Coconut Flour Cake

 

Yesterday we celebrated Dallas’ half yearly marker.

Five and a half deserved half of a cake! While I was at it, I chose to take a photo of said cake giving half the effort.

This gooey yellow cake was rich and filling, without the gluten. I’ve been on a bit of a gluten roller-coaster and am looking forward to hearing what my doctor has to say about it today. My taste buds can’t be the jury any longer, so a blood test will have to be the judge.

The recipe can be found at a blog titled, Artistta: One Mom’s Creativity on Canvas & in the Kitchen. 

I should have followed her advice and cooked the cake a bit longer, but everyone was waiting on dessert before bedtime. I’ll do lots and lots of things that may be frowned upon, if it means bedtime comes a little sooner. The fudge poured over the top was a rich mix of melted coconut oil, melted butter, melted (again?) semi-sweet chocolate chips and a dash of vanilla. I’d love to give you a recipe, but I ended up with 2 or 3 cups left over, so I’d suggest experimenting in small quantities!

When you see Artistta’s cake, you’ll notice that mine was cut while hot and isn’t as firm looking. Just wanted to throw in the obvious.

The boys had a relaxing inside day yesterday and took full advantage of the couch. Apparently, they think we own some type of sectional.

 

Wanna learn about something fun?

They are called SoapNuts and mine are from a great company called LaundryTree.

LaundryTree SoapNuts are an easy way to “green” your laundry!

Soapnuts aren’t actually a nut at all, they are simply the fruit of a tree (Sapindus Mukorossi), found primarily in the Himilayas. And they are an EXCELLENT alternative to traditional laundry detergents and cleaners.

A FEW AMAZING THINGS ABOUT SOAP NUTS:
  • They are simply a dried fruit – 100% totally natural.
  • Clothes washed with soapnuts will have no scent – and that’s how you’ll know they are TRULY clean!
  • They are organically grown and are free of harsh chemicals, so they are incredibly gentle. (This makes them especially great for those with sensitive skin — including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis).
  • They’re totally biodegradeable, so they’re better for the environment than regular detergent. – LaundryTree

Soapnuts are especially great for those with sensitive skin — including babies and those that suffer from allergies, eczema, and psoriasis!

Commercial detergents can easily irritate skin that is dry and sensitive, but soapnuts are extremely gentle and chemical free — alleviating the potential for problems. Liquid or sheet fabric softeners may also irritate skin, but since soapnuts make your laundry soft and fluffy, those products are are truly unnecessary!

 

I’ve had this bag I have used off and on since 2007 and I am almost out. I plan to buy another bag because I love how soft they make my clothes. You can use these little guys and make a soap that works on anything. You can add different smells too, which is really fun.

 

More pumpkin! More pumpkin!.

Try sneaking a couple tablespoons or more into a bowl of hummus. Homemade hummus is super easy and can be pretty cheap.

Check out DAMY’s hummus recipe page if you need some instructions.

It can also get pretty boring. Pumpkin butter gives hummus a touch of sweetness and depth. Be careful not to overload, it’s pretty sugary stuff. Super yummy with apple slices or pretzel sticks.

Time to go put the wee one down for a nap. Grandpa is babysitting today and he ain’t down for the grumps. Also, I need to wrestle my Tic Tacs out of his hand. They worked so well keeping him occupied yesterday as we shopped together. It was a little like introducing him to coffee. The first Tic Tac was a little bitter for him, now he acts like he can’t even speak to another human without first eating a little orange pebble.

 

Oops. The Tic Tac box is empty. Tomorrow’s pull-ups should be interesting!

 

 

 

Pecan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

There are plenty of pumpkin smoothie recipes to be found, most of them taste somewhere between a spoonful of plain pumpkin puree and plain pumpkin puree with twelve cups of sugar mixed in. Can I challenge you to give my version a whirl? With a good sweetness balance and a thick, creamy texture, this is the closest thing I have found to sucking up a slice of pumpkin pie.

Which, I will be the first to admit, is they way I wish to spend the remainder of fall.

 

Pecan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 6 dates (medjool), without seeds
  • 2 T. maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup pecan pieces
  • 2 handfuls ice
Instructions
  1. Blend until smooth
You can find dates in the produce or bulk section of most stores. Don’t buy the dried kind in the raisin aisle, they won’t blend up the same. You need to juicy, brown sugar-like sweetness of the fat guys.

You are also gonna need a super powered blender for this smoothie, like a Ninja, Vitamix or BlendTec. If you don’t have one, try it in your food processor. If you don’t have one of those, go to Target. The pecans and dates will need the power of a major blender to turn into itty bitty chunks (if you have a Ninja) or be pulverized into liquid (Vitamix).

Ooh, guess what?! I can totally stop whining about the camera on my phone now. I found its secret features, that help take much, much better photos. Check it.

   

We  are in serious recovery mode over here after a late in the day trip to the Jelly Belly Factory yesterday. The four of us ate so much sugar, that we couldn’t even drive home without stopping for some type of un-sweetened food to balance our bodies out. Chancing having the tired kids melting down was not much of an option, so we stopped at the first available “food” joint, McDonald’s.

After a couple of naps and some snacks for dinner, my parents came over to see the boys. With ice cream and cones in hand. There were more jelly beans, a taste of pumpkin fudge and a long night ahead.

Both boys woke up crying during the night. Dallas couldn’t get back to sleep for an hour. He had crazy demands he was screaming, like, “I want something to eat, then drink, then a story,then a song, with Daddy.” Jy would try to go to the kitchen, but couldn’t make it out of the room without Dallas screaming for him and flopping around like a fish out of water.

We are trying to slowly come out of our fog today. Having a kitchen full of Jelly Bellys  and candy corn hasn’t helped us make a clean escape. I’m off to do some Sunday crafting and cooking, which is what people who are done with their online classes and volunteer positions do! Free time is the best thing I have ever discovered. If you don’t have some, you should totally get some, it is fabulous. Like Max.

 

 

The Pictures Are Worth About Eight Words

Like moms around the world, when Dad isn’t home for dinner, breakfast will be served. And yeah, I know the photos still totally suck. I’m working on a camera. In the meantime, squint a little to make the pictures blog-worthy.

Ok, so back to dinner.

We had already ate Fresh & Easy’s pumpkin pecan waffle mix for breakfast. Wait, you get that we ate them as waffles and not as a mix, right? Just checking. So no syrupy dinner would do tonight. Instead,  I cooked up something nice, cheap and comforting for a breezy fall night while the hubs was in San Francisco, rooting on the Giants!

White potatoes are a treat in my house. We always have chocolate chips on hand and ice cream is often found freezing away, but white potatoes are rare. They are such a guilty pleasure! And, I’m talking russets here. Not even sure they are organic.

That was nice of her!

Dallas once kissed a tub of potato salad at Whole Foods and promised to marry it. He then cried as we walked away. Nope, not kidding. He cries for lots of reasons.

Max said he wanted to eat “All and lots and lots” of the roasted russets I threw in the oven tonight. They were topped with some olive oil, salt, pepper and dried rosemary before roasting at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. The three of us sat, eating our dinner of white carbs and ketchup.

So, what’s new around here? Well, we watched the debate and I can tell you that Max was not happy. Not happy at all.

Time out, Romney!!!

Another family favorite right now is the Costco pumpkin bread mix (again, baked, not in mix form). I combine the ingredients called for in my bread maker and voila, an hour later my family has a loaf of irresistible butt expantion, calorific seasonal bread.

Now, the phone photo you see above just does not give you the pumpkin bread sense you might get from a photo taken from a regular camera. However, my little Samsung will occasionally offer a seriously fine art inspired snapshot of a hard-boiled egg. Let me show you what my phone turned out after snapping a shot over the sink.

The intention of the photo was to show you how the high of being a pro-egg boiler quickly fades when the next batch have shells which crumble and crack. How funny is that photo? Ok, granted, it’s not exactly funny, but it does kind of crack me up. Oh. Oh. Oh, I am just. so. sorry for that.

Pinteresting, isn’t it?

I’ve been all over kitchen sink beauty via Pinterest. If I wasn’t out of honey, there would be a yogurt/honey/cinnamon/nutmeg mask on my face right now. And Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner? Yeah, my face smells like feet (a “pinner’s” description), but I have never found a toner that works as well as the organic, stinky stuff. The smell is gone once it dries, in case you are tempted to try it out!

My mom told me about brushing with some baking soda long ago, but Pinterest sparked my interest and got me to actually try my own mother’s advice. (Yes, it works).  I now also use the little orange box to whiten my nails!

Wanna follow me around Pinterest? Hit the red button on the right and choose some boards to follow. These recipes are found on the Beauty Baby board.

This is my latest Pinter-find, lip exfoliator! All you do, according to the blog That’s So Cuegly, is combine equal parts honey, olive oil and brown sugar. My second batch (because I’ve been luh-huving it) was made with coconut oil, which works too. Rub a dab on your kisser, smack your lips together and back and forth a time or two, then rinse or wipe off. Give it a go, you’ll be glad you paid some attention to your neglected pout!

Second up, smooth leg city.

It looks a heck of a lot like the curd I made this summer.

This recipe however, slims you down (technically). It’s for leg shaving! Let me warn you up front to not swap your sugar out for salt. Ouch. I didn’t make that mistake, but it makes me feel like a responsible adult to warn everyone else.

Thanks to One Good Thing By Jillee for this leg/life changing tip. No exaggeration either! I knew I had to give it a try after reading the 100 positive comments on Jillee’s blog.

All you need is sugar, oil and citrus juice. Visit One Good Thing for the complete recipe. I’d love to post it here, but plagerism just ain’t cool.

As I have told you before, my mom starts much advice with, “Do yourself a favor”. So ladies (and some gents?) do yourself a favor and try this! Your legs will give your baby’s butt a run for it’s money. Or, for it’s diaper, since your baby’s butt most likely has no money.