Gluten-free Caramel Apple Crumble

Imagine a juicy cinnamon-caramel sauce mixed with tangy diced apple topped with a fluffy and light gluten-free crumble topping. Do you want to know the secret to make perfectly even crumbles? Grate the dough with a large hole cheese grater. It will be …

Imagine a juicy cinnamon-caramel sauce mixed with tangy diced apple topped with a fluffy and light gluten-free crumble topping. Do you want to know the secret to make perfectly even crumbles? Grate the dough with a large hole cheese grater. It will be perfect. Do you like crisps, crumbles and pies? Check out our Juicy...

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The Teeny-Tiny Garden Trend We’re Obsessed With

Bottle gardens are pretty much exactly what they sound like: small “gardens” planted inside a sealable bottle or container that are sometimes also referred to as terrariums. The particularly neat thing about bottle gardens is that, if done properly, th…

Bottle gardens are pretty much exactly what they sound like: small “gardens” planted inside a sealable bottle or container that are sometimes also referred to as terrariums. The particularly neat thing about bottle gardens is that, if done properly, they can become self-sustaining ecosystems that require little to no ongoing upkeep.

Choosing the Right Container

The container that you choose for your bottle garden will determine how many plants you can fit inside and the size of the plants that you add. Also keep in mind that the smaller the opening is, the harder it will be for you to get your plants inside the container initially. Ideal bottle garden containers have lids and can be sealed (otherwise you’d be creating an open terrarium which is slightly different!), are made of glass that’s clear versus opaque, and are tall enough that some space is left between the top of the plants and the bottom of the lid.

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (July 26-August 1)

A free 7-day, flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. Recipes include macros and WW Points. 7-Day Healthy Meal Plan Have you seen my announcement? I am SO excited about this cookbook! The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners cookbook hits book stores and ships out December 14th! But you […]

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A free 7-day, flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. Recipes include macros and WW Points.

7-Day Healthy Meal Plan

Have you seen my announcement? I am SO excited about this cookbook! The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners cookbook hits book stores and ships out December 14th! But you can pre-order now and be one of the first to get your copy.  You can preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and IndieBound. I can’t wait for you all to start cooking from it!

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Strawberry, Lemon & Elderflower Cake

This is the cake features a fresh strawberry buttercream and elderflower cordial – can’t get more summery than THAT. As I find layer cakes endlessly frustrating to make, I decided to go sheet cake style here. They’re very easy to make and decorate so are much better for my level of patience!   Fresh strawberry buttercream frosting: Strawberries are definitely something that taste best in season. But as we’re cooking them down into a jam for the frosting here, using slightly crappy strawberries (or frozen ones) is definitely a good option. The cooking process helps to concentrate the flavour so you get a nice strawberry hit. Cooking them also reduces the water content so you get a kind of ‘jam’ which, when cooled, can be incorporated into your icing with ease. You may need to adjust the amount of icing sugar to get the right consistency as the frosting can come out a bit runnier than you may be used to. The strawberries provide a nice pale pink colour to the icing but you can add a few drops of pink/red gel food colouring to the icing to make the colour stronger.

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This is the cake features a fresh strawberry buttercream and elderflower cordial – can’t get more summery than THAT.

As I find layer cakes endlessly frustrating to make, I decided to go sheet cake style here. They’re very easy to make and decorate so are much better for my level of patience!

 

Fresh strawberry buttercream frosting:

Strawberries are definitely something that taste best in season. But as we’re cooking them down into a jam for the frosting here, using slightly crappy strawberries (or frozen ones) is definitely a good option. The cooking process helps to concentrate the flavour so you get a nice strawberry hit. Cooking them also reduces the water content so you get a kind of ‘jam’ which, when cooled, can be incorporated into your icing with ease. You may need to adjust the amount of icing sugar to get the right consistency as the frosting can come out a bit runnier than you may be used to. The strawberries provide a nice pale pink colour to the icing but you can add a few drops of pink/red gel food colouring to the icing to make the colour stronger.

Strawberry, Lemon & Elderflower Cake

Strawberry, Lemon & Elderflower Cake

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 160g unsalted butter
  • zest of 1 lemon, finely grated (you need the juice for the buttercream)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250ml natural yogurt
  • 270g plain white flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp elderflower cordial

Buttercream:

  • 75g fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped (plus a few for decoration)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200-300g icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line an 20 x 20cm square tin or a 25 x 17 cm rectangle tin.
  2. Cream the sugar, butter and lemon zest together in a large mixing bowl until fluffy and soft. Beat in the eggs one at a time - it’s okay if it looks like the mixture is curdling. Stir in the yogurt. Add in both flours, the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and fold in gently until just combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until it’s golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Dilute the elderflower cordial with 2 tbsp of water in a small bowl and spoon this over the warm cake to soak in. Set aside to cool before frosting.

For the buttercream:

  1. Blitz the strawberries and lemon juice together in a blender/food processor or in a jug using a hand blender. Pour the blended mixture into a medium pot and heat over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced down to about 60ml. Let it cool - this is your strawberry ‘jam’.
  2. Beat the softened butter together with 200g of the icing sugar. Gradually mix in the strawberry 'jam', until you have a loose but spreadable consistency. You can add more icing sugar to thicken, if needed. Spread this over the cooled cake and top with the extra strawberries (I slice them) to decorate. 

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15 Top-Rated Vacuum Cleaners That Can Handle the Dirtiest Floors

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s…

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s how it’s supposed to work!”

If your vacuum needs a dozen passes to leave your floors looking even remotely clean, short of changing out the filter, it’s safe to say that you need a new one. Luckily, there’s no shortage of top-rated vacuums, especially on Amazon Prime where you can take advantage of its free two-day shipping and easy returns.

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Summer Fridays, Vol 8.

Hello summer friday! Here’s what the weekend looks like. EATING An oldie but goodie: my brown butter garden vegetable pasta skillet. And this summer BBQ quinoa salad! DRINKING Lemonade frosé for the win! Also craving a gigantic margarita. MAKING My strawberry crunch salad while we still have some summer berries. Oh and this lavender vanilla […]

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summer fridays

Hello summer friday! Here’s what the weekend looks like.

EATING

An oldie but goodie: my brown butter garden vegetable pasta skillet. And this summer BBQ quinoa salad!

DRINKING

Lemonade frosé for the win! Also craving a gigantic margarita.

MAKING

My strawberry crunch salad while we still have some summer berries. Oh and this lavender vanilla latte ice cream for the weekend. Can’t be beat!

BAKING

These chocolate zucchini cupcakes with avocado fudge frosting. They have vegetables in them!

GRILLING

My caramelized onion grilled focaccia. Oh my word is it heavenly. I want to make it with my grilled spatchcock chicken this weekend.

CRAVING

Salted pretzel s’mores crunch bars. Anything s’mores, really.

LISTENING

To this summer girls trip playlist from a few years ago. Oh my gosh, this is so good!

READING

I’m feeling a little thriller-ish so I’m thinking about starting Such A Quiet Place. Here’s my summer reading list if you’re looking for something good this weekend!

WEARING

Last year I LOVED the freedom moses slides and this year is no different. I’ve never cared for birkenstocks but love these for some reason. They are the perfect outdoor shoes especially when it comes to watering plants and hanging out with the kids. I wear mine nonstop.

SHOPPING

A few things left that I want to pick up at the Nordstrom sale! Definitely have my eye on this blanket, this bag and I’m soooo tempted to get an allsaints leather jacket. Not sure if I will go for it. You can find all of my favorites here.

LOVING

What’s your child’s spiritual age (and yours!)? I love this. Even though I think I will forever feel 17ish, I’ve always felt like my spiritual age is, like, 55. Ha!

BUYING

Um hi, if you want to be insane like me, you could get these adorable pumpkin pillows that sold out instantly last year (I tried to get them last august and they never came back in stock!). As much as I’m not ready for fall AT ALL, I’m making a little exception here for my fall fanatic self.

PACKING

For our michigan vacation soon! I’m a packing nut and work off of lists and basically have everything almost ready to go. But this year it feels like we have to take ten million things because of the baby! My go-to packing bag for basically, well, everywhere is my large mz wallace tote. It fits ALL THE THINGS. I also love the dagne dover totes because they are neoprene and they last forever. I’ve had both of those for ages. A few things I’m taking for the baby that are game changers too: the guava travel crib with the bassinet attachment, the fisher price on the go baby dome and the baby bjorn bouncer (have used it since max & love it!). Should I do a (roadtrip) travel essentials post?!

summer fridays

xoxo

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Banana Split

Are you ready for the ULTIMATE ice cream dessert? The king of all ice cream sundaes? I sure hope so because today we are making Banana Splits. I love ordering a banana split when we go out for ice cream, but banana splits are easy to make at home and S…

Are you ready for the ULTIMATE ice cream dessert? The king of all ice cream sundaes? I sure hope so because today we are making Banana Splits. I love ordering a banana split when we go out for ice cream, but banana splits are easy to make at home and SO fun, especially during the…

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Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Quick show of hands: Who likes pizza? (Cue us excitedly waving our arms in the air while grinning.) We like to have pizza at least once a week, and since we have the crust and toppings thoroughly sorted, we figured it was due time to share our go-to ho…

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Quick show of hands: Who likes pizza? (Cue us excitedly waving our arms in the air while grinning.) We like to have pizza at least once a week, and since we have the crust and toppings thoroughly sorted, we figured it was due time to share our go-to homemade pizza sauce.

The best news? It’s so easy to make (1 pan, 20 minutes!) and packed with rich, herby tomato flavor.

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Friday Things #430

Friday Things #430
1. Perfect swinging weather! 2. Joseph did a basketball camp this week and had a lot of fun! He learned a lot in a short period of time and was excited to practice his dribbling each day in the driveway 🙂 3. Made maybe my best peach…

Friday Things #430

1. Perfect swinging weather! 2. Joseph did a basketball camp this week and had a lot of fun! He learned a lot in a short period of time and was excited to practice his dribbling each day in the driveway :) 3. Made maybe my best peach pie yet! 4. Thank you for all of […]

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Heirloom Tomato Tart

HEIRLOOM TOMATO TARTEvery summer we go extra hard with the fresh tomato recipes, one of our favorites being this Heirloom Tomato Tart. Nothing quite screams summertime like sweet, juicy, ripe tomatoes. Not only is this tart delicious, but it’s al…

HEIRLOOM TOMATO TART
Every summer we go extra hard with the fresh tomato recipes, one of our favorites being this Heirloom Tomato Tart. Nothing quite screams summertime like sweet, juicy, ripe tomatoes. Not only is this tart delicious, but it’s also a total show stopper and perfect to bring to…