Thursday, April 25, 2013

Free Family Fun

My son is obsessed with trains.  Well, really, its transportation in general. Airplanes, cars, trucks, monster trucks, he'll take them all, but trains are his favorite.  So recently my husband suggested an afternoon trip to the local Amtrak station to watch a train come in and leave, horn tooting and everything.

 Some tips:
1. Call ahead, or check online for the times the trains come in. 
 2. Prepare for them to be late (like ours was)
 3. Bring a snack! We stopped for coffee and doughnuts. The sugar made it that much more exciting!
 4. Take pictures of their faces. It was priceless.

 5. Have fun!!
For information on the Saratoga Amtrak, visit their website.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Prize Pack Details!

One lucky winner will get this prize pack! Be sure to check out this page for contest details.

This handmade zippered tote, with a scarf and tie-on headband inside, plus two coupons to use later!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Contest Time!

May is a big month for Crooked By Design (May 27th is the 1st birthday!) so here's a contest giveaway.  The rules are really very easy.  Order anything from the shop from now, April 17 until May 31st will be entered to win a FREE gift pack from Crooked By Design.  Details to come on what the free gifts will be. Here's the breakdown:

1. Order must be placed between April 17-May 31st.
2. You must "like" the Crooked By Design Facebook page to be entered.
3. Anyone who purchases from the shop will be entered to win, as long as you have also "liked" the Facebook page.
4. You CAN enter multiple times.  For example, order two items, you get two entries and so on.
5. Don't forget to "like" the Facebook page, so you are eligible!  And feel free to tell all your friends!

Drawing will be held on June 1st!

Stay tuned for details on the prize!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Free Stuff at Crooked By Design!

There's lots of fun stuff coming up in my shop.  May 27th is Crooked By Design's 1st Birthday and to show my appreciation for all your support, there will giveaways, contests and other fun things.  But first, lets have a little fun now too!

If you want to keep up with all the discounts and deals going on and to see sneak peeks of new stuff, be sure to LIKE the Crooked By Design Facebook Page.

**UPDATE** 3 PRIZES LEFT! One lucky customer just won themselves a surprise coupon code!

The next four orders to be placed will get a FREE SURPRISE with their order! Two are free items and two are awesome coupon codes.  Past free surprises have been these:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hershey's Gluten-Free Candy (as stated by them)

Here's a helpful list of Hershey's gluten-free delights as well, straight from the company website

Hershey is committed to providing products that meet your dietary needs, and many people today are interested in gluten-free foods.

A food bearing a gluten-free claim does not contain the protein from wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, triticole, farina, vital gluten semolina, malt vinegar or protein derivatives of these foods.

For your convenience, the current products listed below have been fully evaluated and qualify as gluten-free using standards proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please note, this list is not all inclusive as we have other products that do not have gluten containing ingredients.

The best way to determine if our products contain a gluten ingredient is to read our product label. This label includes an accurate, current listing of the ingredients in our products. Because, on occasion, the list of ingredients can change, we strongly encourage you to check the ingredient label on the package each time before you make a purchase.
Last updated March 15, 2013




HERSHEY'S - Baking Bars


DAGOBA Baking and Beverages - ALL



HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar

HERSHEY'S Syrup and REESE'S Toppings

REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups – ALL Except Seasonal Shaped Items



YORK Peppermint Pattie - ALL

GLUTEN-FREE BAKING Gluten Free As Always

Remember: Always read the label of ingredients before using in gluten-free recipes and make sure that the ingredients do not include components that are derived from wheat, rye, barley or triticale.

Happy Gluten-Free Easter!

So there I was, staring at the bowl of Easter candy, overwhelming with potential delight. Then I remembered: those babies are potential gluten-filled stomach grenades.  So here's a list I found to answer some questions (copied directly from

 Here's the list, updated as of March 2013, of gluten-free Easter candy — as you'll see below, there are plenty of options you can use to make up a really nice gluten-free Easter basket.
Unless otherwise noted, these candies are considered by their manufacturers to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten, which makes them "gluten-free" according to the currently accepted definition.
One note: there seems to be plenty of debate each year over whether Cadbury Creme Eggs are gluten-free or not. In the U.S., Cadbury Easter products are made by Hershey's, which does not consider them to be gluten-free due to the potential risk of gluten cross-contamination in manufacturing.
However, the eggs appear to contain no gluten ingredients (Hershey's will specify any gluten-containing ingredients on the label). So the bottom line is, use caution with Cadbury Creme Eggs, and eat them at your own risk — they may contain trace gluten due to shared manufacturing lines or facilities.
Here's the list of gluten-free Easter candy. If you're wondering about the gluten status of a candy product not on this list, you should be able to find information on it in my main candy article, Gluten-Free Candy. Happy Easter!

Gluten-Free Easter Candy

• Easter-themed Dove chocolate products, including Dove chocolate Easter bunnies, Dove egg-shaped candies and Easter-themed Dove bars (always check the label, as I've occasionally seen Dove chocolate products with "made on equipment shared with wheat" warnings)
• Easter-themed M&Ms chocolate products (EXCEPT for pretzel M&Ms), including M&Ms solid milk chocolate Easter bunny, M&M candies in Easter colors, and egg-shaped M&M candies (again, always check the label, as I've occasionally seen M&M products with a "shared equipment" warning)
• Plain milk chocolate regular-sized Hershey's Kisses in Easter-themed foil wrappers (for more on the gluten status of Hershey's Kisses products, check out Are Hershey's Kisses Gluten-Free?)
• Jelly Belly jelly beans (INCLUDING licorice flavor jelly beans) and all Jelly Belly specially themed Easter packages
• Easter-themed Starburst candy, including jelly beans and special Easter candy packages
• Easter-themed Tootsie Roll candy, including Dubble Bubble Easter egg-shaped bubble gum, Tootsie Pops, Charms Blow Pops and Charms Candy Carnival products
• Necco Candy Eggs
• Peeps marshmallow treats by Just Born (check the label to make sure it states "gluten-free" below the list of ingredients — most do, but a few are made in shared facilities)
• Kraft Bunny Mallows and Egg Mallows (marshmallow Easter-themed treats) (Kraft will clearly disclose any gluten ingredients on the label)
Again, these candies are considered gluten-free to 20 parts per million. If you have any questions about a specific product, contact the manufacturer.

Easter Candy That's NOT Considered Gluten-Free

• Balmer Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
• Brach's Speckled Jelly Bird Eggs
• Cadbury Creme Eggs (see note above)
• Cadbury Mini-Eggs
• Cadbury Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
• Frankford Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
• Ghirardelli chocolate Easter eggs
• Hershey's Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
• Hershey's Easter egg candies (all sizes and flavors)
• Jolly Ranchers jelly beans and other Easter-themed candy
• Lindt chocolate carrots
• Lindt Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
• Mighty Malts Speckled Malted Milk Eggs
• Russell Stover Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
• Sweetarts jelly beans and other Easter-themed candy
• Whoppers Robin Eggs and Mini Robin Eggs
• Zachary chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs
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