Bare Belly Organics (an upcoming review)

I had fantastic plans to do an in depth review on Bare Belly Organics along with an awesome video outdoors today in order to show y’all how well their sunscreen works, but the weather decided to be uncooperative with grey skies and rain. Boo! So, hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow and look a little bit like this:

Then, I’ll be able to do that review for y’all!! 🙂

Hoping for sunny skies tomorrow, and that y’all have had a wonderful day!

Love,

Olivia

Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce

I met the folks from Tamari at the GFAF Expo, and though I’d heard about their products before (I even had a bottle of their Gluten Free Soy Sauce in the cabinet) the product I was most excited to learn about was their Gluten Free Soy Sauce Travel Packs. These are perfect for going to your favorite Asian restaurant, using for lunches at school/ work, or when going to dinner at a friends! 

You receive 20 Travel Packets per box, and can purchase them here. I’ve loved all the products I’ve tried so far from Tamari, and would definitely recommend them to y’all! 🙂

Have a lovely day, and check back here tomorrow for a new post!!

Love,

Olivia

Nona Lim . . . a review!

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As promised yesterday . . . today will be a review for Nona Lim broth and noodles!

Nona Lim’s goal is to make simply delicious, convenient whole foods. They use clean, responsibly sourced ingredients to ensure that the very best tasting products end up on your table. Best of all, their products are made from scratch in using real ingredients.

They encourage you to be creative with their products, and add in your favorite veggies. I added in some spinach, fresh cilantro, two baby portobello mushrooms, some coconut oil, rice vinegar, and a splash of soy sauce. Which resulted in this:

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Preparation was super simple. All you have to do is blanch the Laksa Noodles and add them into the Miso Ramen Broth along with your other ingredients, then heat everything together until it’s all uniformly hot.

The texture of the Laksa Noodles was good. They didn’t get mushy during cooking, or anything of the sort. I even left it all together to store overnight, and they still weren’t mushy.

The noodles and miso broth were really tasty overall. I really enjoyed the combination I created with the broth and veggies, and the noodles complemented it all really well.

Overall, I was very impressed with everything I tried from Nona Lim, and am hoping to find more of their products in a store near me soon. 🙂

Have an awesome day y’all!!

Love,

Olivia

Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet Bubble Bread Mix . . . a review!

I’m SO excited to share this product with y’all today! I met Marilyn at the GFAF Expo. What a great lady! She was super sweet, and she gave me TWO different mixes to review for y’all here on the blog. Today I’ll be reviewing the Original Bubble Bread Mix, and sometime soon I’ll be reviewing the Rosemary and Sea Salt Bubble Bread Mix for y’all as well!

The picture you see below is the completed loaf of bubble bread next to the packaging.
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This bread is SUPER simple to make. In fact, it would be an awesome way to introduce your little ones to gluten free baking.

It’s made using a really interesting, yet simple process. So I decided to make a quick little video showing y’all how I made mine today! 🙂

In case y’all missed any of that . . . all you have to do is:

  1. Pour your mix into a bowl.
  2. Add in an egg or your choice of egg substitute.
  3. Pour in 12 oz of a carbonated beverage of your choice. Use an entire can if you have one. The taste will change if you use a flavored beverage like root beer, gluten free beer, or fruit-flavored soda.
  4. Stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into a pan.
  6. Bake for an hour.
  7. Slather with butter or coconut oil.
  8. Allow the bread to cool, slice, and serve!

As I said in the video, I’ll be doing a review of the bread here on the blog today, so . . . let’s dive right in!

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Price: Though mine was free, I did investigate the price for y’all. It is $6.99 per package — which while a bit pricier than a loaf of Gluten Free Bread; it’s well worth the investment in order to have the experience of making it at least once! 🙂

Texture: Awesome! It’s moist and has a really great crust on it, with a soft interior. It’s not crumbly, and holds together impeccably well (a characteristic uncommonly found in Homemade Gluten Free Bread in my experience) which is fantastic!

Taste: The most important factor, right? Well, this Bubble Bread does not disappoint. It’s a sweeter bread and is tasty with jam, and tea more than likely. 😉 I really liked the flavor of it, and I am looking forward to seeing what else pairs well with it!

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Overall: I love this product. It was incredibly simple to make. It tastes fantastic, and it isn’t outrageously priced at all! Makes Marilyn’s Bubble Bread a winner in my book!

Thanks to American Gra-Frutti and Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet for allowing me to review your product! It was splendid!

Have a Stupendous Saturday, y’all!

Love,

Olivia

Ardenne Farm Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

While I was walking around the GFAF Expo, I was offered a free Ardenne Farm product to review for y’all. I said yes, because I’m always looking for new Gluten Free products to review for y’all. So, without further ado . . . a review of Ardenne Farm Cinnamon Crunch Muffins!!
IMG_3576I made them Vegan by using 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of eggs, vanilla almond milk, and coconut oil instead of butter. You can see those items in the picture below, as well as the crumb topping (white package) and the muffin mix (clear package):

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After I pulled them out of the oven, I put them on a cooling rack for a couple minutes. And they turned out quite pretty if you ask me! 🙂

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As for the taste of the muffins, they were delicious. They had great flavor, and the crumb topping added additional emphasis to the cinnamon flavor. Texturally, they were moist and fluffy, with the crumb topping adding a nice crunch.

I got the chance to sample a few other Ardenne Farm products at the expo, including their Sugar Cookie, and Oatmeal Cookie Mixes which were both very tasty.

  • All of their mixes are vegan, and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • Their products are all Certified Gluten Free, and are tested to ensure they contain less than 10ppm of gluten.
  • All of their products made in a tree nut and peanut free facility.

Overall, I’ve really liked everything I’ve tried from Ardenne Farm, and would totally recommend their products to y’all!

Have a great day!!

Love,

Olivia

Gluten Free Find at Ingles!

I don’t usually shop at Ingles . . . mostly because I tend to find better deals on Gluten Free Items at other stores, but last night after Bible Study we had a quick errand to run, and stopped into Ingles to pick up the couple things on our list.
While I was there I happened to stumble upon these:

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If y’all know anything about Ingles, you know that Laura Lynn is their store brand, which usually makes things a bit cheaper. For example, these were $2.99 for 10! Which isn’t bad. They smell like fresh waffle comes when their cooking, which is kind of fun. I think their tasty, and may do a review later this week. But, I just wanted y’all to know these were available, because it was news to me. 🙂

Have a Tremendous Thursday y’all!!
Love,
Olivia

Krusteaz Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins . . . a review!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Krusteaz Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix. I picked this muffin mix up at our local Big Lots for $3.80, but you can find it on Amazon too, if you want to pay almost $8 for it. 🙂

Flavor:
Fantastic. They’re sweet without being overly sweet, and they have awesome blueberry flavor. There’s no weird “Gluten Free” flavor, in fact . . . they taste just like I remember their glutinous ones tasting. Ten out of ten stars for flavor!!

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Texture:
Quite fluffy. So many Gluten Free baked goods end up quite dense or dry. These muffins turned out light and airy with just the right amount of moisture. Ten out of ten stars for texture.

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Quantity:
Contrary to the pictures, the mix yields twelve muffins, which is nice. We had them for breakfast three times the week I made them, and they stayed tasty over that three day period. Ten out of ten stars for that!!

Overall:
These mix makes delicious muffins, with decent prices, and an airy texture. I would totally recommend them! 😉

Have a great day y’all!!
Love,
Olivia

The Great Chicken Strip Challenge!

Today, two brands are going to battle!! Who will be crowned the winner? Stay tuned to find out . . .

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Today we’re matching up two of the Gluten Free Chicken Strip brands to determine which will come out a winner!  ; )
In the left corner we have . . .  Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders, and . . .
In the right corner we have . . . Tyson Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Strips!
The two opponents will be judged in three categories: PortionFlavor and Texture. They’ll be scored separately on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best, 1 being the worst), then they’ll be scored comparatively for judging purposes. We’ll begin with the Tyson Chicken Strips . . .
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Portion:
Disappointing. We paid around $6 for the bag, and we received six chicken strips, and a chicken “nubbin”, because there is no way this thing could be dubbed a “strip”. Only two of the strips were average sized; the rest were itty bitty midget strips.  Out of 5 points, these receive a 2 for portion, because the bag COULD have been empty, and that would’ve been the worst. Right?
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Flavor:
Not bad. They were kind of peppery, which was tasty. Other than that, there wasn’t much flavor. I kind of wish they’d been a bit spicier. 3/5 points for flavor.

Texture:
Unimpressive. Even after following the directions, they still didn’t crisp up. In fact, the breading had a slightly mushy quality to it with no real crispyness. 2/5 for flavor.

Onto the Perdue Chicken Tenders!!

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Portion:
15 chicken strips for about the same price. I think this is great, because I’m all for companies that give you more for your money! 🙂 Also, almost all of them were average  or reasonable-sized chicken strips, so that’s a win. 5/5 Points for portion.
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Flavor:
These are really tasty; there’s nothing bland about them. They’re very simply flavorful! Points for the flavor . . . 4/5, as I think they could have used a bit more spice to help the chicken flavor stand out.

Texture:
Perfect. They’re crispy and crunchy without being dry. No mushiness. Just crispy chicken strips. 5/5 for Texture.

Now . . .  onto the overall results! I created this nifty little table to show the scores in each category and to judge them comparatively! So, go ahead and check it out:

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As you can see, the Perdue Gluten Free Chicken Tenders had far better scores . . . making them today’s standout winner!! 😀

Have y’all tried either of these products? Which ones are your favorite?  Please tell me in the comments below!!

Hope you’ve had a Wonderful Wednesday!!!
Love,
Olivia

At the table together Gluten Free Flour Tortilla Mix

Okay y’all. As you may have noticed, I do quite a few product reviews/product recommendations. So I decided to switch up a bit today and do a sort of anti-product recommendation, or in other words “STEER CLEAR OF THIS PRODUCT”. Today, we’re talking about “At the table together”‘s Gluten Free Flour Tortilla Mix.

In case you’ve never seen it before, the package looks like this:9088743_orig

We found this mix at HomeGoods for $4.49, though it retails for $6.00 in their online store.

The reason I have determined and placed this mix in the “anti-product recommendation” category today is simple . . . it totally flopped. Like, really bad Pinterest fail, can’t possibly bring myself to share the pictures with y’all kind of flopped.

The taste wasn’t absolutely awful once I topped it with some jam, but the texture was super gritty. And instead of pretty, fluffy authentic flour tortillas; they kind of looked like beige (yes, I used that favorite color of grandmas and great-great grandmothers from years ago) dog-chewed frisbees. I followed the directions exactly, and I used some extra Gluten Free All Purpose Flour for dusting while rolling them out, and they didn’t work at all. I don’t know if my mix was wrong or what caused the problem, but they did NOT turn into tortillas. That I can tell you. I was very disappointed considering I expected pretty flour tortillas. Guess I just need to find these locally instead. Oh well. . .

Have any of y’all tried Gluten Free Mixes that turned into total flops? Tell me in the comments if you have!!

Have a Stupendous Saturday, y’all!!
Love,
Olivia

Gluten Free Funfetti Cake Mix Review

I’ve been hearing rave reviews of Pillsbury’s Gluten Free Funfetti Cake Mix, but until this week I couldn’t find it in a store near me. Sad, I know. Anyway, I found the Gluten Free Funfetti mix at my local Walmart the other day, and thought I’d share my take on it with y’all! My sister made the mix into cupcakes and topped them with almond buttercream . . . (think delectable wedding cake, y’all!!)

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Flavor:
Awesome. These taste exactly like what I remember of the glutenous version of Funfetti cupcakes. I’d do a side by side comparison for y’all because I’m pretty sure that they’re exactly the same, but I won’t be doing that because . . . Gluten! Lol. They are simply delicious with no weird aftertaste like some Gluten Free mixes give you. I’d declare the flavor of these a ten out of ten! 🙂Texture:
Perfect. There’s no dryness or grittiness whatsoever. My favorite part, however, is they are light and airy with no denseness at all. In fact, texturally, these may be the very best cupcakes I’ve had since going Gluten Free. I’d give the texture a ten out of ten.

Price:
Not bad at all. This mix is $2.98 at my Walmart versus around $4.00 for other similar Gluten Free Cake Mixes I have purchased. They’re still more expensive than the glutenous version, but that’s on par for almost all Gluten Free products. I wasn’t shocked or disappointed. I’m giving the price a ten out of ten, because it’s more reasonable than any other Gluten Free Cake mixes I’ve tried.

Overall:
I think this mix is absolutely fantastic, the taste is fantastic, they’re light and airy and more cost effective than other Gluten Free Cake Mixes I’ve seen. I’m very excited about this product, and I would definitely recommend it to y’all as well as buying it again myself!! So go out and get one for the weekend, bake it up into cupcakes or another fun application, come back here and post your creation so we can all see how fun the “funfetti” can be!!

As usual, all opinions expressed within this review are mine and mine alone. Pillsbury doesn’t have a clue who I am.

Have a Fantastic Friday, y’all!!
Love,
Olivia