Pumpkin Bread French Toast

Remember the great pumpkin bread dilemma of twenty-fourteen? Well, if you happened to have succeeded in making a batch of pumpkin bread then I got an extra little treat for ya today.
Pumpkin bread french toast guys. French toast, made with pumpkin bread. yup.
A perfect little treat for a weekend breakfast, or a for a little pre-gaming Thanksgiving morning.

It is incredibly easy to make, granted your pumpkin bread cooked correctly and didn't steal two hours of your day. You'd think I would have moved on from that by now. You'd think wrong.

To make this Pumpkin Bread French Toast, Click on over here!

 Enjoy! xoxo


Food Find Friday // Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit

Is Friday, and you know what that means! Another food review!

Todays spotlight shines on to (drumroll please) Enjoy Life Foods Seed and Fruit mix. woop-woop.
If you'll recall, I reviewed this particular set of snackable items back in 2012. Enjoy Life has since rebranded their packaging, and here I am once again. You can go ahead and click here for the original review.

Because the recipe remains the same, I am going to focus on some exciting things you can do with the Seed and Fruit mix. Other then shove it in your face by the handful that is.

There are two flavor combinations, one being the Mountain Mambo shown above, and the Beach Bash, below.

The Mountain Mambo mix contains sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds,  chocolate chips, apples and  cranberries.
The Beach Bash is a blend of sunflower kernels, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and apricots.

The first thing to do with this food item, is to just eat it obviously.
Lucky for you, Enjoy Life makes handy-dandy individual serving packets, just for your snacking pleasure. I like to pack one of these beauties for a little mid-afternoon snack. Or a mid-morning snack, makes no difference really.

You can also use some of the Beach Bash mix as an addition to your lunch salad. You could use the Mountain Mambo instead, I suppose but chocolate in salad....I dunno. If your into that I guess.
I added some of the seed and fruit mix to a simple spinach salad, topped with grilled chicken, strawberries, green apples, and a balsamic dressing. Easy peasy.

You can also add either mix to this roasted butternut squash dish, for a perfect Thanksgiving side. In fact, I most likely will be making this as a Thanksgiving side dish. 
You can get that spankin' new recipe printable here.

Now here we get in to desserts. AND LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT IT. Sorry for shouting. But stir in some of either mix with melted Enjoy Life chocolate, and wham. A sweet, salty crunchy, smooth deluctable treat. Really, so good. Just let it cool and harden, then break into pieces. Even a caveman could make it.

Another tasty chocolatey treat, right over here. This one requires a little more effort, but still incredibly simple. For you, I have a printable recipe.

So my friends, there you have it. Another fabulous product.

You can see other Enjoy Life Food reviews right over here.

Enjoy, and have a happy weekend!


Gluten Free Burger with Fig and Chèvre

There is a little restaurant here in town, that has become one of my favorite lunch spots. I was introduced by my previous employers, who would often take the staff out for tasty friday lunches. The restaurant was opened by a couple who also have a catering company, so the menu is a combination of smaller foods, which you can mix together for a complete meal.
On the menu are various salads, sliders, and macaroni & cheese variations. The best part of this restaurant, is that they make everything fresh from scratch, and have several gluten free options. Whenever I go, I usually order a "duo" of a bun-less slider and salad. I've tried several variations, and my favorite order is always the quinoa salad (which changes seasonally) and the fig burger. It has some kind of a name, but I cannot recall. Plus you aren't in my town, so it really makes no difference to you. But what will make a difference to your life is when you make this burger for yourself. It is so spectacularly simple, and incredibly delicious.

We're going to go ahead and make this a "semi-homemade" meal, therefore there is no real recipe, and it takes about five minutes to make.

All you need are these for things:
beef patty
fig butter

I could actually just stop there and let you figure it out for yourself, but because I am a wonderfully kind person, I'll help you out.

For the beef patty, I used good quality ground beef (when you don't have a bun, the quality of the meat really makes a difference) mixed in a little garlic powder and some chopped onion, then cooked it on the skillet. The patties are probably about three-four inches in diameter.
After the meat is cooked and still warm, spread the top with the chèvre, so that it softens with the heat of the burger. Next, top with a dollop of fig butter (I used Trader Joes) then wrap in a leaf of lettuce!
At the restaurant of which inspired this burger, they also top with arugula, but because I have it wrapped in lettuce, I find that to be too much leafy green stuff. 

Serve warm, and Enjoy!


For those of you who are in the Central Coast area, here you go.


Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

As part of my beat the pots-cure the migraines-be healthy enough to move to another country diet, I am trying desperately to avoid sugar and condensed carbs. Meaning no bread, no white potatoes, no pasta's and sorry to say, no cookies. That said. I happen to have the worlds strongest craving situations that ever did exist. If I suddenly develop the urge to eat a chocolate chip cookie for example, no other food will satisfy me until I eat that chocolate chip cookie. Days and weeks can go by, and I will still want one and will have eaten everything else in the cupboards while trying to avoid the one thing I actually wanted. 
Solution: Eat a darn cookie. Usually for me it only takes a bite or two to realize I was fussing over nothing, and then I get over it.
I forgot where I was going with this....
I think what I was trying to say, is don't deprive yourself. Eat what your gonna eat, just do it wisely.

Like a pasta dinner. But lets go ahead and take out the pasta part of that pasta.

Spaghetti has become the "I don't know what to make for dinner so I'll make this" meal. Which means I eat spaghetti for dinner approximately three times a week. 
You'd think I was exaggerating, but I'm probably not.

Generally speaking, I just cook up some ground beef, mix in some sauce and through it over some gluten free noodles. Easy-peasy.

Really I don't need the noodles, all they are is a vessel for my meat and sauce to go on. So why not throughout them on a vegetable instead? But what vegetable should you use? 
Well for starters, how about the vegetable that is called a spaghetti squash. 
Sounds legit.

Then, lets step it up with some taste homemade meatballs. 
Protein, ya know.

Shopping list:
Spaghetti Squash
Ground Beef
Spaghetti Sauce (homemade or jarred)
gluten free breadcrumbs

To Cook Squash:
Preheat oven to 350degrees. Halve squash, and scoop out seeds inside. Place each half (inside up) in a pan with sides, along with about an inch of water. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until tender. Use a fork to "spaghetti" the sides of the squash.

Enjoy! xoxo


Currently // November

(by the way, if you're wondering what fall in California looks like ^ clear blue skies.)

Watching: I have gotten really into music documenteries lately aka "rockumenteries." I prefer the ones that have more behind the seems junk, rather then showing a full concert with a few interviews thrown in. I don't need that. On Netflix: I really enjoyed the Switchfoot one, which is about their music/surfing tour and being a bunch of old guys now. Okay, I added that part myself, but still.
The Katy Perry movie was really swell as well, and heart wrenching for sure. That part, when her status is changing back to single and she's heartbroken and emotional, and then she plasters that fake smile on her face and goes on with it. I mean. :/
See also: Gilmore Girls.

Now that Halloweens over, I can dig out the Christmas cinema! Woohoo!

Reading: Hey, I finally finished Maze Runner! Waiting on the sequels to arrive.

Wearing: Sweaters, finally! It calls for trumpets and balloons. Really, my wardrobe is made up of one part cardigans, one part sweaters, and the third part everything else. No joke. California is not my kind of place.

"I hate the beach, but I stand in California with my toes in the sand."
(Sweater Weather, The Neighbourhood)

Eating: I wish I was stuffing my face with pizza at this very minute. But no, sadly. Have you tried the Eat Your Vegetable chips? They are back at our Costco again, and I still love them as much as I did last year.

Listening: Hozier, all the day long. I mentioned last time that I have been listening to this song non-stop for several months. The rest of the album is just as perfect. And ya know, T. Swift. 1989. Had to do it, It was worth it. (p.s. get the Target deluxe edition-those 3 extra songs are mighty fine.)

App-ing: I dunno.... nothing new. VSCO. Have I mentioned that before? Its my favorite picture editing app.

Craving: Peanut butter cups. Must....resist....

Drinking: I had my first mug of apple cider this season! woop-woop! The Trader Joe's Spiced Cider is pretty great stuff.

Googling: Trying to figure out this European exchange stuff. Why does America have to use everything differently then the rest of the world? Money, measurements, driving on the other side of the road... ahhh!

Coloring: Still into the rusts and burgundies of the world. And black, as always.

Shopping: Well, I mean I'm pretty poor. Trying real hard to not. But..... I just ordered some red apple lipstick. Have you tried it? It's all gluten and junk free, so we shall see how that goes. I've all of a sudden decided to become a lipstick person. Sometimes I just don't know about myself.

Playing: Practicing that ol' guitar, sharpening my air hockey skillz, and spider solitaire on zee iPhone.

Crafting: I successfully made several knit infinity scarves, which I will share very soon! Now I need a good Christmas craft, ideas?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! How did that happen? Are you looking for any good gluten free dishes?

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