the kindness of strangers in puerto rico and a recipe for coquito

coquito
carlos rosario beach

STRANDED. That's what we were. Nevermind the fact that we were on a tiny 7 by 5 mile island off of Puerto Rico... We were stranded with no cash, no phone, no car key, not even a towel! We could practically see Douglas Adams shaking his head in disapproval at us. 

paleo almond joy cookies

paleo almond joy cookies
paleo almond joy cookies

I’m going to come clean here and admit something that I am not very proud of.  Over the past month or so I have produced an overwhelming amount of non-paleo, non-glutenfree, full sugar, overly creamfilled, milk chocolate loving desserts.  Real talk.  I fell off the paleo baking wagon and I fell hard.  I made the unfortunate decision of looking past my well loved coconut nectar flour and falling into the contraband arms of plain ol granulated sugar delights. 

4 ingredient eggnog, dairy free & paleo

eggnong, dairy free, paleo, gluten free
eggnong, dairy free, paleo, gluten free

Happy Eggnog Month! Errr... November. :)

If you love eggnog but are now eating paleo or even just dairy-free, this eggnog is for you! It is stupid simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients! Eggs, coconut sugar, almond milk and nutmeg. 5 if you want the adult version ;)

light and fluffy eggnog waffles, gluten free

light and fluffy eggnog waffles, gluten free
gluten free light and fluffy eggnog waffles
light and fluffy eggnog waffle batter, gluten free

When my sister and I were kids, we used to create breakfast-in-bed menus and take them to our parents. Inside the menu, our parents would find checkboxes next to a list of our offerings: things like eggs, pancakes, waffles, toast, coffee, OJ, hot cocoa, or milk. After they'd made their selection we'd retreat back to the kitchen to assemble their order. Occasionally we'd try to get creative and they would end up with olive pancakes or coffee with grenadine. But no matter what we made, I think they were always appreciative.

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free
homemade pistachio paste recipe
creamy room temperature butter
pistachio cupcakes with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

In my opinion, there is only one flavor of frozen yogurt worth getting: pistachio. Actually, now that I think about it, my favorite flavor of gelato and ice cream also happens to be pistachio.

Oddly enough, I'm not a fan of nuts in their whole form. I find the way they absolutely always get stuck in my teeth to be off putting.

fettuccine with avocado-lime white cheddar sauce, gluten free

fettuccine with avocado-lime white cheddar sauce, gluten free
finger citriburst limes
creamy avocado lime cheddar cheese sauce
Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese
Stephanie and Garrett, Melt authors

If this pasta dish were one of the Real Housewives ladies on TV, it would definitely be NeNe Leakes, who is a self-proclaimed "rich bitch." If you haven't seen Nene on TV, she is known for her strong, aggressive, and often confrontational personality. Much like Nene, this recipe for fettuccine with avocado-lime white cheddar sauce from Melt, the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, offers no apologies for its richness and has the goods to back it up. 

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