Sunday, October 4, 2015

Spaghetti night

My favorite gluten free pasta brand is Tinkyada. It always stands up to cooking and baking and has a great taste. It is not mushy at all, unlike most corn based gf pastas. I usually buy the Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti style pasta as it makes the best spaghetti pasta! I cook it al dente and it come out perfect every time.

For dinner tonight we're having spaghetti. Well,  techinically I am and TJ is having rotini with sauce. :) I threw some left over hamburger in a skillet with home grown (TJ's parents grown) tomatoes diced up, some Herbs de Provence, s & p, and organic tomato sauce. I am baking my last sample of the bag of Buddha Bread by Bread Empire in our toaster oven as the actual oven is broken. (giant pain in the ass!) added in some organic cut spinach to my sauce. TJ is playing Destiny in the other room and I hear lots of swearing. I'm going to find it down with a Sonoma Cider Sarsaparilla Vanilla flavor and this:

I use Tinkyada pasta every time I want pasta. From their Brown rice lasagna noodles to Brown rice shells everything I have tried is fantastic. I'll probably make stuffed shells on Wednesday (at our friends house while I babysit).

Tinkyada can be found online:

**I am in no way paid or sponsored by Tinkyada or Bread Empire. I just love their products and hope you will too.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Some new gluten free reviews

Hi folks! I have tried a few new (or new-to-me) gf foods and I wanted to update you. 

Glutino's Gluten-Free Animal Crackers. They come in Graham and Original. I've only had the Original ones so far and they are so good. Did you ever eat the Stauffer's Animal Crackers? These are the next best thing, but gluten-free! They do have egg and soy in them, FYI. 

Go Raw's Spirulina Energy Bars. These are not great. Raw? Yes. Good ingredients? Yes. Tasty? Well, not really. I do not like the texture at all. I think that's the sesame seeds. Some people might like these, but I do not. 

Food For Life's Gluten Free Multi Seed English Muffins. I wound up trying these for free b/c we had some at work that were expiring soon. They are hard to cut, even though they are "fork-split". You need to use a real bread knife. These are definitely different from full-gluten ones. 
These are very good toasted. Tonight my s.o. actually made mini-muffin pizzas with one muffin and it was yummy. I think I'll be trying another one in the morning with pb & j. 

Califa's Classic Cinnamon Horchata. Oh my god, this is fantastic. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, carrageenan free! The Whole Foods store in Hyannis carries this and I was thrilled to see it. There is also a vanilla flavor that I will be trying. Gotta say, this is easier than making horchata at home.

Well, there you have it. Try some of these for yourselves and get back to me! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

What's lurking in your toothpaste?

I switched toothpastes as I connected the dots between SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and canker sores and I am still getting used to it. I looked at the back of every single toothpaste we carry at the health food store I work for and the best ones to me were Weleda products. They make several flavors: Salt (weird, right?), Calendula, Plant gel, and Ratahania. Never heard of the last one. I chose to try a travel size of Salt toothpaste and it is quite odd. Definitely has a salty taste but also peppermint. I am going to keep using it and dump my Tom's toothpaste (fennel) b/c it has SLS in it. Plus, Tom's of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palmolive.

So why is SLS bad? Well, some studies have shown that SLS is irritating to the mucous membranes and even has carcinogens! Plus it can cause more canker sores and thank you, I have had enough of them. I am going to try this and see how it goes. Bonus, Weleda toothpastes are free of fluorides, detergents, and synthetic fragrances, colors, and preservatives. Yay!

Wanna read more about it? Here are some links


There is a article that is an opposing view but I cant link it right now.

Also, there are lots of scary things in your toothpaste. Look up yours at and see for yourself.

Cheers. More gluten free to come, I swear.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tour of "Steam" & review of "Crane" & "Raven" by Stacey Rourke

STEAM by Stacey Rourke
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal

Time passes, sins forgotten.

The bodies of the victims long since rotten.

Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.

Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,

The Hessian will come … and you will die.
All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all. 


Books 1 & 2

This is an interesting take on the legend of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Meet Ireland Crane. She's young, has an awful taste in men, and unfortunately gets to shoulder the curse. 

The book goes back and forth between Ireland and Ichabod Crane's points of view, which paints a great picture of the backstory. This is definitely a good read. 

Once you have adjusted to reading about the Headless Horseman queue in Edgar Allan Poe and Lenore. I am a huge Poe fan, so this was a very interesting read for me. In this book we follow Ireland and crew along her travels and meet Ridley, who in turn brings in Poe and Lenore to the mix. Oh I just love this one! I read it in a day.  And we get to see more of the puppet master behind all this. 

Unfortunately I haven't finished this book yet, but it is good! Here we have Ireland and her group, including HG Wells, and some witches in Salem during the Burning Times. This book is tying the other 2 and the stories all together. I love it! 

About the Author

-RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
-Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
-Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series as well as the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

About the Tour


September 14th
Black Words-White Pages, | Review
My Book Filled Life, | Review
Not Everyone's Mama, | Review
Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews, | Promotional Stop
Alice's Book Wonderland ,  | Promotional Stop

September 15th
SandraTheBookWorm, | Review
2 Girls & A Book, | Review
SupaGurls Books, | Review
Jeni's Bookshelf, | Review
Two Women and a Book Review, | Review
Mythical Books, | Promotional Stop
Book Sense, | Interview

September 16th
The Reader and the Chef, | Review
Kelly's Nerdy Obsession, | Review
Portside Wonderland , | Interview & possible review
Steamy book momma, | Review
The Reading Chameleon, | Review
Wicked Reads, | Review
LuLo Fangirl, | Promotional Stop

September 17th
Reader Girls, | Review
Us Girls & A Book, | Review
Out There Reviews & Stuff , | Review
Book Lovers Life , | Promotional Stop
Writing on the Wall, | Promotional Stop
Colleen Nye, |  Review
Eskimo Princess Book Reviews, | Promotional Stop

September 18th
Momof2bookreviews , | Review
Tanya's book nook, Http:// |Review
Little Red's Book Reviews, | Review
Bookwyrming Thoughts, | Promotional Stop
Kelly P's Blog, | Promotional Stop
The Violet Hour Book Reviews, | Promotional Stop
Hope To Read, | Promotional Stop
Good Choice Reading, | Review
The Cynikal Kat / Review


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review of Against the Grain Gourmet Sesame bagels

Readers, you should know I am very honest about my reviews and, honestly, I do not like these Against The Grain Gourmet Sesame bagels. 

Back story:

I kept hearing about these bagels and seeing customers buy them (I work at a local natural/whole food store) so I thought, okay, I will try these. Customers seem to like them and maybe I will too. 

End result: 
Nope. Do not like. Reasons? Here's 5:
1. They are a mess of crumbles and flakes.
2.. They are not pre-cut. Who has time to cut their bagels? After letting them thaw....
3. The hole in the middle is bigger than the bagel.
4. Taste? What taste?
5. They're chewy (perhaps my toast-r-oven settings are off?)

No thank you. Now these are supposed to be "gourmet". What does a gourmet bagel entail I wonder...having never eaten one, I am not sure. 
1. These are made in a dedicated gluten free facility. 
2. The company is owned and run by a celiac-family in VT. 
3. They use local ingredients as much as they can (according to their site). 
4. Ingredients are great. (for ex: Sesame bagel Ingredients from their site:  Tapioca starch, milk, eggs, mozzarella cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, vegetable rennet), non-GMO canola oil, sesame seeds, salt, sesame oil.
  Okay, I can stand behind that. No crap, no random flours, non-GMO, great. But...overall, I'll give these bagels 3 out of 5.  However, I will be finishing this bag of bagels as they're $8.99. Perhaps they will grow on me and my tune will change. I'll let you know.

Their website: 
You'll have to scroll down to find the exact bagels. 
Have you tried these bagels or any of their products? Let me know what you think!