Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine Gift Guide


It's practically February people... time to let out that inner romantic beast! Here are a few lovelies that I think are perfect for such a fluffy pink day! I would love to be the recipient of any one of these goodies!

 


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Coffee Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free)


"There is just nothing like a sweet treat with your coffee in the afternoon." This is something my grandmother always says. She is the queen of treats! If there isn't a treat, then the coffee is just not necessary! Here is my tasty little gluten free dairy free and soy free version of the classic coffee cake.

Streusel Topping:
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons brown rice flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons pure canola oil 

Muffins:
3/4 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup pure canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup plain almond milk


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°.
For the streusel, fork together the streusel ingredients to form a crumbly mixture
For the coffee cake, whisk together the brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, cinnamon, and salt.
Then whisk together in a separate bowl the oil, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in almond milk.
Add this mixture to the first mixture and stir only until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared bunt pan and sprinkle streusel on top.
Bake until golden brown


Eat up buttercup!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mexican Night! (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free)



You will need:

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • pinch of salt

  • 4 ears fresh corn
  • 2 cans black beans (unseasoned) rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 red onion finely chopped
  • handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2" by 2" piece of feta crumbled (Vigo Imported Feta Cheese- its made from sheep's milk)
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 large chicken breast (seasoned and cooked how you like)
  • tortilla chips
Instructions:
  • boil pot of water and add in corn bring back to a boil and let cook for 8 minutes then immediately take it out
  • in a bowl whisk the top section of ingredients together to form the dressing
  • cut the corn off the cob and place in large bowl 
  • add chicken, beans, feta, and onion and toss
  • spoon mixture into bowls and top with avocado and cilantro
  • add a side with tortilla chips 


It's fiesta time!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Banana Bread (Gluten, Dairy, & Soy Free)


Banana bread has been my favorite since I can remember. I have posted a few different times about recipes that I love for what i now refer to as "Normal People Food" haha! Not so much can I eat that any more. My recent diagnoses of intolerances has prompted my new way of baking and looking at the food I eat. This particular recipe yields a very moist crumb so be ready! (Recipe originally adapted from Elizabeth Hasselbeck)


You will need:
  • 5 tbsp. pure canola oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed super ripe bananas (best after being frozen)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup millet flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions:
  • preheat oven to 350
  • spray a loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside
  • in the bowl of a mixer combine oil and sugar
  • add in eggs one at a time
  • add in banana and mix about 1 minute
  • add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined
  • pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes or until the center of the bread springs back to the touch
  • cool and devour! (or don't cool and devour hot)!

Mmmm mmmm good,

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pumpkin Bread (Gluten, Dairy, & Soy Free)

I was recently diagnosed with a wheat, a dairy, and a soy intolerance. That, as you can imagine, made for some difficult meal choices! I have decided to over come and am avidly learning the ways of these new not so foreign flours and ingredients that I never would have considered using before. Since it is super difficult to find a good recipe for some of these delicious treats that most of us adore (and we didn't learn about these things in pastry school) I am going to share my findings with you as I hunt and gather for my new eating lifestyle!


You will need:
  • 5 tbsp. pure canola oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup millet flour
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:
  • preheat oven to 350
  • spray a loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside
  • in the bowl of a mixer combine oil and sugar
  • add in eggs one at a time
  • add in pumpkin and mix about 1 minute
  • add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined
  • pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes or until the center of the bread springs back to the touch
  • cool and eat eat eat! 

So long stinky allergies,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Target Treasure Hunting




Now, I'm sure many of you feel the way I do about the money pit I like to call Target! It seems impossible to walk in that store without spending under $50 on things I didn't quite know I needed. Well let me just tell you now... there are some steals there right now!  
I am normally a J.Crew chino shorts kind of girl, but these are a great deal at only $15!

I needed a bit of waterproof mascara for those watery days when it would be best for everyone if I didn't walk around looking like a raccoon. This one is skinny enough to just pop in my handbag when I'm out and about.

Oh hey Summer, It's so nice to see you again... not so much for my pasty pale legs. I snatched up a new bathing suit, but didn't have anything to casually wear over it at the beach. This little breezy dress will do just the trick!

Elastic headbands always come in handy don't they?! I mean if I'm running, cleaning house, or just washing my face, I am wearing some sort of headband. The ones similar to these at Target are super cute and half the price of the ones you will find in boutique stores. Sold!

I also got a pretty yellow candle that says "Happiness" on the front of it for our kitchen. I think it is quite a nice reminder!

Monday is almost over, yay!!!



Friday, April 20, 2012

Running a Muck


I'm back at it! Running has re-consumed me! After my half-marathon last year, I gave my little knees a little break which turned into almost a year of short runs followed by a surgery and two months of recovery time. When my bestie in ATL decided to start up a long distance training plan, I thought it would be a blast to pick it up with her (from Florida)! I'm slowly getting back into the groove while trying to be careful of those pesky knees and all that other stuff that comes along with them. The bad news is that new shoes are key to keeping away injury and those darn things are spency, not to mention that every time I start to run again I die for a Garmin GPS watch! Oh, and I am in desperate need of a new knee brace... any suggestions from my fellow runners out there?

Now, if only I could get someone to run alongside me and keep me company ;)
 

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