Winter is here and it is time to prepare for the holidays. Welcome to Divine Holiday, your one-stop guide through the holiday season. Tune in every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new DIY, health, and recipe tips that will leave you happy, healthy and holiday-ready! Enjoy!
My goal is always to eat clean, but sometimes I cannot fight the urge to indulge on a perfectly warm and sweet dessert. Mug cakes are great because you are making a single serving of cake and you can completely control how much sugar and fat go in it. No need to cook from a box! With peach and cinnamon as the main flavors, I call this delicious dessert the Peach Cobbler Inspired mug cake. Since there was no need for egg, and I used coconut milk, it happens to also be vegan! Share with others and please let me know if you give this a try!
It it a small business Saturday and in honor of this, The Divine Hostess book is on sale for just $16! For those of you who don’t know, it is a cooking handbook for your cooking, hosting, and health needs. The recipes are simple, delicious, and wholesome. There are tips throughout the book that help you prepare things for guests for parties and special events. There’s even a sample menu for a Super Bowl party and a baby shower!
Here’s a video about the launch of my book: video
Another happy customer!
Oil-free, Gluten-free, Clean Pumpkin Bars
This recipe is the wonderful creation of my instagram pal Alex (@The_oc_fab_life ). Her food always looks so yummy and healthy that I asked if she might submit a recipe for my site. She is a busy woman and has found that she is even more concerned with health now that she has a little one who depends on her. It’s awesome to see a mom who works hard to make the food both healthy AND delicious! When you try this recipe, do not leave out the whipped cream. It’s a must! I’m personally experimenting with using coconut cream to make vegan whip, but you can use whatever you like!
- 10 Medjool dates, pitted and diced (about 1 cup diced)
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 1 ½ cups rolled gluten free oats, ground into flour in blender/ food processor
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 16 ounce can pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup almond milk
|Place the 10 pitted and diced dates into a small bowl with the 3⁄4 cup of water and soak for 15 minutes.Put flour and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. In a blender, blend the soaked dates, the date soak water, vanilla, and almond milk. Pour this into the bowl of flour/spices, and also add the pumpkin, and mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.Scrape batter into an 8×8-inch baking pan that is lined with parchment paper (or use a non-stick silicone baking pan). Cook for 25-30 minutes at 375ºF. (If you see a light browning and some cracks on the top, these are good indications that it’s done.) Let cool at least 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. Add whipped cream as topping!
Check out the video demonstration. This is my first time making the recipe and it came out well!
Kelly Rowland recently released a stellar abs workout video with her good friend and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins. It’s about time! Jeanette Jenkins has a long standing reputation of whipping various celebrities into shape as well as inspiring others to go the extra mile to stay fit. Meanwhile, Kelly has been showing off her toned and feminine body over the last couple years, but especially with her new album, Talk A Good Game. I am pretty interested in the video, because the weather is cooling down and it’s not as easy to work out outdoors. I am also a fan of workouts that help maintain a more feminine form while toning and firming.
What do you think? Will you be purchasing this workout video set?
I read in a CNN article that due to hundreds of thousands of parents signing a petition on change.org, Kraft is changing the ingredients they use to dye many of their most popular types of macaroni and cheese. To still achieve the bright yellow most are familiar with, the company will use natural ingredients that are already yellow, like turmeric. In addition to removing dye, they also have plans of making it more nutritious over all– like adding more fiber for instance.
I think it’s great that we can speak out and influence prominent companies and ask them to be more responsible and sensitive to health concerns. No matter what a person’s economic status is, they should have access to basic foods that are nutritious and not harmful. I believe companies have a duty to be conscientious and ever-searching when it comes to food that not only tastes good, but serves primarily for the purpose of nourishing the body. In 2014, I wonder what other changes we might see as other companies are asked to “step their game up”.
Still one question remains in my mind, however– instead of asking to make it a little more nutritious, why don’t parents stop feeding their children Kraft mac n cheese?
Hey everyone! As you know, I’ve devoted a great deal of my effort and energy to my YouTube channel as a way to spread my message about wellness, and gives tips on cooking and hosting. My desire for 2014 is to really grow and expand. One thing that will help me do this is to better showcase my content with better technology. This is why I am raising funds to invest in a DSLR camera. The fundraising will help offset my costs as I invest in a DSLR and lenses. I want to thank each of you for your support on this journey. It can only get better!!
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