Paleo, Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Good Morning, hope everyone had a good weekend. I spent the weekend doing a little wedding planning which was actually pretty fun. It’s kind of exciting watching it all come together but it’s too soon for that part. We picked a date and secured the venue and now the rest of the good stuff will begin.

Two weekends ago, during our northern snow storm I tried on a few dresses. It was rather unplanned moment but those usually are the best. I called Jessica and basically said I’m coming to get you and we are driving way far in the snow so that I may act on my compulsion to try on two dresses. When we arrived the two dresses that I wanted to try on were not not available. I tried on a few alternatives and they were nice, it was fun but it reminded me that I want to be in tip top shape for my wedding… and in my life.

I decided, since I’m already gluten free, I would step it up a notch and focus more on Paleo recipes. Paleo recipes are mostly low-carb, grain-free, mostly dairy free (I’ll use butter and ghee sometimes). The carbohydrates that are in the diet are those that naturally occur in fruits, vegetables & nuts.

Let me introduce you to Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Paleo PancakesIf you like pumpkin and the spices that flavor pumpkin pie & muffins you will like these. These are similar to most egg / banana pancakes that you get from form healthy fitness plans so the texture is more moist than a traditional pancake.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup can pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon backing soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Flipped Pumpkin PancakesThese pancakes will brown a little more than traditional wheat pancake mixes, don’t let that scare you :) They taste delicious.

Directions:

  1. Preheat your griddle to 325 degrees F
  2. In a large measuring cup add the eggs and beat them until completely combined, add the vanilla, honey or maple syrup and pumpkin. Mix and set aside.
  3. Combine the baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon & coconut flour. Slowly sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing with a whisk as you combine them.
  4. Lightly grease your griddle with oil of choice, pour the batter making small to medium sized pancakes. These might be hard to flip if you cook them in too high of heat so use a lower heat (300 – 325) and if they are too big (as with any pancake) it can be messy flipping.
  5. When a few bubbles appear or when the edges start to brown (take a little peck by lifting the edges with a fork), flip once to finish cooking
  6. Serve with grass-fed butter, more cinnamon, sliced bananas or more maple syrup, the topping possibilities are endless.

Finished Pumpkin Paleo PancakesI put butter and syrup mostly on one pancake and ate the other two with whatever was left on my plate. Also I’m sorry about the lighting in these pictures, the pancakes on the griddle are a bit orange looking which is due to the lighting in my kitchen. The finished pancakes are in the dining room, in natural light.

If you are new to Paloe or have some questions, I did a really basic introduction to it about a year ago, which you can find HERE.  I’m rather new to paleo cooking but we can go on this journey together, I’ll share my secrets with you if you promise to do the same.

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Hidy Ho, Neighbors!

Oh, points to whoever knows what that’s from and I’ll give you a clue, it’s not the Simpsons.

Anyway, I woke up one day and realized I look like a snake face. Seriously, I’m shedding and it’s not pretty. No matter what I layer on my face right now at night, when I wake up it’s still dry around my mouth and other random spots on my face. This harsh northern weather is kicking my skins butt, in the evening it’s dropping to negative temp’s and if you combine that with dry heat in my house this is a nightmare remedy for toxic skin.

Do not judge me for what I’m about to tell you. I made a poor ladies humidifier last night by putting the plug in the tub in the master bedroom shower. I turned the hot water on and left the door open and once the tub was almost filled I turned the water off and let it sit. I was trying to add humidity into the bedroom and it worked but it was extreme.  I suggest you take $30.00 bucks and got to target and pick one up, it’s better for the environment and your morning is less annoying waiting for the tub to drain.

I’ve heard through rumors about this fancy stuff (that is in a pretty unfancy jar) and it’s all true. I hate when that happens, I’m always like… ehh that’s just hype, I’m not a follower. I can admit when I’m wrong and Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream is a dream solution for my winter snake skin. You can use this in your hair on your body and nails and it’s must be made out of magic which is why they named it cleverly because this stuff is the ultimate. You know I love the all natural stuff and this is made from six natural ingredients like olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis extract. I still follow my normal skincare routine and right before I go to bed I use this all over (it’s has a permanent spot on my nightstand). Buy this, even if you don’t have dry skin, you will love it. Promise.

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I bought the 2oz on amazon because I was worried it was “hype” but I also found it at Walgreens. It’s kind of pricy which is one of the negatives. It’s also in an ugly jar and I’m totally guilty of buying something because it looks pretty and it ends up being awful. I guess this is like the ugly duckling of skin creams. I was trying to come up with something witty to say about your skin turning into a beautiful swan but I realize that’s so cheesy and I’m not really that creative so I’ll end it here and just say your welcome!

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Dupe List

Urban Decay Naked 3 Dupe Pictures

Hey lovelies! We are talking eyeshadow today. Urban Decay recently launched the third eyeshadow palette in the Naked Collection and it’s so pretty with soft pinks and browns. I did not think it was possible for UD to make a third product in the line without overlapping the colors but honestly this palette can stand on it’s own. I feel like one and two are pretty much interchangeable but three is fun and reminds me of romantic bridal makeup. You can pick up the Urban Decay Naked Palette at UD, Ulta or Sephora for $52.00.

Since I have a Naked 1 Dupe Post and a Naked 2 Dupe Post, I have a few emails asking if I have found a dupe for the Naked 3 Palette. As always, I’ll update this post as I go when more comparable are released.

I’m really in love with Lorac Shadows  I’m loving the Lorac Unzipped Palette and the colors are pretty similar to the UD Naked 3 and the price is pretty similar. $40.00 at Ulta and worth every single penny.

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Lorac Unzipped Palette

My favorite and cheapest option is from the NYX Love in Paris Eye Collection. You need to get Let them Eat Cake (LEFT) & Merci Beaucoup (RIGHT). Combine the two and you have the Naked 3 Pallette, or just pick your favorite because they are similar shades. And how cute is this bow compact? Each set is $10.00, HERE.

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Another option I have found, but have not tried, is the Silk Naturals Palette. They just come out and say, hey we are comparable and we are going to swatch the UD right next to our products. I haven’t tried this particular dupe, which costs $39.99. I’m not 100% sure about this one, especially for the price so if you have tried it PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

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Don’t worry I’m on the dupe search still so as I find more, you will be the first to know. Do let me know if you find anything and I’ll update it.

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Skinny Morning Health Tonic {ACV}

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The first thing you drink in the morning can make a big impact on your body. You are breaking a fast so whatever you choose will absorb easily in your body. I am a coffee drinker so I wake up with it on my mind. Even though I start my day with coffee I always drink a big glass of water while it brews. Since it is the beginning of the year and everyone has weightless and health on their mind, it seems like a perfect time to share this little recipe. I declare that for 2014 I am starting each day with this little apple cider vinegar tonic.

I could write an entire post about the benefits of ACV and the rest of the ingredients in this tonic. They all make a wonderful contribution to your health and the best part is that it’s all natural, organic and easy. ACV is rich in enzymes & potassium, it supports a healthy immune system, helps control weight, promotes digestion & ph balance and maintains healthy skin.

My Tonic Recipe

  • 8 oz filtered water
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs)
  • 1/2 Cup of Organic, all natural apple juice (Santa Cruz Organic Apple Juice is what I use)
  • 1 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (Organic, Fresh Squeezed is best but organic bottled is fine)
  • 2 Shakes of Organic Saigon Cinnamon (regular cinnamon is fine)
  • Half Shake of Organic Cayenne Pepper

Between the vinegar and the lemon juice, this can be a bit tart. The cinnamon helps cut the cayenne. If you can’t handle spicy I would just leave out the cayenne or put the smallest amount you can tolerate. If it’s too tart or strong add more water. Make this the first thing you drink in the morning and remember when shaking the cinnamon and cayenne, use a light hand.

Add everything into a cup and stir or mix in shaker cup. Drink immediately.

Why Drink it?

  • Apple Cider Vinegar is full of enzymes and good bacteria. It contains acetic acid which has been shown to lower blood pressure.
  • Lemon juice helps balance blood sugar and has an alkaline effect on your body helping to regulate ph. It contains, Vitamin C and helps cleanse your liver.
  • Cinnamon is an amazing antioxidants and helps balance blood sugar.
  • Cayenne Pepper has been shown to drop blood pressure and increase your metabolism.
  • Apple Juice / Apples are a great source of super antioxidants – polyphenol and flavonoids – that are beneficial for heart’s health. Furthermore, it provides your body the important mineral potassium which is also crucial for heart.

Let me know if your joining me in adding this apple cider vinegar elixir into your morning routine. What are some of your new years resolutions? I think mine are evolving and I’ll share them with you as I go but one resolution I have is to stick to my new years resolutions :) Katie Blush and Lace Signature

 

Updated WEN Dupe List

I just wanted to let you know that I did a massive update to my original WEN Post. The original post is a three part post, it has my original review of WEN (which I just shortened), a recipe on HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN RECIPE and a list of 15 dupe or alternative products.

Most of the products I have listed as an alternative are healthy, natural, sulfate free, paraban free, silicone free. A lot of them are formulated without petrolatum, mineral oil, or artificial colors. If you have been a long time reader of the blog you might have seen this post but if you are new please go check it out.

You can find the original post here: Make your own WEN style cleansing conditioner or buy the Drugstore Dupe

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Happy Hair Washing Sunday :)

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This is prolly my awesomest {gym} shirt

When I get a new shirt or fun new shoes I have this magic rainbow of confidence that overwhelms me and I feel like a million bucks. If I buy new jeans and a new sweater, you can bet that I’m wearing one of them at least three times this week. The same is true for gym clothes. If you workout and you have to be at the gym or even in your living room doing squats you should feel good about doing it. For me personally, little things like cute shoes for fun shirts make me feel good and I’m more likely to workout. I’m not saying I run out a buy new workout outfits weekly but I do buy a few things on occasion when I need a pick-me-up or I feel like my workout routine is in a rut. I find that sporting a new hat or shirt really puts a pep in my run or routine. Simply put, new gym clothes help motivate me to workout.

If you have a Marshall’s or TJ Max near you, you can seriously find the brightest tanks or shirts and even cute logo Nike tees for $10.00. I went to Marshall’s near my house the other day and I noticed that as part of the new year they moved all of the workout stuff to the front of the store.

Right now I’m really into racer-back tees, they let air circulate, they hardly show any sweat and it’s not stuck to your skin like spandex. Browsing online here are some of my favorite finds:

I love this kettlebell tank from So Rock, each kettlebell has a word of wisdom written inside of it. They say, Power, Beauty, Sweat, Love, Effort, Strength and Courage.

SO ROCK Kettleball TeeSO ROCK – Multi Colored Kettlebell Black Burnout Tank

I love Sloths and I love naps so it’s no surprise I would love a Sloth Running Club Tee. If you have no idea what a Sloth is I suggest you watch the You Tube Video from when Kristen Bell was on Ellen, she also loves Sloths and the video is so funny.

Sloth Running Team

Spread Shirt Sloth Running Team

Nike has had some awesome shirts over the past few years. Last year I loved one that was pink and said “Kiss my sass”. I looked everywhere for it and never actually found it. This year I’m really liking this “Too Fit to Quit” shirt. And I’m not going to lie, I wouldn’t mind if it actually said “Too legit to quit” which is what it reminds me of.

Too Fit to Quit

Nike “Too Fit to Quit” T-Shirt

All four of these racer-back tanks from Inner Strength Apparel and I first discovered on Pinterest. I couldn’t just pick one tank so I put a few of my favorites. How cute are these? The site has tons more. Has anyone ever ordered from this company? I probably need to own all of these immediately which is just wishful thinking. A girl should never stop dreaming.

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Racerback Tanks from Inner Strength Apparel

What are some of your favorite workout clothes? Are you a sucker for name brands or more comfy in your favorite tee? I can’t wait to check out my local stores for a few cute things to add to my wardrobe and I’ll be picking up a few of these online finds. If you could only pick one of the above, which would it be?

Oh and I almost forgot. I am obsessed with these Sweaty Bands. They are a no slip headband that comes in a bunch of different patterns and colors. I probably have a weird head shape but headbands that go around my entire head always slip off and normal headbands give me a headache. These are fun and have a felt like texture (I’m not sure what it is) on the bottom which keep them in place. Have you tried these? Katie Blush and Lace Signature

This is NOT a sponsored post and I am not affiliated with any of these companies or brands. Just sharing some love and a few favorite things. XO

Oh Bee Hive! & MEET BOB

A few weeks ago Jessica went to Alex Emilio Salon in Royal Oak to get her locks chopped. I went along for moral support. I personally was in love with her long hair and thought it was gorgeous but she wanted a change and I can totally support that.

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She decided on a medium/short bob and she was really pumped about this. She also added some color for richness so had to do a rough little chop first.

Holy hair!

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The end result is more than I could have expected. She was totally right in her decision (I never really doubted her) and the short trendy little bob looks amazing on her. It’s so chic and fresh. Here is a little side profile shot and let me be the first to introduce you to BOB.

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When her hair was getting styled, because it was clean, her stylist sprayed Oh Bee Hive! to help with styling. This is a dry matte shampoo with a little bit of bees wax in it which adds texture. What really made us jump for joy was the smell, which was fresh and fun. It might be a little strong if you are spraying your whole head, so if you are sensitive to smells I might avoid this or use it in a well ventilated room.

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You know that feeling when your hair is clean but you want to style it but the curls just fall out or your hair is too soft? Use some dry shampoo ladies, and dirty it up, while cleaning, but still texturizing your locks. Seriously, don’t be afraid to spray your entire head. It’s always the days when I have no time to wash my hair, spray half a can on my head to try to absorb the insane oil, and attempt to style my hair in 60 seconds that I get the most compliments on my hair.

I bought this particular dry shampoo a few days after our salon visit because I kept thinking about it. It’s a fine powder that absorbs excess oil in dirty hair which instantly refreshes and adds VOLUME. For just washed hair it will help with texture and styling while adding massive body and volume. Another thing I really love is that my hair is so dark and with some dry shampoos I have to brush and brush to get the white baby powder look out of my roots; with this product I barley notice the fine powder which makes it PERFECT for people with really dark hair. I’ve basically tried them all and can say honestly say this stuff is no joke.

You can pick it up at ULTA for $18.99 and I promise it’s totally worth it.

And in case you are extra interested, her hair guru is Steven C at Alex Emilio Salon in Royal Oak, MI. You can check out the salon HERE.

And in case you are extra extra extra interested, we are not affiliated with the salon. Jessica just LOVES the crap out of this place so we want to share the love.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

I made this on Christmas Eve for Christmas dinner. I’m kind of over the whole apple and pumpkin pie thing on the holidays and wanted something different. I made this gluten free white chocolate raspberry cheesecake and it could be the best cheesecake in the entire world, just saying. The crust is oreo crust or in my case Trade Joe’s Joe Joe’s which are a gluten free oreo knock offs. If you’re not into the whole gluten free thing, grab a box of regular oreos, chocolate teddy grahams, chocolate graham crackers or whatever you want. The oreo crust is really quite good though so I suggest you give it a whirl the first time around (cream filling and all).

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I wish I had more pictures of the finished product or a cut piece with fancy raspberry sauce on it but hey, it went quick and “ain’t nobody got time for that” on Christmas.

Gather the goods:

  • 9″ Springform Pan
  • Lipped / Rimmed Cookie Sheet or Jelly Roll Pan (you need to fill with water and put the springform pan in it while baking… keeps the cheesecake from cracking)
  • Aluminum foil to wrap the bottom on the springform, prevents water from getting in the cheesecake
  • Fine mesh strainer (remove raspberry seeds)

For the Crust

  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs or oreo cookies, crushed in a food processor
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

For the Raspberry Sauce

  • 5 oz frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Cheesecake

  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the cookie crumbs and butter. Wrap the outside of your pan in foil. Press into the bottom of the springform pan.
  2. In a saucepan, combine raspberries, cornstarch, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or until thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds, set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  4. In a double boil, melt white chocolate with half-and-half until smooth. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in white chocolate and vanilla.
  6. Pour half the batter over the prepared crust. Spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over batter. Pour remaining cheesecake batter into pan and again spoon two or three tablespoons and swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Save the rest of the raspberry sauce for serving.
  7. Bake for one hour, or until filling is set. Once set, turn the oven off and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for two hours.
  8. For a cheesecake that does not crack, put the cookie pan or jelly roll pan in the over before placing the cheesecake in. Fill the pan with hot water. Put the springform pan, covered with foil in the middle of the water bath.
  9. CHILL THE CHEESECAKE for at least 8 hours before serving. Serve with white chocolate shavings and raspberry sauce.

20131224_204310Tip: Once you remove the cheesecake from the oven, take a butter knife and go around the edges before you remove the outside for the pan.

I think it would be cute to make these little baby cheesecakes in a muffin pan. You would skip wrapping the pan in foil but everything else would be the same. You could also use blueberries, strawberries or blackberries if you do not fancy raspberries. This recipe is a keeper, it’s the stuff cheesecake dreams are made of.

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