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Maple Bacon Buckwheat Carrot Muffins + BlendTec Giveaway!

My new crazy yummy Maple Bacon Buckwheat Carrot Muffins are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and very low in fat!

I made them for March Muffin Madness hosted by Shirley at Gluten Free Easily!

They are perfect for Easter Brunch and I made them with simple healthy gluten-free ingredients, like maple syrup, buckwheat, oats and applesauce instead of oil, so you can whip them up in no time at all.

made with simple healthy gluten-free ingredients, like maple syrup, buckwheat, oats and applesauce instead of oil
made with simple healthy gluten-free ingredients, like maple syrup, buckwheat, oats and applesauce instead of oil
March Muffin Madness hosted by Shirley at Gluten Free Easily will run through Tuesday April 5, 2016. 22 bloggers, including me, are participating in MMM, so that means 22 delicious gluten-free muffin recipes!!

Plus there will be daily giveaway prizes and an overall giveaway throughout the event with prizes, including a very special grand prize, awarded at the end. Wait till you see these incredible prizes!

Yes, one of the much loved high-spend blenders/all-in-one appliances! Scroll down to enter!

Enter to win a BlendTec!

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Artisan Bread Boule

Would you like to make gorgeous gluten free Artisan bread? Today I'm going to show you how!

We all know that as gluten-free bakers we can't just whip up a classic recipe easily. We need to use a gluten-free formula that will perform correctly, but we can learn from the ancient techniques, and with the right combination of whole flours, starches and binders, make a bread that is very close and delicious.

I've been long distance baking with a friend in England who bakes with regular flour. I was inspired and a bit jealous after seeing her bread. I was determined to make a gluten-free artisan boule like she did and it was fun stepping up to the challenge.

So I put on my thinking cap and used what I've learned over the years baking bread. First of all, the classic recipe is all purpose flour, salt, yeast and water. I knew I needed to give the gluten-free bread structure to replicate the lack of gluten, so I used buckwheat and added some eggs. I liked the flavor of the buckwheat, but one of my testers said she wasn't fond of it. So the next time I made it, I used part buckwheat and part sorghum. My other tester loved it and said the dough was great to work with!

Nutritious Whole Grain Profiteroles, Cream Puffs & Eclairs, gluten free, sugar free & dairy free options

Make these healthy whole grain, sugar-free pate a choux pastries into amazing profiteroles, cream puffs or eclairs!
Healthy whole grain, sugar-free and gluten-free profiteroles, cream puffs or eclairs without the guilt! Come see how easy and fun it is to make a good for you Pate a Choux!

Skinny Gluten Free Low Glycemic Carrot Cake, grain free

I make this wonderful sugar free and gluten free carrot cake each year for our Easter celebration and it always comes out moist and delicious. It's a healthy and nutritious low carb carb that takes hardly any time at all to make. 

The secret is in the raisin sauce. Normally, I don't like the taste of raisins or dates in my baked goods, but oh my, it works perfectly and tastes incredible. To top it off, I used organic rainbow carrots from local growers and I think they made this cake even better.   

Skinny Gluten Free Low Glycemic Grain Free Carrot Cake, sweetened with raisins instead of sugar

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Blueberry Coconut Muffins,sugar-free

Light fluffy Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Blueberry Coconut Muffins that are sugar-free and delicious!
Eating completely grain-free is one of my goals this year and let me tell you, it's not an easy one! I love muffins. Love love muffins.

My brain still wants that firm muffin texture, you know what I mean? So loving a grain-free muffin was hard to do until I made these beauties.

Easy Gluten-Free Black Forest Cake & Walmart Family Mobile Plus!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie  #CollectiveBias

I can't wait to tell you about how I am saving money, keeping my family safer at home and on the road, and enhancing my blogging business with the  NEW Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan featuring Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data! This incredible plan includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data PLUS a free movie on VUDU ($7 value) every month per line for only $49.88 #DataAndAMovie 

Five years ago, my husband and I left our stressful careers, cleaned out a ton of unneeded belongings, and moved across the country to semi-retire.

We happily settled into our new life and I started working from home blogging. That meant more time together, but our budget was tight, so I cut out expenses like our $200.00+ monthly cell phone bill and changed us over to talk and text only prepaid plans. Hubby had his old flip phone (he loves the silly thing) and I had a Windows phone that I used as a mini-computer when I was near WiFi.

That worked OK, for the most part, but prepaid was extremely limiting and finally, I couldn't take it anymore! I needed a better phone for blogging and unlimited data so I could blog when we travel. I didn't know a lot about cell phone plans, but I did know that I never wanted to get back into contracts or worry about overages again.

I did my research and decided that the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan is perfect for us. No worries about being locked into a contract and no overages! Just like doing my own gluten free baking saves us money, now, believe it or not, with a few budget adjustments, my new phone plan is saving us money each month too!  Keep reading to see how much I saved and don't miss my new Easy Gluten-Free, Egg-Free and Dairy-Free Black Forest Cake recipe that you can whip up in minutes!
Saving money with Walmart Family Mobile Plus and my NEW Gluten-Free Black Forest Cake
How I saved money by switching over to Walmart Family Mobile Plus
Walmart Family Mobile Plus featuring Unlimited talk, text, & data up to 10 GB of 4G LTE

After making the decision to upgrade, I ran into my local Walmart's electronics department and found the Walmart Family Mobile display right next to the registers. The salesman showed me the plans and the phones.
I knew that I wanted the NEW Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan featuring Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data that includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data PLUS a free movie on VUDU ($7 value) every month per line for only $49.88 and I decided to buy the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime - $79.92 (Rollback from $99.92) You will also need to purchase the $25.00 starter kit if you are not already using Walmart Family Mobile as your service provider.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Easy Gluten-Free Tiramisu, xanthan free

One of the things about living gluten-free is that while cruising the internet you see a dessert that you haven't had for years and think darn, I want that! Then, at least in my case, you have to make it. Amazingly, it's easier than you would think to make many classic gluten-full recipes into gluten-free. 

Tiramisu, is an Italian dessert that appropriately means "pick me up" or "cheer me up", how cute is that? It's traditionally made with lady fingers dipped in coffee and layered with a mixture of mascarpone, raw egg yolks and sugar. Raw egg yolks? I don't think so...and another problem I faced was..

Gluten-free lady fingers cost an arm and a leg! So, I put on my thinking cap and made mine with my new easy Masa sponge cake instead. It turned out great. The cakes are thin, crisp on the edges, soft in the center and taste just as good as those pricey lady fingers.

Then I layered those beautiful cakes with a simple mixture of mascarpone and low fat cream cheese. No raw eggs needed here!

Romantic Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake, gluten free

Is there anything more romantic than chocolate? It's way up on my list, especially with a glass of red wine. Hubby and I love ending a cozy dinner with a glass of wine and a bit of dark chocolate.

After I made this gluten-free Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe, we snuggled up with a glass of wine, a tiny slice of cake..and moaned.. It was so delicious that I think it needs a warning label!

This gluten-free Flourless Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe is super easy make and seriously delicious. No gluten-free flour mix needed!

Flourless Chocolate cakes are great for a gluten free diet. No gluten free flour mix is needed! Just be sure that your chocolate is truly gluten free. Many chocolates, including some of the best from Switzerland, are manufactured in the same facility with wheat. Hard to believe, but sadly true.

Crockpot Ragu Sunday Sauce

Traditionally in our house, we make a meat sauce that cooks for hours on the stove. It requires a fair amount of work to get it all prepped, browned, and then I have to stir it off and on for hours, so it won't burn. I love cooking, but Sunday is a nice day to relax, so I wanted to see if I could make a great #Italian Sunday meal with a lot less work...

Perfect for a lazy Sunday meal.

I decided to make my Sunday Ragu Pasta sauce recipe in the crockpot and I'm flabbergasted how good it is! The sauce came out thick, dark and beautifully rich. I barely had to do a thing. No mess, no browning, no pots and pans to wash. We snuggled on the couch watching football and movies, while the house filled with mouthwatering aromas, and I didn't have to jump up once.

Pfister Faucet Review & Easy Gluten-Free English Muffin Bread

I received this product for a review but all opinions are my own.
Christmas was wonderful, exhausting, and so exciting at our house this year. I hope yours was wonderful too.

We decided with only a few weeks before the holidays to remodel the kitchen. We had a bad water leak and the cabinets were ruined. I can't imagine a worse time to do a remodel, but it was totally worth it! I love so many things about the new kitchen, especially my beautiful Pfister Stainless Steel Selia 1-Handle Pull Down kitchen faucet. I can't wait to tell you about it!

And don't miss my new super Easy Gluten-Free English Muffin Bread recipe. It's the last one of the year and it's a doozy!

Pfister Selia Stainless Steel 1-Handle Pull Down Faucet is incredible!
This is a gorgeous faucet. Right out of the box, I was impressed with the size and how solid it feels.
It's contemporary design is the perfect compliment for my modern two toned kitchen and I love that the Pfister Pforever Warranty covers finish and function for life.
My biggest gripe with our old faucet was the fingerprints and spots. I hate fingerprints and spent half my life in the kitchen wiping that old faucet down.
I've had the new Pfister faucet for several weeks now and I am thrilled to say that I never have any spots or fingerprints. It stays beautiful with hardly any cleaning.