Paleo Lady Finger Cookies

Tiramisu.. the Queen of the Night of desserts? Light crunchy Lady Finger cookies are soaked in coffee and rum and then layered with whipped cream, rich golden custard, and dusted with cocoa powder. Yum! Only one issue.. I’ve not been able to find gluten free lady fingers. I’m sure there are some good cookie alternates out there that would work (and I’d love to hear from you if so!) but here’s a recipe from scratch that is an option. While these cookies turned out a little denser and heavier that what I expected, they totally worked for the Tiramisu I was making (recipe coming Thursday! :)).

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Lady Finger Cookies

  • 6 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons of Palm Shortening or Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Raw Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Blend all the cookie layer ingredients together
  • Transfer the cookie dough to a piping bag and make three inch logs with the dough (about 1 inch thick).
  • Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes
  • Let cool completely (leave on the sheet), at least 30 minutes before assembly

Looking for some true paleo inspiration? Check out this Paleo Tiramisu! I’ve not had the time to try to make this one yet.. but it sure looks amazing!

dit-elle-Esther

Flannel + Fringe Moccasin Booties…fall is in the air!

 I can’t decide if I look like a cross between a lumberjack and Pocahontas, or…if it just looks comfortably fall like :)  Either way, I was so comfortable!  Until the sun blared down upon us 15 minutes in.  Seriously, I don’t want to complain about sunshine, but the bipolar disorder of the weather right about now is killing me!  Cold and bundled up…then 15 minutes later sweating and peeling off the layers?  Not cool…Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-1 Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-2 Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-3 Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-4This is a little path that is the entry to a park that we’ve been going to.  Every time I pull in, I think…”We should totally take pictures there!”  And… so we did :)  That said, there were people running, biking, walking their dogs… Again, feeling like a total nerd taking pics, but whatever! :) Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-5 Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-6And then the sun came out! Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-7And then it was behind a cloud… Blog Oxford Trunk Flannel HM Button down DL1961 Emma Cellar Minnetonka Booties-8So, Maya wanted to wear this dress.  “White Princess dress!!!” to be exact :)  All well and good, except it had been POURING all morning.  So…needless to say, the pictures of Maya in her pristine white dress are few :)blog Gap Dark Jean Jacket Greendog White Boho Dress Sanita Clogs-1blog Gap Dark Jean Jacket Greendog White Boho Dress Sanita Clogs-2Can I just say that I was DYING when I saw these clogs at the thrift store for $5??  They aren’t the most practical with the slight elevation, but so cute!!! blog Gap Dark Jean Jacket Greendog White Boho Dress Sanita Clogs-3blog Gap Dark Jean Jacket Greendog White Boho Dress Sanita Clogs-4And then she ran down the hill one to many times and face planted into a pile of mud haha.  Totally not hurt, but the dress…needed a good dose of OxyClean ;)

On me…

Shirt- Oxford Trunk (Scored last spring during their $5 Holla sale)
Top- H&M
Jeans- DL1961 Emma in “Cellar” (similar color here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Gap (thrifted)
Dress- Greendog (thrifted)
Shoes-Sanita  (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I had all these grand plans for what were were going to do for this shoot/our fun day.  All of which was cut short by Maya running down the hill into a pile of mud.  But…such is life. :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Kisses from this one are all I need…

 I’m entering the busiest time for my business.  I’m at the tail end of wedding season, so I’m fulfilling all the DVD’s and making their albums, and then Familypalooza has officially started.  I’ll be booked every weekend from now until mid December.  I LOVE what I do!  I know that I’m super lucky to get to spend my days with Maya, yet get to get away and be creative on my own.  That said, it does make me a little more appreciative of these fun outings, because I don’t get to see her as much on the weekends or while I’m editing at night.  Even more appreciative that I’m documenting them to look back on and enjoy…Blog Free People High Low Sweater Genetic Denim Dr Martins Sling Back-1 Blog Free People High Low Sweater Genetic Denim Dr Martins Sling Back-2 Blog Free People High Low Sweater Genetic Denim Dr Martins Sling Back-3 Blog Free People High Low Sweater Genetic Denim Dr Martins Sling Back-4 Blog Free People High Low Sweater Genetic Denim Dr Martins Sling Back-5 Blog Free People High Low Sweater Genetic Denim Dr Martins Sling Back-6The best part of these next images?  There is NOBODY off to the right.  She’s just looking over there and cracking herself up.  I was dying laughing.  Then…because I was laughing, she started laughing even harder.  God, she cracks me up!  And…herself too, obviously haha.Blog Old Navy Green Parka Lily Pulitzer Whale Dress Navy Converse High Tops-1Blog Old Navy Green Parka Lily Pulitzer Whale Dress Navy Converse High Tops-2Blog Old Navy Green Parka Lily Pulitzer Whale Dress Navy Converse High Tops-3Blog Old Navy Green Parka Lily Pulitzer Whale Dress Navy Converse High Tops-4Blog Old Navy Green Parka Lily Pulitzer Whale Dress Navy Converse High Tops-5Blog Old Navy Green Parka Lily Pulitzer Whale Dress Navy Converse High Tops-6I kid you not, there were about 20 images that I took and I weeded them down :)Blog Old Navy Green Parka Lily Pulitzer Whale Dress Navy Converse High Tops-7On me…

Sweater- Free People (Nordstrom Rack, last spring)
Jeans-Genetic Denim (Via Twice, similar here)
Shoes- Dr. Martens (thrifted, but similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Old Navy (thrifted)
Dress- Lily Pulitzer (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
 I’m so glad we took these in a park that was fairly empty.  This rock was not small!  I really wanted to get an image of Maya on my lap, because she’s all about sitting on my lap and getting nuzzled (got it!).  However, me pushing the self timer button, running to leap onto the rock in tight jeans, get her on my lap, all while making sure neither of us fell off…in TEN SECONDS?  Hahaha.  Yeah, a few outtakes.  And possibly a little flashing of toddler undies ;)Blog Outtake Free People High Low Sweater Genetic Denim Dr Martins Sling Back-11
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Does anything say comfort food like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (or Raisin) Cookies? It’s fall, the days are cooler, and warm cookies make the house smell amazing, not to mention tummies feeling happy! Here’s a classic recipe for this staple cookie! :) Not paleo – but yes, I included the gluten free option below.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (or 1 cup all-purpose flour), or 1 cup almond meal)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2-1 cup raisins or chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, broken up in pieces (optional)

Directions

  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla
  • Add coconut flour/baking soda/cinnamon/salt and mix well
  • Then add oats and raisins or chocolate chips
  • Place spoonfuls of batter on baking sheet
  • Bake @ 350 for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown

Super Mom Tip: a fun cooking project for tots – they can measure and help mix! :-) Also these cookies freeze really well in a sealed bag or container.. if you can part with them! (Oh and they are excellent to eat frozen!)

dit-elle-Esther

The weather is a changin…

 And so it begins… The mornings are cool.  Afternoons are warm.  Evenings are chilly.  All this calls for layering…Blog Gap Denim Shirt HM Tank J Brand Coated Crinkle Zara Lace Up BW Sandals-1 Blog Gap Denim Shirt HM Tank J Brand Coated Crinkle Zara Lace Up BW Sandals-2I’m wearing sandals until it starts pouring!! :) Blog Gap Denim Shirt HM Tank J Brand Coated Crinkle Zara Lace Up BW Sandals-3 Blog Gap Denim Shirt HM Tank J Brand Coated Crinkle Zara Lace Up BW Sandals-4 Blog Gap Denim Shirt HM Tank J Brand Coated Crinkle Zara Lace Up BW Sandals-5Blog Gap Denim Shirt HM Tank J Brand Coated Crinkle Zara Lace Up BW Sandals-5-Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-1Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-2It’s hard to tell, but these have skulls on them.  So cute!  Maya is obsessed with skeletons :)  And the faint camo print on these jeans??  LOVE!!!Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-3“Mom, look, it’s a jelly fish!”Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-4Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-5Maya is SO in her happy place around dogs.  She looooves them, and they loooove her!  These two played/chased each other in the parking lot for about 20 minutes.  At the end…they were both tuckered out.  WIN!! :)  It does make me sad that she didn’t get to know Greta better before she passed :(Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-6Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-7Earlier in the day, I took Maya to the dentist with me.  They said it was good to have them come see you sitting in the chair before it was their turn to go.  She did great (thank you iPad and Frozen ;)).  At the end, they let her pick from a “prize basket”.  She picked a purple dinosaur, and never let it go for the rest of the day :)  Kind of just want to eat that sweet face up-dentist approved ;)Blog Gap Dark jean Jacket Hanna Navy Check Top Hudson Red Camo Jeans old navy Skull sneakers-8On me…

Shirt- Gap (thrifted)
Top- H&M
Jeans- J Brand (eBay)
Shoes- Zara (this past summer, sold out :()
On Maya…
Jacket- Gap (thrifted)
Top- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Jeans- Hudson (eBay)
Shoes- Old Navy (thrifted)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Paleo Chocolate Pudding

Awesome paleo chocolate pudding that can also be used for Chocolate Fudgesicles (more on that later! :-))

Whipped avocado, coconut milk, dates, honey and cocoa – make a velvety chocolately yummy dessert.

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Ingredients

  • 8 soft medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 medium avocados, pitted
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  • Place the dates into your blender and cover with the 1/2 cup warm water. Pack the dates down if needed so they are covered, for the most part, in the water. Let soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth and creamy. Add extra liquid (coconut milk or water) if needed.
  • Chill and serve with fresh berries

Thanks nourishingmeals.com!

dit-elle-Esther

All Black…never fails.

 I feel like I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off this past week.  The last thing I want to think about is what I want to wear (SO unlike me!)  So…I default into my comfort zone.  All black.  You really can’t go wrong :)  And, since I didn’t want to think about what Maya was wearing either.  All black.  All around :)Blog Joie Loose Knit Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-1 Blog Joie Loose Knit Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-2 Blog Joie Loose Knit Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-3 Blog Joie Loose Knit Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-4 Blog Joie Loose Knit Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-5 Blog Joie Loose Knit Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-6I kid you not.  Maya took and posed for this picture all on her own haha.  The tripod was all set up for the above pictures.  Sometimes she likes to push the button and then we both run to the designated spot for the picture.  She pushed the button and then ran and did this!  99% sure it’s her “Let it Goooooo!” Elsa pose :)  So funny, because she’s only ever done this on her own once before.  So funny!!  And…PERFECT!Blog Gap Tunic KidsCorner Tutu Xhiliration Moto Boots-1Blog Gap Tunic KidsCorner Tutu Xhiliration Moto Boots-2Blog Gap Tunic KidsCorner Tutu Xhiliration Moto Boots-3Blog Gap Tunic KidsCorner Tutu Xhiliration Moto Boots-4On me…

Sweater- Joie (Twice Clothing)
Jeans- DL1961 “Emma” in Wick (eBay)
Boots- Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Boot (purchased via an Instagram acct)

On Maya…

Top- Gap (thrifted)
Skirt- KidsCorner (thrifted)
Boots- Xhiliration (thrifted)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren