Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe

Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe

As many of you know we are gluten free which means we are forced to eat rice crispy treats all season long while everyone else gets to chow down on a variety of cookies full of gooey chocolate peanut butter goodness. Not this year my friend! I decided to ward of the gluten free holiday blues by adding some a peanut butter pizzaz and a chocolate kick to the standard crispy treat. I call them the Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats! Ok, so they don’t look like black coal but when you put them inside a parchment paper christmas stocking anything can look like lumps of coal! Check out the parchment paper stocking DIY and other fun stocking crafts here. Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe Box of Cocoa Crispy cereal Package of marshmallows Half cup agave syrup One cup of peanut butter (We use Skippy natural) Greased pan Directions Bring agave syrup to a simmer then quickly stir in peanut butter, marshmallows and cereal. The trick is to stir fast to keep them from burning. Once it’s all mixed nicely pour into greased pan and wait for it to cool. The end result is gooey yummy peanut butter chocolate marshmallow goodness! Take that...
He Made a Root BEAR Float

He Made a Root BEAR Float

My entry into the drink challenge (Mixology death match)  is a blend of my two favorite sweets; Gummy Bears and Root Beer Floats. Naturally I call it a Root Bear Float! This festive dessert drink doesn’t necessarily meet the DIY or crafty theme that Andrea set in the challenge rules so I took a picture of my Root Bear Float on my work bench. That should qualify right? Pre-warning– the Gummy bears get a little frost bitten causing you to have to chew a little bit more than normal but that’s a small price to pay for this festive take on a traditional drink. Use Rice Dream ice cream, Haribo Gummy Bear sand Virgils Root Beer for an oh so yummy Gluten free dessert! Enjoy and vote for me!...
Gluten Free Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Having been gluten free for over two years now I can tell you from experience that gluten free foods have not always tasted that great especially baked goods like pizza crust and cookies. Luckily over time mainstream gluten filled brands started offering Gfree options which in turn forced the exclusively Gfree brands to really step up their game. This healthy competition resulted in all kinds of yummy gluten free foods that even our gluten loving friends and families can enjoy. Hooray! Today I’m going to show you our favorite gluten free Valentines Day meal– gluten free pizza and gluten free chocolate chip cookies! In that order ;) We’ve tried a myriad of Gfree pizza crusts, mixes and pre-made but the Namaste brand always wins it’s way into our cupboard as it is the only one that can fool a glutenoid into thinking it’s not gluten free. You do have to bake the crust before you put the toppings on but it’s pretty easy to whip up. To really push the flavors to the artisan level I like to add some Italian herbs into the crust mix before baking. As for toppings we always go for color: green bell pepper, olives and pepperoni or salami. When it comes time for cookies we prefer the chocolate chip variety and it seems that good old gluten free Betty Crocker line of sweets never fails us. I know this sounds stupid but these cookies are in no way healthy. I say this because some of the natural gluten free cookie mixes actually are healthier but the taste is no match for Bettty Crocker....
Most Memorable DIY and Craft Projects of 2011

Most Memorable DIY and Craft Projects of 2011

It seems like just yesterday we were steadily producing our once weekly internet show (Craft-Tastic LIVE) and then BLAM out of nowhere we’re buying a home, laying down laminate, setting up a dedicated craft studio and starting a new blog…. Just 6ish months later Hand MAKE My Day has already racked up 125 blog posts and over 100 unique DIY /craft projects! Don’t worry we’ve whittled it down to our top ten most memorable projects with plenty of visual candy for you ADD creative people (photos have links to corresponding blog posts). 1) The back breaker award. Floating stairs refinish! Cliff spent weeks tediously pulling out hundreds of carpet nails, sanding and sanding and more sanding, then staining. The hard work really paid off! Now we just need a bannister….. 2) The most unlikely popular craft. Paint chip address cards. WOW….. Who knew the entire internet would weigh in on the controversy of paint chip crafting and polarize me as the evil paint chip craft ring leader? 3) Project that made people go “Huh?” Our indoor swing. My mom is still asking what possessed us to hang a swing inside. Our answer; “Because it’s rad!” 4) Favorite craft. Giant Paint Chip Lite Brite Christmas Tree. There’s something about playing with giant Lite Brite that just makes Christmas better. 5) Best up-cycle. The stereo cabinet turned mini shoe closet. Maybe it’s because I scored the stereo cabinet for free and proved to Cliff that it would be put to good use. 6) Favorite creative technique. Ok, I’m patting myself on the back for figuring out how to make the perfect...
Mistletoe Mojito Holiday Cocktail Recipe – Gluten Free

Mistletoe Mojito Holiday Cocktail Recipe – Gluten Free

This year I decided to switch up our regular holiday cocktail selection with something a little more tropical and I’m happy to report that the Mistletoe Mojito was a hit among friends, family and neighbors! The spiced rum gives this fruity drink a kick of holiday cheer that will have your party guests asking for those “Merry Mistletoe Mojitos” in holidays to come. Recipe 3 oz Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum (original) (btw- It’s gluten free) 4 oz pear juice (natural is best) 2 strawberries (Quartered) 3 large mint leaves Splash of 7up Slice of pear for garnish How-to In a shaker muddle mint and strawberries with rum. Add pear juice and shake. Pour into cocktail glass and add a splash of 7up. Always drink responsibly and be warned that this sweet and spicy cocktail may have you kissing more than just your date on New Years Eve! Craft...
Thrifty Homemade Hot Chocolate Christmas Gift

Thrifty Homemade Hot Chocolate Christmas Gift

Hot chocolate holiday gifts are great small presents to have around for neighbors, co-workers, teachers and party hosts. If your pockets are lined with gold then you can easily pick up pre-fab hot chocolate gifts at just any store for around $10 each. If you are thrifty like me read on because I’m about to show you how to craft up some sweet homemade hot chocolate Christmas gifts that won’t cost you an arm or a leg but will look just as cute if not cuter than store bought. The trick to making this thrifty homemade Christmas gift is buying the embellishments and mugs at the Dollar Store. When shopping for trimmings always keep in mind that you want at least 3 different embellishments in various sizes. I used a tiny bow, medium size snowflake and a candy cane. The best advice I have is to not cheap out on the chocolate unless you like getting dirty looks from your friends, family, teachers and co-workers. I went for the Swiss Miss variety pack which sounds like I’m not following my own advice but hear me out: A) I like Swiss Miss over everything else I’ve tried (even the expensive organic stuff). B) Variety is fun in gifts. C) 24 individual packs for $10 is a great deal. I filled test tubes up with Ghirardelli white and dark chocolate chips, marshmallows and Swiss Miss: Milk, Dark, Mint, Vanilla and Caramel. 4 tubes (2 with different hot chocolate flavors) fit perfectly into a standard size mug. It starts looking expensive when you add  a little square of decorative tissue paper, a...