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PALEO AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS {healthy post Monday} …

I am so glad to finally be able to share on this little blog a tiny piece of God’s goodness in our lives! I have survived the first month of being a Kinder-parent, but it has not been easy! Transitioning to full-time school has been harder on Matt and I than it has been on our girl! She has not cried one tear or had any objection at all so far, thank you, Jesus! She pops out of bed every day, with a smile on her face and when we pick her up in the afternoon, she has the same wide smile and big a exclamation that she has “had the BEST day ever!”  I am daily learning more about my girl as I watch her grow and learn. She is more of a Pollyanna than I ever realized. I guess I have shed enough tears for both of us these last few weeks, so I certainly won’t complain. I think if she had squeezed out one tear at the door of her classroom, I would’ve scooped her up and started homeschooling immediately. I could not bear it. I am so thankful for this peaceful transition and blessings we have received from relationships made on this new and exciting journey. And I am extremely thankful for the privilege and blessing it is for her to learn Spanish at this incredible immersion school. Last week they were voted a Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education! What an honor! Plus, it has been so fun to hear her sing songs, say colors, and count in Spanish. She tells us her teacher only speaks Spanish in the classroom and she understands everything he says?! Crazy.

Of course, the first day of school (ever, might I add, as she has never attended preschool or Mother’s Day Out), was quite a celebration. The natural alternative for me was just not an option. Plus, focusing on making it fun and exciting her for took the edge off my natural instincts to wail and despair in a grand pity party.  It began with the fun tradition of presenting both my kids a Schultüte, a giant paper cone filled with school supplies and gifts. It was SO fun! I will post photos and a DIY tutorial on another day. I spent the rest of the day baking, praying, crying, and preparing for her homecoming that afternoon. I made several gluten free treats, including brownies upon her request. I think this is a funny request because she had never had a brownie before. I do not think she even knew what a brownie was!  The kitchen help was excellent, albeit dramatic when asked to wait on his sister before he taste tested the cupcakes.  All my recipes came from two of Elana Amsterdam’s cookbooks, The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten Free Cupcakes. I use both of these cookbooks and have had great success with her recipes. Plus, I love that I can feel good about giving my kids treats knowing it is beneficial to their health, completely grain-free and processed sugar free, with real, organic, ingredients that are not genetically modified.  This means when they ask for more, they can have as much as they want. :)

MONSTER THEMED BABY SHOWER and paleo cinnamon crumb cupcake recipe: {healthy post monday} …

This was such a sweet intimate baby shower with friends (and teenagers!) who truly love this new mommy-to-be. She is so dedicated to investing in the lives of teenagers at our church and is a loving, compassionate role model to many young girls. Her baby’s nursery is monster themed, so we decided it would be so fun to incorporate that personal touch throughout this event as we blessed her and her new baby boy. Plus, I had plenty of decorations from my boy’s Two Year Old Little Monster Birthday Party found here. Several other youth worker ladies joined together to add all the adorable details to make this baby shower truly ”monstrous!” As guests arrived, we invited them to help make an “ABC of Bible Verses" scrapbook for baby Camden. We pray it is a meaningful, tangible reminder of God’s promises to him and will encourage him as he grows. We had several lists to choose from (one can be found here) or guests could write down their own favorite verses on their pages. Oh, and just in case any wondered … the tutorial “how to make a pinwheel” can be found here and the tutorial “how to make paper rosette fans” can be found here. :)

PS … the custom invitation, thank you notes, water bottle wraps, straw pennants, cupcake wraps, name banner, buffet signs, and other party printables were all created using Storybook Creator 4.0 by Creative Memories found by clicking here. If you have any questions about the software or the custom prints, please feel free to E-mail me through my website by clicking here.

And the yummy healthy cupcake recipe is as the end of this post!

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Paleo Cinnamon Crumb Healthy Cupcakes (recipe at the end of this post) …

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… and the recipe I promised is found in Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten Free Cupcake cookbook. I altered it a bit to use maple syrup instead of agave nectar. Here ya go!

CINNAMON CRUMB CUPCAKES:

(gluten free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free)

BATTER

1 cup blanched almond flour

2 tbsp. coconut flour

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 large eggs

1/2 cup maple syrup (NOT Aunt Jemima’s, the REAL organic stuff) :)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

TOPPING

3/4 cup blanched almond flour

1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

2 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup maple syrup

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Line 10 muffin cups with liners

To make batter, combine in large bowl both flours, salt, and baking soda. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Blend wet ingredients into dry ingredients with a hand held mixer until combined.

To make topping, in a medium bowl, combine flour, walnuts and cinnamon, then stir in maple syrup.

Scoop 3 tbsps. of batter into each muffin liner, then crumble 1 heaping tbsp of the topping mixture over each cupcake.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 1 hour, then serve.

ENJOY!!! And stay safe. As I type, super cell tornados are tearing through my state. :( We spent two hours in our church basement last night and looks like we will be headed there later this afternoon. Praying for all those affected by the destruction. Thankful my Jesus calms storms with one word from His mouth. And thankful still that even when storms rage, He is still in control.

 

GLUTEN FREE VEGAN CHOCOLATE PARTY {healthy post monday} …

Chocolate cupcakes and frosting … two of my favorite treats. I had the honor and privilege of “catering” for a friend last week and these two treats stole the show.  And when I say “catering,” I mean it in a very loose sense of the word. I have only done things like this for my family, and she is a good friend, so that’s close to family, right?  She asked me to do a “Chocolate Bar” dessert table for a customer appreciation event at her awesome store, that I love. Well, being the weirdo health nut that I am, I couldn’t just make the regular old traditional cupcakes and other non-healthy chocolate treats. I’m a girl of conviction and just couldn’t bring myself to make stuff I wouldn’t or couldn’t eat. So I did a little research on my new fav food blog, Chocolate Covered Katie, and decided on Vegan Chocolate Frosting Shots and Healthy “Hostess-Style” Gluten Free Cupcakes. They were both delish!
Introducing … Chocolate Frosting Shots! These have only 4 ingredients & are much healthier than the famous version at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills and New York City (& several other locations).
This is how I feel when I get to eat Chocolate Frosting Shots …
This is how I feel when I have to wait to eat my Chocolate Frosting Shots …
and wait … 
and wait …
and wait … boy my mom sure takes a lot of pictures!
Yes! Finally …
It was worth the wait!
Little dude doesn’t wait too well. These photos happened in a matter of seconds …
I think he likes it. I think he needs a hair cut too.
And here are the teeny, tiny, miniature-sized “Hostess-Style” Gluten Free Cupcakes. This is after they were piped full of the cream filling and before the warm, chocolatey glaze was poured on top …
Aren’t they so cute?? I think it’s the swirls …
And here are my little delicious creations getting ready to be gobbled up by a crowd of customers. I made 38 each. Only 2 were left.
The recipe for the Frosting Shots can be found here. I used Agave Nectar instead of Stevia or regular sugar. I actually made two small batches: one with Agave Nectar and one with powdered sugar and had my hubs do a taste test. He chose the one with Agave! I was so happy.  
The recipe for the Healthy “Hostess-Style” Gluten Free Cupcakes can be found here. I substituted the flour for a Gluten Free mixture of equal parts coconut flour, tapioca flour & white rice flour. For every three cups of this GF flour mixture, I add 1 tsp of xantham gum (what makes the texture not crumbly or gummy). I also used Sucanant instead of Stevia or regular sugar. Sucanat is a raw form of sugar and more healthy for the body to process. Sure makes eating yummy treats more fun when you know they are more healthy for you!