Welcome to Barefoot Dokusha! Here you will find reviews of the books that I have been reading - a variety of genres, but mostly YA, places I have been, and deals that can be found.

I enjoy sharing things I find with others, and hope that you enjoy them too!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Recipe


  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans with gluten-free flour. In a bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, coconut flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder in a bowl.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, beat canola oil and sugar until thoroughly combined, and beat the eggs in one at a time until fully incorporated. Stir in the applesauce. Beat the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, in several additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with the red food coloring and vanilla extract to make a paste; gently stir into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.
    Click here to be taken to the allrecipes.com page where this recipe can be found and added to your recipe box.

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

    Printing Your Holiday Pictures

    Now that it is the end of the year do you have pictures that you still need to print?

    50% OFF EVERYTHING PHOTO! Get coupon code.

    Walgreens current deal is 50% off everything photo! Use the coupon code ALLSAVE. Usually I wait until Walgreens is offering free pictures, but I found a GREAT deal on some scrapbooking supplies at Michaels.

    Do you use the Walgrees app on your phone? When you don't have a computer (like me!) and depend on your ipad or phone, the Walgreens app is what I go to when I need to pick my pictures. I use my phone for everything. Taking pictures, keeping up with our schedules, etc. this app helps print my pictures from wherever I am.

    Today I used the app while at work. I was able to pic pictures from my phone, Facebook, and what I already have uploaded to my Walgreens account. It was so convienent! The only downfall is when using the app you are only able to load 5 pictures at a time.

    Other perks of the app includes
    • Keeping track of your Balance Rewards
    • Photo editing/ording
    • Prescription refills by scanning
    • Mobile Coupons
    • Weekly ads
    • Store Locations & Maps

    Download on the App Store

    Android App on Google play

    BlackBerry App World

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

    Villalobos: Pit Pals

    Villalobos Rescue Center is a rescue, rehabilitation and placement facility for abused and abandoned Pit Bulls that is located in New Orleans. They offer a program called Pit Pals that allows you to sponser a pit of your choice.

    I am a pit lover. I had a pit mix when I brough my son home from the hospital. When he would nap on the bed (I co-slept) Purdy Jo would be right up there with him napping. Now we have an older pit named Sasha who thinks she's a lap dog. I have posted her Halloween pictures a couple of time on here.

    I have decided to participate in the Pit Pals program. By clicking HERE you can view some of the available dogs. In the comments below list the name of the one you think I should sponser! Whoever has the most votes will be the one I sponser.

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    Monday, December 24, 2012

    Active Giveaways

    Here is a list of some current giveaways!

    1 year of free coupon inserts - Jan 5th

    Kindle Fire HD - Dec 31

    $30 Old Navy GC - Dec 25

    I'll post more as I come across them if I get a chance!

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    ParaNorman: Red Box New Release

    A movie I have been waiting to see has came out on Redbox today. I may stop on my way home to rent it.

    ParaNorman Poster

    Chris Butler (writer/director) has created a tale of an 11 year old hero that sees dead people. Norman Babcok (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is able to enjoy time with his grandmother (Elaine Stritch) whom has passed away due to his ability. His ability to see dead people has made him the target of a bully named Alvin. The story also includes his sister Courtney(Anna Kendrick), his father Perry(Jeff Garlin), the bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Neil (Tucker Albrizzi) - Norman's only friend, and Neil's older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck).

    Norman's deceased uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), warns Norman that he must save Blithe Hollow from a witch's curse that has plagued the town for centuries. The curse results in dead rising from their graves. Now it is up to Norman, Courtney, Alvin, Neil, and Mitch to save Blithe Hollow.

    Ghirardelli Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies

    Ghirardelli Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies

    Ghirardelli Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies Recipe



    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line an 8x8-inch metal baking pan across the bottom and up two opposite sides with parchment paper.
    2. If using whole almonds, add them to a food process with the rice flour and pulse until the nuts are finely ground. If using almond flour, mix it with the rice flour. Set aside.
    3. Place the chocolate, butter and salt in the top of a large double boiler over barely simmering water. Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Stir in the eggs one at a time. Add the almond and rice flour mixture and stir until moistened, and then mix briskly about 40 strokes. Stir in the walnuts or pecans if using.
    4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the brownies are slightly puffed all over and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out moist but clean. Cool the pan on a rack. Run a knife along the unlined sides of the pan to detach the brownies. Lift the edges of the parchment paper to remove the brownies. Cut into squares.
    • *Substitution: You can use 2/3 cup almond flour in place of the 1/2 cup whole almonds.

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

    Natural Disaster Planning

    On my way home from work last night my son called me and said he had something to talk to me about. I get home at almost 11:30pm and my son starts talking to me about doomsday planning. He wanted to know if he could start gathering supplies in case something happens. I let him know that instead of a doomsday planning his ideas can be used for a natural disaster planning. We spent the next 2 hours going through the pantry and my stockpile. I let him have some of the non-perishables out of the cabinets....things I know we won't be using any time soon. They are items I bought because the price was right. Next we hit my small stockpile of freebies I have received. I gave him all my samples (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc) and 1/3 of my full size products (toothpastes, deodorants). The only things I didn't really give him much of was our medical supplies as it is seriously low. I didn't include things like a camping stove, generator, etc.

    I thought I would give you a list of recommended items that are good to have on hand if there is a natural disaster. Just remember that food should be rotated, using the oldest first.

    Food (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home):
    Granulated sugar
    Powdered sugar
    Brown sugar
    Baking Powder
    Corn Meal
    Corn Starch
    Vanilla extract
    Cooking oil
    Powdered milk
    Canned foods
    Shelf stable milk
    Powdered milk
    Sweetned condensed milk
    Chocolate chips
    Hot Cocoa
    Rice (100lbs per person, per year)
    Pasta (dried)
    Beans (canned or dry)
    Peanut Butter
    Canned products (meat, fruit, veggies)
    Condiments (ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, bbq sauce)
    Powdered drink mixes
    Water - (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home - 1 gallon per day, per person)


    Hair products
    Shaving cream
    Feminine products

    First Aid:

    Sun Screen
    Non-Latex Gloves
    Petroleum Jelly
    Gauze Pads
    cloth tape
    hydrocortisone ointment
    roller bandage


    Can Opener
    Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
    Extra batteries


    Laundry Detergent
    Paper Towels
    Trash bags
    Freezer bags
    Wax paper
    Light bulbs
    Plastic Wrap
    Dish liquid
    Toilet paper
    Waterproof matches
    Flash light
    Water purification tabs

    Here are a few of the sites I found my information.
    American Red Cross
    FEMA Family Emergency Plan printable
    Emergency Survival Skills

    Bourbon Balls II Recipe

    Bourbon Balls II Recipe

    Bourbon Balls II Recipe

    1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
    1. Combine wafer crumbs, finely chopped pecans, 1 cup confectioners' sugar and cocoa.
    2. Blend the bourbon and the corn syrup together. Add the crumb mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate.
    AllRecipes.com Bourbon Balls II 

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Hot Chocolate: Many Varieties

    How do you like your cup of hot chocolate?

    With a variety of hot chocolates and add-ins there are so many possibilities. I don't drink hot drinks very often, but when I do make hot chocolate I usually add french vanilla creamer in mine.

    If you are looking to spice up your hot chocolate from the regular here are a few ideas:

    Cinnamon stick (or ground cinnamon)
    Vanilla or hazelnut creamer
    Peppermint stick (or a crushed peppermint)
    Mint tea bag
    Fruit on a skewer; such as strawberry or raspberry
    Flavored syrups
    Whipped cream (plain or flavored)
    Caramel squares
    Chocolate candy bars cut up
    Pumpkin Pie spice
    Cayenne pepper
    Ice Cream

    What are some of your favorite add-ins?

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    Christmas Presents for your Dog

    I am a dog lover....cats not so much since I'm allergic. I have an American Pit Bull named Sasha. She isn't a guard dog.....at all, but has a mean sounding bark when someone knocks or rings the bell. Other than that, in her 11 or so years she has never growled or barked at anyone. She is an overweight couch potato. Usually laying in my lap in the recliner.

    This is a picture of her on Halloween. :)

    Looking for ideas for a Christmas present for her I had a few ideas I found online.

    Rachel Ray offers many different dog-friendly recipes on her website.

    For a homecooked breakfast for your pooch try:

    "Two Paws Up" Breakfast Scramble by Andrew Kaplan


    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
    • 1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    • 1/2 tomato, seeded and chopped
    • 1/4 red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 1 egg


    In a small nonstick skillet, heat the EVOO over medium heat. Add the spinach, tomato and bell pepper and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and scramble continuously until cooked through, 1-2 minutes. Let cool before serving


    For a Holiday Decorative Treat Try:

    Dog Bone Christmas Wreath

    Things You'll Need

    • Styrofoam craft wreath
    • 4 yards of wide ribbon in Christmas colors
    • Scissors
    • White craft glue
    • 4 yards of narrow ribbon in Christmas colors
    • Dog bones
    • Small dog toys and treats
    • Straight pins
    • Real or artificial greenery


      • Wrap the Styrofoam wreath with the wide ribbon, wrapping in a diagonal. Attach the beginning and ending of the ribbon to the back of the Styrofoam.
      • Use the remaining wide ribbon to tie a big bow, and glue it to the top of the dog bone wreath.
      • Tie some small bows with the narrow ribbon and use straight pins to attach the bows to a few of the empty areas.
      • Fill in the remaining empty spots with real or artificial greenery. Poke the stems into the Styrofoam, and secure them with a bit of white
    I would personally use large dog bones. Do step 1 and 2. I would put the dog biscuits on diagonally. Use a wider ribbon to criss cross across the biscuits.

    Big & Cheesy Pepperoni Hand Pies

    Big & Cheesy Pepperoni Hand Pies

    Much thanks to Pillsbury for this yummy idea! I will be using pepperoni and sausage for mine. :) A quick and easy snack idea for on the run, or after school for the kids.

    Big & Cheesy Pepperoni Hand Pies  

    1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury® Big & Flaky refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
    4 tablespoons marinara sauce
    64 slices pepperoni (5 oz)
    1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (5 oz)
    1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 4 rectangles. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press each to 7x5 inches, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
    • Spread 1 tablespoon marinara sauce on each rectangle to within 1/2 inch of edges. Place 8 slices of pepperoni in center of each rectangle; top with 1/3 cup cheese and 8 more slices pepperoni. Bring ends up over filling, overlapping about 1 inch. Press edges with fork to seal. Brush each sandwich with water, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
    • Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Magic Reindeer Food

    Do you leave magic reindeer food out for the reindeer?

    Here is a simple recipe for kids to do on Christmas Eve. Just sprinkle it out on the lawn.

    1 cup rolled oats/oatmeal/granola
    2-6 Tbsp red & green colored sugar
    a dash of glitter

    What other versions do you make of this?

    Banana Pancake Snowmen Recipe

    Banana Pancake Snowmen Recipe
    Picture courtsey of Taste of Home

    A festive winter breakfast! This is the closest we will be getting to snow! This would be something fun for the kids. Mine won't eat pancakes....let alone banana pancakes! I am willing to make one for myself!


    • 1 cup complete buttermilk pancake mix
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
    • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
    • Pretzel sticks, chocolate chips, dried cranberries and/or halved banana slices


    • In a small bowl, stir the pancake mix, water and banana just until moistened.
    • Pour 1/4 cup batter onto a greased hot griddle, making three circles to form a snowman. Turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate. Repeat with remaining batter.
    • Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Decorate snowmen with pretzels, chocolate chips, cranberries and/or banana if desired. Yield: 7 snowmen.
    Thanks Taste of Home!

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Eggnog French Toast

    Eggnog French Toast Recipe
    Picture courtesy of Taste of home

    Breakfast food are a favorite of mine. I could eat "breakfast" any time of the day....which is usually around lunch time! Our standard breakfast is usually scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, and white rice. While searching for some new breakfast ideas I came across Eggnog French Toast. I am not a fan of eggnog, but I am going to try this to see how it comes out.

    • 8 eggs
    • 2 cups eggnog
    • 1/4 cup Imperial Sugar® / Dixie Crystals® Granulated Sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
    • 20 to 26 slices English muffin bread
    • Confectioners' sugar, optional
    • Maple syrup


    • In a bowl, beat eggs, eggnog, sugar and extract; soak bread for 2 minutes per side. Cook on a greased hot griddle until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Serve with syrup. Yield: 8-10 servings.

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Savory Parmesan-Garlic Monkey Bread

    Savory Parmesan-Garlic Monkey Bread

    Clicking the picture above will take you to Pillsbury's website where the recipe can be found.

    I received this recipe in an email from Pillsbury, and it looks so yummy I just had to share! I love garlic bread. It's something I could eat with every meal. I always have these ingredients on hand, so it would be something easily thrown together. I plan on substituting the minced garlic for garlic powder. I think this is one thing that my 9 year old can be in charge of making with dinner.

    1/2  cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2  teaspoon salt
    1/2  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    4  cans Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
    1 cup shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
    3/4  cup butter, melted
    1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 medium cloves)
    • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 6-cup (9-inch) fluted tube cake pan or angel food (tube) cake pan with cooking spray.
    • In large food-storage plastic bag, mix grated Parmesan, salt and pepper. Separate each can of dough into 8 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Place biscuit pieces in Parmesan mixture; shake well.
    • Layer biscuit pieces and shredded cheese in pan.
    • In small bowl, mix melted butter and garlic with whisk. Drizzle over biscuits and cheese in pan.
    • Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Place plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Serve warm.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

    Jen's Hasbro’s Happier New Year’s Game Night

    Come join us for Jennifer's Hasbro’s Happier New Year’s Game Night!

    Date: December 31, 2012

    Time: 5pm-7pm Central time

    Location: Barefoot Dokusha Facebook Page

    Please send your e-mail address to jennifer@barefootdokusha.com or jeninicole83@gmail.com and I will send you an invite. I would greatly appreciate it if you RSVP through the invite. It's not required though.

    Prizes for the Party will include:



    (1) Coupon for one (1) FREE Ore-Ida® Grillers Product (maximum retail value of $4.49) + (1)$5 off coupon DRAW SOMETHING, WORDS WITH FRIENDS or CITYVILLE MONOPOLY games

    10 prizes given out during the 2 hours! I hope to see you there!

    Walgreens Trip + Deals

    I went to Walgreens yesterday to pick up some Cokes and Taco Seasoning.....$35 later I am leaving with a print out coupon for $10 off a $35 purchase good today and tomorrow. I have been planning my shopping trip for after work tonight. Here is what I plan on getting (I will update tomorrow with what I actually did get/spend):

    (2) Coffeemate Creamer - 2/$3
          Use (2) $0.55/1 exp 12/31/12
    (1) Tums Refreshers - $4.50
          Use (1) $1/1 exp 1/15/12
          Receive $4.50 RR
    (1) Colgate Toothpaste - $2.99
          Receive $2 RR
    (3) Arm & Hammer Spinbrush $4.99
          Use (1) $2/1 exp 1/14/12
          Receive 500 BR points
    (2) Glade Expressions Air Freshener Starter Kit - B1B1F $4.99
          Use (2) $1/1 Glade Expressions

    I could have done better with spending less money, but I still don't think it was too bad. That comes out to $35.44 before taxes. After coupons that is $15.34 OOP + 500 BR points + $6.50 RR.

    These are all internet printed coupons, as I don't have any insert coupons at the moment.