GF/DF Pumpkin Mousse Filled Cupcakes

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Thanksgiving is upon us!! I love the holidays because it is a time to spend with family, entertain, and eat good food, all things I enjoy! Last year was our first GF/DF Thanksgiving and man was I stressed/nervous! It was also our first year hosting at our place! I wanted everyone to like the GF food and not think it was gross, and I wanted us to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving and not feel left out of the celebration because we wouldnt be able to eat anything. We had a variety of GF and non-GF foods and everything turned out great! This year it is at our place again, but just me, Austin and my grandma. So, Im not as stressed and I know how to cook GF now, so Im not nervous either! Stay tuned for a post on what we had at our Thanksgiving and recipes that you can use next year! 🙂

So, about this recipe. I was flipping through my Family Cirle magazine and found this. I had a little get together at my place the other night and made these for it. They are super easy and really delish! The cupcakes came out really moist and dont seem GF at all 🙂 You may even be able to incorporate them into your GF Thanksgiving Day menu if you would like!

What you need:
* 2 cups GF white rice flour
*2 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
*1/4 tsp salt
*1/2 cup butter (1 stick) Earth Balance
*1 1/4 cups sugar
*2 eggs
*1 tsp vanilla
*3/4 cup Almond Milk
*1 cup coconut cream
*1/2 cup pumpkin pie filling
* 5 oz. chocolate (Dreams brand for DF or Enjoy Life)
*5 tbsp. coffee
*1/3 cup butter

1.) Preheat to 375 degrees. Line muffin tins or grease pans.
2.) Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum in a bowl.
3.) In a stand mixer beat the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of the milk. Alternate with 1/4 cup milk, flour, 1/4 cup milk, then flour until all combined.
4.) Spoon into the liners and bake for 20 minutes.
5.) While the cupcakes are baking, make the filling. It is really easy! Just mix the coconut cream and pumpkin pie filling together! I used a pastry bag to then pipe into the middle once the cupcakes are done and have cooled a bit.
6.) For the frosting just melt the chocolate, coffee, and butter together in the microwave until it is smooth but still spreadable, you dont want it to be just liquid.
7.) Frost the cupcakes and let them sit in the refrigerator until the frosting has hardened a bit.



My Cam Newton Moment

Dont excited, I didnt get to meet him! I wish!

This is actually a post I’ve sat down to write so many times, but didnt know how. Over the past couple of weeks little things have come up here and there that have prompted me to share this story.

Im pretty sure by now everyone knows who Cam Newton is. If you dont, ask me and Ill tell you how great I think he is 🙂 If you know about Cam, you also know the rumors surrounding him when his dad claimed he had shopped Cam around to other schools including Mississippi State and was offering them money and vice versa so Cam could play there. Lots of allegations ensued, hurtful comments and slams on Cam’s character and claims that he knew exactly what had happened. I believed in my heart of hearts that he had no idea. Cam’s life struggles and family drama played out in front of millions of people. My heart broke for him. I know that pain, but thankfully mine didnt happen in front of everyone.

A couple weeks ago I was talking football with some people and it got heated, like it does in the south when you talk about the SEC. Someone (a UGA fan to be exact 🙂 ) said that they hated Cam Newton and that they wish someone would slap the smile off his face. They said that what Cam did was wrong and that of course he knew exactly what his dad was doing. She said that her own daughter knows what she does and would know if she had done something like that. Really? Everything?? I wanted to shout out at that moment, “Well, let me tell you, you dont always know what your parents are doing, just ask me!!”  Dont worry I didn’t. Word to the wise,  dont hate on Cam in my presence 🙂 It will get ugly!

All that to say,  I could really resonate with what was going on in his life. I know exactly how it feels to be betrayed and let down by your parents. When things dont turn out how you thought they would. Cam’s dad wasn’t able to attend the ceremony where his son won the biggest award of his career, The Heisman. My parents havent been around to see moments in my life and all because of  a drive to want more, get more and not stop until you get it and at any cost.

Im sure you are asking, ok so how do you really know how it feels? Get to the point already!! Well, back in June we ran my credit report. We were thinking about buying a house so we just wanted to see financially where we were at. Something got flagged so I checked into it. My parents had gotten me a credit card in high school when I started driving so I could build up credit. It was only used for gas and that was it. When I went off to college I used it for books, groceries, and gas. At the end of each month my parents would pay it off so that I could continue to have good credit. I always asked them before I put anything on there just to make sure it was ok with them and the charges never got out of control. I studied abroad in 2006 and that was the card I was told to use while I was traveling. When I got engaged  in 2008 my parents once again told me I could use that same card for wedding stuff and they would pay it off.  As any other trusting child would I believed my parents and never thought twice about it. I believed they would pay it off because they wanted to set me up for a great financial future.

 I had stopped using the card the day we got married in June 2009. The card was now gone and was no longer being used, or so I thought. There had been recent charges and that was what was being flagged. I called the credit card company to see what was going on and they read down a list of charges. I said thank you and hung up. How could there be charges? And what the heck were these charges for? Where did they come from? As I did some reasearch online I confirmed my worst fears. It was my parents. They had changed the address on the card so that everything would go to them; new cards, statements, etc. but the card was still in my name and social security number. The balance was staggering and I was scared, angry, sad, all at the same time. Since my wedding they had been making purchases without me knowing anything. They were taking trips, buying gifts, gas, trips to Walmart, golfing, and hotel rooms. All of these things were just material, and didn’t matter. They didnt have to have any of these things, but chose to put me in jeopardy because of selfish desires.

I pondered how could they do this? Something 1) that was illegal but 2) something that was going to hurt my future when from 16 years old on they had told me that they want me to have great credit. It didnt make sense until I later found out they were having huge financial struggles and stole my card in an effort to continue to live the lifestyle that they were accustomed too. I was just being used in an effort to get what they wanted. They have expressed their feelings and stated that they knew what they were doing and have no remorse. They dont feel as though they have done anything wrong. They had no intentions of paying the balance off ever, and now it is on our shoulders to reconcile.

I never dreamed that my own parents would do this to me and not even feel bad about it. Money and sin do that to people. The greed takes over and holds on tight. I believe it is what happened to Cam’s dad. He saw the potential in his son and saw that he could probably make tons of money off of him. Cam was pushed to the back while money, fame, fortune came to the forefront. He would do anything for it, including jeopardizing his son’s winning season at Auburn and great career and future in the NFL.

Sometimes we think we know exactly what a person is feeling, thinking, or why they did something. That is simply not so. Cam’s dad could hide those lies and secrets from him just as easily as my parents did. So, next time we jump to conclusions, just remember that you may not have all the facts. It is so easy to assume things, but unless we know a person’s situation we really cant judge what is going on. Until you have a “Cam” moment I think it is hard to understand. Now that I am in the middle of this, although not on TV, it is so painful and heartbreaking. I couldn’t imagine my character being questioned or accused of being a part of all the drama. I have learned, just as Im sure he did, to stay strong and know that just because they did that, doesnt mean that is my identity. I dont have to be like that.

So, trust me when I say that he didn’t know.


GF/DF Homemade Caramel & Kettle Corn

Here are the recipes for the popcorn as I promised in the baby shower post earlier! 🙂 Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the popcorn, I dont know why! But you can kind of see it in the background of the pictures of the table in the last post! The Kettle Corn is super easy. It doesnt require much at all! The Caramel Corn is really easy too, just follow the recipe below!

Kettle Corn:

-1 cup popped popcorn

Once you have popped the popcorn you just sprinkle how much salt and how much sugar you want! And you can put butter on too of course! See, it really is that easy!!

Caramel Corn:

I found this recipe online and followed it exactly. The only thing that has to be changed is using Earth Balance instead of regular butter for the DF part. This was super easy too and really addicting!!



GF/DF Cake Pops

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Here is the Cake Pops recipe I promised in the baby shower post from the other day! Cake Pops are definitely an undertaking and I split it up into 2 seperate days. I had made cake pops one other time and it was just a pain. This time I decided to do it differently and it worked alot better!

So, you start out first by making the cake. I have a go-to chocolate cake recipe that I found when I first became gluten free and I have used it ever since because it never fails me! So, make the cake using this recipe. You have to let the cake cool and then you crumble it up into little bits. You can just do it with your hands, fork, whatever. Now, most people use store bought frosting to bind everything together, but I had some leftover Dairy Free cream cheese (Tofutti brand) and thought that would work just fine! So, spoon the frosting or whatever you want to use into the bowl with all the cake crumbles and mix it all together until it starts kind of forming a dough. Start rolling dough into balls and place on a baking sheet that will fit in your refrigerator. I let mine go in for about 2 hrs.

Next step is to put sticks in all of the cake balls so that they can become pops! Now coat with the chocolate. I just used chocolate chips (DF Enjoy Life) and melted them over a double boiler. You want the chocolate to be constantly warm and melted, makes for a much easier time. Just stick the cake pops in and swirl around until they are all coated and place back onto the baking sheet. Once you have dipped all of them in chocolate they go back in the refrigerator to harden. I left mine in overnight just to be sure that they would have enough time to harden.

Now, you can just leave them as is or decorate. I used used white icing and colored it the color I wanted and piped onto the cake pops, which my friends was not easy and a complete mess! Or, after you dip them in chocolate decorate with sprinkles, chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, etc. There are lots of possibilities!!!

I hope you enjoy them and that you can use them for your next party!!

Marian’s Surprise Baby Shower!


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The whole spread 🙂

 This week we had a surprise baby shower for one of our small group couples, Marian and Gerry! I LOVE to plan anything, but I especially love a party! I saw the theme of “Ready to Pop” on Pinterest and the girl that did the shower was sweet enough to send me the printables! Follow her blog here and check out their cute shower!! With the theme we did Kettle Corn, Caramel Corn, Pop Rocks, Blow Pops, Ring Pops, and Cake Pops. Of course we had to have beer for the guys 🙂 And then we also had punch and a couple other little treats.

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this one is not as blurry..


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The GF/DF Cake Pop Recipe will be up in a day or two so stay tuned! 🙂 They are not the easiest thing to make, but I was pleased at how they turned out! The caramel corn and kettle corn were also homemade and GF/DF so I will post that as well!

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  This punch was served at one of our wedding showers and I loved it! To me its the “shower” punch!! Recipe is:
                                                            1 can frozen pink lemonade
                                                            1 liter ginger ale
                                                            1 liter white grape juice
                                                 Mix together, add ice to chill. Enjoy!

pop rocksring pops

We are excited to meet Baby Chase soon and find out if it’s a girl or boy!!!

Gluten Free Quesadillas

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Oh flour tortillas. How I have missed you! It really is little things that I have begun to miss, things that you really dont even think about when you can eat them. Austin and I love Mexican and we have it once a week or more! Our favorite Mexican restaurant is Los Bravos and its about 2 minutes from our house 🙂 When we go there I always get the yellow corn hardshell tacos and while they are great and I love them, I really really miss flour tortillas. They taste better, they fold and dont break, and you can do alot more things with them that the hardshell ones just cant do!

So..everywhere I looked people said that you would just have to eat corn tortillas, there just wasnt another choice for gluten free people. Then I was googling one day and came across this super easy and awesome recipe!!  The tortillas taste exactly like the regular ones! I was thrilled! I cant remember the last time I could enjoy a quesadilla, or quesadill-lah if you are Napoleon Dynamite’s grandma, hehe. Anywhoo, they are delish! And you can put whatever you want in them, these are just my suggestions!

What you need:
-1 GF tortilla recipe (above)
-1 cup shredded chicken (or none if going veggie)
-red peppers/green peppers
-black beans
-oil for frying
-mozzarella cheese (or whatever kind you like)

1.) Start by making the GF tortillas. This takes about 20-30 min. While you are making the tortillas cook your chicken so everything is done around the same time. After chicken is cooked shred and set aside.
2.) Once the tortillas have been fried you can assemble the quesadillas. I do cheese on the bottom, then all the veggies, chicken and then more cheese. Then put the other tortilla on top.
3.) Put the quesadilla in the frying pan and just cook until cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes on each side, you dont want it to burn! They are hard to flip, some of the veggies will fall out, so just flip over as fast as you can!
4.) After they are cooked you can cut into little triangles! 🙂 I served with Uncle Ben’s 90 second Spanish Style rice 🙂


GF/DF Homemade Little Debbie Fudge Rounds

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little debbie, fudge rounds, gluten free, dairy free, homemade

   Little Debbie just takes you back to when you were a kid, at least it does for me. Fudge Rounds were my favorite out of all the Little Debbie treats. I remember my mom would always put one in my lunch for dessert. They were soo good! Once I grew up I never really bought them for myself and I honestly cant remember when the last time I had one was. It’s funny how when you cant have something you end up really really wanting it! So, now that I cant have Little Debbie Fudge Rounds anymore I desperately want one!!

Then, I came across another great recipe on Pinterest (of course!) and I knew I had to try these! They looked so good, and almost exactly like the ones I used to enjoy as a kid! They were super easy to make, and I thought they turned out great! I made them to take to Bible Study where there are NO GF/DF people and they loved them. I even got a quote saying that these are better than the original 🙂 This is coming from a Non-GF/DF person, so it has to count for something right?! I hope you enjoy these little treats and maybe it makes you remember great memories of growing up!

What you need:
* 1 1/4 Cup Earth Balance butter
* 2 cups sugar
* 2 Eggs
* 2 tsp. vanilla
* 1 tsp xanthan gum
* 2 cups White Rice Flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
* 3/4 cup cocoa
*1 tsp baking soda
*1/2 cup Shortening
*1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
*1 tsp vanilla
*1/4 cup cocoa powder
*1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (called for 3 but I didnt need all that, makes plenty)
*(called for 4 Tbsp water, but I did not use, mine was fluffy enough)
*1 Tsp Olive oil
*1/2 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life for DF)

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) To make cake part mix together butter and sugar. Then add in eggs and vanilla.
3.) Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, and xanthan gum in slowly.
4.) Make spoonfuls of dough and bake for 9 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
5.) Now make the filling; beat shortening and butter together.
6.) Add in vanilla, cocoa power, and powder sugar. I didnt used all that it called for but just add a little bit at a time and use your judgment. I ended up using only 1/2 the amount of powdered sugar. I also didnt add in the water because the filling seemed fine without it.
7.) Once the cookies have cooled make your sandwiches and then microwave the oil and chocolate chips together and pipe the drizzling on top.


Gluten Free Baked Falafel

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      This is my attempt at branching out since I have so many desserts! Hey, thats not a bad things right?! I know I need to have a little more variety though! Austin had never heard of or had falafel before! Crazy! Falafel is like a hummus patty basicially and really good! At my old job there was a little Falafel place around the corner that everyone would order from all the time and that’s really when I fell in love. Unfortunately falafels are wrapped in gluten filled pitas and also contain flour. So, after combining 2 recipes I found here is a gluten free version! The recipe for falafel is here and her description and picture made my mouth water!! I found this recipe  for gluten free tortillas on Pinterest and it is AWESOME!!! The tortillas taste soooo good, so like the title says no more naked burritos! But, also no naked falafel! I know that falfel is traditionally wrapped in pita, but I dont know of any gluten free pitas out there and I think making them would be a little bit of a challenge. The tortilla worked fine and tasted great with it. Not as soft as a pita and harder to make a little wrap/sandwich but it did the trick!!

What you need:
* 1 can chickpeas
*red onion
* tortillas—>recipe above
*2 Tbsp White rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
*2 Tbsp parsley
*2 cloves garlic
*1 tsp cumin
*1 tsp ground coriander
*1/2 tsp chili powder
*1/4 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp pepper
*2 Tbsp Tahini (for sauce)
*2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I would go ahead and make the tortillas first because they take a little longer. Use the recipe above.
2.) Now work on the falafel: Put chickpeas, seasonings, and flour into food processor and grind until smooth.
3.) Make patties with your hands and place on baking sheet. Brush patties with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes or until brown and crispy.
4.) For the sauce just add the Tahini and lemon together.
5.) Put the falafel on the tortilla, add your fixins  and sauce, or whatever else you desire!!


GF/DF Cinnamon Roll Cookies


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cinnamon roll, cookies, gluten free, dairy free, sugar cookies

I dont know about everyone but for me eating Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls for breakfasts on the weekends was a great thing as a kid! I really only wanted to eat the frosting out of the little can, I didnt care as much about the actual cinnamon roll part. I would always want to be the “froster” so that I could put lots of frosting on them and then take the one with the most! And then when you went to college you could eat them as much as you want so it didnt matter much anymore! I honestly cant remember the last time I had a cinnamon roll, but its been over a year or more, which is just a shame. Then, I came across this great recipe that I found on Pinterest (of course!). If I cant have a cinnamon roll, at least I can have one in cookie form!

What you need:
Cookie Part-
*One batch dough from my previous GF sugar cookie post
*1/4 cup Earth Balance butter, melted
* Cinnamon (no science on this, just do what you feel!)
* Brown Sugar (no science on this either, just do how much you want!)
Glaze Part-
* 4 Tsbp Earth Balance Butter, melted
* 4 Tbsp Coconut Milk, warmed
* 1 cup Powdered (Confectioner’s) Sugar
* 1/2 tsp Vanilla

1.) Make sugar cookie dough
2.) Roll out sugar cookie dough into a large rectangle (flour your rolling surface to avoid stickage!)
3.) Lather with melted butter
4.) Sprinkle liberally with a layer of cinnamon
5.) Sprinkle liberally with a layer of brown sugar
6.) Roll up and wrap in foil or plastic wrap
7.) Chill for two hours (or place in freezer for 30 minutes) I did mine overnight in the refrigerator. 
8.) Slice cookies off roll and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes
9.)Drizzle with glaze: To make glaze, mix together the warm butter and milk. Add in vanilla. Add in powdered sugar and mix until it becomes thin enough to drizzle but not to watery.


Craft Night Success!

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Austin was out of town over the weekend so my friend Ashley B. & I decided to have a craft night. We had found so many awesome ideas on Pinterest and finally decided to sit down and try them. We wanted to make a chandelier out of beads, but could not find all the supplies and needed the boys help, so that is our next project. We settled on these flowers made out of fabric that Ashley had seen. They were super cute and looked really easy too.

So, we ventured out to Hobby Lobby as our first stop. This project probably cost us around $10 I would guess. We found scraps of fabric at Hobby Lobby for only like $1.00 a piece, the felt was like .50 cents, spray paint for like $3, and Ashley already had the dowel rods, and I already had some other spray paint at home. I also bought rocks from the Dollar Tree to put in my vase with the flowers to give it a finished touch.

Now, it was time to start crafting! If you are interested in making these here is the tutorial we used. Now, Ashley and I did a practice one because the directions were not 100% clear. We kind of just did our own thing after that, haha. So, just do what you feel!! We thought it ended up being a little more confusing and tedious than we first thought, but still fun and they turned out cute! Our husbands were impressed 🙂 Stay tuned for our other adventures in DIY-ing as we hope to try some other fun things we have found and make our places look cute! 🙂