Dust Off That Waffle Iron… And Other Fun Kitchen Hacks From My Appearance on Windy City Live!

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In case you missed it – I had a blast sharing more kitchen hacks on Chicago’s Windy City Live!  You can watch it here!

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Over the years through work and through falling in love with baking and cooking, I’ve amassed a plethora of kitchen gadgets. Couple that with The Boy moving in AND this whole registering thing that you’re supposed to do before you get married and let’s just say my cabinets and kitchen drawers are looking like a very messy and overstocked Bed Bath & Beyond…. mostly the Beyond section.

Spend five minutes in that Beyond section staring at the walls and walls and walls of kitchen gadgets, and you quickly convince yourself that your life will not and cannot be complete without every single one. Of COURSE I need both an Avo Saver, Hard Boiled Egg Slicer and Melon Baller. How did I exist up until this point without one? What kind

En Route To Chicago: Raising the bar with RX Bar and a Tune In Alert!

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Hello there!

I’m currently writing to you from above the clouds on my way to Chicago for a few days on my old stomping grounds. So excited about some quality time with friends and undoubtedly, great food. I still think that Wi-Fi on planes is just about the coolest thing ever. Am I the only one that not’s over it yet?!

Also, I forgot my jacket back in LA sooo this should be really fun.

Before I get to the whole foods and friends part of my Chicago trip, I’ll be stopping by Chicago’s Windy City Live on ABC tomorrow morning at 11am (CST) for some fun! I had such a blast last time and can’t wait to visit again to share some more kitchen hacks to save you time in the kitchen! If you aren’t in Chicago, you can watch it live here!

I spent the day yesterday down in San Diego so

Easy to make, Easy to Eat: Paleo Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches!

You will HEART these Grain Free, Dairy Free and Paleo Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches! I’ll be whipping up a batch of the cookies for my friends Baby Shower this weekend. She’s currently on the dairy and soy free train and I know these are so good they will fool even all of the Team Pro Gluten & Diary attendees! so while I’m prepping the batter, I figured I would share how to turn a delicious dairy free cookie into an even more delicious dairy free ice cream sandwich. These store really well in the freezer, the cookie stays soft (that is, if you can resist not eating them all before the whole freezing them part comes along!)

I used Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter for half of these and their Cherry Amaretto flavor for the other but any ice cream flavor would work! I particularly would enjoy a coffee flavor! :)

Happy Wednesday!

xoJ

HOW TO MAKE… GLUTEN FREE CANDY STUFFED BROOKIES!

Hi Folks!!

A while back I posted about the homemade Brookies I made and I’ve been asked by a lot of people how I make them. Others have told me they’ve since made them and brought them to parties and that they were a hit- I LOVE hearing this!! The whole reason I started this blog in the first place is to share what I love in hopes that you and your friends, families, and strangers you meet on the street, love it just as much as I do! And really, what’s better than sharing the love of cookies meeting brownies meeting (gluten free) oreos and a whole lot of other chocolate goodness?! That is real, true love!

For me, back in the days of Lisa Frank folders and Kipling backpacks, I loved a good old visual aid to help my learning. So I figured why not make a fun visual aid on how to make these Brookies even easier for you

Classic Comfort Food, Gluten Free, Paleo Style!

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You guys!

How are you? Am I the only person who feels like this week might just be the loooooongest week in the history of loooong feeling weeks? I’m ready for some TGIF action. If only there was still that amazing lineup on ABC of Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step and Perfect Stranger #amIRight?

ah the good old days.

Speaking of good old days, even though I’m gluten free, paelo-ish and (mostly) dairy free, sometimes I just want the comfort of some ooey gooey delicious pasta. There is nothing better than warm, baked tomato sauce and a pasta that has crusty golden goodness on top.

But, there’s nothing worse than the bloating, breakouts and squeezing into my pants after eating said ooey gooey delicious pasta.

So, sunday night I finally made a healthy adaptation of a childhood comfort food classic. And while I didn’t have my TGIF lineup to go with it, I did have Grease

On the Fence: Beef Jerky (Epic Honest Harvest Wholesome Trail Mix)

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Hello!

This has been a very exciting week. The Boy and I celebrated two years together (crazy!), I found out that Backstreet Boys will be not only be the show “Undateable” next week- but they will also be on the same lot WHERE I WORK.  (Poll: Do we think it’s okay if I “coincidentally” wear my Backstreet Boys studded denim jacket to work that day?! “Oh, this old thing?”)

Oh AND I tried a new snack… Beef Jerky.

So much excitement, so little time.

Here’s the truth about Beef Jerky. When I think about Beef Jerky I think about growing up seeing Slim Jim commercials and those tubular things of beef at the gas station that looked (in my opinion), beyond nasty. 8th grade me thought why have that as a snack when you can have Gushers? or Teddy Grahams (chocolate ones, obviously). Or those yogurts that came with a thing of sprinkles to pour into it! Sprinkles in a

Girls Night In Products Featured on Fox 2 Detroit’s The Nine!

Good Morning!

In case you are looking for more info on the products I featured this morning on Fox 2 Detroit, I will post a full review later but here are the links!

The Perfect Drink 2.0 – App Controlled Bartending!  MakeItPerfectly.com 
Foodstirs- Food Crafting Baking Kits & Mixes – foodstirs.com
Tria Age Defying Laser & Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser – TriaBeauty.com
Glow Recipe: Curated Korean Beauty Products– Rubber Masks, Fermented Masks, Serums & eye creams & more!  – GlowRecipe.com
Brit + Co DIY Crafting Kits (comes with everything you need for a fun DIY project!)  – https://www.brit.co
Thanks for Watching!
xo,J

ZOMBIE Face Masks! (Otherwise known as Korean Beauty Rubber Face Masks)

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You guys!
Have you heard of Rubber Face Masks? Because I just tried one and I have never had so much fun putting on a face mask before! They have apparently been a staple in the Korean beauty world for years and a fan-favorite with celebs and spas alike but now, anyone at home with $5 bucks and 10 minutes can get in on the action!

These aren’t just any sheet mask. When you put the paste on, it turns into a rubbery mask that conforms to your face which allows mineral-rich nutrients to be absorbed and when you peel it off you remove dead skin cells and impurities from the skin!

So while prepping for my segment tomorrow morning on Fox 2 Detroit  on great activities for a Girls Night In, I tried one of these out, you know for research and such. Research that helps me get TV ready skin? Um, yes please and thank you.

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Ho Ho Ho it’s a Ha-Ha-Hanukkah Party

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Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah!

This past weekend I had my second annual Hanukkah dinner and I got VERY into keeping the food within the Hanukkah theme.

But first, let’s talk Target. Just when I thought I couldn’t love Target any more, they really stepped up their paper plate & Hanukkah decoration game. I mean these cute plates made serving dinner on paper actually acceptable!

And the napkins? I love them a Latke (see what I did there?!) The table was so colorful and bright (just like the candles from the menorah! Zing!) that one might not even notice the plastic silverware OR the cheap blue plastic tablecloth I used. (FYI The plates are designed by Spritz and I highly recommend them both for their cuteness and price point)

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Also, let’s talk about exciting it was to get to use our new camel Menorah that we got as an engagement present (thanks Amy!). It’s

No Tricks in These Treats!

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And a Happy Early Halloween to you.

This is the time of year that everywhere you turn, cute little miniatures are taunting you. “Eat me” screams the mini Milky Way in front of your assistants desk. “I’m sooo yummy” shouts the Snickers bar at Craft services.

But the truth is, aside from the fact that eating these miniatures on the regular between now and Halloween will lead us to feeling and looking not so miniature, these candies are chock full of ingredients that aren’t so good for you. And I’m not talking about from a weight perspective. They are chock full of the dreaded Ingredients You Can’t Pronounce to keep them shelf stable so that you could save your leftovers for next Halloween and hand them out to unsuspecting kids.

How gross is that? When you really think about it. You can save you Halloween candy until June and it will still be the same. Food is supposed to go bad and