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Job 34:3 CSB

“Doesn’t the ear test words as the palate tastes the food?”

On Valentine’s Day, I’m undecided and don’t know what to bake. Depending on my mood, I sometimes don’t even cook. However, these recipes are delicious, dainty, and devour-able. Every single one of these is Gluten-Free or don’t require flour. Score! 

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Gluten-Free Valentine’s S’mores Mix
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Valentine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 bag Valentine M&Ms
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
Instructions
  • Pop the popcorn kernels in either an air popper or stove-top popper. 
    Pour the M&Ms, mini marshmallows, and popcorn kernels in a large bowl that can close with a lid. Mix together until well combined. 
    Enjoy! 

I drizzled leftover melted chocolate from the Valentine Spoons over the popcorn, and this simple addition takes a simple, plain mix and turns it into an elegant, hip snack that you would find at an up-and-coming dessert place. 

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Gluten-Free Valentine’s S’mores Mix
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Valentine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 bag Valentine M&Ms
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
Instructions
  • Pop the popcorn kernels in either an air popper or stove-top popper. 
    Pour the M&Ms, mini marshmallows, and popcorn kernels in a large bowl that can close with a lid. Mix together until well combined. 
    Enjoy! 

These kabobs are flavorful and mouthwatering. They are perfect for a hot summer day or a chilly afternoon by the fire.  

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Gluten-Free Valentine’s S’mores Mix
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Valentine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 bag Valentine M&Ms
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
Instructions
  • Pop the popcorn kernels in either an air popper or stove-top popper. 
    Pour the M&Ms, mini marshmallows, and popcorn kernels in a large bowl that can close with a lid. Mix together until well combined. 
    Enjoy! 

The cookies are tasty without the powdered sugar, but the sugar takes it up a notch.

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Gluten-Free Valentine’s S’mores Mix
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Valentine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 bag Valentine M&Ms
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
Instructions
  • Pop the popcorn kernels in either an air popper or stove-top popper. 
    Pour the M&Ms, mini marshmallows, and popcorn kernels in a large bowl that can close with a lid. Mix together until well combined. 
    Enjoy! 

You can dip the spoons into a heated cup of milk to make semi-sweet hot chocolate. 

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The History of The Super Bowl

The National Football League started in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1960 that the first Super Bowl was played. A group of businessmen who wanted to buy football franchises but were denied decided to create their league, the American Football League (AFL). For six years, the National Football League and the American Football League butted heads for years; in 1966, the owners negotiated an agreement with the leagues merging in 1970. The game was initially started as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, but NFL Commissioner Lamar Hunt suggested that they called the new game the “Super Bowl.” Both Hunt and Commissioner Pete Rozelle believed a catchier title could be found, but sportswriters started using the name both the inaugural game in January of 1967, and the title stuck.

The NFL regulates the use of the words “Super Bowl’ so companies must create creative alternatives to market the game.

The three teams that have never been to the Super Bowl are the Houston Texans, Detriot Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

A typical 30-second commercial that airs during the Super Bowl costs advertisers more than $5 million.

The Super Bowl venue changes every year and no home team has ever played in its home stadium.

The Teams That Are Playing This Year

Patriots vs Rams!

The New England Patriots were started in 1959 by William Sullivan, Jr. William was awarded the eighth and final franchise in the new American Football League. The first draft happened a week later with Northwestern Univerisity running back Ron Burton and Syracuse, New York was chosen as the team’s territorial choice.

The Los Angelos Rams started on February, 12th 1937 as the Cleveland Rams. Johnny Drake from Purdue Univerisity was the first draft choice in 1937. They moved to Los Angeles in 1946, moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1995, and moved by to Los Angeles in 2016.

Every Super Bowl party needs snacks to satisfy cravings during the 2+ hour game and possibly overtime. Look no further. I compiled a list of gluten-free appetizers and snacks that are certain to please anyone.

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Cauliflower Tater Tots with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword super bowl
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-2/3 cups gluten-free bread crumbs have extra for rolling the nuggets
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
    Mix together the flour, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl. 
    Pour in the cauliflower rice, dry ingredients, and the breadcrumbs into a blender and pulse until just combined. 
    Empty into a bowl. After making a nugget shape in your hand, roll the nugget on a plate of breadcrumbs. Place on the baking sheet.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    Enjoy! 
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Combine Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning and Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce in mayonnaise of your choice. 
    Depending on how much spice you like, you can add more or less seasoning and hot sauce in the mayonnaise. 
Notes
Original Recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2019/01/14/cauliflower-tater-tots-recipe/
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Cauliflower Tater Tots with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword super bowl
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-2/3 cups gluten-free bread crumbs have extra for rolling the nuggets
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
    Mix together the flour, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl. 
    Pour in the cauliflower rice, dry ingredients, and the breadcrumbs into a blender and pulse until just combined. 
    Empty into a bowl. After making a nugget shape in your hand, roll the nugget on a plate of breadcrumbs. Place on the baking sheet.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    Enjoy! 
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Combine Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning and Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce in mayonnaise of your choice. 
    Depending on how much spice you like, you can add more or less seasoning and hot sauce in the mayonnaise. 
Notes
Original Recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2019/01/14/cauliflower-tater-tots-recipe/


Fun Facts About The Super Bowl 

The NFL regulates the use of the words “Super Bowl’ so companies must create creative alternatives to market the game.

The three teams that have never been to the Super Bowl are the Houston Texans, Detriot Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

A typical 30-second commercial that airs during the Super Bowl costs advertisers more than $5 million.

The Super Bowl venue changes every year, and no home team has ever played in its home stadium.

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Cauliflower Tater Tots with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword super bowl
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-2/3 cups gluten-free bread crumbs have extra for rolling the nuggets
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
    Mix together the flour, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl. 
    Pour in the cauliflower rice, dry ingredients, and the breadcrumbs into a blender and pulse until just combined. 
    Empty into a bowl. After making a nugget shape in your hand, roll the nugget on a plate of breadcrumbs. Place on the baking sheet.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    Enjoy! 
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Combine Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning and Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce in mayonnaise of your choice. 
    Depending on how much spice you like, you can add more or less seasoning and hot sauce in the mayonnaise. 
Notes
Original Recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2019/01/14/cauliflower-tater-tots-recipe/
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Cauliflower Tater Tots with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword super bowl
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-2/3 cups gluten-free bread crumbs have extra for rolling the nuggets
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
    Mix together the flour, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl. 
    Pour in the cauliflower rice, dry ingredients, and the breadcrumbs into a blender and pulse until just combined. 
    Empty into a bowl. After making a nugget shape in your hand, roll the nugget on a plate of breadcrumbs. Place on the baking sheet.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    Enjoy! 
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Combine Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning and Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce in mayonnaise of your choice. 
    Depending on how much spice you like, you can add more or less seasoning and hot sauce in the mayonnaise. 
Notes
Original Recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2019/01/14/cauliflower-tater-tots-recipe/
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Cauliflower Tater Tots with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword super bowl
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-2/3 cups gluten-free bread crumbs have extra for rolling the nuggets
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
    Mix together the flour, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl. 
    Pour in the cauliflower rice, dry ingredients, and the breadcrumbs into a blender and pulse until just combined. 
    Empty into a bowl. After making a nugget shape in your hand, roll the nugget on a plate of breadcrumbs. Place on the baking sheet.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    Enjoy! 
Triple Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Combine Ms. Dash Chipotle seasoning and Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce in mayonnaise of your choice. 
    Depending on how much spice you like, you can add more or less seasoning and hot sauce in the mayonnaise. 
Notes
Original Recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2019/01/14/cauliflower-tater-tots-recipe/

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Also, if you make any of these recipes or any of my recipes, tag me on Facebook or Pinterest @evelynesepicureanexpeditions so I can see y’all’s creations.

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Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 CSB

Disclaimer: Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission at no cost to you for supporting my blog. 

Thanksgiving is defined as “the expression of gratitude, especially to God.” New Oxford American Dictionary. Sadly, many in modern day America skip over this holiday of giving thanks. They hop from Halloween to Christmas.

The whole reason America celebrates Thanksgiving is that the Pilgrims celebrated the harvest of 1621 with the Wampanoag native Americans. The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England in search of a land where they could worship God freely without King James I of England penalizing and arresting them for not agreeing with the Church of England. They arrived in Plymouth, Massachusets in late 1620. The first winter was a miserable tragedy. Forty-five of the original 102 settlers died during the winter. By 1621, the survivors were desperate for a change in diet and they searched for an opportunity to give thanks to God. After partnering with the Wampanoag native Americans, the Pilgrims were able to give thanks to in late 1621.

Thanksgiving did not become an official holiday until President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in 1861 that the fourth Thursday of November would be set aside as a day of prayer and giving thanks.

I compiled five fall-themed appetizers, desserts, drinks, and dips for you to serve at your next fall harvest festival, party, or an afternoon at home.

1) Thanksgiving Trail Mix

This trail mix is completely customizable for you, what you have in you in your pantry or allergies. Trail mix is a simple hors d’oeurve that can be packed into plastic bags for an on-the-go snack or poured into bowls for a party.

Honestly, trail mix is one of my favorite snacks to prepare for on-the-go adventures such as a hike, a car trip (short or long), or an easy treat in the pantry.

Thanksgiving Trail Mix

  • 2 cups Popcorn Kernels
  • 1 10.1 oz bag Orange, Red, Brown, and Yellow M&M's
  • 1 8 oz bag GF Pretzels
  • 1 cup dried mangos
  1. Pop the popcorn kernels in either an air popper or on the stove. 

    2)  In a large bowl, mix together the popcorn, the pretzels, dried mangos, and M&Ms until just combined. 

    3) Enjoy!

2) Mexican Hot Chocolate

Did you know that the Aztecs and Mayans first drank Mexican hot chocolate over 4,000 years ago? The word chocolate comes from the Aztec language of Náhuatl and means ” bitter water.” When it was first invented, the concoction contained cacao, water, and sometimes corn. Nowadays, people add sugar and cinnamon, but they remove the addition of corn. It is common to drink Mexican Hot Chocolate on holidays like Day of the Dead, Christmas, and Three Kings Day. Interestingly enough, it is only drunk in central America, not South America. Should we rename the hot chocolate “Mayan/Aztec Hot Chocolate” or should we leave this timeless drink alone?

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Reference:

Mission Chocolate by Arcelia Gallardo-Mexican Hot Chocolate-what is it and how to make it. 

3) Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Did you know that the rice in the U.S. version of Rice Krispie cereal is grown in Louisiana and Arkansas?

Rice Krispie cereal was first invented on July 10, 1927, by Kellogg’s and were released in 1928 to the general public.

The reason why my pumpkins are square instead of round like normal pumpkins is that of the story of Spookly, the square pumpkin. Spookly was a square pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. All of the other pumpkins teased him about being square instead of round, like them. On Halloween night, a violent storm blew through the patch and rolled, turned, and moved all of the pumpkins into chaos, except for Spookly.

Rice Krispie Pumpkins

  • 6 cups Rice Cereal
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp orange food dye
  • 6 tbsp butter
  1. Melt the butter in a medium size pot. 

    2)Add all of the mini marshmallows into the pot. 

    3)Once the marshmallows and butter are completely melted and mixed together, add the orange food dye to the mixture and combine until just combined. 

    4)Then, add all of the Rice Krispies into the pot and fold into the marshmallow mixture until the cereal is completely covered. 

    5)Line a 9″x11″ glass pan with parchment paper with paper that folds over the sides and pour the Rice Krispies into the pan. 

    6)Let the Rice Krispies cool before cutting out circles. 

    7)Enjoy! 

4) Sparkling Apple Cider

Did you know that Prohibition-era filmmakers substituted sparkling apple cider for champagne in films? (I didn’t know that.) I have drunk sparkling apple cider almost every Thanksgiving since I can remember and the brand I drank was S. Martinelli’s & Co. Homemade sparkling apple cider is comprised of apple juice, white grape, sprite or 7up, and ice.

Sparkling Apple Cider

  • 32 oz apple juice
  • 32 oz white grape juice
  • 2.1 Quarts 7up or Sprite
  • 6 cups Ice
  1. Chill the apple juice, white grape juice, and 7up.

    2) Fill a pitcher with ice. 

    3) Then, pour all liquids into a pitcher and chill.

    4) Enjoy! 

You can make this a day before a chill it in your fridge. 

5) Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry salsa? Don’t you mean cranberry sauce, Evelyne? No, I mean cranberry salsa. You’ve probably heard of salsa and you’ve probably heard of cranberry sauce, so you smash the two together and voila, you know have cranberry salsa. Just kidding. This salsa is a bit spicy, sweet, and savory with a hint of apple, which is perfect for fall.

Cranberry Salsa

  • 3/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried onion flakes (rehydrated)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 12oz bag of dried cranberries
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. 

    2) Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 

    3) Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy! 


M&Ms

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I would like you to meet Ms. Tammy Precise, the owner of Hope Haus Bakery. She is a woman of God, integrity, honor, and humility. Tammy labors late into the night to finish every single item with 150%. The first time I worked with her, I was blown away by how calm she was in the storm of deadlines and baking multiple desserts. I worked with her this last week and I had so much fun. We made pies, cookies, cakes, and truffles. Every night after I left, she would stay up into the wee hours of the night finishing frosting cookies. She tackles every single project with grace and the power of prayer. Anytime we thought something was going wrong, she would pray “In the name of Jesus, please let this (blank) cook the way it is supposed to. She is super creative, innovative, funny, and full of energy.

Who are you?

My name is Tammy Precise, owner of Hope Haus Bakery, a delivery only bakery for now.

What inspired you to start Hope Haus Bakery?

In 2005, God gave me a vision in a dream to open a “recovery house” for those that have been rescued from human trafficking. He also gave me the scripture “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” -Isaiah 61:1-3. Obviously, his is a very costly endeavor, and I wondered how it would be funded. In 2011 or 2012, He gave me the vision of the bakery. The bakery will eventually fund the house and be used to teach skills to those beginning the healing process!

Where are you based?

Right now, I lease space in a commercial kitchen (the bakery is licensed) until God opens the door for me for the perfect location. Because I don’t have my own location yet, I am a per order, delivery only bakery.

What is your favorite recipe that you’ve ever made?

I have two. Pumpkin cheesecake and Dulce de leche Alfajores (a Whoopie Pie type dessert from Argentina)

If you weren’t a baker, what would you be instead?

I have been a hairstylist for the last 26 years. I have also been a pharmacy tech, a fence builder, and a photographer. I have worn many hats, but mostly I would do what God calls me to do.

What are your essentials for baking?

My stand mixer and Butter (lots of it!)

What are your top 5 baking tips?

1) Don’t be afraid to try new recipes! Challenge yourself by trying something completely out of your comfort zone. Growth never happens while you are comfortable.

2) When first starting out, follow recipes and directions exactly, for best results. After you are comfortable in what you are doing, add your own flair!

3) Purchase a high-quality stand mixer! Your life will be so much easier with this one little addition!

4) Use top quality ingredients. The extra cost is worth the resulting flavor.

5) Have fun! Don’t worry about making mistakes. Everyone makes them, and this is how you learn. Laugh it off and move forward!

What is one thing people may not know about you or your business?

I truly enjoy watching others succeed. Having a small part to do with the success of others is an added bonus for me!

Who inspires you?

I don’t have one particular person, but I look up to people who are honest, full of integrity and humility. Also, I look up to people who are willing to teach and share tricks and tips.

What was your biggest baking flop and how did you overcome it?

I baked this double-dark chocolate two-layer cake for a friend’s birthday. The moment we walked into her home, half of the cake fell off onto the table. The cake was so moist, it couldn’t hold up to the vibrations of travel. Needless to say, I don’t make that cake for deliveries anymore!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is teaching others to do what I do and seeing the expressions on their faces when they “get it”.

Evelyne, what is your favorite memory with Tammy?

My favorite memory would be helping her this last week. She and I baked two pies, cookies, and a cake. She taught me how to make a cherry pie and I taught her how to lattice a pie.

Check Hope Haus Bakery out online! If you do place an order, let Tammy know I sent you.

https://hopehausbakery.com/about-us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopehausbakery/

Colossians 3:2

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Now, if you like or even love tea, you’ll want to read this post because I’ve compiled a list of recipes of tea that you may not find in the grocery store.

-Do the one thing every day that scares you. Elenor Roosevelt-

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It’s that time of the year where the leaves on ancient and youthful trees lose their leaves; the days grow shorter, and the weather becomes colder. What is the word that represents the change from hot days to colder days? It is a three letter word that is a synonym for autumn. That’s right, fall. Fall is a three letter word that symbolizes the changing of the leaves, the shortening of days, and the continuous rising of people purchasing hot drinks. Now, those could be coffee, hot chocolate, or tea, etc. We all have our differences, and that is the best thing about truly us.

Autumn Spice Chai Tea

  • One Tsp Loose Leaf Chai
  • One Tsp Loose Leaf Black Tea
  • One and a half Tsp Wildflower Honey
  1.  Pour the chai and black tea leaves into a tea strainer in a cup. 

    2) Heat water to a boil. 

    3) Pour the boiling water over the strainer. 

    4) Allow the mixture to steep for 5 minutes. 

    5) After 5 minutes, remove the strainer from the cup.

    6) Mix the honey into the tea.

    7) Enjoy!! 

Chai

Indian chai is a spiced milk tea drink that is sweet and slightly spicy and is made up of milk, a combination of spices, black tea, and either honey or sugar. The spices vary depending on which region in India you visit, but the typical spices are cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, and cloves.

In the early 18th century, the British East India Company used their power to cultivate tea in India with the Assamese plant. They began promoting the English way of drinking by mixing a small amount of milk and sugar in the tea. At the beginning of the India Tea Association, they originally condemned the use of adding spices, extra milk, and extra sugar, which reduced the amount of tea in one’s cup.

Sweet Cinnamon Milk Tea

  • One Black tea bag
  • Two tsp Wildflower honey
  • One tsp Cinnamon powder
  • One tsp Vanilla extract
  • One cup Milk
  • One cup water
  1.  Mix the water and cinnamon powder together in a pan on the stove and bring water to a boil.

    2) Add tea bags and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.

    3) Heat milk in a saucepan or microwave until warm.

    4) After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags from the water. 

    5) Add the honey and vanilla.

    6) Add the milk.

    7) Enjoy!

Green

Over 5,000 years ago in southern China, the emperor was sipping a cup of hot water. He was exhausted after a long day of traveling and needed a pick-me-up. As he began staring off into the distance, a few green tea leaves floated into his cup. The emperor took a sip before he realized that his water was turning a dark green color. He was livid to discover the leaves gave him more energy. Shortly after, he ordered every single one of his soldiers to drink multiple cups of divine concoction. Back before sterilization of water, people drank tea for medicinal purposes and as a suitable replacement for plain water full of bacteria.

Apple Cider Tea

  • One Green tea bag
  • One cup Apple cider
  1. Pour the apple cider into a pot on the stove.

    2) Bring the apple cider to a boil. 

    3) Place the tea bag in a teacup or mug.

    4) Pour the apple cider into the mug. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes. 

    5) Enjoy! 

 

Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice is a craze that sweeps America every fall. Trader Joe’s started offering pumpkin products in the 1990s, and Starbucks started selling the limited edition Pumpkin Spice Latte back in 2003. But what makes pumpkin spice? A pumpkin spice is a mixture of cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and sometimes actual pumpkin. Any company that comes up with a great idea involving pumpkin spice and slap the label of “limited edition” on every product produced, you now have the perfect marketing plan for selling your entire inventory.

Pumpkin Spice Chai

This recipe is fairly simple. I am using the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Mix, but you can use any mix you have on hand. 

  • Three tbsp Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Mix
  1.  Boil 6 oz. of water.

    2) Pour the boiling water into a teacup or mug. 

    3) Add the chai tea mix to the water. 

    4) Enjoy!

  

Philippians 4:6 ESV

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

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Tea is an infusion of dried herbs, bark, leaves or fruit that is used for medicinal or personal purposes.

I have four words for you: I don’t drink coffee. (Gasp!) Yeah, I know. I’m one of the few Americans who doesn’t rely on ground coffee beans mixed with water, milk, and spices. Instead, I rely on an infusion of dried fruit to wake me up or put me asleep. Ever since I was a little kid, I have enjoyed drinking tea, not coffee. To me, coffee has a weird flavor. I’ve drunk coffee a few times, but only because I poured more than a teaspoon of sugar in it. Speaking of tea, one of my favorite tea companies is Yogi. Yogi started in 1984 after a group of yoga students  attempted to brew the tea that their yoga teacher would brew for them. Yogi started with three flavors, now they have over 60 flavors, and they sell in grocery stores across America, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

Origin of Tea

Although the British have been popularizing tea for more than 350 years, the Chinese began cultivating it back in the 3rd century. The king of China was sipping hot water near a camellia sine sis plant. A camellia sine sis leaf floated down and softly settled itself in the king’s hot water. After the king sipped his camellia infused tea, he realized that this concoction was the invention of the century. Later, during the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from 618 -907 AD., tea was established as the national drink of China. Then in the early 1600s, the British East India Company began exporting tea from Asia to England, Europe, the British colonies, and the Caribbean. After 300 years of drinking loose leaf tea, Thomas Sullivan invented the tea bag in 1908.

Different Types of Tea:
  • White
  • Green
  • Oolong
  • Black
  • Herbal Infusion
  • Fruit Infusion

Why is Tea Good For Your Health?

– It contains antioxidants.

The definition of antioxidant is a substance such as a vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2018) You are less likely to contract a sickness if you have the correct vitamins and minerals in your body. There are different types of tea for different purposes. Some kinds of tea help with constipation(cassia angustifolia), some help with focusing(camellia sinesis), some help with falling asleep(chamomile), and others help with keeping your throat healthy(ulmus rubra). 

-It has less caffeine than coffee.

Sources:

 National Coffee Association, February 12. 2016, http://www.ncausa.org/Health-Caffeine

The Teaa Association of The USA, http://www.teausa.org

Herbal blends that do not have any trace of the camellia sine sis plant contain no caffeine, while traditional teas have 66.6% less caffeine than coffee.

Coffee: 100-120 mg per 8oz.

Instant Coffee: 60 mg.

Decaf Coffee: less than 20mg.

Brewed Tea: 40mg.

Instant Tea: Less than 40mg.

Decaf Tea: Less than 20mg.

My Favorite Tea (Orange Citrus)

  • 1 bag Yogi Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy Tea
  • 12 oz hot water
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  1.  Heat up your water. 

    2) Steep your tea bag in boiling water for 5 minutes. 

    3)  After 5 minutes, remove your tea bag and add the honey. 

    4) Stir the honey in the tea. 


    5)  Enjoy! 

Variations
  1. After you finish making your tea, pour the mixture over a cup of ice. 

My Favorite Tea Brands:

Yogi

Traditional Medicinal

In conclusion, I love tea, and I hope after reading this post, that you too like tea.

God bless!

Joshua 1:9

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I am obsessed with a chocolate cake that also tastes identical to the best dessert known to man. Campfire s’mores plus chocolate cake equals ambrosial goodness. I have no idea why this dessert has not been on the covers of more food magazines. This delectable dessert is chewy, and it tastes like fudge. Why doesn’t Food Network or Bón Appetite cook up this cake but add tahini or orange zest? P.S. You can do that.

An s’mores cake is a basic chocolate cake mandatory toppings such as marshmallow fluff icing and graham cracker crumbles. There are optional garnishes you may add: Oreos, whole Hershey bars, cake crumbles,  mini marshmallows or chocolate ganache. According to dictionary.com, a cake is a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring. According to the definition that all human beings use, an s’more is a small, cake-like dessert with a marshmallow and piece of a chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham cracker slices.

These tasty desserts were first mentioned in a 1927 Girl Scout guide. If you have a bag of marshmallows, bars of chocolate,  a box of graham crackers, and access to a heat source such as a microwave, stove, or campfire, you can conduct this recipe speedily. 

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Spring is almost upon us which is crazy! It also means you may or may not want to add springtime scents to your desserts. The reasons orange flavor merges with chocolate flavoring is that: 

  1. The ph of an orange ranges from 3.3 to 4.9, which on an acid/base table, anything with a ph of 5 or below is considered an acid.
  2. The ph of chocolate powder ranges from 5.3-5.8, which means that it is a base.

Acids and base mix quite well together if used in the correct quantities. 

After spending countless hours surfing the realm of Pinterest in search for the perfect simple cake, I discovered the chocolate cake base for this recipe on Rose Bakes. Rose’s primary goal for her blog is to “help other bakers and cake decorators be as good as they can be.” Trust me. She does indeed help you be as good as you possibly can. Once I read through her recipe, I started gathering my ingredients and began mixing everything. 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! I know I did. 

GF S'mores Cake

Icing
  • 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1 13 oz contain of marshmallow fluff
Chocolate Cake
  • 1 3/4 cups Bob's Red Mill 1-for-1 gluten-free baking flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″ by 13″ glass cake pan. 

    2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt until slightly combined.

    3. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. 

    4. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. 

    5. Beat for two minutes at medium speed. 

    6. Stir in the boiling water. 

    7. Pour into the cake pan and insert into the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cooling for a 10 minutes before removing from pan. Flip onto a wire rack and allow to completely cool before frosting.

    Enjoy!

Icing
  1. 1. Using the entire container of marshmallow fluff, cover the entire top of the cake.

    2. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbles and other toppings on top of the marshmallow fluff.

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“Christmas Eve is coming soon, now you dear old man..” I can not believe that Christmas is tomorrow.  Seriously? I’m so excited for Christmas. You know why? We’ll be able to celebrate the birth of God’s own son, visit with family, and eat delicious food. Speaking of food, this recipe is the perfect way to disguise a gluten-free dish. It also helps with introducing family and friends to the realm of gluten-free.

These Christmas cookies are delectable, chewy, and soft right out of the oven. Besides, what’s Christmas without Christmas cookies? They may be called Snow Topped Mountains, Dirty Snowballs, Crackled Cookies, or Russian tea cakes, but we can all agree on one thing. That these cookies are addicting! I dare you to eat just one.

After the dough chills for two hours, you roll the dough into tablespoon size balls, cover them in powdered sugar, and bake for 10-12 minutes. After the cookies have cooled, you have the option of dusting them with powdered sugar to achieve a “snow-covered” cookie.  You also have the option of adding two tsp of espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavor, but I didn’t add the powder. Feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors. How about adding a dash of mint extract? Or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to incorporate a warm, earthy flavor? Maybe some pecans or hazelnuts to add a crunch to the cookies? If you do experiment with this recipe, comment what you did to change it.

This recipe does require a stand or hand mixer.

GF Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This is an adapted version of the King Arthur’s Flour Chocolate Crinkles recipe.

  • 1 1/3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 (8 tbsp) cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 2/3 cups gluten-free flour (Bob's Red Mill 1-for-1)
  • confectioners' sugar, for coating
  1. 1. To make the dough: Place the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, and heat or microwave until the butter melts. Remove it from the heat, and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.

    2. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla and espresso powder. Stir in the chocolate mixture, baking powder, and salt, then the flour. Chill the dough for 2 to 3 hours, or overnight; it’ll firm up considerably.

    3. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

    4. To shape the cookies: Put about a cup of confectioners’ sugar into a shallow bowl. Using a tablespoon scoop, shape the dough into a ball and roll it in the powder sugar to completely cover the cookie. Repeat until all the dough has been formed into tablespoon size powder sugar covered balls. 

    5. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes.

    6. Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool on a rack. 

    7. Dust the cookies with extra powder sugar. 

    8. Store them at room temperature. Freeze for longer shelf-life. 

Comment of the week: What is your favorite cookie?

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Can we talk about how it’s only two days away until Christmas? The month of December and the year of 2017 have flown by so fast. So many exciting events have happened this year. I can’t wait for what 2018 has in store for the blog. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

May I introduce you to the best bread in the world. Cheesy Garlic Bread. This stuff is super gooey, lightweight, yeast-free, cheesy, crumb-less bread. Way back in 2006, I really liked Red Lobster cheesy appetizer bread(and I still do.) But the only problem is that I can’t visit Red Lobster all the time. Otherwise, I would go every single day and just have appetizers. (I know, I have a problem.)

This sweet roll is phenomenal! It’s facile to make and really tempting to eat the whole loaf in one sitting. The aroma is honey, delectable, ambrosial, appetizing, and mouthwatering and it just makes you want to eat the whole loaf before anyone else can even taste a crumb.

I stumbled on this recipe almost by accident. There is a book called The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigen and she has a recipe entitled Easy Quick Bread. That is the base of this delicious cheesy garlic bread. The only thing that differs between the garlic bread recipe and her recipe is that she wrote the recipe with no time limit on the bread, only that the bread is done when the tester comes out clean.

Copycat Cheesy Garlic Bread

*Adapted and borrowed from The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigen

  • 1 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill 1-for-1 Flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup softened butter ((not melted))
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  1. 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

    2. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

    3. Add the egg to the butter and sugar. Mix well.

    4. Stir in the milk and add the liquid mixture quickly to the dry ingredients.

    5. Whisk enough to just moisten.

    6. Mix the garlic and cheese into the batter.

    7. Bake in a greased 9-by 5-inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 47 minutes.

    8. Cool in pan and remove to a wire rack until completely cool.

Comment of the week: What is the first recipe that you want to make in 2018? Comment down below.

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