Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a while, and they’re always some of my favorite posts since I get to share a little more in depth about my life and favorite things. Sometimes I like to have a theme to these posts and other times I like to share random things I love that I think you’ll enjoy too!

Can you believe we’re almost two weeks into 2018?! It already seems like it’s going by fast. With that being said, today I thought I would get a little personal and share with you how I’m kicking off the year with a new routine for my life. 2017 had great moments for me, but in all honesty, it also had some really hard, stressful moments for me too.

Every year I sit down and make goals for my life… some of them stick, others don’t. This year rather than making “goals”, I’ve decided to really focus on changing certain aspects of my life and commit to having those become a part of who I am and who I want/need to be. The biggest thing for me is stress. If you’ve been following along for a while, then you know I’ve shared many times that stress is an area I struggle with. I’m a type-A, perfectionist, over-thinker, over-planner type of girl… and I’ve finally decided it’s unhealthy for me. I’m committing time every day to work on me and live my life with more intention.

On Pinterest, I have a “Words to Live By” board, and this quote definitely resonated with me!

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I posted a pic of my 2018 PowerSheets Cultivate What Matters Life Planner and so far I’m loving it! I sat down January 2nd and spent time working on it; really reflecting on who I am as a person, every area of my life, and areas I want to change.

The PowerSheets break down different areas to reflect on including fears, what matters most, good things in your life, challenges, lessons learned, the big picture and then goals for the year. Under each month’s tab, it helps you break down your yearly goals into monthly, weekly and daily. Each day you check in and “tend” to your lists and evaluate yourself, and then at the end of the month, you reflect on your progress.

The creator of the PowerSheets is one of my favorite authors, Lara Casey. If you’re looking for a little motivation and nudge in life, you have to read her book Make it Happen!

During the week Erik and I wake up at 5:30 every day and go to the gym. This is something that helps me tremendously with stress/anxiety. Although some mornings I’d rather sleep, I NEVER regret working out. It’s become a part of my life and I actually look forward to it.

In the past when we’d get back from the gym and after Erik left for work, I would linger around checking emails, drinking coffee, with the news on, having social media distract me (I work from home). Not anymore, friends! Since January 2nd I have created a morning routine and it already has made such a HUGE difference in my life.

As soon as Erik leaves, I turn off the TV and meditate. I use the Insight Timer app (it’s free), and the one I’ve been doing each morning is this one…

It’s a guided meditation and only 10 minutes! I’ll admit, the first week was a little hard for me to stay present because my mind would wander thinking of everything I had to get done that day. But, I’ve been making a conscious effort to focus on my breathing and staying in the moment… and this week it’s been SO good!

After I meditate for 10 minutes, I’ve been doing a daily devotional. Religion is something I’ve always had in my life, but it seems like I’ve drifted from it at times. It hit me this past year that I seem to pray more and “need” religion in hard times, and that’s not how I want to live my life.

This is the book I’ve been reading. My mom actually bought me this when I was first diagnosed with celiac and was struggling accepting it. In the inside cover, she wrote a sweet message about facing difficult times. It’s kind of a nice reminder seeing her words each morning as I read it.

Each morning I’ve just been reading two pages: a devotional entry and the scriptures associated with it. This particular page stood out to me right away because Romans 12:12 is one of my favorite verses.

In fact, it’s hanging in our bedroom!

I also downloaded the You Version Bible app (it’s free). There is so much you can do with it and go at your own pace.

You can create your own custom plan based on different themes. I’ve been doing the plan for 100 Days To Brave. I’m a big fan of Annie Downs and her book Let’s All Be Brave is one of my favorites! It only takes a couple minutes to read, yet is already having a big impact on me.

My new morning routine takes less than 20 minutes and in only two weeks I can honestly say I’m living life with more intention, am connecting with my faith more and practicing mindfulness.

The one other thing we’ve incorporated lately is unplugging at night. Erik and I both noticed that we used to go to bed and be on our phones, not talk and each just do emails, social media, etc. We’ve decided to make our bedroom a phone-free zone and as silly as it sounds, it’s been great! We both are really busy so that extra time together to catch up on our day and really be present with each other is very important.

I know it’s only been less than two weeks of my new routine, but I already feel like a different person and am seeing positive changes in my life. It’s crazy how as little as 20 minutes each morning can impact your entire day!

What do you do for yourself? Do you have a routine that focuses on you? I’d love to hear!

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Thanks for making this feel like a safe, supportive place where I can open up and get personal with you! I hope you know you can always do the same!

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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Sausage Sweet Potato Chard Soup

A hearty soup that’s simple to make, and packed with nutrients and flavor!

Sausage Sweet Potato Chard Soup

There is nothing better than a big bowl of soup on a cold day! Actually, I could eat a big bowl of soup any day, regardless of the weather! I’m just a soup kind of girl… and luckily for me, Erik is a soup kind of guy!

Sausage Sweet Potato Chard Soup

I have my go-to soups that are constantly in rotation in our house, but sometimes I like to mix it up! Literally one day I was craving soup and decided to look in my kitchen and see what we had and threw it all together! And it was a huge hit! 

Sausage Sweet Potato Chard Soup

This is a soup that can be easily modified to work with whatever you have in your kitchen! If you don’t have sweet potato, feel free to use white potato (you could even use rice- but that would mean it’s not grain free, if that matters to you!). If you don’t have swiss chard, you should throw in kale or spinach!

Play around with it and enjoy!

Sausage Sweet Potato Chard Soup

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Sausage Sweet Potato Chard Soup

A hearty soup that’s simple to make, and packed with nutrients and flavor!
Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 package sausage sliced in circles *I use apple chicken sausage
  • 1 ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound sweet potato about 3 medium, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch swiss chard chopped * I used rainbow chard, but any will work.
  • cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in large stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic. Stir frequently until onions become translucent.
  3. Add sausage, oregano, crushed pepper flakes, salt and pepper and stir for a few minutes until sausage browns a little.
  4. Add chicken broth and bay leaf, and bring to a boil.
  5. Add in sweet potato and continue cooking so they get tender, about 10-15 mins.
  6. Stir in swiss chard and cook until leaves wilt and stems soften, a few minutes.
  7. Turn off heat and season with salt & pepper, to taste.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  9. Serve hot.

Sausage Sweet Potato Chard Soup

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2017: Year in Review- The Best of MsModify

It’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun! Can you believe we’re saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018?! I don’t know about you, but this year went by incredibly fast for me!

This year I had some highs and lows, but overall I’d say it was a great year. In 2015, I got engaged and planned a wedding. In 2016, I got married and in 2017, we just lived life…nothing overly exciting happened. However, I’ve decided the best days of my life are the ordinary ones where I’m not doing much, just spending time with Erik and my family.

Is it just me or do you get a little sentimental the end of the year too? Reflecting on the good times and bad… not knowing what the new year brings. I’m optimistic that 2018 will be a year of many blessings!

Here’s a look back at some of my favorite posts I’ve shared throughout the year!

January:

Favorite Recipe: Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Muffins

gluten free cinnamon roll muffins

Favorite Tip: How to Stock a Gluten Free Kitchen

How to Stock a Gluten Free Kitchen

February:

Favorite Recipe: Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

{gluten free} Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

Favorite Tip: Tips for Eating at Restaurants if You’re Gluten Free 

Gluten Free Restaurant Tips

My Favorite Post!: A Husband’s Perspective- What it’s Like Being Married to Someone with Celiac Disease

What it’s Like Being Married to Someone with Celiac Disease

March:

Favorite Recipe: Gluten Free Orange Scones 

{gluten free} Orange Scones

Favorite Meaningful Post: What it’s like Raising a Child with Celiac Disease 

What it’s Like Raising a Child with Celiac Disease

Favorite Moment: Gluten Free Alcohol Guide **My first product!!

MsModify Gluten Free Alcohol Guide Cover

April:

Favorite Recipe: Gluten Free Greek Easter Cookies “Koulourakia”

gluten free Greek Easter Cookies

Favorite Post: Interview with a Gluten Free Chef

interview with a gluten free chef

May:

Favorite Recipe: Gluten Free Spanakopita Bites  

gluten free spanakopita bites

Favorite Moments: Your VOICE! Series- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Your Voice

June:

Favorite Recipe: Gluten Free Almond Joy Poke Cake 

Gluten Free Almond Joy Poke Cake

Favorite Tip: Gluten & Cross-Contamination 

Gluten &Cross-Contamination

July:

Favorite Recipe: Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Favorite Tip: Gluten Free Travel Guide 

Gluten Free Travel Guide

Favorite Post: Overcoming a Chronic Illness: an Entrepreneur’s Journey 

Overcoming a chronic illness: an Entrepreneurs Journey

August:

Favorite Recipe: Cassava Flour Tortillas 

Cassava Flour Tortillas

Favorite Tip: 20 Places Gluten Hides in your Kitchen

20 Places Gluten Hides in your Kitchen

September:

Favorite Tip: Gluten Free Restaurants in New York City 

Gluten Free Restaurants in New York City

Favorite Product Post: Review- The Nima Sensor 

Nima Sensor- Gluten Detecting Device

October:

Favorite Moment: **This was my first time featured in a magazine, so that was definitely the highlight of my year! Delicious Living Magazine Feature 

Favorite Tip: Where to Stay & Eat in Maui if you’re Gluten Free 

November:

Favorite Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Muffins 

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Favorite Tip: Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving if you’re Gluten Free 

Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving if You’re Gluten Free

December:

Favorite Recipes: Gluten Free Gingerbread (and it’s dairy free, egg free and refined sugar-free!)

And… Gluten Free Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

Gluten Free Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

Favorite Tip: Gluten Free Spices & Seasonings List 

Gluten Free Spices & Seasonings List

There you have it… some of my favorite highlights from the year!

This year has been an exciting time for MsModify as it has transformed from a hobby to a business! There is nothing better than when you LOVE and are so passionate about what you do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a huge part of this journey with me, I truly couldn’t do it without you!

I love your emails, comments, questions, and encouragement! You’re all such a blessing to me! Here’s to wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and happy 2018!

 

Also… don’t forget to keep up with me and my life on social media. Let’s be friends!

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook

Twitter

xo, Kristina

 

 

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I Want to Hear from YOU! – 2018 MsModify Plans

Happy Saturday! As I plan for the future of MsModify I want to know what you’re interested in!

Please take my poll! Vote for as many as you’d like!

What do you want to see from MsModify?

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I always want to make sure I create posts that you’re excited to read, so please let me know!! If there is something else you’d like to see that’s not listed, you can comment or email me (kristina@msmodify.com).

I appreciate you all SO much and greatly value your feedback!!

xo, Kristina

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Tips to Support Your Immune System This Winter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Emergen-C for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

How we live our life plays a huge role on our immune system. Before getting diagnosed with celiac, my immune system was something I gave little thought to, however, now it’s something I really focus on. Over the years I’ve learned there are certain lifestyle choices that can help support the immune system.

Today I’m partnering with Emergen-C® to share with you my tips for supporting your immune system this winter. So, here you go!

Wash your Hands: Think about how many people sneeze or cough during the winter months, so be sure to wash those germs away! Thorough hand washing includes rubbing soap all over your hands and in between your fingers for at least 20 seconds and then rinsing with water.  

Eat Healthy: Holiday season is quickly approaching and you know what that means… more sweets and carbs than we know what to do with! I’m not saying never treat yourself, but keep it in moderation! You should always eat a healthy, balanced meal, however, this time of year it’s extra important to load up on fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C such as oranges and broccoli.

Take Vitamin C: I take Vitamin C all year round, the winter months are no exception. I’m excited that Emergen-C Immune+® Gummies are a yummy gummy vitamin which helps support your immune system with 500mg of Vitamin C per serving plus Vitamin D and Zinc! The gummies are perfect for those of us on the go! Adults (not intended for children) simply take 3 a day for immune support. Did I mention they taste great!? Yes! They contain natural fruit flavors and sweeteners… and are gluten free, vegetarian and caffeine free!

Reduce Stress: Stress is a biggie when it comes to impacting the immune system! Trust me, as someone living with an autoimmune disease I’ve learned this all too well. Everyone handles and deals with stress differently so whether it’s journaling, meditating, exercising, taking a bath, etc… find what works best for you and do it on a regular basis to reduce stress. This is so important not only during the winter months, but always in life!

Exercise Regularly: People tend to be less active during the winter months. I get it! Snuggling up on the couch when it’s cold outside sounds better than going for a run! However, exercise actually supports the immune system by eliminating unwanted toxins in your body. At the same time, listen to your body and don’t overdo it.

Get Plenty of Sleep: Sleep is necessary for a strong immune system. When you sleep, your body repairs and recuperates itself. For me personally, I get the best night’s rest when I go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, creating a routine for my body.

By following these simple tips I’m able to help support my immune system and I hope you will too!

Try it for yourself and incorporate Emergen-C Immune+® Gummies as part of your daily routine/wellness plan – you can simply order them from Target. They’re available in Super Orange and Raspberry flavors! Or, you can also try Emergen-C® Gummies, available in a medley of Orange, Tangerine and Raspberry flavors.

What are some ways you support your immune system during the winter months?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Gluten Free Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

These traditional Greek Christmas cookies are covered in just the right amount of a sweet honey syrup, topped with walnuts and have been modified to be gluten free!

 Gluten Free Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

Baking during the holidays is a big deal in most Greek houses. If there is one cookie that stands out most as a Greek Christmas cookie, it would for sure be Melomakarona.

I have many memories going to my Yia Yia’s house and helping her make these. The only difference was, she never measured anything… and they always turned out perfect! I used to always try and get her to measure things and she would chase me out of the kitchen with my measuring cups!

 Gluten Free Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

After she passed away, I knew I wanted to keep the tradition going with baking during the holidays, but let me tell you… trying to get exact measurements was quite a challenge! I asked two of my aunts and they both told me things like “a small dish of ___ and a teacup of ___” HA!

Don’t worry, I had each of them measure it out and I also have made them now many times and have traditional measurements! The best part… I’ve made them gluten free!

I promise, if you make these and bring them to your holiday celebration, no one will ever know they’re gluten free!

* Whenever baking, I always use and highly recommend Cup4Cup gluten free flour.

Gluten Free Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)
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Gluten Free Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

These traditional Greek Christmas cookies are covered in just the right amount of a sweet honey syrup, topped with walnuts and have been modified to be gluten free!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons juice of
  • 2 oranges juice of
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 7 1/2 cups gluten free flour *I use Cup4Cup
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped

Syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Add both oils to bowl and mix.
  4. Add sugar, cinnamon, and brandy and continue mixing.
  5. Put orange and lemon juice in a cup. Add baking soda to cup and stir with a spoon. It will begin to foam, so let the mixture spill into the bowl. Continue mixing.
  6. Slowly add flour and continue to mix. Add flour as needed so the dough is not sticky.
  7. Pinch a portion of the dough off (about 2 Tbsp) and shape in your hands making an egg shape. Place on cookie sheet.
  8. Continue to shape cookies until you fill the cookie sheet.
  9. Using the tines of a fork, lightly press down on each cookie to slightly flatten them out.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  12. In a saucepan, add the sugar, water, honey and cinnamon stick over medium-high heat. Continuously skim the foam off.
  13. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and add the lemon juice. Remove cinnamon stick.
  14. Dip each cookie in the simmering syrup, allowing excess syrup to drop off using a slotted spoon.
  15. Place cookies on the tray and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Recipe Notes

These should not be stored in the refrigerator. Store them in an airtight container at room temp.

If you like this Greek recipe, you will also love:

{gluten free} Kourambiedes – Greek Christmas Cookies

 

{gluten free} Vasilopita- Lucky Greek New Year’s Cake

{gluten free} Greek Easter Cookies “Koulourakia”

Enjoy!

 

 

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Gluten Free Spices & Seasonings List

 

Gluten Free Spices & Seasonings List

Do I need to worry about spices and seasonings containing gluten? This is a question I get asked often. Individual herbs and spices typically are gluten free, however, there has been talk that some manufacturers add flour to stretch out the spices and also concerns of cross-contamination.

Since the last time I updated this list (about a year ago), there have been SO many changes! Last time I created this list for you many of the companies provided me with specific spices that were gluten free… well… this time that was NOT the case! As you will see below, most companies provided me with a statement rather than a list.

As always, proceed with caution and follow your gut (literally and figuratively!)

Durkee:

The parent company for Durkee is B&G Foods, Inc and the statement they provided me regarding gluten free products is:

“We have not analyzed our Durkee products for gluten content and it is possible the ingredients in these products may have come into contact with gluten-containing products prior to manufacturing. Moreover, the product may be manufactured on the same lines as products that contain gluten.

We recommend that you always check the label on a specific product for the most current and accurate ingredient statement, nutritional information and gluten free status. Recipes and ingredients affecting nutritional information and gluten free status may change periodically. When looking for gluten-free products, please look for the gluten-free statement or third-party certification on the packaging.”

Simply Organic: 

According to their website:

While spices and herbs are naturally gluten-free, we do not test for gluten in all products, only those certified gluten-free (by GFCO) under the Simply Organic brand. We don’t make gluten-free claims for any other products because even tiny amounts of gluten can be a problem, and these may be present in our facility or the facilities of our suppliers.”

I’ve seen many people test single spices from Simply Organic with the Nima Sensor and they came back as “gluten found”. Although the Nima isn’t a guarantee, I would recommend proceeding with caution with these spices and herbs unless they’re certified gluten free.

Hidden Valley: 

According to their website:

Most of our products do not contain gluten. Products and ingredients made from grass-related grains containing gluten — notably wheat, rye, and barley—will be clearly listed in the ingredient statement on the package label per new FDA guidelines. If the product does not contain wheat, rye, or barley, it probably does not contain gluten. Only products that have been verified to be gluten free will have a “Gluten Free” statement. However, not all products that are gluten free will have this statement while we are in the process of updating our labels.”

In addition, they provide a statement regarding cross-contamination: “We have a program in place to support the use of the “Gluten Free” statement. Products listed as “Gluten Free” undergo scheduled testing. All suppliers provide assurance that there are no ingredients that contain or are derived from gluten-containing grains. Our products are manufactured in facilities with stringent allergen control programs to prevent cross-contamination.”

McCormick: 

According to their website:

“McCormick® will always declare gluten ingredients on our label in the ingredients statement. Gluten is listed as “wheat”, “barley”, “rye”, “oats”, “spelt”, “triticale”, “kamut” or any protein containing part thereof and hybridized strains of these grains in our ingredient statements. This labeling policy adheres to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA).

Gluten will never be hidden under the notations of “spices” or “natural flavors”. If no ingredient statement appears on the product label, then the product is as it appears in the product name (e.g. black pepper).  All our retail Extracts and Food Colors are formulated without gluten.

Our McCormick facilities have allergen, sanitation, and hygiene programs in place.  Our employees follow good manufacturing practices and are trained in the importance of correct labeling and the necessity of performing thorough equipment clean-up and change over procedures to minimize cross-contact of ingredients.

Because we are constantly improving our products, we do not offer a list of our products that do not currently contain glutens.  We encourage you to read the ingredient statement on your package at the time of purchase to ensure accurate, up to date information. If any product has a Gluten Free claim, the product and the manufacturing line has been validated Gluten Free.”

Lawry’s: 

Since McCormick is the parent company for Lawry’s, they have the same statement regarding gluten. Please see their statement for McCormick.

Litehouse: 

On their website, they state:

The majority of Litehouse products are naturally gluten free, and are designated as such on the products pages, and the packaging.”

And they provide a list of the following spices:

  • Instantly Fresh Basil
  • Instantly Fresh Chives
  • Instantly Fresh Cilantro
  • Instantly Fresh Dill
  • Instantly Fresh Garlic
  • Instantly Fresh Ginger
  • Instantly Fresh Guacamole Herb Blend
  • Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend
  • Instantly Fresh Lemongrass
  • Instantly Fresh Mint
  • Instantly Fresh Oregano
  • Instantly Fresh Parsley
  • Instantly Fresh Poultry Herb Blend
  • Instantly Fresh Red Onion
  • Instantly Fresh Sage
  • Instantly Fresh Salad Herb Blend
  • Instantly Fresh Spring Onion
  • Instantly Fresh Thyme

Stubb’s BBQ:

According to their website:

“Every product we make is completely gluten-free. This includes our sauces, marinades and spice rubs. We are certified through www.gfco.org.”

Spicely Organics:

According to their website:

We use a dedicated, gluten-free facility and our products are certified gluten-free by the GIG. Our spices not only contain no gluten but also never come into contact with any other ingredients that do. Now that’s peace of mind.”

Tone’s: 

B&G Foods, Inc is the parent company for Tone’s, so they provided me with the same statement. Please see their statement for Durkee.

Spice Island: 

B&G Foods, Inc is the parent company for Spice Island, so they provided me with the same statement. Please see their statement for Durkee.

Weber:

B&G Foods, Inc is the parent company for Weber, so they provided me with the same statement. Please see their statement for Durkee.

Mrs. Dash: 

B&G Foods, Inc is the parent company for Mrs.Dash, so they provided me with the same statement. Please see their statement for Durkee.

Morton’s Salt: 

A representative for the company emailed me a list of their Gluten free products:

  • All-Purpose Iodized Sea Salt
  • All-Purpose Natural Sea Salt
  • Canning & Pickling Salt
  • Coarse Kosher Salt
  • Garlic Sea Salt
  • Grinder: Black Pepper
  • Grinder: Extra Coarse Sea Salt
  • Grinder: Roasted Garlic and Sea Salt
  • Extra Coarse Sea Salt Refill
  • Iodized Salt & Pepper Shakers
  • Iodized Table Salt
  • Lite Salt™ Mixture
  • Nature’s Seasons® Seasoning Blend
  • Nature’s Seasons® Seasoning Blend 25% Less Sodium
  • Sea Salt Rub – Italian Roasted Garlic
  • Sea Salt Rub – Cracked Peppercorn and Herb
  • Sea Salt Rub – Southwest BBQ
  • Season-All® Seasoned Salt – Original
  • Season-All® Seasoned Salt – 25% Less Sodium
  • Season-All® Seasoned Salt – Garlic
  • Season-All® Seasoned Salt – Pepper
  • Season-All® Seasoned Salt – Spicy
  • Plain Table Salt
  • Popcorn Salt
  • Salt Balance™
  • Salt Substitute
  • Sausage & Meat Loaf Seasoning (discontinued 2016)
  • Sea Salt (Fine and Coarse)
  • Smoke Flavored Sugar Cure® (discontinued 2016)
  • Sugar Cure® (Plain) (discontinued 2016)
  • Tender Quick®

 

If you are unsure of a product, please contact the company directly!

Happy Cooking! 🙂

*This list is for the US. If you’re in another country, please contact the manufacturer first.

**This list was last updated on 12/17

 

 

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Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf

This Gingerbread loaf is moist and perfectly spiced all while being gluten free, dairy free, egg free and refined sugar-free!

Gingerbread is one of my favorite holiday treats… cookies, houses, bread… I love it all!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf

During the holidays I think we are all guilty of indulging in sweets and other goodies more often than we typically do. That’s why I was determined to make a healthier version of a classic gingerbread loaf!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf

I remember baking with my yia yia around the holidays every year, and something always stood out to me… she rarely used butter, she would use olive oil! Yes! Olive oil… it’s a Greek thing! So when making this recipe, I had her my mind (and heart!).

Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf

A little side note: I always use and recommend Cup4Cup gluten free flour which does contain milk powder, so if you use that flour then this loaf would not be completely dairy free. If you avoid dairy completely, then I recommend using another 1:1 gluten free flour.

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Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf

This Gingerbread loaf is moist and perfectly spiced all while being gluten free, dairy free, egg free and refined sugar-free!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free flour *I always use Cup4Cup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch bread loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl mix olive oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar, applesauce and vanilla extract until evenly combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until blended.
  5. Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Loaf

Enjoy!

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How I Stay Productive When Working from Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Emergen-C for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Working from home can be great, but if you’re not disciplined or can’t stay focused you can slack quite easily. No boss checking in on you, the couch calling your name, snacks whenever you want them! This sounds like the life… or so you think. Let me tell you, that won’t last long. I guarantee you won’t be productive and your energy levels will actually fall quickly due to lack of motivation.

I’m all about routine and schedules which I try to follow in order to be as productive and efficient as possible. I’ve been working from home teaching online college courses for almost a year and a half and in that time I’ve perfected a method that works well for me! The most important thing for me has been staying focused and pacing myself. This is why I’m so excited Emergen-C® reached out to me to share my tips with you!

So let’s jump in and see how I stay productive while working at home

Wake Up Early: Even though technically I don’t have to be in the office and clock-in at a certain time, it doesn’t mean I sleep in and linger around the house until I feel ready to work. I set my alarm each day, wake up and hit the gym first thing in the morning. Some people think I’m nuts for going before the sun even comes up but that really kick starts my day!

Game Plan: I’m a planner, end of story. Type-A, sticky notes everywhere, reminders going off on my phone all day kind of girl! Call me crazy, but I think about the coming day every night. Whether that means setting my gym clothes out the night before (I swear this helps “encourage” me to go!), meal prepping or laying out everything on my desk that needs to get worked on the next day. Simple things like these help my day flow and don’t allow me to procrastinate.

Get Dressed: I know this may sound really silly… get dressed? It might seem like an obvious thing one should do every day, but let me tell you…. when you work from home it’s not! It’s tempting to stay in pj’s all day with a messy bun. I’m a big believer in “you feel how you look”, so I get up every morning and get ready as if I’m going to an office.

Create a To-Do-List: Each morning before I get my work day started I write a list. I’m talking a good old fashion list on a pad of paper. This helps keep me on my task throughout the day and there is nothing more satisfying than crossing items off!

Prioritize my Tasks: I’m a morning person, therefore my productivity tends to drop off as the day goes on. This is why I always try to do the most important things on my list earlier in the day. My brain is sharp, the distractions are low. When I’m writing my to-do-list I always put my more challenging tasks at the top.

Stay Focused: Don’t get sidetracked. People may ask you for favors knowing you’re at home, but keep your eye on the prize. However, make sure you take breaks so you don’t burn out.

Take Breaks: I swear by breaks. I’m not talking about laying on the couch catching up on my recorded shows for two hours during the day. But, come 2:30 every day and I start to feel my energy level and productivity drop I know it’s time for a break. Whether that means getting away from the computer for a few minutes to prep for dinner or taking a walk around the neighborhood. Since discovering the NEW Emergen-C® Energy+ Dietary Supplement drink mix it has become a part of my afternoon routine! What I love about Emergen-C® Energy+ is that it’s a product that allows you to personalize your energy with one or two packets, depending on what you’re needing at the time!

As someone with celiac, I’m always looking for the biggest “bang for my buck” when it comes to nutrition! This is where Emergen-C® Energy+ comes in. It focuses your mind and revitalizes your body with natural caffeine from green tea plus 7 B vitamins to fortify you.* To top it off, they’re all gluten free!

I love how they come in little packets that I can easily toss in my purse and take with me when I’m on the go. All I need is some water, toss it in, give it a stir and I’m good to go!

Set Time Limits: I wear many hats throughout the day. I need to grade papers and make sure all my students’ needs are getting met, work on my blog and also get things done around the house. Working at home is nice because I have the luxury of multitasking, however, I can’t afford to get stuck on one task for too long so I’ve come up with a method. I set time limits according to household chores. For example, I’ll grade as many papers of a certain assignment while the washing machine is running and then when it stops I move on to my next task. This has really helped increase my productivity since I want to get the most done in each allotted amount of time (limits the time I look at my phone!).

By following these simple tips I’m able to conquer my day and maximize my productivity!

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What are some ways you stay productive when home?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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