Giving Food as Gifts this Christmas

This Christmas my husband and I are on a budget. We're saving for a house (woo hoo!), so we're trying to keep a tight ship. We were trying to think of budget friendly Christmas gifts and of course, the first thing that pops into my head is food! Who doesn't love some yummy homemade goodies around the holidays? Maybe the Grinch, but I think I can turn even him to the sugar filled dark side. So without further ado, here's some tips and ideas for making homemade food gifts for your loved ones for Christmas this year. Planning and Tips…

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Vegan Gluten Free Holiday Sugar Cookies

If you are subscribed to my newsletter, I recently told you I just found out that I'm allergic to eggs and sensitive to gluten. What I mean is, I should not eat eggs at all anymore, but eating some gluten every once in a while is fine. So from now on all my bakes will be dairy and egg free, and I'll be coming out with gluten free bakes as well! My traditional sugar cookie recipe was full of ingredients I now cannot have, so I made up a new one. My new holiday sugar cookies are free of dairy,…

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Dairy Free Flan

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #11: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 4: Technical Challenge– Flan My next challenge to follow along with is Flan!  I used to eat it sometimes when I was a kid. I haven't had it in quite a while. They of course had to be modified to be dairy free for me, so I looked up some dairy free recipes.  I've read online that it is compared to crème brûlée. Both flan and crème brûlée are types of custards, that involve eggs, milk, and sugar and have caramel on them. The difference would…

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars—Gluten & Dairy Free

These quick and easy no bake peanut butter bars are bound to be a real crowd pleaser. This recipe comes together in no time at all and all you have to do is pop it in the fridge until you're ready to eat it.  They are unfortunately packed with sugar, so not exactly healthy, but perfect for those with food allergies like me or if you're vegan. I get a real craving for peanut butter sometimes and these really hit the spot for me. Soft, sweet, peanut buttery and topped with chocolate.I made these for the first time in a…

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Easy Peach Cobbler

This easy buttery delicious peach cobbler recipe actually came from one of my pen pals. She sent me a recipe card for it and I loved it so much, I had to share. I think what makes it extra yummy, is the crispy bruleéd top.  With the layer of buttery peaches on the bottom and the sweet cakey layer on top, this easy peach cobbler will satisfy all your tastebuds.  I love sending recipes out to my pen pals. I hope they enjoy receiving them as much as I do. If you don't about my lovely pen paling hobby, check…

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Gluten Free Blueberry Crumble

My husband and I decided to pick berries while we were on our staycation towards the end of the summer. Turns out the very windy storm we had just before, ruined the blackberry crop and there weren't any blueberries left to pick ourselves, sad face! So I bought a couple pints of fresh already picked blueberries from the farm stand and contemplated what fruity dessert I could make with them. I did some experimenting with almond flour and almond butter and created a gluten and dairy free blueberry crumble. This crumble is super easy to throw together and pop in…

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Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Pasties

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Fall is Harry Potter season in my eyes and I am so here for it. I made these lovely sweet pumpkin pasties for the first time this season and I can tell you it won't be the last. Don't know what a pumpkin pasty is? Think pumpkin pie in hand held form. Sweet pumpkin spiced goodness encased in a golden flakey shortcrust pastry, ohhhh yea. I plan on making these again when I do a Harry Potter themed feast and have a movie marathon. Imagine some roast chicken, pumpkin pasties, butterbeer and Harry's birthday cake…

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Easy Homemade Applesauce

I. Love. Applesauce. So of course the first thing I did after I went apple picking was go home and make applesauce! It's so ridiculously easy to make too. You can eat it for breakfast, snack, dessert...heck eat it for lunch or dinner too if you want. For my birthday in September, I decided I wanted to go apple picking. The only variety they had that day since it was early in the season was Jonamacs. I've never had them before, but they're supposed to be good for baking. They sure made a really yummy applesauce. Prep Apples First things…

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Autumn Apple Hand Pies

Apple anything is always on my list of favorites and these apple hand pies are a must have for the autumn season. I love apple pie, but I think I might love these even more because they remind me of the little hand pies that I used to get at the convenience store when I was a kid.  I think my husband and I ate these in approximately 2 days. It would have been less, but I had him ration them so we didn't make ourselves sick. It's so easy to just pop one in your mouth, then eat another…

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Living Dairy Free—Brand Recommendations & Dairy Free Substitutes for Recipes

When I was young, my mom had my brother and I tested for food allergies and we both ended up being allergic to dairy woo hoo! So that means no more milk, cheese, heavy cream and all their variations. But living dairy free isn't as hard as you think. There are so many great alternatives out there now, it's a piece of cake to make all sorts of dairy free confections and sweets and even in my cooking too. I thought I would post about what dairy free alternatives are out there and what I use in my kitchen for…

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