Unique Gift Ideas

Unique Gift Ideas for the Hard to Buy for People in Your Life

We all have those hard to buy for people on our list.  They have everything and can buy anything they need or want, so what can I possibly get for them that they would actually want and don’t already have?  I did a similar holiday gift guide last year, so I did something different this time, I asked my friends and family what items they’ve gotten in the last year that they absolutely love and would recommend to others. 

Here is the curated list of unique gift ideas:

For the Avid Traveler in Your Life

So the first two are very utilitarian, but if you know someone that has to travel all the time for work, they will love these. 

Professional Weekender Bag– The backpack is TSA approved and can be unzipped in the middle so that laptop is by itself during the security screening, that way you don’t have to take it out.  Pretty nifty huh?  The pack holds a good amount of electronic gear we all need to travel with and includes special pockets and access for the most used items.  The pack is very secure with places for locks on all of the critical openings.  You can easily carry 2 days worth of clothes for a weekend trip…well at least my husband can.… Read Full Post

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
Onyx youth

Onyx Youth Magnetic Mask Review

This week I’m doing a review of the Onyx Youth Magnetic Mask.  I was gifted this item by Onyx Youth and they asked me to do an honest review for you.  I’ve seen other magnet mask videos on Youtube and Facebook and I was intrigued, so when Onyx Youth reached out to me I said “Yes!”.   The mask is made in Korea and contains a unique blend of botanical oils, volcanic minerals and amino acids.  Onyx Youth is an iron-rich formula which is removed with a powerful magnet that lifts impurities and rejuvenates skin.

This mask is different than the charcoal masks that rip off your skin when they come off, we’ve all seen the horrible videos.  This mask was smooth when applied to the skin and came off very easily with the magnet (provided in the mask kit).  I was a bit worried that the botanical oils would make me break out, but it didn’t.  They recommend that you rub in the botanical oils after taking off the mask, but I found it to be a bit heavy for my oily skin so I washed my face afterwords.  My skin looked great after the mask and my breakouts continued to improve days after.  I really liked the results of the mask and it made my skin look clearer and brighter.  I would definitely recommend it.  To get your own Onyx Youth Magnet Mask just go here: http://bit.ly/2yH8yoK and use code “bemagnetic” at checkout to get 20% off.… Read Full Post

gluten free chili

Gluten Free Chili aka Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili

This gluten free chili also goes by the name of “Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili” in my house.  Both my husband and I went to the University of Texas at Austin and every year they have the Annual Texas Chili Showdown.  We went to the one in 2015 and I was very sad to find out that most of the chili recipes had gluten in them, in the form of beer, soy sauce and flour.  I have been on a quest ever since to perfect my chili recipe.  There was one chili that I voted for, 1) because it was one of two that were actually gluten free and 2) because it had an amazingly different flavor, which I learned was cocoa powder.  I then modified my recipe with cocoa powder too, hence how “Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili” got it’s name.

Now if you’re freaking out right now because I said there is cocoa powder in my recipe, calm down….you don’t taste chocolate, it just adds a richer full-bodied flavor to the chili that enhances the other spices and ingredients.  I do put beans in my chili, so this wouldn’t qualify as Texas chili which doesn’t have beans and I use Lysander’s Original Chili Seasoning (link below) as a shortcut.… 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