Category Archives: Thursday

It’s An I Don’t Know What

Happy Thursday, Everyone! I hope you’re getting as excited for Christmas as I am!

I’m much further behind in my Christmas preparation than I usually am, though our home is filled with Christmas music and talk of decorating and baking. I have to start actually working on it, there are only three weeks until Christmas!

Some of our decorating is done, but we have yet to get a tree. I’m a big stickler for having a real tree, and the ones we looked at yesterday looked pretty sad. I’m sure we could have dressed them up a bit, but I have a difficult time with the idea of spending money for an already dead looking tree.

So I get to spend tomorrow out Christmas shopping and looking for a tree!

Anyway, today I’ve been feeling a little under the weather and wanted something nice and warm to contrast with the cold outside. So I decided to make something… I’m not entirely sure what to call it, but it tastes good! That’s what really matters anyway, right?

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I just threw some stuff in a pan. Rice, a can of tomatoes (I hate using the canned ones, but it’s all I had), jalapenos, brussel sprouts, margarita mix, pepper, garlic and onion powder, oregano and a bit of pink salt. Then I topped it off with some shredded cheese! Yum!

I hope you’re staying warm and cozy on this chilly December day. Have you gotten a Christmas tree yet, or do you like to wait a little longer?

I’d love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day!

Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops

Happy  Thursday, everyone!

As promised, today I have the recipe for cinnamon apple pork chops.

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My husband and I both loved it, though we realized as we sat down to eat that neither one of us likes cooked apples. A fact we had known previously, but I suppose conveniently forgot because they sounded good at the time. (Kind of inconvenient because I made an apple crisp for dessert. We ate it anyway. With some amazing ice cream!)

That being said, I missed yet another year of apple picking this year. Which I was really disappointed about. My husband’s never been, and I’ve missed three years now. Oh well, hopefully next year!

I served the pork chops with my autumn rice which you can find here along with a brown sugar acorn squash. I also forgot the squash the night of the pork chops. So sad. It was still a good meal though!

And the pork chops were even more amazing leftover when I sliced them and fried them with the apples to reheat them! Caramelized brown sugar, yum!

Here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy!

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I’m Back!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

As my husband mentioned on Monday, I have been away for a friend’s wedding. It was such a wonderful time to reconnect with some very dear friends and to share in this exciting new chapter of my friend’s life.

This trip has been the longest my husband and I have been apart from each other. I was gone for about a week and a half. During that time, I guess he ate… Sandwiches… and cheeseballs. Needless to say, he’s very glad that I’m back home. The night I got back I made homemade mac and cheese. Then yesterday I made a quinoa chocolate cake while listening to Christmas music. (Yes, I’m a tad excited for Christmas.)

We’ve loved this recipe since a friend first stumbled upon it at the beginning of the year. It’s a great way for those who are gluten-free to still have the cake experience without feeling like they’re eating a poor substitute.

I would definitely suggest checking the recipe out! It’s so simple to make too! Which is always a plus, especially with gluten-free recipes.

Anyway, I’m off for Doctor Who!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Any exciting plans?

Hello Thursday! …And Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins.

Happy Thursday everyone! Here’s what I have for you today.

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I love autumn! (As if I haven’t said that enough already.) Thursday seems like an autumn sort of day, doesn’t it? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, and maybe I’m just too happy about it.

It’s just so peaceful, so refreshing, so full of hope… And good food! That always adds points in my book.

There are so many new beginnings. I know most people typically think of spring that way, and I do too I suppose, it’s just… There’s something about the cooler weather, beautiful, deep and rich colors. The smells, the crispness in the air… Ah! Love it!

There’s just something about it that brings people together. And I love that. As the weather cools down, people warm up. Maybe it’s the approaching holiday season, or maybe it’s that people feel the same way I do, or maybe it’s just that everyone’s more relaxed because they don’t have pressure to do something with the summer. Things are winding down, and with that, people’s minds are set at ease. Whatever it is, I very much enjoy it.

On this perfect morning I decided to try my hand at creating a new recipe–I know, daring, since my last attempt didn’t go so well… I’m not one to give up easily or let a little bit of a struggle get between me and good food. I wanted muffins.

I’ve been trying to find a good, simple, gluten-free muffin recipe for a long time now; I’m sure there’s one out there, I just hadn’t found it. They always have so many ingredients/fours, or a ton of nuts. And I’m not a huge fan of either.

So, I decided to look at several muffin recipes and make my own. These were exactly what I was looking for! They were a wonderful breakfast paired with a homemade vanilla chai latte.

(Random tidbit: I’ve always wondered why some recipes call for room-temperature eggs. So I decided to look it up a couple months ago. There actually is a reason behind it; it’s so that the eggs don’t harden the butter or other fats in the mix.)

Also, is it weird that I have a folder on my desktop titled “In my dreams,” and it primarily contains pictures of food? I guess it shows my priorities…

And I have three ways for you to try the muffins: warm with melted butter, or cooled with one of two frostings to top them off… Brown sugar cinnamon buttercream, or pumpkin buttercream.

Have you done anything festive this week to celebrate the changing seasons? I’d love to hear about it!

I also have new recipe cards for you! I’m very excited about that! Feel free to click to enlarge,  save it to your computer and/or print it out!

I hope you enjoy!

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Here we have the flours.

 

batter
The batter as it’s all coming together.

 

Fresh from the oven.
Fresh from the oven.

 

The brown sugar cinnamon buttercream frosted.
The brown sugar cinnamon buttercream frosted.

 

Pumpkin buttercream frosted.
Pumpkin  frosted.

 

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