PALEO CHIPOTLE MAPLE ROASTED PECANS

Paleo chipotle maple roasted pecans, a quick and easy snack that’s ready in under 20 minutes!  Makes a perfect DIY gift around the holidays!

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Spicy/sweet might be my favorite flavor combination, so these paleo chipotle maple roasted pecans are extremely addictive!

As I was packaging these up to give as gifts this holiday season, I couldn’t help sampling them in a “one for you, one for me, one for you and two for me…” manner. After my husband tried one he made sure to check “these aren’t all being given away right? You’ll keep some for us?” So I guess you can say they’re a hit!

Ingredients:

2 cups pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp melted butter or ghee
3 Tbsp maple syrup

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place pecans in a medium bowl, combine maple syrup and melted butter and add to pecans, stir until evenly coated. In a small bowl mix salt, cinnamon and chipotle powder, toss with pecans until evenly coated.

Spread pecans out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes, stirring the pecans every 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. If they hang around long enough to need stored, just keep them in an airtight container. Enjoy!

MAPLE ALMOND PALEO MERINGUES

Maple almond paleo meringues, an impressive gluten free, dairy free, grain free dessert!

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Biting into these maple almond paleo meringues is like eating a cloud made out of cinnamon toast crunch.

Im not much of a baker (cooking is an art, baking is a science, and I’ve always been more of an artist), so I had to rely on the talents over at Gourmande in the Kitchen to get me through this round of holiday baking. These turned out perfectly! The only tweak I made was using ground almonds instead of chopped almonds because I got a little eager with the food processor, and I also omitted the sea salt sprinkle on top.

Here’s a word from the wise (because I made this mistake) don’t package them up with anything particularly moist, I put them in a tin with some paleo marshmellows to give as a gift, and the meringues absorbed the moisture from the marshmellows and turned into a dense, sticky mess. Whomp whomp!

Enjoy! And tell Sylvie at Gourmande in the Kitchen that I sent you!

HOLIDAY GIFTS UNDER $30: SMALL BUSINESS EDITION

I wanted to share one more special Holiday Gift Guide featuring my favorite items from small businesses in my community. If you’re looking to grow your small business year round, Kabbage specializes in helping small businesses! While I have not personally used their services, it seems like a great alternative to traditional loans!

Since I already focused on getting those hard to buy for people on your list taken care of a few weeks ago (here!) I wanted to round out your holiday shopping with a few last minute gifts. At this point you’re probably running low on time and money (at least I am) so I kept all of the gifts under $30 and all on the same street: Grandview Ave in Columbus, OH!

Earth Elements: Seabolt & Co. Hydrate Toner $18

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I am obsessed with the “Hydrate” toner from Seabolt & Co. Technically it is geared towards men, but I use my husband’s body wash and deodorant sometimes, so that doesn’t stop me. It’s all natural, sulfate, paraben, preservative and gluten free, vegan, and never tested on animals. This is the perfect gift for the person on your list who is constantly on the go. They can toss the spray in their bag and use a spritz to freshen up after the gym, between the office and meeting friends for drinks, and before going into the office the next day if those previous night’s drinks have them looking less than fresh. For a more personal gift, Earth Elements provides custom skin care blends such as lotions, shower gels and bath salts.

The Candle Lab: Pour Your Own Candle $16

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This would be a fun gift to give to someone where you come back later and make candles together! You pick your container, custom blend up to three scents and get to design your own label! Another cool option is to bring in your own container and have it filled for $1.75 per ounce.

Peabody Papers: Holiday Cards $11

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I like to give my regular clients at the salon a little hand written card around the holidays. This is perfect for the people in your life who you might not buy a gift for, but you still want them to know you’re thinking of them during the holiday season! Peabody has tons of beautiful readymade cards, or you can work with them to design your own. I just love how sophisticated these black and gold ones are, and for $11 for a pack of twenty, you can’t beat that!

Vernacular: Old Fashioned Glasses $20

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How sexy are these glasses?! They’re like drinking out of Don Draper and Roger Sterling (Yes please!). These are perfect for the mad man in your life who enjoys a good drink! Vernacular (formerly Objects For The Home, don’t worry, same owners, same amazing finds) is full of awesome gifts for everyone on your list, whatever your price range.

The Oilerie: The Oilerie Balsamic $20

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This 25 year aged balsamic is AH-mazing! If you have a foodie on your shopping list, look no further than this. I’m not kidding when I tell you in my house this stuff goes on everything! I’ve put it on roasted vegetables, salads, steak, and even ice cream! (Told you I’m obsessed!). They also have a bunch of different infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, I highly recommend the truffle olive oil!

Elli Nail Spa: The Care To Indulge Manicure $26
You didn’t think I’d leave out the best nail salon in Columbus, OH did you? Pick up a gift card for The Care To Indulge Manicure, and treat someone on your list to sugar scrub, a warm towel wrap and a massage with the lotion scent of their choice. After all the wrapping, cooking and washing of dishes, a manicure is much needed! You deserve one too so you might as well pick up a few!

What’s your favorite small business you support?

AN APPLE A DAY AB&J (OR PALEO ALMOND BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH)

Paleo almond butter and jelly sandwiches, these gluten free, dairy free, vegan, grain free treats are perfect snacks for adults and kids alike! Plus a no bake,  5 minute meal is a lifesaver!

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Last week I had a real hankering for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, however now that I’m 90% paleo, that wasn’t going to happen. Also there wasn’t any bread or peanut butter in the house, so there’s that… You know what they say though: necessity is the mother of invention; and satisfying this craving was very necessary.

I hate to even call this a recipe, I slapped some almond butter and strawberry preserves on an apple, but somehow this became my most “liked” Instagram photo of all time, so I felt the need to post it!

Ingredients:

1 Apple
Almond Butter
Jelly (I used homemade, processed sugar free strawberry preserves)

Slice and core the apple, spread as much almond butter and jelly on a slice as you prefer. Top with another slice of apple. Enjoy!

*this recipe is totally customizable, use any nut butter, jelly or even chocolate chip combination you want!

PALEO, VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

This recipe roundup of gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegan, grain free, egg free, no bake Christmas cookies are delicious year round!  

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If you have someone with dietary restrictions on your Christmas cookie list (or you are the person with dietary restrictions and don’t want to miss out on delicious holiday treats!) you have come to the right place! I have something for everybody: gluten free, dairy free, grain free, nut free, paleo, vegan and a combination of all! These Christmas treats are sure to please everyone, including those who can have the real thing!

M&M Monster Cookies: Gluten Free

Buckeye Bark: Gluten Free, can be made vegan with non dairy chocolate and butter substitute

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies: Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Carrot Cake Cookies: Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, can be made vegan by replacing egg with a “flaxseed egg”

Ooey Gooey Mint Chocolate Brownie Cookies: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Grain Free