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Jennifer’s Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream January 15, 2012

I was in the mood for ice cream the other day, so as I was looking through the ice cream aisle at Whole Foods, I was reminded how I haven’t had Cookies and Cream flavored ice cream in years. I’m so thankful that many, if not most, ice creams are gluten free, but skipping some of my old favorite flavors like cookie dough, brownie chunk, and cookies and cream has been disappointing.

 

Anyway, I bought some French Vanilla ice cream and ended up getting an idea. Why not make my own Cookies and Cream ice cream? And that’s just what I did. It’s FANTASTIC. The next time your in the mood for a yummy bowl of ice cream, you gotta try my super-easy, super-tasty recipe:

 

Jennifer’s Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe:

 

 

Combine all ingredients and fold into the ice cream until distributed as evenly as possible.

 

And there you have it, friends! Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream! It tastes JUST like regular, gluten-filled cookies & cream ice cream! I think the combination of cocoa & vanilla cookies are similar in taste to Oreo cookies, and the whipped cream adds the “cream” flavor without changing the ice cream’s texture into soup! It’s fantastic!

 

  Jennifer

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

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Gluten-Free and Soy-Free Soy Sauce January 9, 2012

I read somewhere that people who have food sensitivity to one kind of food, usually have food sensitivity to other food items as well. Well, that’s definitely the case with me, because although I have Celiac Disease (and avoid gluten entirely), I notice that I don’t do that well with soy either. I still have soy in my diet every now and then, but I try to skip the soy whenever possible.

That said, it was hard enough to find a soy sauce that was gluten free, but a soy sauce that was SOY free too??!! Uggghhhh. That created a brand new problem. Luckily, I found a great, free recipe online for a GF/SF soy sauce alternative! I made it a few weeks ago and it was great! Really easy to make and the result tasted very similar to soy sauce. Here is the recipe:

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free “Soy Sauce”

Directions:

  1.  Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and boil uncover until reduced to 1/2 cup.
  2.  Store in refrigerator.
  3.  Stir/Shake before using.

Here is the actual recipe link:

http://www.food.com/recipe/soy-sauce-substitute-gluten-free-111373

Because this recipe makes a whole ‘lotta “soy” sauce, I ended up keeping half of it in my fridge for about a week, and the rest of the sauce, I put in the freezer for another time.

Tip: Pour any extra sauce into an empty ice cube tray and freeze it! The next time your stir fry/marinade/lunch/dinner recipe calls for soy sauce, just pop out a frozen cube, and you will have tablespoon-sized servings of “soy” sauce! This tip will save you time and hassle when cooking! Yay!

-Glamour & Green Gluten Free

 

Tinkyada Gluten Free Pasta! January 5, 2012

My favorite brand of gluten free pasta is Tinkyada. Delicious Gluten Free Pasta If you haven’t tried Tinkyada Gluten-Free Pasta… you need to.

 

It is BY FAR, the best gluten free pasta I’ve come across. You can actually fool your most hardcore-Italian, pasta-loving, non-GF guests into thinking this is regular gluten-filled pasta… that’s really how good it is! The texture of Tinkyada’s pasta is GREAT (so many GF pastas have weird, tough, unflexible textures), it can withstand a little overcooking, and comes in a variety of pasta types/shapes.

 

Tinkyada also offers five different types of organic pasta too: spaghetti, spirals, elbows, penne, and lasagna.

 

It’s awesome. This is definitely my GF pasta brand of choice; the one I recommend to anyone and everyone who wants to go gluten free and wanting to enjoy pasta again.

 

I recently tried one of the free recipes on the Tinkyada website. It was delicious! It had a sweet and salty taste to it that light, interesting, and super yummy! Give it a try the next time your in the mood for a GF pasta dinner:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: I used Tinkyada’s Brown Rice Pasta Penne. I also used more sun dried tomatoes than was called for in the recipe. It was an easy recipe to follow and turned out lovely.

 

SO TASTY!

 

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Gluten Free Lavender Peach Pie September 26, 2011

Peach pie sounds good, right? What about LAVENDER Peach Pie??!! Yep, I said Lavender!! Infusing just a hint of lavender in your favorite gluten-free recipes can add just a little extra punch to make a delicious recipe, extraordinary!

 

Thanks to Digital Scrapbooks and More for providing exciting info on making a gluten-free Lavender Peach Pie… and info on how to digitally scrap this delicious recipe! Take photos of your favorite GF food creations and make your very own Gluten Free Cookbook with the help of Digital Scrapbooks and More:

 

Today we are going to make Lavender Peach Pie!

This easy and delicious recipe can give your taste buds an introduction to the exotic taste of lavender.

The nice thing about lavender peach pie is that you can make a Gluten-Free (wheat free) version! So let’s get started….

Lavender Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) package pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie (or use your favorite pie crust recipe) Note: For Gluten Free pie crust see recipe below!
1 egg, beaten
5 cups sliced peeled peaches
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour)
1 cup Lavender sugar – See recipe in this article
1/4 teaspoon saltThe Cooking and Scrapping with Lavender Peach Pie
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:
  1. Start by Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Line the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate with one pie crust. Then brush the bottom of this crust with some of the beaten egg to keep the dough from becoming soggy later.
  3. Place the sliced peaches in a large bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, Lavender sugar, and salt. Pour over the peaches, and mix gently. Pour into the pie crust, and dot with butter. Cover with the other pie crust, and fold the edges under. Flute the edges to seal or press the edges with the tines of a fork dipped in egg. Brush the remaining egg over the top crust. Cut several slits in the top crust to vent steam.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is brown andThe Cooking and Scrapping with Lavender Peach Pie the juice begins to bubble through the vents. If the edges brown to fast, cover them with strips of aluminum foil, or make a foil tent to cover pie about halfway through baking. Cool before serving. This tastes better warm than hot.

 

To read the rest of the article, go to Digital Scrapbooks and More’s Blog… includes remaining GF recipes (GF pie crust and GF lavender sugar recipes at Digital Scrapbooks and More’s blog article)!

YUM!!!

-Glamour and Green Gluten Free

 

Gluten Free Breads… HELP! August 21, 2011

Dear Glamour & Green Gluten Free,

 

When it comes to gluten free bread, do you like getting pre-made bread? Or do you use mixes? And what brand do you like the most?

 

Thanks! I love your Blog!

Sincerely,

Marybeth

 

When I do eat bread, the best GF brand EVERRRRRR is Udi’s bread (not Rudi’s). It’s awesome!!!!! Unfortunately I can only find it at Whole Foods, but I may try just requesting it at my local grocery store and seeing if they will bring it as a specialty item. Udi bread now carries hamburger buns and hotdog buns too! They are really yummy. It’s great stuff, but buying GF bread adds up and can be expensive.

 

I actually don’t make my own bread, but I love to bake desserts. The best baking cookbook EVER is a book called Gluten Free Baking Classics by Annalise Roberts. You MUST get this book!!! The desserts are so ridiculously good, and seriously, no one will even know they are gf! The desserts, like the cupcakes and cakes, have been so moist that it’s made me really want to make the bread recipes she lists in her book too. I’m sure they would turn out even better than the Udi’s bread and I think in the long run, making your own bread would be less expensive too!

 

Good luck 🙂

 

-Glamour and Green Gluten-Free

 

Hidden Gluten… HELP! August 16, 2011

Dear Glamour & Green Gluten Free,

 

Do you have any advice when it comes to avoiding foods that seem like they should be gluten free but are not? Pasta sauce should be gluten free, right? Do I have to make sure that pasta sauce is gluten free?

 

Thanks,

Beth

 

Hey there! Good questions.. It can be very confusing to go gluten free in the beginning, because yes, gluten can be hidden in all kinds of foods and items you would just never expect. I tend to go with organic tomato sauces that are very simple and clear about ingredients. I also find that many organic foods will label the item “gluten free” or mention if it contains wheat, etc in it.

 

My best advice? Go for pasta sauces that state “gluten free” on the jar, or go online and look up the nutritional info about that brand and product and see if it is GF before eating it. Tomato sauce SHOULD be gluten free, but the hidden culprits can be weird things like wheat flour added as a filler and anti-caking agent in the spices or some tomato pastes can also contain gluten.

 

I found a great article online that says, ” Some tomato paste is made from 100% tomatoes, while other brands add additional ingredients. If you are buying a jar of spaghetti sauce, the ingredients list ‘tomato paste’ but the manufacturer has not been required to tell you what ingredients may have been added to the tomato paste.”

 

Here is the entire article which is very informative on gluten hidden in foods and products: http://www.celiacsolution.com/hidden-gluten.html

 

-Glamour and Green Gluten Free

 

Ps. Also, on the subject of pasta and sauce… You should try Tinkyada gluten free pasta, if you haven’t tried it already. Breads and pastas seem to be the hardest to get right when going gluten free and this pasta is fanastic. I find Tinkyada at Walmart or Whole Foods. Everyone I serve Tinkyada to has no idea that it is GF pasta… it’s fantastic!! Good luck!

 

Make a Gluten Free Mother’s Day Tea for Mom and Scrap it too! May 6, 2011

Mother's day scrapbooking and tea party This Mother’s Day give mom a Gluten Free Tea Party to celebrate Mother’s Day!

A tea party can be one of the most relaxing few time for a mom. I know my daughter treated me to one the other day and I have to admit that it was so fun, and I had such a delightful few hours!

Give you Mother a special time by creating a tea party for her this Mother’s Day

Here are a few articles and Resources that will give you some ideas to make your Mother’s Day Tea Party special!

Read the rest of this article at ~Make a Mother’s Day Tea Party for your Mom

Also, get ideas on food, decorations and more by reading these articles:

Article: Have a Spring Tea Party and Scrap the Event too!
Article: More Tea Party Tips!
Article: How to Make a Printable Menu in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop

Also, for lots more Mother’s Day Ideas see Digital Scrapbooks and More’s blog each day till Mother’s day for more articles and ideas at http://blog.digitalscrapbooksandmore.com/ 

Enjoy your Mother, and give her special gluten free tea party for Mother’s Day this year!

Make sure to take lots of photos and scrap it too! Here are some digital scrapbooking Supplies with a tea party theme!

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Like to see more Tea Party kits? Then check out the supplies below!

Get Tea Party Quick Page Kits! The Tea Party Quick Page Kit 3 (formatted 12×12″ paper size) 3 is a fabulous choice for scrapping tea parties, Mother’s Day lunches, baby showers, bridal showers, or other fun moments and activities quickly! Just insert your best photos of smiling faces, girly moments, brilliant tea and desserts, or special moments at a fun tea party into the pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages, and you’re basically done!The Quick Page paper size is 12×12″ perfect for traditional digital scrapbooking projects and larger scrapbooking pages! This kit comes with 4 bonus WordArt!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! Get out the tea pot and start the ladies-only celebrations with the ultra-adorable Tea Party Digital Scrapbooking Kit 2 (8.5×11″ paper size)! This kit is filled with pretty pastel colored papers laced with Victorian-style flowers. This adorable digital scrapbooking kit is a perfect match for luncheons, Teas, spring projects, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration! And because this paper kit is formatted in US paper size (8.5×11″ paper size), it makes it easier to print out on home printers! Use this kit for many digital scrapbooking projects like journal scrap pages, calendars, recipe albums, photo books, and more!

Want more fun Tea Party and Springtime Scrap Supplies? Then see these kits?

Get Tea Party Kits that are Quick Pages! The Tea Party Quick Page Kit 1 (formatted 8.5×11″ paper size) is the fast-to-scrap kit filled with tea-inspired Quick Pages! Just insert your best photos of smiling faces, girly moments, brilliant tea and desserts, or special moments at a fun tea party into the pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages, and you’re basically done! This kit comes with 4 bonus WordArt in Tea Party themes! This fantastic Quick Page kit is also a perfect match for spring projects, bridal showers, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, and more!

The Tea Party Quick Page Kit 2 (formatted 12×12″ paper size) is a great kit for creating super-fast digital pages, projects, andSave time scrapping use quick Pages albums! Scrap your special girly moments, Mother’s Day projects, tea-time memories, baby shower parties, etc! Just insert your best photos of smiling faces, girly moments, brilliant tea and desserts, or special moments at a fun tea party into the pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages, and you’re basically done!

The Quick Page paper size is 12×12″ perfect for traditional digital scrapbooking projects and larger scrapbooking pages! This kit comes with 4 bonus WordArt and 2 Bonus Tag Embellishments, all in Tea Party themes!

Have fun using the Tea Party Quick Page Kit 2 to preserve special memories of you and your favorite girls enjoying a hot glass of tea and desserts! Tea time is a great way for us ladies to talk and bond, and certainly an event that deserves to be digitally scrapped! Use this precious tea party kit to remember all your favorite girly, tea moments! Use these Quick Pages to create photo albums, journals, travel albums, recipe books, and more!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! The Tea Party Scrapbooking Frame Kit 1 is filled with Victorian-style colored tea cups and tea pots sprinkled with pretty designs… that you can add photos to! Just insert your favorite photos of someone special into the “tea frames” and you have adorable embellishments that can be used on your digital scrapbooking page! This adorable digital frame kit is a perfect match for spring projects, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, show-off grandkids or grandma, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration!

It’s easy to use these tea frames! Just insert your photos, and you’re done!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! The Tea Party Scrapbooking Embellishment Kit 1 is filled with Victorian-style colored embellishments sprinkled with pretty designs. This adorable digital embellishment kit is a perfect match for spring projects, baby showers, bridal showers, Mother’s Day events, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration!

Use the Tea Party Embellishment Kit 1 to preserve special memories of you and your favorite girls enjoying a hot glass of tea and desserts! Tea time is a great way for us ladies to talk and bond, and certainly an event that deserves to be digitally scrapped! Use this precious tea party kit to remember all your favorite girly, tea moments!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! The Tea Party Digital Scrapbooking Kit 1 is filled with pretty pastel colored papers laced with Victorian-style flowers. This adorable digital scrapbooking kit is a perfect match for spring projects, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration!

Use the Tea Party Digital Scrapbooking Kit 1 to preserve special memories of you and your favorite girls enjoying a hot glass of tea and desserts! Tea time is a great way for us ladies to talk and bond, and certainly an event that deserves to be digitally scrapped! Use this precious tea party kit to remember all your favorite girly, tea moments!

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Training to Make Digital Albums

Make Digital Albums It is so easy to make your Digital Scrapbooking Pages into a digital album in Photoshop Elements – if you would like to know how then see this training –How to Make a PDF Scrapbooking Album using Photoshop Elements 8! This training will show you all about the basics of making a digital scrapbooking albums that you can email, print or view on a computer. This tutorial will show you how to make just one PDF scrap page, or take multiple digital scrapbooking pages and combine them into an album that is in the PDF format using Photoshop Elements!

Get Other Invitation Card Templates

Buy other card templates to make  invitations for your tea party! The Invitation, Thank You, and Note Card Templates for Portrait-Designed Cards Kit 2 features small-sized card at (4.25 x 5.5″) folded size. These templates are great for making cards like invitation, Thank You, and note cards in the portrait orientation … perfect for designing your own small cards using your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies!

Whether you want to create your own little personalized cards for invitations for any occasion like:  birthdays/graduation/wedding/or invites to school events, and party invitations. Use the templates to create personalized Note cards and Thank You cards. Or use the template to make a Card just from you, one that uses digital scrapbooking supplies and your own photos!

Making your own cards means you’re in creative control when it comes to the photos included, the design, and the loving notes, card messages, event directions, RSVP requests, or other information needed inside (or outside) the card!