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Peppermintmallows

There are two flavors that mean Christmas to me: eggnog and peppermint. So, peppermint marshmallows were kind of a must this month. I’ve put the base recipe in this post—perfect for popping on their own, or floating in hot chocolate—then I’ve also created a recipe for some chocolate-covered versions that are crazy good. A little too¬†popable. Also, having made so many marshmallows by this time, I decided to put together a list of marshmallow tips I think you’ll find helpful—learn from my trial and error. ūüôā Hope you like these! M Peppermintmallows Prep time: 1 hour¬†| Ready in: 6 hours, 35 min Ingredients: Cooking spray 3 packages unflavored gelatin ¬†1 cup light corn syrup and 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar (or 2 cups granulated sugar—see marshmallow tips for more details on this.) 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 cup powdered sugar Red food coloring Cooking tools: A candy thermometer Tin foil 12 x 9-inch jelly roll pan Directions: Line the inside of the jellyroll pan with tin foil, then you’ll want to coat it well with cooking …

Grain-Free Apple Pie Squares

So, apparently I have this thing with baking apple pie into different shapes. This time, I also sliced the apples a little differently…across the middle so that some of the finished squares would have a star in the middle. (CUTE!!) And, this will likely not come as a surprise to anyone, but apple pie is fantastic any way you slice or¬†bake it. These ended up looking a little more messy than beautiful, but—and I think I’ve mentioned this before—I am a big fan of messes, just so long as they’re delicious messes. Hope you like these! M Grain-Free Apple Pie Squares¬† Yields: 16 to 20 squares¬† Prep time: 2o min | Bake time: 20 to 25 min | Ready in: 55 min Ingredients: Ingredients for Gluten-Free Pie Crust 4 Granny Smith apples 1/2 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make Gluten-Free Pie Crust. You don’t need to refrigerate it as directions indicate. Line a 9×13-inch jelly roll pan with tin foil, making sure to leave …

Curried Butternut Squash Lasagna Layers

I really like the idea of making a lasagna, but the truth is, if I did, I’d never eat it all. It’s just too much food. So, this recipe is kind of like a vegan lasagna that you can just layer up ingredients onto two plates, rather than have fill up an entire lasagna dish that could amount to eight servings. The curry is great with the squash—it creates a very warm, fall flavor—and the tofu and cashews blended with garlic make for a very creamy, ricotta-like sauce. Feel free to skip the noodles if you want something a little lighter, but I like the heartiness they add—perfect for nights when I’m a little on the ravenous side. Happy cooking! M Curried Butternut Squash Lasagna Layers Prep time: 20 min | ¬†Cook and serve time: 20 min Ready in: 40 min Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil 1 small onion 1/4 teaspoon minced ginger 1 teaspoon curry 2 teaspoons salt, divided 2 cups sliced butternut squash 6 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces (I really like Jovial gluten-free …

Caramel Macchiato

Treat Yo’ Self Two Thousand Fiftee-eeen! (You have to imagine Tom Haverford and Donna singing that, okay?) I was WAAAY late to the Parks and Rec party…like, didn’t-even-start-watching-it-until-it-the-series-was-over late. And while I was a little dissappointed in myself ¬†(I’m usually pretty up-to-date, very familiar with, and generally all over any funny TV), after I’d watched the first episode, all I could be was excited…because, yeah, shame on me for taking so long, but also, lucky me—I had so much solid comedy ahead! Laughs for months to come! (It actually ended up being more like weeks, but that’s beside the point.) While¬†Treat Yo’ Self Day has been around since 2011, Treat Yo’ Self 2015 (that’s today!) is my first opportunity to celebrate with the rest of the Parks and Rec-watching world. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, two things: #1 I am so jealous because you still get to watch the whole series for the first time, and #2 Watch this video so you know what the deal is. Fragrances and “fine …