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Crustless Quiche Florentine (Spinach Quiche)

Ahhhhh! Spring has arrived in Northern Michigan! or has it? That is always the big question Up North. But oh the beauty of it when it does. Spring up here is fickle. We had glorious days last week with the daffodils blooming and the sunshine so warm on your skin. The weather was nice enough for a picnic outside, and I actually put out my repurposed, hand painted ladder back chair I am using this summer for garden decor with a pot of daffodils. Later I will replace them with petunias. See photo down below. But the snow this morning! It was just a skiff and will be melted by noon.

Nice weather always makes me crave a good quiche! This is a new recipe I have written for Quiche Florentine. It is so light and fluffy, and it popped up in the oven and browned beautifully. I used baby spinach and a good aged cheddar with plenty of pastured local eggs. It is delicious, and I am so glad there is a piece left for me for lunch today!

Crustless Quiche Florentine (SCD, Low FodMap, Grain Free)

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees F.

Ingredients:

10 Ounces of Baby Spinach, sauteed in olive oil and sprinkled in salt

12 Pastured Eggs

4 oz. of aged cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk

2 Teaspoons of Dried Chives

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

a pinch of Nutmeg

Directions: Grease a deep dish pie pan.

Sautee the spinach in a separate pan with a tablespoon of garlic olive oil, set aside.

Whisk the eggs with the coconut milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg and chives. Fold in the cheese. Pour the egg mixture into your prepared deep dish pie pan. Now, take the cooked spinach and using tongs, place it artfully on top of the egg mixture. Place the pan in your preheated 375 degree F. oven for 40 minutes on the middle shelf until the eggs are set and the top is puffed up. The casserole should register 165 degrees F. in the center. Cool ten minutes before slicing.

Let me show you it sliced!

Crustless Quiche Florentine

The quiche is SCD Legal, Gluten Free, Grain Free and just delicious, real food ingredients.

This is the chair I repurposed for my garden this summer. What do you think? I found it at a consignment shop where I live and had a hole cut in the base and then primed and painted it in whimsical colors with flowers. We get quite a bit of foot traffic by our house in the spring and summer, so I thought it would be enjoyed by the passerby.

Repurposed Garden Decor Chair

At the end of a long, productive day, I like to take a little me time to unwind, and one of my favorite ways to do that is by reading a good book. I recently discovered Viola Shipmen! I was browsing a local bookstore and found a signed copy of The Heirloom Garden. Oh my gosh! Don’t you get so excited when you find an undiscovered to you new author whose books thoroughly suck you in with strong female characters? Now I am reading The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipmen and have more to look forward to after that, with a new one coming out this Summer.

I find a great way for winding down is a good book and a soak in the tub. I’m using Lemongrass Spa’s new Rejuvenate Bath Soak, the luscious Lemon Sorbet body polish and Cactus & Guava body wash. Lots of lovely aromatherapy! ūüėÉ

Good Books and Warm Baths

So how have you been doing? Leave me a comment below on your favorite Spring food. Here’s to a wonderful Spring!

Sandra

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (Grain Free, Healthy, Low Carb & Delicious) Benefits of Houseplants in your Home, and Non Toxic Living

We are well into January, and I have to say I like the thought that the days are getting longer now! In fact, I find I have been using some of my Summer mugs, because they feel so bright and cheerful.

I am a lover of enchiladas and eating healthy. I think it is great to focus on foods that feed your body, mind and soul that are good for you and taste incredible, keeping in mind that if you have been eating a lot of processed and fast foods, taste buds need time to adjust to less salt and sugar. This is also a low carb recipe, so if you have been fighting belly fat, this is a wonderful casserole that tastes even better the next day.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (Grain Free, Healthy and Delicious)
Delicious Grain Free Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (Grain Free, Healthy and Low Carb)

Ingredients:

3 lbs. of Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Two Large Bunches of Swiss Chard, stems stripped, washed and roughly chopped and dried

5 oz. of Spinach

2 1/2 Cups of Carrots (peeled, chopped and steamed. You can also use baby carrots and skip the peeling)

1 Cup of Good Salsa (I used Green Mountain Gringo. You choose the heat based on your preference)

1 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt

1 Cup of Aged Cheddar Cheese, shredded (about 4 ounces)

1/4 Cup of Chicken or Bone Broth

1 Tablespoon of Garlic Olive Oil (I like and use this brand)

1 Teaspoon of Salt, Divided plus some for sprinkling

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper, Divided plus some for sprinkling

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Lay the chicken thighs onto a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. Then, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven for 35 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, steam your carrots either on the stovetop or following the directions of your instant pot. Once the carrots are steamed, set them aside to cool slightly before pureeing. Once the carrots have cooled so they are not steaming hot, place them in a food processor along with 1/2 cup of salsa, 1 Tablespoon of garlic olive oil, 1/4 cup of broth, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Sautee the spinach with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Chop the spinach.

Chop your chicken into small bite sized pieces and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of salsa to the bowl with the chicken along with 1 cup of Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, the chopped, cooked spinach, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Grease a large 15 by 10 inch casserole with olive oil. Now the easy and magical assembly. I was impressed with how well Swiss chard bakes in a casserole. Layer half the chopped Swiss chard evenly in the bottom of the casserole. Add your prepared chicken filling. Top with the remaining chopped Swiss chard. Now spread your carrot mixture evenly onto the top of the Swiss chard, covering it as evenly as possible. Sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Sprinkle on a little extra black pepper.

Bake uncovered in your 400 degree F. oven for 35 minutes until the cheese is browned and the casserole is bubbly!

Yummy!!!

Today is National Houseplant Appreciate Day! Houseplants are a wonderful way to bring nature and it’s health benefits indoors. We spend so much time indoors, me too, even thought I love to exercise outdoors, garden and be outdoors, we still as humans spend the majority of time indoors. With all the inanimate objects in our homes like furniture, electronics, etc. it can feel good and benefit us to incorporate living plants in our rooms. They create a restorative atmosphere, are always changing and growing and can decrease stress and increase happiness. There are some beautiful plants out there, and some that are low maintenance and good if you have a black thumb.

The Benefits of Houseplants

Houseplants can improve air quality in your space, increase a sense of wellbeing, and give your eyes a much needed break from screens and help you relax and improve mental fatigue. They also can be a great addition to add beauty. It is important if you have small children or pets that you do your research and choose plants that are safe for them and also it is important to know if you have allergies or asthma, choose allergen friendly plants like cactus and succulents. Overwatering can cause mold growth, so read and make sure you know the water needs of your plants. I like to choose ones that need water once a week maximum. I also like to wipe my leaves with a damp cloth to keep them clean.

Houseplants in your home can add serenity and beauty

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb

My first introduction to chicken enchilada casserole was in high school when I went over to my friend Kristy’s house, and her mom made it for dinner. I was also taught how to properly eat a whole artichoke at that time. Amazing! The casserole was absolutely delicious, and I took the recipe home with me and gave it to my mom to make (who was an excellent cook) as well.

At that time I didn’t have a clue what gluten, gluten sensitivity or celiac was. We tried to eat healthy, and also had our share of Oreos and Nutter Butters in the cookie drawer, and it being the 70’s, I was envious of the kids who got to eat tv dinners. Ha! I completely didn’t know how lucky I was to have a mom who cooked most everything from scratch and fed us plenty of garden vegetables that my dad (Pop) grew with his very capable hands, lovingly adding compost, leaves and other garden amenities every year to make the soil fertile and very black.

But I digress, this is about Chicken Enchilada Casserole that is something to brag about and be appreciated by those who partake of it. This casserole is a healthy version of a casserole I loved that also happens to be gluten and grain free. A little secret…cashew based sauces are a creamy alternative to cream cheese.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients:

8 cups of chopped, cooked bone in chicken thighs

1 Cup of Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce (I used this brand)

2 Tablespoons of Chopped Green Chilies (I used a gluten free brand from the grocery store)

1 Tablespoon of Taco Seasoning (I used this brand which is gluten free and no fillers and delicious)

1 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (for the top)

1 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt

Salt and Pepper for the Chicken to Taste

My Recipe for Dairy “Cheese” Sauce here:

Dairy Free Cheese Sauce:

1 Cup of Raw Cashews soaked in 4 cups of water for 4 hours, then rinsed and drained)

1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded

1/4 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast

1 Teaspoon of Ground Tumeric

1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Directions:

Soak your cashews. You can also do this in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lay out your bone in skin on chicken thighs in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and set aside to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

While the chicken cools a little, drain and rinse your soaked cashews. Blend up your sauce using the soaked cashews (we soak them to soften them and get them really, really creamy).

In a high speed blender, add the cashews and all the Cheese Sauce ingredients, and using your plunger blend it on high until it is completely combined and very creamy.

Remove the bones from the thighs, and chop them into bite sized pieces. Put them in a big mixing bowl, and add in your cashew cheese sauce you just blended and the rest of the ingredients except the shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and combine using a rubber spatula. Grease a large casserole dish, and put your chicken enchilada mixture in to the dish. Spread evenly.

Sprinkle the shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top, and bake for 30 minutes until the sides are bubbly. If you’d like, you can refrigerate it to bake later, just increase the baking time to 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

Delicious Four Ingredient Date Balls!

Delicious Date Balls with Four Ingredients. Sweet, Crunchy and Yummy!

I have been finding myself eating a handful of pecans and banana chips and a large date or two as an afternoon or evening snack lately, so that got me thinking about making this combination into a date ball. It’s a simple three ingredient snack that is healthy and delicious with a delightful combination of sweet and crunchy, just how I like it. I love the sugariness of the dates with their deep brown sugar like flavor, and the crunch of the pecans with their sweet buttery taste, and the unsweetened banana chips are perfect for crushing and rolling the date balls in for a subtle, crunchy coating.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Pitted Medjool Dates

1 Cup of Pecans

4 Teaspoons of Tahini or Almond Butter

1/3 Cup of Unsweetened Banana Chips

Directions:

Pulse the banana chips in a food processor until they are fine crumbs. remove then and put them in a small bowl and set aside. Pulse the pecans in the food processor until ground. Place the pecans in a medium bowl. Add the dates to the food processor, and process until finely chopped. Add the pecans back to the food processor along with the tahini or almond butter, and pulse until it sticks together and is blended. Roll the date mixture into balls and roll them in the ground banana chips. Serve and store any extras in the refrigerator for a healthy snack!

Makes a dozen or so date balls.

Four Ingredient Date Balls that are sweet, crunchy and a perfect healthy pop in snack!
Easy, Delicious four ingredient date balls!

When I am baking and making sweet snacks I like to use natural sweeteners. Here is a handy guide to using them in place of cane sugar.

Pin for later! Delicious, Healthy Snack!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

There are so many varieties to chicken salad, and I love a good chicken salad recipe! It seems like every time I make one it is gobbled up to the point people are fighting over the last of it. Maybe I don’t make it often enough.

If you ask me, “Do we need another chicken salad recipe?”, it is a resounding “yes!”. Variety is important, and this Chicken Salad is very colorful! After all, we eat with our eyes first! The wonderful thing about this chicken salad is it is Mediterranean! Mmmm! So much flavor, and one of the healthiest ways to eat in the world. It has sundried tomato bruschetta, fresh basil (my favorite fresh herb), delicious roasted red peppers, black olives and the tang of red wine vinegar. It also has the crunch from fresh celery, and two kinds of onion flavor…..green onions and chives! You will need a whole roasted chicken, and I am totally all for a good store bought rotisserie chicken if you are tight on time. There are so many good ones, and many of them are gluten free. If you are making the chicken at home, you can oven roast it or use an instant pot to cook it. Another good trick of mine is to roast two chickens at once. One is for dinner that night, and I make the other one into chicken salad. It’s a time saver and smart cooking!

Chicken salad is such a great lunch option in my opinion. You can heap it over a salad, one of my favorite ways to eat it, make a sandwich, or serve it alongside something else. For dinner, I like to pull it out of the refrigerator after having made it earlier in the day, and then make some sides to go with it. It makes an easy dinner night that everyone here really loves. Did I mention Make Your Own Wrap night? That’s another winner. Just put out the wraps, the chicken salad and some toppings and sauces. People can make it their own. Another great thing about this recipe is, it is just as delicious, if not better, the next day with all the flavors melding. I do hope you will try this recipe, Let me know what you think!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

1 Whole Cooked Chicken, deboned, skin off and chopped

3/4 Cup of Sliced Black Olives

1/2 Cup of Sundried Tomato Bruschetta

1/2 cup of Fresh Basil, torn

1/2 cup of Sliced Green Onion (aka scallions)

1/3 Cup of Mediterranean Organic Roasted Red Peppers, diced

2 Stalks of Fresh Celery, diced and you can include the leaves too

1/3 Cup of Chopped Pecans or you can use Pine Nuts

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon of Chives (fresh or dried)

1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano

1/3 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar

Directions: Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, chives and oregano to make your dressing. Place all the other ingredients into a large bowl after chopping and prepping them as directed above, and then pour over the dressing and toss thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! I’d love to hear from you.

Turkey Roulade, SCD, Low FodMap and Grain Free

Turkey Roulade, SCD, Low FodMap and Grain Free

This is a delicious way to make a boneless turkey breast that is a little bit fancy, but quite simple really.

This recipe uses a low fodmap pesto – here and some aged cheese grated over the pesto before rolling it up. It is then skewered and rubbed with melted ghee, rosemary, salt and pepper before roasting. This is also exceptional the next day served chilled. You can slice it very thin after chilling, and it is delicious on salads!

Turkey Roulade

Ingredients:

1 approximately 4 pound boneless turkey breast

1/4 cup of pesto (here’s my low fodmap recipe)

1/2 cup of packed shredded aged cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or an aged Romano

2 Tablespoons of crushed dried rosemary

2 Tablespoons of ghee

salt and pepper to taste

Skewers like kabob skewers

Directions:

Butterfly the boneless turkey breast so it lies in a flat rectangle. Leave the skin attached. Place the turkey on a cookie sheet, and pound it with a meat mallet until it is in a rectangle about 14 by 8 inches.

With the skin side down, spread the turkey with the pesto and shredded cheese. Starting at a short side, roll the turkey up into a tight roll. Take your kabob skewers and poke them through the turkey roast starting at the seam and all the way through to hold your spiral together.

Now, melt the ghee and stir in the rosemary, salt and pepper. Brush the melted ghee mixture all over the roast. Place the turkey roast in a roasting pan, skin side up, and roast at 350 degrees F. for 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the weight of the roast or until the internal temperature measures 365 degrees F. Remove the roulade from the oven and let set 15 minutes before carving into slices. Enjoy and happy eating!

Speculaas, SCD Legal, Grain, Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free – Gift Ideas, Winter Self Care and Clean Beauty Lip Swaps!

Are you ready to bake Christmas cookies? These are Grain, Gluten, Egg and Dairy Free and SCD Legal.

Speculaas have been baked as far back as the 15th century in the Netherlands and Germany, but over the years their popularity has spread to many other countries. They are definitely associated with Christmas and were embossed with images of Saint Nicholas and were delicious cookie treats gifted to children.

This recipe for Speculaas is Grain, Dairy, Gluten and Egg Free to accommodate many, and they are SCD Legal. The cookie is absolutely delicious, and the warming spices make this a holiday cookie to be loved and made over and over. They are a perfect treat with a cup of tea! I can’t wait until cookie time to have these lately.

If you don’t have a Speculaas and Springerle roller, you can still make these cookies with an embossed cookie cutter, or just roll them out and cut them into pretty shapes like you would a sugar cookie. But these can be made the traditional way with a roller like I did. This is where I got my Speculaas Rolling Pin. There are also some really pretty ones here.

Here’s the recipe:

Speculaas

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Raw Cashews

1/2 Cup of Tahini

1/4 Cup of Runny Honey

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

and the following warm spices that make the traditional Speculaas flavor:

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon of Cloves

1/8 Teaspoon of Ginger

1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Anise

1/8 Teaspoon of Cardamom

Directions:

In a food processor, grind the cashews until finely ground. Add the spices, baking soda and salt and pulse until thoroughly combined. Now add the tahini, honey and vanilla extract and process until thoroughly blended stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Gather up your dough and pat it out on a piece of plastic wrap into a 4 x 6 rectangle. Wrap it tightly and refrigerate for one hour.

After one hour, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and lay out a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Take our your refrigerated cookie dough and place it between two sheets of parchment. With a regular rolling pin, roll the dough between the parchment out to a little less than 1/2 inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and straighten up your sides with your hands to make a rectangle. Now, take your Speculaas rolling pin and roll with medium pressure across the dough. I did this in two rows. You will get the feel for how much you need to press. This will spread your dough a little more as you roll and also emboss the cookie dough. It doesn’t need to be perfect. With a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, score the cookie dough also trimming the outer sides, but not moving the cookies.

Bake in your preheated oven for 14 minutes or until deeply golden brown, but not burned. I like to start checking after 12 minutes.

Take the baked cookies out of the oven and while still warm, run your pizza cutter or sharp knife down the scored lines again to separate the cookies. Let them cool completely on the cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container after cooled.

If you need some holiday shopping ideas and winter self care, here is a list of some of the things my family loves!

Some of our favorite things!

The cutest comfy nightgowns The sheep are adorbs!

A beautiful Matcha Tea Gift Set

Elderberry Syrup for Immunity

Magnesium Body Lotion for Better Sleep, More Magnesium, Aches and Pains (scent free)

For the little children:

Super Cool Train Set

Unicorn Chair for the Little Princesses

Rainbocorns are very popular in the elementary age crowd right now.

Beautiful Dog Collars for the Pups. Ming has the red one.

Also, giving the gift of clean beauty is always a wonderful way to show your love and appreciation for someone and switch to safer products. Do you have a lip wear preference? I like to wear something on my lips to protect them, give me a color pop, shimmer or shine and take good care of my lips. If you’ve ever had chapped lips, you know how uncomfortable that is. Beautycounter lip products are all GLUTEN-FREE, nut-free, soy-free & vegan AND are tested 3 times for safety from hormone disrupting chemicals and heavy metals. BC lips are my favorite of all time, not just safer – they‚Äôre so hydrating and not sticky! Here’s some more helpful info when choosing a lip product:

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I’d love to help you switch to safer, and every time I can be of service helping someone switch to safer, I do a little jazzy hands, happy dance!

As always, I love to hear from you! Drop me a comment below and touch base. Have a wonderful holiday season!

xoxo

Instant Pot Egg Bites

I received an Instant Pot silicone egg bites pan for Christmas from my daughters, so of course I had to put it to good use!

This is a delicious way to eat eggs, and so fun. Eggs made in the instant pot are tender and really delicious. In this recipe I used bacon, scallions and spinach and a little nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy flavor without the dairy. This is the Instant Pot I have, and I love it! Instant Pot meals are delicious and I find very easy to digest. My favorite Instant Pot Cookbooks are by Coco Morante. She has three of them The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook, The Ultimate Instant Pot Healthy Cookbook, and The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. Her recipes are all delicious and can be easily modified for nutritional needs! Here’s my recipe for Egg Bites in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Egg Bites

Ingredients:

4 Eggs

1/4 Cup of Scallions, sliced

1/4 Cup of Cooked Spinach, cooled and chopped

2 Slices of Cooked Bacon

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk or other non-dairy milk

2 Teaspoons of Nutritional Yeast

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Ghee or Coconut Oil for greasing the Egg Cups. You can also use a non stick cooking spray.

Directions:

In a 4 cup glass measuring cup with a pour spout, whisk together your eggs, olive oil, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Whisk in the nutritional yeast thoroughly. Then, stir in the bacon, scallions and chopped spinach.

Grease your egg cups with a little ghee. Pour the egg mixture evenly into each of the egg cups. They will be about 3/4 full. Place the lid on the egg bites pan. Pour a cup of water into your instant pot. Then, place the egg bites pan on the wire steam rack and carefully lower it into your instant pot.

Secure the lid on the instant pot, and set the steam valve to seal. Select Manual on your Instant Pot and adjust the time to ten minutes. It will take a few minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking time begins. After the cooking time ends, let the pressure come down for 5 minutes before releasing the pressure valve. Remove the lid and pull out your egg bites pan with heat safe mitts. Take off the lid of the egg bites pan and invert the pan onto a plate. Pop out the egg bites by pressing on the bottom of each mold. They are so yummy and kid friendly! Enjoy!

Three Ingredient Delicious Chocolate Fudge

This simple fudge recipe is so easy, and the fudge is the perfect melt in your mouth texture without being too soft!

I love that it has three simple ingredients, and it is free of dairy, soy and gluten.

This recipe makes an 8 inch square pan of fudge in very little time.

So, a little update about what’s going on in my life. Being in the middle of a major construction project has put a real pinch on my time as well as my kitchen space! I know there are a multiple number of reasons why we are all scarce on the time we would actually like to have, and this is mine currently. The good news is, I am getting a brand new kitchen with plenty of space to work. But, right now, a lot of my beloved kitchen tools are in boxes.

We moved to Northern Michigan this Spring and decided to renovate an older home. It’s a big undertaking, but I am excited about the final outcome. But quite honestly, it has been very hard! I miss my big beautiful kitchen out East.

I have been meaning to blog this recipe for a while. It’s really delicious and easy. It would also be beautiful with chopped nuts on top or dried cherries or both!

Three Ingredient Delicious Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

One 9 oz. bag of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup of Pecan Butter (my go to clean ingredient brand)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Directions: Fill a small saucepan with 1 1/2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil. In a stainless steel bowl that fits on top of the saucepan, place the chocolate chips. When the water comes to a boil, put the bowl of chocolate chips on top, creating a double boiler, and turn the water down to a simmer. Melt the chocolate chips, stirring slowly and constantly. When the chocolate chips are melted, add the 1/2 cup of pecan butter and vanilla, and whisk it in over the simmering water.

When it is completely smooth and everything nicely incorporated, pour the fudge into a 8 inch parchment lined square baking pan and spread evenly over the bottom. Refrigerate the fudge for one hour, then remove it from the pan. The parchment will help you lift it effortlessly out and no sticking.

Slice the fudge with a sharp knife into equal squares. Store the fudge in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It’s delicious!

Decadent Chocolate Truffles, Fall Vibes and Color Palettes from Beauty Counter

I don’t think we need a season change to enjoy decadent chocolate truffles, but for some reason the beginning of October always has my mind going toward thoughts of them.

This recipe is nut, dairy, grain and gluten free and melt in your mouth.

They are sweetened with Maple Syrup and Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips which is my go to chocolate chip because the are allergen friendly.

Decadent Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips

1/3 Cup of Sunflower Seed Butter

1/4 Cup of Cocoa Butter (chopped into small pieces) This is my preferred brand.

2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder (reserved for rolling)

Directions:

In a double boiler, place the chocolate chips and the cocoa butter. I make my own double boiler by placing a small saucepan with an inch of water on the stove and using a stainless steel bowl that fits on top without touching the water. If you are using this, the chocolate chips and cocoa butter go in the bowl above the simmering water like a double boiler to melt it.

Melt the chocolate chips and cocoa butter over simmering water. When they are completely melted, whisk in the remaining ingredients except the cocoa powder until smooth and glossy.

Place the bowl of chocolate into the refrigerator for a half an hour to cool enough for scooping.

When the truffle mixture is ready to scoop, get a small plate and add the cocoa powder to it. With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the truffles one at a time onto the cocoa powder and roll them around until evenly coated with cocoa powder. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. When all the truffles are rolled let them set for 30 minutes. Then they are ready to eat. Store them at room temperature.

Makes approximately 15 decadent truffles

So, are you feeling those Fall vibes? I am! There’s a little nip in the morning air, the leaves are changing, a hint of wood smoke around town, and pumpkins everywhere! We even have a house down the hill from us decorated to the hilt for Halloween already. It is quite well done. We were walking Ming a few nights ago, and I had to pull my daughter, Skyli, back from walking into the road because she was looking at all the details of their yard. Do you have a favorite fall color? Rich plums, warm browns, coppers, dark greens, burgundy, black…. I like them all, but my favorites are the coppers and rich plums for sweaters, jackets and bags. Give me a black pair of boots any day.

Have you checked out the eye palettes at Beauty Counter? The one shown here is the classic palette with warm nudes and neutrals using clean safer beauty ingredients. I’m wearing it in the photo below along with the Illuminating Cream Highlighter in Pearl Glow and Bronze Glow. The Sheer Genius conditioning lipsticks come in ten shades and the ECOCERT-certified organic vanilla from Madagascar is responsible for this lipstick‚Äôs signature sweet scent. Pick a blush, highlighter or bronzer for your cheeks and you are set with your new Fall into Winter look! You can get those in creams like I used here or silky smooth triple milled powder.

Fall Vibes
Here’s the Classic Palette on my eyes

You can save ten percent off your first order too. When you go to Beauty Counter and sign up for emails you will get a coupon code sent to you. You’ll also get a little something special from me when you order and choose me as your consultant.

All Beauty Counter ingredients are rigorously screened for toxins and contaminants. We all deserve to know when we use skin care and makeup that we are safe. I hope your Fall is going well so far.

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