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Amazing Deal – Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix

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WOW! I am super excited about the deal I came across.

My favorite pancake mix is Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix. It is fantastic! It has almond flour in it and I absolutely love the nutty flavor it gives pancakes. It can also be used for a ton of other recipes, which are listed on the product page (a few on the packaging itself).

The only downside is that it is NOT cheap. I pay $18.99 plus tax for the large, 4 LB bag at my health store. Wowsers.

BUT! This is the great news of the day! Amazon has Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix on sale!! Right now, you can get 3 bags of the 4 LB size for….drumroll please….$38.25. That’s just $12.75 a bag! But wait! There’s MORE! If you sign up for Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program, which by the way I highly recommend, you get an additional 15% off making 3 bags just $32.51 – $10.85 a bag! Plus, you get free standard shipping! Woo-hoo!!! You can find the deal on Amazon here.

So, a little bit about the Subscribe and Save program that Amazon offers. Here are the details from Amazon:

What is Subscribe and Save? When you order through Subscribe & Save, you’ll automatically receive a new shipment of the item in intervals you select at a discount on our everyday price. All Subscribe & Save orders receive a discount over the regular price of the item. The current discount percentage for each item is posted on the product detail page when you sign up. The discount you receive for each order will be calculated off the Amazon.com price for the item on the day each order is placed. Therefore, if the price of the item increases or decreases, the amount you are charged may also increase or decrease.

Plus, all subscription orders ship free. We’ll notify you before the order ships and charge your credit card for each order only when the item is shipped, and you may cancel at any time.

To start a subscription for this product, choose a quantity and delivery schedule, then click “Subscribe now”. You’ll be asked to provide a delivery address, payment method, and billing address. Once the order has been placed, your first order will be processed and your subscription activated. 

Do Subscribe & Save items qualify for Prime Shipping?
All Subscribe & Save items are shipped for free with standard shipping. 

I have been really happy when I have used this service. It’s so flexible and easy to use. We used the service when our youngest was in diapers and it was awesome to have diapers delivered to our door at the interval we set and they were always cheaper than what I could get in stores. I signed up for the Pamela’s deal with Subscribe and Save for delivery every 3 months. I’ll get an email letting me know that my next shipment will be shipping soon. At that time, I can let it ship or I can sign in and postpone it or cancel. There is no contract or certain amount you have to get this way.  Amazon offers a ton of products this way and this deal is reminding me I need to do a bit of searching for my other favorite gluten free products!

I am super happy about this deal and I hope that you find it helpful too!

Gluten Free Cooking Show

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Are you connecting with others who are gluten free? Befriending the store managers at your health food store or making friends at a support group? I encourage you to start talking to others! If you’re in your grocery store’s gluten free aisle and browsing at the same time as someone else, strike up a conversation! I truly believe you will learn something new or be able to give a tip or suggestion and possibly make a difference in that person’s life.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know a few of the ladies at the Kalamazoo Celiac Support Group. It’s always so fun to hear how others tackle their gluten free journey and to get ideas and tips from them. Someone in particular whom I have gotten to know has a really neat relationship with a local chef who has a specialty in gluten free cooking. She has actually partnered with the chef and produced two cooking shows that are going to be aired through Public Media Network on a local cable channel. I bet you haven’t watched a gluten free cooking show before! Neither have I!

For those of you who are local, I want to share the current schedule for each show and maybe you can check it out. Both shows are being aired during the week of September 26 (next week) at different times of the day.

Mr. Thom Cooks GLUTEN-FREE – 2011 to air as follows on Cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 10 p.m.

Recipes include Pumpkin Pancakes, Stewed Apples, Pumpkin Black Bean Soup, Deviled Eggs with Ham, Spinach & Strawberry Salad, Spring Chicken Soup, British Burger, Asian Coleslaw, Red & Black Bean Salad, Peanut Butter Cookies. 

GLUTEN-FREE with “Chef” Thom – 2010 to air as follows on cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 7 p.m.

Recipes include Mashed Cauliflower, Chicken Wrap, Vinaigrette Dressing, Zucchini Noodles, Baked Banana Dessert.

I’m excited to watch and see the Pumpkin Pancakes and Baked Banana Dessert. And, I am really curious about the Pumpkin Black Bean Soup – never heard of that combo before! What are you interested in learning more about? Are you going to plan to watch at some point?

Did You Know? Udi’s Bread

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I don’t buy many pre-made gluten free items when it comes to baked goods. Very soon after going gluten free I started baking my own bread and baked goods because the few things I did buy from the store, I didn’t think were very good. I really knew the store bought bread and baked goods weren’t going to cut it for me when I sunk my tastebuds into some homemade goodies and went “Ah! So this is what GOOD gluten free tastes like! Whew!”

Since starting to bake gluten free, I’ve just been sticking to whatever I can get baked and going without whenever I haven’t had the time. It wasn’t until I was visiting my Mom’s house for the day that I tried Udi’s bread for the first time. I had seen Udi’s products many times at different stores and had read about them here and there, I just never bought any because I didn’t need to. But, this particular day at my Mom’s, it had been weeks since I had eaten a piece of bread and I wanted some. Bad. So, I defrosted two pieces of the White Sandwich Bread and smeared them with peanut butter. Oh. My. Goodness. Totally took away my negative thoughts about store-bought gluten free bread. Fist bump to you Udis! It was delicious. No funny aftertaste, great texture, and a great chew. My only complaint is that the slices are so tiny! I could eat half a loaf in a sitting after a bread-deprived stretch of time but, for the price, that doesn’t fit into my budget – or let’s be real, my waistline.

I’ve bought two loaves of the Whole Grain Bread since then and I really do love it. I know it’s not as cost-effective as baking my own, but during these extremely busy past few weeks, it’s been so nice to have some bread in the freezer that I didn’t have to take the time to bake. I also picked up a package of their hot dog buns for our Labor Day grilling. I had eaten hot dogs and hamburgers without buns all summer and wanted a treat. (Ha, ha – isn’t it funny what can be considered a treat?) I think the hot dog buns are really good too.

Udi’s also offers gluten free bagels, hamburger buns, granola, muffins and cinnamon rolls, and pizza crusts. If these products are as good as the bread, they have gained a very loyal customer. If you visit their website, there is a locator button to help you find a store near you that carries Udi’s products. If you’re local, I buy my Udi’s products from Natural Health Center or at Hardings. The site has a lot of interesting info, tips, recipes and a fun blog. Check it out!

I highly recommend you give Udi’s products a try! Here’s a coupon you can print to use on your purchase!

Have you tried Udi’s? What do you think? Are you going to give it a try soon?

Gluten Free Open House – Natural Health Center

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Kalamazoo area friends, get excited!

Natural Health Center is holding it’s annual Gluten-Free Open House in less than two weeks!

The event is Saturday, October 1st, from 11-3:00 and I am told it’s going to be awesome. Vendors will be there with tons of samples, special sales, goodies to take home and they are doing a raffle. I am super excited!

If you think you’ll be going, leave me a comment and maybe we can see each other there. 🙂

Cast Iron Skillet

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Do you have a cast iron skillet?

My hubby gave me one for my birthday and I was so excited.

No really, I was. Look – I posed for a picture with it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been wanting one of these bad boys for quite some time now. I’ve come across a few recipes I have wanted to try and when they say “in a heavy skillet (aka cast iron) I always skip over them because I was sure the recipe wasn’t referring to my 9 year old T-fall frying pan. But now – woo-hoo! – I can cook those pork chops! Sear those steaks and pop them in the oven. A whole new world just opened up! Except there’s just one thing – holy cow are they high maintenance or what?!?

That’s what I need your help with. Are they really this high maintenance? Should a skillet have so many instructions!? Here are the parts of the instructions that trip me up. “IF washing is necessary (why wouldn’t you wash it? Do you really leave leftover cooking grossness in it?)But, if you do decide to go ahead and wash in warm soapy water, rinse thoroughly, and dry immediately; then, re-season it according to directions. And let’s just talk about the process of re-reasoning:

Preheat over to 340 degrees
Using a pastry brush or cloth, coat the entire cookware surface with a thick layer of vegetable oil or shortening (not butter)
Place the cookware in the oven for one hour. After one hour, turn off oven and allow cookware to cool gradually. 

Um, really? EVERY time I wash it? I cooked bacon in it the first time I’ve used it (the only time). I couldn’t bare the idea of leaving all that gross bacon grease and bits in the bottom, so I washed it. I noticed some discoloration in the bottom after I washed it in warm soapy water and then dried it IMMEDIATELY! ah! Ok, so great, I better re-season it….so I went through the process. Friends, I am so intimidated by this skillet that I haven’t been able to throw away the cardboard wrap that came around it, despite big grease marks in it, because it has the instructions on how to care for it and I might FORGET SOMETHING!

So, what do you do with your cast iron? Have you bought one in recent years and do they all have these instructions? You can see that mine is good old Bobby Flay’s brand…seems like he’d know what’s he’s talking about. I mean he IS an Iron Chef and all.

Give me your advice please!!!

FDA and Gluten Free Labeling

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I know, three posts in a day – who am I?

I just saw this on Facebook and had to share. I’ve read about the FDA re-opening comments on the regulations for gluten free food labeling a few different times, and this site that I am going to link to does a great job explaining and helping you know what you can do to leave a comment.

I’m going to be doing a little research into this and then thoughtfully comment soon. Will you do the same?

http://glutenforpunishment.com/2011/08/comment-on-fda-gluten-labeling-guidelines/

Breaking Out of A Rut

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I’m in a rut with food. I’ve somehow lost the excitement and creativity I usually have when it comes to meal planning and choosing recipes. We’ve been really busy, which makes spending a lot of time in the kitchen tricky, but I also haven’t been feeling that great. Like I shared in an earlier post, I’ve accidentally glutened myself a couple of times which triggered a few days of feeling crummy. But, this crummy feeling has been hanging around, so I need to do a good review of what I have been eating to see if I’ve snuck something with gluten into my diet without realizing it.

I sat down this morning and searched through the gluten free recipes on Gina’s Skinny Recipes and came up with a few that I think we’ll be trying this week. Here are a couple of links to two I am excited to try:

Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Shallots

Western Omelet Potato Skins

I’m trying to focus on well-rounded meals with a lot of fresh and healthy produce, in hopes that feeding my body really good food will help me feel better. I’m planning a lot of in season veggie side dishes and fruit to go with our meals. I also need to do a much better job planning out my lunches and snacks. I’ve been short on good choices for me to snack on and I am sure that is contributing to my less than stellar energy level and yucky feeling.

So – eat well this week! Take the time to plan some delicious, good for you meals and nourish your body! I’ll let you know how the pork chops and potato skins turn out!