Sunday, November 19, 2017

Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe


Confession time: I love me some pumpkin spice like only the most basic white girl can. 

This cake is as easy to make as it gets, basically all your effort goes into making the crumbly, crunchy streusel topping. The best part? This coffee cake is secretly gluten-free, and indistinguishable "regular" coffee cake. 

Did I mention the cake itself only has four ingredients? Gluten-free baking doesn't have to be complicated. I made it recently and I kid you not, there wasn't a single piece left after breakfast. My family actually fought over the last half-slice!


Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe


Ingredients:

For the Cake:
1 box of gluten-free white cake mix
1 16 oz can of pumpkin puree
3 eggs
2.5 tsp of pumpkin pie spice


For the topping:
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of gluten-free flour mix (I swear by Bob's Red Mill 1:1 baking mix)
1.5 cups gluten-free oats
1.5 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup of butter


Instructions:

Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 baking dish and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your four cake ingredients. Pour into your baking dish and set aside while you make the streusel topping.

Topping

1. Melt your butter in the microwave until it's completely liquid (about 45 seconds). While it's melting, mix the rest of your dry topping ingredients.

2. Pour your melted butter into the dry toppings mix and toss until evenly saturated.

3. Crumble your toppings across the whole top of your cake mix, and then bake according to the package instructions (usually about 30 minutes at 350 degrees).


Serve your cake with hot coffee on a cold morning, and watch people be amazed when you tell them it's gluten-free! Or you know, don't tell them, I won't judge!


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Girly Crochet Leg Warmers (A Free Beginner Pattern)


These leg warmers are really, truly a beginner pattern. Anyone (yes, even YOU Beginning Crochet-er) can make them, even if you've never made anything other than a scarf before. 

Speaking of scarves, these leg warmers use the same shell stitch as my Shell Stitch Cowl Scarf, which is another super impressive looking beginner crochet pattern. 


Girly Crochet Leg Warmers Pattern



Ready, here we go! It's so easy I promise.

Materials: 

Yarn: I used Peaches & Creme cotton yarn in bright pink, (I can't say enough good things about this yarn!)
Hook:  H hook

Key:

ch: Chain
sl st: Slip stitch
sc: Single crochet
dc: Double crochet
shell: Cluster of 3 double crochet stitches in one stitch


Instructions: 

Row 1: Ch 30, sl st to join.

Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close.

Rows 6-21: Ch 2, then dc 2 in the base of the chain (the chain acts as your first stitch), skip 2 stitches then dc 3 in next st. Do this all the way around, until you have 10 "shells."

Rows 21-31: Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close. Tie off ends.

The bows I can't take personal credit for, they're made using the Cute Crochet Bows Pattern from Whistle & Ivy.



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Sunday, October 22, 2017

5 Tips for a DIY Retro Pin-Up Girl Costume (from the Thrift Store!)


Halloween! Is anyone else excited?

I did this amazing pin-up girl photoshoot with Kate of Rags Photography here in Boise, and I have to show you all the awesomeness that is my thrifted Halloween costume this year.

I couldn't decide if I wanted to be a "tomboy" pin-up girl or a "glam" version...so I did both!

5 tips for creating your own pin-up girl costume from the thrift store



1. Look for modern clothes that have retro shapes (in other words, define your waist).


Pin-up or 50's-inspired clothes have been inspiring fashion for the last 60 years, so you don't even have to find "real" vintage pieces to make a good pin-up girl costume.

Defining your waist is basically rule #1 of pin-up style...they loved curves in the 50's, so get over your obsession with baggy shirts (like me) and embrace your waist!

Look for shapes like these:

  • Pedal pushers (or capri pants)
  • Peplum tops
  • Collared button down shirts with short sleeves
  • Full skirts, especially skirts that are longer than knee-length
  • Cardigans
  • Classic heels

2. Keep colors and patterns classic.


The closer you stick to colors and patterns that aren't trendy today, the more authentic your costume will look.
  • Colors like white, red and blue create an all-American look
  • Plaid
  • Polka dots
  • small delicate florals

3. Be bold: Rock a cat eye and a red lip.



It's a simple look that's instantly recognizable: Cat eye eyeliner + red lips = pin up girl.


4. Learn to do a killer victory curl.

Confession time: I'm super hair challenged. Most days I literally just let my wet hair dry and maybe comb it. So I'm not going to lie, I totally did not do this fabulous victory curl.

The amazing ladies at Red Betties Hair House in Boise are the artists behind this masterpiece, and a masterpiece it totally was. My. Hair. Looked. Amazing.

If you're hair-challenged like me, there are still some simpler ways you can do your hair:

  • A high ponytail with a ribbon (think Sandy from Grease)
  • Short curled bob
  • A bandanna 


5. Don't skimp on accessories 


Pieces like this freaking cute vintage style bike (this one is from Rolling H Cycles and I can't tell you how fun it was to play with) can make or break your outfit. If you keep your main pieces in the right shapes and classic colors, then you can splurge a little more on the fun pieces that tie it all together.

  • a retro bike (maybe a bit overboard, but how cool will you look trick-or-treating on this bad boy?
  • peep-toe shoes
  • pearl necklaces and earrings


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Perfect Crispy Soft Gluten-Free Waffle Recipe (With Coffee Syrup!)


You guys it's been forever since I've blogged. And the first time I post in almost a month it's ANOTHER recipe post. I don't feel bad though. 
I mean, I should feel bad but I don't. Maybe I feel bad that I don't feel bad? Whatever!


Dudes, I love you, which is why I'm sharing this recipe with you before outfits, or DIY's or whatever. It's that good. I've spent almost a year perfecting it and you seriously, really, actually can't tell these waffles are gluten-free. 

This recipe needs to be out in the world. 


Plus, can we talk to a second about coffee syrup? For the love of all that is holy, go hit up Sweet & Cute and buy some of this stuff. If you love coffee even a quarter as much as I do you'll be hooked. And no, she's totally not paying me to say this you guys, it's that good. 

Tina, the owner, says that Sweet & Cute is a a small female-owned biz that uses all natural ingredients to crate delicious treats. She also strives to minimize her impact on the environment with glass bottles, eco-friendly packaging and local ingredients wherever possible. 

So like, you can buy it and feel good about buying from a small business. Awesomesauce.


Perfect Crispy Soft Gluten-Free Waffle Recipe (With Coffee Syrup!)


3.5 cups all purpose gluten-free baking flour mix (I use Bob's Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free flour)
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp sugar or sweetener
2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups of milk
8 eggs (I know woah right? You use a metric ton of eggs cooking gluten-free don't freak!)
3 tsp vanilla

Oh, and you'll want to have some Sweet & Cute Coffee Syrup

1. Heat up your waffle iron and grease it with a little buttah. I mean it, real butter for cooking with can't be beat. Yeah it's a little less healthy but dude, when you start noticing the flavors of the oil you use to cook with you'll see what I mean!

...I should probably get off my buttery high horse and give you the rest of the recipe though.

2. Mix your ingredients, making sure that everything is super, super well mixed. 

3. Cook each waffle for a bout three minutes and then serve with coffee syrup. 

4. Stuff in face like a crazed madwoman.

5. Thank me. 

And seriously you guys don't skip the coffee syrup. This changed my game in terms of breakfast foods. Now I can have coffee flavored things with my coffee. Mic drop.



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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gluten-Free Sweet Cream Cheese Danish Recipe


That's right.

Gluten.
Free.
Danishes.

You heard me.


I made four different versions of this amazing breakfast treat and all four were glorious. Today I'm going to give you the basic recipe for these gluten-free danishes and then some ideas on how to customize them for your family. 

Gluten-Free Danish Recipe (OMG!)

Ingredients
For the crust:
2 eggs
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 package of Bob's Red Mill Pizza Crust Mix.
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For the cream cheese filling:
1 package of cream cheese
2 Tbsp of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the toppings:
fruit of your choice

How to make them, because this is what you really want to know!

1. Prepare the pizza dough as directed on the package, but add vanilla extract and cinnamon. While it rises, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and cover your baking sheet with parchment paper.

You can totally also just grease your pan, but I've found that with gluten-free baking parchment paper works wonders.

2. Separate your dough into six balls (notice one is missing in the pictures? That's because I ate it before the pictures were taken! #shameless). Mold each ball into a small pizza-crust-like circle.

Gently press the centers so that there's enough of an indent to make sure your toppings don't escape when they get warm.

3. In a mixing bowl, beat your cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until smooth. Fill the centers of your crusts with the cream cheese.

4. Now here comes the part where you get crazy and choose your fruit. I topped these with raspberries, blackberries, chopped pineapple and apples. Just top your cream cheese filled crusts with whatever combo you like.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, and with as with all gluten-free pastries LET THEM SETTLE if you don't want them to crumble before your eyes. 

6. Eat them and let your taste buds rejoice.

And if you're looking for some more delicious ideas for gluten-free breakfasts, check out a few of my other recipes!







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Friday, May 26, 2017

Thrift Find Friday: J. Crew Rose Gold Purse.


I'm pretty proud of this week's thrift find you guys. 

I scored this gorgeous J. Crew rose gold clutch with the original price tag of $69.50 still attached, and the original packaging still inside the purse. 

Basically this baby has never been touched. Scroll down to see how much I paid for it!


Are you ready? I paid $4.99 for this clutch. Yes, you read that correctly. 

This is why I shop at Goodwill, you guys. Yes you may have to hunt a little more than you would at the mall, but you get to find some stunning gems at crazy low prices for you effort! How can you beat that?
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Favorite: Off the Shoulder Tops


Happy Monday! Can you see how stupid excited I am that summer is almost heeeeeeeeeeeere you guys! 

Who else is looking forward to warm Summer nights relaxing on the porch with a glass of wine? 


I'm in love this summer with off-the-shoulder tops. They're the perfect blend of sexy and sweet when combined with ruffles. (And the bare shoulders are super nice for getting rid of shoulder tan lines)

This is seriously my favorite trend of the summer.

I loved this top so much that I bought tons of similar ones this year so you'll probably be seeing them a lot around here. 

This one is from Old Navy last year, but they sell a super similar one this yearI also found an identical one from 7 for All Mankind, and I love this white one from Roxy with lace trim, or this yellow one from XOXO is calling my name like woah. That color yellow is amazing for summer!

What do you guys think about this trend, love it or hate it?
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