Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka

Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka, perfect for a hot summer night!
Watermelon SpritzerI received Stoli Gluten Free Vodka free of charge, there was no obligation to write a review, it just happened to work great in this drink!

Hot Summer Nights

Miami summer nights are hot. Not just a little hot, a lot hot. The kind of hot where you take a shower because your sweating, and you are sweating in the shower. You would think that this sweltering heat would keep Miamians inside, but it doesn’t. Summer is full of cookouts and beach outings at all times of day.

Hot summer nights call for refreshing drinks, spiked Watermelon Spritzer will hit the spot! Click To Tweet

This past 4th of July I was at a cookout at some friends house. During the afternoon, while kids were swimming and adults were barbecuing, there was a huge bowl of watermelon that everyone was snacking on. Watermelon is perfect on hot days. As the afternoon turned into night, someone had the idea to soak the cubes of watermelon in vodka and it was a hit.

Watermelon Spritzer

Watermelon Spritzer

Now, like most adults, I like a drink now and then….especially when we are outside at night and the spiked watermelon cubes gave me a great idea. They were a bit strong for me, but the flavor was there.

I had been sent a bottle of the new Stoli Gluten Free Vodka by Breakthru Beverage Florida and I had been trying to figure out what to do with it. Stoli Vodka is different from a lot of Vodka’s because it is made with corn and buckwheat which are naturally gluten free grains.

The only thing I had ever made with vodka before  was Penne with Vodka Sauce (which is amazing, go and check it out!). The 4th of July party gave me the perfect idea of a drink to make with the vodka, thus the Watermelon Spritzer was born.

watermelon spritzer

The Recipe

I’m going to admit it. I don’t like strong drinks. Where most people have a mimosa that is Prosecco with a splash of orange juice, I have orange juice with a splash of Prosecco. This isn’t a very strong drink, however feel free to adjust to taste.

My favorite part of this drink is that is really simple…Just 3 ingredients. Watermelon, Vodka, and Sprite. Have kids? Leave out the vodka. It is really good as well! I found that it doesn’t need any other sweetener because of the watermelon and the Sprite. I added the mint for just a little bit of color.

This is the perfect, simple, refreshing drink for summer. Enjoy!

Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka
Watermelon Spritzer with Gluten Free Vodka
Amanda Kanashiro
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  • 1/2 cup small cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 shot gluten free vodka (for children leave out the vodka)
  • Sprite to fill glass
  • ice

  1. Add watermelon to the bottom of the glass.
  2. Crush with the back of spoon to break up watermelon and release juices.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Add gluten free vodka.
  5. Fill glass with Sprite.
  6. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 drink
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Goodie Girl Cookies- Now Available at Publix in South Florida!

Goodie Girl Cookies in South Florida! Find them at Publix.Goodie Girl Cookies in South Florida

 So excited to be partnering with Goodie Girl Cookies! The next few months will be bring lots of cookies and fun recipes! My Gluten Free Miami sponsors help keep this site going! 

Goodie Girl Cookies

There are some new cookies hitting the shelves of Publix. With flavors that will remind you of Girl Scouts (except these are gluten free!), one bite and you will understand why their slogan is

Goodness Never Tasted so Naughty.

They are ridiculously good. When I got my first boxes in, my family had to taste them. Next thing you know I’m hiding them to keep them from eating them before I take my pictures. No one can tell they are gluten free. There is nothing “gluten free” tasting about them and let me tell you, you better be careful because you will eat a whole bag.

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One of the things people miss most when becoming gluten free is the baked goods. You probably thought good cookies were a thing of the past. Sure you can make them, but that takes time. You can’t just open up a bag and enjoy. Thankfully, Publix is now carrying three of the Goodie Girl Cookie flavors for you to enjoy any time you want, plus I have a great giveaway for you to win some for yourself!

Can’t wait? I have a $1.00 of coupon for you! Just click here ———-> Goodie Girl $1.00 off  Coupon!

Goodie Girl Cookies in South Florida

 

Goodie Girl Cookies in South FloridaThe Cookies

Thin Mints

You all know that time of year. Little girls start showing up at tables in front of every store with piles of cookies. You walk by with your head hanging low, trying to avoid eye contact so you won’t have to tell them you aren’t buying any. All those gluten filled Thin Mints you used to love, now a thing of the past.

Well, not anymore. Goodie Girl Cookies has your back. Their Thin Mint Cookies taste just as good, if not, dare I say, better than the Girl Scout Thin Mints. If you love chocolate and mint, these cookies are for you.

 

Goodie Girl Cookies in South FloridaQuinoa Chocolate Chip

Now, when I first read “quinoa” I thought, oh great, another cookie ruined by someone’s attempt to make cookies healthy. Cookies just aren’t healthy, it’s part of the definition. I was wrong. They are awesome! They don’t even taste like quinoa, they taste like chocolate chip cookies. These were a quick favorite at our house. Chocolate chip cookies are just that one cookie that everyone loves. The Quinoa Chocolate Chip also come in go packs, which are perfect for lunches or when you’re out and about.

 

 

Goodie Girl Cookies in South FloridaOatmeal Raisin

Sooooo good. Crisp, with a bit of a crunch. Everything that you would expect in an Oatmeal Raisin cookie. These have that great balance of being sweet but not to sweet, with that great oatmeal texture. Out of the three these are actually my favorite.

 

 

 

Goodie Girl Cookies is an amazing My Gluten Free Miami sponsor! Be sure to go to their website, Goodie Girl Cookies, and check them out!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

 

My Hello Fresh Gluten Free Experience

Hello Fresh Gluten Free- The ExperienceHello Fresh Gluten FreeHello Fresh provided meals free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated monetarily.

Update

We have since purchased Hello Fresh quite a few times since the initial review was written and still enjoy it from time to time. Allergens are always well labeled and we have enjoyed a large variety of meals from them. Most of the meals we get are with naturally gluten free ingredients. Even my parents have gotten in on the action. Because my toddler has started eating more, we switched to the family plan and like it.  If you want to try it, you can get $30.00 off your first order.

Hello Fresh, Hello Easy

Lately I have been inundated with ads for Boxed Meal Services- you know, those services where a company basically plans out your menu, does the grocery shopping and mails it to you. Sounds like a pretty good idea if you are a really busy, but just don’t want to eat fast food or take out.

However, if you have celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity or other food allergies, it may not be that easy (of course take out really isn’t an option either if you have any of these). My curiosity got the best of me so I started looking at several. What I found was most couldn’t be adjusted for gluten free easily or I couldn’t find out much about their position on allergies.

When I was looking I noticed that Hello Fresh clearly lists allergens right under each meal so I decided to write Hello Fresh and see if they would send me some meals to check out. Much to my delight they said yes and 4 meals for 2 were on their way.My week of Hello Fresh Gluten Free went really well! 

(Just in case you don’t want to read the whole post and you want to try Hello Fresh- click here for $30.00 off your first box!)

Hello Fresh Gluten Free

The Hello Fresh Gluten Free Experience

Hello Fresh Gluten FreePackaging:

I was a bit concerned about waste, but there really was not any more than if I had bought everything myself at the store. Obviously, there was a box and 3 huge ice packs, but I reused the box and threw the ice packs in the freezer to use next time we go to the beach. Plus, they sent me a really cool apron. I love aprons. Ingredients for each meal were packed in their own little recyclable cardboard box. This was AWESOME, I just cleared a small space in the fridge and stacked them in, super simple.

Recipes:

Hello Fresh Gluten Free Clear, easy and concise. No fancy tools required. Nice picture on the front, simple and to the point instructions on the back. I really don’t think it could get any easier. Especially since everything was packed in its own little box. A teenager could follow this to make dinner, no problem.

Clean Up:

I gotta tell you. This was my favorite part. The recipes are engineered to require minimal dishes. Most nights was a pan, a knife and a cutting board. They even tell you what order to cut things in so you don’t have to have multiple cutting boards. It was great to have dinner done AND hardly any dishes to do.Hello Fresh Gluten Free

Is it Enough Food:

Yes. It is enough food for 2 adults to have decent sized portions. It was also enough for my toddler to eat as well. I made a few adjustments each meal for her. For example, with the Jerked Chicken, I just kept aside a few pieces that just had salt and pepper. For the Steak with Chipotle Pan Sauce, I didn’t put any sauce on her steak and I kept out some corn for her. It was really simple.

Allergies:

I know this was the part you were all waiting for. I was very impressed with the way Hello Fresh handles allergens. They clearly list on each recipe (and on the website) if there are any the Top 8 allergens in a dish. They also provide an ingredient list that tells you which ingredient has which allergen.

Three of the meals this week were naturally gluten free, which was really easy. One that I had was not. It used panko, which I easily replaced with gluten free breadcrumbs that I had. I wasn’t worried about cross contamination because everything is packed and sealed separately. I took a look at a bunch of other meals and the gluten tends to be in simple to replace items, like soy sauce.

Cost:

It is about 20.00 a night for enough to make two adult meals and feed a toddler. While it may be cheaper to buy ingredients yourself, it is definitely cheaper than ordering take out or eating fast food. Personally, I thought the quality of the meat and produce was good. It is not something I would do every week, but if I know I’m going to have a busy week, I would consider it, just to have some easy healthy meals on hand.

Final Thoughts

I loved it. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom and work at home, but by the time it hits 5:00 I can’t even think. All of the meals took under thirty minutes or about the same time as one Doc Mcstuffins episode. Plus, all the meals tasted great and we ate healthy, quality food. It was plenty for my husband, plus my 19 month old.

I love to cook, but some nights I need quick and easy and this worked. I’m planning to keep ordering it occasionally.  It’s nice to eat something a bit different and helpful when I’m just to busy.

Try it Yourself:

Want to try the Hello Fresh Gluten Free experience? I got a 30.00 off for you. That’s pretty awesome. Just click here:


That’s pretty cheap for dinner! If you want to save even more you could also always use Ebates (affliate link)- they give you 15% cash back on Hello Fresh orders…between the code and Ebates, you should definitely check it out!

If you try it (or have already tried it) let me know what you think!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

 

Love with Food Subscription Box July 2016

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Christmas in July

At least that is what it felt like when my Love with Food Gluten Free Subscription Box July 2016 came! I am a sucker for anything in the mail, and packages I can open have me even more excited! I just love all the individually sized goodies. They are so great to throw in my purse or diaper bag, so that I’m never left hungry!

Plus, if you click the banner below, you can get 50% of your first box! It’s an awesome ways to discover new gluten free foods!
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Love with Food Gluten Free Subscription June Box 2016

If you like to try out new products, without spending a fortune, than check out Love with Food’s Gluten Free Subscription June Box!

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The name says it all. I am most definitely in love with food. I love nothing more than trying out new things. Since being diagnosed with Celiac it is a bit more difficult. Subscription boxes like Love with Food are a big help. You can get a Love with Food  Gluten-Free Box for 50% of this month and it includes a subscription to Good Housekeeping!

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Boulder Organic Soup Review

Perfect for a quick meal, this Boulder Organic Soup Review focuses on two of their delicious flavors!Boulder Organic Soup ReviewProduct was received in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

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Boulder Organic offers a gluten free, organic choice for busy families who want delicious soup in a hurry. Founded in Boulder Colorado, they offer 14 different varieties of soup, created with whole food ingredients. When I first looked at the ingredients I was shocked to recognize everything on the label. No preservatives, no words I couldn’t understand, just straight forward, organic ingredients, the kind I would use to make myself, only being able to buy it at the store was definitely much easier! Even though we live in South Florida, we also enjoy a nice bowl of soup, especially with a gluten free sandwich- soup and sandwiches has always been a favorite of mine.

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Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe Mixes Review

Get the deliciousness of Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe at home!Jewel's BakeryI was provided product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

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If you are lucky enough to live in Phoenix, Arizona, then perhaps you have had the luxury of visiting Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe, an all gluten free restaurant. I have spent more time than I care to admit drooling over their pictures on Instagram. Everything from gluten free waffles and fried chicken, to donuts and eclairs, I dream of one day eating there.

I haven’t yet made it out to Arizona, but fortunately I didn’t have to. Jewel’s has now taken some of their most popular baked goods and turned them into easy to make at home mixes. I was beyond excited to try them out. In addition to the chocolate chip cookie, cornbread, brownie, pancake, and all purpose flour mixes, I was also sent this cookie:

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The Piping Gourmets, Whoopie Pie Review

The Piping Gourmets make delicious gluten free, vegan and kosher Whoopie Pies!

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Founders Leslie and Carolyn began The Piping Gourmets and production of their delicious Whoopie Pies to fill a void that they saw in the gluten free dessert market. Locally based out of Miami, the desserts are not only gluten free (yay!), but also vegan, kosher, and non-gmo. With a variety of flavors, these individually wrapped whoopie pies are a game changer.

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3 Reasons to Love Toffee-Tastic Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

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The cry for gluten free girl scout cookies has been answered! Ok, so it may have been answered a year or two ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to try these Toffee-Tastic cookies. It is not for lack of trying. I have looked. Every time I see the girl scouts out in front of a store, I stop, but no one has them. Last night, fate shone down upon me. I met a girl scout who was selling the gluten free girl scout cookies at my gluten free support group.

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