Archive for August, 2014

Friday Favorite: Nana’s Gluten-Free Cookies

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Back to school is here! And those lunches are being packed once again.

Along with the sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and snacks, sometimes a cookie is just what it takes to make a lunch box packed ever so sweet.

I discovered Nana’s Cookies earlier this year while at a trade show in California and I’ve been hooked ever since. I have always been a fan of Nana’s and have written a couple of blog posts in the past about their amazing Cookie Bars. So, I was more than thrilled to discover that they had a variety of delicious traditional gluten-free cookies too. The flavors are Chocolate, Chocolate Crunch, Ginger, and Lemon. All are delicious and worthy of a special lunchbox treat.

And best yet… all of Nana’s Gluten-Free Cookies are also free of corn, soy, dairy, eggs and casein.

All of these delicious reasons are why Nana’s Gluten-Free Cookies are awarded this week’s Friday Favorite on Congratulations!

Win-It-Wednesday: Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce and (NEW!) Cookin’ Sauces

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

I love a good barbeque sauce. Slathered on chicken, beef and pork; as a topping for juicy hamburgers; and a dipping sauce for fresh-cut fries. There’s always a reason to put use Bar-B-Q Sauce on my plate.

And my all-time favorite Bar-B-Q Sauce is Stubb’s. All natural and all gluten-free, I love Stubb’s Bar-B-Q sauces since they do not contain any high-fructose corn syrup (it’s surprising how many Bar-B-Q sauces do contain high-fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient… YUCK!). I also like that on average Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauces have on about 20 calories per tablespoon… making it a guilt free way to add some flavor to grilling and dipping. The Stubb’s Bar-B-Q line-up will have you thinking up creative ways to use Bar-B-Q sauce with all of your gluten-free meals. The varieties are fantastic too: Original, Spicy, Hickory Bourbon, Sweet Heat, Smokey Mesquite and Honey Pecan.

And with the autumn season almost here, I am excited to announce that Stubb’s has come out with a new product… Cookin’ Sauces! These sauces will help you creative flavorful, easy skillet and slow cooker meals, even on the days that time is of the essence and your family is hungry for a good warm meal.

The Stubb’s Cookin’ Sauces are also certified all gluten-free, all natural and contain no artificial flavors, colorings or high fructose cornsyrup. They come in four great varieties, including Bar-B-Q Slider, Chili Fixins, Hatch Chile and Smokehouse Bourbon.

Now Stubb’s make it easy for us all to have yummy gluten-free meals made grill-top or stove-top!

All of these tasty reasons are why I am so glad that Stubb’s is the sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday on

The prize is three (3) FREE product coupons for Stubb’s products (two for the core line of sauces, marinades and rubs and one for the new Cookin’ Sauce).  One (1) winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, September 3rd and Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. SO – make sure you’re a BeFreeForMe member and enter to win two times!

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and let us know the one thing you’ll miss about summer OR the one thing you look forward to in the fall. Me? I’m going to miss summer nights hanging out in my screen house!

Good luck, remember everything’s better with some seasoning, spicy and sauciness… and as always,
Be Free!

Friday Favorite: Calavo Fresh Refrigerated Guacamole

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Dip into the goodness of this week’s Friday Favorite!

I love my chips, salsa and guacamole, but sometimes I just don’t have time to make my own guacamole. That is why I was so excited to find Calavo Guacamole…  it’s fresh homemade taste will have you reaching to buy a tray every time you shop.

I love  the creaminess (incorporated with chunks of fresh avocado!) and the just-enough spice of the Calavo guacamoles. They are made with fresh ingredients including 100% Hass avocados, and other ingredients such as onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, tomatillo, serrano peppers and cilantro – depending on the variety of guacamole.

Found in refrigerated producet section of your supermarket, there are  no preservatives in the guacamole, and of course, they are gluten-free.

Congrats to Calavo Guacamole for being this week’s Friday Favorite on! Break open a bag of chips and dip right in!

P.S. Want updates, news, deals, and recipes? Follow Calavo on Facebook and Twitter!

Friday Favorite: Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt by Happy Family Brands

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Looking for a quick on-the-run breakfast or snack for your children… or even yourself? If so, you need to check out Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt.

No fuss, no bother, and no spoon required, this fast and easy pouch contains a fantastic source of calcium and Vitamin D.

The Happy Squeeze flavors are Peachy Keen, Razzleberry, and Super Strawberry. They are all gluten-free, and make sure you check out the allergen chart for all of Happy Family Brand products.

I’ve been a fan of Happy Family Brands for years. I love that they‘re socially responsible, and have sustainable products that are organic, healthy and affordable. And, on a side note, the company is run by a bunch of really cool and nice people who I have had the pleasure to meet at industry tradeshows. =)

In a nutshell, Happy Family Brands is a company that you can feel happy about. And for that reason, they have been awarded this week’s Friday Favorite on! Congrats!

Win-It-Wednesday: Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Cookies

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

It’s August and the crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer are here! And it’s a perfect time to grab a blanket, gaze at the stars, and enjoy a cool gluten-free treat while soaking up a beautiful summer evening.

But sometimes being gluten-free, as well as “free” of other allergens like dairy, egg, soy & nuts can make it difficult to find desserts that are craveable… and available.

This is when the folks over at Enjoy Life Foods and their scrumptious gluten-free and allergen-free Crunchy Cookies can help make dessert-time super sweet.

Enjoy Life’s Crunchy Cookies come in four varieties: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Vanilla Honey Graham, and Sugar Crisp. All of these cookies are gluten-free and also free of tree nuts, peanuts, soy, dairy, casein, eggs, sesame, fish, shellfish, potato, wheat & sulfites.

This cookies give you the perfect crunch, snap and really shows us how a cookie should crumble! It is perfect alone, dipped in (cow, soy, almond or hemp) milk, or made into one of the fabulous (No Bake!) allergen-free recipes that are featured on the Enjoy Life Foods website, including: The chocolate-covered Frozen ‘Smore Cookie Sandwiches, the decadent perfect for company Frozen Chocolate Black-Bottom Pie or the chocolaty and sweet Double Stuffed Sugar Cookies.

All of these super cool and crunchy reasons are why I am so excited that Enjoy Life Foods is the prize sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday on

The prize is a gift pack of each of the Crunchy Cookies… FOUR boxes total! One (1) winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM. SO – make sure you’re a BeFreeForMe member and enter two times (once each week) to win!

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and let us know how you enjoy summer evenings. Me? Hanging out in my screen house with good friends or looking for rainbows after late-afternoon rain showers!

Good luck, remember to embrace the rest of the summer… and as always,
Be Free!

Find more recipes, savings, and more by following Enjoy Life Food’s on Facebook and Twitter!

P.S. Want to buy Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies? Check out this link on! Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Cookies

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