Adventures in Gluten (and Sugar) Freedom from a southern blogger chick!

Monday, November 22, 2010

TWO CHANCES TO WIN! Great Prizes from My Blog Spark

I don't usually double up on the wonderful gifts from My Blog Spark, but both of these would be so AWESOME to have during the holiday season, I wanted to give you a chance to get them as soon as possible.

Here's the deal:  Comment on the blog by Next Tuesday, Nov. 30.  I will pick two winners randomly and each one will get a prize.

Prize no. 1:  LiveGlutenFreely is an online community created by General Mills that offers gluten-free product news, articles and real-life stories from people just like you. The site also provides great-tasting recipes ranging from breakfast treats like Blueberry-Corn Muffins to delicious dishes like Favorite Chicken Nuggets to indulgent desserts like Brownie Ganache Torte with Raspberries and Carrot Cake.

General Mills is proud to offer more than 300 affordable gluten-free products, available in grocery stores nationwide. Keep up with new additions to the gluten-free list by subscribing to the LiveGlutenFreely Newsletter. Every month, you'll receive great “goodies” like yummy gluten-free recipes, tips, coupons for gluten-free items, new product information and more delivered directly to your inbox. Click here to sign up today! 

The package includes a sample of Chex, cake baking mix, frosting, potatoes, and more.  And a cute spoon!  YUM! I am making my Thanksgiving potatoes with this package!

Also, be sure to visit Live Gluten Freely on Facebook “Like” the page and check out recipe ideas, product news and tips about living without gluten…freely!

Prize no. 2:  There are so many great tasting Chex Party Mix recipes that you can make in the microwave in only 15 minutes! Try The Original Chex® Party Mix or Chex® Ginger-Honey Crunch for sure crowd pleasers. Now that there are several certified GF Chex Products. it's easy once again to make Chex Mix and Muddy Buddies and White Trash....just add GF pretzels (hint: I use Mary's Gone Crackers Onion Crackers broken up in Chex Mix...)

Looking for an easy gift idea for friends, family or co-workers? Try wrapping your favorite Chex Party Mix in a colorful tin or bag and personalize it with your own recipe card.

To make things even sweeter, Kroger Family of Stores will have Chex cereal on sale so you can impress your guests without stressing your wallet. For 3 weeks, from December 2nd – December 25th, Kroger will offer Chex cereal at their lowest prices of the year! 

The winner will receive a Kroger “Chex Holiday Recipes” gift pack that includes two samples of Chex cereal and a $25 gift card valid at the Kroger Family of Stores. *NOTE:  I DO NOT KNOW IF THESE WILL BE GF CHEX SAMPLES, but you can buy all the GF Chex Products you want with the gift card, on sale!

Don’t forget to visit Kroger and Chex on Facebook to“Like” their pages and keep up with recipes, news and their latest and greatest products.

I am a;ways delighted to offer these items from My Blog Spark and their sponsors.  And thank you to General Mills and Kroger for their generosity.

Much love! and let the holiday munching begin!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Moderation Nation....from Hershey's and MyBlogSpark

Moderation is not something that I've ever been good at.  Like the lovely Molly on the hit TV Show "Mike and Molly,"  when I find something I like, I want ALL of it.  Not a slice of cake -- the WHOLE cake.  Etc.

Since April, I've been on steroids that have given me an unpredictable, ravenous appetite.  A few weeks ago (in September) I realized that I had to take control of my food consumption -- as it's the one thing I can control in this goat rodeo that is my medical condition. I joined Weight Watchers and found myself smack dab in the middle of the entire concept of Moderation Nation.

And this has helped, let me tell you. 

The chance to participate in Hershey's Moderation Nation program through MyBlogSpark came at the perfect time.  I read the materials, and they're great and inspiring. 

So I'm suggesting you consider moderation.  And try to win this prize to help you! You will win:

a Moderation Nation t-shirt, Hershey’s chocolate and a nutrition journal to track your food and activities.
The shirt is a large -- for me, not a chance.  And I'm not ready for chocolate in any form of moderation.  (If it weren't for the fact that the chemo drug makes me not want to eat, I'd be stuffing my face still.) But the journal and information are nice! And many Hershey's items are GF -- the kisses are.

Here are the details:

With Moderation Nation, a new national program created by the Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition, (HCHN) in collaboration with the American Dietetic Association, you can now have access to a variety of tools that will help you achieve moderation – and you don’t even need to give up your favorite foods!

For on-the-go needs, the new Moderation Nation iPhone app, free and available on iTunes or via, will reward you for the activity you’re already doing, while encouraging you to do even more in a way that suits your busy lifestyle. With an easy-to-read tracker and a comprehensive list of activities to choose from, you can earn badges for your progress and go from a Starting Gun to a Healthy Hero!

The Moderation Nation Web site ( provides a host of new tools for you and your readers, including:

  • Recipes and Expert Tips. Here you’ll find advice from Cheryl Forberg, registered dietitian (RD) for NBC's The Biggest Loser, award-winning chef and New York Times best-selling cookbook author
    • Additional recipes and tips from Regina Ragone, Food Director at Family Circle magazine; Keri Glassman, author of the O2 diet; and Liz Ward, author of Expect the Best Pregnancy.
  • Moderation Menus. Seven-day meal plans – with snack ideas – that will help you plan out your week. Each menu is based on an individual lifestyle, such as Single, Adults with Kids and Adults with No Kids.
  • Balance the Meal. This cool balancer tool allows you to input your main dish and its preparation method; in return, you’ll receive ideas for complementary side dishes that round out the meal smartly.
  • Useful Facts. Here you’ll find everything from a “portion distortion” guide - providing cues on what actual portion sizes should look like – to a grocery shopping fact sheet – to a guide on how to start and maintain a food journal.
Want it?  Winner will be decided by Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.  Leave your comment here and I'll get back to you.  

Much love, 

P.S.  13.2 pounds as of Nov. 2.  Thanks for asking.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

And the Bisquick Winner is....


I just sent you and email, so please follow up.  You have til Friday.

Much love, Ging.


Sahale Nut Giveaway
Hershey's Kisses BlogSpark Giveaway
Almond Flour Cookbook giveaway

Your holiday list of cookbooks to ask for from Santa!  I've for a couple of new faves!

A review of some great 3-point Weight Watchers GF Snacks Featuring
•Popcorn Indiana
•Cabot Light Cheese Snacks
•Bakery on Main....everything!