Thursday 31 October 2013

List of Halloween goodies a celiac can indulge in!

If you know me well you know how much I love sweets, so in order to steal candy from my kids goodie bags this year, I found this extensive list of all goodies  Celiac's can indulge in.
 Hehehehe, Thought you may find this list helpful as well. I think I may keep this list posted for dear son to reference. But remember manufacturers change ingredients often so please watch your labels, as well.

A very special Thank You to the Celiac Support Group at Children's Hospital, Boston, GI / Nutrition Department 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 Phone 617-355-2127

Gluten Free Candy List For Halloween

Master Foods USA
(M&M Mars)
Consumer Affairs
800 High Street
Hackensack, NJ 07840

All Starburst
Starburst Jelly Beans
All M&M's (EXCEPT the blue package of crisps)
3 Musketeers
Milky Way Dark Chocolate Covered almonds
Snickers Bar
Snickers with Almond
Snickers Cream molded
Dove Truffle Egg
All Dove Chocolate
Amazing Bars (Peanut Butter Chocolate only; NOT crunchy)
M& M Chocolate Hollow Filled Characters

Revere, Ma

Necco Wafers
Mary Janes
Mary Janes Peanut Butter
Canada Mint & Wintergreen Lozenges
Haviland Thin Mints & Candy Stix
Clark Bars
Talking Pumpkins
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Squirrel Nut Caramels
Banana Split and Mint Julip Chews
Necco Ultramints
Sweethearts Conversational Hearts Skybars
Haviland Peppennint & Wintergreen Patties
Necco Candy Eggs

Consumer Relations Department
100 Crystal A Drive Hershey, PA 17033

Hershey Kisses
Milk Chocolate Bar
Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds
Jolly Rancher Candy
Jolly Rancher Lollipops
Almond Joy
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
Reese's Pieces
York Peppermint Patties
Heath Bar
Mr. Goodbar

Confections & Snack Division
P.O. Box 2178
Wilkes Barre, PA 18703 (800-258-6728) nestlebaking(JO,
Babe Ruth
Nestle Milk Chocolate
Oh Henry!
Sweet Tarts
Nestle Turtles
Butterfinger BB's
Nestle Treasures
Wonka Bottlecaps
Wonka Gobstoppers
Wonka Mix Ups
Wonka Pixy Stik
Wonka Shock Tarts
Wonka Tart 'N' Tiny
Wonka Fun Dip (Lik-M-Aid)
Wonka Laffy Taffy
Wonka Nerds
Wonka Nerds
Wonka Runts
Wonka Tangy Taffy
SweetTARTS Lollipops

Chicago, 1L. 60629

Tootsie Rolls
Fruit Rolls
Tropical Dots
Tootsie Pops
Tooties Peppermint Pops
Caramel Apple Pops
Fruit Smoothie Pops
Tropical Stonnz Pops
Child's Play

A division of Tootsie Roll

Blow Pops/Super Blow Pops
Charm Pops
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-DA Pops
Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy
Sugar Daddy Pops
Charms Squares
Charms Sour Balls
Family Fun
Pops Galore
Andes Mints
Sugar Babies

A division of Tootsie Roll

Cella's Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries
Cella's Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries

A division of Tootsie Rolls

Junior Mints
Charleston Chew Junior Charms

Consumer Affairs (800445-5787)

Year Round Candies
Original Fruits
Tropical Typhoon
Berry Blast
Jolly Joes-Grape
Tangy Twister

Original Hot Tamales
Hot Tamales Fire


Original Fruitz
Punch Fruitz


Jelly Beans


Strawberry and Vanilla Creme Flavored MASRSHMALLOW PEEPS Hearts
Non-flavored Hearts

MARSHMALLOW PEEPS Pumpkin, Spooky Cats and Ghosts
MARSHMALLOW PEEPS DelightFills and Cocoa Cats Snack Pack and Variety Pack Bags + MIKE AND IKE, HOT TAMALES, AND ZOURS

MARSHMALLOW PEEPS Christmas Trees and Snowmen
Holiday Cookie Flavored MARSHMALLOW PEEPS Cutouts

401 York Ave. Dayra, PA 18642

Ring Pops
Push Pops
Juicy Bugs
Juicy Drop Chews
Big Mouth Candy Spray
Flip & Dip Push Pop
Baby Bottle Pops

Sunday 27 October 2013

Book Review: The Secret Keeper, Beverly Lewis

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ISBN 9780764209802
From The Back:

Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

Jennifer Burns shocks her family and friends when she bids farewell to her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world, settling in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp.

The people of Hickory Hollow are curious about the beautiful young seeker among them--one handsome Amishman in particular--and Jenny faces many challenges in the Proving time the brethren set for her...challenges of the heart, as well as the spirit.

My Reflections: 

From the  author, Beverly Lewis who has made the Amish culture popular! This book, number four in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, and is sure to delight.

This book was so much more than just a good contemporary fiction. It included a history lesson,  Amish customs and a glimpse into a day in the life of an Amish-woman. To this Amish reading junkie,  I was a kid in a candy store!

Because the story revolves around a seeker (Jennifer Burns) who's life's desire is to become all things Amish, the reader is given a wonderful spy glass into what it truly means to be Amish and the struggles and joys that come along with the "Simple life". The take was so vastly different from the books I have read so far, I found my self to be quite intrigued. The main character is trying to become Amish not trying to leave the Old Order, what a nice change in story line!

Through Lewis's  talented writing, Jennifer learns that being Amish is not a perfect solution to the worlds troubles, that facing your past, dealing with your problems and giving them to God is the only true way to experience peace and joy.

I think my favorite part of this book was about halfway in, when Jennifer falls for the Amishman, That's when the story really blossomed for me, who doesn't love a complicated romance? Can their love ever become a reality?

I was also highly curious about the aspects of her "proving time" Not having read a book that mentions this time of proving ones self as set apart, devoted and submissive to their faith and community of believers. I found this extremely interesting.

I always imagined it would be so nice to be Amish, and live "simple"... but I absolutely love my modern conveniences waaay too much! I guess giving up TV, gardening and canning will have to be as Amish as this county girl's going to get.

In closing, this book was entertaining and educational all at once, and I think if you are a Amish fan like myself you will certainly enjoy reading this novel. Well done Beverly Lewis!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

About the Author:

Beverly Lewis 

Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has...
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Friday 18 October 2013

Book review: A Home for My Heart

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  From the Back:

A sweet story of hope and love set against the poignant backdrop of a 1910 orphanage

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, pouring all her energy into caring for the boys and girls who live there and dreaming of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine, and have children of her own. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the esteemed job of running the orphanage.

There's one glitch. The matron cannot be married. She must focus her attention on the financial, legal, and logistical matters of the Home. Sadie's heart is torn. Should she give up her plans for a life with Blaine in order to continue serving these children who have no one else? Does she, a young woman who was once an orphan herself, have what it takes to succeed in such a challenging career? And when the future of the Home begins to look bleak, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

 My Reflections:

This book was such a touching and sweet story. The plight of orphans hits close to my heart, as my mom was an orphan and had such a hard life because of the pain and hurt she has carried around her whole life.

This book is well written, the issues deep and faith filled. The plot is somewhat simple and a tad predictable, but not in a negative way by any means. I quite enjoyed the relaxed pace the story progressed at and didn't find that it lost my attention at any point.

Saidie Sillsby's character is well developed and true to life. The issues she deals with are typical of orphans and the grace we see her character experience are completely uplifting and make the story a real joy to read.

Blaine her intended, is also a well rounded character, although we don't really get to know him well, he feels somewhat distant in the entirety of the novel. The end of the story kind of brought it all together for me. I would love to see a sequel to this novel about Blaine's Brother Carter. His plight would make an interesting novel.

All in all I quite enjoyed reading about the Raystown Home for Orphans and Friendless Children, it made me want to revisit my desire to foster children in need of some love and stability.
I would recommend this Historical fiction to anyone who wants a heart tugging easy read, the faith elements in this book are clear, and uplifting.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

About the Author:
Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer is a three-time Genesis Contest finalist who has long had a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults.Visit for more information.
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Wednesday 16 October 2013

Book Review: A Bride For Keeps

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From The Back:

Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.

Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

My Reflections:

I received three books packaged in one order this week and was instantly drawn to the beautiful cover of this book, then to the intriguing story line. Upon cracking the cover of this novel I was transported to Kansas in 1876, my heart still lingers there....

This book held me captive, and stole my heart in the process.
It is an endearing story about a man and a woman both harboring pain from the past. Everett Cline a tender, honorable character who has been rejected by three mail order brides, figures he is destined to be a bachelor. His neighbor and friend, Rachel has an entirely different plan for him.

Julia Lockwood is desperate to start new. Her past haunts her and she has sunk to the all time low of answering an ad for a mail order bride. Will her new husband be able to abide by her stipulations?
Her character is one filled with mistrust and longing all at the same time. She yearns for love but can't tolerate the realities of a full marriage arrangement.

In this novel you are given a glimpse into the three other mail order brides stories, which I loved. I can't wait for a sequel on Helga (one of the mail order brides that marries the neighbor)
This really tied the story together for me and I found myself wanting more, so I will be keeping my eyes open for sequels to this book.

In summary, I would definitively recommended this book to anyone wanting a fast paced, heart tendering book that will stick with you. I am keeping this book in my library, it is that good. Wonderful work Melissa Jagears, can't wait to read more!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

About The Author:

 Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. A Bride...

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Wednesday 2 October 2013

Book Review: Unforeseeable

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 ISBN# 978 0 7642 0929 1

From the Back:

Callie Hoffman has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with Lizzie Housler, her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, at the town cafe.

When a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be the victim of a serial killer, the new county sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents. Unsettled at the prospect of a killer in Kingdom, Callie is desperate to find answers for herself, especially when her own fiance seems to know more about the murder than he's telling.

As the town battles an entirely unforeseen danger and Callie's very life is threatened, the stakes are as high as they've ever been and the people of Kingdom must learn anew to put their trust in God alone.

My Reflections: 

Nancy Mehl has done it again, with this third installment of her Road to Kingdom series.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this suspense murder mystery, story line.

In this novel Callie Hoffman and Levi are engaged to be married, but before they actually tie the knot they both have issues they need to face. One of those issues being a serial killer on the loose in their peaceful little Mennonite town of Kingdom.

Mehl masterfully blends the two worlds of Christian fiction and suspense together to immerse the reader in complete and utter harmony. The writing and story line are complex and seamlessly merge the characters from previous books. I enjoyed the aspect of deepening my understanding of the characters and of course all the mystery surrounding the murdered women.

I think the thing I enjoyed most about the Kingdom series is the natural way Mehl creates her characters to wear flesh, and that is something her readers can relate to on a very personal level. Her writing is deep and any reader can glean personal insights through her dynamic writing capabilities.

I would think you could read this book as a stand alone, but honestly why would you? It would be beneficial to the reader to start on book one and work your way up to this third book, as it relies heavily on the knowledge of previous events.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to be lost in a great murder mystery!

 "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

About the Author: Nancy Mehl

 Nancy Mehl

Nancy Mehl is the author of fifteen books and received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Wichita, Kansas where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Visit her website at
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