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Get Ready for Spring with Glazed Gluten-Free Lemon Cupcakes and Lemonade! March 5, 2010

I am sooooooooooo ready for Spring. Here in NashVegas 🙂 the sun is starting to peer out from underneath the clouds and show it’s pretty face again, but it still too cold for my taste.

Meanwhile, all this cold weather is making me fantasize about cute, designer white jeans, a tall pair of fabulous wedge sandals, super-flowy spring tops, and  drenching my body in coconut-infused lotions and body sprays. Mmmm… Spring sounds so good, doesn’t it?

You know what else sounds good? Lemon-inspired treats! Lemons are bright in color and anything with lemon tastes so yummy and refreshing! Lemon is the perfect flavor to get in the mood for a fantastic spring 2010!

Why not host a little get-together with your favorite gals this March and snack on some delicious gluten-free lemon cupcakes and lemonade! Try these recipes:

Gluten-free lemon cupcakes, recipe from: http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/

Yummy Gluten-Free Lemon Cupcakes Glazed Lemon Cupcakes
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest & juice of 1 lemon (reserve 1-2 tablespoons for glaze)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream (low-fat is fine, just don’t go non-fat)
1 – 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a standard 12-muffin tin & set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, & salt).  Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine butter & sugar until well combined.  Add eggs, one at a time blending after each addition, then vanilla.  Add zest and juice (except for final 1-2 tablespoons of juice) & blend.  Alternate adding the dry ingredients & sour cream to the mix, beginning & ending with the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.

4. Divide mixture evenly among the muffin cups & bake in the center of a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool completely.

5. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the glaze.  Combine the confectioner’s sugar and the reserved lemon juice until smooth, adjusting the amount of confectioner’s sugar to the desired consistency.  If you add too much sugar, just add a few drops of water to thin the glaze.  Pour the glaze over the cakes while they are on a wire rack.  Allow to set (chill glazed cupcakes in the refrigerator to set if your environment is humid). I also like to add more zest on top of the cupcakes’ glaze!

Fresh Lemonade

Juice of 10 lemons

5 cups water

1 cup sugar

fresh mint – tear into small pieces or put in a chopper/blender so flavor can come out more

Stir together, chill, and enjoy!  🙂

*can pour over ice if desired

*may want to double recipe if wanting a pitcher full

For an adult-gathering with the gal pals, pour your friends one tall regular glass of lemonade and then add 2 shots of the vodka or 1/5 cup of rum for a “hard” lemonade! Or add a touch of Sprite or fizzy water to make a lemon-inspired Mojito!

…Yummy lemon-y goodness.

Enjoy!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Pampered Gluten-Free Pups March 1, 2010

My precious, gluten-free puppy- Coco!

You’re a gluten-free gal. A cute one, too, no doubt. But your puppies? Their definitely cute, but gluten-free? Probably not, huh?

Why not, though?

It’s time to upgrade your dog chow to something that fits YOUR glamorous and green gluten-free life by switching to gluten-free dog food!

Think about it: You work so hard to eat gluten-free, order gluten-free in restaurants or when you go over to your friends houses, and to avoid all contamination with food tools and appliances. Does it freak you out as much as me when you’re dog’s munching on poison-filled bites all over your bed, couch, and floor (getting gluten-filled crumbs all over the place)? Sometimes I worry about kissing the tops of my little dogs’ heads. As precious my two Pomeranian pups are, I just don’t trust their personal cleanliness.

Instinct Gluten-Free Dog Food But let me tell you: It’s difficult to find all-natural, gluten-free dog foods out there! That’s why I was over-the-moon when Glamour and Green found one (that’s fabulous, of course!): Nature Variety’s Instinct Line of Grain-Free Kibble for Dogs!

Try these three gluten-free Dog Food Flavors:

Chicken

Rabbit

Duck

Now you can feel comfortable kissing your pampered pooches (still, I hope it’s not on the mouth 🙂 ), picking up their spilled doggy food, or letting them happily munch away all over and around your furniture (and everything else) without needing a contamination space suit! Whoo-hoo!

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-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Gluten-Free Foodies: Do You Miss Cookie-Dough Ice Cream? Miss It No More! February 25, 2010

Omg, omg, omg. Do I have news for you, my fabulous Gluten-Free Gals!

Remember cookie dough ice cream? Yes, one of the yummiest, most cherished ice cream flavors of all ice cream flavors?! Well, now you can have it again!

No, this isn’t a cruel and horrible joke.

I am a huge snob when it comes to gluten-free food; I only want the best of the best. So, finding a gluten-free ice cream that’s incredibly tasty, super-fulfilling, AND made from organic/all-natural ingredients… difficult. But finding a gluten free ice cream with COOKIE DOUGH CHUNKS, incredibly tasty, super-fulfilling, made from organic/all-natural products… and one that was dairy free too? Yeah… pretty much impossible.

But Glamour & Green Gluten Free found the impossible: Turtle Mountain Purely Decadent’s Dairy-Free AND Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

No, it’s not a lie. The cookie dough is TRULY gluten-free and ridiculously good.

Since I don’t have any issues with dairy products, I worried that this ice cream would taste a little odd since it was dairy-free. But who knew that coconut milk sweetened with vanilla and sugar could be one of the most decadent indulgences on the planet!?! It’s also mixed with chocolate flakes. All, I have to say is: Yum. You gotta try this ice cream!

So, go grab some GF Cookie Dough Ice Cream today and celebrate! You can even use Turtle Mountain’s Store Locator to find a location that sells it near you.

Want to go all out? Try Barkat Gluten Free Ice Cream Cones and lick away! Yay!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Welcome to Glamour and Green- A Blog for Fabulous Gluten-Free Gals! February 24, 2010

To All You Gluten-Free Gals: Be Glamorous AND Green! Thanks for visiting Glamour & Green- the ultimate Blog for any fabulous gluten-free gal looking to find all that super-cool and super-good for you & the environment.

Gluten-free is not always associated with “desirable”, but we here at Glamour & Green are here to change that! We don’t see any reason why every day can’t be a glamorous day; one filled with good-for-you goodies, trinkets, and treats!

We think that living a gluten-free lifestyle is a gorgeous way of life, filled with lots of luxury and little pleasures… and we’re here to show you! Join us!

But, before we begin sharing our fabulous little GF secrets, we’d like to thank an incredible online business, started by two super-glamorous and gluten-free women, Digital Scrapbooks and More, for being our blogging sponsors! Check them out at: www.DigitalScrapbooksandMore.com

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-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free