Monthly Archives: December 2016

Food Blogger Love!

Hello friends! Happy Friday!  I have been in recovery/prep mode all week.  Recovering from all the happenings of the month, my trip to Dallas, dealing with another strained neck muscle and getting ready to travel this week to see some of my family and dear friends.  For those that know me, they know how much I dislike cold weather, so for me to travel to the cold means I really love them 🙂
If you read last Friday you know I headed up to Dallas for my first market to sell my homemade beauty & wellness products.  For my first time I think it went alright.  It was a bit slower crowd than anticipated, but I was still able to sell 20% of my inventory.  🙂 I also was able to support some other really great businesses!


This week also was filled with so many Christmas activities!

Lovely holiday art and my fav new gift (dutch oven)!

I also love wrapping! Making presents pretty makes me happy!


Another thing I love this time of year, and really all year, are so many amazing food bloggers! Though a few of my blogger groups I have come to know many amazing blogs and have come to love their recipes!  With life being so crazy right now I wanted to share with you all some of their favorite (or close to favorite) pics from this year!
So if you are in need of some inspiration or new recipes to try, I have a nice little collection of options for you!  Thank you ladies for sharing all your awesome hard work with me and others!

This week I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for Food Blogger Love week!

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Sweet Potato Hummus by Eat, Drink, and be Skinny
Honey Garlic Hasselback Sweet Potatoes by My Uncommon Everyday
Double Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal by Jill Conyer
Super Berry ProYo Smoothie Bowl by Breathe Deeply and Smile
Cool Raspberry Lime Sparkler by The Fit Cookie

Turkey Meatballs By Suzlyfe
Fiesta Turkey Chili by Fighting for Wellness
Irish Beef Stew & Mashed potatoes by A Bedazzled Kind of Life
Healthy Chicken Shawarma by Gigi Eats Celebrities

Cajun Salmon Tacos with Donut Peaches by Hungry by Nature
Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu by Nutritioulicious
Coconut Curry Shrimp Ramen Bowl by Snacking in Sneakers

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cake by Katalyst Health
Easy Vegan Lasagna with Basil Cashew Ricotta by Coach Debbie Runs
Vegan Cauliflower Apple Walnut Soup by Simple Pure Whole Wellness
Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup by Byte Sized Nutrition

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies by Whole Health Hacks
Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake by Healthy Helper
Paleo Pumpkin Snack Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting by Athletic Avocado
Pear, Apple & Pumpkin Crumble by Masala Girl Travels
Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes by Fit Views

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂
  • Join us next week for some Make Ahead recipes.

 

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Happy Friday friends!
Been a little quiet this week on here and social media.  I have been working my little tail off getting ready for The Boho Market this weekend up in Dallas at Fair Park! If you are in Dallas/Ft. Worth this weekend, come on out and get some of your holiday shopping done! There are going to be 100 vendors with lots of AMAZING items!

Speaking of holidays, I had a little Christmas party last weekend and got to experiment making some gluten free holiday treats for myself and my friends! I really wanted to make a gluten free sugar cookie recipe with my fav GF flour.  I was honestly nervous about how it would work out.

This week I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Copycat themed week!
foodiefridayI took a recipe I found from All Recipes and altered it a tad to make it gluten free.
Over the years I have tried many different sugar cookie recipes, and I have to say, this one I used with the alterations came out the best!
There is something about rolling out dough with the marble rolling pin from childhood and making cookies in some of my favorite Christmas shapes.  I have a bit of a cookie cutter collection.  I love making cookies and I am so happy to have such a great gluten free recipe to use now!
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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C organic butter, softened
  • 5 cups gluten free flour (I use Domata)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 1 tsp GF vanilla extract
  • Organic powdered sugar for rolling dough

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder & salt.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together till fluffy, then beat in each egg and the vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until the dough is mixed and pulling off the side of the bowl.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 parts and wrap in parchment paper, place in the fridge and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 400
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar on a clean flat surface.
  7. Let dough set for 3-5 min and then roll it out on the powdered surface 1/4 to 1/2 in thick (I went a little thicker with this dough)
  8. Use any shape cookie cutters to make the cookies.  Place each cookie onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  9. Bake 6-8 min (more if thicker- Checking on them every 60 seconds after the 6 min mark)
  10. Let the cookies cook completely and then decorate as desired.

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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂
  • Join us next week for some Food Blogger Love.


May you be filled with joy and health!
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Healthy Pear Crisp

Hello friends! Happy 1st Friday in December! This is my favorite time of year! Something magical and special and all the twinkling lights make my heart so happy.  Over the past few days the Hubs and I set up 2 trees and sprinkled other decorations all around the house.  I found the AMAZING sign at my local Hobby Lobby and it brings joy to my heart each time we light it up!
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Some of my new fav ornaments

This time of year brings me into the kitchen even more than normal!  Can I just say how wonderful it has been to be able to cook and bake in a real kitchen!  I am so thankful for our new kitchen and the space it has to allow me to bring joy to others through delicious food!
I have been craving pears lately and earlier this week had a hinkering for a crisp.  I decided to put my 2 cravings together and whip up a healthier version of the apple crisp I grew up making.  The coconut sugar helps to bring out the natural sugars in the pears without being overly sweet. I really feel I could eat some of this for breakfast in place of my overnight oats and feel good about it 🙂

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Holiday Baking themed week!
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Healthy Pear Crisp {Gluten Free}

Ingredients

Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375* F.
  2. Grease, with coconut oil, a med size baking dish, I used 9 x 7.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl mix the oats, brown sugar, gf flour, and 1/2 cinnamon together. Add the coconut oil until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, add together the coconut sugar, almond flour, and remaining cinnamon.  Add the pear slices and mix till coated.
  5. Spread pears in the baking dish and cover evenly with the oat mixture.
  6. Bake for 30-35 min or until the pears are soft.
  7. Let the crisp cool slightly and serve with or without ice cream.

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂
  • Join us next week for copycat themed recipes!

I am also linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday.
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May you be filled with joy and health!
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