Foodie Gifts to Give 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 foodie gifts! 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 foodie gifts for your loved ones for Christmas this year.  Foodie Gifts:…

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Holiday Sugar Cookies — Vegan & Gluten Free!

Vegan Holiday Sugar Cookies anyone?! 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…

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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars — Vegan & Gluten 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.  Plus they are vegan and gluten free! Perfect for anyone with dietary preferences or food allergies.  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 baking class I'm taking to learn…

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Easy Peach Cobbler (Vegan!)

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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Blueberry Crumble (Gluten & Dairy Free)

While I was home on vacation, I wanted to make a blueberry crumble with fresh bluberries. My husband and I went to pick the berries fresh at a cute farm stand and it turns out a very windy storm we just had ruined the blackberry crop and there weren't any blueberries left to pick. 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.…

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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 pastie 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.  Applesauce Time! Prep Apples…

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Autumn Apple Hand Pies (With Vegan Option!)

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 and…

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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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Fruity Smore’s Bars—No Bake, Gluten & Dairy Free

After I made the Smore's Ice Cream, I had some leftover chocolate ganache and almond flour graham cracker crumbles. I vowed to try and make a new recipe with them instead of eating them.I thought what if I made smore's but in bar form, maybe with an extra flavor added in? Then the fruity smore's bar was born. It's a layer of graham cracker crumble, chocolate ganache, raspberry jam, and finally toasted italian meringue on top. YUM.  I forgot to mention to, it's no bake! The only thing that has to be "cooked" is making a sugar syrup in a…

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