Did you guys do any baking over the holidays or are you still baking, getting ready for Christmas? I have to admit that I did absolutely nothing until yesterday evening. Because of the Holiday Turkey Hunt Event that started on Thanksgiving night, I was up all day Wednesday and Thanksgiving trying to get that settled. When I signed up for some reason, I was thinking Thanksgiving was the 27th or somewhere around there.
What started out to be a simple giveaway turned into a nightmare when Rafflecopter updated on Wednesday to make some changes and the system crashed! I had no way of getting my giveaway published and I was freaking out! And I had 20 sponsors who I knew where counting on me.
Then I remembered I had an invite to Giveaway Tools, so they saved that giveaway or I would not have been able to get it going. It took RC until late last night to get my account fixed and I will be testing it with this giveaway here in a few. So, if RC is fixed you will see that form, if not, then when Giveaway Tools pops up, you will know it hasn't been fixed.
So, that is why we had no Thanksgiving, well, that is until today. I stayed up last night and got some things prepared and the kid's will be coming later today to eat. Since Thanksgiving is really over, we decided to cook a ham. I wanted pot roast but hubby wanted ham so what the heck! I took this opportunity to use the last of my mixes from Bob's Red Mill, the Brownie Mix, which would have been used on Thanksgiving.
Here are the cupcakes I made from the Brownie mix and yes, I went simple for a lack of time:
The last 2 had 20 sponsors each and I have 2 giveaway events that somehow I managed to join that both start on December 1st! One has 17 sponsors and the other one is not close behind! So, I am working like mad to get all the ones who could not be put in events due to lack of time. I am trying to get you done now before I have to start on those last 2 events. I did not want to make you wait until after December 1st for your review when alot of you are already way behind, so I deeply apologize for that.
My punishment was no Thanksgiving and while my family ate at other places, I stayed home and tried to get caught up. I also made vanilla cupcakes from the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix but I have no photo's since the camera decided to die on me so, I can only show you the bag of vanilla cake mix that I took the minute they arrived in the mail awhile back.
As for the next item, that was made awhile ago and was really only for me as Mike won't eat much of anything that is good for him. I had gotten a bag of Oat Bran & Nuts Cookie Mix also and I made myself some of those and they are all gone! And yes, I made them during one of the times that the camera was on the blink so I can't show you how awesome they turned out, just a picture of the cookie mix. After this weekend is over, I am gonna have to make a decision to either try and get that thing fixed or get a new one, whichever one is cheapest.
All of Bob's Red Mill products are truly awesome. I have tested anything from cake mixes to sea salt and baking essentials. I have done several granola reviews also and I haven't found anything yet that we did not like. I actually don't have a problem with gluten (or maybe I do and have been misdiagnosed as having IBS) but whatever, I do dabble in the gluten free products from time to time to see if it will help my stomach issues.
I can't tell any difference in taste or texture so I can tell you that I don't think you will either. Now, whether it helps me or not, I don't know as I haven't just gone totally gluten free, I take it in bouts and fits and have no conclusive results to share. I think I mainly do it to try to give my belly and gut a break from all the bad stuff. I have relied on Bob's Red Mill for the bulk of those products and in my opinion they are really superior. I have tasted some really yucky gluten free products so I can tell the difference in taste and texture.
Of course, you can buy regular mixes at Bob's Red Mill also. They offer a mixture of both kinds and you will see a wide range of products from them. They have a really extensive list of cereals, both hot and cold along with baking aids to help you in your baking and cooking.
I have tried several of their soup bean mixes and they are really off the chart! I can't say enough about them and sincerely hope that you will give them a try. Especially if you have a gluten intolerance. Their products come the closest to eating the real thing and even I can't tell the difference. They even have potato flakes that you can make into mashed potatoes. I haven't tried those yet and I am thinking that might be my next project. The above picture is of their 13 Bean Soup Mix, which I have tried in the past and it is really good! Fantastic with cornbread (can you tell I am in the South?).
Whatever your favorite is, I am sure you will find something comparable on Bob's Red Mill. Oh, and you don't have to buy online, if you prefer to see it in person. Of course, each store is different but I have seen Bob's Red Mill products in several of my area grocery stores. So, if I can find it here in the North Georgia Mountains, then surely they will be in your grocery store, too! They don't carry the whole line, just what I guess they have determined is popular in that area. But, remember, you can order online and the process is really quick and simple.
Also, you can find recipes on their site along with, now get this, if you live in that area, they have cooking classes! Wow, talk about trying to educate people and make a difference! You can also submit recipes if you so like.
Meet the Bob behind Bob's Red Mill:
Before you get to know about our business, you need to meet the man behind it — Bob Moore. You'll recognize his friendly face on our products and if you ever tour our mill or visit the Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Visitor's Center you might even get to meet the man himself.
For over three decades, Bob has been committed to providing people everywhere with the best quality foods available. Bob's 81st birthday was particularly special. Rather than receiving gifts, he decided to give his greatest gift away — his business. Bob surprised all his employees by giving them total ownership of Bob's Red Mill through an Employee Share Ownership Program (ESOP).
For those who know Bob, it's yet another example of his kind-hearted generosity. As Bob puts it "It was just the right thing to do. I have people that have worked with me for over 30 years and each and every one of them deserve this." You can rest assured that every Bob's Red Mill employee is committed to sourcing, milling, testing, packaging, labeling and selling the finest products available. After all, it is our business.You should go over to their site and listen to his interview with Diane Sawyer on why he did this. Wow, too bad he can't run for President! He would be awesome plus he looks a little like a Santa Claus but with short white hair! Now, if more companies did what this man has done as far as treating his employees right, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in right now with jobs! Once an employee knows that you care and respect them, they will go out of their way to pay that back tenfold. It's a two way street but unfortunately, bigger companies are making it a one way street.
Connect with Bob's Red Mill several ways:
13521 SE Pheasant Ct
Milwaukie, OR, 97222
Phone: (503) 654-3215 or Toll-Free (800) 349-2173
The great folks at Bob's Red Mill will be giving one winner the same three products that I just reviewed! You will love them! Good Luck and Open in the U.S. only!