Homemade Strawberry Jam–No Pectin Needed

My husband and I went berry picking last weekend to get the last of the strawberries before they went out of season. They were so red and ripe, I couldn't wait to get home and make some fresh jam with them. This was only my second time making jam and the result was quite successful! I made two batches with differing amounts of sugar and they came out a tad different, both equally good though. If you go on the internet and search jam recipes, the variation in the amounts of sugar that is  put into different recipes amazes me. Some…

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July Bullet Journal Theme: Studio Ghibli

This month I decided to go with a studio ghibli theme for my bullet journal spreads and I love it! I thought I would share it, in case you need some inspiration. My inspiration came from the Black Goddess blog who shared her studio ghibli spread.I love studio ghibli movies so I thought it would be perfect to draw some characters from the movies in my journal. My favorite is Howl's Moving Castle. I made a cute checklist too so I can try and watch all the movies, I haven't seen every one yet!  Monthly Spread I start off every…

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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 type…

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Classic British Treacle Tart (Dairy Free & Vegan Option)

My next bake is 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.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LWsb2TS_cI 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 cabinet now just for it. The taste is lemony and sweet, and the consistency is mushy and delicious. I…

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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. People…

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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 journal…

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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 I'm…

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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 The…

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Apple Pear Tarte Tatin (Vegan!)

If you keep up to date on my posts, you know I like to bake things that are on the Great British Baking Show. I never heard of tarte tatin until I watched it on the show. I am so glad I discovered it thought and decided to bake one because it is delicious! This is also 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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