2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Delicious Gluten Free Stocking Stuffers

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If you’re looking for good tasting gluten free treats to stuff in a stocking for a gluten free eater, here are a few suggestions for you. I have tried them all, and they do taste good. 

Nairn’s Oatcakes

Nairn's Gluten Free

Nairn’s Gluten Free

Naturally, oats do not contain gluten but can be contaminated by contact with other gluten containing grains. Nairn’s gluten free oats are carefully farmed to ensure there is no contamination throughout growing and milling. The farmers personally walk the fields to remove any grains which may cause cross contamination, ensure the combine is cleaned down after each harvest and test every truck of raw oats which enters and leaves the mill.

All of Nairn’s gluten free products are baked in a dedicated gluten free bakery and tested to standards approved by Coeliac UK. They all carry the crossed grain logo so you can be sure that they are safe to eat. So, make sure you only choose oats which are clearly labelled as gluten free. 

Deep River Snacks

Deep River Snack & Charity

Deep River Snack & Charity

The high quality snack brand that “Gives a Chip” is more than just a bag of chips… they pride themselves on doing right in everything they do. All snacks are non-GMO, made in a nut-free facility and contain no artificial dyes, flavors or preservatives. And each bag uses its packaging real estate to raise awareness for a specific charity!
This holiday season, Deep River Snacks is offering the Chips & Charity special edition snack packs that make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer:  an assortment of kettle chips plus a $10 charity gift certificate that the recipient can use to make a donation to their favorite non-profit. Get them at Amazon.com
Engage Organics

Engage Organics

What it is: Engage Organics is putting the flavor back into salt-free cooking. The company bottles 11 seasoning blends that that are not only sodium-free, but also organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, and non-GMO. 

What it does: These seasoning blends take the salt of cooking, but still leave the flavor we’re used to and without all the bad stuff.

What it costs: $7.49 per bottle that range from BBQ rubs to Garlicsaltless®, as well as the Tuscany Mix, Mexi-Mix, Lemon Pepper, It’s-a-Dilly®, and Sweet Cinn®  

Where to find it:  http://www.engageorganics.com/store/ or at grocery and natural food stores across the country.

Walker’s Gluten Free Shortbread

Walker's Plain Shortbread

Walker’s Plain Shortbread

The famous Walker’s Shortbread, now gluten free! I am in love with these shortbread cookies. They taste just as good as I remember the regular shortbread tasting, and that was pretty darn good! This new gluten free line comes in Plain, Ginger Lemon, Chocolate Chip, and in a variety pack. $4.99 for a 4.9 oz box. Order here. 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Snuggies, Bright Time Buddies, and Shower Wow

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Stay warm and cozy all winter with the Snuggie®. They come in lots of different colors, and one size fits most adults. It measures 71″ X 54″.  America’s favorite blanket, Snuggie®, keeps the entire body warm and cozy with its plush fleece fabric. Plus, with its innovative sleeved design, it allows for free use of hands. Now available in new patterns including Grey Leopard, Love, Zebra and Blue Plaid, Snuggie® is available at Walmart and mysnuggiestore.com for $14.99.

Bright Time Buddies

Bright Time Buddies

Bright Time Buddies®, a night time companion for kids, makes the dreaded bed time routine fun. Available in Dreamy Dog and Shimmer Unicorn, this nighttime friend provides a soothing colorful light – perfect for turning any dark space into a magical place. Bright Time Buddies® are durable and portable, yet soft enough to sleep with like a stuffed animal. Kids can rotate between three different color options, or keep it on the color of their choice with a simple tap. Bright Time Buddies® are available at Kmart, Walmart and Toys R’Us for an MSRP of $14.99.

Shower Wow

Shower Wow

Shower WOW, makes the dreaded kids’ bath time routine a bit easier. Powered by water pressure, Shower WOW has a universal fit with a high quality chrome finish to match any décor.  It’s easy and quick to install. Remove your existing shower head, replace with Shower WOW and turn on the faucet to shower a cascade of colors. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart for $14.95

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Mellow Mushroom Gift Cards

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Are you lucky enough to live near a Mellow Mushroom? If so, then you may have already eaten there and know why they have been in business since I was a young girl. Their pizzas are worth driving fifty miles for (at least for me!). Not to mention that you can get just about every pizza they make on a gluten free crust. Whether you go for the ultimate Mighty Meaty Pizza, with enough meat to satisfy even the hungriest carnivore, or Kosmic Karma with a red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and Roma tomatoes with a pesto swirl is more your style, there is a pizza with your favorite toppings waiting for you there.

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom also has Calzones, Hoagies, Soups, Salads, and more. And they added Hamburgers to their menu this summer. The burgers, both  Carnie, the beefy meaty one, or Herb, the veggie burger, taste so good!

You can gift yourself,  your family, or your friends with the best pizza ever. With two ways to send a gift card, it’s easy to do, and it will make sure you give the favorite gift of the year. I know I want one. Or two or three, LOL.

Send an E-mail Gift Code

Send an E-mail Gift Code

Sending an e-mail Mellow Mushroom gift code is easy peasy. Just choose, click, send. Your gift recipient will get there card just seconds later!

Send a Plastic Gift Card in the mail!

Send a Plastic Gift Card in the mail!

Sending a Plastic Mellow Mushroom Gift Card in the Mail is just as easy.

To find out if you, your friends, or family live near a Mellow Mushroom Restaurant, use the store locator at the Mellow Mushroom website. Traveling for Christmas? Check to see if there one where you are going. You’ll thank me, you know.

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la Madeleine Country French Café: The Holiday Feast Is Ready!

This post is sponsored by la Madeleine French Café

My friend,  Elaine, and I recently visited la Madeleine French Café in Marietta to taste their Family Holiday Feast. We were both pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. We were served oven roasted turkey breast, cranberry apple stuffing, cranberry orange chutney, roasted asparagus, and creamy wild mushroom sauce. (note: this is NOT gluten free),

la Madeleine Holiday Feast

la Madeleine Holiday Feast

The turkey breast was so moist and delicious! I don’t think I have ever had turkey that good. (Sorry, Mama). The dressing was really good too. It had a nice texture and was seasoned just right, and had cranberries and diced apples in it. I am thinking of adding them to my dressing next time I make it. For dessert, the waiter brought out Crème Brûlée Cheesecake and Grand Chocolate Tart.

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Grand Chocolate Tart.

Grand Chocolate Tart.

This meal for two was so delicious, and very reasonably priced. If we had been paying customers, it would have been less than $25 for entree, sides, drink, bread, and dessert.

Imagine being able to serve a meal this good to your family and friends for the holidays, with no work on your part other than driving to La Madeleine to pick it up! La Madeleine is taking the worry out of holiday event hosting with the Holiday Feast, suited for every celebration this season.  Holiday Feasts for the family are prepared in la Madeleine’s cafés and available for pick-up. Both Turkey and Ham Feasts serve up to eight people and are served with three house-made sides, accouterments and desserts. Reminding hosts and their guests why this time of year is truly “la Madeleine season,” Feast recipes blend time-honored traditions of the holidays with la Madeleine’s own unique French twist.

After pick-up, a simple reheat is all that is needed to serve the Feast at home for $14.99 per person.

La Madeleine Country French Cafe Holiday Feast

La Madeleine Country French Cafe Holiday Feast


The feast includes:

  • Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast or Hickory-Smoked Spiral Cut Ham
  • Cranberry Apple Stuffing
  • Cheesy Potato Gratin
  • Green Beans Almondine
  • Cranberry Orange Chutney
  • Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce
  • Sourdough Petit Pain
  • Choice of two desserts: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Tart, Chocolate Tart, Lemon Tart or Bûche de Noël, the traditional French Yule Log cake (available after Thanksgiving)
  • For more information, visit www.lamadeleine.com.

About la Madeleine Country French Café

Dallas-based la Madeleine Country French Café was established in 1983 by self-described “French country boy” Patrick Esquerré to fulfill his dream of bringing classic French country fare to America. Inspired by his mother’s cooking, Patrick insisted on maintaining the integrity of French cuisine by using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been passed from one generation to the next.

From its signature fireplace to its crave-worthy food, la Madeleine offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere where guests are invited to come and stay in a casual, French home atmosphere. La Madeleine’s French-inspired fare served throughout the day during breakfast, lunch and dinner features handcrafted entrées, sandwiches, salades and soupes, as well as freshly-baked breads, artisan pâtisseries and several additional distinctive specialties. La Madeleine’s authenticity, innovation and fresh menu items differentiate the brand, creating widespread appeal.

A treasured part of many communities for more than 30 years, there are currently more than 75 cafés across Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Florida. For more information on menu items, café locations and hours of operation, visit www.laMadeleine.com.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Numi Organic Tea


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Numi Organic Tea, known for delicious organic, non-GMO and Fair Trade Certified teas and teasans, is proud to introduce their new 2015 gift items: Tea by Mood and Organic Tea Flight. These unique gifts celebrate people, planet and pure tea with an array of flavors that will delight connoisseurs and novice-tea drinkers alike, inviting the recipient to embrace their mood and sip in the moment or sample the best selection of organic teas.

Tea By Mood from Numi Organic Tea

Tea By Mood from Numi Organic Tea

Tea by Mood  invites you to take a deep breath and allow your mood to inspire which type of tea you should enjoy. Each box contains five tea bags of the following eight organic and Fair Trade Certified teas and teasans (40 tea bags total): Breakfast Blend, Aged Earl Grey, Emperor’s Pu-erh, Jasmine Green, Mate Lemon, Rooibos Chai, Moroccan Mint, and Chamomile Lemon.

Tea by Mood retails for $21.99 for 40 tea bags at Numi Organic Tea. Also available at Amazon.com

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: West Bend Air-Crazy Hot Air Popcorn Popper

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Everyone loves popcorn! This West Bend Air-Crazy Hot Air Popcorn Popper pops up to 3.5 quarts of popcorn in minutes, using no oil for a healthier snack for  you and your family. Pop in your favorite movie, pop up the popcorn, and have a great family night!

Westbend Air-Crazy Hot Air Popcorn Popper

West Bend Air-Crazy Hot Air Popcorn Popper

  • No oil required! Pops up to 3.5 quarts of healthy and delicious popcorn.
  • Popcorn pops using hot air in 3 minutes for a super speedy snack.
  • Includes measuring cup that can portion single or family-size serving and doubles as a convenient butter melter.
  • Popper base is slim and can fit in any spot on your countertop, rec room, or studio.
  • Quick, clean, and easy. Popcorn on demand!
  • 1400 watts
Air Crazy Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Air Crazy Hot Air Popcorn Popper

BUY IT:  The West Bend Air Crazy Hot Air Popcorn Popper retails for $29.99 on the West Bend website. You can also find it on Amazon for $17.99 with free shipping with Prime.

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