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bunny pancakes

Last year my sister gave me this idea for a cute Easter breakfast and I made it about as simple as possible. I think these bunny pancakes will be an Easter tradition for our family, since they are so easy to make.

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I made banana pancakes using the recipe from my Babycakes Covers the Classics cookbook, and added a little tail made of shredded coconut. Of course, these pancakes are best served with a side of chocolate bunny. Hoppy Easter!

purple cauliflower soup

It’s another purple cauliflower recipe, inspired by my desire to get my purple-loving three-year-old to eat lots of veggies! Good stuff!

vero beach

We went to Vero Beach, Florida in early February to visit my parents and enjoy some warm weather.

Besides the beautiful ocean, sandy beach, and warm pool we had access to, one of the highlights of Vero Beach for me was a little vegan snack shop called Planet Yum. We went there twice and enjoyed vegan soft serve ice cream and milkshakes (the chocolate chai milkshake topped with coconut cream was fantastic), gluten-free waffles, and handmade chocolatey popsicles. Can’t wait to go back!

cauliflower nachos

I’m obsessed with cauliflower nachos! Honestly, they are only a little bit like nachos, but they are SUPER yummy.

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We used almond cheese and added black beans for protein, but otherwise followed the gist of the recipe linked above. And we’ve been making them with purple cauliflower because purple is our three-year-old’s favorite color, and that makes her want to eat them. They go well with salsa, guacamole, and a side of cornbread.

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donut fun

This fall I realized that my poor deprived child was three and a half years old and had never had a donut. This egregious oversight never would have happened if I could eat gluten (or if I could easily get gluten-free dairy-free donuts at any bakery), so we’ve started making mini donuts at home.

Our first attempt was my all-time-favorite, apple cider donuts! We used this recipe and gobbled them all up within about 24 hours.

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Our next donut-making adventure was chocolate dipped plain cake donuts (kid’s choice). The festive sprinkles were also the kiddo’s choice, and she enjoyed doing all of the dipping and sprinkling.

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The donuts were delightfully crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The plain cake donut recipe and the chocolate dipping sauce recipe are both in Babycakes Covers the Classics (one of my go-to cookbooks). We made a half recipe of the chocolate dipping sauce and still had a bit left over, so I made hot chocolate by mixing the sauce with hot almond milk. So much chocolatey goodness!

garden sweet muffins

I made the most naturally gorgeous muffins a few weeks ago! I promise I didn’t enhance the color on these photos at all. The color is all from veggies – beets, carrots, and pumpkin!

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This recipe is a gluten-free adaptation of my garden muffins recipe that was inspired by a surplus of CSA veggies. I’ve named this version “garden sweet muffins” because I was inspired to make them when we received several beets in our fall CSA share from Garden Sweet Farm, and because I made these muffins a little sweeter by adding chocolate chips. They are super yummy, and nutritious (for a muffin)!

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • chia seed gel: 3 teaspoons chia seeds + 9 tablespoons warm water (mix together and let sit ~ 5 minutes, until forms a goopy gel)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unpeeled and grated carrots
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unpeeled and grated beets
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix the flours, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, and cinnamon together. Add the oil, applesauce, chia seed gel, and vanilla, and mix well. Add veggies and chocolate chips. Stir until blended and transfer batter to muffin pan. Bake for ~20 minutes, until a fork comes out clean. Makes 16 muffins.

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what i’ve been reading in 2016

I thought it would be fun to try to capture the essence of each of the books I’ve read this year in as few words as possible.

  1. Extraordinary Means (fiction, by Robyn Schneider): medical ethics explored through young adult fiction in an alternate reality
  2. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (fiction, by Jan-Philipp Sendker): transporting epic love story
  3. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (non-fiction, illustrated edition, by Michael Pollan): sensible eating with fun pictures
  4. The Beach House (fiction, by Mary Alice Monroe): mothers, daughters, turtles
  5. Made You Up (fiction, by Francesca Zappia): lovable mentally ill protagonist surviving  high school
  6. The Magicians (fiction, by Lev Grossman): Harry Potter meets Narnia, but more cynical and with some R-rated content
  7. A Man Called Ove (fiction, by Fredrik Backman): love and death, laughter and tears
  8. The Risk Pool (fiction, by Richard Russo): fathers, sons, small-town upstate New York
  9. Bewteen the World and Me (non-fiction, by Ta-Nehisi Coates): poetic description of life in a black body
  10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (fiction, by Neil Gaiman): a spooky little fairy tale
  11. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (non-fiction, by Rebecca Skloot): the woman whose cervical cells revolutionized biomedical research, unfortunately without informed consent
  12. Best Boy (fiction, by Eli Gottlieb): dramatic times at an assisted living center, from the perspective of a homesick autistic man
  13. The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice (fiction, by Jennifer Paynter): the story of Mary, the Bennet sister that is left out of most of the action in Pride and Prejudice
  14. Americanah (fiction, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie): an outspoken young Nigerian woman moves to the US (where she loves, blogs, and encounters racism), and years later, returns to Nigeria

Some books on deck for 2017 are Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik), The Book Thief (by Markus Zusak), Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (by Trevor Noah), All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (by Jennifer Senior), and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (by Fredrik Backman).

gingerbread cookies

Merry Christmas, from our ragtag bunch of misfits to yours!

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pumpkin pie

I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with pumpkin pie over the years, but after making this recipe, we’re definitely on again.

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The recipe is for “crustless” pumpkin pie, but I used a store-bought gluten-free crust with it and it still worked out great. One important note about the recipe: you are supposed to chill the pie in the fridge for six hours to “set,” so plan your time accordingly!

asian quinoa salad

I made this Asian quinoa salad for a recent potluck dinner and it was really delicious.

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As usual, I deviated from the recipe a bit. I just used ingredients that i already had, so I left out the cabbage, green onion, and sesame seeds, and used a yellow bell pepper instead of red. I also skipped the red pepper flakes because I didn’t want the dish to be too spicy for all the kiddos.

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Several people commented that they really liked the salad, so I’ll add it to my go-to list for potluck parties!