Thursday, February 23, 2012

Miss Ruth's Sweet Treats

Miss Ruth's Sweet Treats 
Ruth Flynn
5911 Louis Ct
Davenport, IA

Ruth is a woman who does an amazing job with gluten free baking. She makes so many different products that she has something
to fit everyone's gluten free needs. I can definitely say her cupcakes are the best gluten free cupcakes
I have ever tasted. My favorite is the strawberry with strawberry frosting, however the lemon was pretty fantastic too. I asked Ruth to give me 
a list of items she makes for her gluten free customers and I'm astounded by the number of things she makes. 

Here is the current things she bakes for customers:
Cupcakes: Strawberry, pumpkin pie, chocolate, yellow and red velvet.
Breads: pumpkin and banana bread
Pies: Pumpkin and apple
Breakfast: waffles and pancakes
Cookies: Monster, chocolate chip, and orange oatmeal
Brownies, Pumpkin bars, and cream cheese brownies
Last but certainly not least....cheese cake.

I highly recommend her for all your baking needs. Her prices are very reasonable. I cannot wait for my birthday because my hubby has already been instructed
that I want nothing less than cupcakes from Miss Ruth. Give her a call or send her an email, she is very accommodating!

Gluten Free Tasting at Bettendorf Hy-Vee February 26th

 HealthMarket: Gluten-Free Gala  Bettendorf Hy-Vee  
 2900 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf

Bettendorf Hy-vee is hosting a gluten free tasting from 12-4 p.m this Sunday.
Feel free to also stop by the Wine & Spirits to try gluten free beer.
These events are so helpful to all gluten free customers, where else do you get to try expensive 
products before you buy them! Take advantage of this awesome opportunity.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ban Deoderant...gluten really?!

I was shocked recently to find that my Ban deodorant has barley in it. Barley. I was extremely frustrated, but that would explain the painful bumps in my armpits.  This also gave me a real reason to try to make my own deodorant. My sister had tried it and liked it, but I was reluctant. I didn't want to stink. Finally I caved when I for some reason felt compelled to read the back of the Ban stick. YIKES!
I went to the Crunchy Betty site and followed the instructions. I bought the Coconut Oil (which I love and will never be without again) at Hy-Vee W Kimberly. The essential oils I bought at Greatest Grains for about $6/each, but they are a big bottle. I already had cornstarch and baking soda. Simple. I used spearmint and orange essential oils.
I mixed it all together in a mixing cup and put some in a small container to apply with my fingers and decided to put some in an old deodorant container. I was pleasantly surprised. The next day the mixture had solidified enough to use it out of the deodorant container. It gets slightly melty after the first armpit because the body heat warms it up. It smells amazing. I told my husband that I smell like I'm smuggling breath mints in my "pits". He laughed, but agreed. It has been almost a week with using only this deodorant - so far no stink. I even worked out twice and nothing. I still smell fresh and minty clean.
It took me about 5 minutes to mix it up. Verdict: totally worth it!  Plus it protects me from the aluminium in the deodorants too.
I told my sister now that I'm making my own laundry detergent (love it) and my own dish washer detergent (love it) and now my own deodorant I feel very "green".

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fastest GF Dinner in a while

So my husband and I are eating healthy - really healthy!!! We love Shrimp, but I never really know a good way to fix them other than to wrap bacon around them and well let's face it that's not quite healthy. So I found a very simple recipe making them on the stove. They are done in 5 minutes. We ate them with grilled asparagus on the George Foreman Grill, but you could eat them with whatever side you enjoy.

Thaw the Raw Shrimp if they are frozen
Add two tablespoons of coconut oil
add a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
let those two items cook up a bit until it starts to brown
add crushed red pepper flakes (to your taste)
dash of pepper
let it cook for another minute and its done.

Look at all the new GF Items

Hyvee West Kimberly has been busy adding new items for us to enjoy!!!!

Frozen Section

Amys Chocolate Cake
Wild Alaska Salmon Burgers
French Meadow Yellow Cupcakes –frosted (they come 4 in a box) very decorative and delicious – perfect for a birthday party or take to a luncheon
Add some sprinkles for fun.
Maryland Crab Cake Bites
Salmon Cake Bites
French Meadow Fudge Brownies
French Meadow Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mix
Glutino Pizza – spinach and feta cheese
Amy's Sandwich rounds

We now carry the Just Bee Gluten Free bread and mixes

Almond Milk Pudding cups – sugar free also available 
3 flavors also available in Rice pudding

Cook Simple Meals –
Cowboy Chili – New Orleans Jambalaya – Tamale Pie (just add whatever meat choices you prefer)  The rest of the ingredients are included.
Beef Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Bobo's Oat Bars – 3 new flavors
Just Tomatoes – freeze dried fruits and vegetables – also available in organic

Schar has added 2 new  bread items – Multigrain Schar Ciabatta Rolls – Deli Style Bread

Five new flavors of Vita Coco Coconut Water
Organic India – Tulsi Tea – a new line we have ordered
Flax milk – new - dairy free – lactose free – soy free – gluten free – available in three flavors and Omega 3's
Mama Chia drinks – 2 flavors – 2500 mg of omega three
Stop in and see Teresa in the Health Market she is wonderful and can guide you thru the gluten free section of the store as well as navigate the health market. They have done so much for those customers with special food needs it is worth the trip for anyone with food allergies.

Utica Ridge Hyvee Gala is coming soon...

 2nd Annual Utica Ridge Hy-Vee Gluten-Free Gala
Thursday, March 8th from 3-6 p.m. 
It will be in the same location as last year, near our HealthMarket entrance.  They will have recipes prepared for sampling as well as packaged items to try.  Judy from Real Appeal Inc (a baking mix product line) will be here with samples of her shortbread cookies, sweet breads and recipes from her website.  There will be individually wrapped samples to take home and try as well.  A great chance to find new items or try others that may be new to you!

Rudi's Bakery Giveaways

I received an email from Rudi's about their month giveaways. There are only two weeks left to get in on these potential prizes. Check out the info from the email listed below:
"I wanted to share the latest uplifting program Rudi's Gluten-Free has put together for its gluten-free following. To help gluten-free food lovers enjoy life and start living on the bright side, we've pulled together four full weeks of daily giveaways that will add a big smile to the face of gluten-free fans everywhere.Beginning in February, you and your readers can log on to the Rudi's Gluten-Free Facebook page ( each day and enter for the chance to win a Cuisinart toaster, Crofter's Organic jams, a Kodak digital camera, Rudi's Gluten-Free products and other fun-filled prizes to celebrate a fun and healthy gluten-free life."