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Gluten Free Cocoa Molasses [ Gingerbread ] Cookies

A little sugar, a little spice, a little everything nice. These Cocoa Molasses Cookies are soft, chewy, and completely delicious. Blackstrap molasses, unsweetened cocoa, and a little nutmeg marry together for one irresistible bite! You might just eat two.. or ten.
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Christmas may be over but I’m not ready to give up my holiday sweets! Molasses cookies [ or gingerbread ] have long been a favorite of mine. They somehow taste like winter. If seasons could have a flavor, winter’s would definitely be molasses. Austin and I made cutout gingerbread cookies, for the first time ever, from scratch for the holidays. It was a grand adventure – mostly in my patience. I seriously love rolling dough out y’all. Sharing the rolling pin is not my strongest point ūüėČ
To make these delicious molasses cookies simply mix up the dough, then let it chill thoroughly in the fridge. Chilling the dough overnight is the very best, but, in a pinch you can chill the dough for 1 hour and then proceed with the baking! Chilling the dough ensures that the cookies don’t puff up and spread out while baking. After the dough has chilled, roll it out on a floured surface and break out your favorite cookie cutters!
Gluten Free Cocoa Molasses Cookies
Prep Time: 25 min.  |  Bake Time: 10 min.  | Yields: About 40 cookies  
 
Ingredients:
 
Baking & Spices //
3 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1-to1 Baking Flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder [ Ghirardelli is best ]
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar – packed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Blackstrap molasses – filled to the brim
Dairy & Eggs //
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 large egg 

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Instructions.
Sift together flour, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl. Set aside.

Step 1. With a hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together on medium-high speed until they form light and fluffy paste Рabout 2 minutes. Add in the egg and molasses. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Gradually add in the flour mixture one cup at time, and beat on low speed until combined.

Tip: This dough becomes quite thick so you may need to finish working in the last bit of the flour mixture with your hands. If your hand mixer can handle it finish the dough with the beaters.

Step 2. Divide the dough in half and form each half into a round ball. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight.

Step 3.¬†When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 350¬įF.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and set out at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Place one half of the dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out evenly until it is about 1/8-inch thick. You may need to re-flour your rolling pin during the process. Grab your favorite cookie cutters to cut the dough into your desired shapes.

Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Tip: Sprinkle tops of cookies with brown sugar for extra crunch and sweetness.

Step 4. Bake until crisp but not too dark – 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate to your heart’s content!

 

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Who says this recipe is only for the holidays? Bake up a batch of these cocoa molasses cookies anytime. Add in chocolate chips and drop them on a baking sheet like any other cookie! Enjoy them fresh out of the oven with a cold glass of milk anytime of the year!
What is your favorite winter cookie? Is there a holiday cookie that you enjoy year round?
 
With love,

Woodland Wonderland Holiday Decor

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Happy December, loves! I don’t know about you, but, I like to go a little overboard with the holiday decor. Every year I take on a diy decor project! This year I employed Austin to help me. He makes incredible paper snowflakes – He puts me absolutely to shame! You wouldn’t know it if you met him, but he has quite a crafty side to him.

This year’s theme for the dining room is woodland wonderland. Shimmering browns, rich greens, and a little sparkling critter or two make our dining room feel chilly and inviting all at the same time!

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We had the most wonderful time decorating this year. The woodland theme added a nice pop of green to the dining room, and the hand-cut snowflakes add whimsy that my nieces adore. It is the perfect blend of magical and classy!

All of the woodland goodies came from T. J. Maxx except for the ornaments. I snagged those at Walmart for a very fair price. They are plastic so I don’t have to worry about shattered colorful glass on my tiled floor. If you have littles in the house plastic ornaments are the way to go! Those shiny sparkling wonders are simply irresistible to little eyes and hands.

Did you decorate your whole house this year? Do love a fun diy holiday decor project?

With love,

 

Our Engagement Gallery

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It has been a little over a week since Austin asked me to marry him [ did that really happen!? ] and I am finally ready to share a little gallery, from my point of view, from that day. It was such a special day! I wish that I could relive it over and over again. I didn’t take too many photos – I was a little distracted ūüėČ – but I managed to capture a few images from lunch, the beautiful grounds/Christmas decorations, and of course my sweet Austin.

Pro engagement tip for all of the guys out there: Feed your girlfriend really fattening delicious food before popping the question. You’re guaranteed a yes! Just kidding. Kind of ūüėČ

A huge thank you to a very sneaky and sweet friend, Shannia, for capturing the pictures of that special moment [ above ]!

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Thank you for allowing me to share such a special day with you! These pictures make my heart skip with joy. If you are still single and waiting for your engagement day, take heart. The waiting can be so hard and lonely at times [ I know that all too well ], but sweet friend, God has not forgotten you. Be patient, be prayerful, and remain steadfast. God’s timing is utterly perfect and He cares deeply for your heart.

With so much love,

 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake With Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seed Topping [ Gluten Free ]

I am getting the pumpkin spice out of my system with one last decadent recipe! This rich Gluten Free¬†Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake is moist, bursting with brown sugary pumpkin flavor, and is¬†completely¬†irresistible. I hid what was left from Austin and I’m not ashamed of it!
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Pound cake has long been one of my most beloved baked goods. It’s dense crumb and sweet full flavor make it the most¬†irresistible cake. Pair a slice with an ice¬†cold glass of milk [ coconut milk for my dairy free girls ] and you have a downright¬†sinful bite. This¬†Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake is so luscious! I took a loaf to our Thanksgiving dinner and it was a huge hit.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake With Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seed Topping 
[ Gluten Free ]
Prep Time: 10 min  |  Cook Time: 50-60 min  |  Servings: 10
Ingredients:

1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs at room temperature
2 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 all-purpose baking flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. instant espresso powder
3/4 cup apple butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
Coconut oil for greasing pan
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Instructions.
Preheat oven to 375ňö. Grease loaf pan on all sides. Set aside. Split pumpkin seeds – 1 cup to fold in and 1/2 cup for topping.

Step 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and espresso powder. Set aside.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, sugars, butter, and apple butter and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until the egg disappears.

Step 3. Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture in thirds. Beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and 1 cup of pumpkin seeds.

Step 4. Pour batter into greased¬†loaf pan. Tap pan on counter to remove any air bubbles.¬†Sprinkle top generously with pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, and espresso.¬†Bake on 375ňö for 50-60 minutes – Until a wood skewer inserted near the center of cake comes out clean.

Step 5. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Top Tip: while still warm, press brown sugar into all of the edges of this pound cake for extra sweetness.

 

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The¬†base¬†of this¬†pound cake is simple and can be adjusted to fit any flavor profile that you desire.¬†With Christmas coming I just might have to try out a¬†gingerbread version of this pound cake. Candy canes crossed [ or fingers ūüėČ ] ¬†it turns out spectacularly.

Enjoyed this recipe? Share it on Pinterest or Facebook and show it some love!

 

Do you have a seasonal cake recipe that you love to make? 

 
With love,

 

Red Ponte Pants X Nautical Stripes

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Happy December! I cannot believe that it is already Christmastime. Where does the time go? With Christmas on it’s way and new chapters on the horizon [ hello 2017 ], I have to say.. I am excited! Everything feels revived this month – There are so many possibilities for the year to come!
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I gotta say, there are few things I despise so much as jeans. Ha! I am a leggings girl all the way! When that winter chill dances through the air I make a mad dash for my legging collection. It’s bad, I know. The trick with leggings is finding tops that are long enough to cover the rear. We don’t want the bushy tail on display! ūüėČ
I love mixing things up, pairing pieces together that you wouldn’t think to put together at first. I absolutely love outfits that are fairly neutral contrasted against a bold nautical element. It’s those little touches that make an outfit yours and not just trendy!¬†
 
This look is crazy comfortable and quite easy to dress up or down. I actually wore this to Thanksgiving dinner with knee boots. Red works for Thanksgiving too, right! December is the perfect month to break out the jewel tones – tops, pants, scarves, you name it! Jewel tones rule this month, and personally I think they are gorgeous!
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On a side note – I recently had copper highlights¬†+ lowlights¬†put in my hair and now my hair has multiple personalities! I swear that my hair changes color depending on the lighting. Sometimes I’m strawberry blonde, sometimes downright red. Then there are the ash blonde days. If you are a redhead please share your favorite color safe shampoo in the comments! I need to be proactive in maintaining these rosy locks.
PS. This Sole Society duffle is on final sale so you can grab it for an amazing price! It’s the perfect weekend bag. Linked below.

Outfit Details //
Top: Red Haute
Pants: Loft [ similar ]
Scarf: Local Boutique
Heels: Steve Madden
Bag: c/o Sole Society [ exact ]

Are you a¬†leggings or jeans girl? What is the boldest color you’ve worn?


With love, xo

Messy Wrapped Low Ponytail

Nothing is more classic than an chic low ponytail. This messy wrapped ponytail is so easy to throw up and is completely effortless. A tousled look like this is ideal for those days when you’re just running errands, but, can be easily dressed up for date night!

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A messy low ponytail is chic, whether you have shorter hair or long. This tutorial is so easy, I love it! This hairstyle has quickly become a favorite of mine. I rarely straighten out my curls. When I do straighten my hair, I love pulling it back in a casual hairstyle like this. It keeps my hair out of my face all day without giving me a headache!
Messy Wrapped Low Ponytail
You Need: hair elastic | bobby pin 

Step 1. Gather hair loosely at nape of neck and secure with a hair elastic. Pull from the top of the ponytail to tighten and draw ponytail up.
 
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Step 2. Pull pieces of hair out around your face and tug gently at base of ponytail to loosen it up. Pull pieces of hair down over ears to give this ponytail a relaxed look.

Tip: Spray ends of hair with texturizing spray to give the ponytail a more tousled look!

 

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Step 3. Pull a two inch panel of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Pin with a bobby pin under the base and spray with hairspray.
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That’s it! This uncomplicated hairstyle is so easy to put up and looks very chic! Using a sea salt spray or another texturizing spray [ that you love ] will give this ponytail a perfectly¬†tousled¬†look. Don’t you just love hairstyles that look casual, yet, completely put¬†together? This messy ponytail is your new go-to for casual chic!

Get social with it: If you enjoyed this easy tutorial pin it, tweet it & facebook it!


Do you love a messy pony? What is your go-to effortless hairstyle?

 
With love,

 

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie With Cranberry Sage Gravy

Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot easier with this
savory Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and Cranberry Sage Gravy. This skillet Shepherd’s
pie brings all of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner together in one delicious bite!

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Sweet Potato
Shepherd’s Pie With Cranberry Sage Gravy
Prep Time: 15 min  |
Cook Time: 20min  |  Servings: 4-6
Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lb. ground turkey
1 medium onion ‚Äď finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic ‚Äď chopped
1 tbsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 cup of white grape juice
1 ¬Ĺ cups of low sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp, [ gluten free ] all purpose flour
2 cups of kale leaves ‚Äď trimmed and thinly sliced
For the gravy:
2 cups sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of sugar
2 tsp. fresh sage – finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. of orange zest
3/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of butter
4 cups of chicken broth
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Instructions.
Step 1. Place sweet potatoes on a plate and cover completely with wet paper towels. Place in  microwave for 8-12 minutes, until softened completely. Test potatoes with a skewer or butter knife to make sure they are cooked through. Remove sweet potatos from skin and place in a bowl. Fold in 4 tbsp. of butter, and salt + pepper to taste. Set aside.
Step 2. Melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a large pan over medium heat. Cook turkey, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until brown. Add in the onion, garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and paprika and cook until softened. Add in white grape juice and cook until almost evaporated [ about 5 minutes ].
Step 3.¬†In a small bowl, whish together chicken broth and gluten free flour. Add broth/flour mixture and kale into pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until sauce is thickened [ 8-10 minutes ]. Season with salt and pepper, and transfer to a 10‚ÄĚ pie dish or cast iron skillet. Let cool.
Step 4. Smooth sweet potatoes on top and allow pie to set. About 15 minutes.

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Instructions For Cranberry Sage Gravy.
Step 1. In the
same saucepan, bring cranberries, 1 cup of water, 1 1/2 tsp. orange zest, and 1/4 cup of sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until cranberries are tender. Let cool. Puree the cranberries in a food processor until smooth, with 2 teaspoons of finely chopped sage.Step 2. In a heavy saucepan, cook butter and flour over medium heat stirring constantly, about 3-4 minutes, just until a roux forms. Add 4 cups of chicken broth and the pureed cranberries; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until gravy has thickened and is ready to serve!

Serve¬†alongside¬†shepherd’s pie for an extra kick of flavor!

 

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Top tip:¬†Cover assembled, cool pie tightly with plastic¬†wrap then foil, and freeze for up to three months. To reheat, remove plastic wrap and re-cover with foil. Bake on 350ňö until warmed through. Brush top with butter and broil until edges are golden [ about 7 minutes ].


This Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is¬†ridiculously good! The¬†spicy ground turkey enrobed in white grape gravy is both savory and¬†sweet. The buttery mashed sweet potatoes, kale, and cranberry sage gravy elevate this dish beautifully. It is¬†sophisticated¬†comfort food at it’s best. Enjoy every savory, sweet,¬†delicious bite!

Have you made a¬†shepherd’s pie like this? What is your favorite comfort food dish?


With love,

 

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