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Jeni’s Spendid Gluten-Free Ice Cream- Perfect Any Day of the Year January 13, 2011

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream A lot of things seem to be happening in Columbus, Ohio right now… The homeless man with the “golden voice” is one example of that. And another is Jeni’s Ice Cream.

It might seem a little crazy to be talking about ice cream when 49 states have been experiencing snow lately.. but this ice cream is just too good not to rant and rave about- whether it’s 90 degrees outside or 9…degrees….

Here’s why:

Jeni is re-inventing your typical bowl of ice cream. Her ice creams are incredibly original, and she pulls it off. You may think you’ve tried new flavors with your visits to your local Ben & Jerry’s… but really, you don’t even have the slightest clue. Who wants Cayenne ice cream? Or how about lavender? Goat cheese, anyone? Well, I do if it’s Jeni’s. It’s incredible how good these interesting ice cream flavors can be. Each bite is ridiculously exciting.

My sister sent my husband and I a bunch of flavors as a belated Christmas present and my husband I practically ripped the containers in half trying to get to the next new flavor. It was so fun to explore such wild, different flavors in a little frozen treat that’s usually so good, but predictable. Predictable, Jeni’s is not.

Her motto? Make it less sweet and more flavorful. And it’s a good motto to have. Jam-packed with wonderful new flavors, it has the perfect amount of subtle bit of sweet that totally hits the spot. And this really means a lot, coming from a total sugar-ADDICT. I love sweet. I love desserts. I love sugar in my tea. I love white wines with the most amount of sugar-y aftertaste. Trust me, for a gal like me to love LESS SWEET in an ice cream, something must be right.

Jeni offered a seasonal ice cream flavor of sweet potato with torched marshmellows and it had just the right amount of sweet to it. Sweet potatoes are naturally slightly sweet, and marshmellows are definitely sweet, so why drench a good thing in extra mounds of sugar? Clearly you don’t have to, and Jeni didn’t.  And it was GOOD.

Fresh ingredients; “straight from the cow to the cone.” That’s what it says right on the container. And you can taste that truth. It’s deliciously fresh. 

Two of my favorite flavors? Chocolate Zin (dark chocolate and red zinfadel for the ultimate girly go-to flavor) and Riesling Poached Pear. The Reisling flavor is technically a sorbet, but it’s AMAZING.

So, have a birthday coming up and need a sophisticated ice cream to go with your adult bday cake? Or an ice cream lover and looking for something that will blow you away? It’s Jeni. You gotta try it.

And you don’t have to live in Columbus, OH to get Jeni’s ice cream. I don’t. She ships her fabulous ice creams anywhere in the US. It’s securely packaged and surrounded by dry ice so it’s still fresh and ice cold when it arrives on your doorstep. Visit Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Website to order.

So who is Jeni? Here is her Story:

Jeni Britton Bauer became inspired to make artisan ice creams while working at a French patisserie. Drawing on the practices of a traditional pastry kitchen, Jeni created her own techniques to make American ice creams that are less sweet and more flavorful.

Each batch of Jeni’s ice creams is carefully tended to; each flavor artfully achieved with fresh ingredients found in the Ohio countryside as well as responsibly-raised exotics from around the world. All of Jeni’s ice creams, sauces, pralines and marshmallows are handcrafted in Jeni’s production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeni’s is family-owned and operated. Jeni Britton Bauer and her husband Charly Bauer co-founded the company in 2002; Charly’s brother Tom Bauer became a partner one year later. Together with their small team, they make every batch of ice cream that is served in their four (soon to be seven) stores in Columbus or shipped to doorsteps nationwide.

So there you have it. This is what Glamour & Green is all about. Fabulous, must-have foods and products that you just really need to try. And Jeni’s is that kind of an ice cream. I like full-fledge amazing, glamourous products in my life. I want ice cream made with real ingredients that are new and interesting, full of persnality and that will make a great impression on me & guests I have over at my house. Jeni’s is that kind of ice cream that I want to have on hand when I host a dinner at my house and want to offer a decadent dessert without slaving away in the kitchen.

And I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied picking up a pint of ice cream at the grocery store ever again. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way once you try a taste.

MMMM! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Ps. Not all flavors are gluten-free, so you will need to check with Jeni beforehand: contact@jenisicecreams.com

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Ridiculously Delicious Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce: Daddy Sam’s August 10, 2010

Daddy Sam's Gluten Free Sawces Now that my pregnancy is over and my beautiful baby boy is finally here, those long 9 months were an exciting, but challenging journey. The first half of my pregnancy, I didn’t seem to have many food cravings (I was so ridiculously sick, that pretty much nothing ever sounded good), but even though I was nauseous until my very last day of pregnancy, it seemed like I craved something new every day in my third trimester when I could handle food better. Here are some of the things I’ve craved:

-Pizza with root beer & cream soda

-Nachos with extra cheese sauce

-Mint chocolate chip ice cream

-Anything Banana (bananas with chocolate, mango sorbet with bananas, chunky monkey- banana- ice cream)

-Fresh Oranges

-Celery with peanut butter and raisins (this was the weirdest craving for me, as it reminded me of snacks provided in kindergarten? haha)

-BBQ sauce

Things I used to LOVE but couldn’t eat while pregnant:

-Too much Garlic

-Eggs

-Indian & Thai curry

-Orange Juice (actual oranges were fine, but the juice would always make me sick)

Weird, huh? At least I never craved dirt, or paint chips… Yikes! One of my friends told me that her cousin craved ice cream with sauerkraut on top. That’s so nasty to me- pregnant or not.

Since most of my cravings were not unusual foods, I had no trouble getting them when I needed them. The only one I seemed to struggle with was the BBQ sauce. Obviously, BBQ sauce is not a rarity, but a gluten-free version? That was a challenge. I went to my local grocery store and must have spent 45 minutes reading every single bottle’s label. Even the more upscale and expensive brands seemed to have wheat or gluten in them! And even if the bottle didn’t mention possible allergens, many of the ingredients looked suspicious.

That’s why I was so relieved when I discovered Daddy Sam’s All Natural Bar-B-Que Sawce. This “sawce” is AWESOME- not only is it gluten-free (which would have sold me right there), but there’s no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors, no artificial thickeners, no corn starch, no MSG, no dairy, no tree nuts, no peanuts, no high fructose corn syrup, no fat, no cholesterol,  no soy… yeah. It’s pretty much PERFECT. 🙂

The Daddy Sam’s Story is so cool too:

Daddy Sam Oglesby wanted to be a cowboy. In 1883, when he was 16, he rode a stagecoach from Virginia to West Texas. He went third class and had to ride on top.

His hat blew off one night while he was sleeping. He got off the stagecoach in Mertzon, Texas to buy a new one. With his last five dollars he bought a cowboy hat from a 14 year old girl at the General store. Two years later they eloped-against her father’s strong and reasonable objections!

He mortgaged his horse to pay for the train tickets to San Angelo Texas. At the courthouse, they interrupted a trial and asked the judge to marry them. The judge stopped the trial and the jury served as witnesses. Then they went home to face the music.

They were married for over 50 years and raised eight children on a ranch with no running water or electricity. Everyone called him Daddy Sam.

Daddy Sam’s Bar-B-Que Sawce was born on his ranch in West Texas. The Oglesby family had a lot of Family picnics and made a lot of Barbeque. Carefully nurtured through the generations, this great sawce is now available to you. We hope you like it.

This sawce story makes me all the more attached to this fabulous GF sawce. I feel like it came from the wild west. Like a cowboy made it for me. Haha. 🙂

And Daddy Sam’s Bar-B-Que Sawce is sooooo good- I’d recommend it to anyone. Gluten-free eaters or not. The Daddy Sam’s Original Bar-B-Que flavor is unbelievably tasty- perfectly sweet & salty with the right amount of tang. It’s $5.50 for a 19 oz jar and the Daddy Sam’s philosophy is: “Good Goods are Never Cheap. Cheap Goods are Never Good.” I couldn’t agree more. This sawce is GOOD and worth every cent.

And they don’t stop at their original sawce flavor. They also offer a Ginger Jalapeño Bar-B-Que (for those that want a little more heat!) and Salmon Glaze flavor. Both fantastic and both gluten-free!!! If you need a gift for a special someone that loves to grill (or just a hungry pregnant lady with hardcore cravings for BBQ sauce), Daddy Sam’s even offers a gift set with all three flavors for $17.95. You can even include some of the recipe ideas they offer on their website using their sawces… Brilliant!

Try Daddy Sam’s ( buy at: www.DaddySams.com ) and use one or all of these delicious gluten-free sawce flavors the next time you decide to use the grill!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Bananas June 16, 2010

Is it just me, the 39 week pregnant lady, or is it HOT in here?! 🙂

It’s warming up and it’s time to cool off! Instead of eating something traditional, like popsicles, in the summer heat- try something else that’s cold, easy to make, and super-satisfying without having to succumb to the high-fat ice cream in the freezer… chocolate covered bananas!

Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Ingredients

  • 5 bananas
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 3 cups good quality GF chocolate bar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut up
Toppings:
  • Chopped nuts
  • Toasted coconut
  • GF Cookie crumbles
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate candies or mini semi sweet chips, for chocoholics

 

Directions

Peel and cut the bananas in half crosswise, so that you have 8 pieces. Place peeled bananas on sticks. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place bananas on the cookie sheet in the freezer, keep them in there as long as possible, at least 10 minutes. Heat chocolate bits with butter in a double boiler over low heat until the chocolate melts and butter is incorporated. Dip the chilled bananas in chocolate and roll with your favorite topping. Chill or freeze until ready to serve.

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a better-for-you tastier version of this recipe

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

PS. CONGRATS to Rebekah Yalcinkaya from Columbus, OH who won the GF Jane Iredale Lip Fixation contest! Thanks to everyone who participated & stay tuned for more fabulous G&G discounts & giveaways! 🙂

 

Glamour and Green EXCLUSIVE: Jane Iredale Gluten-Free Lip Fixation Giveaway! June 8, 2010

Jane Iredale_ Lip Fixation I’ve been a huge fan of Jane Iredale cosmetics for a while now. I even used their foundation and lipstick on my wedding day.

Jane Iredale is the epitome of good-for-you cosmetic luxury. Dipped in beautiful gold-colored packaging and available in gorgeous shades, this line is based on minerals and all-natural ingredients. Most of the Jane Iredale products are gluten-free and they are all pretty much fabulous.

I discovered Jane Iredale products a few years ago at a high-end salon & spa and have been hooked ever since. I’m a slave to their Liquid Minerals Foundation. It’s become one of my cosmetic-staple items. All I need is my foundation (and some mascara & gloss) and I’m ready for anything.

I love browsing the Jane Iredale website for all the latest & greatest makeup treats. It seems like they are always adding new and exciting gluten-free makeup goodies to their line.

So what’s new with Jane now? Two words, my fabulous friends: Lip Fixation. Lip Fixation is the brand-new lip stain & gloss duo that leaves your lips gorgeous for hours! I would know. I tried it.

“Do double-beauty duty with two products in one. Each Lip Fixation boasts a lip stain and lip gloss in complimentary colors handpicked for the season. Choose between Desire, Fascination and Craving, or better yet, succumb to all three.

  

Fortified with the natural plumping properties of ginger root extract and the moisturizing power of avocado oil, these ultra-hydrating, long lasting shades can go from the boardroom to the beach boardwalk without losing their intensity.”

I’m a big-time lipstick girl, and there’s nothing worse than having to constantly re-apply lipstick, so I was super-excited about this all-new lipstick stain. I like to talk and eat a lot (duh! hehe), so I’m always having to bust out my regular glosses and re-apply. And that’s annoying. I hate having to re-apply lipstick at a restaurant in front of friends, waiters, and staff. It’s such a bother to “freshen up” your shade when your out and about and it’s not professional to re-apply in front of your co-workers at work. So, having a lip stain that lasts through long hours in meetings, gluten-free munching, or much-needed socializing? Brilliant, Jane!

I tried Lip Fixation in the Desire shade ($29) at my baby shower the other day. Desire is a gorgeous natural brown shade with a slight hint of pink. It’s a beautiful color that compliments my skin and makes my lips stand out without being obvious (like a bright red lipstick or coral shade). It went on smooth & matte and even smells slightly like Life Savers in the Butter Rum Flavor (random, I know, but that’s a good thing. Yummm….).

I let it dry for one minute. Then I simply flipped it over and used the gloss (that had beautiful, very subtle sparkles!) for a pretty, complete lip-look. With all the eating, drinking, and baby/labor/birth-talk that went on for three hours at my baby shower, my lips still looked great! I definitely could have re-applied the gloss, but my lips were still stained! It was awesome and it was so nice to not worry about re-doing my lipstick in front of everyone at the shower, so I could just enjoy it, smile for the cameras, and have fun!

Lip Fixation is like the Batman & Robin duo- the perfect team of stain and gloss to keep your lips looking colored & fantastic for the office, out with friends, or anytime you want pretty lip-color without the annoyance of it wiping away soon after using. It’s awesome stuff, worth the price, and may even become one of your cosmetic-staple items too!

Talk, eat, and pout those lips as much as you want, girls… Lip Fixation will let you do it!! 🙂

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Subscribe & win FREE (FABULOUS) STUFF!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Non-Alcoholic Gluten-Free Indulgences May 25, 2010

Pink Champagne Body Lotion and Scrub I’m all about a glass of champagne, opening a good bottle of wine, or sipping on a fabulously decadent martini… but when you’re pregnant (like me) that just can’t happen. It’s been close to a year since I’ve enjoyed an adult beverage and I look forward to the day I can have a nice meal alongside a good Riesling once again.

But until then, what’s a gluten-free pregnant lady to do? My sister had the solution. As a (soon-to-be) mother’s day gift, she sent me gluten-free 100% Pure Champagne Body Scrub & Body Lotion! It’s amazing stuff! It really does smell like champagne & grapes!! It has a sweet smell to it, the scent lasts a long time, and I love using it! My husband loves it too. Whenever I wear it he freaks out about how good I smell.

And only a few weeks later, my lotion is completely gone. I’ve slathered it all over my growing belly and feel like I can indulge in my favorite adult “beverages” without getting tipsy and causing my baby any harm! Yay. All the fun of alcohol without any of the yucky side effects. No drowsiness, no hang-overs…  🙂

Another reason I feel good about using this lotion and body scrub? It’s gluten-free, which means I won’t be absorbing gluten into my pores and possibly getting myself or the baby sick, but it’s also organic & chemical-free.

I don’t think I can go back to regular lotions now. Not only because this one smells so good, but it worries me about what I’ve been slathering all over my tummy throughout this pregnancy. What kinds of lotion-chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and affect my baby- even if it’s only in very small amounts? Hmmm…. I think it’s better to be safe then sorry and use products like 100% Pure that leave your skin soft and do so without scary artificial/toxic ingredients.

Victoria Secret has a strawberries and champagne lotion too, but it can’t even compare to 100% Pure’s Pink Champagne lotion. 100% Pure’s smells so much better (and sweeter), but also Victoria Secret’s smells so much like chemicals now… Maybe it’s just my “pregnancy nose,” but I can’t use any of their lotions lately without feeling like I’m slathering on cleaning products.

ORGANIC PINK CHAMPAGNE
NOURISHING BODY CREAM

All Natural, 100% Vegetarian, Gluten free

Rich and decadent body cream will deeply moisturize and nourish your skin with fruit oils, vitamins and antioxidants. This 100% Pure body cream is free of synthetic chemicals artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives and anything else that is not truly, 100% Pure.

Ingredients: Organic Rose Hydrosol1, Organic Rosehip Oil1, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Avocado Butter1, Grape Extract, Organic White Tea1, Organic Beeswax2, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Extracts of Red Wine, Organic Thyme2, Organic Oregano2, Organic Goldenseal3, Organic Lavender2, Organic Rosemary2, Organic Cinnamon2, Organic Grapeseed4 and Japanese Honeysuckle, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel

1 certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
2 certified organic by QAI
3 certified organic by Maryland Department of Agriculture
4 certified organic by Soil Association Certification Limited

 

Pink Champagne body lotion, scrubs, and bubble bath also make AMAZING girly birthday presents! Try 100% Pure for yourself and give some to your favorite gal pal (or a special pregnant lady that misses happy hour!). 🙂

 

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Fabulous Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza May 20, 2010

Gluten Free and Fabulous Frozen Pizza I’ve been disappointed by frozen pizza for a while now. I’ve tried a bunch of different brands, and haven’t felt like I could enjoy pizza at home for a while now. I even tried making pizza from a few different GF pizza mixes, without much more success. From yucky gluten-free crusts, to bad texture, to just overall gross taste, I have had a hard time enjoying pizza since going gluten-free!

It hasn’t stopped me from trying, though (believe it or not). I went to my local Kroger the other day and saw a grocery store employee stocking a new gluten-free frozen pizza. Despite all my let downs, I still had to try it. Perhaps it’s the part of me that just wants to support anything and everything that makes gluten-free food for us Celiacs that need it and appreciate it… another part of me JUST WANTED TO EAT SOME GOOD PIZZA, DARNIT! 🙂

I laughed when I read the name of the frozen pizza brand: Gluten Free & Fabulous. It sooo sounds like what I would name my company if I had a gluten-free food line! But with a name like that, I thought, “It better really be fabulous!!!” You can’t name your brand that and have nasty food… I would hope, at least!

Anyway, Gluten-Free & Fabulous is a little pricey- it’s over $7.00 for a small (4-slice) pizza. And I was surprised how thin the crust was when I pulled it out of the packaging. But, let me tell you, this pizza did not disappoint! It truly is fabulous!!! Here’s why:

1. It only took 10 minutes to bake. That is awesome. For a hungry pregnant lady that wants pizza when she wants pizza, that was a cool product bonus.

2. I usually like thick crusts but I was surprisingly just fine with this thin crust. I guess the moral of the story is that if something tastes good, it tastes good- thick crust or not.

3. It was SOOO yummy and satisfying. I think it was something in the sauce. It’s seasoned really well. That, the gooey, delicious cheese & pepperoni and this pizza totally hit the spot and satisfied my craving. …And it’s been a LONG time since frozen pizza did that.

You really gotta try this FABULOUS gluten-free pizza if you have been missing this yummy comfort food on weekends or movie-nights at home.  If you can’t find Gluten-Free and Fabulous at your local grocery store in the all-natural frozen foods section, try going to the Gluten-Free & Fabulous ‘Where to Buy’ page… And request it at your grocery store if they don’t stock it!  They’re SO worth it and totally tasty!

Yay for pizza night again! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. What frozen pizza brands do you love? Or do you have a local pizzeria near you that makes AMAZING gluten-free pizza? Give them a shout out and leave a comment on this blog article so that others near you can drop in and eat some yummy GF pizza when their cravings hit too!

 

Gluten-Free Vintage Creme Vanilla Soda May 13, 2010

Boylans Vanilla Creme Soda I don’t drink sodas very often, but when I do, it’s because a craving hit and it’s hit me hard.

Certain foods also make me crave other foods or drinks. Like if I’m craving chips and salsa, I might also crave a yummy cheese dip. And whenever I crave pizza (gluten-free of course), for some reason, I always want a root beer or cream soda. It’s become my own little tradition.

You would hope that most (if not all) sodas would be naturally gluten-free (umm, why would anyone feel the need to put wheat or gluten into a carbonated beverage??!! Really.), but you never know. I always read labels before buying or consuming anything, and a lot of times I’m scared away from soda with mentions of ‘caramel color’ and ‘natural flavors.’ Those two questionable ingredients oftentimes mean GLUTEN in regular foods, so why should soda be any exception?

That’s why I am always happy when brands make a point of writing, “Gluten-Free” on their packaging. It’s great to just have that confirmation, without having to take a guess and make a choice you might regret, or bother calling the company directly to ask if it contains gluten (what a pain!).

I’m even happier when the confirmed gluten-free food or drink is delicious, made with all-natural ingredients… and hey, if it’s cute too, that always fun. And Boylan’s All Natural Vintage Creme Vanilla is all of the above!

Boylan Bottling Co

This soda is absolutely delicious and has a lot of positives:

  • No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives
  • No Fructose, Gluten Free, Sodium Free
  • Kosher Pareve
  • Made with pure cane sugar, Twist-off Crown
  • 100+ year old bottling company
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    It comes in an adorable vintage glass bottle (yay! no plastic or aluminum) and hits the spot on those fun pizza and a movie nights! It’s light, sweet, and super-tasty with real extracts of bourbon vanilla! MMMmmm!

    Try this yummy soda the next time you crave a sweet drink, or like me, crave soda that pairs well with pizza, and enjoy!

    You can find Boylan’s at Whole Food grocery stores, or buy Boylan’s soda online through Amazon or VitaCost,com.

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Check back soon for a great gluten-free pizza G&G just discovered!!! 🙂