Gluten-free Raspberry Crisp

I am so thankful for my parents and their green thumbs, I know I don’t have it in me. So for now I will continue to be thankful for the boxes of fruit and veggies they send me in the summer! When I was little, we had loads of raspberries each summer from our garden. I have to say, raspberries are my favorite fruit, with strawberries in close second of coarse.

Today’s raspberry crisps are both gluten-free and easy to take on the go. My serving size for this recipe is for four people, but it can easily be doubled and baked in an 8×8 inch baking pan to serve a larger group. I favor the “crisp” part of the raspberry crisp, so I loaded both the top and bottom full. I made these in small jelly jars so I could pack them up and take to go. It’s perfect for a summer BBQ.

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Gluten-Free S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

Part of the fun of being a food blogger is trying recipes from my peers. I love experimenting in the kitchen. I have also been inclined to try various baking mixes to see how my favorites compare. On a recent shopping trip to Wholefoods, I found a Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake mix from King Arthur Flour. I must say, that I am in love with this cake mix, it is the fudgiest cake I have ever had. You can purchase their cake mixes online. I used it to make cupcakes instead of a layer cake as shown on the box.

Once my cupcakes cooled, I took a heaping spoon of chocolate and smeared it over the top of each one. Obviously you need an excess amount of chocolate for anything s’mores related. Instead of graham cracker, I used Annie’s Gluten-Free Bunnie crackers, they are most compared to Teddy Grahams. I used a food processor to grind them up into smaller pieces.

S'mores Cupcakes

I have never made marshmallow frosting before (gasp!). So I spent some time looking at ingredients from different recipes to see what I wanted to try. I was never a huge fan of marshmallow fluff when I was a child, so I was looking for something different.

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February Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

**Unfortunately, I lost all of my photos for this post. Please continue reading to find out more about the program!**

Hi everyone! It’s Foodie Penpals Reveal Day again! This pen pal program is so much fun. Everyone loves getting mail, especially when it contains food!!

This month, my package came from Allyson in Minnesota, is a blogger at The Shrinking Knitter. This was her first month participating in Foodie Penpals, and I could tell how excited she was from our emails back and forth. It made me equally excited to receive my package!

We have tried to maintain healthier eating habit and tried to replace some of our staple items with a gluten-free version. I mentioned this to Allyson and it seemed to spark a fire in her! She put together a WONDERFUL box of gluten-free goodies for me to try; all of which are brand new product to me. I have seen some of these on the shelf before but I haven’t purchased yet.

Let’s start with the baking item! First of all, Trader Joe’s Vanilla Beans. I have never seen these at my local Trader Joes, but now I want to march in there and insist that my local store carry them! I always buy my vanilla beans at World Market, because they are $3 for two beans, which is 1/3 of the normal price! Continue reading

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake for National Carrot Cake Day!

Sunday February 3rd is a big day. If you are enthusiastic about football, I suppose you will watching the Super Bowl, drinking beer and pigging out on salty foods. If you are not interested in football, you might be indulging your sweet tooth, because it’s National Carrot Cake Day! I am making an delicate crumbed gluten-free carrot cake with a creamy vanilla cream cheese frosting.

Let me give you a little background story here. A good friend of mine is getting married in Mammoth this summer and she asked me to make cupcakes for her wedding. I delightfully agreed. I have an awesome carrot cake recipe that we have been making since I was a kid, and now I wanted to try a gluten-free version (the bride is gluten-free). The results were amazing and I never thought I could make a gluten-free carrot cake taste so moist. You would never guess it was gluten-free unless I told you!

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Healthish Foodie Finds!

This week’s foodie find is about healthier eating. I decided to wait until the end of January to “get healthy”. I am by no means any kind of dietician or nutritionist, but I do know what works for me. I have been participating in the Weight Watchers program since 2008.

I bake a LOT of desserts, and I do my best not to indulge too much, but I have to try what I make. So I am making an active effort to hold myself more responsible for the foods I eat.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, here are some snacks that are going to help keep me on track. Most of them are from Trader Joes or Whole Foods because I shopped in both of those stores recently. If you are interested in more specific nutrition facts, please leave me a message in the comments or send me an email!

Trader Joes makes these mini Pita pockets which are going to be my afternoon snack. They are only 1 WW point each. I can stuff them full of veggies or maybe some light cheese or low calorie peanut butter. Today I added a tablespoon of hummus.

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