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Funfetti Donuts with Strawberry Glaze (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

My palette has changed a lot since going gluten free and I don’t crave the things I used to. One thing hasn’t changed though and it’s actually gotten worse because I feel so deprived and that is my love for donuts.



When I lived in California I had 2 bakeries that offered real yeast donuts. One has since closed down and when I moved to Washington State there were no donuts to be found. Cake donuts are delicious but nothing and I mean NOTHING, replaces that delicious yeast raised and deep fried flavor. Oh how I dream of maple bars.

Paleo Orange Cream Soda


Spring time is in the horizon. It is hard to see that sun at the end of this dark and bleak season we call winter over here in the PNW. Man, it has been a hard winter and the rain is still pouring. The last 2 days though the temp went over 50 and it’s AMAZING to not be in the 30’s during the day. Now, if the clouds could just stop crying on us for a bit then we might be able to enjoy it.




I am manifesting some good weather though. I need this winter to be over. It has been dark and dreary and full of cold after cold. I need to start my garden, have the Hubby BBQ and enjoy some cool, crisp drinks in the backyard while the kids run free.



I have not had a soda in over 5 years but when I discovered La Croix during my Whole 30 I really enjoyed them. I only have a few a week but it’s a nice change since all I drink is water, coffee, tea and wine.




I recently found an orange flavor and I really like it, a lot. Today while drinking it I thought how good it would taste to throw some coconut cream in it and have an orange cream soda. I gave it a try and it was good. Obviously it’s not going to be that sweet, dairy filled drink you remember. However, it is a nice and fresh treat to enjoy especially on a warm day. The kids would probably like it too.





Serves 1

Ingredients:

Orange flavor La Croix



Directions:

Mix the cream into your soda and enjoy.



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Easter Slow Cooked Ham


Easter Slow Cooked Ham
(Eat it anytime)




This slow cooked ham is cooked in sweet juices that make it moist and melt in your mouth.

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Ingredients:

1 Ham

1 Cup Orange Juice

⅓Cup Maple Syrup

1 Can of sliced pineapple with the juice

½  Cup Brown Sugar



Directions:

1.      Pour the orange juice in the bottom of the slow cooker

2.      Add the ham on top.

3.      With toothpicks place the pineapple rounds all over the top of the ham.

4.      Pour the pineapple juice on top.

5.      Pour the maple syrup all over the top and then crumble the brown sugar over it.

6.      My lid will not fit with a ham so I use foil.

7.      Cook it on high for 6 hours. Every hour or so baste it. Pour the juices all over the top to keep it moist. Cut and serve. Enjoy!



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I am absolutely obsessed with Bob's Red Mill. My Personal All Purpose Flour Blend recipe works best when you use Bob's Red Mill Flours. I have tried others and it is simply not the same. So, when you are making my recipes, know that I am always using my Personal All Purpose Flour Blend recipe for everything.

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)


Fish tacos are one of our favorites. There have only been a few places I have been able to eat them since going gluten free. One of them is a place in South Lake Tahoe, CA called Freshi’s and they are amazing. If you ever go to South Lake, check them out!




The last time I went to South Lake Tahoe was before we sold our house in California and moved to Washington, about a year and a half ago. That trip was so crazy, we were putting our house on the market and keeping a house show ready will two little kids is an impossible task. We decided to spend a week in Tahoe to avoid the constant cleaning and traffic of people coming in and out.


Great Wolf Lodge- Review


Great Wolf Lodge
Simple Review



For my Sons 6th birthday, he wanted to celebrate it at the Great Wolf Lodge. He had been there once before with my Mother and enjoyed it. We are still making friends in Washington State so I really didn’t know how well a party would go anyways.




We went to the Great Wolf Lodge on his actual birthday. The check in was speedy and they have bracelets to get in and out of your rooms which is smart since most of the time you are walking around in your bathing suit. The kids get wolf ears and his were special because it was his birthday, which was nice.


Chocolate Coconut Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)


Being a blogger and knowing how much competition is out there can often get me down. I am always thinking what I will make next, what I will do next. You have to be flashy and grab attention. All of these thoughts can easily get me down. It often does. However, today I created a meal plan document, something that I could not figure out for the life of me how to do last summer. In that moment, I gave myself a pat on the back. I was like, “you know what girl? I think you got this.” I need to be my biggest cheerleader and usually I am my own worst enemy.



I think we are all guilty of putting ourselves down, feeling like we are not good enough. That single thought kept me from fulfilling my dream of this blog for 4 years! I stayed at a standstill because I just didn’t think I was as good as what was already out there.



When I finally decided to embrace my talents and give myself some damn credit, I went for it. Why the hell not? I finally wasn’t afraid to fail because failure was no longer an option. As long as I am moving forward, helping others and doing something that I love, well that is success my friend.



This cake feels like success when you eat it. After you put this simple cake together and you take that first bite, you will taste the success that you accomplished.



Serve this light but sinful, moist and flavorful cake for Easter or any spring gathering and even those that eat gluten will never know the difference. Chocolate and coconut go together like peas and carrots.



Ingredients:




1 tsp. Xanthan Gum

2 tsp. Baking Powder

2 tsp. Baking Soda

¼ tsp. Salt (Dash)

1 Cup Water (Boiled)

1 Cup Dairy Free Milk

1 ½ Cups Coconut Sugar

Cup Dairy Free Butter

2 TBSP. Coconut Oil

1 TBSP. Vanilla

2 Eggs

1 ½ tsp. Coconut Extract

1 Cup Cocoa Powder



Directions:



1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.       Boil the water in the sauce pan with ½ cup of sugar for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

3.       In your stand mixer blend the remaining cup of sugar with the butter and melted coconut oil.

4.       Add the milk, and add the cooled water and sugar mixture. (The mixer should be going the entire time).

5.       With the mixer on low speed add the eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, cocoa powder and gluten free all-purpose flour.

6.       Beat on medium for about 5 minutes or until your batter has almost a pudding like consistency.

7.       Add the coconut extract and mix on low for one minute.

8.        Pour into your greased pans. I use coconut oil to grease the pan. 6 inch rounds cook about 25 minutes and 8 inch rounds cook 25-30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes in case your oven runs hot. Test with toothpick. Enjoy!



Coconut Buttercream Frosting



Ingredients:



½ Cup Dairy Free Butter

½ Cup Vegetable Shortening

2 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar

1 ½ tsp. Coconut Extract

1 ½ TBSP. Dairy Free Milk

1 Cup Shredded Coconut



Directions:

1.       Broil ½ Cup of shredded coconut on high for 6 minutes. Watch is closely.

2.       In a stand mixer cream the butter and shortening.

3.       Add the powdered sugar and beat 3 minutes then scrape sides.

4.       Add the dairy free milk and beat on high for 4 minutes.

5.       Add the coconut extract and beat on medium for an additional 2 minutes.

6.       Frost the cake as desired after the cake has cooled for 30 or more minutes. Use the remaining ½ cup of shredded coconut on top of the frosting in between the layers of cake.

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Symptoms I suffered prior to going gluten free (and what I suffer now when I have been glutened)

I recently published an article titled My Story to really let you all in and know how I even got on this journey. I spent the majority of my life not feeling well and having severe stomach issues, anemia and lack of energy. I suffered headaches my entire life, even once in my early 20's requesting a scan from my doctor because I thought I had a tumor or something causing my pain.

I am hearing and seeing so many people still suffering in silence and thinking this is normal. The amount of people suffering from gluten intolerance, sensitivity or an allergy is sky rocketing and until our food supply is regulated with love and not greed this will just continue to grow.

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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For most, St. Patrick’s Day is just a day to drink Guinness, eat corned beef and wear green. In my family St. Patty’s Day is very special… It is also Grandma Olga and my younger cousin Madeline’s birthday. The day has always been celebratory, full of green carnations (that is a gift giving tradition), birthday cake, lots of wearing green and my Aunt Kathy’s delicious rice Krispy treats shaped like 4 leaf clovers topped with a light dusting of green sprinkles.




My Grandma has this built-in shelving unit in her kitchen. Each month it gets decorated according to the current holiday and family member’s birthdays. The lucky birthday recipient gets a big picture right in the middle as well as other pictures mixed throughout. My Grandma has more St. Patrick’s Day d├ęcor than the average Jane, probably because it’s her birthday and that is very special.


Viva Tacoma- Restaurant Review


Last weekend my family took an outing to Tacoma. We spent the morning playing at the Children’s Museum and wanted to grab lunch. We were tired of the same chain restaurants and we really can’t “try new things” because it is too risky with our food allergies.



I decided to check my “Find Me Gluten Free” app and I came across a restaurant called Viva. It was entirely gluten free, organic and vegan! We had to go and try it.