must admit I looked like something that belonged on the cover of Mad Magazine this morning as I crawled out of bed...Never really read the magazine myself, just was amazed mostly with the bizarre covers they published. The way I looked this morning I would definitely have "made the cover"!

I have had a lot of time to "think" over these last few weeks, as I definitely have not had the ambition or energy to do much else. I have had the wind knocked out of me, to put it mildly. What started out to be a joyful event turned into a somewhat long recovery process for me.

Seemed my grandson had to be retrieved from school my very first day there on Christmas Eve, running a temp of over 101 degrees. Several days after Christmas, grandson #2 started running a 102 temp....I had no chance! Being locked up in a 5 x 7 bedroom at night with my cat whom I have to administer daily meds too, and a litter box, I am sure played part to the dilemma. Plans to see other family members had to be put on hold this trip, as I was determined to make as few others ill as possible.

I returned home to find that several people left "COMMENTS" on the sight which need to be approved or declined through email by me. I love to hear from my readers, true readers that is....but when someone leaves random posts that have nothing in relevance with the post or blog itself, I tend to get slightly irritated.

I love when people share their ideas or recipes, I really do. Honestly! Yet if they are only posting comments to "Push" some money making scheme, or their site on me, which has nothing to do with anything whatsoever in this area, I would rather they not leave a comment, saving me time wasted reading and deleting them...

If I seem a little irritated please forgive me. I started this blog to help others new to this lifestyle as myself. I know I haven't posted or done any product reviews in the past few weeks but when I recover I will be back in full swing. I am just barely making it to the microwave to make a warm cup of tea as of late. And the steroids the Doctor prescribed for this infection aren't helping my mood any, so BEWARE!!!! Just kidding.

For my readers and followers out there, I really do appreciate you, and hope to hear from you more. I love sharing ideas and recipes with you.

IDEA!!! Maybe if I just wrote about my everyday weird life I could get more followers????? Hey, I told you I was out of sorts! Well as usual I am getting extremely tired.........................So until next post, have a great wheat free day.

Sharon