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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

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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