We tried the new Betty Crocker GF Brownie mix. It was pretty good. It’s mostly sugar. I’m sure my hubby will want to make it again.
Gluten Free Ice Cream – Updated April 14, 2009
I have updated the GF Ice Cream Article with more Ice Cream Brands, read it here.
Product Review: Amber Lyn Fine Imported Chocolates March 21, 2009
Amber Lyn Fine Imported Chocolates are labeled Gluten Free. But are they really? The first ingredient, maltitol, is derived from wheat.
But first, a tangent about labeling. These chocolates are not imported, they are made in St George, Utah. Maltitol manufactured in the US is supposedly made from corn, so we can assume this maltitol was manufactured overseas. But that doesn’ make the chocolate “imported”. Last time I checked, no duties or tariffs were charged between St. George and Salt Lake. If we cannot trust that these chocolates are “imported” can we trust that they are gluten free?
According to their website we can. It reads, “All of our chocolate bars are gluten free. Although our Maltitol is derived from wheat, the gluten is extracted through the process of washing out the starch in the wheat. We use specific procedures of cleanliness to ensure there is no cross contamination between our truffles and the chocolate bars.”
That being said, I noticed on the celiac.com website that persons having trouble with gluten often have trouble with sugar alcohol as well. If you decide to try this chocolate, proceed with caution until you know how your body will react to the laxative effect the maltitol may have on your system.
Because my system had a severe reaction to the maltitol, I have sworn off this stuff. But C. –he’s the one with celiac in our family– continues to eat it without any of the reactions I had to it. He told me he gets only a little gurgle in his stomach, presumably from the maltitol.
Have you had a reaction to maltitol derived from wheat? Leave a comment and tell me about your experience.
Twilight DVD Movie Release Party March 20, 2009
If you will be up ’til midnight to purchase Twilight, here are some locations where you can get a great deal, or even meet the talent and filmmakers at a SUPRISE APPEARANCE!
Wal-Mart13502 South Hamilton View Rd. Riverton
Blockbuster 402 E. 6th Ave Salt Lake
Blockbuster 2107 South 700 East #A Salt Lake City
Blockbuster 836 West North Temple Salt Lake City
Blockbuster 1852 E. 9400 South Sandy
Blockbuster 4918 West 6200 South Kearns
Blockbuster 4095 South Redwood West Valley City
FYE 5546 S Redwood Rd Salt Lake City
FYE7170 S 1000 E Midvale
Hot Topic 10450 South State St. Sandy
Now with full disclosure in mind, do I think you will meet Robert Pattinson at Walmart in Riverton? Not likely, when other locations include Dallas, Chicago, LA, and New York. But stranger things have happened, like the phenomenal monetary success of this turkey of a movie.
If you want a great deal, Wal-Mart is the place to be. They have promised a minimum of 1,000 copies at each of their locations and they are letting it go for $17. The special edition will sell for $17.97.
If you prefer to stay in, Amazon is selling the special edition for $17.99. They also say “Pre-orderthe two-disc special edition DVD or Amazon exclusive ultimate collector’s edition on Blu-ray and we’ll send you a code to watch the digital version instantly on release day from Amazon Video On Demand.”
I attended a release party for the last Harry Potter book and I loved it. I hope if you go to one of these parties, you enjoy yourself too.
Counting Stars – Book Review March 7, 2009
- by Michele Paige Holmes
- published by Covenant
- 384 pages, softcover
- $16.95 USD
If you are looking for a good cry, you need look no further than this book. I balled my eyes out the first half of the book, and for good reason. Counting Starts is a book about Jane, an almost 30 single LDS woman still looking for Mr. Right, and so desperate for children that she agrees to help a strange man with terminal cancer raise his premature twins after his wife dies in a car accident returning from her baby shower. Keep the tissues handy because you will need them for the end of the book as well.
Counting Stars is well edited and has only minor punctuation errors. The book is divided into 3 parts and over eighty chapters, and the narrative is choppy in the chapters that are less than 2 pages long, which appear with more frequency toward the end of the novel. There is a minor character that probably could have been written out of the novel completely, but it sets up a second book that is not yet published. The working title is “A Canopy of Stars.”