Paleo Apple Muffins with Steusel Topping

blog-paleo-apple-streusel-gluten-free-muffins-1Maya had a play date the other day, and I promised them we could make something.  I’ve been wanting to try a healthier apple muffin, and these turned out so good!!  You could leave out the walnuts for a nut free option for school!blog-paleo-apple-streusel-gluten-free-muffins-2 blog-paleo-apple-streusel-gluten-free-muffins-3
blog-paleo-apple-streusel-gluten-free-muffins-4 So moist and yummy!!blog-paleo-apple-streusel-gluten-free-muffins-5

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins or 24 minis)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice or 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 medjul dates pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 small apples, diced or about 1 1/2 cups

For the streusel-

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line muffin cups with muffin liners.
  • First, prepare the streusel topping by mixing everything together, except for the pecans, in a small bowl. Add the pecans and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the dry muffins ingredients (almond flour through nutmeg).
  • In a large bowl, mix together the wet muffins ingredients (eggs through Almond Milk).
  • Add the dry mix to the wet and stir just until combined!  Fold in the apples.
  • Pour 1/3 cup of batter into each muffin cup. Sprinkle the streusel on top.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 degrees F  and for another 8 – 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Mini muffins only needed 8 more minutes but larger muffins may need up to 15.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • These are super moist and need to be kept refrigerated in an airtight container after the first 24 hours.

Recipe adapted from Texanerin Baking.



Happy Valentine’s Day!

 I’ve never been a “let’s get dressed up and go out on the town!” kind of Valentine’s Day girl…

A) It seems like a lot of fuss and pressure for one designated day that you are sharing with…EVERYONE!

B) I hate crowds.  See above…sharing with EVERYONE-no thanks!

C) You pay way more and it’s SO hard to get into good restaurants in Seattle, because…yup-everyone!! Are you sensing a trend here?

Every year the Huz makes us a nice dinner.  We get a nice bottle of wine, and stay at home and have way more fun!

We had our normally busy day, but I managed to bribe Maya into going outside twice.  Once for 5 minutes, and then again for 4 haha.  Yes, I checked the time stamp 😉

I took these of myself when Maya was in school.  I knew I was going to go help out at her Valentine’s Day party and then after letting her play after school, we’d come home to dinner.  All that to say…I kept it pretty casual, but added a fun pop of red with my comfy clogs!blog-doma-leather-jacket-striped-top-dl1961-toni-red-sven-clogs-1 blog-doma-leather-jacket-striped-top-dl1961-toni-red-sven-clogs-2 blog-doma-leather-jacket-striped-top-dl1961-toni-red-sven-clogs-3The only way I could get pics of Maya was to let her just do whatever she wanted.  Which usually means dancing.  The girl has got some serious moves!!blog-faux-leather-jacket-crewcuts-heart-sweater-gapkids-tiered-skirt-steve-madden-lace-up-studded-bootsLoooooove!blog-faux-leather-jacket-crewcuts-heart-sweater-1 Omg, her little tongue sticking out through the gap in her missing teeth??!!!blog-faux-leather-jacket-crewcuts-heart-sweater-2
blog-faux-leather-jacket-crewcuts-heart-sweater-3I would have loved to have gone somewhere with a little better scenery than our dirty front steps, but you take what you can get!

And I LOVE this one!blog-doma-leather-jacket-striped-top-dl1961-toni-red-sven-clogs-8 And these… 🙂blog-doma-leather-jacket-striped-top-dl1961-toni-red-sven-clogs-9 blog-doma-leather-jacket-striped-top-dl1961-toni-red-sven-clogs-10 I thought about asking her for a serious smile, but these are so her!!blog-faux-leather-jacket-crewcuts-heart-sweater-gapkids-tiered-skirt-steve-madden-lace-up-studded-boots-4 I can’t even…blog-faux-leather-jacket-crewcuts-heart-sweater-gapkids-tiered-skirt-steve-madden-lace-up-studded-boots-5 blog-faux-leather-jacket-crewcuts-heart-sweater-gapkids-tiered-skirt-steve-madden-lace-up-studded-boots-6

On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma” (old similar here)
Top- Banana Republic (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 Toni “midrise” (eBay, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Cherokee (thrifted for $1.50!, but similar here)
Sweater- Crewcuts (thrifted splurge for $8.50 haha, but similar here)
Skirt- Gapkids (thrifted)
Leggings- GapKids (thrifted)
Shoes- Steve Madden (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
This is what happens when I ask for a smile haha.  blog-outtakeDidn’t quite get situated before the shutter release went off And she thought it was hilarious to keep knocking over the “O”… 😉blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Snow Day!

 We don’t get snow every year, so when we do, it’s pretty exciting!  This was our second snow of the year, and it was coming down in big fluffy flakes ALL DAY!

SO PRETTY!blog-mini-a-ture-joes-jeans-winter-jacket-1 blog-mini-a-ture-joes-jeans-winter-jacket-2 Finally captured her gap toothed smile!  She lost two of her bottom teeth last month, and is there anything cuter than a gap toothed smile??!  Not much…blog-mini-a-ture-joes-jeans-winter-jacket-3 blog-mini-a-ture-joes-jeans-winter-jacket-4blog-mini-a-ture-joes-jeans-winter-jacket-sorel-tofino-boots-1In my defense…It’s really hard to catch air when you are lifting your toddler up…here’s that adorable smile again!!blog-mini-a-ture-snow-jacket-1 blog-mini-a-ture-snow-jacket-2 blog-mini-a-ture-snow-jacket-3 This is the 3rd year in a row that she’s worn this jacket!!  It is SO well made!  I saw it at a thrift store for (I think) $15, and actually put it back as being too expensive.  As I was halfway home (the particular thrift store is about 30-45 min away from my house), I called my thrifting friend who lives right by the store and asked her to check if it was still there if she was going in there soon.  She did, and it was!  SO GLAD!!  It was a little big on her the first year, fit her perfectly last year, and perfectly still this year!  I may even see if it still fits next year joy… 🙂blog-obermeyer-skiter-suit-sorel-snow-countess-boots-1 blog-obermeyer-skiter-suit-sorel-snow-countess-boots-2 blog-obermeyer-skiter-suit-sorel-snow-countess-boots-3A neighborhood dad helped them make this guy.  They were so proud!

Can you SEE all the snow coming down?!!!

On me…

Hat- H&M (Old)
Jacket- Joe’s Jeans (eBay $37-kid of a splurge haha, similar here)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- Sorel “Tofino” (old, similar color here)
On Maya…
Hat- H&M (Old)
Jacket- Mini A Ture (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Sorel “Snow Countess” (thrifted for $4.50!!, but similar here)
And then…
SnowSuit- Obermeyer “Skiter Suit” (thrifted for $7!!, but similar here)
Boots- Sorel “Snow Countess” (thrifted for $4.50!!, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Let’s just say that she wanted to keep my nose warm… 😉
blog-outtake-1 Coming down from our attempted jump
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Comfy Sweatshirt + Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans + Chucks

 Ok…I debated erasing the first two paragraphs of this blog post, since I originally wrote it in…SEPTEMBER!!!  But, whatever.  I normally can’t think of things to say, so…I’ll just leave it as is, and we can pretend this is a transition to spring post haha.

Same thing…

Fall is definitely in the air here in Seattle!  Normally, September is still pretty sunny and nice, but when we got 80 degree days in May, all the rules have been off since.

Not going to lie.  I LOVE the in between the season days.  You get to break out clothing you haven’t worn in a while, but you get to go back and forth over the next few weeks.  This weekend, we are supposed to be in the 70’s again, so we still have a little bit of summer left to enjoy!

Until then…one of my favorite fall staples is a basic gray sweatshirt!  Paired with a pair of comfy boyfriend jeans, and Converse, and you basically feel like you’re wearing a pair of pajamas all day-WIN!blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-1 blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-2 Her face!  I can’t even…blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-3 And again…HER FACE!!!

I CAN’T EVEN!!1-blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-24 blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-5 blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-6 blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-7 blog-james-perse-sweatshirt-current-elliott-boyfriend-super-loved-jeans-converse-8blog-urban-republic-varsity-jacket-pockie-k-tee-hudson-boyfriend-jeans-converse-high-tops-1 Maya- “I just want to LOOK at the puddle Mother!”

Ps-she’s all of a sudden started calling me “Mother” vs “Mommy, Mama, or Mom”  It’s so funny…blog-urban-republic-varsity-jacket-pockie-k-tee-hudson-boyfriend-jeans-converse-high-tops-2 And…I knew she was lying…blog-urban-republic-varsity-jacket-pockie-k-tee-hudson-boyfriend-jeans-converse-high-tops-3 But that face??!!!  Who cares.  That’s what washing machines are for 🙂blog-urban-republic-varsity-jacket-pockie-k-tee-hudson-boyfriend-jeans-converse-high-tops-4blog-urban-republic-varsity-jacket-pockie-k-tee-hudson-boyfriend-jeans-converse-high-tops-5 LOVE!!!blog-urban-republic-varsity-jacket-pockie-k-tee-hudson-boyfriend-jeans-converse-high-tops-6 blog-urban-republic-varsity-jacket-pockie-k-tee-hudson-boyfriend-jeans-converse-high-tops-7

On me…

Top- James Perse (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Jacket- Urban Republic (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Pockie K (thrifted)
Jeans- Hudson (thrifted, but similar here Maya’s wearing a size 6 :))
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Chasing her down haha.
blog-outtake-1 And…for those of you keeping track at home, yes, she’s still in the licking phase…blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Vintage Leather Jacket + Striped Sweater + Boyfriend Jeans + Booties

 These leaves have come and gone…

As has an era of grace, poise, intelligence, integrity, strength, passion, and respect.  Little scared for what’s to come, but no need to go into that right now.

We happened to have had a nice day over TWO MONTHS ago, and we ran outside to take a few pictures in the morning before we ran about our day.
blog-vintage-leather-jacket-striped-sweater-j-brand-boyfriend-clyde-el-naturalista-1 Is there a bug on the ground or is she mimicking my “don’t look at the camera” pose…

You decide 🙂
blog-vintage-leather-jacket-striped-sweater-j-brand-boyfriend-clyde-el-naturalista-2 blog-vintage-leather-jacket-striped-sweater-j-brand-boyfriend-clyde-el-naturalista-3 She is quite literally the best hugger in the world…blog-vintage-leather-jacket-striped-sweater-j-brand-boyfriend-clyde-el-naturalista-4 And a champion twirler too!blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-sweet-luka-mo-moto-boots-1 I can’t even…blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-sweet-luka-mo-moto-boots-2 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-sweet-luka-mo-moto-boots-3 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-sweet-luka-mo-moto-boots-4

On me…

Jacket- Vintage, thrifted, similar here
Sweater- Zara (old, similar here)
Boots- El Naturalista Duna N528 (thrifted for $7!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara (thrifted, similar here)
Sweater- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Dress- Sweet Luka Mo (old, tank version here)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Boots-Joseph Allen (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
This face is so her!!!  I mean, it’s so her when I’m trying to take her picture!  She is such a happy funny girl, but when I try and take her picture lately….
Oh…and, how about we take a picture together?
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Layers + Nene Matching Leather Slip On Shoes!

 It’s been SO COLD lately!!  Like way TOO cold for pictures.  We got a break last Friday where it crept into the 40’s.  We literally had 15 minutes before we had to race to gymnastics, but we’d recently been given these amazing matching shoes, and I’ve been dying to take pics of them!!

Oh, and I’d washed and straightened my hair, so….not letting THAT go to waste haha! 🙂

This is actually a sweater vest that I wore under the denim jacket for a warming later, and some texture from the blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-2 Gah…the way she’s looking up at me!!

Although, see what was really going on in the “Keeping It Real” section… 😉blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-3 How fun are these shoes??!  The leather is SO soft and gorgeous, and the foot bed is extra cushiony (I don’t think that’s a word, but you know what I mean!)blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-4 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-5 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-6 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-7 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-8 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-9 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-10 blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-1 blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-3 blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-4 She even cracks herself up!blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-5

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Sweater Vest- Stylemint (old, Love this one here)
Top- Free People (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- J Brand (eBay, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Girls (thrifted)
Sweater- Tucker and Tate (thrifted)
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
To see what was really going on when we were trying to get the shoe shots…
I was trying to get the focus down for a shot, and she just kept jumping off this rock.  Which…then gave me the idea for the jumping shot 🙂
blog-outtake-1 Um…blog-outtake-2 blog-outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Lean in, lean out

Once upon a time, about three years ago.. a dear friend named Bonnie introduced Lauren and I. Bonnie is one of those fabulous people who everyone adores.. she also knows a lot of people and has this amazing super power in connecting people.

Lauren was(is) a photographer and fashionista and I was a fashionista wanna-be and creative person! I was pregnant with my son at the time and Lauren did a pregnancy photoshoot for me and helped put together outfits. She had (has) this amazing collection of clothes, shoes, accessories.. all specially curated and found at thrift and consignment shops. (Lauren’s super power is finding diamonds in the thrift shopping rough).

Anyway, we became friends (because Lauren is also fabulous!) and I suggested she start a fashion blog. I tried to convince her the world needed to see her unique and timeless style and be inspired. She said she would think about it if I would do the blog too.. and so it started and evolved and we created Dit-Elle a fashion, food, lifestyle mommy blog.. in attempts to inspire other busy moms. We’re both introverts so it felt a little awkward at first just putting ourselves out there in this blog and on social channels, but it took off.

Lauren did most of the fashion posts and I did most of the food posts. I love food photography and wanted to build a collection of my favorite, true and tried recipes. I was also gluten free and dealing with stomach pains.. and wanted an arsenal of recipes I could refer back to anytime, a go-to cookbook. When I made a new dish (and if it was good!), I’d immediately put it on a fancy plate, place it by my kitchen window, and with one kid on my hip, the other playing on the floor, snap a bunch of photos, hoping to get at least one good one! And then I blogged those food photos twice a week when the kids were asleep.. sometimes I would do posts on wellness, health, gluten free or paleo living, food allergies and other tips and tricks. On occasion Lauren would talk me into doing a fashion post. We rarely saw each other, but we alternated fashion and food posts to create a rich collection of inspiration for our readers and for ourselves!

This past fall.. it seems like life caught up to me and I had to stop blogging. I work full-time outside of the home in a very demanding job and industry. Then I have that other full-time job of raising two kids which I think is actually the more demanding job (and kudos to all those moms who do that full-time because it truly is a full-time, 24×7 job!). For me, juggling the office job and home job provided a kind of balance. I love (most of the time) going to an office and working on demanding projects with intense people.. success was always defined and I felt like I was growing and doing great things. Raising two small kids was very hard. Everyone says “enjoy it, because those toddler years are so fleeting, they go by so fast..” but for me, every day was slow and tough and difficult. And people don’t talk about that. And when midnight rolled around, and the house was finally quiet, and I was still amped up from getting the kids to bed (feeding and bedtime in the zoo!) and then perhaps some “fire drill” project that had come my way from work.. I would blog. And it would bring me some peace and quiet and space for my creative energy.

Anyway, there you go.. which brings me to now. My kids are  demanding attention from me in a different way.. Ava is in kindergarten and Anders is a little 3 year old terror (a super cute one, but still trying to tear the house down at every opportunity). I rarely cook and am thankful for food services like Munchery (read my post about “Not Doing It All” here). When I’m home with them, I want to give my kids undivided attention. I want to take care of my body (hot yoga, walking the dog, sleep..). And on that topic, after years of a huge sleep deficit I am now enjoying finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis (wahooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Sometimes you have to lean in to what inspires you and gives you energy. And sometimes you have to lean out. Right now I have to lean out. And take a break from blogging.

My philosophy has always been this: every parent is different, every kid is different, every family situation is different.. you simply have to find what works for you at that moment in time! And hopefully have some fun, and laugh at yourself a bit along the way! 🙂 I will not be blogging much this year but if I do make something interesting, it will find its way here! 🙂

Happy happy 2017! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead! 🙂


One of our family goals is to spend more time outdoors and less time in front of screens (because we do a lot of that for work!). Here the huz, Ava and Anders and I on a fall hike on Crystal Mountain! 🙂