Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

If you’re still on the fence about what dessert to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast look no further because I’m making Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. I am making my Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cake from last year into cupcakes because I happen to like cupcakes a lot better and it’s gluten-free.  If you don’t want to make them gluten-free you can exchange the gluten free flour in the recipe one-to-one for regular flour if you like. 
 
As you may have guessed, I like all the recipes that I post on my blog which is why I post them, but I absolutely love this recipe. I have to make sure when I make either the cake or cupcakes that I have lots of friends and family around so that I don’t end up eating the entire batch myself. The cream cheese frosting really makes the yummy spice cake over the top delicious.
 
It’ll be hard for me to choose between this recipe and my pumpkin crème brûlée recipe to make for Thanksgiving, but I’m leaning on making this one. I guess you will have to check out my Instagram to find out which one I make.  If you end up making this recipe, please let me when know what you think in the comments below.  I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!… Read Full Post
Pumpkin Creme Brûlée

Pumpkin Creme Brulee in Time for Thanksgiving

This week on the blog and on YouTube I am making pumpkin creme brulee. I had never had creme brulee until I moved to New York City and I went on a date with my now husband and he suggested I get the creme brulee because he thought I would like it.  Super creamy desserts were never something I was attracted to, I always liked cookies and cupcakes and things like that.  So I decided to give it a try and I fell in love. I proclaimed at that moment that creme brulee was now my favorite dessert of all time. When I later became gluten-free I was so happy to know that I could still have creme brulee.  Funny enough, I never actually made it at home until very recently. There’s not that much hands on preparation needed but there is a lot of waiting. What makes it so great though, is if you have guests coming over you can make it beforehand and then just caramelize the sugar when you’re ready to serve.
 
Pumpkin Creme Brûlée
Using the kitchen torch to caramelize the top.
 
I always have trouble with my gluten-free crust for my pumpkin pie, it just doesn’t taste like a gluten-full crust.  So this year I am definitely going to be making this  pumpkin creme brulee recipe for my guests.  Pumpkin Creme Brulee basically tastes like pumpkin pie with a sugary caramel crust… otherwise known as AMAZING!   I hope you like this recipe as much as I do and let me know if you make this recipe in the comments below.… Read Full Post
easy black eyed pea recipe

Easy Black Eyed Pea Recipe- Just in Time for New Year’s Day

When I was 9 years old, my mom and I moved to Texas.  That’s where I first learned of the tradition of eating black eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s Day.  Given that we were from California, my mom would make our black eyed peas into a salad with raw veggies and a light dressing.  My husband on the other hand always made his grandfather’s simple and easy black eyed pea recipe with basically 3 major ingredients.   He’s been making this recipe for me for about 14 years now (we just celebrated the 15th anniversary of our first date on December 20, 2016) and I must say that it never disappoints.

If you’re not familiar with the black eyed pea tradition for good luck, here’s a bit of backstory.  According to About Food:

“On New Year’s Day, you’ll find people throughout the South eating black-eyed peas and greens……Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s has been considered good luck for at least 1,500 years.”

Well I think many of us can agree that 2016 was not our favorite year.  Therefore, I think it’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure that 2017 ROCKS!  I know that I will be having my black eyed peas, will you?… Read Full Post

holiday gift guide

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hard to Buy for People on Your List

Here is my holiday gift guide for the hard to buy for person or people on your list.  We all have that person on our list that essentially has everything they need/ want or a family member that lives far away so you don’t know exactly what to get them. Here are some of my favorite places to shop, because I have way too many hard to buy for people on my list.
 
  1. For those recipients that love fruit you can always do a fruit of the month club, but my particular favorite fruit this time of year are navel oranges from is Pearson Ranch. When I used to live in New York City I found the winter months to be the most difficult time for me, one problem was the fact that I could never find great fruit. I started doing some online research and I came across Pearson Ranch. I love their California navel oranges.

    navel oranges
    Pearson Ranch Navel Oranges

  2. Another website that I like to find gifts is the MOMA store.  They have a great selection of fun deals under $50.  These items are very high design, high concept, so they will always have great impact.  Whether it’s a large gift or stocking stuffer, these gifts will not disappoint.
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