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15 April 2016

My Recipe for a Homemade Frappuccino

Recently, my daughters have become very fond of Starbucks.  But, between the price and allergies, we've had to come up with an alternative for rainy days or special days at home.  If you have followed me for a while, you'll know I'm not real good with following recipes... or making them - I'd rather use "some" of this and "some" of that.  But, with that said, I have tried to pay attention to the amounts and ingredients I have used... and, here is my "recipe" for a Vanilla Frappuccino:

NOTE: Contains dairy.

Vanilla Frappe

In a blender:

1/4 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Tablespoons Pudding Powder*
2 Cups Ice Cubes
1/2 Cup Almond Milk

As you turn on your blender, pour additional milk in, until the ice cubes are blended.

You're kids will love it!  If you are making one for yourself, add a packet of your favorite original or flavored Starbucks VIA©.  If you are not a fan of vanilla, add fresh strawberries, chocolate chips, cookies'n cream or caramel before pouring out of the blender into your favorite cup!  Let me know how you love it!


* I like French Vanilla or White Chocolate for vanilla frappes.  If you are making a chocolate frappe or banana, using those puddings will enhance the flavor!

01 March 2016

Sometime, I just donut like it!

Yep!  I miss'm... donuts.

It probably isn't the worst thing in the world to not be able to eat donuts, but sometimes... I just miss them and I just do'nut like it!  HA!

So, I have come up with my own solution... my own gluten-free donuts!  Martha White recently came out with a muffin mix that is great!  A lot of boxed mixes don't have much to be desired, but I really like this mix.  Here is my simple recipe for gluten-free donuts:

Contains:  Eggs, Milk

Dar's Donuts

In a mixer, combine:

1 egg
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon butter

Whip it real good!

Now, add the Martha White Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin Mix and stir.

Coat a regular donut pan or a mini donut pan (I usually end up making 8, if I use the regular size pan) with a good amount of your favorite oil - coconut oil is good to use.  Then, pour even amounts of the batter into each part of the pan.

Bake for 8-10 minutes at 450, but watch them!  Baking them on a higher temperature helps crisp them up, but they can also burn easier.

Top with your favorite icing.  (If you don't have one here's a quick way to make it:  mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 1 Tablespoon of milk... if it isn't runny, add a pinch more milk.  If it is too runny, add a bit more sugar.)

Pour your icing over the donuts and serve hot!  You'll think, "Miss them?  Crazy!!  I want another one!"  Donut craving solved...

Let me know how you like them and if you make any tweaks to the recipe!  I'd love to hear from you!


NOTE:  I just saw that Martha White has a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix too!!  It's so exciting and....


01 June 2015

Sweet! Summertime

Summer is here... and so is summer foods!  How do you eat yummy summer foods without getting sick?  Here are a couple recipes to get you started!!

1. Spiral Cut Hot Dogs via Ashley + Audra

2. Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

3.  Strawberry Basil Ice Cream via Southern Living

4. Pomegranate Iced Tea via Chris Nease

For more summer recipes, here are some sweet Gluten-free recipes!

And, don't forget to find me on Pinterest and Facebook!

Did you know?

June 10th is National Iced Tea Day

June 18th is International Picnic Day

July 19th is National Ice Cream Day

July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day

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!!