Entries Tagged 'NaBloPoMo'

Silent Sunday: Autumn in the Mountains

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Baking with Almond Flour: Snickerdoodles

Grain-Free Snickerdoodles

As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking.  We have added small amounts of natural sweeteners, butter, and cheese back to our diet this week but won’t be adding any wheat back for a little while yet.  This Snickerdoodle recipe from Deliciously Organic works perfectly for us at this stage because it uses almond and coconut flours in place of all-purpose wheat flour and is sweetened with a combination of honey and coconut sugar.  I followed Carrie’s recipe exactly and these were simple to make and they turned out perfectly.  The only real difference between mine and hers was that I used the convection setting on my oven when baking them.  Even though I turned the temperature down and shortened the baking time, the coconut sugar browned faster than I was expecting.  They didn’t burn, but they definitely have a delicious though unintentional caramel flavor.  Next time I’ll bake them without convection and then see which I prefer. Continue reading →

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Welcome, November

Central Camp Swimming Hole in November

I can hardly believe that October is over, but I’m happy to meet November again, nonetheless.  It’s the month of important birthdays, Thanksgiving, and days finally cool enough to wear big hooded sweatshirts and fuzzy slippers.  It’s also National Blog Posting Month where I force my writing, photos, or recipes on you every single day until we’re all sick of me.  Ah, November.

The last time you heard from me, I had just pledged to avoid unprocessed foods for the month of October along with the thousands of other people who signed up for October Unprocessed this year.  What you don’t know is that Phil and I decided to take it a step further and attempt the Whole30 Challenge, where you remove all sugars (even natural ones like honey), alcohol, dairy, grains, legumes, and processed vegetable oils for 30 days.  The Whole30 is basically 30 days of following a very strict Paleo-style diet, which is more restrictive than I ever plan to be on a regular basis, but I have to admit is a very healthy way to eat if you can manage it.  We decided to try the Whole30 for a few reasons.  First, we are both trying to get as healthy as possible to increase our chances of having a healthy pregnancy and we thought this would be a great way to jump start a new healthy eating plan.  But we’ve also been wondering if Phil has a sensitivity to either dairy, wheat, or both.  By stripping down his diet completely then adding things back in carefully, we’re hoping to be able to figure that out.  And finally, I’m going to be wearing a wedding dress in January and I’d like to lose some weight. Continue reading →

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Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

When it comes to dried fruit, cranberries do not top my list of favorites.  I love raisins, prunes, dried apricots, dried peaches, and dried tart cherries any time of the year, but it’s rare to find a bag of dried cranberries in my pantry most of the time.  However, when Thanksgiving rolls around, I start thinking cranberries and the dried ones inevitably start showing up in my green salads and baked goods and continue to do so through January.  They add a festive pop of color and the flavor pairs beautifully with oranges, one of my favorite things to eat in the winter.  I do use the fresh ones for holiday cranberry sauces and relishes, but I think dried cranberries are wonderful in cookies, muffins, scones, and green salads. Continue reading →

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Silent Sunday: Missing Morro Bay

Morro Rock

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Free Shipping at King Arthur Flour

King Arthur Flour

I don’t normally use this space to announce sales or shopping deals, but today on Facebook I noticed that King Arthur Flour is offering completely free shipping on orders of $60 or more until tomorrow (Sunday, November 25) at midnight. For years, King Arthur Flour has been one of my favorite places to shop for specialty baking ingredients and with Christmas right around the corner, I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this offer tomorrow!  Just thought I’d give you a heads up in case you’d like to stock up on some things as well. Continue reading →

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What to do with Leftover Turkey

Curried Turkey Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts

Originally published in November of 2010, this post has been updated and pulled forward from the archives.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  If you’re lucky, you still have lots of leftover turkey for sandwiches.  This Curried Turkey Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts is one of my favorites. Continue reading →

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What I Made for Thanksgiving

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

We spent Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house so I didn’t have to worry about making an entire Thanksgiving meal.  I was really only in charge of pies this year, but at the last minute decided I’d also try this Broccoli Cheese Casserole from Simply Recipes.  It was easy to make and everyone enjoyed it. Continue reading →

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