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Recipe: Apple Coffee Cake

Here we are again, halfway through the week! Congrats on making it this far. 🙂 The weather finally changed over the weekend and we now feel like fall in the south east. The days still may reach 80+ degrees, but the evenings are amazing! When the weather chills out, my kitchen warms up. All week scents of cinnamon and pumpkin spice have been wafting through my home. What about you? Since I’m on a roll with fall recipes, I thought I would share a perfect treat to accompany your ‘cup of joe’ in the mornings. Check out this Apple Coffee Cake! I can’t take all the credit for this one. I was walking through the bakery aisle at Earth Fare and I saw a “gluten” version of this cake and thought, I bet I could make this. Once my groceries were unpacked, I hit up Google and found this wonderful…

Recipe: Gluten Free Gingersnaps

While it still doesn’t feel like fall here in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina, that won’t stop me from baking all things spiced! I am currently craving anything with cinnamon or ginger and that includes these Gluten Free Gingersnap cookies I’m sharing with you today. This paleo friendly recipe yields one dozen gooey, fudge-like cookies. Enjoy them with a cold glass of almond milk or topped with vanilla cashew ice cream. I have already made two batches of these amazing treats and I’m sure they won’t be my last this season.

Change of Plans: 6 AM Coffee Date

Well, we had one of those mornings… The alarm went off at 5:45 AM, we prepared ourselves for the gym and then never made it there. Well, we made it as far as the parking lot, took one look at the building and drove back down the street to Studio Coffee House. Some days, you just need to change it up a bit! Nick and I aren’t what you would call, spontaneous people. We plan everything down to its minutia. However, sometimes we break out of our shells and do something different. We are usually pleasantly surprised by the results; however, this doesn’t change our OCD behavior. As we both have entrepreneurial spirits, we believe in supporting small businesses. We also love to visit local coffee shops. So, it wasn’t too hard for us to put the car in reverse, drive South on Old Statesville Road and turn off when…

Recipe: Baked Walnut Pears

It may not feel like it here in Huntersville, North Carolina, but we are starting to see signs of the approach of the fall season. The leaves are changing color and there are enough on the ground to hear them crunch under your feet. However, the weatherman is calling for 90 degree temps this weekend! I don’t think I will ever get used to the changing colors of the trees coupled with high southern temperatures. Our road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains had me craving these juicy, decadent pears. I had made them a few weeks ago and couldn’t get over how easy they were to make and how amazingly beautiful they were! The key to this recipe is waiting until the pears are perfectly ripe. You will know they are ripe when their color changes from green to yellow. This Baked Walnut Pear recipe is great for the…

Where to Stay and Eat Gluten Free in Asheville North Carolina

Historically, September is a busy time for our family. This year was no different. Last week, Nick flew to Nashville for a work conference and I flew to Manchester, NH, to visit my family. When we returned home, we really wanted to reconnect and celebrate our upcoming engagement anniversary. We live only two hours from Asheville, NC, and thought a quick 24 hour road trip would be perfect! The goal of our getaway was to rest, eat and explore the downtown.  Here are 5 Places to Eat and Drink Gluten Free in Asheville, North Carolina. 1. Over Easy Cafe With a full day of walking ahead of us, we started the day with a healthy breakfast at Over Easy Cafe. This small, eclectic restaurant featuring local artist’s work opens at 8 AM and fills up fast. It’s a first come, first serve style which means you need to show up early…

Recipe: Paleo Honey Lemon Cupcakes

Congratulations! You’ve made it to Wednesday. I’m so happy we are halfway through this week. We are just starting to see signs of fall here in North Carolina. The nights are starting to cool down and days are no longer in the triple digits. I am so ready to say goodbye to August and welcome in September. Only 1 more day… This past weekend we ushered out the summer with a picnic at our favorite park in Charlotte. The Queen City has a Jazz Festival three times each summer. We happened to catch the last one on Saturday at Freedom Park. The weather was perfect and so was the food! I packed us enough snacks to last the four hours we would be there. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting for any length of time, I get the munchies. My picnic basket included fresh fruit, organic cheese…

My 2017 Eclipse Day + Recipes

So…yesterday was the 2017 eclipse. Yup, I think we’ve all heard about enough about the eclipse glasses. Although, yesterday was a pretty cool thing to experience. I stepped out on our balcony just as the eclipse happened. Living in Charlotte, we had about 98% coverage. My husband was bummed that it didn’t get completely dark out. I have to admit, I was expecting something similar. It was fun to see all my neighbors popping outside with their glasses on. Yesterday was also an awesome day because I started practicing yoga again. There is this amazing website called, Do Yoga With Me. Their videos are free! I’m starting back up with the beginner videos and after two days I’ve already noticed a difference. Here is a link to the yoga class I took today on Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back. Another fantastic experience yesterday involves food. I returned to an old recipe…

A Few of Our Favorite Charlotte Things

This past Friday, Nick and I took a day off from life and spontaneously enjoyed everything we love about living near Charlotte, NC. We are coming up on our one year anniversary in North Carolina. What better way to celebrate than to take part in the places and things that made us pack up our lives and move to this area? Here are 4 places we recommend visiting. 1. Famous Toastery Dilworth Getting up at 5:30 AM on your day off might be the farthest thing from your mind, but when gluten free breakfast at the Famous Toastery of Dilworth is your destination, you jump out of bed! We discovered this restaurant on our first trip to Charlotte, when we were researching the area. On each of our four road trips from Virginia Beach, we would stop at the Famous Toastery, refuel and start on our list of things to…