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Gluten-Free Holiday Apple Crumbles!

12 / 21 / 16

With the holidays right around the corner, there is only one thing on my mind: DESSERT!Apple Crumble Audrina 4

The delicate, delicious winter dessert recipe was passed along by my friend  Neda Varbanova from Healthy with Nedi! This dessert is loaded with heart healthy fats and high-fiber content, meaning it is the perfect blend of healthy & delicious. An apple crumble is a great dessert to whip up for holiday guests  —  you can prepare and bake it early in the day, then heat it up just before serving! HINT: For an extra treat, add vanilla ice cream (Nedi’s favorite is Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss!)

Gluten-Free Apple Crumble
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 30 Minutes
Ready in: 50 Minutes 
About 4 Servings

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What You’ll Need:
Apple Filling:
1 1/2 Organic Fuji Apples, peeled and cut into small pieces
1-2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tsp Cinnamon

Crumble Topping:
½ Cup Gluten-Free Oats
½ Cup Walnuts, Chopped
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil, melted
1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar

Topping:
Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

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What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F and lightly grease 4 ramekins with coconut oil.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped apples with honey and cinnamon. Distribute the mix evenly on the bottom of the ramekins.
3. Combine all of the crumble ingredients in a bowl, and stir until mixed throughly. Spread out the crumble mixture over the apples and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden.
4. Serve with coconut yogurt or vanilla ice cream if desired. Enjoy!

Summer Sips: Refreshing Watermelon Shake!

07 / 28 / 16

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I’m a big lover of cool drinks in the summer, and this recipe Refreshing Watermelon Shake recipe by my friend Neda Varbanova is the ultimate summer drink. I’m a huge fan of watermelon (who isn’t?), so the boost of Vitamin C and Antioxidants that comes from drinking watermelon juice is just an added bonus to an already delicious recipe!

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So, if you’re looking for a fun (and easy!) summer drink recipe for your next party, you can thank Neda in advanced.  This refreshing treat is sure to be a hit! Check out the details below and let me know what you think — Cheers!

Refreshing Watermelon Shake
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Ready in: 15 Minutes
About 2 Servings

What You’ll Need:
1. 4 Cups Watermelon, Chopped
2. 2 Tbsp Fresh Mint Leaves
3. Juice of 1/2 Lime
4. Handful of Ice
5. Lime Zest

What To Do:
1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a martini glass.
3. Top with lime zest.

 

Also if you want to continue receiving these delicious smoothie recipes and a healthy guide to superfoods sign up for Neda’s new released summer e-book

Meet Molly Schoneveld of This Yuppie Life

02 / 03 / 16

I don’t normally obsess about my friends, but I just can’t help it! I want to introduce you all to my good friend Molly Schoneveld! Not only is she a big-time entertainment industry publicist, but she is also my go-to person for restaurant, spa, and hotel recommendations, so when I found out she was starting a blog, it’s easy to say that my excitement went through the roof.

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You guys… I’m not kidding when I tell you that her blog, This Yuppie Life, is worth adding to your reading list. Every time she posts new content, I KNOW it’s going to be good. You will find everything from yummy foods, to travel adventures, and even to (my favorite) must-know recommendations. In fact, she’s actually the one that got me into blogging! Get a sneak peek below on some of the most delicious and adorable places Molly features, you’re definitely going to come back for more! 

Salts-Cure-4Salt’s Cure is the new hot spot, which just reopened in a much larger space on Highland. As you can see, it’s the hot new brunch place…with a line out the door when they open at 10:00a.m.!”

Salts-Cure-2“The food is amazing! It’s Southern Comfort at its best, so I am totally in my element. The big secret is the All Star breakfast that isn’t even on the menu (don’t you love insider secrets?!), that gives you a little taste of everything. Two sunny-side-up eggs, a biscuit, a small stack of pancakes covered in cinnamon butter, house-made sausage, AND bacon.”

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Anyone else starving? Be sure to head over to This Yuppie Life and let me know what you think! You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Girls Night In

01 / 25 / 16

Let me tell you — With cold and flu season at its peak, I have seriously been struggling. When I’m sick, I like to turn my couch into a fortress of pillows and blankets and stay there until I get better. So, when it comes time to make plans, a movie night with my closest girl friends is always the perfect occasion to get me through the week.

You may have heard of a Girl’s Night Out, but there is nothing I love more than a Girl’s Night In (GNI)… Sorry Corey! Whether we are lounging in our pajamas, catching up on the latest gossip, or binge watching Netflix for hours on end, nights in my with girls are absolutely necessary. Staging the perfect GNI requires minor planning, but I’ve got you covered anyways. Here is a list of my favorite movies, TV shows, and essential items that will make for a perfect GNI! Give it a try this weekend, you have ample planning time! 

GNI Essentials
Comfy Clothes

Food & Drink

Movies
The Holiday
Entrapment
Pompeii
Straight Outta Compton
Steve Jobs
Teen Witch
Dirty Dancing
Rambo
Origins
Mad Max
Sicario
The Martian
The Big Short

TV Series (Careful, they’re addicting)
Legit
Master of None
Bloodline
Amy (Amy Winehouse documentary)

Seventh Generation Pfeffernusse German Christmas Cookies

12 / 22 / 15

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What is your favorite part about the holidays? My personal fave is cooking delicious recipes with my Grandma Betty and Aunt connie ! Nothing is better than spending quality time with family, and what better way to do so than to recreate a family tradition that is 7 generations in the making?

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This particular recipe I want to share with you all makes  my families 7th Generation Pfeffernusse German Christmas Cookies! In English, it translates to ‘peppernuts,’ which might sound weird, but I promise they are unbelievably delicious. This recipe has been passed down generation to generation from my Great Grandma Paye, who is Grandma Betty’s mother, so it is a blessing to make them with Grandma Betty and Aunt Connie every Christmas season!

Everyone in my family is OBSESSED with these, so I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Oh, and before I forget, happy holidays to you and your family:)

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7th Generation Pfeffernusse German Christmas Cookies
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Ready in: 40 Minutes (Excluding dough resting time)
About 4 Servings

What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Brown or Dark Karo Syrup
1/2 Cup or 1 Stick Unsalted Butter or Margarine, Softened
1 Cup Crisco Shortening Stick
1 Cup Sour Milk (See below on how to make sour milk)
1 Extra Large Egg
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
6 to 6 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
4 Heaping Teaspoons Anise Seed (Grind in spice grinder or by hand using a mortar and pestle)

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How To Make Sour Milk:
1. In a glass measuring cup, combine 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar with whole milk to equal 1 cup total.
2. Stir.
3. Let stand for 15 minutes until it begins to curdle.

What To Do:
1. In a large bowl, blend the sugar, syrup, butter (or margarine) with a mixer on medium speed.
2. Once smooth, beat egg into mixture.
3. Add in sour milk and mix.
4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and ground anise together. (I usually sift or stir these ingredients with a whisk)
5. Combine flour mixture with butter mixture; 2 cups at a time, stir to mix, until well blended. (If dough feels sticky, add a little more flour)
6. Refrigerate dough overnight.
7. Once the dough has rested overnight, heat the oven to 350° F.
8. Remove 1/4 of the dough from the refrigerator and keep the rest chilled. (Cold dough is easier to work with)
9. Lightly flour a cutting board and roll the dough into a long, snake-like design with the thickness equaling the tip of your index finger. Cut the roll into 1/4″ slices.
10. Cover a baking sheet with a silpat baking mat (or parchment paper) and place the cookies on the sheet 1” apart.
11. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.
12. Repeat process until all of the dough is gone.

 

Viola! Delicious, crunchy cookies that pair well with a warm cup of coffee or tea! I hope you all enjoy.

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Jeans: Paige Jeans

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XOXO,