Gluten-Free Bacon Scones

Commence drooling. Gluten Free Bacon Scones-fresh from the oven

A few weeks back, my sister shared on Instagram that she was having a bacon scone, and it’s times like those when I start to really hate having a gluten sensitivity. Then that feeling is immediately followed by the determination to make my own gluten-free variation of that tasty treat.

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I happened to walk into a store the next day (literally one day after my sister shared the post) and found Wholesome Chow‘s gluten-free vegan (if you don’t add bacon) scone mix, and I scooped it up!

Then when we had to cancel our little getaway due to the weather, I knew I had to make it for our anniversary weekend. What better way to show you care than with baked goods and bacon? (Talk about love!)

These were the easiest things to make too. I put some bacon in the oven while I was getting the ingredients together. I followed the instructions on the packaging, swapping out the oil for bacon grease (again, droooool…), and then I took some of the crispy slices of bacon out of the oven (I used four slices of bacon for eight scones) and used kitchen scissors to snip them into little bits, mixed them into the dough and then scooped them onto the baking sheet (which I also greased with the excess bacon grease. (I might have gotten a bit excited about the whole bacon experience.

I baked as recommended on the packaging and then plated them with, yep you guessed it, more bacon! While I cooked, P made us espresso, and then we settled in with our delectable breakfast.

Chalk Lots Chalkboard Placemat Anniversary Chalk Board

I plated them on our Crate & Barrel plates that were a wedding gift and served them on a Chalk Lots chalkboard place mat, which I won a few weeks back and when I received them in the mail this sweet message was on the top place mat. I don’t even know how Leslie knew that we were newlyweds, but she did her research and somehow sent us this sweet note that really made my day and made serving this breakfast on our anniversary weekend extra special!

What recipes have you been drooling over lately? Do you ever have to try and reinvent recipes to accommodate your dietary restrictions? I’m getting pretty good with swapping out ingredients and making things gluten free!

Labor Day Weekend Recap [And a Recipe]

We spent Labor Day weekend with my in-laws at their new place down by the Jersey Shore and what a glorious, relaxing and restful weekend it was.

I had a hectic install Friday morning that I dragged P along to help with, and then we hit the road, exhausted and ready for a long weekend. We ordered pizza for dinner from a local pizza place that had a gluten-free crust made from scratch that was so delicious!

Saturday we went crabbing (caught 3 blue claw crabs!) and made up a little appetizer on the fly–3 crabs isn’t really enough meat for more than an appetizer for 4 people to share. Then Saturday night, we went over to Seaside, played mini golf, rode the sky-lift ride with great views of the coast and the boardwalk, enjoyed my favorite summertime treat (Kohr’s Brothers frozen custard–the only flavor worth getting is the vanilla-orange swirl), we even rode some of the rides!

Sunday, we drove around Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, walked around shopping, took in a few views of the coast, explored a trail with Brantley and enjoyed the sunny weather. That evening we drove out through the marshlands to West Creek for a dinner at sunset that, between the views and the food, did not disappoint.

Monday we took it easy in the morning, stopped at the local fish market and picked up some fresh ingredients for dinner and had a quick lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs before we went over to the pool. The pool was beautiful and so refreshing, I was so relaxed that I even fell asleep at the pool! We capped off the weekend with a Kitchen Clambake courtesy of Ina Garten’s recipe, that was probably among the top 10 best home cooked meals I’ve ever had in my life!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Recipe: Spicy Cheesy Crab Balls

-Meat from 3 crabs (Boil fresh caught crabs with Oid Bay for 10 minutes and refrigerated until cool enough to handle, before meat is removed.)

-1/3 cup cheddar cheese

-Jalapeños (seeds removed)

-2 Corn Tortillas

Rough chop the jalapenos, corn tortillas and cheese and combine ingredients into a food process. Chop until all elements are well blended and a dough is created.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls. Heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet until it bubbles. Drop balls into oil and let them cook, rotate them so that all areas cook, keep them in for a good few minutes until they brown and then remove and place them onto a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Repeat until all of the crabby cheesy goodness has been cooked, insert toothpicks and serve. Make sure to eat one for yourself as you bring them out to the masses or else you might not get any of these tasty morsels!! Enjoy!

Easy & Refreshing Margaritas

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These margaritas are the most delicious and easy margaritas you can make at home. I swear, if you are a fan of margs, then you need to get yourself to a store and buy these four ingredients. That’s it! Four things, three if you’re a pinch and can’t get a lime.

Recipe: Add three ounces of chilled Hornitos or other good quality agave tequila and one ounce of chilled Cointreau to your glass, next add ice and fill to top with sparkling Limeade. This Trader Joes Limeade makes mixing drinks at home the easiest thing ever, so you really need to keep a bottle in the fridge at all times. Slice a lime, and squeeze the juice of one slice into your glass, garnish with another, and enjoy.

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Try to savor it, this delicious beverage packs a punch!

Triple Batch Of Pancakes

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I have found that weekday mornings it is almost impossible to have a good breakfast. Every day it’s the same old routine… I make coffee and guzzle the first mug while I’m getting ready, load up my bag and make a second cup to go. But I need more than just coffee (factor kids into the mix and I’m going to be screwed when that day comes!)… so typically I will have a piece of fruit and some protein in the late afternoon at my desk while I’m working. But, you know what would be better than any of that? Pancakes to kick off the day! If only it weren’t such an ordeal to make a batch of pancakes. Weekday Pancakes 3Weekday Pancakes 1

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What I like to do when I’m whipping up a batch of pancakes at home is triple the batch and add in some blueberries or chocolate chips. After they have been cooked up, I rip off several pieces of parchment paper, wide enough to fit a pancake, and then I layer on the pancakes. I like to put them in sets of three, with the parchment paper in between. The paper is the perfect size to put a pancake on, fold the paper over, add the second pancake, fold again, and place the last pancake. Then you can take your pancake bundle and put it in the freezer.

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Once the pancakes are in the freezer it’s so easy to just grab a bag, put them on a plate and heat them up in the microwave, or pop them right into the toaster oven. They are so good, so easy and they keep you full so much longer in the morning… why not start your weekdays off on a better note? Not to mention if you do have kiddos, this is a serious crowd pleaser with minimal morning effort!

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Champagne Thursday {Pomegranate Fizz}

Thursdays are a good day. You’ve already made it through the bulk of your week and with one more workday ahead of you, you’ll make it to the weekend! So why not break out the bubbly and celebrate? This week, I wanted to share a simple champagne cocktail recipe, that literally includes 2 ingredients… could it get any easier?!

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What you need: Pomegranate Juice (I love Pom because it’s pure fresh pomegranate flavor, but any brand will do in a pinch), and champagne (we pulled a bottle of Chateau St Michelle from our wedding stash, because why not), dust off your favorite flutes and you are all set!Pom Fizz 2

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You can alter the proportions based on how sweet or strong you prefer your fizz, I like a 1/3 : 2/3 ratio of juice : champagne. Pour in the juice first, and then add the bubbly. That’s it–you don’t even have to stir because the bubbles in the champagne will mix it up for you!

Perfect for a girls night and easy enough for a delicious night in with your main squeeze. Whether there is something big to celebrate, or you are just happy you’ve made to Friday’s Eve.

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Cheers! Happy little Friday!

Chicken Taco Soup

The crock pot is probably one of the most used small kitchen appliances in the condo. It would be first if it weren’t for both my husband’s and my love – and need – for coffee. We use it so much in fact, that this recipe I’m sharing was our crock pot’s last before going into the graveyard. We killed the crock pot. Oops.

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Dinners that cook in the crock are some of my favorites. You come home to a house smelling delicious, you don’t have to worry about what you have to cook after a long day and they are so family friendly. So what can you cook in a crock? The recipes are endless… Google “crock pot” and see for yourself. If you are having a hard time, narrow it down by adding your meat of choice or the word “vegetarian” and boom, dinners for days.

This Chicken Taco Soup is a version of a recipe my mom makes. I don’t use a recipe anymore, just a guideline of what to put in. You can do your chicken breasts, fresh or frozen, they will cook either way in the crock, just be sure to add some time if they are frozen. Add your beans and corn, of course chicken broth (typically one box) and finish it off with your favorite taco seasoning. If you care to spice it up, you can add jalapeños or a can of diced green chilies. When you serve it up, you can add a dollop of sour cream, some sliced avocado and a side of quesadillas. It is sure to be a dinner that will please you and your kiddos. It is simple and flavorful, good on a sunny summer night with a complimentary margarita, or a chilly snow day all the same.

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So, what are you having for dinner? And do you love your crock pot as much as I do? I’d love to hear some of your go-to recipes for your crock pot!

Now that the dinner is ready to go, I’m off to remove the snowballs from Brantley’s paws; he loves snow days! Enjoy what is hopefully the last snow day of the season!