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Grain Free, Dairy Free Pumpkin Roll

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 3/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more or less depending on your liking)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • pomegranate powder/maple sugar/powdered sugar, your choice for dusting

Filling:

  • 1 can coconut cream (refrigerated)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line jelly-roll pan with lightly greased parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix well.
  3. In a large bowl with a handheld mixer beat together the eggs, coconut sugar, and maple sugar on medium speed until thick.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree to egg/sugar mixture and blend until combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth.
  6. Spread the batter evenly on the prepared jelly-roll pan.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the top of the cake springs back when touched.
  8. While the cake is baking, sprinkle a clean kitchen towel with pomegranate sugar/maple sugar/powdered sugar.
  9. When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and gently flip the cake onto the sugared towel, so the parchment paper is on top, and subsequently peel the parchment paper from the cake.
  10. Starting at one of the short ends, roll up the towel and cake together into a jelly roll. Allow to completely cool while rolled up in the towel, this will take at least 1 hour.

Filling:

  1. Chill your mixing bowl.
  2. Remove the thick/hardened portion of coconut cream from the can and transfer to your mixing bowl.  Save the watery portion for use as a hydrating drink or for use in a smoothie etc.
  3. Using hand mixer, beat cream on medium high for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy and soft peaks form. Scrape down the bowl.
  4. Add honey, maple syrup, and vanilla, and continue beating for another 2 minutes.

Assembly:

  1. When cake has cooled, unroll from towel
  2. Evenly spread whipped coconut cream from edge to edge.
  3. Roll the cake/whipped coconut cream and wrap with plastic wrap.
  4. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hr before serving.
  5. When ready to serve, lightly dust the top with your choice of pomegranate powder/maple sugar/powdered sugar.
  6. Enjoy!

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All-Nighters and The Y Chromosome Effect

I hope y’all had a Wonderful Easter filled with family, friends, good food and the LOVE of JESUS! We enjoyed our first real Easter Hunt with our little one after church Sunday, along with some great food (hats off to the chef…me of course…) and company of family. Holidays have been a bit tough for me the last five years since my moms passing, but I feel like the holiday spirit bug is slowly but surely biting me…and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The holidays were such a joyous time of year for me growing up as our house was adorned with indoor/outdoor decor for every holiday…yes even President’s Day!! My mom was as you could say it obsessed and our house tended to look like the Griswalds on National Lampoons Christmas Vacation for every Hallmark Greeting Card! Anyway, Christmas and now Easter have been filled with such festive/peaceful spirit and I told my little princess that by the time she is 3, I will have these holidays down and might even make her Nana proud! Easter may have been a little overdone 😳🤩🐣

The night before Easter I was in entertaining/holiday overdrive! I definitely didn’t plan very well as we were dying eggs at 8pm for the Easter Bunny when my little energizer bunny should have been in bed…it’s the Holidays right, aren’t kids suppose to stay up late and do all the things they usually don’t get to?!!! The egg dying was a hit with her and the colors turned out beautifully from the Natural Egg Dye Kit we used.

About 9pm Easter lunch preparations began…Now, let me also add that I may have chosen the most UNCLEAN meat/dishes to serve according to some, but it sure did make things a bit easier for the one woman chef: pulled pork, pork ribs, sweet creamed corn, paleo potato salad, paleo coleslaw, and pinto beans…my goodness I think I need to send out an SOS signal for some time management and preplanning skills or maybe I’m just totally CLUELESS!  Either way, things were in the slow cookers and marinating by about 11pm and then it was back up at 3am to get the pork roast going. Luckily everyone else slept so I could enjoy some quiet time and check off my checklist. Once Easter morning rolled around we headed to church for a truly
awesome lesson and then it was back home to enjoy the nights work and watch the little ones hunt for eggs. Mine just wanted to open each egg she found as her cousin meandered collecting an array of eggs for her basket.  At one point the eggs fell out of cousins basket and my little knifer rushed over and “offered to help” by placing the falling eggs into her own basket. She really is something else and always plotting/observing/analyzing each situation to see how it might suit her fancy, like when she dumped her bubbles out and then gave them to her cousin while saying, “here you go, you can have mine, I’ll share with you”…of course she wanted to share…she would take the full bubbles and leave cousin the empty ones, now who wouldn’t like that kind of deal?!?! We finished up the gathering by cracking cascarones atop the grandparents heads and sitting down for some much needed downtime before tending to the daily tasks…I’m sure the girls wished the little no napping heathen would have stayed at the house when their turn came…she first chased them all over before settling in on one to squeeze up in her little hands to “pet”…then brought her hot pink rake into the coop to find some bugs for them to eat and finished up the visit by scolding them “for stepping on her special rake that they should know better than to walk on because they might break it!”

Once Monday rolled around, it was time for one of my never-ending “commitments” to begin as I took on the task of keeping the cutest six month old baby you have ever laideyes on! It was full speed ahead and I had such a good helper tending to singing him songs, reading him books, feeding him his bottle etc…she just has to have a sibling!!! Can anyone say BABY FEVER???!!!!

We had the little guy on Tuesday as well and enjoyed our toddler time library hour along with some time outside! This is where things got a little sideways…my princess LOVES to shovel the dog poop she finds in the yard and Tuesday afternoon was no different as she found some needing to be removed. We removed it and I sent her to put the shovel back while I went to let the dog out…upon my return she is whining “mommy my lip, it’s dirty it has poop on it!” To which I reply, “why, what happened?” She innocently says, “I licked the shovel and got it on my top lip.” I HAVE NO WORDS!!! How can this beautiful blonde-headed blue-eyed little girl be so unpalatable and revolting sometimes?  She later informed me she just did it, no reason why, just because she did!

Now here we are Wednesday morning and I am an exhausted, disinfecting, vomit infested momma! We spent the night leaving our mark on every bedroom, sheet, blanket, bowl and inch of mommy there was by shooting out vomit filled missiles from who knows where because I don’t think anything that substantial or forceful should come from a body so little! The night was spent filling and draining the bath tub, soothing, and cloroxing floors!  Now I will have to say not all was bad as my sweet girl looked up from the tub at one point to say, “mommy, if you need to get sick, let me know so I can help you spit in the bowl…I love you mommy and I will help you feel better.”—when the toughest part of being a mom will melt your heart!

I don’t know what it was about all the Waterworld style projectile vomiting and the day I spent chasing my tail like an episode of the Roadrunner and Coyote, but this mama had some crazy cravings…I just had to give in…a bowl of Cheerios, someice cream and later in the day a nice juicy Sonic hamburger…what is it about motherhood that allows you to catch a quick bite to eat at any moment you can even if your child just finish vomiting everywhere including on you?

To say I pulled an all-nighter and was well done to the point of charring, just wouldn’t even begin to cover the magnitude of what went on…because my friend with the Y chromosome in the house who vomited one time and has been dying ever since in a luxurious dream filled sleep (all laughing aside, he usually is very very helpful and had just run this house for a week while I was in the hospital, and it did seem to be one killer tummy bug) while this hot mess managed cleaning and mopping the house, mounds of laundry that rivaled the height of the empire state building, tending the chickens who escaped the play-yard, while calming the screams coming from a sick toddler only to realize at 4:30pm she neglected to clean and wash herself…I know stomach-turning!!!  Having a home with more than two bedrooms is totally OVERRATED especially when you are trying to disinfect it while running back and forth to the screams of a toddler every 10 minutes, “Mommy I need you, Mommy come lay with me, mommy I hurt, Mommy I want to get in my tub, Mommy Mommy Mommy!”

I finally get her resting about 5:30pm in the bed with my dreaming husband thinking I can finish up the disinfecting, but that little tummy bug disguised as a blonde headed princess had another idea. I was summoned by the whales coming from the master bedroom about 6pm and greeted by not only a soaking wet toddler but brand new mattress as well…Things are never simple or easy, complicated is this simple mamas middle name!  Luckily, my husband had started to recover from his traumatic vomiting session about 18 hours earlier and was able to help change sheets while I tended to the toddler…Now I do think in order to be considered after one vomit session to be dying the prerequisite is a Y chromosome…God loves him and so do I!!!

Hope your week is a little more exciting and fulfilled than mine!

xoxo

Tiffany

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Preparing for Easter 🐣 🐰 🙌🏻

Once my little one turned two the joy and excitement of holidays has been amplified and we are so anxious to enjoy Easter as a family this year! Holidays have always been such an important time of celebration and reflection while I was growing up and I can’t wait to have some of those traditions with my own family now.

I have been scouring the internet, Pinterest, my favorite blogs, etc to find some great egg dying protocols, Easter basket ideas, and of course Paleo-friendly recipes to use and share with all of you!

Egg Dying

I tend to try and do things as naturally as possible in our home due to my health concerns and my daughters severe dairy and soy allergy, so naturally, I have been researching how we should dye our eggs for our “first egg hunt”.  I have found several articles and come across some natural dyes to use and have included them below.  Now the truly natural dyeing process using fruits and vegetables will take quite a while to color the eggs, so keep that in mind before choosing a method for your egg adventure.

NATURAL METHOD USING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: From Rodale Organic Life

Image above from Rodale Organics Site

A few of the fruits/veggies to use and the associated color:

  • Yellow onion skins = Yellow to dark orange
  • Turmeric or cumin = Bright yellow
  • Red Beets= Pink to red
  • Red onion skins = Pale purple to red
  • Red cabbage = Blue 
  • Spinach = Green
  • Purple grape juice (use as is) = Lavender
  • Coffee (use as is) or Tea= Tan to brown
  • Chili powder = Orange
  • Raspberries or blackberries = Pink to purple
  • Blueberries or cranberry juice= Purple to deep blue
  • Yellow or green apple peels = Yellow-green

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the dye, take 4 cups of chopped or mashed fruits and veggies, or 4 tablespoons of spice, and boil them in 4 cups of water (use less if you’re working with watery produce, such as spinach) and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Let that simmer for 30 minutes. Then, strain out the bits of fruits or vegetables. The remaining liquid is your dye.

Soak the eggs in the dye overnight. If the color still isn’t intense enough by morning, carefully transfer the dye and eggs to a small saucepan and gently simmer for up to 30 minutes. The results will vary from batch to batch, but that will add more character and shades to your basket!

Some Natural Prepackaged Dyes

Easter Baskets

Books

Toys

Easter Recipes

Have a Blessed and Hoppy Easter!!

–Tiffany

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