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Best Gluten Free Gifts for YOU this Valentine’s Day January 31, 2011

Spoil yourself this Valentines Day Yay for Valentine’s Day!

Let’s get real here. Valentine’s Day is all about us ladies. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, it’s time to spoil yourself with a few extra special gluten-free goodies this Valentines day.

Shower yourself with roses, indulge in some tasty chocolate truffles, and sip on champagne decorated with couture sugar. You deserve it.

Here is our list of spectacular, must-have gluten-free goodies just for YOU this Heart Day:

Organic Wine from the Organic Wine Company: You eat organic… so drink organic too! And Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to have a glass of vino! “The Organic Wine Company makes wines made of certified organically grown grapes, is committed to environmental responsibility, has top-rated quality wines at great value prices, offers amazing personalized attention and customer care, and also features organic, vegan, biodynamic wines and an international selection!”

Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffles from Cocopotamus: This is not the time for Hershey’s. C’mon! You deserve better than that on V-Day. Who says you can’t indulge in decadent chocolate on Valentine’s Day? You can! Cocopotamus has GF truffles in amazingly delicious and unique flavors that satisfy even the darkest of chocolate cravings. Their chocolate truffles are all natural, wheat-free, and gluten-free. They have banned using preservatives, anything artificial, and anything they can’t pronounce in their chocolates either.

Organic Roses from Organic Bouquet. “The red roses are eco-friendly and gorgeous! Freshly picked and arriving right at the start of their prime, with plenty more ‘bloom’ to go!   Best of all, their red roses are of the finest quality and from a floral certified farm, making them a rare and truly special gift for any occasion!” Ps. Don’t feel like you need to wait for someone to send you flowers this holiday. Valentine’s Day is about loving yourself too, and sending yourself a big vase full of luscious, red roses is the perfect calorie-free “me” gift!

Bath Bombs from EverAfter Naturals: Nothing is more relaxing than a nice, hot bath. Pop in a gluten-free bath bomb from EverAfter Naturals and drift away into relaxation bliss. Give the Lovestruck scent a try. “It’s made of Lavender, Ylang ylang, & Geranium. All three oils have reputations for calming anxiety & helping to elevate moods. Ylang & Geranium are also said to be aphrodisiacs!”

Bath and Body Products from 100% Pure: Celebrate Valentines Day with Cocoa Kona Coffee! All 100% Pure Products are packed full of anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants and skin nourishing nutrients. Scented with 100% natural aromas and never polluted with artificial perfumes, chemical preservatives or any other toxins. Smell like your favorite dessert (chocolate) this Heart Day!

Make a Personalized Valentine’s Day Card with Digital Scrapbooks and More: Want to show someone you really care? Then take a few minutes to make them a personalized Valentine! Digital Scrapbooks and More has instantly downloadable tutorials that are incredibly easy and teach you how to digitally scrap beautiful digital scrapbooking pages or cards! They also have adorable Valentine’s Day digital scrapbooking kits. Try the Valentine and Love Tea Kit– perfect for Valentine’s Day digital scrapbooking albums, cards, etc! Digital Scrapbooks and More also has photo editing tutorials for only $1.99! That’s less than a cappuccino! Learn how to make a special photo picture-perfect this holiday! Just include the pic in a beautiful photo frame this V-Day and give as a gift to mom, dad, friends, or your hunny!

Decadent Gluten-Free Chocolate Tea from Mighty Leaf: Quality loose-leaf tea is like fine wine. It’s amazing and a luxurious little indulgence. It doesn’t hurt that you can treat yourself to rich chocolate flavors without all the calories, right? Try the Chocolate Collection from Mighty Leaf, which contains 6 tins of loose leaf tea: Mayan Chocolate Truffle, Masala Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Mint Truffle, Chocolate Orange Truffle, Mocha Pu-erh Truffle and Pear Caramel Truffle. And if your a real tea enthusiast, like myself, adorable heart-shaped tea cups and saucers from Nordstrom don’t hurt either….

Mojo Makeover Book by Dana B. Myers: It’s time to feel sexy, ladies! And this book has the answers. “The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover will help women of any age identify their Mojo Model—Pleasure Virgin, Frustrated Fox, Adventure Seeker, Busy Mommy, or Late Bloomer—and lead them through a first-of-its-kind transformation. Its purpose: to light up your inner spark and increase sexy self-confidence! Filled with inspiring and practical advice, how-to tips, interactive exercises, and real-life anecdotes, this fun, four-week program leaves women feeling happier, sexier, and more fulfilled—whether they are in a relationship or not.” And what’s Valentine’s Day without a little naughty? The Booty Parlor also has sexy, but tasteful, lingerie and bedroom accessories that will make your Valentine’s Day even more fun!

Bake Valentines Day Treats with Heart Measuring Cups: Baking homemade gluten-free goodies for Valentines Day  is awesome. So are these heart-shaped measuring cups. Use them for Valentine’s day treats or any time you want to add a little love to your recipe. And there are heart-shaped measuring spoons to match! And if you really want to glam-it-up in the kitchen, get a sexy apron from Flirty Aprons! Perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner cooking? The Sugar and Spice Flirty Apron. This is the little black dress version of an apron! Ridiculously cute!

Champagne Sugar Charms from Home Sweet Home: Cheers to gorgeous & delicious champagne this Valentine’s Day! Make your champagne flute look oh-so pretty during a romantic V-Day dinner or with your favorite gal-pals. “These Champagne Sugar Charms are made from the finest organic ingredient and cooked to a perfect caramel candy crisp.  Each piece is unique in shape….like a snowflake. The charms can be served plain or customized with monograms and can be created to perch on the edge of the glass or simply placed inside your glass. Fill your glass with sparkling wine or champagne and watch your charm dissolve slowly (usually around 20 minutes or so) as it creates swirls of bubbles.” How exciting!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

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

 

Chocolate Gooey Butter Gluten-Free Cookies August 6, 2010

Chocolate Gooey Butter Gluten Free Cookies I woke up this morning with a huge craving for chocolate. Yes, I always like & am in the mood for chocolate, but this morning was different. I would not be OK unless I stuffed my face with something super rich & chocolate-y. But I also wanted to try something new. Regular ol’ GF chocolate cake or brownies just didn’t seem good enough.

But then I found Paula Dean’s Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe and translated it below to be gluten-free. It’s awesome & totally hit the spot. Give it a try, my chocoholic friends:

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Servings: Makes 2 dozen
Ingredients:

  • 1 brick (8 ounces) cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1 stick butter , room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 box (18 ounces) moist gluten-free chocolate cake mix
  • Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a yummier, better-for-you version of this recipe.

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the GF vanilla extract. Beat in the GF cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon-size balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Then keep cookies in the fridge until ready to serve!

Tip: I served this amazing little treats with Mighty Leaf’s Vanilla Bean hot tea… incredible!!!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. Sorry it’s taken me so long to write. With a big move and a new baby (he’s awesome!), it’s been busy to say the least! But, not to worry, I’m baaaaaaack and have plenty of new & fabulous finds to come…

 

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! 🙂

 

Host a Gluten-Free Tea Party this Mother’s Day May 6, 2010

Host a Gluten Free Tea Part this Mothers Day There’s nothing better than a tea party. I’m obsessed with high-quality teas, and I’m always in the mood for a sweet, gluten-free treat. Hosting a tea party for that special mom is a great way to show her how much you love and care about her without breaking the bank (Mother’s Day just right around the corner!). Plan an “afternoon date” to enjoy gluten-free tea and dessert with mom and just have fun talking & being girls!

Here are some gluten-free tea-time tips for this Mother’s Day:

  • Make a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Invitation: Take Digital Scrapbooks and More’s “Making Cards Training” to learn how you can personalize your very own party invitation! Including photos of you & mom, special notes inside, and details on the time and place for Mother’s Day tea will make your invitation much more than a regular card, but a Mother’s Day keepsake that she’ll treasure!

 

Note: Digital Scrapbooks and More also has training that can help you make place cards (decorate a beautiful table with tea accessories and include two personalized place cards with your names on it) and design your very own gluten-free tea-time menu!

  • Serve high-quality tea: If you haven’t tried Mighty Leaf tea, you have no clue how incredible tea can be! Mighty Leaf only uses the finest of herbs in biodegradable silken tea bags (that are hand-sewn closed). This is tea at it’s finest. Brew a pot of this gourmet tea and pamper a well-deserving mom. Flavors that go well for a special girls-only tea date? The oh-so delicious Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Mint Truffle. Mom will be in heaven! Digital Scrapbooks and More also mentions a special discount on Mighty Leaf tea! Read this blog for more info on saving money and giving this fabulous tea a taste!

 

  • Bake a delicious gluten-free dessert: You don’t have to spend a million bucks to make mom smile. Take your time in making the little details count, and you’ll surely impress mom and make her feel loved. Bake a delicious gluten-free cake that you can splurge on over Mother’s Day tea. Try this Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake for a tasty treat!

 

 

Happy Tea Time & Happy (Early) Mother’s Day!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

MARIPOSA: Heavenly Gluten-Free Brownies March 11, 2010

Mariposa's Gluten Free Brownies and Elegant Packaging I was kind of having a “blah” day yesterday when I heard a knock on my front door. Waiting on my doorstep was a package. It always cheers me up whenever I get a package, but a package filled with 1/2 dozen gluten-free Mariposa brownies? …Pure bliss!!!

Let me tell you a little bit about Mariposa: They are a gluten-free bakery in Oakland, CA (that ships their fantastic treats anywhere in the US) dedicated to making artisan-crafted, gluten-free goodies.

First of all, their brownies are HEAVENLY. I got the 1/2 dozen brownie set– filled with two Triple Chocolate Brownies, two Mocha Chocolate Brownies, and two Walnut Chocolate Brownies ($21.50 at Mariposa). And WOW!! They’re flaky on the outside and soft/chewy/fudgy on the inside… just like a brownie should be. All three brownie flavors are rich, delicious, and ridiculously chocolate-y. I think I like the Mocha brownie best, but all three are so good, I’m seriously conflicted.

I also think that I am full-on addicted now. Only a day later, I am running scarily low on my 1/2 dozen brownie set… If I could, I would inject these brownies straight into my vein. 🙂

These brownies are so incredible it’s hard to believe that they are gluten-free. If it didn’t say “GLUTEN-FREE/ WHEAT-FREE” all over the packaging, I would have sworn I just got contaminated.

Oh, and I am NOT lying, but I literally had dreams about eating more of their brownies after I had fallen asleep last night. So, yeah, I pretty much had another brownie for breakfast this morning. It was awesome.

Second of all, their packaging and presentation is fabulous. Often times, gluten-free products’ packaging looks so… how do I say this? …Cheesy? Scary? …Awkward and even un-edible?  It’s hard to find gluten-free products that look so pretty that you want to keep them out on your living room’s coffee table and offer them to non-gluten eating guests. Products are packaged in a simple brown box, tied with a pretty red bow, and can include a hand-written note on a tasteful Mariposa card. 

Mariposa is that kind of classy gluten-free company that not only tastes good, but looks good- with elegant wrapping and packaging that you can be proud of. Definitely the kind of product that we here at Glamour & Green Gluten-Free look for.

Mariposa's Fabulous Half-Dozen Gluten-Free Brownie Set Third of all, they’ve got some brilliant gift sets and packages that really make them different than other GF bakeries. They offer 1/2 dozen brownie sets, 1 dozen brownie sets, brownies & coffee sets, biscotti and tea gift sets… and more! They make gorgeous (and delicious!) gifts that you can send to any goodie-lover for a birthday, celebration, holiday, or “just because”… whether they eat gluten-free or not! 

Mariposa’s coolest package? The Mariposa Month Club! Choose from Biscotti, Brownies, or a Gluten-Free Goodie Sampler for 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months! How rad would that be to get a package of delicious gluten-free treats delivered right to your doorstep every month?!! What a cool gift! These Mariposa Month Club Memberships would make a great present for your well-deserving mom, a special friend, or a favorite co-worker. Heck, they’d make a great gift for a much-deserving YOU! Send them to your office or to your house, and treat yourself to this fabulous monthly indulgence! Pamper your hardworking & fabulous self!

And finally, get a Mariposa DISCOUNT! For the month of March 2010, CALL Mariposa Bakery at: 510.595.0955 and place your order by phone. When you mention that you heard about Mariposa from the GLAMOUR AND GREEN GLUTEN FREE BLOG, you will receive 10% OFF your total purchase of any Mariposa gift set! 🙂 This 10% discount is for orders placed by phone ONLY and will not apply to online orders.

With this special Glamour & Green Gluten-Free exclusive discount, this would be a great time to order a Mariposa gift set for yourself or for someone special in your life!

Well, that’s it for today.

Is it lunch time yet? Brownies sound good… 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Bad Day? Indulge Yourself with Gluten-Free Spa-Treats March 10, 2010

100% Pure Bubble Bath in Strawberry It’s only 1 pm and I’ve already had a crummy day. It seems like all my friends are moving away- they have some fabulous adventure or opportunity that they’re running away to.

Me? I feel stuck in this awkward middle stage of being ridiculously busy and still managing to be completely boring. I’m sure it’s just a hormonal thing- my life really isn’t bad at all, and at the end of the day, I’m a very happy and blessed person.

It can happen to anyone. Tough day at the office or crazy day with the kids. For one reason or another you have a bad day and need some kind of pick-me-up. Thank goodness for gluten-free indulgences, right?

If life seems to get you down every once in a while, maybe the solution lies in a little gluten-free “you time.” At the end of your bad day, make it a priority to get at least 30 mins of good, old-fashion alone time to just relax and think (or not think!).

Close your bathroom door, light some candles, draw a hot bath, and pour some of this into your tub: 100% Pure Kids Yummy Ice Cream Bubble Bath- available in Mint Chocolate, Strawberry, or Vanilla flavors. (PS. Why do all fabulous & fun products always seem geared towards kids?! We adults should feel like we can have fun too!!).

This fabulous bubble bath is free of all artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives, parabens, synthetic dyes, synthetic chemicals, petro chemicals, and all other toxic chemicals. It’s also 100% cruelty-free, 100% vegan, and of course, gluten-free.

Take your time, put some relaxing music on, and pour yourself a glass of wine, (or in my case, some sparkling cider since I’m preggo), and feel luxurious sipping on an indulgent beverage in bath filled with bubbles. Just breathe and unwind. If you feel too restless, take the time to shave your legs without feeling rushed.

100% Pure Body Butter in Dark Chocolate After your bath, try this decadent moisturizer: 100% Pure Body Butter in Dark Chocolate! It’s 100% Natural, 100% Vegan, Gluten free, and uses organic ingredients.

This rich and decadent body butter melts on your skin to immediately soften and deeply moisturize your thirsty skin. Packed with anti-aging antioxidants and vitamins to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant. This truly 100% Pure body butter does not contain any synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives or any other toxins and is only made with skin nourishing nutrients. All three bubble baths would mix well with this dark chocolate moisturizer!

I definitely have crazy days where the only way to solve my problems is eating a delicious chocolate-y treat. But there’s also days where the last thing I should be doing is stuffing my face with comfort-food when I feel so blue. That’s why this body butter is such a  brilliant solution. Don’t use it often and only bust it out (and the bubble bath) on days you need to some hardcore spoiling, and want to avoid furthering your depression through unneccessary calories.   

Now all you need to do is get in some comfy PJ’s and put on a chick-flick (or indulge in a trashy romance novel!), and you’re good-to-go.

See, life is good again! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free