Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate NEW 73% Vanilla Raspberry Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most widely given gifts on Valentine’s Day and Dick Taylor Chocolate has released a new limited Valentines Day bar for all you lovers out there. Made with 73% Northerner Blend (Madagascan & Brazilian cacao) dark chocolate and dusted with a mix of organic freeze dried raspberries and organic vanilla coconut palm sugar to make a delightful berry bar for Valentine’s Day. 

Dick Taylor’s approach to chocolate making is very hands-on. They are committed to making the best chocolate they know how. Over time, as their knowledge of the process of making chocolate has grown, the process has become more and more complex. The current methods are a result of study, research, experimentation and trial-and-error. And the goal is to constantly be improving their chocolate as well as recognizing any shortcomings. 

Dick Taylor Chocolate sources the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate, all in a small factory in Eureka, California. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows for the making some of the finest chocolate possible. By using organic cacao and organic cane sugar, and by not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in the process, they are able to leave out vanilla, additional cocoa butter or other emulsifiers, in hopes of capturing and highlighting the subtle flavor nuances in the cacao sourced from around the world.

The new adds to the presentation of the bar. The wrapper is designed and printed in house on letter press, including the hand carved raspberry. This bar will be available now through Mother’s Day and retails for $7.00 each. Click here to find the retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Send Cheryl’s Gluten Free Cookies to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!

In June I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show where I met Elisabeth Allwein, the Food Development Director at Cheryl’s. There, I had the chance to talk to her about Cheryl’s new line of gluten free cookies and brownies, which just hit the market this past summer! 


The gluten-free line features Cheryl’s famous baked goods including fudge brownies, brownie walnut cookies, snicker doodle cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and buttercream frosted sugar cookies, which is to die for. The new gluten free goodies exceed the FDA regulations for gluten free foods, meaning you can safely eat all the cookies you want! The gluten free line is made in separate, dedicated gluten free facility. And they make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your gluten free loved one(s)! 

I’ve tried a lot of gluten free cookies over the years and I have to say that the buttercream frosted cookie is one of the best by far. It is soft and sweet enough that it keeps me coming back for more. I’m also a big fan of the snickerdoodle cookies and fudgey, chocolaty brownies!! The Brownie walnut cookies and chocolate chip cookies are for those that prefer hard and crunchy cookies, they taste great, but I just prefer the softer cookies. 


Each cookie and brownie is individually wrapped and available for purchase online. From birthday gifts, to holiday gifts, to thank you gifts, there is something for everyone and every budget. Gluten Free Cookies and Brownies range from $6.99 – $49.99.

Another reason I support Cheryl’s is because they use a gluten free bakery in Columbus, OH, owned byARC Industries, an organization that aims to offer employment opportunities to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults. Cheryl’s already employs some people from ARC, and continues to support this community group and their kitchen, as a training ground for seasonal hires in the future. Cheryl’s brought in some of its own gluten-free equipment, sanitation and production processes as well as management to work with ARC employees. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Celebrate Drink Wine Day with Tandoor Chef

Dis you know that today is Drink Wine Day? What a great Day; you know I will be celebrating! 


The purpose of National Drink Wine Day is to spread the love and health benefits of wine.  I really didn’t need another reason to drink wine, but whoever came up with this holiday deserves a raise! Even though I love wine, sometimes it is hard to know which wines go well with which foods, and as I am still learning about wine pairings myself, I am glad  that Tandoor Chef has developed a wine and beer pairing tool to help you choose the best compliment to their restaurant quality authentic Indian cuisine. Find the perfect companion for your next healthy frozen meal by clicking here.


Have you ever tried Tandoor Chef Authentic Indian Cuisine?  If you haven’t, you are truly missing out! I first wrote about Tandoor Chef last March. I am a big fan of their restaurant quality all natural Indian frozen meals. I work 1-2 nights/week while the students are in school and do not get home until after 8pm. Being able to quickly heat up a healthy and tasty meal is key for me on those nights because I am starving by the time I get home. 

Tandoor Chef offers 15 gluten free entrée and appetizer options! With their authentic Indian spices and flavors, and wide selection, you won’t have to sacrifice the robust flavors you love.


I love the Chicken Curry with tender boneless chicken breast simmered and seasoned in a zesty, authentic sauce. Yum! Tandoor Chef recommends Pinotage, a deep red wine with smoky, bramble and earthy flavors, sometimes with notes of bananas and tropical fruit, to drink with this meal. I didn’t have any Pinotage at home but I did have a nice Shiraz, a full bodied red wine with hints of blackberry, pepper and clove; it’s not too far off from a Pinotage and paired nicely with my meal! 

How are you celebrating Drink Wine Day?

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Enjoy Life Valentine’s Day Giveaway! #Sweetfreely

I’m hosting a special Valentine’s Day giveaway  with Enjoy Life Foods! 
Enjoy Life Foods is a trusted gluten free brand, and one of my go-to brands since 2009 (when I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance). Enjoy Life Foods sent me a very special Valentine’s Day Sweet Freely Box, stocked with Enjoy Life Foods Pancake & Waffle Mix, Dark Chocolate Morsels, a FREE product coupon and a heart-shaped pancake stencil! 
And, the best part? They have another Valentine’s Day Sweet Freely Box to giveaway one lucky reader.  
To participate, please post the attached photo and include the giveaway info below to your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!
Want to win a Sweet Freely Valentine’s Day Box? 
Simply click on the rafflecopter below to enter to win! 

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This giveaway will end on February 14, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only. 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

Urban Farmhouse Personalized Wine Glasses

I love wine! But you know that already. For those of you out there that love wine, or who have wine-loving friends and family, then I think you are going to love today’s post! 


Urban Farmhouse Tampa specializes is personalized gifts, great for wedding party gifts (I hope my bridal party is not reading this!) and perfect for holiday gifts!  Personalized wine glasses from Urban Farmhouse Tampa make a great gift for those who enjoy sitting back and sipping wine around the holidays! Each custom glass is customized with a laser engraving machine for a unique gift that will last many years. The glasses are dishwasher safe and have a lifetime guarantee on engraving quality. 

These snowflake wine glasses are just one of hundreds of personalized gifts Urban Farmhouse Tampa offers. From wine glasses, beer glasses and mason jars, to coasters, hammers and ornaments, they can personalize just about anything! 

So if you are looking for a unique personalized gift for this holiday season, then check out Urban Farmhouse Tampa on Etsy! And you can save 10% off any purchase of $25 or more with promo code HOTHOLIDAYGIFTS!

I am giving a set of four snowflake glasses ($42) to one of my best friends, so that is why you do not see any personal pictures in this post, I don’t want to ruin the surprise in case she is reading this post! Who are you buying for this year? Do you think they would like these personalized snowflake wine glasses

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Silk Dairy Free & Gluten Free Nog


The holidays are almost upon us, and you don’t want to miss a second of it. Holiday parties, ugly sweaters, delicious food, and don’t forget the nog! Not an eggnog fan, or just not a fan of the calories? Then try Silk® Nog! With the same great taste you’ve come to expect from Silk®, but with the smooth creaminess of nog, Silk® Nog serves up some holiday spirit in the form of three delicious seasonal flavors all 80 calories or less—Almond Nog Original, Original Soy Nog and Almond Nog Pumpkin Spice. All three flavors are gluten, dairy, lactose, casein, and egg free. Catering to a variety of allergies is always something Silk aims to do, and both Almond Nog’s are also soy free.

I recently had the chance to try Silk® Nog and I was very impressed! 

Silk® Nog Original,  the soy-based seasonal classic offers all the creamy, rich flavor of eggnog without the eggs, dairy, saturated fat or cholesterol. Sprinkle on a little nutmeg or add a little rum. 

Silk® Almond Nog Original is a brand new seasonal Nog that blends the creamy, rich flavor of eggnog and the irresistible taste of toasted almonds. And it’s free saturated fat and cholesterol. 

Silk® Almond Nog Pumpkin Spice is also brand new this season and perfect for pumpkin-lovers. Blending together the rich flavor of toasted almonds, notes of pumpkin and seasonal spices, it’s smooth, creamy and totally free of saturated fat and cholesterol. 

Silk Nog Original Nutritional Info
Silk Nog Original Nutritional Info

Almond Nog Nutritional Information
Almond Nog Nutritional Information


Have you tried Silk Nog? What is your favorite flavor? To find a retail location neatest you, click here

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


Glenwood Garden Father’s Day Gift Guide: Shopping for a cause // 10% off promo code

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Glenwood Garden is an e-commerce market with a social mission — they sell sustainably made foods products and gifts made by small batch artisans from around the country, and donate between 25-50% of the gross profit to select charitable and nonprofit organizations. 

Glenwood Garden was started to meet a strong need of nonprofits to develop reliable sources of income that would reduce their dependence on foundation grants and donations. They also wanted to support small business entrepreneurs and the local food movement. Glenwood Garden vendors share this commitment to sustainability, local food and fair trade, and use ingredients that reflect those values. The products sold through Glenwood Garden’s website are high quality and many are not available for purchase outside their local areas except through Glenwood Garden. Shoppers can enjoy these unique gourmet food products with the added satisfaction of knowing that they are supporting a good cause.  


Glenwood Garden has some great gift boxes and gift ideas for Father’s Day (which is June 21st in case you forgot!) I mean, is there anyone more important to you than your Father (besides your Mom that is!)? June 21st is the day to show fathers that we care, and this Gift Guide is to help you so you don’t have to worry about what to get him! As they say – the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

Use discount code ‘dadsday15‘ to receive 10% off all items from the Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Father’s Day Gift Box


Are you looking for the perfect gift for Father’s Day! Here is a delicious collection of Artisan made foods that dad will surely love. Jerky, beer jelly, dark chocolate, and more. Note* not all items in this gift box are gluten free. Below, you will find 100% gluten free items. 





Lawless Jerky

Lawless Jerky Variety Six Pack



Choose any combination of Lawless Jerky’s six unique flavors – all carefully hand crafted with Harris-Robinette Beef’s 100% grass-fed, dry-aged beef. Made with tamari, this jerky is gluten free! Buy it here.




Barbeque Pairing Gift Set



This savory BBQ gift makes is easy to enjoy a great time with friends and family with crowd-pleasing flavors and a surprising twist in every jar. High quality heirloom ingredients used in every batch. Buy it for dad, and then make sure you are home when he lights up the grill so you can enjoy it too! Buy it here.



Omnivore Sauce and Salt Pack





An amazing bundle from Omnivore Salt that includes their delicious sauce and award winning salt. Just a bit of both will unlock some of the deepest flavors in your food! Made by famous forager and wild boar hunter Angelo Garro. Buy it here.



 I tried both the Omnivore Sauce and Salt. Let’s start with the sauce. This is a condiment that defies traditional definitions. Made from organic ingredients, including tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ancho chiles and other spices, this tangy, spicy, and slightly sweet sauce can dress up just about any meal you make. It is thinner than ketchup, but thicker than most other sauces/marinades. It’s suggested use is to brush it on grilled meats, fish and vegetables to give a flavor boost. It is also great for a flavor boost to pizza, pasta red sauces or roasted vegetables, meat and fish. 
Omnivore Salt is a delightful blend of organic spices with natural sea salt, harvested from the salt beds off the coast of Northern California. It is so versatile and can be used with just about anything. So far, I’ve used it as a rub on meat and fish (both grilled and roasted), on vegetables (roasted asparagus with olive oil and Omnivore Salt), in soups and stews, guacamole, sprinkled on top of eggs, and in a salad dressing.


Hella Bitter Twin Package



Hella Bitter’s Aromatic and Citrus bitters are delicious, versatile and crafted for both the professional bartender and the hobbyist. his attractive bitters experience was designed specifically for the adventurous home bartender or chef.  A great way to expand the variety of any bar. Buy it here. (P.S. Hella Bitter is made in NYC!) 


 Prior to writing this post I never actual experimented with bitters. Sure I’ve seen it on menus and have probably had a drink with bitters in it but I wasn’t too familiar with it myself, which came as a complete shock to one of my friends who considers himself a “bitters expert” (he’s a bartender).  
It’s been quite fun using both the Aromatic and Citrus Bitters and making fun cocktails at home.  My favorite so far is the Mint Julep 

It helps to have julep cups, but if you don’t you can do this in a highball – or any glass – as well. 

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz mint syrup
  • 3 dashes Hella Bitters Orange
  • crushed ice
  • fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Hella Bitters will be a welcome addition to your mixology and cooking prowess! Each bottle also comes with a recipe on the back, so don’t fret if you don’t know what to do with them!

Alex’s Ugly Hot Sauce Specialty Three Pack


Alex’s Ugly Sauce is the artisanal hot sauce you’ve been looking for! They use only the best ingredients sourced from farmer’s they know to create a unique combination of flavor and heat that adds a kick to your favorite dishes. Buy it here.



Basic Hot Sauce Making Kit




The Basic Hot Sauce Making Kit has everything you need to make truly unique sauces by combining the included ingredients with your own spices and flavors to take your sauces to the next level. Buy it here.





Pickling Kit



The Pickling Kit from Spring Valley Farms offers four different brines alongside pickling jars and decorative labels that would make the perfect “do it yourself” gift. Buy it here.







Use discount code ‘dadsday15‘ to receive 10% off all items from the Father’s Day Gift Guide! And for more gluten free products and gift ideas head over to Glenwood Garden


About Glenwood Garden

Based in Massachusetts but with a nationwide reach, Glenwood Garden is a for-profit business with a social mission – to help nonprofits gain a new source of revenue. The family-owned business was founded by father/son duo Norm and Jonah Rapino, both seasoned entrepreneurs. Glenwood Garden is their first joint venture. The e-market offers sustainably made, small-batch products crafted by passionate artisans from around the country, and gives a large portion of the profit from each sale to specific nonprofits. Their market is not just an exciting new e-commerce storefront, but also a method for producing revenue for valued nonprofit partners all over the United States. Norm and Jonah are proud and excited to provide shoppers with the opportunity to “live well and do good” by purchasing delicious and hard to find specialty food items, and choosing an amazing nonprofit to benefit.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 


Gluten Free Potato and Carrot Latkes // Happy Hannukah


My favorite holiday dish is potato latkes. The typical latke is made with potato, flour and eggs.  I however, like to make a little healthier by adding carrots and using almond meal. You can also replace the white potato with a sweet potato if you are staying away from white starches.

I’ve made dozens of latkes and this is by far the best recipe I’ve made. (Jeremy agrees :).

Although Hanukkah is a celebration that entails a good deal of fried food, if you saute these in a bit of olive oil rather than deep frying them, they’re a nice alternative to regular greasy Hanukkah food and a much healthier latke.


  • 1 large potato, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 medium onion, Julienne
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free all-purpose flour or almond meal/flour
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • Using a hand grater, grate the carrots, potato, and onion into the bowl. Add eggs to the bowl. Add salt, pepper, and flour. Mix until the vegetables are well coated.
  • Heat 1/2-inch oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat.
  • Drop mixture into oil in 3-4-inch mounds, press down gently with spatula to form patties. Fry until golden, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain latkes on paper towels or parchment lined tray. Serve with warm applesauce and sour cream.



Happy Hanukkah!


Holiday Gift Idea & Giveaway // Pureology Aromatherapy Collection Limited Edition

Welcome to Day 2 of Skin Care and Hair Care week. As you know, this week I will be focusing on skin care and hair care; products that are safe and do not contain gluten. Each day will feature a different type of product, from many different brands, and plenty of giveaways and chances to win some awesome prizes!


This holiday season, Pureology presents three new Limited Edition Aromatherapy Collection Gift Sets— Hydrate, Strength Cure, and Cure Volume. Known for its signature aromatherapy blends, Pureology’s three holiday hair care gift sets each include the brand’s top hair care systems paired with a Limited Edition Scented Candle to instantly infuse a sense of calm amidst the whirlwind of holiday parties and gift shopping!

I had the chance to try the Hydrating Trio including free candle.

The Limited Edition Strength Cure Aromatherapy Collection gift set includes:

  • 5 oz. Strength Cure Shampoo
  • 5 oz. Strength Cure Conditioner
  • 1 oz. Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier
  • Limited Edition Strength Cure Scented Candle

Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo is a concentrated fortifying sulfate free shampoo for damaged hair including chemical or colour damage. The shampoo left my hair feeling stronger and softer. The conditioner helps improve hair’s touch and light reflection, as well as strengthen and detangle unruly hair. After using this set noticed a big difference. My frizzy and dry hair was smooth, soft, detangled, and had amazing shine.

This gift set normally sells for $84 but is available online at Beauty Care Choices for only $49. Treat yourself or someone you love.

Now it’s time for the Giveaway!! One lucky reader will win the Limited Edition Strength Cure Aromatherapy Collection Gift Set! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below!

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This giveaway ends on December 9, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Since 2004 Beauty Care Choices has been the online resource for shoppers looking for their favorite salon products and having them conveniently shipped to their home or business. Beauty Care Choices expanded their selection from professional hair care items to now carrying skincare, cosmetics, nail care, and many other specialty items for all your beauty needs.

The thing I like most about Beauty Care Choices is how easy it is to search by ingredients. Rather than having to check out every ingredient list to make sure it’s safe, you can search specifically for gluten items. You can also search by: Alcohol Free, Fragrance Free, Organic, Paraben Free, Sodium-Chloride Free, Sulfate Free and Vegan.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.




Gluten Free Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals


Get a Jump start on your holiday shopping and avoid the stores this Friday with these great Gluten Free Deals! Below is a list of my favorite Gluten Free gift ideas that are offering Black Friday or Cyber Monday specials all. Start shopping today and take advantage of these spectacular savings!


Starting on Black Friday, Abe’s Market will have over 2,500 products on sale including items from your favorite gluten free brands, and shoppers can see additional savings when they stack these one-day only coupon codes on top of the sale price! AND, Free Shipping on all orders is still in play until December 17, so the shopper is getting a sale price, plus a coupon code, plus free shipping!

Black Friday, November 28
Addtional 10% off all purchases with code BLACKFRIDAYSunday, November 30
15% off orders of $30 or more with code SNEAKPEEKCyber Monday, December 1
$5 off orders of $30 or more with code CYBERMONDAY5
$10 off orders of $50 or more with code CYBERMONDAY10
$25 off orders of $100 or more with code CYBERMONDAY25


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 Restaurant.com is offering $25 Certificates for only $5 with Code: BLACK (Valid Friday and Saturday).


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Tate’s Bakeshop, seller of Gluten Free cookies and gift baskets. Take 10% off your order with promo code save10.

Send Me Gluten Free: Gluten Free Subscription Box

Send Me Gluten Free is a monthly gluten free subscription box service that combines both full-size and sample-size products and delivers them to your doorstep! Save 20% on a subscription for yourself or a loved one with code WELCOME20.


Perfect for any foodie, Love with Food, helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month, starting as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

Hale Groves is offering a Buy One Get One Free special for Black Friday weekend (Valid Until December 2, 1014).

Save an extra 25% of 15% off all deals at Livingsocial.com.