Paleo(ish) Strawberry Cupcakes

Gluten free, grain free, high protein strawberry cupcakes? Yes! Yum! The kids had fun eating these. Whipped cream and fresh strawberries on top optional, but highly recommended! :)

Blog paleo strawberry cupcake

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (I used tapioca powder since I did not have this ingredient.. arrowroot powder is used as a thickening agent)
  • <¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup agave nectar or honey (I used 1/4 cup, and these were plenty sweet)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • Whipped cream and more strawberries for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners (or 12 mini muffin cups).
  • In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Blend the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined, then fold in the strawberries.
  • Scoop cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 1 hour.

Thanks once again –  ElanasPantry!

dit-elle-Esther

Sometimes, you just want to dress up….

Oh, and…I mean when you are a toddler ;)

I mentioned on Instagram that I hadn’t even meant to take pictures this evening.  My parents had come over for dinner while the Huz was away, and Maya chose this outfit herself when she spilled on the dress that she was wearing.  She’s adamant about changing whenever she gets dirty or even wet from washing her hands-which translates to about 3 outfit changes a day UGH!!

After she got what she was wearing wet, she took my mom into her room to find something else to wear.  AND…she chose a total party dress. hahahaha.  She’s been asking me over and over to wear it.  Since I scored it for less than $3 I really shouldn’t be saying no all the time…but it is kind of unique ha!

Yet…she was in RARE FORM as soon as she put it on, so maybe I should let her wear it more often haha!  Ps- I was TRYING to get a few pictures by myself, but that was not happening :)

My mom snapped these of us haha.

Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-1 Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-2 Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-3I mean…are you kidding me?!  Where does she get this?!!! Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-4 Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-5 Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-6 Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-7 Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-8 Blog White Eyelet Peplum Top Imogene and Willie Jesse Birkenstocks-9And then on the way back home…Blog Peek DropWaist Party Dress Sperry Topsider Pink Leopard-1Ok, I’m going to keep it real here.  This next sequence had my mom in it…and I took her out SORRY MOM!!!  And, it was from the very beginning of our walk to their house.Blog Peek DropWaist Party Dress Sperry Topsider Pink Leopard-2Seriously, with those moves though!!?Blog Peek DropWaist Party Dress Sperry Topsider Pink Leopard-3DYING!Blog Peek DropWaist Party Dress Sperry Topsider Pink Leopard-4Oh….and when you have a disturbing amount of fires near your city, you get some pretty amazing sunsets…look close and see the tiny airplane in the bottom right ;)Blog West Seattle Sunset FogOn me…

Top- Thrifted from the girls section haha. Not sure if it’s supposed to be a dress or a shirt.
Shoes- Birkenstocks (20+ years old, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Peek Kids (thrifted)
Shoes- Sperry (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Oops!  Should have put some bloomers on her ;)Blog outtake 2

 

dit-elle-Lauren

Savory Mushroom Quiche

I can’t believe it’s September already, but it’s been a beautiful summer! There’s a late summer chill in the air here in Seattle and the days are getting noticeably shorter. We had our first big wind/rain storm of the season last weekend.. there were uprooted trees and felled branches all over and many people lost power for a day or more. It sure makes you appreciate having light and heat at the flip of a switch! It was a little hard to explain to my two year old why we couldn’t make toast or pancakes but my almost five year old thought it was very fun to eat frozen bread with butter and jam! Anyway, here’s a great fall dish – mushroom quiche! I took my classic Quick Quiche recipe added a step (I promise it’s worth it!) and voila – lovely seasonal fall quiche!

Blog mushroom quiche

Ingredients

I buy gluten free crusts in packages of two, so usually make two quiches at a time. One for now and one to freeze! So this recipe is for two quiches.

  • 2 pie crusts (wheat or there are many gluten free options out there)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk (2%, whole, or half & half.. your choice)
  • dash of salt and white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Filling

  • 2 cups shredded swiss cheese (divided)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme (dried) or 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dry sherry

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large pan, saute onion in butter over medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Add mushrooms and seasonings and saute for another 5 minutes (when done, onions should be transparent and golden brown, mushrooms tender and shrunken and liquid should be evaporated)
  • Stir in sherry and remove from heat
  • Make your quiche custard now by beating eggs until frothy, then adding seasoning and milk
  • Now you are ready to assemble and bake: first put 1/2 cup cheese in bottom of each crust, then add the mushroom/onion filling evenly, top this with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese, and then divide and pour the custard mixture into each filled crust
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes (crust should be golden brown, filling browned and firm to touch)
  • Cool a bit and serve!

dit-elle-Esther

White Jeans Forever…

 I’ve talked many times about my love of white jeans.  I love how versatile they are!!  In the summer with a tank, in the winter with a sweater, on a cool evening with a slightly preppy top?  All yes!

I’m pretty eclectic in my taste of clothing.  The one thing I’m not so comfortable in is the preppy look.  It’s not that I don’t like it on other people!!  I just feel out of place and uncomfortable.  I’ve tried many times to layer a button down under a shirt.  I’ve seen it look edgy on so many people, but when I try it…it just looks weird or like I’m trying too hard.  So…I paried this slightly preppy pinstiped shirt (love the little off center tie!) with ripped denim and booties, and it felt more “me”. :)Blog Uniqlo Pinstripe Top DL1961 Amanda Sam Edelman Lisle Booties-1 Blog Uniqlo Pinstripe Top DL1961 Amanda Sam Edelman Lisle Booties-2 Blog Uniqlo Pinstripe Top DL1961 Amanda Sam Edelman Lisle Booties-3 All day long, she makes me stop and look at things.  REALLY LOOK at things.  I admit to getting frustrated at times, but really…when I stop and just LOOK at what she’s showing me…most of the time, it’s a good thing.  Most of the times she’s showing me something that I would have just passed right on by and not noticed…Blog Uniqlo Pinstripe Top DL1961 Amanda Sam Edelman Lisle Booties-4 Blog Uniqlo Pinstripe Top DL1961 Amanda Sam Edelman Lisle Booties-5 Blog Uniqlo Pinstripe Top DL1961 Amanda Sam Edelman Lisle Booties-6 Blog Uniqlo Pinstripe Top DL1961 Amanda Sam Edelman Lisle Booties-7If you look closely, you can see a flowered headband that Maya put around her waist as a belt.  I was SO IMPRESSED!  It looked so cute, and I loooove that she thought of wearing it a different way than it was intended!Blog Old Navy Striped Tee GapKids Green Boho Skirt Link Navy Patent Lace Up Boots-1 Blog Old Navy Striped Tee GapKids Green Boho Skirt Link Navy Patent Lace Up Boots-2 Blog Old Navy Striped Tee GapKids Green Boho Skirt Link Navy Patent Lace Up Boots-3 Blog Old Navy Striped Tee GapKids Green Boho Skirt Link Navy Patent Lace Up Boots-4Love…Blog Old Navy Striped Tee GapKids Green Boho Skirt Link Navy Patent Lace Up Boots-5Blog West Seattle Sunset On me…

Top- Uniqlo (thrifted, similar here and here)
Jeans- DL1961 “Amanda” (similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Old Navy (thrifted, loving this classic long sleeve one)
Skirt- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Zulily (search Link Boots)
Keeping it Real…
There are times when I want her to get in a picture with me, and all she does is run away.  Then there are times when I try and get a picture of just me, and… ;)Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Tee + Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans + Leopard Lace Up Sandals

 If I could have a “uniform”, this would be it.  Super comfy fun tee.  Destroyed denim.  Fun shoe.  Done.

One Teaspoon denim is everywhere right now.  The super short shorts are really hot, but I’m not sure I could pull those off.  Or rather should. ;)  BUT…a destroyed boyfriend jean?  Count me in!  I pulled the trigger when The Oxford Trunk had a 2 day 50% off sitewide sale.  These were already marked down, and then and additional 50% off too!  AND….they had my size.  Fate, I tell ya ;)Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-1 Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-2 Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-3 Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-4 Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-5Yup…stiiiiiiiill licking! Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-6 Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-7 Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-8 Blog Oxford Trunk Creamy Tee One Teaspoon Tiger Awesome Baggies Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandals-9Blog Levis Jacket Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-1Blog Levis Jacket Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-2Blog Levis Jacket Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-3Blog Levis Jacket Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-4I posted a video on my personal Instagram of Maya dancing and singing.  I swear it went on for a good 10+ minutes.  She cracks me up!Blog Levis Jacket Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-5Blog Levis Jacket Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-6It gets hot when you are singing and dancing ;)Blog Levis Jacket Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-7Blog Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-1That little finger kills me!Blog Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-2Blog Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-3Blog Mignone Butterfly Tiered Dress Naartjie Turquose Leggings Zara Sandals with Buckle-4On me…

Jeans- One Teaspoon “Tiger Awesome Baggies” (Scored extra 50% off sale price from Oxford Trunk!)
Sandals- Zara (last year, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Mignone (thrifted, loving this for fall here)
Leggings- Naartjie (thrifted)
Shoes- Zara
Keeping it Real…
Maya’s dancing and twirling doesn’t always look so graceful hahaha.  I was dying when I saw this :)Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Grated Apple for Little Tummies

Remember the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” My daughter was recently complaining about a stomach ache. I remembered my mom grating an apple, letting it turn a little brown and then giving it to us for stomach upset, so I tried this first. Grated apple, by the way, is super yummy – juice is released and so it’s a nice mix of crunchy and juicy, but different than just eating an apple. Anyway, there were no more complaints (that day) about stomach ache. I’ve heard this can help against acid reflux as well! Enjoy and take care and be well!

Blog shredded apple

What kind of apple? Any kind will do. Gala Apples are my favorite.

I founds some other great natural remedy tips here! Natural is always a great place to start.

http://www.purplesage.org.uk/treatments/KitchenPharm.htm

dit-elle-Esther

Kale, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout Salad with Blueberries and Avocado topped with a Fried Egg

If it sounds like I just threw a bunch of random stuff that was in my refridgerator, it sounds correct haha.  When the Huz is out of town, and we don’t have the boys I like to keep dinners pretty simple for Maya and me.  I love tossing a fried egg on salads.  The runny yolk acts as a dressing, and it’s a super easy quick healthy protein-WIN!Blog Paleo Kale Broccoli Brussel Sprout Salad with Blueberries Avocado topped with a Fried Egg-1 Blog Paleo Kale Broccoli Brussel Sprout Salad with Blueberries Avocado topped with a Fried Egg-2 Ingredients (for 2)

  • Large handful of Kale, broccoli, brussel sprout salad per person.  They carry it at Costco and Trader Joe’s.
  • 1/2 Medium avocado diced
  • Handful of blueberries per person
  • Drizzle olive oil over the top
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Top with fried eggs!

Dinner all done in under 15 minutes!  YESSSSS!  I’ll be posting another rendition of this soon!

Enjoy :)dit-elle-Lauren