Grain-Free Aloha Pizza Pockets

You know how it is when you’re a parent of kiddos with food allergies… coming up with new fun ways to feed them is difficult. In the last several weeks I’ve really tried to focus on creating new recipes for my girls. They eat well, lots of veggies and whole foods, but every so often I want them to get really, REALLY excited about dinner. Especially a dinner they can help prepare from beginning to end. 

When I think back to my childhood, there are several {processed} foods that were favorites of mine, but the two I’ve been wanting to make over most were Hot Pockets and Pizza Rolls. These Grain-Free Aloha Pizza Pockets are my way of combining the two of those favorites, and of course making them healthier and allergy friendly. The girls honestly couldn’t be happier with the end result, and they are so easy to eat; they fit in small hands nicely. 

Allergy Free Alaska - Grain Free Pizza Pockets

The consistency of this dough isn’t like a pastry crust or a puff pastry, but it is a soft delicious dough that will holds up to its fillings (Course, if you’re looking for a perfect pastry crust recipe, I have one here: Best Gluten-Free Flaky Pie Crust Recipe).  Between the girls and my husband, these Grain-Free Pizza Pockets are a hot commodity. We never have any leftover, so I often times will make a double batch. I’m not gonna lie – they are time consuming to make, but having my girls help makes the whole process move along quicker. They are great helpers, and are even more enthusiastic about eating anything they’ve helped prepare (double win for mom!).  :)

All of OUR love,
Megan, Kylie & Abbi

Grain Free Aloha Pockets - Allergy Free Alaska

Grain and Egg Free Aloha Pizza Pockets - Allergy Free Alaska

Grain-Free Aloha Pizza Pockets

Yield: 8 pizza pockets

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Make the Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas dough according to recipe directions.
  2. Form the dough into 8 even balls and place them back in the mixing bowl; cover with a damp paper towel to prevent the dough from drying out.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).
  4. Roll a dough ball between 2 pieces of parchment paper into a round tortilla, about 6-6.5 inches in diameter (A tortilla press comes in very handy; just make sure you still use the parchment paper. If your dough isn’t thin enough after using the press, you can use a rolling pin to make it thinner – this is what I do!).
  5. Peel off the top layer of parchment paper and place about 3-4 teaspoons of pizza sauce just below the center of each dough circle. Spread the pizza sauce only on the bottom half, leaving 1/2 inch of dough along the edges without any sauce. This is where the pizza pockets will be sealed.
  6. Top the pizza sauce with a bit of the diced ham, and then some of the crushed pineapple.
  7. Use the parchment paper to fold the other half of raw dough over the top of the pizza filling. Press the edges to seal together, or use a fork to crimp them together.
  8. Optional Step: Use a pastry dough cutter, pizza cutter, or a knife to trim the edges to make them look more uniform.
  9. Place on a large parchment paper or silicone lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Rotate the baking tray and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the bottoms of the pizza pockets are golden brown. The top part of the pizza pockets won’t really turn golden in color, so make sure you check the bottoms.
  11. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes from Megan

This is a very versatile recipe - you really can use whatever fillings you like. Just be careful not to fill the pockets too full, otherwise the dough will start to rip. Less is more!

I have not tried freezing these, so if you do, please come back and let us know your results.

For a Nut-Free variation: You can try substituting this Gluten Free & Vegan Spinach Tortilla Recipe for the grain-free one I call for above (you can leave out the spinach if you like). Just keep in mind, I haven't tried this myself, so if you do try it please come back and leave a comment with your results.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/08/26/grain-free-aloha-pizza-pockets/

Pizza Pockets - Allergy Free Alaska

This recipe is linked to Merry Monday, Inspiration Monday, Sweet Sharing Monday, Made by You Monday, Fat Tuesdays, Two Cup Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Create Link Inspire, Share Your Stuff Tuesdays, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday, Time to Sparkle, Handmade Tuesdays, Tickle My Tastebuds, Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays, The SITS Girls, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, Show and Share Wednesday, #PinterestFoodie, Wine’d Down Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Showcase Your Talent Thursday, Pin Junkie Pin Party, Create it Thursday, Pin It Thursday, Gluten-Free Fridays, Link Party Palooza, Foodtastic Friday, Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday, Foodie Friday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Show Stopper Saturday, Saturday Night Fever, Share it Sunday, Weekend Wind-Down, The Weekend Social,  Weekend Potluck, Best of the Weekend and Weekend Recipe Linkup.

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 8.26.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
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Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce (Paleo & Vegan)
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LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

S’mores Bars from What the Fork
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MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK (there were so many!):

Peach Oatmeal Cookie Crisp from My Gluten-Free Kitchen
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Gluten Free Cream Puffs or Eclairs from Flippin’ Delicious
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Faith’s Story from Family, Home, Health
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  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
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~Megan & Jeanine

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Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

It’s pouring here – a cool 54 degrees (F). The leaves are falling and it’s getting darker earlier, indicating summer is quickly coming to a close. We Alaskans often joke that we only have 2 seasons up here: winter and road construction. All joking aside, it’s true – we hardly have a spring or fall, but I personally love our quick excuse of a fall. I like wearing sweatshirts and fleece jackets, and being comfortable without freezing my buns off in sub-zero temps. ;) 

All this cool weather we’re having makes me want to bake, cook, and load up my freezer for the winter. It’s full of Alaskan wild salmon and blueberries, but it could use a little more variety if you know what I mean.  ;)  And a few things to make throwing dinners together on busy nights easier, like this Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce. 

Pizza sauce can easily make or break a pizza, and I’m a very picky pizza sauce person (say that 10 x’s fast). The jarred variety I used to buy pre-gluten free wasn’t quite as healthy as I thought it was once I was forced to look at the label. Nor was it quite as tasty as this homemade version I freeze to have on hand whenever I need it. This simple sauce is delicious, and I bet once you try it, you’ll never want to buy the jarred variety again either! 

This sauce is perfect on my Foolproof Gluten-Free Pizza Crust!

All my love, 
Megan (with a long E)

 Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe - Allergy Free Alaska

 

Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce

Yield: about 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat and then add the onions. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then add the garlic, basil, oregano, and Italian seasoning. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is tender and the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, palm sugar, sea salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat.
  3. Allow the sauce to sit and cool to room temperature. This will allow the flavors to merry.
  4. Use immediately, or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe Notes from Megan

I freeze my Simple Homemade Pizza Sauce in glass mason jars, but I only fill the jars 3/4 of the way full. This helps prevent the jars from breaking when the sauce freezes and expands.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/08/24/simple-homemade-pizza-sauce/

This recipe is linked to Merry MondayInspiration MondaySweet Sharing Monday, Made by You Monday, Fat Tuesday, Two Cup Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Create Link Inspire, Share Your Stuff Tuesdays, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday, Time to Sparkle, Handmade Tuesdays, Tickle My Tastebuds, Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays, The SITS Girls, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, Show and Share Wednesday, #PinterestFoodie, Wine’d Down Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Showcase Your Talent Thursday, Pin Junkie Pin Party, Create it Thursday, Pin It Thursday, Gluten-Free Fridays, Link Party Palooza, Foodtastic Friday, Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday, Foodie Friday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Show Stopper Saturday, Saturday Night Fever, Share it Sunday, Weekend Wind-Down, The Weekend Social,  Weekend Potluck, Best of the Weekend and Weekend Recipe Linkup.

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 8.19.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Gluten-Free Kitchen Sink Cookies
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Garlic Lover’s Roasted Cauliflower
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LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Gluten-Free Raspberry Sweet Rolls from Live Free Gluten Free
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MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

5 Small Changes for Big Health Gains from Nourished Roots
5 small changes health gains
Grilled Vegan Margharita Pizza from Strength & Sunshine
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Gluten-Free Carrot Zucchini Muffins from Flippin Delicious
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  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
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~Megan & Jeanine

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 8.12.2014

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Free Printable Lunch Planner
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Gluten Free Lunchbox Roundup: 40 Kid-Friendly & Allergy-Friendly Recipes
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LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies (Top 8 Allergen Free) from Fairy Wings & Pixie Dust
Raspberry Brownies

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Gluten-Free Rumpledoodles with Honey Glaze from Those Who Help Themselves
rumpledoodles1
Easy BBQ Wings from Raia’s Recipes
Easy BBQ wings
Mini Mexican Chocolate Banana Muffins from Gluten Free in Orlando
mini muffin chocolate banana muffins
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
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~Megan & Jeanine

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.5.2014

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Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins
Pizza Muffins
Perfect Gluten-Free Egg-Free Granola Bars
Granola Bars

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Flourless, Low Carb Strawberries & Cream Crepes from Whole Food Mom
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MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Fruit Flan from Simple Gluten-Free Kitchen
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Coconut Cream Lollies or Popsicles from Gluten Free SCD & Veggie
Coconut Cream Ice Lollies GF SCD
Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Black Cherry Tart from Gluten Free Vegan Love
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WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
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~Megan & Jeanine

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Ancheta Family Favorites July 2014

This Ancheta Family Favorites July 2014 post is something I’ve been toying with for a while. The idea was to share with you a mish-mash of what our family loves- from books and apps, to the brand of jeans I wear, to gluten free products and local programs we love and recommend. I don’t know how often I will publish posts such as this one, because I don’t want it to be forced. I’d much rather it be sporadic and publish only when I truly have some great items to share with you. And I bet you’d prefer it that way, too. ;) 

Here’s my promise to you:
We own every single one of these items.
I don’t recommend something unless we really like it and use it on a somewhat regular basis.
No one has paid me to recommend any of these items. 

Some of the products listed may not be “natural” or gluten-free in nature. It is your responsibility to research the products listed and determine if they are a good fit for you or your family. I will not be held liable. 

Ancheta Family Favorites July 2014

1. American Classic Gelous Nail Base Coat Nail Polish-
I purchased this product on a whim based on all the reviews I read online. Those who’ve been following me for a while probably already know I love to keep my nails painted, but I put my hands through the ringer. I bake, I cook,  I constantly wash my hands and dishes, and I’m always banging my nails all over my laptop keyboard. Even with a decent base/top coat and expensive polish (like OPI), my manicure never lasted past 3 days. With Gelous though, my manicures last 6-7 days – which is wonderful! The first time I used Gelous, my manicure ended up being a disaster because I used too much of it. If you end up trying it, just remember to use the bare minimum when applying – it’s very strong, so all you need is a thin coating. 
This is the sequence of how I apply it: 
1 coat Gelous
2 coats desired nail polish
1 coat Sally Hansen’s Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat
(let your nails dry for at least 1-2 hours)
1 coat Gelous

2. Larabar Renola (Grain-Free Granola)-
I first discovered Larabar Renola at Target a few short weeks ago and bought a few packets to take with us camping. The girls and I tried all of the flavors and concluded we definitely like Cinnamon Nut flavor best (and that’s probably the only flavor we’ll buy here on out). We like eating it with frozen mixed berries in a little Aroy-D Coconut Milk (you could also use yogurt), and about 1/2 an 1.28 ounce packet of Renola. Alaskans, be careful purchasing Renola directly from Larabar. They will charge you more for shipping than what the product is worth. You can also purchase it in bulk from Amazon

3. National Geographic Kids Almanacs
We first discovered the 2014 edition of the National Geographic Kids Almanac at our annual homeschool curriculum fair; one of the vendors was selling it there. It looked fun and had lots of great facts and pictures, so we purchased it. Kylie (9) immediately read it in full, while sharing awesome tid-bits of information from it with us. She couldn’t get enough of it, so she read it again. It wasn’t long after that we discovered the 2015 edition was out, and Kylie quickly proceeded to read that one twice, too. Well done, National Geographic, for getting my punkin super-excited about learning, and providing age-appropriate FUN material. We are going to purchase previous almanac editions and look into what other books National Geographic Kids offers. Just a note for those with younger children: my Abbi (5) isn’t reading yet, but she loves looking at the pictures. 

4. Hydro Flask Stainless Steel & BPA Free Water Bottles-
Confession time: Our family owns 8 Hydo Flask water bottles. Seriously. AJ and I received some as Christmas gifts in either 2011 or 2012, and we’ve been hooked ever since. They are expensive, but they last and come with a lifetime warranty (our original bottles we got years ago still look new-ish, just with a few minor dings). We use them all the time. They retain heat for 12 hours, and keep cold for up to 24 hours. And for those of you who like to pack your lunches, I just discovered that Hydro Flask is now offering Food Flasks – these would be great for packing chili or soup. Oh – and they even have beer growlers! The company website is hydroflask.com.

5. NuNatural’s NuStevia Sugar-Free Cocoa Syrup-
NuNatural’s sent me a free box of goodies to sample, and in that package was a bottle of their new NuStevia Cocoa Syrup.  I honestly was totally skeptical of this product, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s like a Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, but much healthier – not to mention entirely sugar-free. You would use it like you would use a Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup – as an ice cream topping, to make chocolate milk, to drizzle on top of fruit, etc… OR you could make a mock peanut butter cup like I do: Top 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with 1/2-1 teaspoon of NuStevia Cocoa Syrup… dig in an enjoy! Bottom line: surprisingly, this is a product I will continue to purchase when I use up my free bottle. Both of my girls enjoyed it too. 

6. OUT! PetCare Oxy-Fast Stain & Odor Remover-
Got pets? Then you probably have puke, too (from time to time, anyways). Normally, when our big guy, Thor (yellow lab) pukes it’s in the middle of the night. This stuff is awesome, because we can scoop up the chunks, blot the liquid out of the carpet with paper towels (as best as we can, anyways) spray this on the mess, and then go back to sleep. It’s not until the evening (after my husband gets off work – nearly 18 hours after Thor puked) that we’ll break out the carpet cleaner and give the spot a thorough go-over. We have cream carpets, and as long as we catch the puke right away and spray it, the stain will virtually disappear. I don’t recommend purchasing this product using the Amazon link above that I provided (as the shipping is more spendy than the product), but locally I’ve seen it carried in Three Bears, Target, Fred Meyer, and Walmart. 

7. Spigen Slim Armor Case for the Galaxy S5-
More confessions… I’m married to a nerd (he’s a very handsome nerd), so his nerdy-ness has rubbed off on me over time. Yes, I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and I love it (beats the pants off the iPhone!). It comes in handy when I need to keep up with all of you via social media or want to take pictures on the fly (16 megapixels camera) when I don’t have my D90 with me.  I love this case because it’s slim and unassuming. It fits my S5 extremely well and provides excellent protection without making my phone extra bulky or heavy. 

8. A Mouthful of Stars by Kim Sunee-
I’ve been absolutely captivated by this cookbook, and though it’s not written gluten-free, I’m looking forward to trying many of the recipes making the appropriate allergen-free adjustments. Sunee was born in South Korea. She was an orphan, adopted by an American family; she grew up in New Orleans and is a world traveler. Her book is part diary, part cookbook – including all of her favorite recipes from her world travels. Her personal story sucked me in. I love her stories, descriptions, pictures, and the food… it’s mouthwatering. She is such a gifted writer and cook! I can’t wait to try some authentic New Orleans cuisine, especially the Scrape-the-Bottom Jambalaya! Sunee’s website is kimsunee.com

9. Hanayama Cast Metal Brain Teaser Puzzle, Enigma (Level 6)-
Back to the nerdy husband. My AJ is very quiet and unassuming if you don’t know him, but he’s incredibly sharp. He’s the guy that unwinds doing crossword puzzles, which I’m terrible at. I can’t do crosswords to save my life. AJ loves these brain teaser-like puzzles. I bought this one for him for Christmas and thankfully it took him a while to master (which made me giddy with happiness). Hanayama has lots of different brain teaser puzzles to choose from, from beginner to advanced – perfect for the young and old. These make great cheap gifts! 

10 & 11. 100% Pure Long Last Concealer with Super Fruits (Creme) & Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Stain (Cherry)-
Just to be completely honest and up-front with you, I am a 100% Pure affiliate, meaning everything you purchase via the 100% Pure link (located in the right side-bar of my website) I earn a small commission from, without affecting your purchase price. That said, I am only an affiliate with them because I own some of their products and truly love them. 100% Pure did not provide me with these products, but I purchased them just like any other customer (and was not given any type of discount). I’ve tried a good handful of the 100% Pure products (either because I’ve purchased them or they were a free sample included with my purchases), but out of all of them, here are the 2 I can’t live without and use on a daily basis:

Long Last Concealer with Super Fruits (Creme)-
This stuff is incredible. It conceals the bluish/purplish bags under my eyes and stays put without settling into my “love creases (the word “wrinkles” makes me feel old).” It’s gluten-free, vegan, and is water, sweat, oil, and caking resistant. Anything that makes me look glowing and refreshed is just plain magic, people. It appears 100% Pure may be currently out of the color I use, Creme for porcelain complexion, but there are other colors available. I use my fingers to apply it underneath my eye. I don’t rub it in, but use a patting or dabbing type of motion. 

Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Stain (Cherry)-
This came as a free gift in the last order I placed, and I’m so glad it did, because I don’t think I would have tried it had it not been free. As a cheek stain, this stuff holds up and lasts longer than any other blush I’ve ever tried. Ever. I will wake up the next morning, and still have a little pink glow to my cheeks. Now, keep in mind, I am porcelain in complexion. Bright cherry isn’t a color I would pick for myself, but used in moderation, it works – and would be great for any complexion I think. The trick is how you apply it. I obviously don’t need to apply as much as someone with darker skin. To apply it I stand in front of a mirror and smile. Using the brush applicator, I apply a very small amount to the apples of my cheeks and smooth it on using my fingers (only in the area I would have a natural blush). Then I use a cosmetic wedge to do a final smooth-over. I don’t recommend using this as a lip stain. Not that it doesn’t work great – because it does- but because it tastes nasty. It’s bitter… so just be warned. ;) 

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.29.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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No Churn Rhubarb Ice Cream
Rhubarb_Ice_Cream
Save Money & Make Your Own Roast Beef Lunch Meat
Make your own roast beef lunch meat

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Gluten-Free Flax Meal Bread from Country Cottage Musings
Flaxmeal Bread (2)

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Copy Cat Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallow from Simply 123 Allergy Free
Rice crispy treats
Welcome to My Gluten-Free Kitchen from Raia’s Recipes
welcome to my GF kichen
Ancient Grains – Millet & Quinoa from Inhabited Kitchen
Ancient Grains
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
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 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.22.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Here are this week’s post submissions from Jeanine & Megan:

Gluten Free Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs (oh my land – these kabobs from Jeanine look amazing!)
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Gluten & Rice Free Multigrain Bread
Gluten Free Rice Free Multigrain Bread - Allergy Free Alaska

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts from A Harvest of Blessings
GF Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Gluten Free Blackberry Swirl Marshmallow Cake from Country Cottage Musings
Marshmallow cake
3 Bay Area Gluten Free Bakeries You Don’t Want to Miss from My Gluten-Free Kitchen
3-must-visit-bay-area-gluten-free-bakeries
Creamy Roasted Corn Avocado Dip from Petite Allergy Treats
Roastedcorndip
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
  • By linking to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC & The Baking Beauties to use your post photos in future Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays and on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter). 

 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

Bloggers: If you would like to receive a weekly email reminder to link up your recipes and posts to Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday, simply enter your email address using the form below. We will never send you spam, and if you sign up and then choose to unsubscribe, you can do so at any time. 

NOT A BLOGGER?

Not a problem! Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday link up is your one-stop-shop for browsing new recipes and posts by a variety of bloggers. Make sure to keep checking back as more bloggers add their links.

There is also a Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday Link Up Pinterest board! We will be pinning recipes from each week there, so be sure to follow that board so you never miss a thing.

To have access to even more great recipes, join us on Facebook. “Gluten Free Family Favorite Recipes” is a group where us plus 8 other gluten-free bloggers share their favorite recipes. By joining our Facebook group, you don’t have to worry about Facebook deciding to hide a page’s posts from your news feed. Just click on the group link any time to access all the recipes shared.



Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.15.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Here are this week’s post submissions from Jeanine & Megan:

Gluten Free Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake
coffee cake

How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon)
Refined Sugar Free Gravlax

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Flourless, Doughless Gluten-Free Pizza from Gluten Free Easily
flourless-gfe-pizza

MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet from Deep Roots At Home
rasp sorbet
Roll Out Sugar Cookies from Making It Milk Free
patriotic-sugar-cookies
Raising A Gluten-Free Toddler On a Playground of Animal Crackers & Cheerios from Homegrown State of Mind
toddler post
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? HERE’S HOW TO JOIN:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • All recipes must be gluten free (NO white flour, wheat flour, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing grain). 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please provide a link back to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays somewhere in the body of your post. We will NOT highlight recipes and posts that do not provide a link back. 
  • By linking to Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC & The Baking Beauties to use your post photos in future Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesdays and on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter). 

 Thanks! 
~Megan & Jeanine

Bloggers: If you would like to receive a weekly email reminder to link up your recipes and posts to Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday, simply enter your email address using the form below. We will never send you spam, and if you sign up and then choose to unsubscribe, you can do so at any time. 

NOT A BLOGGER?

Not a problem! Gluten Free & DIY Tuesday link up is your one-stop-shop for browsing new recipes and posts by a variety of bloggers. Make sure to keep checking back as more bloggers add their links.

There is also a Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday Link Up Pinterest board! We will be pinning recipes from each week there, so be sure to follow that board so you never miss a thing.

To have access to even more great recipes, join us on Facebook. “Gluten Free Family Favorite Recipes” is a group where us plus 8 other gluten-free bloggers share their favorite recipes. By joining our Facebook group, you don’t have to worry about Facebook deciding to hide a page’s posts from your news feed. Just click on the group link any time to access all the recipes shared.