Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spiced Pumpkin Martini

Alright. Time for an adult drink. Let's get in the holiday spirit! Nothing says Halloween and Thanksgiving more than Pumpkin. So if you are getting sick of me cooking with Pumpkin... you are going to have to humor me a bit longer. This is not low calorie. This is not going to cure cancer. But it is sure going to make you feel cozy and in the holiday spirit. 

1 part Captain Morgan
1 part Vodka
1 part whipped cream vodka
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Dip the the rim of the martini glass in a bit of vodka, then place the glass rim into the cinnamon and sugar mixture until the rim is coated.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the liquor and pumpkin spice concentrate 

Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into the rimmed glass, 

sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Crepes

Because it is now October, I am going to be bringing you all things Fall and Pumpkin. Some old, some new. Enjoy this Autumn journey!

Today I am kicking it off with an oldie but goody. Pumpkin Crepes! Nothing says Autumn like waking up to a breakfast full of all things pumpkin! These are one of my daughters favorite fall treats. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Crepes
adapted from Juanita's Cocina

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup milk
1/2 cup warm water
4 eggs
4 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking powder

You can see the recipe for homemade whipped cream here.
You can see the recipe for the pumpkin cream cheese filling here

Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix until fully blended.
If you need to add extra milk to thin to make it spreadable in the crepe pan/skillet/griddle, do so.
Heat a nonstick crepe pan or small skillet over medium heat until completely warmed. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the batter into circles, as thin as you can go without it breaking. 
When there are bubbles all over your batter, it is time to flip it. 

When done, fill your crepe with pumpkin cream cheese filling. Top with some whipped cream sprinkled with a little cinnamon. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Struesel Muffins

  Today I am re-treating you to these scrumptious muffins. A year ago I was asked to try out for the American Baking Competition. I made these muffins and made it through with flying colors. The judges could not believe that these were gluten-free. Even though I made the cut,  In the end it would have meant way too much time away from my family, so I didn't do the show.  However, I do have bragging rights that these muffins beat out thousands of regular gluten filled goodies. 
Make them. You won't be sorry. 

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Struesel Muffins 
adapted from The Brown Eyed Baker

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Streusel:
6 ounces of chopped white chocolate
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Muffins:
1 1/4 cups better batter gluten-free flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp Canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make the cream cheese filling: For the Cream Cheese Filling: In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla, and stir to combine. 
Put the filling in a ziplock bag in the freezer while you prepare the muffins.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
Make the Streusel: In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine chopped white chocolate and cinnamon. Set aside.
Whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, pumpkin, eggs, butter, oil, and vanilla.
Pour the pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix.
Pour batter into prepared muffin pan. 
Using a spoon, or finger, make the center of your muffins hollow. 
Divide the cold cream cheese mixture into each muffin.
Sprinkle the prepared streusel on top of each muffin. 
Bake until golden, for 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, and then remove muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
I bet you can just taste it...Yum.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

So glad for GladSoles!

To you my readers, I am just a kitchen loving yogi. To my close friends and a barefoot beast. I love being barefoot and often tell people that feet need to breathe. If you are stressed out, take off your shoes and socks and walk around, you will feel better. So you can imagine how stoked I was to learn about GladSoles. Have you heard of them?

They are these cool soles that tie so easily to your feet and stay their with their squeeze lock system. You feel barefoot in them, but you can hike, jog, walk, do yoga, and just about anything in them.

I took them on a trip with me to Oregon to truly test out their durability. I took them on every terrain, in the rain, in the sun. They were great. I loved every minute of my hike because I felt truly grounded the way I like to feel.

On their website GladSoles gives the top 3 reasons to buy GladSoles:

1. The sole is Flat, Flexible and Ultra Lightweight. It is custom-made to fit your feet. The more you wear them, the more they mold to your unique foot shape. Over time, they become like a second skin, offering protection from all of the rocks, roots, glass, etc. that you might come across in your travels.
2. Durable. Machine washable. Hand-Made in America (right here in New Jersey). Our Vibram® Soles last a really long time. Rain, dirt, mud – no problem. Hose your GladSoles down or throw them in the wash, and they are as good as new.

3. Easy, Secure and Comfortable lacing system. GladSoles are laced up just like the Tarahumara huaraches. We’ve taken time-tested, traditional sandals and brought them into the 21st century with our military strength paracord laces and squeeze lock system. Our laces are flexible, strong and silky smooth against your skin. Take your time and tweak the lacing until it is just right. Once you have dialed in the fit, your GladSoles become a Slip-On / Slip-off sandal. No need to retie them. And, with 11 colors to choose from, the laces and locks are easily swapped out when the time comes.

There are several more reasons listed on their site. Go get yourself a pair. Especially if you are a barefood badass like me :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Practice Yoga off your mat

Lately I have been asked a lot how I am continuing my yoga practice off my mat. Because yoga is a way of life and not just an exercise, it is important to stop and think about that. How are you practicing yoga in your day to day life?  It is so easy to just let the days fly by. You make it to class and have all of these great ideas and goals for your day, but you leave class and those things just fade away one by one. 

Life is busy. I get it. I am one of the extra busy people in this world. I used to only take time to write to you all. But recently I started writing to myself. My thoughts, self reflections, goals, aspirations, steps to take for self improvement. At first I wrote them in various journals that I also put to do lists in and other random thoughts. 

Then I was asked to review the 10 Year Journal from Because Time Flies Inc. 

What a tremendous journal! It is leather on the outside and so well organized on the inside. 
I love how the entries are smaller. I don't know about you, but I don't always write a book. Sometimes it is a great quote or an inspiring thought, and then I am left with a half blank wasted page that makes me feel like I didn't write enough. 

This concept of writing your entry directly under last years entry on the same date is so great! I can't wait until next year when I get to re-read everything. I hope I inspire myself!  I am participating in a #LiveStressFree challenge with Pura Vida Yoga  this month and am so excited to have this journal help me along the way. 

Try starting to journal to help with your stress level. Go back and read your entries. Maybe you will find the answer to your questions in your own words. Check out the 10 Year Journal! You won't be sorry! 

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