Gluten Free Raspberry Trifle

Glutino Yellow Cake Mix

Glutino Old Fashioned Yellow Cake Mix

I was having company over for dinner today, and I wanted to make a really nice dessert. This one is gluten free, and has reduced sugar content as well. It turned out really pretty, and everyone loved it. I used a Glutino Gluten Free Old Fashioned Yellow Cake Mix, and Sugar Free Jell-O White Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix, so it was so easy to make you wouldn’t believe it. So, here is the how to:


Gluten Free Raspberry Trifle
Serves 8
This delicious dessert is made with low calorie ingredients, and is gluten free.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 box Glutino Old Fashioned Yellow Cake Mix
  2. 1 stick of butter
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1/2 cup 2% milk or water
  6. 2 boxes Jello Sugar Free White Chocolate Pudding Mix
  7. 4 cups 2% milk
  8. 2 pints whipping cream
  9. 1 tsp vanilla
  10. 1/3 cup Splenda
For The Cake
  1. Follow the directions on the box to make the Glutino Old Fashioned Yellow Cake Mix, using the first 5 ingredients.
  2. It will make one layer. I baked mine in an 8″ X 8″ baking pan.
  3. When the cake is done, remove it from the pan and let it cool completely.
For The Pudding
  1. Prepare the pudding mix according to the directions on the box, using the next 2 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble the trifle.
For The Whipped Cream
  1. Place a metal or glass mixing bowl in the freezer for five minutes.
  2. Take the bowl out of the freezer, and pour in both pints of whipping cream.
  3. Add in vanilla and Splenda, and beat on high with a whisk until the whipping cream holds its shape and is about doubled in volume.
  4. Refrigerate until time to assemble the trifle.
To Assemble The Trifle
  1. Cut the cake into bite sized cubes, and place half of it in the bottom of a trifle bowl or large casserole dish.
  2. Spread half of the pudding on top of the cake cubes.
  3. Layer half of the raspberries on top of the pudding (reserve 6-9 berries for garnish).
  4. Spread half of the whipped cream on top of the raspberries.
  5. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients. Garnish the top with the reserved raspberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until dessert time.
raspberry trifle

Gluten Free Low Sugar Raspberry Trifle

Cheryl’s Desserts Love Struck Valentine’s Tower: Gluten Free Cookies in A Beautiful Package

I received product in order to review for this post.

If you eat a gluten free diet, then you know how hard it is to find gluten free treats that are nice enough, and taste good enough, to send as gift to someone you love. Well, let me tell you about Cheryl’s Desserts.  Not all of the cookies they sell are gluten free, but they do have a wide assortment of gluten free cookies from which to choose. The ones they sent me were packaged in very pretty boxes, that I plan to keep and use for storage in my sewing room. 

Chery's Love Struck Gluten Free Cookie Gift

Chery’s Love Struck Gluten Free Cookie Gift

The cookies inside of the boxes were all individually wrapped, so each one was as fresh as the first one. Fabgrandpa ate the brownies, and had no idea they were gluten free. They were THAT good. Cheryl’s Desserts knows how to do brownies for sure.

Cheryl's gluten free brownies

Cheryl’s gluten free brownies

I did snag one bite of one of the brownies, and from that one bite, I could tell they were so very chocolately and chewy and fudgey. I may have to buy another tower just so I can eat a whole one. I’m just glad Fabgrandpa liked them. 

Snickerdoodles and Brownies Walnut Cookies

Snickerdoodles and Brownie Walnut Cookie

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies, and these were very good. They were soft and sprinkled with sugar and spice. The Brownie Walnut Cookies were very chocolatey with just a bit of chopped walnuts in them. 

Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies

The biggest box on the bottom of the tower had my favorite cookies of them all in it. The Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookies were so flavorful, with a crisp-chewy cookie spread generously with buttercream frosting. I know I will have some explaining to do to my endocrinologist but I just couldn’t help myself. So good! The Chocolate Chip cookies were just as good as gluten full chocolate chip cookies I have tasted. Really, you will not go wrong sending this gluten free cookie assortment to your sweetheart. The Love Struck Tower retails for $49.99.

I love these boxes

I love these boxes

Which of Cheryl’s Desserts would be your favorite? You can see all the gluten free cookies here


Gluten Free Shrimp Sausage and Ham Gumbo Recipe

This post is brought to you by Glutino Gluten Free. 


The roux

The Roux: Browned to perfection.

I have written about making Gumbo several times here at The thing is, every cook has their own “recipe” for Gumbo, and even from one time to the next, that recipe changes. That’s because you make Gumbo with what you have on hand. Gumbo, which originated in Southern Louisiana in the 18th century, can be classified as an African dish if it is thickened with okra; as a Choctaw Indian dish if it is thickened with filé powder; or as a French dish if it is thickened with roux. I like to make mine using a roux, which is made of flour browned in fat. For my latest version of Gumbo, I used Glutino All Purpose Gluten Free Flour and olive oil to make my roux. But, because I am a southern girl who loves okra any way that it is cooked, I also added some to my stew.

Making a roux doesn’t have to be scary. You just need a heavy skillet, like the iron skillet I used and pictured above. Set the skillet on the stove, add the oil, whichever kind you use, and heat it up. When it is good and hot, add the flour all at once, just as if you were going to make a gravy. Stir the flour and oil mixture continuously until the flour is cooked to a golden brown. You can have it as dark as you like it to be, just don’t burn it. If it burns, you have to start over. Making a a good roux can take about a half hour or so. Don’t rush it, take your time. You can even make more than you need for your recipe, and keep it in the fridge until your next cooking project that uses roux.  If you are ready to give it a try, here is my most recent recipe:

The celery, onion, green bell pepper and garlic cooking.

The celery, onion, green bell pepper and garlic cooking.

Fabgrandma’s Gluten Free Shrimp Sausage and Ham Gumbo Recipe

For the roux:

1/3 cup Glutino Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend

1/3 cup olive oil

For the Stew:

3 T olive oil

1 (12 oz) pkg frozen chopped onion, celery, & green bell pepper mix

3-6 cloves garlic, minced

1 (12 oz) pkg frozen cut okra

1 T Worchestershire sauce

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 T Old Bay Seasoning

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

3 bay leaves

1 (16oz) can diced tomatoes

2 cubes Shrimp bouillon

1  lb andouille sausage

1 center cut sugar cured ham slice

1 lb raw shrimp

3 qts water

After you have cooked your roux, set it aside while you cook the garlic, chopped onion, celery, & green bell pepper mix in olive oil. Cook for about 6 minutes on medium heat, or until onions are translucent. Add the okra, Worchestershire sauce, thyme, cayenne pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, black pepper, salt and bay leaves to the pot with the vegetables. Drain the juice off of the diced tomatoes into the pot, squeezing it out of the “meat” of the tomatoes.

My kitchen is a mess but it smells sooo good!

My kitchen is a mess but it smells sooo good!

Add the tomatoes to the pan with the roux, and stir until mixed well. This will be very thick. Put the 2 shrimp bouillon cubes into a 2 cup measuring cup, add two cups of water, and heat for 2.5 minutes in the microwave. Stir to mix the bouillon cubes into the water, then add part of the water into the roux-tomato mix. Stir to mix well, adding more water  until the 2.5 cups is all added in and the roux is like a gravy. Pour the gravy into the pot with the vegetables, stirring well to mix. Add the rest of the water to the pot.

Cooking the andouille sausage and ham.

Cooking the andouille sausage and ham.

Now, take the casings off the andouille sausage, and cut the sausage into bite sized pieces. Rinse off the ham slice, and cut into bite sized pieces. if there is a center bone, add the bone into the pot with the vegetables. Mix the sausage and ham together. Add about 1.5 cups of the meat mixture to the heavy skillet, and cook over medium heat until slightly browned. Add this 1.5 cups to the pot with the vegetables. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, and cook for about 2.5 hours.

The andouille sausage and ham ready to go into the pot.

The andouille sausage and ham ready to go into the pot.

Meanwhile, continue to cook the rest of the meat mixture until slightly browned, and set aside for later. Peel and devein the raw shrimp. Rinse, and set aside. At the end of 2.5 hours, add the rest of the meat and the shrimp to the pot of gumbo.

This recipe makes about 5 quarts of gumbo.

This recipe makes about 5 quarts of gumbo.

Cook, covered, for about twenty more minutes. Serve over rice, or with crusty bread or corn bread. Generously serves six to eight people. This is a good recipe to serve for several nights in a row; or for a dinner party.

Shrimp, sausage, and ham gumbo.

Shrimp, sausage, and ham gumbo.

What meat or seafood ingredients would you add to make this gumbo  your own?

p.s. You can find the shrimp bouillon cubes in most Mexican stores. If there is not a Mexican store in your town, you can find it on


Red Pears and Sausage Bake Recipe

After I went to the Johnsonville Sausage event, I started thinking about the flavors those firemen put together that I had never thought of before. And when I went to the grocery store, they had those good red pears that come in cellophane bags. They are only available this time of year, and cost a bit more than the other pears the store sells, but they are SO worth it. While the other pears in the store are hard as a rock when you buy, them these are ripe and soft and sweet. We usually eat them sliced and cored with a plate of sandwich meat, cheese, pickles, and boiled eggs for a quick lunch.

Ripe Red Pears

Ripe Red Pears

I decided to bake up some of the red pears with some Italian sausage. It turned out really good–Fabgrandpa loved it!

Red Pear & Sausage Bake

1 pkg Italian Sausage links

3 ripe red pears, cored and sliced

3 T olive oil

1 tsp celery flakes

1 tsp dried basil

1 bunch fresh basil

Take the casings off of the sausage links. Cut links into bite sized pieces.  Place the pieces and the pear pieces in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the dried herbs over all. Chop the fresh basil, and sprinkle over all. Toss to coat sausage and pears with olive oil and herbs. Spread into a 9″ X 13″ casserole dish. Bake in a 350° oven for 35 minutes. Serve with rice or beans.

Red pear and sausage  bake.

Red pear and sausage bake.

I like the way the flavors blended together while it all baked in the oven . This would be good with apples, too. What is the most unusual combination of ingredients you have used that turned out to be delicious?

Red Pear and Sausage Bake.

Red Pear and Sausage Bake.

Three Bakers Gluten Free Bread Review

The people over at Three Bakers Gluten Free Bakery asked me if I would like to try some of their bread. Of course, I said yes. I am always ready to try out a new brand of bread. They sent me three loaves of their great bread.  Three Bakers was founded in 2008, and exclusively bakes gluten free bread products.

Great Seed Whole Grain and 7 Seed Bread

Great Seed Whole Grain and 7 Seed Bread (photo from Three Baker’s Bakery website)

The first one I tried was their Great Seed Whole Grain and & Seed Bread. This bread was sooo good! It has Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Chia Seeds, Millet Seeds, Hulled Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds. It was very flavorful and nutty tasting. Toasting it enhanced the nutty flavor. I enjoyed this bread made into sandwiches; toasted with butter; and untoasted with peanut butter. I did take several photos to show how many seeds this bread had in it. However, when my computer crashed a month or so ago, I lost them. I didn’t have any of the bread left to take more pictures, so you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that it was chock full of seeds and grains.

In addition to several varieties of whole grain gluten free breads, Three Bakers Bakery also produces hamburger and hotdog buns; Hoagie Rolls; three varieties of frozen gluten free pizzas; pizza crusts; and stuffing mix. To find a retailer near you that carries Three Bakers products, go to their Where To Buy page. If you can’t find a retailer near you, print one of their retail request forms and take it to the store manager where you like to shop. Or, you can order online at The Gluten Free Mall.  Oh, and right now they have a $2.00 off coupon you can print off of their home page.

SweetWorks Candies Dress Up Your Autumn Baking

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

sweetworks candy giveaway

Autumn is in the air, and it is officially fall. I love this time of year because the temps cool down, and I can bake good things to eat and not swelter in the kitchen. I especially love gingerbread, and I have a quick and easy gingerbread cake recipe for you, using Sweetworks Pearls in Autumn colors to dress it up.

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Easy Gingerbread Cake

1 package of your favorite gingerbread cake or cookie mix

OR 1 batch of your favorite gingerbread cake or cookie recipe, gluten free or regular, such as this one I found for gluten free gingerbread.

1 container of cream cheese frosting mix, or 1 batch of your favorite cream cheese frosting

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 container of Sweetworks Pearls in autumn colors

Mix up and bake the gingerbread according to package or recipe instructions. Let it cool completely. Open the container of cream cheese frosting, or mix up a batch using your recipe. Add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and stir until mixed in well. Frost the gingerbread cake with the Pumpkin Pie Spice Cream Cheese frosting. Add on a generous amount of Sweetworks Pearls, and you will have a not so ordinary gingerbread cake that looks as good as it tastes!

Pumpkin Spiced Gingerbread Cake dressed up for Autumn with Sweetworks Pearls

Pumpkin Spiced Gingerbread Cake dressed up for Autumn with Sweetworks Pearls

Sweetworks wants to make it even easier for you to decorate your home and your baked goods with their pretty autumn colors, by giving away  25 prize packs of their candies, each worth $50! Each of 25 bloggers, including me, will be giving one away. You can enter the giveaway here on Fabgrandma by using the Giveaway tools form below. Then, be sure to scroll all the way down, to the linky, where you will find the links to all the bloggers participating in this great giveaway! Enter them all for 25 chances to win!

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Good luck! You can enter every day from now thru October 16th at 12:01 a.m.! Just look at all the goodies included in the prize pack:

  • Foiled Semi-Solid Turkey        1                  $ 2.00
  • Harvest Sixlets Laydown Bag 1                  $ 2.00
  • Milk Pumpkin Spice BAP        1                  $ 3.00
  • Dark Orange BAP                     1                  $ 3.00
  • Caramel Apple Gumballs Bag 1                 $ 4.00
  • Autumn Mix Gumballs Bag    1                  $ 3.00
  • Autumn Mix Pearls  Jar           1                 $ 4.00
  • Autumn Mix Sixlets  Bag        1                  $ 4.00
  • Mint Ovation Sticks                 1                  $ 3.00
  • Orange Ovation Sticks            1                   $ 3.00
  • Sixlets Bowling Coupons        2                 $ 12.00
  • 3705 Sixlets 9oz  Bag               1                   $ 3.00
  • Halloween Mix Sixlets Bag    1                    $ 1.00
  • Foiled Milk Choc.Hall. Balls  1                   $ 3.00
  • Jack-O-Lantern Discs             1                   $ 3.00
  • TOTAL $  53.00 * Substitutions are at the company’s discretion but value will be $50 or over

Here’s the linky to use to enter all the other giveaways in this campaign!