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Game Changer Chocolate Frosting

No.

Time.

Ahhh!!

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Okay, now that that rant is over, I want to thank you all for your amazing comments on my last few posts! Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. Same goes for my blog reading recently. As I said above, I just haven’t had the time.

Today my aunt helped me move all of my big furniture into my dorm room (mini fridge, microwave, chair, computer/phone setup for my internship, table). I would have moved everything today on campus but I also had an appointment with my GAPS practitioner so I couldn’t stay.

This Saturday I’ll probably finish moving up with the help of my parents (and maybe my brother depending on his mood πŸ˜‰ ).

Would you believe that I already have things to do before school starts? Like non-moving in things. More specifically speaking, homework-esque things. Ugh.

But for now I am living in blissful denial until Sunday when I will tackle all of that.

Let’s focus on glorious food for now, okay?

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As I mentioned on Wednesday this past Sunday was my dad’s birthday so I made him a cake. Yellow layers with chocolate frosting.

The cake part turned out pretty tasty but not exactly sharing-material.

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The frosting however was a real winner.

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Some may call it a…

Game Changer Chocolate Frosting

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes about 2 cups of frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup carob powder (or cocoa powder but it will not be as sweet)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • dash of sea salt and splash of vanilla (optional but recommended)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blend and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. If making a layer cake add the frosting in between the layers and freeze for a few hours. Then frost the rest of the cake with the remaining chilled frosting.

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Questions for you:

How do you people click that “Mark all as read” button on Bloglovin? I just feel SO guilty! πŸ™

Is chocolate and avocado even a surprising combo anymore? Answer: Whenever I see chocolate + “surprise ingredient” I immediately guess avocado.

Feel free to rant about not having any time either! I’m all ears.

Ignore the Burn Marks (WIAW)

Right now I’m watching What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s the split screen scene where Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison are talking about circumcision (don’t worry- that’s not at all where this post is going). On the one side you have Diaz eating a banana and on the other is Morrison staring at a plate full of donuts. For some reason I find this really backwards and hilarious. If I don’t have food allergies whenever I am in the process of growing a life inside of me, I hope I have the restraint to bypass the donuts and pick up a banana instead.

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Ha. Who am I kidding. I will never leave the house because I’ll be baking out the wazoo. Some women send out their significant other to buy bags of cookies and chips… I’ll send mine out for flour, coconut oil and carob powder.

Okay, so now Chace Crawford just handed Anna Kendrick a tin of homemade caramels. I think I seriously just “awwed.” Not because he made her caramels, but because he made her caramels AND he did so despite the fact that he knew he would burn his hand in the process. Dude- I can so relate. I need me one of those fancy bandages whenever I get flicked with scalding liquids while cooking chili or accidentally banging my Β forearm against the inside of my oven while removing a fresh sheet of cookies.

You know what I’d really need? A t-shirt that says: “Ignore the burn mark shaped like a donut. Hungry mother in the kitchen.”

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Seriously. That’s a best selling idea right there.

Boy oh boy. I’m not even sure how I got onto that train of thought. In case you were wondering, no, I’m not pregnant. This is just a really cute movie and I obviously am horrible at multi-tasking. Thank goodness I wasn’t writing a term paper on astronomy or something like that. But how fun would that be to find out if there really is a connection between full moons and birth rates (didn’t expect me to find a way to connect those two, did ya? πŸ˜‰ )

Speaking of pregnancies, how great are all of these pregnant bloggers doing? Especially our lovely hostess for the week, Jenn. I just loved her bump post this past week. Too cute!

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*Movie just ended*

Now that that’s over, time for me to actually focus on this post πŸ™‚ Today I don’t have any recipes to share, but a bunch of pictures of food that I’ve been making since coming home late Friday night. I have about two days to pack up before heading off to school for the year and you can count on a lot more deliciousness being cooked up in the meantime (and hopefully no bandages required!).

One of the recipes that I am most excited to share actually was created by someone else. Lucky you all, you can see how to make it today. The recipe comes from 17recipes.com and is called “My Best Paleo Waffle Recipe.” The name is quite fitting actually. Even though I wasn’t able to actually taste the waffle, it certainly smelled and looked like the real deal. I doubled the recipe and gave one huge Belgian waffle to each of my parents. My mom topped hers with peaches (wish I had gotten a picture of that because it looked insanely good) while my dad went the old-fashioned route with just honey.

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Another recipe that I am anxious to share, but you all will just have to wait for this one! Remember how I brainstormed some potential spin-off ideas for my coconut flour cinnamon rolls? Well, I just couldn’t wait to try one of them out and proceeded to make a new batch this past weekend. With apple chunks. Yes, you will want to check this out. Dare I say that they were even more beloved than the original?

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Next up is quite a simple recipe. Not even sure if it needs sharing really. Basically it’s just some fish that I coated in ghee and seasoned with salt and pepper before baking. Served with a side of cooked peas, this was a meal for my dad. Mine looked just the same minus the ghee and peppers. Simple and it just really hit the spot. I made some fish last week too and just couldn’t get it off of my mind!

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This past Sunday was my dad’s birthday and of course I had to make him a cake! The cake itself I probably will not share the recipe for because it was a little time consuming and didn’t turn out as well as I had expected. It wasn’t that my mom and dad didn’t love the taste. They gobbled it up. It’s just that my mom thought the cake was supposed to be chocolate cake. However, there was not a lick of cocoa powder in sight in the cake recipe. It was supposed to be yellow actually, but both parents swore up and down that it was chocolate. Um, no. There was carob in the frosting though, and I’m quite pleased with how that turned out so I will be sharing the recipe for that one pronto.

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Now that wraps up WIAW for the week. Make sure to check out all of the other link-ups that Peas and Crayons has for today (maybe some of those bloggers were nice enough to provide you with actual recipes and not just pictures πŸ˜‰ ). Either way, check back on Friday where I promise to post at least one of the recipes that you see on here today!

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Questions for you:

Have you ever watched What to Expect When You’re Expecting? This was probably my second or third time watching it. No award-winner or anything, just a good make-you-smile movie.

Do you ever burn yourself while baking/cooking? I don’t too often!

Who is ready for summer to be over? I’ll get back to you on that one…. Tough question.