Thursday, July 29, 2010

FREE Movies!

For those of you who live in the San Diego area, there is a great FREE movie promotion going on at the Regal movie theaters on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. ~ all summer long!

Each week, there are two rated G and two rated PG theaters open to parents and children for FREE!
Seating gets pretty filled up so plan on arriving about 9:30 for good seats.
Free Family Film Festival                                 
Check it out at:
You can enter your state to find participating theaters!  See you at the FREE movies!


Delicious Gluten-Free Pancakes

 Try this recipe topped with some sprinkled powdered sugar using the fun gadget below one morning and see the smiles on your kids' faces! :)  This one is with fresh blueberries from our Farmer's Market here in Carlsbad.


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 4 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder
  • 1 packet sugar substitute or one tsp. Splenda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 eggs (You can also use 4 egg whites)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a bowl, mix or sift together the rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, dry buttermilk powder, sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum. Stir in eggs, water, and oil until well blended and few lumps remain.  Fold in any additional additives like fresh blueberries, raspberries, banana slices or even chocolate chips!
  2. Heat a large, well-oiled skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Spoon batter onto skillet and cook until bubbles begin to form. Flip, and continue cooking until golden brown on bottom. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.  Mmmm...enjoy!.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 147 | Total Fat: 5.8g | Cholesterol: 37mg


No Frosting? No Problem!

 I have finally discovered the answer to my family's sweet tooth...and it is this powdered sugar sprinkler.  Everyone has different preferences, my husband and oldest son do not like "sugary frosting" while my youngest son and I do like something sweet on top of our cakes...and this satisfies all of us.  The boys love sprinkling this on top of brownies and adding cinnamon to sprinkle on top of waffles and pancakes for a rare weekend treat.  We have used this with stencils for a more polished look as well.  Every kitchen needs one (or two) of these!  I even dropped a link to check it out!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

This morning my son asked for blueberry muffins and after trying many different gluten and wheat-free recipes, we finally found one that tasted like what my son likes to call, "Regular" muffins.  This is worth trying if your family is trying to adhere to a gluten and/or wheat-free diet:

Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins - <i>Stella 
Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins - Stella Walsh
Even if you suffer from a gluten allergy, you can still enjoy the yummy taste of blueberries with this nutritious gluten-free blueberry muffin recipe.
Some people with a gluten allergy mistakenly think that they can no longer enjoy foods such as muffins, cookies and bread. This is not the reality.
There are many gluten-free products available, including gluten-free flour that you can use to mix your own combinations. This flour can be stored or frozen to use later. The ready-made baked goods tend to contain a lot of white starch and are generally not as nutritious as something you make yourself.
By making gluten-free foods yourself, you can also reap the value of ingredients such as tasty blueberries, which provide numerous health benefits.
The gluten-free blueberry muffins from this recipe freeze well. You can make a couple of batches and keep them in the freezer as a time-saver. The recipe itself is simple and not time consuming.

Gluten-free Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Grease 12 medium muffin cups.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Dry Ingredients

Don't let a gluten allergy stop you from baking gluten-free foods. You can prepare your own gluten-free flour, using xanthan gum or guar gum to replace the gluten.
Sift together:
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (preferably whole-grain gluten-free flour)
  • 1 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum (if not using a pre-packaged mix that includes it)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 3 and 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (regular or sea salt)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (increase to 1/2 cup for a sweeter dessert muffin)
Wet Ingredients
Beat together:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/4 cup milk (or rice milk)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or a preferred lighter tasting oil)
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir only until combined. Batter will be lumpy.
  • Fold in 1 cup of blueberries. (Frozen will work. Let the frozen ones sit on the counter while you are preparing the other ingredients. Fresh are lovely in season.)
Fill muffin cups two thirds full. Slightly more for paper cups. Bake for 20 minutes.
You may need to adjust the temperature and time for your own oven.

Gluten-free for Children

If you have a child with a gluten allergy, it can sometimes be difficult to find healthy gluten-free treats and snacks. These gluten-free blueberry muffins can be baked in mini-muffin cups as well. Just reduce the baking time to about 13-15 minutes. Children like the bite-size portions.
These gluten-free muffins are also a simple baking project to do with the kids. After all, if they have a gluten allergy, they will need to learn to bake and cook some of their food themselves.
For other healthy gluten-free muffin recipes see Gluten-free Banana Muffins and Gluten-free Carrot Muffins.
© 2008 Stella Walsh

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Alphabetized Printable Coupons

 Here is a great site to bookmark and visit often, there are countless coupons listed alphabetically so you can match your shopping list up and print these out!  $tart $aving!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Wendy's Frosties for a Year!!!

Free Wendys Frosties for a Year (US)

  • Free Wendys Frosties for a YearReports are coming in that this is available again this year!

    Did you know you can enjoy free Wendy’s Junior Frosties all year long?

    All you have to do is donate $1.00 to the Dave Thomas Foundation or other charities the next time you are at Wendy’s and get a free keychain pass that will get you one (1) free Junior Frosty for each visit (with purchase) you make to Wendy’s for the rest of the year.

    Wendy's has been a long-time supporter of foster care adoption initiatives. Proceeds are benefiting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and its signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids, through Aid to Adoption of Special Kids.

    This has been confirmed in the following states: MD, PA, VA, IL, AZ, DE, GA, IN, NC, TN, DC, SC, OH. You need to ask at your local Wendy's - this list does not include every state that is participating.

    Can you confirm that your state is offering this as well?
    Anyone seen this in a Canadian Wendy's?

    Click to find a location near you

    Offer valid in: US freebie

    - This freebie posted July 16, 2010 -

    - freebie found by Elissa Lucas, posted to Facebook -