Category: Product Reviews

Let’s Celebrate: ADSG 5th Birthday!

While getting ready to celebrate this milestone year for ADSG,  I thought back to the start of my blog + online presence as breezygfreezy. Dragging myself to my weekly mini-course seminar — “The Rhetoric of Blogging”– at the University of Michigan in frigid Monday night temperatures, I had no clue what this would become.

I also remember the first time a company contacted me about my then-assignment, now-blog, asking if they could send me some goodies in the mail. Me? You want me to write what I think?

Fast-forward and this week marks my 5th anniversary of this beautiful mess. With many brand partners, multiple conferences attended, lots of delicious {and yucky!} products tested along the way, and a whole lot of learning from those who have been doing this even longer than I have, I’m proud to celebrate with all the people who have made ADSG and breezygfreezy what it is today.

Okay, enough emotional time.

How about some ways to celebrate with me?!

5th Birthday Celebration!

Take a peek at the schedule below; we’ll be partying all week long!

Monday {that’s today!}: My friends Kevin and Kara over at Sun Krunch {my go-to breakfast and only granola I eat} are sponsoring a giveaway of their paleo, grain-free, low sugar, gluten free deliciousness! Check it out on my Instagram. {running until Mon. 2/5}

 

Tuesday: Looking for something fun to add to your dinner routine? Look no further than the bright box of Banza. This chickpea-based brand from Detroit {proud to support as a former SE Michigan dweller!} was started by a couple of young guys and now fill shelves and pantries all over the country with their near-replica of regular pasta {so I’m told}, just plant-based, high-protein, and low-carb! Roll into this giveaway of their new-ish wheels over on my Instagram {3 winners!}. {running until Tues. 2/6}.

 

Wednesday: After I determined eggs were making me extremely ill, finding a brand of gluten free breads that fit the egg-free bill was tough. Enter: BFree. I’m reviewing their whole line on the blog today with chances to win 1 of every product {2 winners!} Read the whole review and enter to win here. {running until Wed. 2/7}

 

Thursday: Another favorite in my routine of grain free options is Simple Mills with their almond flour crackers {yep pretty sure they meant the whole box was one serving!} and fun almond-based cookies. I know this line gets a bit pricy, so I’ve got a giveaway coming ‘atcha! Check out my snack idea and enter to win on my Instagram. {running until Thurs. 2/8}

 

Friday: As most of you know, I’m a huge zoodles fan. But, in this spiralizing craze, did you know there are fruits and veggies from A to Z that you can spiralize? I’ve been a proud owner and user of Ali Maffuci’s original spiralizer design, The Inspiralizer, for a long time. I whipped up a quick, tasty lunch from one of her dozens of free online recipes {okay, I also was a sucker and bought her cookbook too!}– it’s over on my Instagram today. Ali was sweet enough to sponsor a giveaway of her new Inspiralizer Lite! I bought one of them and it has just as much power and takes up a portion of the space {great for small kitchens!}– be sure to enter! {running until Fri. 2/9}

 

Saturday: Out and about? Me, too. When I’m running around getting hangry and need a boost, I always reach for a MadeGood Foods granola bar or bag of bites! Made with purity protocol oats, in a nut free facility, with added vegetables snuck in, and 20% of your daily vitamin D, how could you go wrong? Enter to win some for your purse, backpack, or gym bag over on Instagram {3 winners!}. {running until Sat. 2/10}

 

Sunday: Ladies, this one is for you as you get ready to conquer your week ahead! My beautiful virtual “family” over at Red Apple Lipstick has completed every outfit– casual or fancy– I’ve worn in the last several years and they wanted in on the party! Check out my full review of their lipsticks, eyeshadows, bronzer, and more with a chance to win a lip care set for yourself {2 winners!} {running until Sun. 2/11}

 

Phew, okay. Here’s a quick TL;DR —

Mon: Sun Krunch IG Giveaway HERE

Tues: Banza IG Giveaway HERE

Wed: BFree Review and Giveaway HERE

Thurs: Simple Mills IG Giveaway HERE

Fri: Inspiralizer Lite IG Giveaway HERE

Sat: MadeGood Foods IG Giveaway HERE

Sun: Red Apple Lipstick Review and Giveaway HERE

*All giveaways will run for one week from posting + additional ways to win on Twitter!*

 

Again, to my amazing community: thank you for supporting me as the voice behind ADSG and breezygfreezy. I cannot wait to see what the next 5 years bring. Let’s celebrate!

Take it easy, but take it always.

Brianna

Gluten Free Vegan Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

*All opinions are truthful and my own. This post was generously sponsored by Pascha Chocolate & I am an unpaid ambassador for Barney Butter*

While I’ve been gluten free since I was diagnosed celiac almost 20 years ago, but my inability to eat peanuts {non-anaphalactic} and inability to eat eggs {also non-anaphalactic} came along in the last handful of years. Between those restrictions and my often-unattended-to lactose intolerance, making– and eating!!– delicious desserts often isn’t the first thing people think I can do.

Well, I’m here today to tell you that’s just plain incorrect!

I love my Barney Butter Bare Butters {smooth and crunchy} by the spoonful and after polling all of you on my Twitter, it’s apparent that regardless of the kind of nut butter, you all love your chocolate, just like me.

That’s why I’ve partnered with Pascha Chocolate, an extremely allergy-friendly, pure chocolate brand, to showcase their baking chips {made with rice milk!} as we chug along through the wintry baking season.

They have extensive certifications, are free from the top 8 allergens and more, and are dedicated to providing safe chocolate options that are forward-thinking, like baking chips!

Their baking chips come in milk and white chocolate options and, due to the low boiling point of rice milk, are best melted in the microwave {not a pain-in-the-behind double boiler!}

Despite their unusual milk choice for chocolate products, they taste entirely like their allergen-full counterparts. The first microwave attempt, I used my melt function. Bad idea, folks. Just use your microwave on 50% power in 30-60s intervals, stirring in between, and it’ll melt beautifully.

As a reminder, Barney Butter makes non-GMO, vegan, certified gluten free almond butters, flour, and meal using a blanching technique on California almonds. Their blanching results in a beautifully smooth {non-gritty, finally!} almond butter that is safe for those with peanut allergies! Though I go through at least a jar a month, if I’m being conservative, I love to bake with the flour and butters; I made gluten free/vegan/paleo almond flour pancakes last month!

With my new-found love for {and the ease of} using Pascha baking chips, I knew it was time for a match made in heaven: Barney Butter Bare Smooth Almond Butter Cookies with a  Pascha Chocolate drizzle.

Gluten Free Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

For the almond butter cookies: I adapted a recipe from Spice Up the Curry to make it peanut, dairy, egg, and gluten free!

For the chocolate drizzle: I don’t have any fancy piping bags so I put the melted chocolate into 2 Ziploc bags and put a teeny cut in the corner! In sweeping strokes across the cookies aligned on a baking sheet, I got the perfect drizzle!

See below for the recipe and get baking!

And, how about getting some Pascha baking chips for your own creative kitchen adventures?! Use the link below to enter on the blog + additional entries on Instagram and Twitter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Gluten Free Vegan Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

Category: Product Reviews, Recipes

Servings: 14-18 cookies

Gluten Free Vegan Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl-- set aside.
  • Beat softened coconut oil/butter in large bowl until smooth.
  • Add white and brown sugar; beat until smooth.
  • Add almond butter; beat until smooth.
  • Add milk; beat until combined.
  • Add flour mixture; mix until incorporated and don't over mix!
  • Put dough in fridge for 30+ min.
  • Preheat oven to 275 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using ice cream scoop/tablespoon, place balls of dough 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • Using fork, make traditional cross-hatch pattern on top.
  • Bake for ~15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack!
  • Move to cooling rack and allow to finish cooling.
  • Melt one flavor of Pascha chocolate baking chips in microwave-safe bowl and transfer into double Ziploc bag.
  • Cut corner of bags and use sweeping motion to drizzle across cookies.
  • Repeat with other type of chocolate, if desired.
  • Put cookies in fridge/freezer to harden and serve.
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2017/12/gluten-free-vegan-almond-butter-cookies/

 

Fudge-Striped Turkey Cookies — GF/EF/PF

*This post was sponsored by Goodie Girl Cookies; all opinions are my own, as always*

Whether you were diagnosed celiac or with a food allergy/intolerance, I guarantee you can imagine the Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies. Remember them?

I always wondered: why are gluten free, allergy friendly cookies as cute as their gluten counterparts?

Well, thanks to Goodie Girl, now they are! They recently released their fudge striped cookies which are gluten free, egg free, and peanut free {they contain dairy and soy, but not soybean oil– so they’re safe for me}.

Goodie Girl Fudge Striped Cookies

And they’ve made the commitment to purity protocol oats for their oat flour in the Fudge Striped {and the rest of their cookies!}. Hallelujah.

According to Alyssa, their social media coordinator:

“Yes, our supplier uses Purity Protocol.  Avena Foods has documentation on how they practice Purity Protocol when growing, milling and transporting the oats used in our products.”

For those interested in the ingredients:

Goodie Girl Fudge Striped Cookie Ingredients

So, I set out to make an adorable, 3-dimensional treat for a Friendsgiving I recently attended. Everyone exploded with smiles– the best part of sharing a meal.

Gluten Free Fudge-Striped Turkey Cookies

Alright, here’s your to-do list:

  1. See below for the simple recipe {always check ingredients for the other parts of the recipe!}
  2. Stop by your local Walmart to snag these bad boys…ahem girls…or order them online where they’re 15% off until November 30th!
  3. + as always, I’m running a giveaway over on Instagram so you can create some holiday treats! Perhaps some melted snowmen cookies or reindeer or menorahs? Get creative!

Take it easy, but take it.

Fudge-Striped Turkey Cookies — Gluten Free/Egg Free/Peanut Free

Category: Product Reviews, Recipes

Servings: ~20

Ingredients

  • 1 box Goodie Girl Fudge Striped Cookies
  • 1 box Cella's Chocolate Cherries {or any turkey body you like!}
  • Melted baking chocolate of choice
  • Candy Corn
  • White + Black frosting pens

Instructions

  • Slice off bottom of each cookie to make a flat edge.
  • Use melted chocolate to adhere Cella's candy body, align to center of flat edge.
  • Use melted chocolate to adhere candy corn, point side toward flat edge {hold in place until dry!!}
  • Put in fridge for 30 minutes to cool.
  • Remove from fridge and dot white, then black, at top of candy corn for eyes.
  • Keep in fridge until serving!
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2017/11/gluten-free-fudge-striped-turkey-cookies/

 

Afternoon Tea with Schär 10 Grains and Seeds!

Anyone in the celiac community– from newly diagnosed to an old pro like me– can recognize the yellow packaging from anywhere: Schär.

Not only are they the makers of the #1 selling, best GF bread in the US {with a huge line of products abroad I know those of us here in the States are eagerly awaiting!}, they have lines of cookies, crackers, pizza, pasta, and frozen meals we can all count on.

When Schär reached out to me as a member of their blogger team last month about the launch of their brand new 10 Grains and Seeds Bread, my wheels started turning– what could I do with this new goodie?!

Well, first let me tell you a little about this unique sourdough recipe that’s made with ancient and whole grains.

10 grains and seeds?! Yes, you read that right. This fiber-packed loaf has…

  • Rice flour
  • Quinoa seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Millet flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Quinoa flour
  • Amaranth flour
  • Chia seeds

Wowie, right? + it’s sweetened with a little honey and agave.

So, I put this delicious new bread to the test…I decided to make a tea party!

Schar 10 Grain & Seed Bread Tea Party

Top level: nut butter {I used my Barney Butter!} + sliced strawberries

Nut Butter + Strawberry Tea Sandwich

Middle level: jelly + cheddar cheese

Jelly + Cheese Tea Sandwich

Lower level: cream cheese {I used my Green Valley Organics lactose free!}, cucumber, lox, and capers

Cream Cheese + Lox Tea Sandwich

There are lots of tea sandwich fillings you could make with this new product– the bread holds together extremely well {even with all the cutting, handling, and more! Didn’t even toast it!}, though don’t try to make these far in advance because they will get soggy from the filling! The benefit and curse of being so light and airy!

Want to win a month’s supply to make your own tea party? Head over to my Instagram to win! PS- There’s also a coupon waiting for you on the Schar site here.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

*This post was sponsored by Schär. All opinions are my own, as always!*

18th Anniversary + Myabetic James Compact Case Review

Well, I’ve reached another September 17th. This year, in 1999, was just after my T1D mom turned 40 and had a 4-year-old child who wouldn’t stop trying to drink her bath water. While I don’t particularly focus on, or celebrate, this anniversary, I do treat each September 17th as a day to renew my strength, knowing I’ve worked hard to care for myself for another year with T1D. + knock-on-wood, no complications.

I want to take this anniversary to focus on something great– Myabetic cases!

As you know, I’ve reviewed the Cherise bag in the past– which is perfect for a day on the go and check out the post for a coupon code! When I reached out to the team at Myabetic in need of a little case to combine my meter and my syringes/vials for my work bag/smaller purses, I found myself anxiously awaiting a delivery of the James compact case, in quilted black gloss.

A word from the *now* wise– be careful when opening the box with scissors! It’s tightly packed in there!

Anyhow, I immediately loaded this baby up with my meter, strips, 2 vials of insulin, syringes, clicker, and alcohol wipes– outer pockets got a spare battery and spare lancets in one, room for my cash/odds and ends in the other {if I don’t need my full wallet}!

It arrived just in time for a quick overnight trip for work, so this beauty flew the skies + was whipped out for that morning long-acting in the airport bathroom. No one blinked when I took it out — as a matter of fact, one woman said– “I love your bag!”– little did she know what I had tucked inside!

James Myabetic Case James Myabetic Case Inside

I love my Myabetic bags more and more every day. Next on my list? The new Brandy backpack!

Here’s to another year with T1D– with all the highs and lows, literally and emotionally, but little glimmers of light and hope with things like beautiful supply cases that don’t feel so medical.

Take it easy but take it,

Brianna

*Myabetic sent me this bag free-of-charge; as always, opinions are my own*