Archive for September 2014

Pumpkin Beer Season: My favorite time of the year

St. Ambrose Pumpkin Ale
I always hear magical music this time of the year when I go to my local Binny’s in Downers Grove/Lombard when pumpkin beer season starts. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Since there is not many songs for fall or Halloween, I usually have Christmas music in my head as I go up... Read more »

Gluten Free Taste Test: Cookie time Among Friends

This package caught my eye when I found this at Whole Foods. Finally found a molasses cookie mix.
Anyone hungry for COOKIES? Of course, you are.  How about gluten-free cookies? If you are, then you are definitely in for a treat. I happen to stumble on this cookie mix on a random grocery shopping trip to Whole Foods.  Hello!  What do we have here? What really caught my eye was that the mix... Read more »

Ray Rice: Knowing when say NO to domestic violence and abuse

Ray Rice: Knowing when say NO to domestic violence and abuse
There is another statistic and example of domestic violence. Honestly, I was not planning on writing about the whole Ray Rice and domestic violence.  I have talked about domestic violance before in the past and felt like I was going to repeat myself. That’s until I saw this from another friend’s feed and I quickly... Read more »

Justin's versus Theo Peanut Butter Cups: Gluten-Free Taste Test

Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Ladies and gentleman, start your peanut butter cups! These are not your average Reese’s peanut butter cups too. I am so over those years ago. I am now into the big leagues. We are talking about Theo Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups – two organic brands that you can find at... Read more »
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