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Gluten-Free Friday 12/14/12 and Tasterie Giveaway!!

Friday, December 14th, 2012


I am so excited this week to launch something special for my gluten-free friends! A Giveaway opportunity just for you! As many of you know my family is not gluten-free but we have many friends who are! For them and for YOU I attempt each Friday to come up with lunch ideas that are free from gluten.

This week instead of lunch we are going to discuss Tasterie! What is Tasterie you may ask? Well it is a monthly subscription food delivery service. You see I receive a number of these types of subscriptions but NONE of them are gluten-free. I was really disappointed that I could not recommend them to any of my gluten-free friends who asked about my deliveries. Determined to find one that I could recommend I set out on a search. I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to find Tasterie and even more thrilled that it is headquartered a mere hour or so from where I live! So I contacted them about doing a giveaway and they graciously agreed! Yay! Thank you Tasterie!


What is included in a TasterieBox?

  • SignatureBox - You will receive 8-10 healthy and safe foods. The selections might include delightful ideas for Sunday morning breakfast, a quick lunch at work or a relaxed meal at the end of the day. You will also find some great recipe ideas and something to satisfy that sweet tooth! This option is $20 per month with shipping included!
  • SnackBox – You will receive 6-8 yummy goodies just for you! You will always have a healthy safe snack nearby to keep you energized and satisfied! This option is $15 per month with shipping included!

The box arrives in beautiful, brightly colored packaging. It is like receiving a wonderful gift of surprises each month!

How does this work?

  • First you go to the Tasterie website.
  • You select which box you would like to subscribe to, the SignatureBox or the SnackBox (both boxes described above).
  • You will also select your “type” of box. This box will be customized to your specific needs. Choices are: (Top 8 allergy), (dairy allergy), (dairy & egg allergy), (dairy & soy allergy), (gluten & wheat allergy), (gluten, wheat & dairy), (gluten & wheat allergy vegan), (healthy & nutritious), (nut allergy), (soy allergy) or (vegan).
  • You will checkout completing your shipping and payment information.
  • You are now subscribed to the Tasterie delivery service. Each month you will be billed for the box level you selected and then receive your choice. You can discontinue anytime by contacting Tasterie.


How do I know it’s safe?

Tasterie follows a rigorous multistep verification process to verify each product and vendor that includes, but is not limited to, vetting of manufacturers to check for allergen free raw materials, manufacturing processes, facility overlaps, supplier analysis, & allergen testing protocols. Our Nut Allergy and Top 8 Allergy TasterieBoxes only use products reported by the manufacturer to be made in nut-free facilities, but these facilities may also process coconut. None of our Nut Allergy and Top 8 Allergy TasterieBoxes contain coconut as a listed ingredient. Tasterie wants you to feel safe and comfortable, while enjoying delicious new tastes in the comfort of your home, office or on the road.

Tasterie searches the globe to find the most amazing foods and snacks that fit your food allergy and dietary needs. Lama Rimawi, Tasterie’s owner, is a food allergy mom herself. She places safety as a top priority. Tasterie has a rigorous selection process developed by physicians and industry experts. This quality controlled, multistep process has been peer reviewed to make sure that it is as thorough as possible. The Tasterie team and Lama are out there doing their best to bring you and your little ones safe ,tasty foods. Did I mention Lama is a board certified pediatrician?

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Finally I will say that my experience with Tasterie was very pleasant and enjoyable. Lama was a joy to deal with and I can tell that their customer service is wonderful! I look forward to further exploring my box!

I know I have carried on in my excitement so now to get to the best part – the giveaway! For a chance to win a one month SignatureBox of your very own, please follow instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. You will receive some of the items shown in this post.

Terms & conditions do apply!

  • Tasterie will only ship to addresses within the US. Winner must be complying with the entry terms of the contest below at the time of the prize drawing or forfeit. Winner will be contacted via email and has 24 hours to respond (we want to get that box right out) or a new winner will be drawn. This prize is for a gluten-free SignatureBox and cannot be substituted for another prize.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own done through my research. Tasterie did provide complimentary product so that I may give an honest assessment and take photographs for this review. Tasterie has generously agreed to sponsor this giveaway. This blog is not an affiliate for Tasterie and earns no commission on any sales resulting from this promotion.

Gluten-Free Friday & snackTaxi Giveaway!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

After a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, Gluten-Free Friday is back! I always like to mention that no member of my family is Gluten-Free although we have many wonderful friends who are! For them and for you I do my best to provide GF lunch ideas! Gluten-Free Friday is brought to you at the request of my friends at House-54!

With the weather turning colder in my neck of the woods I decided it was time to turn to some hot lunch options.  In my house the crockpot is already in active use slow cooking up stews, soups and of course chili. I make chili at least once or twice a month in the fall and winter seasons and always have a stock in my freezer. It is such a great comfort food and certainly makes for a hearty lunch on these colder days. To serve in lunch I simply heat my chili to a very hot temperature. While I am heating up I also prime my thermal container with hot tap water. This will warm the metal up and avoid a big cool down of your food which can happen when you add hot food to a cold metal container. Simply empty the water, add your chili and seal. Serve with your favorite gluten-free snack such us tortilla chips.

 Deb’s Simple Crockpot Chili…
2 lbs ground beef cooked and drained
1 can drained black beans (look for gluten-free marked on the can)
1 can drained dark red kidney beans (look for gluten-free marked on the can)
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
4-5 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp corn starch
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
salt & pepper

Cook on high for 3-4 hours. I have a BIG family so my recipe makes a lot so be prepared to freeze some!

For another guaranteed gluten-free version go visit House-54 for their gluten-free chili recipe.



You may have noticed alongside my chili that bright, colorful bag with some tasty Way Better Snacks (Gluten-Free) Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips peeking out? That my friends is snackTAXI’s snack-sack!  I love how colorful it is! SnackTAXI makes reusable bags for sandwiches, snacks, bread and produce along with napkins, aprons and other accessories. There are so many bright, beautiful patterns and colors to choose from. You’ll want to own a dozen! Trust me! Snack-sacks retail starting at $7.95 each.


Here is a perk for my gluten-free friends… they make some bags that are labeled “Gluten-Free”. That way if you have only one member of your family who is GF you can be sure you are not cross contaminating! It is also a nice reminder for teachers to see. Unfortunately this giveaway is not for a gluten-free labeled bag! Gluten-free snack-sacks retail starting at $8.95.

There is great benefit to using reusable bags! It is environmentally friendly! Did you know that in the US over 20 million plastic “baggies” are added to landfills EVERY DAY?! By using the snack-sack instead you are doing your share to reduce that number. You can also save money by buying larger snack sizes instead of individual portions again reducing waste into the landfill. This method also allows YOU to control the portion of snacks served. Not to mention that the bags are awesome to look at and kids will find them pretty cool!

I find the snack-sack a perfect companion to my thermal container as well as some of my smaller lunch containers. I have shown chips in the photo on this post but certainly you have endless snack options! Envision popcorn, carrots, pretzels, grapes, nuts, cherry tomatoes, dried fruits, cookies, crackers and more in the snack-sack!

Now I am sure you are wondering about caring for a snack-sack? The bag is easy to use but this is one area that it does take some effort. You do have to wash your bag regularly by using one of these methods recommended by snackTaxi. While you are washing have a clean conscience knowing that you are ONE LESS bag in the landfill!

Final breakdown:


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Save money buying larger sizes
  • Made of materials that are lead, phthalate and BPA free
  • Portion control
  • Lots of colors and patterns to choose from
  • Can be labeled “Gluten-Free”
  • Definite cool factor


  • Does require care (machine and/or hand washing)
  • Not leakproof
  • Not completely airtight


Now that you know the details, how would you like to win one of your own? You can enter to win a snackTAXI snack-sack identical to the one shown in this post. It will be the same size, color and pattern but not “the” very bag I used! You will receive a new one I promise! How cool, right? Just follow the instructions along with terms and conditions listed below to enter. The winner will be randomly chosen through and will be notified via email.

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Opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a snack-sack so that I may give an honest assessment and snackTAXI has generously provided one for this giveaway.



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Hey, Hey… A Halloween Giveaway!

Monday, October 8th, 2012


I am very happy to have reached and exceeded the 200 Facebook follower mark this week! I am so thankful to all of you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

To express my gratitude I have decided to host a giveaway and since it is October I figured why not make it Halloween themed? So I searched my favorite shopping haunts high and low to come up with all the items you need to create a Halloween themed lunch of your own! One winner will be drawn and shall receive:

  • 1 box containing 2 sandwich cookie cutters (a skull and jack-o-lantern) to make shaped sandwiches or whatever else you can imagine up!
  • 1 tin bat cookie cutter and 1 tin ghost cookie cutter
  • 1 package containing 6 black spider silicone backing cups
  • 1 dozen Halloween themed food picks (3 each of ghost, jack-o-lantern, bat and spider)

Giveaway entries will be accepted through Midnight on October 14th. The winner will be drawn and notified on October 15th and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. I want to be certain a winner can have these goodies in time to use them for this Halloween!  So to enter follow the instructions below! Good luck!

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