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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Vegan+Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms have become a family favorite. I came up with this recipe for my mom who is gluten free and on a very specific diet. They are the perfect appetizer or side dish for a warm hearty meal in the fall or winter. This would be a great dish to add to your Thanksgiving day feast too! The stuffing base is super simple with the main ingredients being the mushroom stems, almond flour and a variety of Italian spices.  I am a huge mushroom fan. I love basically any and all mushrooms. When I go to the store…

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Ratatouille — A Classic Vegetarian Dish

I'm pretty sure my inspiration to try out Ratatouille was actually the adorable Disney movie. Remy made me want to try it. So I made it for the first time a couple of years ago and my husband and I love it. It warms you right up with a mix of creamy tomato and béchamel sauces that have a little zing from hot red pepper flakes. The veggies all stacked into one another look pretty elegant too. I always feel fancy when I make this dish.  I'll admit this ratatouille takes a fair bit of prep work, but it's all…

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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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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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Chocolate Birthday Cake (Dairy Free with Gluten Free & Vegan Options!)

Years ago, my mom made a chocolate cake for my birthday and she used this recipe. We never turned back after that. This is truly the best chocolate cake you will ever eat. All credit goes to Robyn over at Add a Pinch blog where we found the recipe, but I simply had to share this with you all. This is the cake I turn to for a lot of special occasions because I am a huge chocolate lover, and what's better than a classic chocolate cake? I dress it up with raspberries and some raspberry jam in the middle.…

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Rustic Blueberry Galette For Two

This rustic blueberry galette is a simple yet delicious dessert, perfect for the summer with it's vibrant fruity taste. I've had the idea for a while and never actually made a galette before so it was fun to try something new. I made a mini one too, so this is a great little summer dessert for two. I add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest to really bring out the blueberry flavor and it works beautifully.  What's a Galette? A galette is basically a pie without the pie dish. You use a shortcrust pastry like you would for a…

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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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