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Holidays

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas!

With all of the holiday bustle, I’ve been slacking off a bit in the meal department. I’ve been primarily sticking to some simple sides like rice and beans, sweet potato fries, and leftovers to fill in the gaps between all the junk food and sweets, cupcakes and muffins.

There has also been lots of pesto pasta with sundried tomatoes. Yum!

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There was, of course, also some gluten-free chicken fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

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I know, so healthy. But it was so worth it!

After the holidays, my plan is to get myself a little more focused and start eating healthier. There will be some interesting changes for me for sure, and hopefully some new recipes to go along with them!

But first, I have another family celebration! (And also some more junk to eat.)

Can you believe it’s already almost 2015? Do you have any New Year’s plans or resolutions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on Facebook!

Have a happy New Year!

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you’re looking forward to this upcoming week as much as I am! Thanksgiving plans are pretty well set and now there’s just some last minute shopping, some prep and cooking for the big day! I’m so excited for it!

Today I have a last minute Thanksgiving dessert for you. Pumpkin spice cake. Yum! It’s somewhat between a cake and a pie in that it’s kind of soft, but it works perfectly because of that.

I hope you enjoy! It goes perfectly with my cream cheese frosting, so I’m attaching that recipe again as well.

I hope you enjoy! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Do you entertain at home, or go to family’s? We’re going to my parents’ house this year, and I am so looking forward to spending it with them again!

Have a wonderful week!

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Thoughts Of Thanksgiving

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I’m going to be finding recipes for our Thanksgiving meal plan. I’m so excited about it this year because I get to do a lot of the planning! Thus far I have a list of dishes, I just need to find some gluten-free options for certain things like rolls and pie crusts. I have a few ideas, but I’m not quite sure which ones we’ll be going with.

I do know that we’ll be having my breakfast casserole for breakfast and my garlic mashed potatoes and possibly autumn rice and acorn squash to go along with dinner. I was hoping to get a turkey this week to do a post for you, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Next year!

We’re going to my family’s this year. I haven’t been there in three years and my husband’s never been. I am so looking forward to it! A real family Thanksgiving!

Last year it was just the two of us, and I have to say, it was quite relaxing and wonderful, but I’m looking forward to spending this one back at home.

I think Thanksgiving is more about the gathering, being with the ones you love, and just celebrating everything that we have. When I was a kid, we just had our immediate family, but there were enough of us that it still constituted a group.

We might also have a dear woman over, who has been like a grandmother over the years. I love the idea of spreading the joy of Thanksgiving by sharing it with others!

Do you have a large group of family and/or friends for Thanksgiving? Or do you enjoy it being a smaller group of closer ones? Do you have any unique recipes or traditions? I’d love to hear from you!

Did you get a chance to check out my gluten-free yellow quinoa cake? If not, be sure to check it out! Scroll to the bottom for the recipe. I’d also love to connect with you on Facebook where I’ll be sharing smaller posts and we can interact more.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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?

Easy Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Happy Monday Everyone!

This weekend was a particularly busy one. By the time Monday rolled around, I was ready for a comfy oversized sweater, a good book, and a blanket I could cuddle up in a chair with. Cozy time to reflect and unwind sounded perfect.

Autumn weather has begun to show its face, and I couldn’t be happier! All the pretty colors, warmer comfort foods–soups, pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon filling the air and our plates.

Just thinking of it made me excited! So I settled in to the idea of a steaming bowl of cheesy broccoli soup. When I was a teen, my two best friends and I would often spend afternoons at Tim Horton’s talking the day away with a bowl of broccoli soup on the side. (Of course, there was always a frosted cinnamon roll to follow.) I’ve been wanting cinnamon rolls lately, so that’s definitely something I’m going to need to remedy in the near future.

Those days are gone now, we’ve all gone our separate ways, but the memories remain and I’ll always treasure them.

Anyway, broccoli soup has been one of those comforts for me for a long time, I figured it was about time to recreate it at home. Normally I’d make it with chicken stock… And it wouldn’t necessarily be cheesy. But that’s what I felt like, so I decided to try! It turned out fairly well, I think.

I hope you enjoy! Have a safe and cozy week!

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Cheesy Broccoli Soup

1 pound frozen broccoli, thawed

2 cups light cream (or more depending on desired thickness)

1/2 onion, chopped

1 Tablespoon or so olive oil

1/2-1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cubed (I also mixed in little bit of Monterrey Jack and a slice of white American)

Black pepper, salt, thyme

Combine broccoli and light cream in blender. Blend until no large broccoli chunks remain.

Saute (or carmelize) onions with olive oil in a medium sized cooking pot.

Add broccoli and cream mix to the onions.

Stir and cook until warm. Slowly add cubed cheese while stirring. Add remaining cheese until desired amount. Stir occasionally until melted.

Season with salt, pepper, and thyme. (Probably about 1 tsp thyme)