National Doughnut Day!!

Okay y’all! Let’s face it . . . eating Gluten Free isn’t always the easiest, especially when you can’t participate in fun events like National Doughnut Day. In order to help in finding substitutes for doughnuts, I thought I’d share some recipes I’ve found for Gluten Free Doughnuts!

1) Glazed Gluten Free Doughnuts! 

Find the recipe here from Sincerely Caroline!

2) Honey Glazed Gluten Free Doughnuts

Find the recipe here on Hogwash!

3) Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs (They’re totally doughnuts . . . right?)

Find the recipe here on Glutenista’s blog!

4) Gluten Free Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Find them on the Smashed Peas and Carrots website!

And, if you don’t want to make your own doughnuts . . . try this:

5) Gluten Free Doughnuts from Kinnikinnick Foods

Find those here!

Regardless of how you celebrate National Doughnut Day, I hope you have a fabulous one!

Have a Fabulous Friday y’all!

Love,

Olivia

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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

I hope y’all have had some awesome Mexican food today, or had fun doing whatever you do to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but I thought I’d give y’all some links to reasons why it’s celebrated! (it’s not about chips and salsa . . . at all)

Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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History of Cinco de Mayo

This Day in History

Hope y’all have had a fantastic day!!

Love,

Olivia

Copycat Chuy’s Jalapeno Dip

In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, I thought I’d share a copycat Chuy’s recipe with y’all! This would make the perfect addition to your chip and dip bar, a dip for quesadillas or to drizzle on to nachos, salads, or enchiladas. This stuff is addictive, so you may want to make a double batch. 😉

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Copycat Chuy’s Jalapeno Dip:

Ingredients (don’t let the picture above deceive you, you don’t use nearly that much cilantro, or five jalapeños):

  • 1 long green chile (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 packet of ranch mix
  • 2 medium size jalapeños (chopped)
  • 1 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup of buttermilk (you can use plain milk, and add in 2 teaspoons vinegar)
  • Throw all your ingredients into a food processor, and mix until smooth!

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As I mentioned before, this is awesome drizzled over nachos. See:

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Hope y’all had an awesome day, and I’ll see you here tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo!! 😉

Love,

Olivia

We Have a Winner!!! (And an Easter Recap)

Congratulations to Trish on winning the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo Ticket Giveaway!
If you didn’t win the giveaway, don’t worry! You can still get tickets for lower prices here.

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On to . . .  Easter!!! 🙂

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We went to church Saturday Night to leave more time for meal prep on Sunday Morning. Our menu included:

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  • Lima Beans
  • Green Peas
  • Corn
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Spinach Potatoes

1428370063Rotisserie Chicken from Sam’s Club, and last but DEFINITELY not least . . .

 Strawberry Pie! Which is my new favorite dessert. 😀

1428372331Besides eating, we watched God’s Not Dead, and spent the day celebrating the Resurrection of our Savior!

I hope y’all had a wonderful Easter!
Love,
Olivia

A New Product Recommendation!

So, you’re up late browsing the web for ways to make LAST MINUTE Gluten Free Rolls to pair with your Easter ham, and all the recipes have 3,012 steps that you don’t care to go through this late. Well, you should go pick up these Udi’s rolls at your local grocer! I found them at Ingles, but they’re available at other retailers as well. They’re delicious, and will be the perfect accent to your Easter Dinner.

I do have one simple suggestion though, seal them in foil packets in groups of two with 1/2 teaspoon of water to cook. It will make them far softer.

Hope this has helped y’all a bit!
Happy Easter!
Love,
Olivia

Pi Day is approaching.

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Now, I’ve never been a big fan of math. In fact, if you type Pi in my Google Search Bar . . . it suggests Pinterest. But, even I can appreciate the coolness of tomorrow’s date: 3/14/15 which coordinates with the first five digits of . . . pi. I swear I’m telling the truth. See:

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So, check back here tomorrow. Because in honor of Pi Day we’ll be talking about all kinds of . . . PIE! It’s just how I roll.

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Happy Pi Day Eve Y’all!
Love,
Olivia

Happy Pancake Day!!

Today is Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras (Hence the picture below), the day before Ash Wednesday, and last but not least  . . . Pancake Day!!

The reasoning behind Pancake Day is actually kind of cool:

Basically, this celebration’s roots are in the pagan festivals of Slavics that intended to ward off the evil gods of cold and darkness. Pancakes, originating in the 15th century, symbolized the sun and feelings of warm weather, and they marked the impending beginning of spring. Different ingredients used in making the pancakes represented different values of the Christian faith:

  • eggs for creation
  • flour for a basis of a human’s diet
  •  salt for wholesomeness
  •  milk for purity.

Pretty neat, huh?

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So, in honor of Pancake Day, I made . . .  Pancakes! Shocker, I know.

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If you want to make the super simple pancakes I made . . .

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 Cups Krusteaz Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup of pureed banana

Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat griddle to 350
  • Whisk together all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Add in all wet ingredients and whisk until smooth
  • Pour around a 1/4 of batter onto griddle per pancake and cook until both sides are golden brown.
  • Makes about 15 (4 inch) pancakes

Are y’all celebrating Pancake Day? If so, let me know what flavor pancakes will be gracing your plate in the comments section below!! 😀

Hope y’all have an awesome Pancake Day!!
Love,
Olivia