Oat Flour Birthday Cake (gluten free)

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For Cohen’s first birthday I made the easiest gluten free cake out of oat flour. I’m shocked with how good it tasted. Oat flour is my favorite go to gluten free flour because it’s pretty healthy and easy to make quickly in my blender. I’m always double or tripling recipes (muffins, usually) so I make it in large batches dumping it into my vitamix and blitzing the oats until it’s flour. The cake looks dense in the pictures, but the texture was like a scone.

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I used this vegan vanilla cupcake recipe from Feasting On Fruit and instead of making cupcakes I made two 9” round cakes. I think I doubled (maybe tripled?) the recipe. The first round cake I used a plastic cup to cut out the two mini layers and just stacked them on top of each other to make Cohen’s tiny cake. The second round cake I cut into slices (scone shapes) for everyone to eat with brunch. I hadn’t thought much about Cohen’s cake and decided last minute to try the new recipe. Cohen literally dove face first into the cake, so I really felt like it was a success :)

Thinking next time I make this recipe I’m going to try mixing-in maybe pumpkin, apple, or some ginger, molasses or cranberries! yummmm

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Alexa Chung, Klimt & shades of spring

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The Klimt painting above is a favorite of mine from the MET. Aren't these the perfect spring colors?! I love how Klimt uses that blue tone throughout even in the girl's skin. The purple, blues and greens are so pretty.

Here's a little Art History on the Klimt the painting above, it's titled Mäda Primavesi. Did you know the girl was 9 years old when Gustave Klimt painted her?

"Mäda Primavesi was the daughter of the banker and industrialist Otto Primavesi, one of the financial backers of the Wiener Werkstätte, and the actress Eugenia Primavesi (née Butschek), whom Klimt painted in 1913. Young Mäda's portrait was executed in 1912. A series of preliminary pencil sketches, now in public and private collections, show that as the composition evolved, the artist experimented with alternative poses and background motifs. Ultimately, he selected an open, painterly treatment that contrasts with the highly stylized designs adapted for the backgrounds of his fin-de-siècle portraits. The lighthearted, decorative motifs seem particularly appropriate to a nine-year-old sitter."

(As you can see HERE, I love Klimt's work!)

xo

Super Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice // SCD // Paleo // Whole 30

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Cauliflower Rice is very easy! You can pulse it yourself and make rice like I did above OR you can now buy cauliflower rice from Costco it's organic AND you get two bags for $3-4. It's amazing. Get some! Chop up and stir fry whatever veggies you like. I ususally do carrots, but I'll always throw whatever I have in there---bell peppers, frozen peas, broccoli, pineapple. Yum. I like a good chunk of chopped garlic and ginger with a dash or two or three of soy sauce (liquid aminos or tamari). Easy peasy!