Lovely Candy Co. (GIVEAWAY & Review)

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Have you tried Lovely Candy Co. Caramels yet? They are a true treat. Although, they are not dairy free they are gluten free, kosher and third-party verified non-gmo. They are free from artificial colors and ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, soy and hormones.



The caramels come in a lot of different fun flavors like original, pumpkin spice, bananas foster, caramel apple, sea salt, and hula (think chocolate coconut). My favorite flavor was the salted caramel. YUMMY!  They are an excellent stocking stuffer if you can get them to last that long! I will be sticking these in my Hubby and Sons stocking.



I love finding candy companies who are taking the junk out of the candy. It is so hard to tell your kids no all of the time and sometimes I want to say yes and this is the perfect compromise. Not to mention, the grownups really love this candy.




You can find them in fine retailers like Walgreens. You can also take a look at their website to find them in a store near you. Lovely Candy Co. link



You can also purchase them through Amazon. Here is the link:

Lovely Candy Co. - Set of 3, 2 OZ Bags - Original Caramels, Chocolate Fudgee Rolls, Superfruit Chews






Let’s celebrate the Holiday’s and how amazing this candy company is!



GIVEAWAY!
Enter below to win $50 worth of Lovely Candy Co. Candy!
This Giveaway will go from December 1st –December 9th.
For US residents only.




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Peppermint Bark Covered Marshmallow Pops

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Peppermint Bark Covered Marshmallow Pops

Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Walking through Target I saw some candy cane chocolate marshmallows for sale. They obviously had dairy so we couldn't eat them but the price tag was around $2.50 each (yes, each marshmallow). I went ahead and bought a bag of marshmallows and a box of candy canes and decided that we needed a gluten and dairy free version of these to enjoy.



You can throw these together very quickly and they are perfect for a party or just to enjoy.
When my kids saw these they went crazy. They absolutely loved them and I enjoyed them too.



These would look beautiful laid out for a Holiday party and would be perfect with a glass of champagne.








Click here for printable version

Ingredients:


1 TBSP. Coconut Oil

7 Jumbo Marshmallows

5 Candy Canes






Directions:

In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Melt in 30 second intervals stirring between (this only took 2, 30 second intervals for me). Allow the chocolate to cool. While it is cooling crush the candy canes and put on a plate for dipping. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the lollipop sticks in the marshmallows. I push mine almost to the other side of the marshmallow without puncturing it through.

Once the melted chocolate has firmed slightly, grab the marshmallow by the stick and coat all sides of it. Dip it in the candy cane mixture and roll it on all sides to coat it well. I found that I needed to re-stir the crushed candy canes after each marshmallow. Place the dipped marshmallow on the parchment paper and repeat until all are done. Refrigerate for an hour. You do not need to keep these refrigerated unless your house is very hot. I kept mine in a Ziploc on the kitchen counter with no problems. Enjoy!

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Peppermint Fudge (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Friday, November 25, 2016


Peppermint Fudge

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free



With the holidays here, I am getting all of my recipes in order. This time of the year is the best time. I have been feeling a little down knowing that I will not spend the holidays with my extended family, however I am excited to create new traditions with my husband and children. Some of those new traditions will be the delicious sweets that we indulge in this time of year. We really enjoyed my Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies and I also made Traditional Fudge.



I wanted a festive fudge that was just for Christmas. This peppermint fudge is exactly that. My family absolutely loved this fudge and I know that it will be a recipe that they request for years to come.



The ingredients are simple and this is very easy to make. I used my favorite coconut oil Coco Calla for this recipe. (The flavor is phenomenal, you must try it)




Ingredients:

14 oz. Can of Coconut Cream

½ tsp. Vanilla


¼ Cup Coconut Oil


3 Candy Canes Crushed



Directions:

In a medium sized sauce pan add the coconut cream, vanilla, chocolate chips and coconut oil. Allow to melt on medium heat stirring with a spatula every 30 seconds for about 10 minutes or until it is mixed well and creamy. Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint extract. Grease a 9X9 baking dish (I use coconut oil) and lay a piece of parchment paper on the bottom. Pour the melted mixture into baking dish and top with the crush candy canes. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

**Note: This fudge does not thicken like the traditional dairy fudge. You must keep this refrigerated. It will soften quickly when left out.




Have you picked up your copy of Cold Weather Comforts yet? It contains 22 gluten and dairy free hearty recipes that will warm your soul. It includes a grocery list and meal plan to keep your life stress free.

True Meaning of Holiday- Guest Post Written by Kristy Marshall

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


True Meaning of Holiday - Find (Money) Contentment with the Holidays



As Americans, we like to spend money.  When it comes to the holidays, most people throw common sense to the wind and splurge, with all of the justifications, of course. We go through the holiday season enjoying our friends, families, and experiences - maybe exhausted and fast paced. Then, January rolls around and we take a breath.  We realize we lost complete control of our money and spending during the holidays (big eeek and deep breath).  And we are exhausted and need time to recover from the holidays.  We vow to change and not fall into the same trap the following year.  Then, the holidays hit again and the same cycle rolls through our lives.



According to the latest Gallup poll, U.S. adults plan to spend an average of $785 on Christmas gifts this year, which is consistent for the past four years.  The total industry as a whole totals more than $465 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Don't worry if you are thinking the same thing as me….what if I don't plan to spend that much money?



Many times, people don't account for the time they spend doing or preparing for something as money spent.  According to an online survey done in Australia (Pure Profile and Broadway Shopping Centre), women spend on average 83 hours in holiday preparations.  One in three spend over 160 hours in preparation for the holidays! Wow! My head is spinning!!



When is the last time you looked up the actual definition of "holiday" in the dictionary?   Let's take a closer look at the meaning..



hol·i·day - noun
a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.

hol·i·day - verb
to vacation in a specified place.



Reflect on your holidays…



How does your holiday compare to the true meaning of the word "holiday?"



Probably not even close.  The statistics above prove it.  Typically, in America, we are stressed to the max, every space of our calendar is filled, our to-do list is a mile long,  baking cookies, planning teacher gifts, running around shopping for the perfect gift, searching Pinterest boards of the perfect homemade gifts, standing in line for Black Friday shopping, attending holiday parties, and the list goes on and on and on.  Every single thing we do for the holidays - creates work.  The definition of holiday is just the opposite; it simply states "a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done."



So, how can you find contentment with the holiday?



1.     Write a Thankful List

Before the holiday season begins, write a list of what you are thankful for.  What has happened in the past year that brings you bliss?  What fulfills your heart? Keep that list posted where you see it on a daily basis during the holiday season.



2.     Write a list of your holiday traditions.  Are there traditions you want to continue? Are there traditions that you are ready to let go of? What traditions brings dissatisfaction in your life? Focus on the tradition that bring you bliss.



3.     Say No

Look at #1 Thankful List & #2 Holiday Traditions.  Pick your top 5 and make those your priority.  Ignore the rest of the holiday hubbub.  Say no.  Practice saying no.  Yes, I am saying - it is 100% okay to say no. Remember the definition of holiday and your lists.



4.     Address the Attitude on Gifts

Could you be satisfied with less material possessions in your life? What would that look like? How can you change gift giving to be more personal and less material?  The best gift is a gift from the heart.



5.     Breathe

Relax.  Remember your Thankful List & Holiday Traditions.  Focus on your heart. Take a break from the perfect Facebook and Instagram highlights. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.



In today's society, we justify our worth on what we have - our material possessions.  Not our traditions, memories, or what our heart desires.  Why is that? We spend our days trying to keep up with the Joneses.  Watching the Facebook feed as reality.  Remember, those status updates are their best of the best highlights.



For me, personally, holidays are about memories, traditions, family, and friends.  It is not about material possessions at all.  Yes, my kids want everything from that shiny Toys R Us catalog.  Remember the definition of holiday - a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.



How can you find the true meaning of holiday this year? How can you find money contentment in all of that spending?  My heart's desire for you this holiday season is to live life to the fullest.



Are you interested in learning more about finding contentment with your money and enjoying life with money, sign up for Money Bliss Jumpstart- the free email course.



Kristy Marshall has a passion to help others – specifically anyone who deals with money. As a wife and mom, she understands the daily struggles with money and joys of life with kids! Kristy and her husband paid off $53,000 in student loan debt in one year. Kristy is the founder and CEO of Money Bliss. Her professional background is in financial services and marketing.  Through her journey, she has become aware of certain areas of struggles that typically center around money and wants to help others overcome them.

GIVEAWAY!!

Friday, November 18, 2016


Giveaway


You have until 12/1/16 to enter. Here is how to win!

The Prize:
One of these custom made
Living Freely Gluten Free Wine Glasses. Cheers!

1) Grab your copy of Cold Weather Comforts: 22 Hearty gluten and dairy free recipes. Grocery list and meal plan included.
2) Screen Shot the receipt and email a copy to me at livingfreelygf@gmail.com OR
3) Cook your favorite recipe from the cook book and post a picture of it to Facebook or Instagram and tag me @livingfreelyglutenfree and use the hashtag #livingfreelyglutenfree

Do both for a double entry!! Good luck!

This book is from the bottom of my heart and is full of delicious recipes that I truly special to me. I hope your family will enjoy them as much as mine do.


Holiday Gift Guide 2016



Holiday Gift Guide 2016

For the Cook in Your Life



It 's time to start thinking about gift giving once again. I try to be organized this time of year making a list and checking it twice. A list of everyone I need to buy for, what I want to get them and my budget for their gift. Once I buy it, it gets a check mark. This really keeps my mind organized. Especially, when you have a large family or you want to make sure every child gets the same amount.



Here is a list of the best gifts for the cook in your life. I chose each price point for you. These are things I either want really bad or already have and I love them. If you have someone who you don't know what to get them a Love With Food Gluten-Free Box. Try it at 25% OFF. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links this website makes a small percentage. Thank you for your support.




$120
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W
My Instant Pot is hands down the busiest small appliance I own. I use this thing 4 nights a week minimal and I am madly in love with it. Anyone would love this as a gift and if you do not have one, you need one!!!


$100 and under
OXO Good Grips 10-Piece POP Container Set


Le Creuset Stoneware Covered Rectangular Casserole, 12.5 by 8.5-Inch, Caribbean
This beautiful piece of bake ware is on my list for Santa. Le Creuset is an investment but the pieces are timeless, durable and worth the price.


 $50 and under

Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Dish, 10.5 by 7-Inch, Caribbean
This is a fun piece to have. Who doesn't need a rectangular baking dish? This is also on my list to Santa. I have the Dutch Oven and I madly in love it. It has a permanent spot on my stove.

J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Classic 8-inch Chef's Knife
I love my J.A. Henckels knives. They are excellent quality and last forever. You do need to sharpen them to keep them performing their best.

$25 and under


Love With Food Gluten-Free Box. Try it at 25% OFF
This food subscription box is so much fun. The kids love it and it's nice to have some new things to try. This box introduces you to new brands and also has some of your favorites. We really love this subscription box.

Le Creuset Stoneware Petite Round Casserole, 8-Ounce, Caribbean

These are so cute! How perfect to serve soups in or individual dishes!

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Petite Oval Au Gratin Dish, Flame


These are perfect for side dishes and would look beautiful on the table for any Holiday or family dinner.



$15 and under
Silicone Baking Set with Mat Liner 

I recently started using these and I am addicted. Everything comes right off of them. I have been using them to roll out my doughs as well. We all know how sticky gluten free dough can be. I had been using plastic wrap but once I started using these I will never turn back! This is an absolute essential for anyone who cooks and bakes

$10 and under
Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, FFP
Rabbit Wine and Beverage Bottle Stoppers (Assorted Colors, Set of 4)
Bestga Silicone Pot Holder Mini Oven Mitt Cooking Pinch Grips Kitchen Heat Resistant Solution Cooking Baking Potholders - Set of 2,Red

I use my Silicone pot holders all the time. If they get dirty they are a breeze to wash and they work really well.

OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler

This is the peeler that I own and love. I use it a lot and it works great.



Ok, if you are a wine lover like me or know someone who is then this is a must have! I LOVE this opener. They are inexpensive and will be used time and time again. PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER!

$5 and under


Cold Weather Comforts
My latest E-book, Cold Weather Comforts is the best gift! At $3.99 you will keep coming back to it for all of the easy and delicious recipes! This is perfect for all family get together's and holidays.

OXO Good Grips Bag Cinch - 3 Pack

These little guys are a must have to keep around! When need these things every time we open a new bag. Grab yourself a few packs and some for your bestie too.

I hope this helps you jumpstart your holiday shopping!!

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