BROWN RICE FLOUR SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI

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If you really want to impress someone, make this brown rice flour sweet potato gnocchi. I know making your own gnocchi sounds daunting, but once you realize how easy it is, and not to mention how delicious, you will agree that it is worth the extra effort. Although I find some gnocchi to be dense, pastey and flavorless, this recipe is so fluffy and flavorful that I can just eat it with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan. With the nuttiness of the brown rice flour, the sweetness of the sweet potato and the creaminess of the ricotta, this gnocchi satisfies every taste bud, gluten free and gluten lovers alike! This recipe makes a lot, but just like most Stay At Work Housewife meals, it freezes very well, just cook the gnocchi first, drain it, and once it cools, divide it up and freeze it. When you’re ready to eat it just pop it in the microwave, or heat your favorite sauce and warm the gnocchi in that.

Brown Rice Flour Sweet Potato Gnocchi

2 sweet potatoes
2 and 1/2 to 4 cups brown rice flour (I used Bobs Red Mill)
2 eggs
1 cup ricotta
1/4 cup grated parmesan

Pierce the sweet potatoes with a knife, and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. (Baking, rather than boiling the sweet potato produces a fluffier gnocchi) Once cooled, scoop out the sweet potato and discard the peels. In a large bowl mash the sweet potatoes and add the eggs, ricotta and parmesan. Mix in 2 and 1/2 cups of brown rice flour with your hands, the dough will be a little sticky, but should be firm enough to form a ball that holds it’s shape, if it’s too sticky continue adding flour until it is the desired consistency.

Divide the dough into fourths and flour your work surface. Roll one fourth of the dough out into a 1/2 in diameter snake. (Your playdoh skills from youth will come in handy here!). Cut the dough into pieces the width of a fork, and then gently roll the pieces on the back of the fork to create the little notches that the sauce clings onto. Repeat this with the remaining quarters of dough.

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the gnocchi pieces and boil them until they float to the top. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.

Top with the sauce of your choice, I highly recommend a cheese sauce for the most decadent Mac and Cheese of you life! Enjoy!

VALENTINES DAY RECIPE ROUND UP

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Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven! I know that saying is cheesy but I totally agree with it! If I took the time to make you something, it means I really care about you, and what better time to bake your heart into something than Valentines Day! Here are some of my favorite recipes to show your Valentine you really care:

For your health conscious, vegan Valentine:
Morning Glory Muffins

For your cookie monster Valentine:
M&M Monster Cookies
Ooey Gooey Mint Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies

For your breakfast in bed Valentine:
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

For your classy Valentine:
Eton Mess

For your booze hound Valentine:
The Salty Chihuahua
Kickin’ Strawberry Lemonade

MY “CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT” BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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Some days are so hectic that I think I would leave the house without my head if it wasn’t attached. However, since I spent my summers with my Mammaw, a woman who did her hair and makeup just to do laundry, I still try to manage to look presentable before stepping out of the house. (You would definitely NEVER catch me in public wearing pajamas, there is always enough time to put real pants on!). Here are the five beauty products that I can’t live without, and they make getting ready in the morning a 10 minute task! (The following products are truly my personal favorites that I have been using for years, none of the companies have solicited my opinion, I just really love them!)

1. Paul Mitchell “Super Clean Spray”
This is my FAVORITE hair spray! It has enough hold to ensure that my signature bun stays in place all day, yet when I take it down at the end of the night I can still run my fingers through it, and it’s not sticky at all.

2. Blinc Mascara
I have incredibly oily skin, especially around my eyes, and although that bodes well for me in the future as my own built in anti aging treatment, it is bad news for my eye makeup. That is until I found Blinc. Their website states that “Once applied, these mascara tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes. Only when you are ready for removal, the tubes will effortlessly slide off your lashes into your hand without the use of a harsh makeup remover.” Which is true! I have cried, gone swimming, worked out, etc and my mascara doesn’t budge, yet at the end of the night when I wash my face, all it takes is some warm water!

3. Kat Von D Autograph Liquid Liner
As I mentioned above, my oily skin makes me prone to raccoon eyes, but I can make it through a day to night without even a smudge from this liner. The applicator wand makes my winged liner-look so easy to achieve, people think I spent a lot of time on it, but really it takes me longer to decide what to wear.

4. Too Faced Tinted BB Cream
With my fair skin, I wouldn’t dare leave the house without some kind of UV protection on my face, not only is this BB cream SPF 20, it also moisturizers, evens out my skin tone, and has anti aging benefits.

5. Sock Bun
I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on my go-to hair style, the sock bun. It only takes about the same amount of time it would for me to throw my hair into a ponytail, but ends up looking way more polished and really pulls a look together. Even though my hair is longer now, I could easily achieve this look before it was long enough to touch my shoulders (it just took a few more bobby pins!).

What are your favorite beauty products?