Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gluten-Free Jelly Donuts Recipe

You guys...donuts are my achilles heel. I fully admit here and now that this is not a healthy recipe. These suckers are fried blobs of sugary, delicious bread with a coating of frosting. 

Know what else? They're GLUTEN-FREE.

Oh yeah, you heard me. Not a single gluten came anywhere these luscious, fluffy donuts. 

That I made myself.

Also seriously true: The fact that I ate them almost as fast as they were coming out of the oil for the first ten minutes. 

And I had to practically cage fight my BFF who, thanks to a gluten-intolerance hasn't had a donut in three years. Eventually my kids even got some! 

So basically they're really good is what I'm telling you.

So you totally want this recipe. TRUST ME it will make someone in your life who hasn't had a donut in three years roll their eyes back in their head with happiness.

Click through! 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The 4 trends I'll be Trying This Spring

After what seemed like the longest and snowiest winter in Idaho history, we finally have spring weather! 

Of course, if you follow me on Instagram you've already seen me break out my dresses as soon as the temps hit 55 degrees. No, seriously. This girl is from the Pacific Northwest, spring for us starts at 40 degrees and it snows until June some years. 

Now that the weather is finally cooperating, there are the four trends this year that I'm dying to try for spring and summer! 

1. Ruffles

 I'm normally NOT a ruffle fan, to be honest. I feel like they're too girly and frilly for me and I always end up feeling like I'm wearing a layer cake. But the ruffles I'm seeing this spring are anything but precious, so I'll jump on board.

2. Statement sleeves

Obviously! I love floaty bell sleeves on the dress above from Maurices, and I've been seeing really cute sleeve details this season, from cutouts to ruffles.

3. Bare shoulder tops

 I love the asymmetrical look and feel of one bare shoulder (I have a DIY coming soon for one) and the sexiness of baring both. I'll be rocking this trend a lot this spring and summer.

4. Chokers 

Having lived through the choker trend the first time (um...tattoo chokers anyone? Yeah, no.) I'll freely admit I was skeptical. But the chokers I'm seeing for spring are light, airy barely-there necklaces, NOT the 90's era goth accessory I knew and (*ahem) loved from my childhood. So I'm totally partaking! 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Thrift Find Friday: B. Makowsky leather bag for HOW much?!?

You guys it's that time again! It's Thrift Find Friday, where I show you my favorite find of the week and tell you how stupidly little I paid for it.  

Are you ready for this? This gorgeous B.Makowsky leather bag is in pristine condition and retails for around $250. I paid...*drumroll*...$3 for it at my local Idaho Youth Ranch. And it's the perfect color and size for spring, with enough room to stash some sunscreen and a light layer for when it gets chilly.

Also you guys, I'm going to wax poetic about the Idaho Youth Ranch. They're one of the best local places to find buried thrift treasure. Plus, it's basically guilt-free shopping because they do such amazing work here in our state! Win-win.

That's my find this week, what did you all score? Tell me! 
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thrift Find of the Week! Coach shoes for $3.50. No, really.

Thrift Find of the Week! Coach shoes for $3.50. No, really.

Thrift store find Friday!

I'm starting a new tradition here on DB2, Thrift Find Friday! Every Friday I'm going to be doing a little mini post about my fav thrift store find of the week (because let's be honest, I totally shop every week. #owningit)

Thrift Find of the Week! Coach shoes for $3.50. No, really.

This week's find are these Coach sandals! Found at the Goodwill in the Dalles, Oregon for only $7.00. And oh yeah, then they were 50% off, so I paid $3.50 for them. That's right, COACH SANDALS FOR ONLY $3.50!

What did you guys find this week? I'd love to see! Use #thriftfindfriday and I'll come stalk you on Instagram to see what you got!

Thrift Find of the Week! Coach shoes for $3.50. No, really.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

11 Things That Rock About Being Over 30!

OMG you guys....it's MY BIRTHDAY!! 

To celebrate, not only am I sharing my birthday outfit with you, I'm giving you my personal reasons why your 30's are so, so much better than anything before them. Don't believe me? Check this shit out: 

Dress: Expess via Goodwill, $6 // Necklace: Old, I can't remember from where! // Shoes: Thrifted from Savers for $6 // Rings: F21 // Makeup: BareMinerals on my face and a Tarte lipstick

First-let's take 1 sec for this dress, yo. How cute is this?

Eleven Things That Rock About Being Over 30

1. You’re like, really a grown up. For real.
People take you seriously as an adult. Score!

2. You don’t get carded, but if you do it’s a compliment.
Know what I think when I get carded now? "Omgomgomgomg...they think I might actually be under 21!!"

3. You’ve got your shit (mostly) together(ish).
I feel like...I mostly have my life together now. I know where I've been and I have a great idea of where I'm going. It's not perfect but I'm juggling adulthood pretty damn well.

4. Your confidence is at all time-highs.
I honestly, truly love myself. My thighs are still "too big" or whatever, but you know what? I love those things about me!

5. You’re still young enough to be silly, but old enough to be taken seriously.
This speaks for itself. If I want to do a photoshoot with a pink dress and balloons? Hell yeah. Do I also get to represent myself as a professional woman who deserves respect? Yes I do! Because I am!

6. Your sense of style has solidified.
I know what I like. Dude, shopping is WAY easier.

7. You patience with bullshit is at all time lows.
I feel no guilt about saying "no" to people anymore. In fact, I don't mind it at all. If you don't like that I'm saying no to you you, you can pound sand. But this also means that when I say yes, you know I'm not doing it out of guilt! And how awesomely freeing for the people in my life is that?

8. You know what you want from your relationships.
You've likely had a few (friendships and romantic) relationships by the time you're in your 30's, so you have a really good idea of the kinds of things you want and the kinds of things you have to offer other people. Which means the people in your life are much more compatible with who you are as a person. You may have less friends when you're over 30, but the friends you have a really, truly good friends who love you.

9. You really notice the good things when they happen, and...

10. ...you don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.
For real. If someone you know doesn't like you? Eh...you can't be everyone's cup of tea. If you don't meet up with someone's standards,...who cares? You'll find people who love you anyways. The small stuff doesn't seem so big and the big stuff doesn't seem so huge anymore. 

11. You have more respect for, and (WAY) less competition with other women.

This is one I debated adding...but it's SO true. Women are socialized to be so competitive with each other! We tear each other down, or judge each other when we so don't need to over silly things. In your 30's that attitude starts to fade into the bigger picture. Suddenly, we're all the same kind of human fighting the good fight, dealing with the same issues and just raising each other up. In your 30's it becomes so much easier to value those amazing women in your life. And we need each other!

So, Happy Birthday to me, and love to all you other amazing ladies out there rocking 30+. We're freaking awesome!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Winter Boho Fringe, and the Reality of Transitioning to Spring from Winter.

Well, it's finally starting to warm up here in Boise, so I'm going to post the last wintery outfit today in anticipation of WARMER WEATHER (wooooo!!)

This is something I threw together with a little more of a boho vibe, I've been feeling more flowey, fringe-y, natural colored clothes lately. Which is weird for me because I usually err on the side of slightly edgy and streamlined, but something about the fun flowey pieces is feeling like a nice change for spring. Which is probably while I wore this while snow was still on the ground! 

It looks pretty cute, right? I mean, someone even asked me how I managed to stay so cute when it's freaking cold outside. Heh, I'll show you below! 

Sweater: Unknown brand from Goodwill, $4 // Boots: Lucky Brand from Goodwill, $6 // Leggings: Victoria's Secret, $35 (you can buy them here at Victoria's Secret) // Tank: Unknown brand, Goodwill, $2 // Sunglasses: Ann Taylor LOFT, from Goodwill, $2 // Choker: Wal Mart (I know right? I was surprised too!) $5 // Gigantic coat: Unknown, free (stolen a gift from my mom)

Outfit total cost: $54 (hey, this is a LOT for me!!)

The reality of taking pics in winter is usually closer to the pic above. It was COLD when I took these shots only a couple weeks ago. Like, almost below zero, I couldn't feel my hands cold. So in between shots I wore a gigantic puffer coat the covers up all the cuteness underneath. Bloggers, especially fashion bloggers, have to fudge this kind of thing a lot. I mean, yeah, my outfit is cute, but I get frostbite just like the next girl! 

I promise though, this is my absolute last winter outfit for a while, I'm too excited about spring and dresses and sandals to stomach one more sweater + leggings pairing again for a while! 
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Roasted Stuffed Portobello Caps with Sausage, Goat Cheese & Basil (with instructions to make them gluten-free!)

Roasted Stuffed Portobello Caps with Sausage, Goat Cheese & Basil

Simple, savory dinners are one of my favorite things to make for my family. Though I do love big fancy complex meals with multiple side dishes, sometimes there’s nothing better than serving a hearty meal that’s all in one piece. The bonus of these sausage and goat cheese stuffed roasted portobello caps is that they’re stupidly simple to make, and even easier to customize.

Plus, this would be the perfect easy-yet-impressive dish to serve to your special someone if you're in a hurry but still want to be fancy.

Roasted Stuffed Portobello Caps with Sausage, Goat Cheese & Basil

Roasted Stuffed Portobello Caps with Sausage, Goat Cheese & Basil

2 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
2 chopped portobello stems
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
½ lb crumbled cooked sausage
¼ cup french fried onions* (I made mine at home and made them gluten-free!)
1 egg
¼ cup bread crumbs* (or a piece of roughly chopped/shredded gluten-free bread)
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
2-3 fresh basil leaves (shredded)

1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Place your mushroom caps rounded tops down, on your baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes until they’re tender and meaty.

3. While your mushrooms roast, mix your breadcrumbs, sausage egg and goat cheese in a bowl, making sure that the mixture gets thoroughly coated in egg.

4. Pull your portobellos out of the oven, and top each with a generous amount of your sausage mixture, spreading it evenly inside the mushroom cap. Top with goat cheese and french fried onions, and put back in the oven until the egg is cooked, the top is browned and the cheese is melted, about 5-10 minutes.

5. Pull your mushrooms out of the oven, and top with fresh shredded basil.

Serve and enjoy!

**If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, you can do what I did and just shred a piece of gluten-free bread instead of bread crumbs, and I made my own french fried onions with Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free 1:1 baking flour-don't worry, recipe coming soon!)

If you want to be even fancier (or have a more balanced meal...you know health and stuff) you could serve these stuffed portobello caps over a bed of mixed salad greens. Which I did not do, because I just ate them the way they were...hey I was in a hurry!

Roasted Stuffed Portobello Caps with Sausage, Goat Cheese & Basil

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