Wednesday, September 12, 2012

And The Kind Bar Cube Giveaway Winner Is...

And the Kind Bar Cube winner is Jordan....who wrote:

I like both your page and Kind on facebook! I'd love to try the new line of Kind bars, the flavors all sound delicious...especially the chocolate cinnamon pecan! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Jordan you have 48 hours to contact me at with your mailing info to claim your prize. Congratts.....they are yummy!!! :)

Winner was picked by using


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kind Nuts & Spice Bar Review & Giveaway

I recently had the pleasure of trying Gluten Free Kind Nuts & Spice Bars. Since Hunter, my youngest, was recently diagnoised with a wheat allergy, it has been difficult finding "To Go" snacks for him and my family. Boy were we excited when we were "Kinded" and received the Kind Cube! This cube contains bars from their Nuts & Spice colllection and let me tell you......they were FABULOUS! With flavors like Cashew & Ginger Spice, Madagascar Vanilla Almond, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan and Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt (my personal fav) in the heck could you go wrong?? 

Each bar is created from high quality whole nuts and wonderful spices. The best part about these bars....They are All Natural, Gluten Free, Very Low Sodium, Low Glycemic, No Sugar Alcohols, Non-GMO (go here to see why GMO is BAD) and all but the Chocolate varieties are Dairy Free. They contain protein and fiber to fulfill the snack time hungers and I even used the Chocolate bars as a healthy dessert!! I am embarrassed to tell you how fast the cube went in my house. My son actually talked me into giving him the last bar... but was willing to share.  :)

Now for the Giveaway.....KIND SNACKS has been so KIND to offer The Coupon Cowgirl readers a chance to win one KIND Nuts & Spice Cube!!  It is not currently available for purchase and is packed with five bars of each of the four KIND Nuts & Spices flavors for a total of 20 KIND BARS! 

To qualify for this giveaway:
 Go to snacks and "like" Kind
Go to The Coupon Cowgirl Facebook and 'like" The Coupon Cowgirl, 
Then leave me a comment letting me know you have done that, and telling me what flavor Kind Bar you think you will like the best! 

Giveaway closes Monday night at Midnight (AZ time of course) and I will announce the winner on Wednesday Sept 12th. The winner will have 48 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be picked. Good Luck and Thank You KIND!! :)

*I was given one KIND Cube to try and review, but all opinions are 100% mine* :)


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Raising Chickens In a Suburban Neighborhood

"Most folks who keep urban fowl...find peace in watching their feathered friends scrabble and strut.  They share organic eggs with neighbors and they take extraordinary delight in harvesting poultry poop for their garden" ~Seattle Times from Keep Chickens~

As much as I would LOVE to live on a Ranch, I don't. Although we don't live on a Ranch, we do live in an area where we can have hens. We keep our chickens in a coop {wouldn't want them to be coyote meat} but let them free-range in the evenings and all day on the weekends when we are home.

Raising hens is much easier than you think. They are easy to tend to, do not take much space and are a great way to supply your family with farm-fresh eggs & fertilizer for your garden. We wanted the boys to have the whole experience of hatching and raising chickens, so we started out with fertile eggs we purchased from a chicken rancher, and hatched them in an incubator. The boys watched these babies grow from day one. They have learned all about the hatching process, holding the chickens the "proper way", cleaning the coop and finally "how to collect the eggs". We got our fist eggs a few weeks ago and they are yummy! There really is a difference in the quality of the eggs. If you have ever thought about raising your own backyard chickens, I highly recommend it. Not only will it save you and your family money on eggs, but the joy I get from feeding my family quality food from my backyard is so worth it!

If you are at all interested in raising your own chickens the first two steps I highly recommend are:

1) Google your county or city regulations on owning hens

2) Purchase this book: Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs and Other Small Spaces By Barbara Kilarski. Although I was raised with chickens, this book gives you great ideas on raising them in small spaces. It is a fun read and has great pics of some really cool coops.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

$3/1 Zevia All Natural Soda

Thanks to Sheryl over at Cents'Able Shoppin for finding this great coupon. Head over and print a new $3/1 coupon for Zevia Soda – if you area Whole Foods shopper, you may find it priced between $3 – $3.50 in store.  You can find Zevia is almost every store – Fry’s, Bashas and Target.

If you are not familiar with Zevia, it is the one soda out there made with all natural Stevia.

Thanks Sheryl!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Wheat Free Diet

My five year old has both a wheat and milk allergy. This is a list of foods to avoid that his Pediatric Gastroenterology office gave me that I found extremely helpful. Remember to READ EVERY LABEL EVERY TIME and if you have any questions about a specific product you can always call the manufacturer.

For a Wheat Free Diet Avoid Foods With Any Of  The Following:
Bread Crumbs
Cereal extract/Cracker meal
Flour (enriched, graham, high Gluten, high protein, whole wheat)
Vital gluten
Wheat (bran, germ, gluten, starch)

Ingredients That May Indicate The Presence Of Wheat:
Gelatinized Starch
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Modified food starch
natural flavoring
Soy Sauce
Vegetable gum/starch

Monday, August 27, 2012

Don't forget to order your Bountiful Basket. Today at noon, Bountiful Basket Food Co-op will open up for offerings. With a $15.00 offering, you can score yourself a basket of 50/50 fruit and veggies. Bountiful Basket Food Coo-op also distributes organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. Check out Bountiful Baskets HERE.


Heirloom Strawberry Preserves

There is nothing like the fresh tastes of homemade strawberry preserves. Not only do you save money, but also have the satisfaction of not feeding the kids High Fructose Corn syrup. I wont go into the details of HFCS, if you are interested go HERE to learn about the dangers of it. Do you know how easy it is to make your own Strawberry Preserves?  Here is a very easy recipe from Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving. If you are new to canning, I highly recommend buying this book. It is easy to follow and gives a thorough guide on how to can at home.

Heirloom Strawberry Preserves (makes 4 half pints)
1 1/2 quarts strawberries
5 cups sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice

Combine strawberries and sugar in large sauce pot. Let stand 3-4 hours. Bring to boil while stirring until sugar dissolves. This is the point where I use a bean/potato masher and mash up the strawberries. Add lemon juice. Cook rapidly until strawberries are transparent and syrup is thick. Ladle into a shallow pan and let stand uncovered 12-24 hours in cool place stirring occasionally. Heat strawberries and syrup until hot throughout. Remove from heat ans skim foam.  Ladle hot preserves into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head-space. Adjust two-piece caps and process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes. Remove and let sit for 12-24 hours. After 12-24 hours, press down top and make sure it does not move. If it does not you have a good seal and can tighten rings and place in pantry. If it does move place in refrigerator to use up first. Don't forget to label your preserves with the date. Use your fresh HFCS FREE preserves on pb&j or even on ice cream. Trust me, you will never by preserves from the store again!!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Bulk Brownie Mix

I love Country Momma Cooks Blog.  I would love to have dinner with her some time! After finding out my youngest has both a wheat and dairy allergy, I had to revise her recipe to work with our family. Boy is it yummy! To get the original recipe go HERE, otherwise, this is the wheat/dairy free version of her bulk brownie recipe: 



Bulk Brownie Mix


  • 7 1/2 oat flour( I grind organic oats)
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. cocoa powder
  • 8 c. sugar
Mix the flour, powder and salt making sure that it is very well combined.
Next add the cocoa and sugar stir well and place into an airtight gallon sized container and label
with the directions.
Makes 4 large (9x13"size pans)

Directions for baking:
  • 4 c. brownie mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c.(2 sticks)Best Life buttery baking sticks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbs. water
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all the ingredients and bake in a 9x13" cake pan for 30 minutes.

 This is sooooo yummy! Try it and let me know what you think!