Almond Butter Cookies—Gluten & Dairy Free

I only recently discovered the wonders of almond butter. I am a huge peanut butter fan, so I never thought to try alternate nut butters, but I am super happy I did because almond butter is healthier than peanut butter and it's pretty darn yummy!  So I decided on developing a almond butter cookie recipe that was allergy free. These super yummy almond butter cookies are chewy and delicious with added chocolate chips and pecans.  I love baking, it's one of my favorite things, but I have never tried to make my own recipes. I have always been the follow-the-recipe…

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Classic Treacle Tart

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #8: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 3: Technical Challenge– Designer Fruit Tart My next bake was so British I couldn’t even get all my ingredients at the super market, I had to order one ingredient online! You might recall this dessert mentioned in Harry Potter... Treacle Tart! I had no idea what to expect from this, let alone the taste.   Treacle Tart is actually a super easy, yummy recipe that I will turn to if I need to make a dessert on the fly. I even keep Golden Syrup stocked in my…

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Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two—Gluten & Dairy Free

If you couldn't tell by now I love chocolate. So when I came across Smitten Kitchen's Chocolate Lava Cake recipe meant for two, I jumped on it. These lava cakes have an intense chocolate flavor and a lovely gooey center. This recipe is my stand-by for a yummy, elegant looking dessert that's quick to whip up. It's so easy, my husband even helps me make it sometimes (he loves eating a lot more than cooking).  Make the Batter The batter is only six ingredients! And the best part is you should already have everything in your pantry. It's also gluten-free.…

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Introduction to Bullet Journaling for the Crafty and Organized

I have never managed to keep a journal for more than a couple months at at a time. I was just never able to commit myself to writing down my life daily. But bullet journaling is an entirely different story. I started bullet journaling late last year and I haven't stopped since. For me, bullet journaling is as much a creative outlet as a way to organize my day. It's like a scrapbook, sketchbook, journal and planner all wrapped into one. It is so much fun!  Christmas Planning Spread The Bare Bones Let me first start by explaining the bullet…

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The Perfect Grilled Cheese — Allergy Free

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It warms you up inside out as you eat it. The perfect grilled cheese is crispy on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside. It's a hot, buttery, cheesy delight. Now that I've made you hungry, if you have food allergies like me, a classic grilled cheese might not be entirely possible for you, but no need to panic! I have found the perfect substitutes so we can all dig in to our own yummy allergy-free version of the best sandwich on earth... (that's just my opinion, but come on, you know…

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Self-Care During Stressful Times

During the stressful times we're living in, taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Being loving to yourself and accepting of the feelings that you are experiencing right now will help you endure and stay sane. My mom has always taught me about the importance of self-care growing up and so I'm going to share with you all some self-care basic practices I always turn to when  I feel I need it.  What is Self-Care? Self-Care is exactly how it sounds. It is all about taking the time and prioritizing your needs. Self-Care…

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Banana Nut Muffins—Gluten & Dairy Free

My mom has a lot of food allergies to deal with, she can't have wheat, soy, or dairy, so when I found this banana nut chocolate chip muffin recipe, I thought I would try it. It did not disappoint! These muffins are super moist and chock-full of nuts and chocolate chips for plenty of flavor and crunchy goodness. Besides the fact that they are free of everything my mom is allergic to, they are also refined sugar free! So they are pretty darn healthy if you ask me. The recipe is from a lovely blog I have started following called…

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Apple Pear Tarte Tatin

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #7: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 3: Signature Challenge– Tarte Tatin I think this might have been my favorite challenge yet so far. I never heard of tarte tatin until I watched it on GBBO and I am so glad I discovered it because it is delicious! This is the first time I’ve made rough puff pastry and caramel sauce from scratch. This tart is three elements: the puff pastry, caramel, and fruit. The traditional tarte tatin is made with apples and according to Wikipedia was named after the French hotel that served…

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Bronx Zoo: The Gorillas

Let me tell you how much I love going to the Bronx Zoo. I love it so much I signed up for their membership! It basically pays for itself after two trips, it's so worth it. But anyway, I love to go there to see the animals and take pictures of them. My favorite parts are where all the primates are, so the Gorillas, the Madagascar exhibit, Jungle World, and the Baboons in the Africa area. I always make sure to see those spots every time I go. Especially the Gorillas. These first two images are some of the best pictures…

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Homemade Bagels

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #6: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show , Series 3 (UK) Episode 2: Showstopper Challenge– Sweet & Savory  I thought bagels would be a lot harder to make, but it turns out they really aren't all that difficult. I feel like most people have this preconceived notion that bagels are hard to make for some reason, so no one every tries to make them at home. It’s also really convenient to just go buy a dozen down the road instead of slaving away in the kitchen, but homemade is always better! I did have some pitfalls, but…

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