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12 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas

The countdown until Christmas has begun... nearly 12 days before Christmas.  Here are a few of my favorite Christmas ideas from Pinterest... of course, all sweet and gluten free!
1. Say Yes 2. Painters of Louisville 3. Apartment Therapy 4. Chickabug 5. Winter Cozy.Tumbler 6. Baked Bree 7. Dottie Angel 8. Woman's Day 9. Girl in the Little Red Kitchen 10. Style Logistics 11. Good Housekeeping 12. Design Mom

20 November 2014

GF Brownie Brittle

Have you ever seen Brownie Brittle?  It looks so yummy... and full of wheat!  So, here is a REAL simple way to make your own gluten-free & wheat-free Brownie Brittle (although, not minus the sugar) - it is "sweet, no wheat"!!

Sweet Dreams Bakery - Brownie Brittle
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Spread out on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  While baking, the brownie mixture with thin out.  Let the brownies cool, then break into pieces.

I told you it was simple!!

Sweet Dreams,

05 May 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

While celebrating the 5th day of May with my kids today,
we made tacos and... fried ice cream. 

Kid-friendly and gluten-free-friendly fried ice cream. 
Here was my version:

07 February 2014

i heart sweets

I guess this has been a Pinterest filled week of posts.  It was a fun week of sweet pix, ideas and recipes.

Are you getting ready for Valentine's Day and looking for some sweet ideas?  Check out this cute party game from!!  These sweet candies are peanut free, but watch out for gluten sensitivities.

[ visit for link for a free printable ]

Visit my Pinterest Saint Valentine's page for more sweet ideas!!

image credits  |

05 February 2014

Sweet Spoon

Now, I am a fork girl.  I don't even like eating ice cream with a spoon, but I love pictures of them!  I came across the middle picture this afternoon on Pinterest and had to share it with you... what a sweet idea!!



arrow spoon number 41  |  ameliemancini via pinterest 
storing spoons  |  burlingtonfreepress via pinterest (right) 
etched wooden spoons  |  designmom via pinterest

03 February 2014

Dream'n Donuts

As I write this blog post, we have a big, pretty, bright pink box sitting in our kitchen full of Krispy Kreme donuts.  Now, to most people, this would be a glorious sight... and smell.  Have you smelled Krispy Kreme donuts??  They smell heavenly.

After our recent trip to the new Krispy Kreme store near our home, I became so much more aware of my daughter's gluten intolerance.  Me not having a donut once and a while, I can deal with.  I remember how sick I will be if I eat a donut.  But, my daughter is ten.  She did a great job during our short visit.  She was able to order any drink she wanted (and everyone else got water).  I'm not sure a donut would put her in bed for days like it would if I ate one, but her eczema would flare up so bad... it is so sad.

So, you can imagine... when I saw this picture on Pinterest, how excited I became!?!  They look like a little bit of work (and, working with yeast is always intimidating to me).  But what a treat it will be if I can make these for my daughter (well, and me).  The reason I am sharing these with you, is the best gluten-free recipes have a variety of flours in them and this recipe does!!

Thanks,GFree Goodie and sweetly enjoy!!

GFree Goodie's GF Donuts


  • 1¼ cups white rice flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7/8 cup potato starch
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon chickpea flour or soy flour
  • 4 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 7 ½ teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cups warm milk of choice or water
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups vegetable oil (or more)
  • Extra sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon, optional


1. Place rice flour, granulated sugar, potato starch, tapioca starch, chickpea flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and dry yeast in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat briefly to combine.

2. Add milk, melted butter and eggs to dry ingredients. Beat for 5 minutes at medium speed.

3. Let dough rest for 20 minutes in a warm, draft-free area.

4. Cut 5x5-inch squares of parchment paper. Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with the widest tip or use a plastic bag with the bottom corner cut to create a ¼ to 1/2-inch opening. Pipe a donut-shaped circle* onto each parchment square. Set squares on baking sheets and let proof for 20 minutes in a warm, humid environment.

5. In a deep skillet or electric fryer, heat oil over medium heat until oil reaches 350 degrees. Gently slide 3 or 4 donut sheets into the oil and fry 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove the paper and gently turn donuts. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a tray lined with several sheets of paper towels.

6. While still warm, sprinkle donuts with sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon, if desired.

*To help form the donuts, shape them with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with vegetable oil.

For recipe visit:  gfreegoodie
Recipe Courtesy:  Dr. Stephen Wangen
Jane Butler (and the GIG of North Texas) and Living Without Magazine


Makes 2 dozen, 3-inch donuts

image credit  |  gfgoodie

29 January 2014

sweet noodle

Having fun on pinterest the other day, I came across this so-sweet Valentine's craft.  Although it would be a bit more expensive to make GF, what a fun Valentine for a little girl or boy to make!?!

craft + image  |  the alison show

27 January 2014

how cute

How cute is this!?!  
What a simple little, gluten-free cake. 


Just gotta love pinterest!

image credit  |  motivanova

22 January 2014


It is cold outside... cozy inside.  
I thought I would share my mom's fave hot chocolate recipe with you.

Aunt Joannie's French Hot Chocolate

Low heat until melted:
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup light Karo syrup
1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla


Separately whip:
1 pint whipping cream

Pour mixtures together.

Add milk and heat in a cup.

 images via pinterest

20 January 2014

Looking for something sweet to do??  Why not visit me on Pinterest?  With almost 1,000 gluten-free pins, I'm sure you'll find something yummy on my GF board!!  Just click the "P" above and have fun!!

13 January 2014

Warm + Winter

It was getting cold outside and I wanted tomato soup SO badly.  After being diagnosed as gluten-intolerant I just don't by any canned soups any more... so, what's a girl to do??  Make some!!  In only a few short minutes, I had some yummy, yummy tomato soup.

SO yummy!!!  SO simple!!   This is how I made mine:

SAUTE 1 onion in olive oil until lightly brown
ADD in salt, pepper, paprika and a dash of Italian seasoning
PUREE in a food processor or blender
ADD 2 cups of tomato sauce (I used the big can from COSTCO)
ADD 1/2 small carton of cream (I had some left over from the holidays)
HEAT until bubbly
SERVES about four bowls

My recipe has very few ingredients and doesn't take much time at all.  The more pepper and paprika you add to the soup will make it taster, just don't add too much!

Hope you enjoy!!

I so much wanted to post my new fave lunch.  But because I broke my phone and my computer is being rebuilt, it isn't very easy for me to post my own pic so I borrowed this one from pinterest...

image credit | how to simplify

Jen's recipe on How to: Simplify is quite a different different than mine, but still GF (just read your t-sauce lable) if you would like to check it out!!

27 December 2013

sweet & smooth

Making this for tonight's games and movies... it's sweet and gluten free!!

"World's Smoothest Chocolate Fudge"
by Lauren
1 ounce Baker’s unsweetened baking chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
One 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
One 14 ounce can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Line an 8″ x 8″ pan with wax paper and set aside.
Melt butter and the baking chocolate square in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Pour in half the bag of chocolate chips and stir with a heatproof rubber spatula to help melt. Once partially melted add the rest of the bag of chocolate chips and stir until fully melted.
Carefully stir in the condensed milk to combine and remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with the spatula.
Refrigerate until the fudge is set then cut into bite size pieces. Best eaten straight from the fridge.
Image & Recipe |  Pinterest via Lemon and Mocha

sweet snack

Christmas and New Years are some of our favorite times for snacky foods and I am always looking for something new.  And, what is better than something sweet and salty?  I came across these yummies on Pinterest and wanted to share them with you!
Looking for GF pretzels?  Try Snyders of Hanover Gluten-Free Pretzels for a traditional, salty and crunchy pretzel or for a different texture, try Glutino Pretzel Sesame Rings, they are perfectly buttery.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
(found on Baking Junkie)
1 (16 oz) bag pretzel twists
⅔ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Pour pretzels into a roasting pan. In a medium sized bowl mix together vegetable oil, cinnamon and sugar. Pour over pretzels and stir to coat. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, removing twice to stir.

Erika's Extra: I didn't come close to using the whole 16 oz of pretzels. Half a bag seemed perfect for me. Also, keep your eye on the pretzels. You don't want them burning so 25 minutes might be more appropriate for some ovens.