Pumpkin Creme Brulee, serve this thanksgiving

Time Saving, Stress Reducing Tricks for Thanksgiving

So next week is Thanksgiving…..have you figured out what you’re going to do? Are you going out to eat or cooking in? If you’re cooking, are you making all the food or getting some help?  As a kid we always went out to eat for most holiday meals, so I love to cook at home now.  That said, making a whole meal can be a very daunting task.  Therefore, I like to get a little help when I can.  If you have family or friends that are coming over, ask them to bring a side dish or dessert.  If that isn’t an option or you want to manage all the food, I like to get some items pre-made to help me out on the day-of.

Here’s a round-up of my favorite time-saving and stress reducing tricks that help me look like I can do it all on Thanksgiving, I hope it helps you figure out what to serve this Thanksgiving too:

  • I like to order some food items for Thanksgiving, and make the rest. I will usually order a pre-made turkey that I can just reheat day-of, sometimes I’ll also order veggie sides and potatoes. My go-tos are Whole Foods catering or if you’re in Southern California I also like Bristol Farms.
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happy new year

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I’m very excited about 2018.  Overall, I would say that 2017 was a pretty good year for my blog as well as my other business Online Profile Pros.  I had an interview in Forbes and another article in Entrepreneur about Online Profile Pros and how we help people with their online personal brand.  I’m really looking forward to some more accomplishments for Living with Claire and Online Profile Pros in 2018.

Click here for the Forbes article.

Click here for the Entrepreneur article.

XOXO

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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
What to serve this thanksgiving

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.
 
 
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