The Single Life
I am single, again. That’s what it feels like.
At least until my husband finally gets home from his hockey game.
You see, he was supposed to be home by 8:30pm so I could go grocery shopping at Trader Joes, and they close at 9pm. I was killing time playing a game (trying to not get too involved in anything, like drinking a glass of wine, eating some dessert and writing a blog post or something), and I looked at the clock to see that it was 8:55pm. I was still single. No husband.
At least, not in the house. So, I said to myself, “Self! We are not getting to the grocery store even if he walks in right now. So… Let’s break out that wine, try those single serving Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free Brownies and get to writin’.”
OK, let’s be honest. Even though I love my wine, the brownies came first.
I received these single-serving packet, microwavable brownies from Pamela’s Products. (Yes, I got them for free. There was no other discussion. I didn’t even say I would do a review or anything. I just want to.) So, I thought I would give them a try.
You open the packet. Pour the brownie mix in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix. Microwave for 1 minute (I needed 1.5 minutes for mine.) depending on your microwave wattage. Enjoy.
And, I did. Standing in my kitchen with the bowl on a towel to protect my hand from the hot bowl. I felt like I was totally back in my single days. It was strange because I haven’t been there in over a decade.
In the picture above, you can see the little pockets of air formed to give the brownies just enough chewiness and fluff. Just like a brownie should have. The steam escaping from the little espresso colored cake brought aromas of chocolate smoothness that made my mouth water. (OK, you IFBC attenders. Was that good food description? I don’t know how to describe chocolate without saying chocolate.)
So, the verdict on these single-serving, microwavable brownie packets from Pamela’s Products is – Good! If you have a need for them, such as teenagers, college kids, living single, etc., they are a good choice. If you want to have gluten-free brownies available to you whenever you want them (you might want to have some will-power, if you know what I mean).
I think I will link this post to Gluten-Free Wednesdays at The Gluten-Free Homemaker. Linda always has some great ideas over there, so take a look.
International Food Bloggers Conference
In other news, the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) was held in Seattle this weekend. Without me. I didn’t commit early enough, and it sold out. Of course, I was totally jealous and probably will be for days of all the great gluten-free bloggers that went. Make sure you check out the blog posts that they will be putting up about their adventures. I will try to keep a running tab here, but I’m sure I will miss some. So, let me know if I miss you, and I will add you to the list.
IFBC Gluten-Free Blogger Posts
- Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free – International Food Blogger Conference 2010
- Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free – Take 2 – What I Really Took Away From the International Food Blogger Conference 2010
- Ricki at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs – Musings on the IFBC for Those of Us Stuck at Home
- Wendy at Celiacs in the House – International Food Bloggers Conference, Meeting My Fellow Food Bloggers
- Wendy at Celiacs in the House – International Food Bloggers Conference, Just Folks Who Are Passionate About Food
- Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom – The International Food Bloggers Conference Recap
- Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl – International Food Bloggers Conference, The Sessions
- Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl – International Food Bloggers Conference 2010, Downtown Seattle
- Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl – International Food Bloggers Conference, Gluten-Free Food and Friends
In addition, I was thinking about trying something. Let me know if you would be interested in participating or in reading. I was thinking of doing a month of having guest posts about gluten-free holidays. I have perusing some of my favorite bloggers to get ideas for making Christmas gifts. (I am already planning on using Heidi’s [of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom] idea of homemade body scrub and Shirley’s [of Gluten-Free Easily] idea of homemade vanilla extract.) I love to make gifts. People usually like them better than store-bought stuff, especially if you can consume it in some way. Even my teenager brothers and sister-in-law like getting a bag of cookies and fudge that they get all to them selves. (They are 16, 16, and 13, respectively.)
I was thinking of doing it in the month of October so we can include Halloween ideas and Thanksgiving ideas, too. And, before I accidentally disrespect anyone’s views, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, also. If I’m forgetting any holiday, please forgive me, and correct me. Thanks!
If anyone would be interested in guest posting, please let me know in the comments below or email me at glugleglutenfree[at]gmail[dot]com. I’m sure many of you have great ideas for gluten-free holidays. I, and many others, would love to hear (read) them.
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™