Contest Winner – Betty Crocker "Simple Joys" Prize Pack

Thank you all to commented, tweeted and shared your favorite game!  What fun it was for me to read all of the comments.  I used to love to play Life, Monopoly, UNO, Capture the Flag, Ghosts in the Graveyard & Four Square.  Now, without further delay or rambling from me, the winner of this giveaway is:


Amanda, on November 12th, 2009 at 11:23 pm Said: Edit Comment

My favorite outside game was kickball. My favorite board game has always been candy land!!



Congrats Amanda!!  Please contact me at so I can get your mailing information to send your package out. 


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 


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Product Review: POM Wonderful

A few weeks back, Kristen from POM Wonderful, contacted me to see if I would be interested in some samples to review on my blog.  I immediately accepted.  I have been seeing & hearing all kids of good things about POM Wonderful for a while. 


On my recent trip to Atlanta, I took some POM Wonderful and shared to get some other reactions.  My brother-in-law, Greg, and Step Dad, Joe both sampled the juice.  They both had good things to say about the juice.  Greg mentioned that it tasted similar to cranberry juice.  I can’t say that I disagree.  I really liked the POM Wonderful juice.  I am not a fan of overly sweet juices and this one is just right.  It has a great, tart zing to it.  I especially liked it mixed with a little Stoli vodka for a nice cocktail.  Now, the real taste test.  I gave the juice to my picky 7 year old.  I consider Hannah a juice connoisseur.   She really liked the funky bottle that the POM Wonderful came in and asked to try it.  Here is how her taste test went:




She loved it!!!  She asked for more after the little bit she had was gone.  She has been asking for it every day now. 

On top of tasting great, POM Wonderful has some great health benefits

Now, Mom’s favorite way to drink POM:


Go ahead, give POM Wonderful a try if you get a chance.  You won’t be disappointed.  Thanks Kristen for sending me the samples.  We are enjoying them.  Next up?  Recipes using the POM juice. 


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Gluten-free Cracker Review

Usually when I review a product I write one post for one product.  I am mixing things up a little bit today.  I am going to include 2 products in one post.  I know! Things are getting all crazy over here at Gluten-free is Life.  Today is cracker day at Gluten-free is Life.  I have 2 different brands of crackers to review today.  Glutino and Hol-Grain

I will start with Glutino because alphabetically, “G” comes before “H”.  🙂  Glutino makes 4 different kinds of crackers – original, vegetable flavor, cheddar flavor & multigrain flavor.  Today I am reviewing the original.  These crackers are very close to the gluten-filled Townhouse or Ritz crackers that I remember.  Jon has also sampled them and said “Whoa!  These taste just like regular crackers!”  He is spreading peanut butter on them and making them into peanut butter sandwich crackers as I write this review.  This product gets an A+.


Hol-Grain Crackers are crackers that are made from brown rice with a touch of salt.   If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that there isn’t much that I don’t like.  I like food in general and I am fairly easy to please.  Well, brace yourselves.  This product was horrible.  Horrible, as in going back to the store and I am asking for a store credit or my money back.  I had such high hopes for these crackers!  I wasn’t turned off by the ingredient list – only brown rice & salt.  I eat rice cakes with those ingredients in them daily.  The cracker was not appealing to look at; there was no crunch.  They almost tasted stale.  I didn’t even finish one of the crackers.  I hesitate to write a review like this, but I hate to see anyone else waste their money, especially in this economy, on a product that is not cheap ($4 – $6/box).  Has anyone else tried these?  Did I just get a bad box?


Other good  gluten-free crackers are Blue Diamond Nut Thins and Mary’s Gone Crackers. If you made me choose a favorite, it would be between the Glutino & Blue Diamond Nut Thins.


December preview: “A Cookie A Day“.  I will be sharing a cookie recipe a day during the month of December.  In order to keep my life from being completely nuts, I am going to do weekdays only.  Still, that will be 23 cookie recipes for you all to check out!  I love holiday cookies and am hoping to try some fun new recipes this year to add to some old favorites. 


New Giveaway: Betty Crocker "Simple Joys" Prize Pack

Betty Crocker is a rockin’ company.  Betty Crocker is the first mainstream company to make gluten-free baking mixes.  Their parent company, General Mills, is awesome too.  They are the makers of the Chex brand cereals. 

BC Fruit-Flavored Snacks  Prize Pack

Today I bring you a giveaway made possibly by MyBlogSpark & Betty Crocker.  Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks are labeled “Gluten-free” and are easy to grab while on the go.  My daughter really likes the fruit snacks** – the Fruit by the Foot in particular.  The “Simple Joys” prize pack includes 2 packages of Betty Crocker Fruit-Flavored Snacks, a retro Pick `em Up Sticks game, a light-up yo-yo and a classic Frisbee.

To enter this contest, follow the instructions below:

1.  Leave a comment & tell me what your favorite game was as a child – did you like to play Pick ’em Up Sticks?  Frisbee? 

2.  Tweet about this post and include @kbouldin.

3.  If you don’t have a Twitter account, blog about this post & link back.

Good luck!  This contest will end Thursday at midnight.  Winner will be announced on Friday. 

**I normally don’t buy processed foods like this, but they are nice to have on hand for traveling. 


Blog Awards :)

Last week I was presented with a fantastic award – it made my week.  Fayinagirl at Gluten-free Vegan nominated me for this award.  I was so honored to receive this award and now I get to pass along the fun!  🙂

Here are the rules:

This award is bestowed upon blogs that are exceedingly charming.
These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.
They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
Please give more attention to these writers.
Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.
I will pass this award to some of my bloggy friends that I find exceedingly charming…

Erin at Gluten-free Fitness.  Erin is not only super friendly & supportive, but sends me the most amazing recipes to try!  I am honored to know Erin & call her my friend. 

Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom.  I had the pleasure of meeting Heidi last month when she was in town.  Heidi is such a sweetheart & is fun to be around.  She has some killer recipes, too!  Make sure to check out her blog.  You can see my post about our meeting here

Val at Chicago Marathon Val.  Val is so friendly & encouraging and always willing to give you advice if you need it.  Val just ran a marathon last month & I loved following her journey to the finish line.  She also has some great recipes on her blog. 

Diane at The Whole Gang.  Diane has some great recipes & has always been very helpful & outgoing.  I love  her Friday Foodie posts and look forward to participating every week.  What a great place to find a wealth of great recipes. 

Shirley at Gluten-free Easily.  Shirley has a great blog layout & her recipes & pictures look so appetizing.  I haven’t “known” Shirley for long, but can’t wait to get to know her better.  I have got to make her Pumpkin Pie Squares and soon!

Allison at Green Dog Wine.  Allison lives life to the fullest & I truly enjoy living life vicariously through her.  She is from Ohio (like me) and I hope that we can meet some day soon.  Allison also happens to be a fellow lover of Frank’s Red Hot.  Frank’s lovers unite!

Thank you all for the wonderful blogs!  I truly enjoy reading them all.  Blog on!


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Menu Plan – November 8, 2009

Last week had to be the saddest week of my life.  As I shared last week, my nephew passed away on 10/31/2009, just 22 days after his brother passed away.  Thursday around 3 AM, I got up and headed to Atlanta with Hannah and my Grandmother so that we could be there in time to attend the memorial service for Jack.  I continue to pray for Kelly, Greg & Noah as they begin this extremely hard journey down the road of recovery.

Now I am trying to organize my stuff and get ready for the start of a new week here at home.  What a whirlwind last week was.  Lots of planned things got shelved.  Time to play catch up, though my heart just isn’t in it.

This week’s gluten-free menu swap is hosted by Cheryl at Gluten-free Goodness and her theme is carrots.  I love carrots!  My favorite way to eat them is roasted, but I also made Cranberry Glazed Carrots for Thanksgiving last year and they were fantastic!!  Thanks for hosting, Cheryl!

Sunday – Rotisserie Chicken, sweet potato hash browns, asparagus & salad

Monday – BBQ Chicken Tenders,  coconut brown rice, roasted brussel sprouts & salad

Tuesday – Herb Roasted Pork Loin, baked potatoes, broccoli & salad

Wednesday – Mexican night – pizzas or tacos, white corn & salad

Thursday – Turkey Burgers, butternut squash fries, zucchini & salad

Friday – pizza night (homemade veggie & pepperoni) and salad

Saturday – Anniversary celebration (attempt #2)

Baked Goods

Pumpkin Cookies


Pumpkin Cheesecake

Don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for lots of great menu ideas.


A new giveaway is going up tomorrow (Tuesday).  Don’t forget to stop by to check it out!

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Review: Ruby Tuesday

While we were on our trip to Jack’s memorial in Atlanta, we had to eat out several times.  On the way back we stopped for lunch at Ruby Tuesday.   I had eaten at a Ruby Tuesday a couple years back & knew that I could eat a burger & steamed veggies & salad at the very least.  Imagine my surprise when I was speaking with the manager & he knew what I was talking about!  I had started to explain and when I asked him if he knew what I was talking about, he said yes & went on to say that he was going to go print me out a menu of things I could eat.  I inquired about cross contamination, especially after my experience at Cracker Barrel a couple days before (long story short……not safe for anyone following a gluten-free diet).  The manager said that the staff is specifically trained on food allergies & the dangers of cross contamination.  Great news!  You can view the gluten-free and other allergen information here.  I ended up ordering a bison burger with havarti cheese, steamed sugar snap peas & sauteed portabella mushrooms.  I also had a huge salad from the salad bar.  I wish my camera wasn’t buried in the back of the car at the time, but I wasn’t expecting this to be a blogging experience.  I checked out the bar before deciding to order it and had my own dressing with me.  All of the items (mostly veggies) I included on my plate were at the end away from the pasta salads, won tons, croutons & dressings.  Though they did have a couple gluten-free dressings, they were dangerously close to gluten-filled items.  If I had not brought my own dressing, I would have asked for dressing from the back or used the EVOO & vinegar that was out. 


Now, for the news you have all been waiting for……the winner of my giveaway last week. 

Thank you all for playing.  The winner is……………………………………………..

Liz, on November 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm Said:

It would be awesome to have the Denby – Serve! 9.5″ Small Divided Dish for parties or even when friends stop by unexpected. Its beautiful and simple!


Congrats Liz!!  Please contact me at: with your contact information so I can get it to CSN.