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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!



-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


-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)


Fourth of July Style

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With the Fourth of July coming quick I put together a look that I am in love with. When it comes to holidays I never like to go over the top. Instead, I will pick one festive item that can by styled down. Here I found a pair of laid back denim shorts with a flag print. To keep this look very hippie casual, I paired some vans and woven bracelets. I am loving backpacks right now. They are so easy to throw over any outfit for an effortless appearance. You can also stuff it with all your beach/lake/river essentials!! Last make sure you have a great suit and some fun shades!

Pizza Party

Happy Monday! So over Easter (I know it was a long time ago) we had a build-your-own pizza party at my aunt and uncle’s house. It was such a fun thing to do with everyone. People really got into it and it became a competition of who could make the best pizza. My aunt had a massive spread of every topping you could ever imagine! I thought this would be such a great party idea for any occasion. It is a super easy thing to make and you can really customize it. I listed some ingredients below that would be great to have. The fresher the better. Also, if you are hosting the party yourself it’s a good idea to cook all the meats the night before and keep them in the fridge. Little ziploc bags are an easy way to store everything and then just pour each topping in a separate bowl. Now I really want some pizza!


Crust: uncooked pizza dough or premade crust (the fresh dough was the best)

Sauce: pesto, tomato, alfredo, bbq

Cheese: parmesan, mozzarella, feta, gouda, jack, ricota

Meat: chicken, sausage, pepperoni, ham, prosciutto, shrimp, bacon

Veggies: tomatoes, peppers, arugula, grilled onions, mushrooms, olives

Extras: pine nuts, basil, pineapple, cilantro

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Sparkle for the Holidays

My most recent makeup tutorial is geared towards the holiday season. The holidays are a great time to put your glitter eye shadows to use! For this look, I started with a dark charcoal cream eye shadow as a base. On top, I used a loose eye shadow that has a green/red-brown duo chrome. When you layer a loose shadow on top of an eye shadow base, the color will really pop. I wanted all the focus to be on the eyes, so I used light pinks on my lips and cheeks. This pulled my look together, but still gave the eyes the attention they deserved! So through on your sparkly top and celebrate!

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Products Used:

Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Revlon Photo Ready Concealer
Lancome Waterproof Undereye Concealer
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt
Mac Painterly Paint Pot

OFRA Diamond Glitz Loose Shadow

Lorac Pro Palette

Benecos Eyeliner
Loreal Voluminous Mascara
The Brow Bar
Sephora Long Lasting Liquid Liner
Japonesque Eyelash Curler
NYX Lip Liner in Pale Pink
NYX Lip Gloss in Sweetheart