Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Hello there makers! I’m all about Christmas decorating, crafting, and shopping… how about y’all? Although I’m completely in the Christmas spirit, I’m still looking forward to Thanksgiving (around the Christmas tree) with my family. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, turning some of my favorite recipes into gluten free versions. I’m also trying to limit my sugar intake and completely get rid of dairy. But I love food, so I had to figure out a way to not sacrifice some of my very favorite things because of my new no sugar, no dairy, no gluten choices. And one of my favorite things to bake up during fall and winter is pumpkin bread. After some trial and error, I have a delicious Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread recipe to share with y’all.

I wish you could have smelled my house as this was baking. My daughter kept coming downstairs to ask if it was ready to eat. It’s an absolute MUST try if you love pumpkin bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (butter replacement)
  • 3/4 cup of maple syrup (sugar replacement)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla or plain nut milk (I used almond)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups of gluten free baking flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350* and grease your loaf pan with coconut oil. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and syrup. Then add the eggs, milk and pumpkin and whisk again. Next, whisk in the seasonings, baking soda, and flour (start with 1 1/2 cups of flour and add a bit more if needed). Don’t over whisk…it’s not good for the bread! It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. Pour the pumpkin bread mixture into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. I always check it at 50 minutes with a toothpick. If it needs a bit more time, I turn off my oven but leave the loaf in it for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow cool time. Then it’s ready to serve!

If you wanted to, you could add chocolate chips or raisins or chopped nuts to your mix also! Variety is always a good thing. 

I love it just like this, but my husband and daughter love to smear butter on it. I probably would if I wasn’t trying to limit my dairy intake. Either way, it’s delicious with or without!

What’s your favorite thing to bake during this season? Are you a pumpkin bread fan too?

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to get your bake on!

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Chocolate Candy Cookies

Hi friends! Im excited to share this yummy cookie recipe with you today! It’s the perfect time of year to make these cookies because they are SO versatile and you can use some of that pesky Halloween candy you have laying around. We always pick 3 chocolate candies for our Chocolate Candy Cookies, but you can do it however you want!

I love making these cookies after trick-or-treating because it uses up some of the candy. You can make several batches to use up even more and you can make different combinations. Today, I’m sharing the cookies we made using M&Ms and chopped up mini Snickers and mini Reeses cups. It was a really yummy combo. 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Chocolate Candy Cookies…

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of butter (or coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate candies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*. Mix butter and sugar together well. Then mix in vanilla and egg. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well. Fold in chocolate candies. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes. EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

Tip: I love using my Silpat mat for baking cookies! They come out perfect every time.

They are SO delicious and so versatile. Next time my daughter wants to use KitKats, Twix, and Butterfingers in the cookie mix. Sounds like a plan!

Let us know what you like to do with all the kids’ Halloween candy. Do you save it for your Christmas advent calendar? Turn it into he candy fairy to get a toy or prize? Or do you bake with it like we do?

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Easy Pizza Night with Buffalo Chicken Salad

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Hello friends! I am so excited that fall is approaching. I love everything about it! It always reminds me of happy memories and fun times. It’s also a super busy time of year for me, so it’s always a goal for me to have a strong dinner game plan. I’ve got lots of simple dinners lined up for during the week to help us out in the evenings. One of our family’s favorites is our Easy Pizza Night with Buffalo Chicken Salad.

Thanks to Tony’s Pizza, we are able to have a quick meal all together as a family. Often we save this dinner for a Friday night so that we can eat and rush off to the high school football game. Fall is when I met my husband when we were in high school. We spent many Friday nights together at football games. Now, he’s a high school culinary teacher, so we still spend our Friday nights under those Friday night lights supporting his students.

But before we head off to the game, we gather around the table to talk about our week and enjoy our pizza and Buffalo Chicken Salad. 

Our favorites are Tony’s® Pizzeria Style MEAT-TRIO® Pizza and Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Cheese Pizza. Tony’s Pizza has been making authentic pizzeria style pizza for over 50 years and always with 100% real mozzarella cheese. They are quick to bake up in the oven and so delicious! 

Right now, you can win all kinds of cool prizes by entering Tony’s Pizza sweepstakes!
#WinWithTonysPizza #Sweepstakes – Walmart (9/19 to 10/17)
 

Our favorite side to pair with our Tony’s Pizza is Buffalo Chicken Salad. It’s perfect for a Friday pizza night! You only need a few things to make it and it’s so good! 

  • salad mix
  • wing sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • frozen chicken nuggets
  • Ranch dressing
  • carrots and celery

First, you need to bake your frozen chicken nuggets as directed on the packaging and warm up your wing sauce.

When your nuggets and wing sauce are done, toss them together in a bowl until they are coated well. Tip: add butter to your wing sauce when you are heating up to cool down the spiciness. 

Slice up your carrots and celery and lay them on the plate with your salad mix. After your chicken cools a bit, place them on the salad. In a separate dish, mix Ranch dressing with a tiny bit of wing sauce (the more you add, the spicier your dressing will get). Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

I’m telling you, this dinner is going to be a family favorite for y’all too! Quick, simple, and delicious. The perfect meal to share with your family before heading out to the football game, or to share with friends while you watch the NFL games on TV! Either way, it’s a win. 

You can find Tony’s Pizza at Walmart and you can get 1/2 off using this Ibotta offer! Add it to your grocery list for the week so you don’t miss out!

Does your family love going to the local high school football games? Do you have Easy Pizza Nights on Fridays too?

Sloppy Nachos

I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for easy dinner nights and new ways to use up leftovers. Especially during busy week nights. One of our new favorites to make is Sloppy Nachos.

If you’re a fan of Sloppy Joes and you’re a fan of nachos, you’ll really love this. Sometimes we make Sloppy Joe mix just to make these nachos and other times we use our leftovers from the sandwiches to make them. Either way, they are a hit!

To make your own, layer chips, shredded cheese, and Sloppy Joe mix to your liking. 

I like to make my own Sloppy Joe mix. I brown up seasoned, ground turkey meat and then add organic ketchup and my favorite barbecue sauce (brown sugar and honey) to taste. The beautiful part is you can make it as ‘sloppy’ or saucy as you want! 

After you are happy with your layers, heat it up in the microwave until the cheese is melted. You can also put it on a pan and heat it in the oven. In the summers, I try not to use my oven. 

The kids are bound to love it and you could even have them make their own plate of nachos. If you wanted to spice it up, you could add green onions or jalapeños to your Sloppy Nachos! 

Let us know if you try it and like it! 

What are some of your favorite, quick weeknight dinners to make?

DIY Cleansing Facial Pads

Hello Mine for the Making readers! The Oily Bee here to share more healthy, chemical free goodness with y’all this month.

One thing I can’t stand is washing my face right before bed. Can you relate? The entire process makes me not want to do it, because really I just want to get into bed. Plus, the sink gets all messy, my shirt gets soaked, and I don’t like feel like cleaning the sink right before bed! LIGHT BULB! DIY cleansing facial pads! Yes!

I’ve tried to use the store bought cleansing pads, but I haven’t found one I super like. I also don’t feel like using chemicals on my face. NO THANKS!  So I decided to make my own, chemical free cleansing pads! It’s SUPER easy my friends! Lets get started.

You’ll need:
– 4oz glass container (I got mine at Target at the dollar wheel!)
– Small squirt of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Castile Soap (you can get at any Sprouts or Whole Foods store and Amazon)
– 1 tsp unscented or (MY FAVORITE) rose Witch Hazel
– 8 drops of Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil  
– 2-3 drops of Young Living Manuka Essential Oil  
– 1/4 cup of distilled water
– 15-20 exfoliating cotton rounds (purchased mine at Target)

Directions:

Mix everything together really well in a glass measuring cup. This makes it easier to pour in your jar after.  Fill your glass jar half way with the cotton rounds and slowly pour half of the mixture on top. Then add the rest of the rounds and continue to pour the rest of the mixture onto them as well. Seal your jar and let it sit for at least one hour before using. You want the mix to really soak into the rounds.

That’s it! Now you can make your own DIY Facial Cleansing Pads in just a few easy steps. No chemicals. No mess. I love the way Frankincense and Manuka work together to make my skin feel clean! And it makes washing your face before bed quick and easy…. perfect for the busy mom!

Until next time friends, stay happy, healthy, and chemical free!

The Oily Bee

DIY Sunscreen

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Hi there Mine for the Making readers! Bee here with the-oily-bee.com! It’s summer time here in the desert, and that means I’ll be out by the pool! So what is the number 1 thing we need during the summer to protect ourselves? Sunscreen! It’s super important to protect that precious skin of ours from that bright sun! I want something that is ALL natural, and SAFE to use on myself and my family. I have a great recipe you can try out! Thanks to my all time favorite oil educator, Jen O’Sullivan. I love her recipes, You can find her books on amazon and I recommend them! Let’s get started.

Sunscreen SPF 35 (Essential Oil Make & Takes, By Jen O’Sullivan)

You will need:

  • 4 Ounce glass jar
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax
  • 1/2 tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Carrot Seed Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Zinc Oxide Powder (Non Nano)
  • 10 Drops each Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils
  • Gloves
  • Facemask

 

Directions to make: In a double Boiler (or you can totally do what I do, and put a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water), melt the cocoa butter. Turn off the boiler and add your Carrot Seed, and Raspberry Seed Oils and blend well. Add essential oils and stir until combined. Grab your mask, and put on your gloves for this next step! Once your gloves, and mask are on, slowly start adding your Zinc Oxide Powder into your mix. Add a small amount at a time until fully blended into the lotion. Use a mixer for several minutes to make sure all is evenly blended. Pour lotion into your container, and let cool before using.

Side note: Always use gloves and a face mask when you are dealing with Zinc Oxide powder. Although this is an all natural ingredient and non-toxic when used in your lotion, it should not be inhaled. Do not have young children in the room when working with zinc oxide powder.

 

Directions to use: Apply to exposed skin before heading out to enjoy your nice sunny day! This sunscreen is water-resistant but not waterproof. Reapply after swimming or every 30 minutes (depending on your skin, if you are more likely to get sunburned apply more often) while swimming.

Apply every hour or as often as you need.

There you have it! Your DIY Sunscreen!!

Make sure you always reapply your sunscreen. Take care of that skin!!

Just a quick little tip if you happen to get too much sun (I did this weekend): After a long day in the sun, get out your pure Aloe Vera gel (this should be a clear gel substance). Pour some gel in a 4oz container, and add 10 drops each Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils. Apply on red areas and start to feel the relief. This felt so GREAT on my shoulders! I will have this in my bag ALL summer long.

Thank you for stopping by!! Enjoy and visit me on Instagram for even more healthy tips and tricks.

Hugs,

The Oily Bee

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Patriotic Food Ideas

Hello, friends! Welcome to a new month of our fun series, Must Have Craft Tips & More!

You can catch up on past Craft Tips here!

This month we are bringing you sorts of red, white, and blue ideas to get you ready for upcoming patriotic holidays! I don’t now about you, but I love to celebrate and decorate for July 4th from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
This week I’m focusing on patriotic food ideas. I have found 15 easy, festive recipes that you can whip up for summer barbecues and 4th of July celebrations. They range from snacks and appetizers to side dishes to fun dessert ideas and even a fun beverage idea.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fourth of July Deviled Eggs from Singing Through the Rain

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popcorn from The Scrap Shoppe

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip from Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White,  & Blue Layered Drinks from Like Mother, Like Daughter

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Easy Flag Fruit Dessert from Family Fresh Meals

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Pretzels from The 36th Avenue

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Star Cookies from The BakerMama

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fruit Cubes from Pip & Ebby

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popsicles from Oh, the Things We’ll Make

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Cupcakes from Wilton

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Rose Cake from I Am Baker

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Pie from Smart School House

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Glittery Candy Apples from Rose Bakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Gumdrops from Hungry Happenings

 

Don’t these look perfect for summer?

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Stay tuned all month long for more patriotic ideas!

 

 

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Delicious and Creative Easter Foods

Welcome to the final Must Have Craft Tip and More post for March. Easter is only a few weeks away and it is never too early to start planning your menu. Today, I am sharing some delicious recipes you can include in your Easter dinner as well as some fun creative foods that are perfectly festive for other times of the day.
 
 
 We’ve got everything you need for breakfast, brunch, treats, and hearty eats! Click the links to for the how-tos and recipes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What are your favorite recipes to include in your Easter meal?
 
 
Be sure to join us again next month when we begin a whole new topic of Must Have Tips. 
 


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15 Heart Shaped Foods

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Heart Shaped Foods… just in time for Valentine’s Day. I absolutely love crafting and food… combining the two is even more fun! So here are some ways you can show a little love in the food you make around Valentine’s Day! 

Hearts just happen to be my favorite shape, so I’ll put all the hearts on all the things if I have an excuse. Even food! Some of these heart food ideas would be great for breakfast, lunch,  dinner, and dessert. 

Here are a few breakfast ideas you might like for Valentine’s Day…

Eggs in a Basket by Juneberry Lane

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast by Mel’s Kitchen

Loaded Baked Omelette Muffins by Skinnytaste

These heart shaped foods would be great for lunch or dinner…

Cheese Burger Pockets by Pocket Change Gourmet

Heart Raviolis by Hungry Happenings

Heart Shaped Sushi Rolls by Holly’s Helpings

Mini Heart Pepperoni Pizzas by Sarah Hearts

Chicken Noodle Soup with heart carrots by Recipe by Photo

Heart Cheese Quesadillas by Smart School House

 

Heart Shaped Monte Cristo by Williams Sonoma

Heart Shaped Calzones by Messy Aprons

Veggie Salad of Hearts by Jo and Sue

Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup by Make Myself a Home

These recipes would be delicious for Valentine’s Day dessert…

Sweet Heart Cherry Pies by Cake Student

Pear Raspberry Heart Pies by Martha Stewart 

So there you have it… 15 *unique* heart shaped foods that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Do you make something special for this holiday?

Join us next week for even more Must Have Craft Tips!

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Hello there, makers! As soon as fall hits, I’m all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin decor and pumpkin flavor. Gimme all the pumpkin. 

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I thought I would whip up a batch of our favorite cookies, but with a pumpkin twist. I was hoping they would turn out delicious, and they did. Say hello to these Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies!

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They were fluffy and had the perfect combination of pumpkin and cinnamon mixed into a cookie. They are definitely a must try if you are a fan of pumpkin like myself.

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Ready for the recipe?! I pretty much took my snickerdoodle cookie recipe and added some organic canned pumpkin to the mix. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
Yields 18
Your traditional snickerdoodle cookie with a pumpkin twist! Perfect for fall.
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Cook Time
12 min
Cook Time
12 min
For Cookies
  1. 3 3/4 cups flour (gluten free flour optional)
  2. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  9. 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  10. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1 egg
For Coating
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg).
  2. 2. In large bowl, mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla together.
  3. 3. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Cover and place in fridge to chill for an hour minimum.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350* and in a shallow bowl mix coating ingredients together.
  5. 5. Roll dough into 1-1.5" balls and then roll in sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg coating. Place on greased baking sheet (or on parchment paper or a Silpat). Press lightly on dough balls to slightly flatten.
  6. 6. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow a few minutes to cool before removing them from the pan.
  7. 7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *Optional: Add a dash of pumpkin spice to coating mix for even more pumpkin flavor!
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 There you have it! Feel free to print off the recipe or pin it to your recipe board on Pinterest! They make a tasty fall snack or dessert.

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See you soon for a fun kids craft tutorial! Hope you’re having a great weekend.