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Pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream sandwich

Hello friends!
Greetings from a very happy Houston! Go Astros! It has been fun watching the games and feeling the spirit of pride and joy in the Houston area!
Life has continued to be full and a bit non-stop.  I keep thinking, “this is the week things will slow down,” but that has yet to happen!
We are now into November! WHAT?  How did that creep up so fast! I feel like it was just the middle of July! Maybe our crazy weather has something to do with that! Yesterday it was basically 90 degrees and 10000% humidity! So of course I have been thinking about foods to cool off with but also pumpkins since it IS November! Since it is national sandwich day I decided to try and make my own ice cream sandwiches.  I really wanted to be like Betty Crocker and make it all from scratch, but that just didn’t happen this week.  Thankfully I was able to put a yummy treat together with a few ingredients I already had laying around!

I originally got these gluten free crackers for my girls night a few weeks ago.  They are so much better than the graham crackers I remember from growing up.  They are almost like a short bread! Nice and thick to that gives substance!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our sandwich themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 8 gluten free graham crackers
  • 1-2 cups of your favorite pumpkin ice cream, slightly thawed (use more for a thicker sandwich)
  • A handful of enjoy life chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Place 4 graham crackers in the bottom of a freezer approved container.
  2. Gently spread the ice cream over the crackers to make an even layer.
  3. Place the remaining graham crackers on top in the same pattern the bottom layer was laid down.
  4. Cover and place back in the freezer or at least 30 min
  5. Remove from freezer and use a knife to slice between the crackers to form each sandwich.
  6. If desired, place chocolate chips around the outside of the sandwich.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

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Cheesy Potato Soup

Hi friends! It has been a bit of a crazy week! If you follow me on instagram you may have seen me post a little about it!
Work has been a little busier than normal, and my normal day-to-day life was more full this week than normal as well! The hubs injured his foot and is in a boot for a few weeks which added to the craziness! I think this is my 2nd or 3rd time opening my computer this week which is so not normal! Haha

Despite it being a little crazy I forced myself to do an in home spa day, got a pedicure and enjoyed a few minutes by the outdoor firepit.


Fall weather seems to be here to stay for a while, so my soup making has been kicked into full gear! I made some potato soup a few weeks ago for one of my nanny kids when he was sick.  It turned out really well! I made some for the hubs and it was even better! The only difference was the type of milk, but the almond milk made it even creamier!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our Potato themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 10 med potatoes- peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth plus some (about 2 cups) to use to cook potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups plain almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt, pepper, paprika to taste
  • 2 cups shredded almond cheese

Directions

  1. Place cubed potatoes and garlic in a large pot, cover with half water and half chicken broth.
  2. Bring liquids to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 min or until potatoes are fully cooked (soft when poked with a fork).
  3. Drain potatoes into a strainer.
  4. Place ghee and broth and milk in the pan, bring to a simmer.
  5. Add spices to taste.
  6. Return potatoes to the pot and gently mix in.
  7. Add in the cheese and stir till equally distributed.
  8. Enjoy on a beautiful fall day or evening!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes {gluten free}

Happy Friday friends!
I am SO happy to report that fall finally arrive in Texas this week.  The past several days the mornings have been in the 50/60s and just so pleasant.  By mid afternoon it has been in the mid 70s with a slight breeze.  Humidity has been down and it has been glorious! A huge reminder as to why fall is still my favorite season of all! I am so thankful for the gorgeous weather.  The weather has been pretty hot again since hurricane Harvey blew threw.  I wish I could have spent more time outside this week, but I have been working on a big project at work that has taken a lot of my time.  I don’t mind working on it, but I am excited to spend some time outside this weekend!  These fall evenings have been so perfect and I can’t wait to use the new fire-pit I built to make some s’mores for girls night this weekend! img_2009

The past few years for Foodie Friday, we have done a Choctober Fest recipe release! This year is NO exception!! I have to say that this is one of my most favorite Foodie Fridays of the year 🙂 In my book it is always wonderful to gather some chocolate as much as possible!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our Choctober Fest themed week!

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Cupcake

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of pink salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/2-1 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with papers or silicon holders
  3. In a large bowl blend together the coconut oil and the pumpkin puree.
  4. Sprinkle in the baking soda and blend well.
  5. Add in the sugar, salt, egg, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.  Blend well.
  6. Gently fold in the flour till just incorporated.
  7. Gently add in the chocolate chips.
  8. Scoop about 1/4 cup into each cupcake holder- Makes about 24
  9. Bake for 18-20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Make frosting while the cupcakes cool on a cooling wrack.

Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2/3 coconut oil
  • 1/4-1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup raw cacao
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dash of pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. Place the coconut oil in a stand mixer, beat for several min until creamed.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar and cacao and mix till fully blended in.
  3. Add in the vanilla and pumpkin pie spice and blend well.
  4. Slowly add the milk, 1 Tbsp at a time till your desired consistency.
  5. Once cupcakes have cooled, spoon a heap of frosting on each one and spread it around.
  6. Store any remaining frosting in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup {gluten free}

Hello friends and happy Friday!

Life has been a little on the crazy side- I am still working on an update post and I hope to get that finished this weekend- Although I have some clients and a wedding so we shall see!

When I think of fall, I always think of curling up by the fire with a bowl of soup! Living in Texas, those cooler fall days are few and far between {It was 100 degree today}. But I have our little built in fireplace that I turn on without the heat element and with the a/c on it almost feels fallish! Hahah

When I was in college and grad school, I spent some A LOT of time at Panera. In grad school my roommates and I were too poor to pay to have our own internet and Panera had free wifi, so I did a lot of my home work there.  I would often get a bowl of soup and when I had some extra $ I would even get a bread bowl to go with my soup!
Since developing some food allergies and not eating certain foods for my own health, it has been a while since I have had soup from Panera!  The other day I had a REALLY strong craving for broccoli cheddar soup.  I have been doing a lot of soup making for my husband lately, and I decided to give it a whirl.  I had all the ingredients I needed and threw it together.  I have made it a few more times since then and it has been given the stamp of approval from some friends and special kiddos in my life!  This soup is packed with veggies and def perfect for a fall day even if it is over 100 degrees outside!  😉

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our free for all themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 carrots, peeled & shredded
  • 1 zucchini shredded
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • 4 Tbsp gluten free flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used almond cheese)
  • Pink salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric & red pepper flakes to taste

*To keep it on the lighter side, omit the cream and use 1 cup of almond milk*
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Directions

1. Melt ghee in large pot. Add in all veggies, sautée till soft.
2. Sprinkle flour on veggies and stir till coated.
3. Slowly add in liquids and gently stir.
4. Bring to a simmer and let the liquids thicken for about 10-15 min.
5. Add in spices to taste.
6. Add in cheese and stir till melted.
7. Enjoy on a beautiful fall day.

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Pumpkin Veggie Mac & Cheese

Hi friends!
Jumping on here real quick to say hello, happy October and happy national noodle day!
Since it is fall I have been craving more comfort foods! Even though the weather here in Houston has still been pretty warm but that is not stopping me from making more fallish recipes! 🙂
This have been a little nutty, and I will be posting a real update soon!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our noodle themed week!

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Ingredients

  • 1 package gluten free pasta- I used spirals
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 4 Tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup plain almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 12 oz butternut squash, chopped into pieces
  • 4 cups loose kale, washed & chopped (I think I will add even more kale next time)
  • 2 cups dairy free cheese (I used almond milk cheese)
  • Spices to taste- Garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric

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Directions

  1. Heat the avocado oil then saute the butternut squash till soft large frying pan.
  2. Throw in the kale and let it wilt.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the directions
  4. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce.
  5. Melt the ghee in the bottom of a large pan.  Add in the flour and whisk it into the ghee.
  6. Slowly add the chicken broth and milk, whisking the entire time.  As the sauce begins to thicken, add in the pumpkin puree and spices to taste.
  7. Add in the cheese to the sauce and stir till melted.
  8. Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the sauce and coat all the noodles with the sauce.  Add in the butternut squash and kale.
  9. Eat and enjoy!

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Happy Friday friends and happy national coffee day!
Could there be a better day to celebrate coffee?  Haha
I am actually not an avid coffee drinker, but I do have a few brands that I do enjoy here and there.  My trips to Costa Rica and Ethiopia definitely influenced me to drink coffee more often.  Coffee has never really done anything for me and I guess I am a bit picky because most coffee I ever have had here in the states always seemed so bitter.   My first time to the Cafe Britt coffee plantation in Costa Rica back in 2002 changed my mind about coffee. It was such a great experience that when the hubs and I went 2 years ago I took him there 🙂


When the hubs and I went to Ethiopia 2 summers ago, it was a whole different experience! They roasted, ground and brewed the coffee right in front of us several times a day.  It was a beautiful cultural experience! The hubs has never been a fan of coffee, but the Ethiopian coffee changed his mind!  It was also neat to be where coffee was actually discovered!

So although I don’t drink coffee every day, I do enjoy my select brands! But along with coffee, I do enjoy some delicious coffee cake!  It is now fall, so adding pumpkin and coffee cake together for national coffee day just seemed like the right thing to do! Hahah

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our coffee themed week!

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It is hard to go wrong with coffee cake! My kitchen smelled SO good while this was baking! It was hard to wait for it to cool off before we had to dive in!  It was my first time attempting this with gluten free flour and coconut oil.  Trying to make it more allergy friendly for my own health and for friends who have food allergies! It came out perfect and I could not be more happy with this delightful treat!

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 115 oz can organic pumpkin puree

Topping

  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 c coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 c gluten free flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* F
  2. Grease a 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil
  3. In a med bowl sift all the dry cake ingredients together
  4. In a Kitchen aid (or large bowl using a hand mixer) whip together the coconut oil and sugar.  Add in each egg and mix well.
  5. Mix in the pumpkin with the wet ingredients.
  6. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until fully combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased baking dish.
  8. Put all topping ingredients into a small bowl and mix using your hands till crumbly and combined.
  9. Sprinkle on top of the cake batter
  10. Bake for 45 min or till toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool fully before cutting in (about an hour).
  12. Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee!

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Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk & Food Blogger Love

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday and happy 1st day of fall!

As summer fades away it is still 90 degrees here in Texas, I still love that it is fall.  Even though it is not as cool as the falls I grew up with, I just love the feeling of fall. I have been putting out some cute fall decorations, I changed up my door sign, and have been busy in the kitchen with fall flavors and spices!

One thing I also love about fall is sharing the love of some of my fav food bloggers.  I am always inspired by the creative recipes and the gorgeous pictures of so many bloggers! It inspires me to want to be better at what I do! (Saving for a new camera to get better pics is 1 goal this fall!) Here are a few amazing recipes from around the food blogging world, which of course includes my Foodie Friday co-hosts, Annmarie and Farrah!

Patty from Sweet and Strong blog with this amazing Pear Smoothie
Farrah from Fairyburger with her tasty Ginger Tea Latte
Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama with this flavor packed Pumpkin Spice Coffee Protein Smoothie
Katie from Gettin’ My Healthy On with this delicious Maple Gingerbread Smoothie
Laura from Viand {the blog} with this gorgeous Turmeric Pumpkin Latte

It is hard to go wrong with all these flavorful drinks just begging to be devoured!

I decided to go with fall flavors with make a twist on my homemade almond milk recipe! I have to say the result was pretty tasty! My husband was raving about it for days 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almonds, soaked in purified water for 6+ hours
  • 6 cups purified water
  • 6 medjool dates- depitted and soaked for 15-20 min
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place almonds, water & dates into a blender.  Blend on high for 2 minutes
  2. Strain mixture through nut bag over a large bowl
  3. Rinse blender/lid
  4. Pour strained milk back into the blender
  5. Add the pumpkin pie spice, purée and vanilla into the milk, blend well
  6. Store milk in glass airtight containers for up to 1 week in the fridge.
  7. Enjoy! It is a great addition to coffee! 🙂

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

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  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some coffee recipes.

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