Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blackberry Cobbler Bars, featuring All But Gluten Products Giveaway {CLOSED}


I was recently challenged by All But Gluten to create a "hack" out of their Coconut Macaroons. I recently won some of their products and reviewed them in a previous post. You can find that post here: All But Gluten Review

To celebrate recently hitting 1,000 followers on Twitter (yay!), All But Gluten and I have teamed up to give you the chance to try some of their gluten and dairy free products for yourself! They have fantastic breads, muffins, cookies and more. You don't want to miss out on this! You can find the giveaway form at the end of this post. 

Now, back to the "hack". I decided to make blackberry cobbler bars, using the macaroons in the crust and topping. 

For the crust: 

- 1 stick of butter 
- 1 bag of Coconut Macaroons

1. Take 1 Tablespoon of butter and grease the bottom and sides of an 8x8 pan. Then use the rest of the butter for the crust. 
2. Melt the rest of the tablespoon used to grease the pan and the remaining 7 Tablespoons of butter. 
3. Crumble the macaroons and mix with melted butter. 

Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan with your fingers or the back of a spoon. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 

For the berries: 

I used 3 cups of semi-mashed frozen berries (that were picked fresh from my inlaws blackberry bushes) that I had thawed out. The berries ended up leaking a lot of juice into the pan, which tasted fine, but if you don't want that, then using fresh berries would be better. I would say 4 cups of fresh berries would be enough. 

Add 1/3 cup of sugar to the blackberries. 

Spread berries on top of crust that's been baked. 

For the topping: 
- 6 crumbled macaroons
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons of melted butter 

Mix together macaroons and cinnamon. Then incorporate melted butter with mixture. Sprinkle on top of berries. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 or until the juice bubbles. 

While the bars were cooling, I added an optional powdered sugar icing to the top. I mixed together some powdered sugar, about 1/3 cup, and a Tablespoon of milk. Depending on how sweet you want the icing, you might need to add more or less of each ingredient. 

They turned out great! The juices leaking out made the bars fall apart a little bit but if I had used fresh berries, it would have held together better. 

I loved these bars! The coconut flavor complemented the blackberries really nicely and gave the bars a great texture.

So, what would you make with these cookies? They're great on their own, but it's always fun to experiment! Are you ready to win some?!?

Onto the giveaway: 
Three of my readers will have the opportunity to win some wonderful All But Gluten products to try, including these Coconut Macaroons! 

Here are just some of their products: 

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Disclaimer: I was given these products to review by All But Gluten. The thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our Gluten Free Trip to Hilton Head Island

Hey guys! We just got back from an awesome trip to Hilton Head and I couldn't wait to share all the wonderful gluten free food we ate!

First of all, let me say, thank you so much to my Aunt and Uncle for letting us stay at their condo! We had a great time! 
Second, we were only there for 3 full days so we didn't get to try every place that served gluten free food. 
Third, we would not have found a couple of these places if we didn't use the Find Me Gluten Free App. If you're not using this app yet, then you are seriously missing out. It's even told me about places in my hometown that I had no clue existed! So seriously, download it today. 

The first thing we did after arriving on the island (after unloading) was go the local Kroger. It's brand new and huge! 

These are just some of the gluten free products  they carry. And of course they had frozen pizzas and corn dogs too which we bought to eat when we didn't feel like going out or just needed something quick. 

Another grocery store on the island is Fresh Market. We loved this place too. Not as big, but still a ton of options. 

Now, onto the restaurants. The first place we ate was One Hot Mamas. Such a fun place! Here's a link to their website: One Hot Mamas

Here's the menu posted outside their door. 

Everything that can be made gluten free is labeled GF. 

This was my BBQ chicken. Didn't realize I was getting a whole chicken, but boy was it good! My husband ordered the pulled pork which was also very good. 

The next day we went to Skillets Cafe in Coligny Plaza. Man oh man! So delicious! And so many choices! Here's a link to their website: Skillets Cafe Menu

Best gluten free Belgian waffle! So good! I literally cleaned my plate. 

My husband ordered the breakfast sandwich. Yum! They have bread and buns so all their sandwiches are available to eat, as well as wraps and the different stir fries. They also serve gluten free pancakes which I ate when we went back the day we left. 

These were yummy as well. And this was the short stack! They serve breakfast until 5 so you can have these pretty much all day long! Great restaurant and very friendly staff! Can't wait to go back! 

The day before we left, we decided to try Munchies for dinner! We made a great choice! Here's their website: Munchies Shoppe

Such a cute little place! 

This is their menu listing all their sandwiches, paninis, wraps and hot dogs. Once again, all of these are available gluten free. When we ordered our paninis, the waitress said she would grill our bread on a separate grill, which I thought was awesome! She was very knowledgeable, which is always nice to see. 

I had chicken with mozzarella, tomato and avocado on my panini. Delicious! 

This was my husbands Italian Panini. He loved it! The bread was grilled to perfection! 

They also had gluten free ice cream with gluten free cones (what?!?) but we were so full we couldn't eat another bite. We will definitely go back next time to get some ice cream! 

Overall, we had a great experience dining out on the island! Thanks to all the restaurants for taking such good care of us! We have made a list of new places to go next time and old places to visit again!

 If you're planning on visiting Hilton Head Island, consider trying these places out! You won't be disappointed! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan #4

Wow! I don't know about you, but this week has flown by for me! Can't believe it's Sunday again! 

Here's your meal plan for the week: 

Monday: Pork Chops with Apples: This is a really simple dish from Betty Crocker. You know you have to try it!

Tuesday: Melt in Your Mouth Baked Chicken:  This is a popular pin on Pinterest that I had to try out for myself! See if you like it!

Wednesday: Got leftover chicken from last night? How about make some chicken quesadillas with corn tortillas? Or make some of your own with Chebe mix!  Always a huge hit with the fam! 

Thursday: French Toast: I LOVE breakfast for dinner. Pair this with some fruit and eggs. 

Friday: Italian Spaghetti: I absolutely love this recipe. While you don't have to simmer the sauce and meat for two hours, it's totally worth it if you can. The taste is amazing! 

Saturday: Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Pork Roast : This is a family favorite. I'm sure yours will love it too. 

Sunday: Leftovers

Side Dishes: Corn Fritter Muffins: Have a lot of corn from your garden that you don't know what to do with it? Use some of it to make these muffins! 

Mini Mac and Cheese Cups: These are great finger foods for the little ones to enjoy! (But big kids like them too!) 

Desserts: Apple Crisp: Keeping with the Betty Crocker and apple theme....

Summer Blueberry Salad: Perfect dish for summer! 

Hosting a party for the 4th? Are you needing to bring a dish that you know is safe to a party this weekend? I've put together two groups of perfect 4th of July gluten free recipes just for you!