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Recipe: Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies


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I stumbled across this recipe on Halloween and it’s the first recipe I have ever made from Pinterest. How many of you pin your life away and never actually do the things on your boards? Ya guilty. I was looking for something festive to bring to a Halloween party and these seemed perfect. A few things about these cookies. First, the original recipe is not gluten-free, but all you need to do is swap regular flour for gluten-free flour. Second, the recipe made so many cookies I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was pumping out sheet after sheet and my family thought I was entering a baking contest. So, I cut the recipe in half for you! Lastly, these are DELICIOUS. They have almost a cookie dough texture to them. They melt in your mouth and are super soft. Everyone at the party liked them too! The original recipe is HERE and hers look a lot prettier than mine because she scooped the batter with a cookie scoop. I just used my hands so they look kinda sloppy..but still amazing!


 

Ingredients:

-1 cup softened butter

-1 cup granulated sugar

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

-1 egg

-1 teaspoon vanilla

-1/2 can of pumpkin (about 8 oz)

-2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

-1/4 cup butter

-1/2 package of cream cheese (4 oz), softened

-1/2 lb powdered sugar (about 2 cups)

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-ground cinnamon sprinkled on top

Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occationally. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Add the flour in slowly until combined. Dough will be wet.

-Drop dough by the tablespoon onto parchment lined sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until tops are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

-For the frosting; beat all the ingredients until soft and whipped. Frost cooled cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon.

(makes about 2 dozen)

 


Charm in the City


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Oh New York. You get me every time. Walking through the streets I always feel a surge of energy. The hustle and bustle is inspiring and intriguing at the same time. The buildings have so much charm and character that I honestly stop in my tracks just to take a look. I always find myself trying to explain what New York is like to Andrew, my husband. I have been over 5 times, but he has yet to visit. How in the world do you find words to describe the feeling you get from the city? I always wonder if it is just a girl thing. I am not sure if he would love it as much as I do. With each street having it’s own vibe and appeal you never truly know what to expect. But even though I have a deep connection with New York, I doubt I could ever live there. Whenever I leave, I am always exhausted and wanting to take an entire day to re-coupe. When you grow up in San Diego, you are wired to live a slower paced life. That may be why I am so fascinated with New York. It is another world. What are you favorite things about visiting New York? Or if you live there, do you still love it, or are you immune to it by now? And if you have never been, what places do you love to visit?


 


Love with Food


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GET YOUR FIRST BOX FREE! ( click HERE )

Here is my unboxing of my first Love with Food box! Honestly, there were some amazing snacks in here. The box is only $10 a month, unless you want to upgrade to a bigger box, or the gluten free one. I decided not to eat everything on camera ‘live’ because I’d rather not watch someone just eating the entire video. So I put in a few clips so you could see my reaction, but not the ENTIRE snacking business. I would highly suggest checking this box out if you like to try new companies. Not only were the snacks delicious, but there were some great healthy options. Overall, I was really impressed! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

PS. I am having a meet up in Seattle this Saturday!! Check my instagram for all the details!!! I will also have a blog post with all the details soon.




Food & Home Essentials


IMG_7940Happy Monday everyone! I am currently sweating profusely as I type this and listening to some lovely construction a foot out of our apartment window. Oh the joys. Today’s video is all about staples. I have been ordering a lot off Vitacost’s site lately since we didn’t bring much with us to Seattle. This first order consisted of many essentials…drinks, oils, bars etc. I hope you can get some ideas from my purchases and like always leave me some of your favorites in the comments!

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$10 off coupon

seventh generation all purpose cleaner
ecover dishwashing liquid
mrs. meyers honeysuckle handwashing soap
amy’s medium salsa
garden of eatin yellow chips
sweet leaf lemonade and peach tea
steaz peach iced green tea
guru natural energy drink
blue monkey pulp free coconut water
annie’s ketchup
blue diamond vanilla almond milk
favorganics carmel syrup (just saw they have a bunch of flavors!)
torani vanilla syrup
spectrum olive oil
spectrum canola non stick spray
quest bars chocolate chip cookie dough
the simply bar carmel peanut butter
kind bars almond and apricot


 


Vitacost Haul


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It is no secret I have a love affair with Vitacost. Most of the time I talk about the beauty products I purchase, but believe it or not, I spend more money on food and drinks. I love trying out new natural companies but am not a fan of the price tag of most of these brands. So, I typically buy all of my dry goods and some drinks online. Almond milk, coconut water, granola bars, canned goods, salsa…..yes I know I am sort of insane. But hey, I save money and I am proud of that! If you guys want a big list of what I usually buy from Vitacost as far as groceries go, let me know. So here is an order I recently made with some new bars, protein powders and other random items. I hope you all enjoy and let me know what your favorites are from Vitacost. If you don’t know what Vitacost is, then you must be new to my channel!

 

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Recipe: Chicken Veggie Wrap


I have been been slightly sick of my usual meals that I make each week. So yesterday I gathered up some fresh ingredients and came up with a great wrap recipe. It tastes super fresh and is perfect for summer. Let me know if you make this yourself, OR let me know your favorite ingredients for wraps.


What you will need: tortillas sliced chicken breasts shredded carrots romaine lettuce sliced cucumber red onion gorgonzola cheese (feta would taste great too) hummus cilantro dressing (mine is from Trader Joe’s) t 1. First, spread the hummus onto a tortilla. 2. Add the grilled chicken and cheese. I sliced my chicken into strips then cooked it in a pan with coconut oil until it was started to brown a little. I like putting the cheese on top of the warm chicken so it melts slightly. 3. Cut up all your veggies and throw them in a bowl. 4. Mix in cilantro dressing. You could also use olive oil and apple cider vinegar, or another light dressing you have on hand. g   Place some veggies on top and enjoy!


Gluten-Free Coconut Brownie Cupcakes


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 I have been a fan of these brownies for a really long time. You can’t even tell they are gluten free and taste freaking amazing. They also have chocolate chips in the mix so that is a big plus! So I wanted to do something different than pouring the mix into a sheet pan and making traditional brownies. Baking them like cupcakes was the best idea. The batter seemed to go much further and they were more fun to eat. I did realize next time I will cook them for a shorter time. They cooked a lot faster than when just poured into a pan. Also, adding some coconut gave them a nice taste that was sort of unexpected. Really delicious. Next time I will just use the shredded coconut. The coconut flakes tasted a little strange. You just follow the back of the box to cook these. You only need some butter and two eggs..so easy! I hope you guys try this mix, it is the best!

(I get mine from Vitacost)

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SoCal Blogger Society Brunch


Here are some pictures from last weeks blogger brunch I attended. It was held in Santa Monica at Areal Restaurant. It was great meeting all types of bloggers who all live in southern California. The food was delicious, from bacon wrapped dates to carrot cake…oh my gosh it was amazing (I took some cake to go)! We also got hooked up with some goodies. At the end of the post I show what was inside of that massive box. Thanks to SoCal Blogger Society and LA Brunchers for making this event possible!

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^These products look amazing! I can’t wait to try them out! Huge thanks to Taya Beauty!^


what i eat in a day


I get a lot of questions about what I eat. Especially since I am gluten-free, people want meal ideas. I decided to film a video that follows me around in one day and shows you everything that I eat. I also thought it would be great to collaborate with Kristen, from KristenMee on youtube, because we have very similar lifestyles. This way you get double the food ideas! Let me know if you like these type of videos and I can do them more often. Comment below some of your meal ideas too!


Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes


We can all agree that pancakes are amazing, however, gluten-free ones are always questionable. I recently tried a new mix that not even my husband could tell was gluten-free. I added a few touches to make them my own and they turned out delicious! If gluten irritates you like it does me, then this recipe is a must!

What you will need:

King Arthur pancake mix

2 eggs

2 cups almond milk (it adds more flavor)

semi-sweet chocolate chunks

1-2 bananas

organic maple syrup

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