I can’t believe that this year is coming to an end. 2016 was like a whirl wind that took me by storm and my head is still spinning!
I have worked more on this blog in the past 6 months than the 4 or so years this blog has been alive. I am from California and we moved to Washington State in December of 2015. 2016 has been an adjustment period for my family and me. An adjustment, that had me in tears a lot. I got lost in myself. I was sad a lot, my kids were sad. My Husband bounced around a few jobs. It was ugly for a minute.
Something came over me in June. We took a road trip back to Cali and I spent 2 weeks there. It was so hot and we were like vagabonds bouncing from my Grandma’s to my best friend’s house. I was alone with the kids because my Husband had to work. The trip was much needed though, even though it was exhausting. I was able to come home with a new outlook. I realized that Washington was my new home. I miss my family so much it hurts but my heart lies in Washington.
This was the first time in my life that I was just a SAHM. I struggled with that as well. I had worked my entire life so not contributing to our household took a toll on my self-esteem.
I finally decided now was the time to make my dreams come true. I began to pour every free second of myself that I wasn’t taking care of the kids and house into this blog. I LOVE this blog. The joy it brings me is unparalleled. It gives me life. My family is my life, but this blog brings me a different type of fulfillment and I could never imagine my life without it.
Exhale… With all of that being said the blog has done AMAZING. Late nights, early mornings, 2 E-books and over 100k page views later, I am SOO ready to rock 2017 and make it the year of living freely gluten free.
I use this all purpose blend for everything you see on this blog. I use Bob’s Red Mill flours most of the time and I find they work perfect. This is the only all purpose flour I have been using for the past 4 years.
These sugar cookies are the perfect Holiday treat. You can also use this recipe to make any festive cookies you please throughout the year. We will definitely be making these for Valentines and St. Patrick’s day!
This decadent peppermint fudge was a hit in my house. Every time my Sister came over she would check the fridge in hopes that I had made more. The kids loved it and I enjoyed a square with a glass of red wine.
After being gluten free for 5 years I wanted some freaking vanilla cake that wasn’t a dense brick. After experimenting several times, I finally figured it out. This cake is moist and fluffy, exactly as cake should be. This is our go-to birthday cake and I used it to make festive candy cane cupcakes. On Christmas I made it and filled it with chocolate mouse and topped it with chocolate ganache and candied cranberries. It was sinful and amazing.
This gluten and dairy free pumpkin bread has an excellent texture and is full of the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor. This post is my top performing pin on Pinterest and everyone who has tried it loves it.
Trader Joes is my place and every time they have a new gluten free product I have to try it! Sometimes people feel overwhelmed with the different items, so I put together this post of everything GF that TJ’s has to offer and it has been very popular!
The number one blog post! This post took time! I know some look at it and think that it is not enough food for their family. I really directed this post towards the smaller growing family like mine. Two parents, a 5 year old and 2 year old and it is plenty enough food for us. It does not include snacks and I do buy those weekly as well. The goal of this though, was to show everyone it is possible to be on a budget and shop smart at Trader Joes. This post included the meal plan and grocery list.
Happy New Year Friends!
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