Friday, December 2, 2016
 Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake With Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seed Topping [ Gluten Free ]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake With Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seed Topping [ Gluten Free ]

Friday, December 2, 2016
I am getting the pumpkin spice out of my system with one last decadent recipe! This rich Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake is moist, bursting with brown sugary pumpkin flavor, and is completely irresistible. I hid what was left from Austin and I'm not ashamed of it!

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Pound cake has long been one of my most beloved baked goods. It's dense crumb and sweet full flavor make it the most irresistible cake. Pair a slice with an ice cold glass of milk [ coconut milk for my dairy free girls ] and you have a downright sinful bite. This Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake is so luscious! I took a loaf to our Thanksgiving dinner and it was a huge hit.



Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake With Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seed Topping 
[ Gluten Free ]
Prep Time: 10 min  |  Cook Time: 50-60 min  |  Servings: 10

Ingredients:
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs at room temperature
2 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 all-purpose baking flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. instant espresso powder
3/4 cup apple butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
Coconut oil for greasing pan

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Instructions.
Preheat oven to 375˚. Grease loaf pan on all sides. Set aside. Split pumpkin seeds - 1 cup to fold in and 1/2 cup for topping.

Step 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and espresso powder. Set aside.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, sugars, butter, and apple butter and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until the egg disappears.

Step 3. Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture in thirds. Beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and 1 cup of pumpkin seeds.

Step 4. Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Tap pan on counter to remove any air bubbles. Sprinkle top generously with pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, and espresso. Bake on 375˚ for 50-60 minutes - Until a wood skewer inserted near the center of cake comes out clean.

Step 5. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Top Tip: while still warm, press brown sugar into all of the edges of this pound cake for extra sweetness.

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The base of this pound cake is simple and can be adjusted to fit any flavor profile that you desire. With Christmas coming I just might have to try out a gingerbread version of this pound cake. Candy canes crossed [ or fingers ;) ]  it turns out spectacularly. 


Enjoyed this recipe? Share it on Pinterest or Facebook and show it some love!


Do you have a seasonal cake recipe that you love to make? 


With love,


Thursday, December 1, 2016
Red Ponte Pants X Nautical Stripes

Red Ponte Pants X Nautical Stripes

Thursday, December 1, 2016
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Happy December! I cannot believe that it is already Christmastime. Where does the time go? With Christmas on it's way and new chapters on the horizon [ hello 2017 ], I have to say.. I am excited! Everything feels revived this month - There are so many possibilities for the year to come! 

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I gotta say, there are few things I despise so much as jeans. Ha! I am a leggings girl all the way! When that winter chill dances through the air I make a mad dash for my legging collection. It's bad, I know. The trick with leggings is finding tops that are long enough to cover the rear. We don't want the bushy tail on display! ;)

I love mixing things up, pairing pieces together that you wouldn't think to put together at first. I absolutely love outfits that are fairly neutral contrasted against a bold nautical element. It's those little touches that make an outfit yours and not just trendy! 

This look is crazy comfortable and quite easy to dress up or down. I actually wore this to Thanksgiving dinner with knee boots. Red works for Thanksgiving too, right! December is the perfect month to break out the jewel tones - tops, pants, scarves, you name it! Jewel tones rule this month, and personally I think they are gorgeous!

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On a side note - I recently had copper highlights + lowlights put in my hair and now my hair has multiple personalities! I swear that my hair changes color depending on the lighting. Sometimes I'm strawberry blonde, sometimes downright red. Then there are the ash blonde days. If you are a redhead please share your favorite color safe shampoo in the comments! I need to be proactive in maintaining these rosy locks. 

PS. This Sole Society duffle is on final sale so you can grab it for an amazing price! It's the perfect weekend bag. Linked below. 

Outfit Details //
Top: Red Haute
Pants: Loft [ similar ]
Scarf: Local Boutique
Heels: Steve Madden
Bag: c/o Sole Society [ exact ]

Are you a leggings or jeans girl? What is the boldest color you've worn?

With love, xo
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Messy Wrapped Low Ponytail

Messy Wrapped Low Ponytail

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Nothing is more classic than an chic low ponytail. This messy wrapped ponytail is so easy to throw up and is completely effortless. A tousled look like this is ideal for those days when you're just running errands, but, can be easily dressed up for date night!

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A messy low ponytail is chic, whether you have shorter hair or long. This tutorial is so easy, I love it! This hairstyle has quickly become a favorite of mine. I rarely straighten out my curls. When I do straighten my hair, I love pulling it back in a casual hairstyle like this. It keeps my hair out of my face all day without giving me a headache!


Messy Wrapped Low Ponytail
You Need: hair elastic | bobby pin

Step 1. Gather hair loosely at nape of neck and secure with a hair elastic. Pull from the top of the ponytail to tighten and draw ponytail up.

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Step 2. Pull pieces of hair out around your face and tug gently at base of ponytail to loosen it up. Pull pieces of hair down over ears to give this ponytail a relaxed look.

Tip: Spray ends of hair with texturizing spray to give the ponytail a more tousled look!


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Step 3. Pull a two inch panel of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Pin with a bobby pin under the base and spray with hairspray. 

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That's it! This uncomplicated hairstyle is so easy to put up and looks very chic! Using a sea salt spray or another texturizing spray [ that you love ] will give this ponytail a perfectly tousled look. Don't you just love hairstyles that look casual, yet, completely put together? This messy ponytail is your new go-to for casual chic!

Get social with it: If you enjoyed this easy tutorial pin it, tweet it & facebook it!

Do you love a messy pony? What is your go-to effortless hairstyle?

With love,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie With Cranberry Sage Gravy

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie With Cranberry Sage Gravy

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot easier with this savory Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and Cranberry Sage Gravy. This skillet Shepherd’s pie brings all of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner together in one delicious bite!

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie With Cranberry Sage Gravy
Prep Time: 15 min  |  Cook Time: 20min  |  Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lb. ground turkey
1 medium onion – finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic – chopped
1 tbsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 cup of white grape juice
1 ½ cups of low sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp, [ gluten free ] all purpose flour
2 cups of kale leaves – trimmed and thinly sliced

For the gravy:
2 cups sweetened dried cranberries 
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of sugar
2 tsp. fresh sage - finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. of orange zest
3/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of butter
4 cups of chicken broth

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Instructions.
Step 1. Place sweet potatoes on a plate and cover completely with wet paper towels. Place in  microwave for 8-12 minutes, until softened completely. Test potatoes with a skewer or butter knife to make sure they are cooked through. Remove sweet potatos from skin and place in a bowl. Fold in 4 tbsp. of butter, and salt + pepper to taste. Set aside.

Step 2. Melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a large pan over medium heat. Cook turkey, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until brown. Add in the onion, garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and paprika and cook until softened. Add in white grape juice and cook until almost evaporated [ about 5 minutes ]. 

Step 3. In a small bowl, whish together chicken broth and gluten free flour. Add broth/flour mixture and kale into pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until sauce is thickened [ 8-10 minutes ]. Season with salt and pepper, and transfer to a 10” pie dish or cast iron skillet. Let cool. 

Step 4. Smooth sweet potatoes on top and allow pie to set. About 15 minutes. 


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Instructions For Cranberry Sage Gravy.
Step 1. In the same saucepan, bring cranberries, 1 cup of water, 1 1/2 tsp. orange zest, and 1/4 cup of sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until cranberries are tender. Let cool. Puree the cranberries in a food processor until smooth, with 2 teaspoons of finely chopped sage.

Step 2. In a heavy saucepan, cook butter and flour over medium heat stirring constantly, about 3-4 minutes, just until a roux forms. Add 4 cups of chicken broth and the pureed cranberries; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until gravy has thickened and is ready to serve!

Serve alongside shepherd's pie for an extra kick of flavor!


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Top tip: Cover assembled, cool pie tightly with plastic wrap then foil, and freeze for up to three months. To reheat, remove plastic wrap and re-cover with foil. Bake on 350˚ until warmed through. Brush top with butter and broil until edges are golden [ about 7 minutes ].

This Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie is ridiculously good! The spicy ground turkey enrobed in white grape gravy is both savory and sweet. The buttery mashed sweet potatoes, kale, and cranberry sage gravy elevate this dish beautifully. It is sophisticated comfort food at it's best. Enjoy every savory, sweet, delicious bite!

Have you made a shepherd's pie like this? What is your favorite comfort food dish?

With love,



Monday, November 21, 2016
4 Ways To Overcome Doubt and Fear

4 Ways To Overcome Doubt and Fear

Monday, November 21, 2016
I have a confession: I have struggled with doubt over the years and recently that doubt and fear has tried to creep back into my life. I am working through those feelings - conquering them and overcoming their shadow. Overcoming the chains of doubt is not easy, but, it is not impossible. God does not leave us to crumble under our own doubt and fear. He rushes into the void with strength undergirded with peace beyond comprehension. 


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Today I want to remind you that you are not alone, that we all face uncertainty, and that there is freedom from the chains of doubt. Read on for some raw honesty and 4 encouragements to help you overcome doubt/fear and find joy again. 

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Gain Perspective.
Overcoming doubt starts with our perspective about God; who He is, what He has done for us, and what He continues to do. There have been so many times over the past five years that I have felt forgotten by God. The truth though was that I had forgotten Him. I had forgotten His sovereignty and His mercy. I had forgotten to seek Him. Peace drifted away as doubt washed in, covering my heart in a haze. I learned through the ebb and flow of uncertainty that my peace comes from the Lord. This is true for all of us. Security that washes away our doubts is rooted in the Lord.

Doubt and fear can encompass many different things - fear of the future, doubt about your purpose, uncertainty in your job, your relationship, and even doubt that hopes will become a reality. Remember in your doubt/fear that God works things out for His glory and our good. You are not forgotten by God, you are not alone in the void. Set your heart and your mind on Him and seek His peace - You will find it in abundance.



Confide In Someone.
This is such a difficult thing to do [ at least it is for me ], but, it is an important step to take in dealing with doubt. So often we bottle up what we feel, especially when we are experiencing feelings of doubt or fear about our life, our purpose, important decisions, circumstances etc. The temptation to weather our fearful doubts alone can be powerful. There can be shame or fear of being seen too deeply. This is something that I find incredibly difficult. I like to be viewed as a strong woman - and I am strong. I am also weak at times. I hurt and I weep. I am a broken sinful human being who needs God as much as anyone else. 

Overcoming doubt and fear begins with letting someone else in. Confide in a woman that you trust. Pour out your fears, pour out the doubt that you feel, and let that release wash over you. Holding in all of those negative emotions wears us down overtime. So uncork the bottle that is your feelings and pour them out on the trusted ear of a friend. The freedom and release that it will bring will refresh your weary heart immensely.


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Realize What You Are Not.
You are not your fear. Fear/doubt and uncertainty are emotions that we experience, but, they are not who we are and they do not define us. It is easy to identify with our fear rather than see it as a feeling that we are experiencing for a time. When I am in the midst of battling doubt and fear I often feel like that is all that there is. I become my emotions, wearing them like a second skin or a mask over the heart of who I am. Realizing what is true, and that I am not my uncertainty, completely changes my perspective and gives me a renewed positivity!

Take hold of what is real and tangible. Let go of wearing emotions by choosing to see the truth - You have a unique purpose, your hopes will come to fruition with hard work, you are more capable than you believe, and you are strong. Embrace the positive! Emotions can take a strong hold if we give them power. Choose joy and positivity. Life is hard, yes, but it is a beautiful journey to be embraced and savored with joy, not withered by fear and doubt.

Take Time for Yourself.
Uncertainty flourishes when we are worn thin. Make time to step back and take care of yourself, even for just a few minutes. For me, listening to music or going for a run [ or both! ] helps me clear my mind and completely relax. I have learned to take the time necessary to unplug and allow peaceful ease to settle in. Without my 'me time' I would be more susceptible to the doubts and fears that try to bring me down. Renewing our minds, hearts and bodies is essential to overcoming doubt! A healthy, positive outlook begins with a rested mind and heart, alongside strength of body. Foster peaceful positivity by setting aside time to relax, in whatever form that takes for you [ exercise, reading, coffee with a friend..]  and truly refresh.

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Outfit Details //
Top: BB Dakota
Leggings: Loft
Scarf: Local Boutique
Bag: T. J. Maxx
Boots: Belk

I hope this post encouraged you to break free from your doubts and embrace life with joy. Thank you for allowing me to share my struggles and journey openly. I'm nervous and excited to continue breaking down my barriers and be completely real with y'all. I hope you'll find freedom here on The Nosh Life to share your journey too!

Have you struggled with doubt or fear of any kind? What have you done to overcome them? What do you do for your 'me time'?

With love,