Father's Day Brunch

Happy Father's Day! We are excited to have a weekend that we are not running everywhere!! Our lives feel so very crazy at the moment, and a little time to do a few things that we enjoy, as well as get the house fixed back up are on our to do list!

I wanted to share a new recipe with all of you! If you are planning to make a brunch this weekend, here is a great pancake recipe! We have enjoyed this one for awhile!

Oatmeal Pancakes

Vegan / Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk + 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Flax seed + 6 Tbs warm water
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 Tbs arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup

 Method:

Prep the oatmeal at least 1 hour before making by combining the 1 cup of oats and coconut milk in a container. Place this in the refrigerator. This can be done the night before as well. Once the oats have soaked for at least an hour, start preparing the remaining ingredients. Mix the 1/4 cup of coconut milk and lemon juice, and mix with a fork and set aside. Combine the 2 Tbs of flax seed and 6 Tbs of warm water and set aside. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add in the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut milk and lemon juice and flax seed and water mix. Stir until well combined. Cook pancakes on griddle. These usually do not stick too much, but add a little oil if you are having issues. Turn over when bubbles start to form on pancakes. Serve with powdered sugar, fresh fruit, and maple syrup! Enjoy!

I hope all of you enjoy your weekend, and if you try this recipe let me know what you think!

 

 


Christmas Card Mishaps

For several years, we have created Christmas cards for our family and friends. Upon receiving them this year, I immediately opened them and see how they turned out. I was really excited until my husband pointed out I had misspelled a word, laughing as he said this by the way. I was horrified!!  I always look at these things closely. Then again, at 1am when I was sorting through the different cards, trying to put together one I liked with the hand full of decent photos we had; I really could have missed something. And thinking back I realized I was so concerned about colors and layouts that I did not double check the text. Sure enough, I had misspelled a word. Can you find it?!

ChristmasCards

It could be worst…really. And unless you are really looking closely will anyone know?! Probably, but the cute photo of the kids will avert their eyes…right?! So, after being horrified for about 5 minutes I started to joke around with my husband about a Christmas card misspelling game. We joked about points and what you could do to have fun with family and friends. Here are the scores we have determined so far:

  • Misspell small words (the, at, ect.) 20 points
  • Misspell holiday words 50 points
  • Misspell the family’s last name on purpose... and get away with it! 100 points
  • Misspell a family member’s name 125 points
  • Forget a family member’s name from the card (see if anyone notices…) 150 points

My score: 20 points

To all of you during this holiday season, I hope you enjoy! I hope you remember no one is perfect and the real reason for the season. Because if you can’t laugh some of these little things off then you will just be plain miserable! And for us…well I guess I will just have to put this card in our December Daily book with an awesome note about my blunder…and probably the score card…just for fun. And some day some great laughs!


Review of Danielle Walker's New Cookbook "Celebrations"

As some of you might know I met Danielle Walker of Against All Grain when her second book launched. Both me and my sister are gluten free, and are always looking for some great recipes and ideas! After meeting Danielle and buying both of her cookbooks, I set to work trying them out and of course following her on social media. One of the things that impressed me the most is the recipe trying and testing she does! It is wonderful to have someone that spends so much time perfecting and trying the recipes she creates; because you know when you try them they will work and be delicious! I have to say that has been true for her first two books and is just the same for her third book being release today! I was very lucky to be a part of her launch team for this book and have been able to try out a few of the recipes these last couple weeks. I was super excited when this turned up on my doorstep!

  Book

I have to say they are absolutely delicious! One of the best parts, is this book is titled Celebrations and is being released with perfect timing for the holidays! I am sure many of you know that being gluten free, dairy free, paleo, or with any other dietary restriction or choice can make it very hard to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. After years of walking through this experience and trying different ways to include everyone, I am so excited to walk into this holiday season with Danielle’s new book! If you have been in the same situation before, I would encourage you to try this cookbook out! You will not be disappointed! Here is a look at what I tried so far:

GingerbreadLatte
Gingerbread Latte

 

 

DeviledEggs
Pesto Filled Deviled Eggs

 

Cupcake
Vanilla Cupcake

 I know all of you would enjoy this book, and if you have not checked them out yet, do try Danielle's previous two books, Meals Made Simple and her first cookbook Against All Grain. Some of my families favorite recipes are from these books! They are full of wonderful ideas for family and children! Let me know if you do buy this book and try it this holiday season! I would love to hear about your stories and celebrations too!

 


Perfect Way To Celebrate A Three-Day Weekend With Gluten Free / Vegan Blueberry Muffins

I don't know about you guys, but when a three-day weekend comes along, I almost always bake something fun for breakfast! One of my favorites is muffins. I have been looking for an awesome blueberry muffin recipe for some time, and finally ran across a vegan recipe from Oh She Glows. I adapted her recipe to make it gluten free, added a few fun toppers and ended up creating some of the best tasting gluten free muffins! Way better than some of the store bought ones I have purchased! My son loves them too...always a good test.

Blue Berry Muffins

Here is the recipe if you would like to try something new this weekend.

Gluten Free / Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

For gluten free flour mix:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour

Other Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons sugar plus a little extra for a topping
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon plus a little extra for a topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
  • Rolled gluten free oats (optional for a topping)

Method:

First mix the gluten free flours together with the sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Next mash the ripe bananas and measure out 3/4 cup. As suggested by Oh She Glows, any extra can be saved for smoothies! Add the milk, vinegar, maple syrup, and vanilla to the mashed banana and set aside (no need to mix). Melt the coconut oil either in the microwave or on a pot on the stove. Mix the coconut oil in with the wet ingredients and mix. Place the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mix and combine. Gently fold in the blueberries. Place the blueberries in the muffin tins and press a few blueberries to the mixture. Sprinkle with rolled oats, cinnamon and sugar, then place in the oven at 350°F. Check on them around 30 minutes, may take as long as 45 minutes (gluten free / vegan baking seems to take longer than other recipes, but always check at shorter intervals to make sure you do not burn them!)

I hope all of you have a great 4th of July weekend! We are planning a small BBQ and of course some fireworks! Follow me on Instagram at smallsworldpics to see some of the food, decorations, and fun we have planned for the 4th!

Enjoy your weekend!


Growing Bump and Family!

I know it has been quite here for a while. I have had a busy year taking on a number of different positions as well as growing a second little one! I am very excited to say there is a bun in the oven, and it is getting very close to being done! We have no idea if it is a girl or boy, but are thrilled to be adding to our family!

Muffins And Baby Bump

This pregnancy has been much harder than the first. It was very hard for me to eat, let alone cook during the first trimester. When I finally started to feel better I got knocked out by a cold for a couple of weeks. During this time it was very hard to write much, as creating new recipes was not something I could bring myself to do.  I finally reached a period where I felt good, but have gradually become more tired and feel very depleted of energy. Sadly I have not had many long strides of feeling well, or not being overly busy to spend time here on the blog. But, as things are turning around, I have a few things to share from my experiences being pregnant as well as a blueberry muffin recipe! So keep a look out for some new posts! H

Happy almost Friday everyone!