The holidays are flying by at lightning speed.
Just like they always do.
But this year I decided I was going to be prepared. I actually started making my Christmas presents in September. That’s right! September! If you read my post about homemade limoncello and other presents to make, you will know I had to start that early to get the limoncello ready in time. (By the way, it’s amazing!)
I also decided that I was going to do my first-ever guest post series. The theme was gluten-free holidays. Well, due to my own crazy life, as well as the crazy lives of my wonderful guest bloggers, the posts were a bit sporadic. But I kind of liked it that way. Like a dash of seasoning here and there. So, I have decided to do a round-up of the lovely recipes that they were gracious enough to offer to my readers in case you are looking for any last-minute holiday ideas. They had some great ones. (And I will throw in a couple of my own, just because I can. It’s my blog!)
In addition, this post will contain a review of the new Shabtai Swiss Chocolate Roll. The lovely people at Shabtai were so sweet to send me one for review. But, not only did they send me one to review, they have offered a “sweet” giveaway to you. But, you will have to keep reading to find out what and how…
Holiday Guest Post Round-Up
First, let’s remember those fabulous women who were so kind as to offer great recipes and writing. We had Gluten-Free Gigi and her decadent Halloween Cupcakes. And, these chocolate cupcakes are good for any time. Not just Halloween. Just use a little red and green frosting for Christmas. Or many colors for New Year’s Eve. Chocolate! It’s what’s for dinner! Uh? That’s not right. I mean… It’s what’s for …ANYTIME! There. That’s better.
Then, Kim from Cook IT Allergy Free gave us a peek into her holiday life with her Crustless Pumpkin Streusel Pie and Uncle Norm. What a fabulous take on a pumpkin pie. And, it sounds much more tasty to me. Plus, Uncle Norm just cracks me up.
Next was Shirley from gfe – gluten-free easily. She gave us Crustless Fudge Pie – The Clark Kent of Pies. Oh, yeah! Superman, tights, Clark Kent… Oh, excuse me. Wha-? What was I doing? We were talking or something.
Kim at Simple Ginger gave us Christmas Cookies back. I think a lot of you have realized that you miss regular Christmas cookies, but it didn’t occur to you until the holidays rolled around, and you realized that you couldn’t have them. But, now you can. Kim’s recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions are a wonderful help.
And, last, but not least, was Iris from The Daily Dietribe. She gave us Sweet Potato Biscuits. Iris has been working so hard on her studies and finals, but she was able to give us this amazing recipe. The light, fluffy goodness just makes my mouth water.
I had a few of my own holiday recipes, in case any of them sound good to try out. There was Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins; Christmas Lasagna; Golden Beet, Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad; and Ginger Cake Cookies.
Maybe one of these recipes can help with an idea for the holidays we have left in this year. Or maybe something to try out in the new year.
Shabtai Swiss Chocolate Roll Review and Giveaway
Speaking of New Year, I think I have a way for three of you to ring in the new year very “sweetly”. The wonderful folks at Shabtai sent me a few goodies to try, including their Swiss Chocolate Roll. I must say, I really dig this roll. It is light and creamy at the same time.
And, I hope I don’t offend anyone at Shabtai, but I really mean this in a good way. It kind of reminds me of a very large Ho-Ho. Yes, the Hostess Ho-Ho. So, I decided to do a little bit of research. Did you know that the Swiss Roll has been around for a long time but was not created in Switzerland? It originated in Central Europe. And, the actual ho-ho was invented in a bakery in San Francisco in 1967. And, it looks like it was based on the Swiss Roll, not the other way around.
In addition, I am not the only one that feels this way. Check out this review by Gluten-Free Steve, and another review by Hold the Gluten. (That giveaway is closed, but…read on.)
Anyway, the point is that Shabtai made these wonderful rolls gluten-free for you and me. And, they have not just chocolate but also, raspberry and apricot. AND… they are giving away one of each of these rolls to three of you wonderful people.
Now, it is cutting it down to the wire, but Shabtai will do their best to get these to you by New Year’s Eve to celebrate the new year. If, for some reason, the post office can’t get them to you before the first of the year, you should have them soon after to start your new year.
So, here’s what you need to do to enter this giveaway. Just leave a comment below telling me which roll you would be most pleased to receive. We will pick three winners by December 27th at noon PST with a random number generator. This way we can get those rolls out to you as soon as possible. Just be sure to leave your email address at the prompt in the comment area so we can contact you as soon as possible. (The address doesn’t show up when you click “post a comment”.)
There are bonus entries, if you so choose.
~Post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share it on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~Tweet about this giveaway using @GlugleGFree and @GlutenFreeBakes. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via reader or email (upper right-hand corner of page). Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~“Like” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.
~“Follow” me on Twitter. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~“Friend” me on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.
~“Like” Shabtai on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.
~ “Follow” Shabtai on Twitter. Leave a comment here saying that you did.
You can go to Shabtai’s website to take a look at all of the products they offer, too. Some yummy looking stuff. And, by the way, their items are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Their products are also peanut-free, casein-free, lactose-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and corn-free. They are even kosher. Some products do contain eggs, though.
That’s it. Enter away. Leave a comment below. Do what ever bonus entries you want. Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each, since that’s how I will get the numbers for the winners. If you already follow or like, go ahead and leave a comment saying that you already do. That counts.
Have sweet dreams of Swiss Rolls dancing in your heads. I plan on this being the last post until after Christmas, so please have a happy holiday. See you after the
craziness festivities are over.
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™
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**Update** Thanks to all of those who entered! Congratulations to the winners – Michelle, Linda, and Liz! I have already emailed you for your addresses. I really hope you enjoy your Swiss Rolls. I am posting the picture of the numbers chosen by random.org. I excluded my own comments to arrive at the comment numbers.