Bathroom Remodel

This is what it looked like on move-in day. Now, I’m not against red bathrooms… but I am against small, windowless, red bathrooms. I went in, closed the door, and felt like I was in a heart chamber. Bleh.

Step 1: remove the mirror and patch up the wall as needed (free- $5)

Step 2: prime (because red paint) and paint the walls. ($30-$50… worth it)

Step 3: add accessories

  • Mirror: free (gift)
  • Shelves: $35 from Hobby Lobby (50% off)
  • Rug: $4 Dirt Cheap
  • Plant: :$4 Dirt Cheap

Candles, picture frames, memorabilia were all gifts from others or laying around the house. As a side note: I really like changing up the decor a bit at least once a year. To keep this hobby as inexpensive as possible, I use decor I already have. Adding new paint, different pictures/art, or just changing placement of some decorations can give a fresh look without breaking the budget. Also, checking out discount places, yard sales, and antique stores can yield quality and unique decor for cheap!

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Gluten-free, Soy-free, Vegan

Wednesday morning baking ❤️

Notes:

  • I used Earth Balance Soy-free Vegan butter instead of the vegetable shortening.
  • I would also recommend adding 1/2 c. more chocolate chips than the recipe calls for. 😋
  • My regular chocolate chip cookies have a sweet and salty taste, so I added a dash more salt to get closer to that effect.

Link to recipe:

Amazing Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cinnamon Blueberry Bread: gluten, soy, egg, dairy free

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. Brown Rice flour
  • 1 c. Sweet Sorghum flour
  • 1 c. White Rice flour
  • 2/3 c. Coconut sugar
  • 4 tsp. Arrowroot flour/starch
  • 1 tsp. Xanthum gum
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

Whisk the dry ingredients together and add:

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 flaxseed egg (1/8 c. Ground flaxseed reconstituted in about 1/4 c. water. Let sit at least 5 minutes until jelly-like consistency.)
  • 2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Applesauce
  • 1 c. Coconut or almond milk (note: I also do half coconut milk creamer, half milk for a sweeter option.)

Mix ingredients together until just blended (stir with a wooden spoon). Then stir in 1 cup blueberries.

Grease an 8×8 pan with coconut oil. The batter will be thick, so smooth the top with a spatula after pour into pan. (This makes the bread look pretty. ❤️)

Bake in preheated 350 F oven for 30-40 min. The bread will be sturdy and start to crack across the top when done.

Some notes to make the bread sweeter: use part or all cane sugar and part or all coconut milk vanilla creamer.

Strawberry Quick-bread: gluten, dairy, soy, egg free

Since going gluten & egg free, I’ve wanted to learn how to bake some of my old go-to quick bread recipes. After a disastrous attempt at banana bread, I gave up the thought.

Recently, I read a tip that breads should be baked with gluten free flour blends without gums. Maybe that was the problem. So, I bought 1-to-1 all purpose blend and decided to try this recipe from Strength & Sunshine.

I changed a few things, which I’ll note in a minute.

Another note: the batter tasted delicious. Then the aftertaste hit me. WHO’S THE JOKER WHO PUT FAVA BEANS IN THE STRAWBERRY BREAD??!! 🤢

However, the loaf baked up beautifully with no strange tastes or aftertastes.

Changes I made to the original recipe are as follows. I made a double batch, so be sure to halve my measurements if following the regular recipe!

  • Use unsweetened applesauce instead of strawberry preserves.
  • Add 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. cane sugar + 1/2 c. coconut sugar in place of 1 cup sweetener
  • Half the strawberries I chopped small, the other half I blended in the food processor.
  • No strawberries on top.
  • Alternative: sprinkle decorative sugar on top before baking.
  • I used regular almond milk
  • Flax egg substitute- 1/2 cup when reconstituted.

Click here for the rest of the recipe from Strength & Sunshine.

Enjoy!!

Procrasti-baking

Procrasti-baking. verb: When a person should be lesson planning, but decides to try three new recipes instead. 👩🏼‍🍳

#iregretnothing

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Cinnamon Roll Saturday (with recipe)

Rainy day baking happiness

Recipe: https://justwhatweeat.com/cinnamon-rolls-gluten-free-vegan-refined-sugar-free-yeast-free/

Notes: I subbed sorghum flour for millet and used half coconut sugar half unrefined cane sugar (because I ran out of millet flour and coconut sugar). I used almond milk instead of coconut milk for the same reason. Also, use an 8×8, rather than 9×13 pan.