FALL RECIPE ROUNDUP

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I had my first pumpkin flavored item of the season yesterday so I’m going to go ahead and officially declare that fall is upon us! Since my world revolves around food, what better way to kick off autumn than a recipe roundup full of the flavors that make this my favorite time of year: pumpkin, cinnamon, cranberry and sweet potato!

Breakfast:

Morning Glory Muffins- One more recipe to try and put a dent into all the zucchini you still have coming out of your yin-yang!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes- If ever there was a breakfast to eat before going to pick out the perfect pumpkin, this is it.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding -This also might be a good pumpkin/apple picking pre-game breakfast.

Almond Milk Chai Tea- Drink this and you can hear leaves crunching under your boots.

Sides and Appetizers:

Mountain Green Beans and Potatoes- I have a freezer full of green beans from clients’ gardens (I have the best clients!) and this is my favorite way to eat them.

Cranberry Sausage Bites- All of the comforting flavors of Thanksgiving in one bite without having to listen to your crazy aunt complain about Obama.

Sweet Potato Biscuits- Pair these with any soup you make for a little extra comfort.

Entrées:

Buffalo Quinoa Bites- The perfect tailgating treat! (You might also enjoy the Super Bowl recipe roundup I did for more tailgating ideas!)

Bean Soup- I’m working on a meatless, but still hearty, version of this recipe so stay tuned!

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili- There’s nothing better than coming home to a crockpot of this chili after a long day.

Dessert:

S’more Icebox Cake- All of the flavors of a bonfire, without your hair smelling like smoke.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies - Thanks to my lovely clients once again, I have lots of strawberry preserves at my disposal, and these are my current obsession.

Pumpkin Icebox Cake- You had better make this before you’re sick of pumpkin flavored everything.

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR COLUMBUS OHIO 2014

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This year’s Country Living Fair was a huge success! I ran into some of my favorite bloggers and vendors, got to spend time with my family (my husband, mom, dad, mother in law, sister and brother in law all tagged along!) and I found a lot of amazing accessories for my home and myself! Here are all of the awesome things I scored, and where you can find the vendors if you missed the Country Living Fair:

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Jar with lid, metal basket and vintage mint green sewing machine from The Heart of Ohio Antique booth . I’m obsessed with storage, so the jar is going to end up holding some sort of office supply, I’m thinking rolls of colorful washi tape! The basket seems like the perfect size for notebooks and folders I want to keep at the ready! The sewing machine is going to whip up amazing throw pillows and curtains….just kidding, I don’t sew…I just thought it was pretty. It looks amazing in my office though!

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Couldn’t pass up this tea towel from Stash Style, especially since it was only $10!

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‘Queen Bee’ bracelet from The Scrabble Chick, bonus: it’s a scrabble “S” tile on the back for “Sage”! ‘Bee Yourself’ bracelet from Metal Monk Jewelry , I obviously have a thing for bees.

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I love this print from The Homestead (couldn’t find a website) it’s framed in reclaimed wood and I think it’ll be perfect for the photo wall I’m working on in the master bedroom!

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You know I just CAN’T leave The Country Living Fair without an Amy D apron, sold to me by Amy D herself at the Wholly Craft booth! This makes my third one, but I switched things up this year because the other two I own are not half aprons. Whatever, don’t judge me.

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The perfect vintage bolero jacket, a steal at $15, from The Velvet Road.

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Couldn’t leave the boys out! I picked up this reversible oilcloth mat (the other side is white with blue polka dots!) for the dogs’ dishes from the Modern June booth.

YOUR GUIDE TO THE COUNTRY LIVING FAIR IN COLUMBUS OHIO

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(Me at last year’s Country Living Fair!)

It’s almost time for my favorite event of the year: The Country Living Fair is back in Columbus, OH! You may remember me writing about it last year (jog your memory here!), and it’s hard to believe that it is that time again! It runs September 12-14th from 10 am to 5 pm every day; unfortunately I don’t get to spend the whole weekend there with my schedule at the salon, but I sure know how to make the most of Sunday!

Here is my guide for getting the most out of your Country Living Fair experience in Columbus Ohio:

Breakfast:
You have an entire day of shopping ahead of you, so fuel your day by starting off at one of Columbus’ amazing brunch spots!

Third & Hollywood in Grandview: Northstar Cafe’s fancier sister is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus, and their brunch never disappoints! I love the fresh squeezed orange juice and I never stray away from the iron skillet chorizo and eggs. But if you’re looking for something more lunch than breakfast, the corn and black bean burger could make a carnivore go vegetarian. They don’t consider it gluten free if you ask them, because it’s held together by oats, but I have never reacted to oat gluten (oat gluten is different than wheat gluten, but every intolerance is unique!). If oats don’t give you any problems just order it without a bun and tortilla chips on the side!  Oh and on Sundays they have live jazz, which fills my culture quota for the day!

*While you’re in Grandview, stop by Objects For The Home to get your shopping juices flowing! It’s my favorite home store in Columbus but they also carry fabulous clothes and jewelry. Pick something up from local jewelry designer Lily Schlosser’s line, Eli & Barry, her ‘greater than’ earrings are my favorite!

Next it is on to the fair:
The Columbus Country Living Fair is held at Ohio Village, an adorable re-creation of a mid 19th century town in Ohio, it is super easy to get to off of I71. Parking has never been an issue in the past, but it is kind of a walk from the lot to the fair so don’t wear stilettos!  Once you’re in, here are some of my favorite booths:

Earth Angels Studios- I don’t know if this is the biggest booth at the Country Living Fair, or if it only feels that way because it is so packed full of amazing handmade treasures!

Flower Child- This vintage shop is a Columbus staple stocked with incredible finds from the 1930’s to the 1980’s and their booth never disappoints! If you can’t find something there, you have a boring day of shopping ahead of you.

Ginger Blue Decor- These magnetic frames and mantles really make me wish I were the one who came up with the idea. I stop by every year to get more changeable magnetic art for the one I have in my kitchen.

Heart of Ohio Antiques- They bring the best from their HUGE Springfield Ohio antique mall. I have never walked out of this booth without buying something. If you see Abbey working, tell her Dani sent you!

Igloo Letterpress- They have a cute little shop near my Worthington salon, and their booth satisfies my obsession with pretty paper products.

Jenis Splendid Ice Cream- I’m sure you’ll look at this booth and think “Oh my god this line is too long!” and that is how I will know you have never had the pleasure that is eating salty caramel ice cream from Jenis. Wait in the line and thank me later.

juNxtaposition- Repurposed “junk” that has been made into AMAZING jewelry. Their typewriter key necklaces are my absolute favorite.

Mocking Bird Meadows- She has a cure for whatever ails you! You might recall that I used her herbal bitters for my Digestive System Healing Diet, but I am also a huge fan of her “The Blues” and “Inflammabee” herbal honey spreads.

Modern June- I can spot this booth from a mile away, this is my personal candy store. Not only is everything beyond pretty, her laminated oil cloth products are super easy to clean.

Wholly Craft- This is also a local staple and features handmade goods from over 200 crafters and artists. Pick up an Amy D apron while you’re there!

Dinner:
You’ve worked up the kind of appetite that only comes from an entire day of shopping, but your wallet is probably as empty as your tummy! If you want an inexpensive but completely satisfying meal that has the quality people watching only the Short North can offer, head to Philco Diner. The menu reads like some amazing thing you came up with after a night of drinking, and since you’re drunk on retail therapy (if you’re also for real drunk, I’m not judging you.), this is perfect! The pan roasted pork chop is my personal favorite, but I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on the menu!

Now to complete your Country Living Fair experience, you just go home and find the perfect spots for all of your amazing finds from the day!

I want to see your fabulous finds! Tag me on Instagram @stayatworkhousewife and follow me to see what I end up with!

 

Thanks!

Dani

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN UPDATE

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Well it has been two weeks since I wrapped up my week-long digestive system healing “cleanse”, similar to the GAPs diet and I am happy to report that I still feel great! I have been able to pinpoint a few things that upset my digestive system and give me heartburn and I have found that as long as I stay away from them I feel amazing!

My digestive system irritating culprits are:

Raw onion- Immediate sickness, I’m talking the worst heartburn EVER and almost flu-like symptoms. (Yuck!)

Black coffee- It isn’t so bad if it’s more almond milk than coffee, but I had a cup of straight up black coffee and thought I had ruined all of my hard work. My stomach became super inflamed and I was sweating like crazy! I can’t give up coffee (it goes hand-in-hand with my workaholism) but I’m definitely going to dilute it from now on.

Dairy- It was never my friend in large amounts, I get an ear ache and super mucousy, ew.

I’m still avoiding most raw fruits and vegetables since they’ve always taken a toll on my digestive system, but the few salads and the amazing cantaloupe right out of my uncle’s garden I had didn’t seem to make me as sleepy and crampy as usual!

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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Gluten free, vegan peanut butter oatmeal thumbprint cookies with strawberry jam….Do you ever have a craving for something and you just can’t be satisfied until you get it? That’s how this recipe came to be, one day I just decided that a chewy, peanut butter oatmeal cookie with strawberry jam sounded amazing. Obviously they had to be gluten free, and since I’ve started trying to eat as whole and clean as possible, they had to be vegan and semi healthy. I had to do some experimenting since I’m new to eggless baking but I finally pinned down a recipe that works!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 unsweetened apple sauce
3/4 cup almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened, whatever you have!)
1 and 1/2 cup coconut flour
1 and 1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup raw sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
3 Tbsp water
Strawberry jam

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine ground flax and water, cover and refrigerate 15 minutes. (This is called a “flax egg!)

Mix peanut butter, apple sauce, almond milk, vanilla and flax egg.

Mix coconut flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Combine wet and dry ingredients, the dough will seem dry at first, but keep stirring!

Roll dough into 2 inch balls, then flatten and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. You can put theses pretty close together as they don’t spread, I was able to fit 24 on a sheet. Then, make a divet in the middle of the cookie with the back of a tablespoon (if the cookies crack when you do this just squish them back together with your fingers!).

Bake cookies in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Once cooled , top with strawberry jam. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN WRAP UP!

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Well I’m officially done with my digestive system healing diet, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet, as of today! Days six and seven went pretty well, Saturday I stuck to bone broth and soup until dinner, which was a cookout, where I had a grilled bison filet and mashed butternut squash. My stomach has been feeling great, I’ve gone a week without heartburn and the bloating and inflammation in my gut is gone! I’m still making food choices that are gentle on my stomach, staying away from dairy, alcohol, caffeine and raw fruits and vegetables. I’m beginning to think that any whole grains put a bit of strain on my digestive system, so I’m keeping those to a minimum as well.

A few pointers:

-Since you are discouraged from using a microwave, while stove-less at work I would run my broth, which I stored in mason jars,  under the hottest water possible to heat it.

-I used digestive bitters every day.  I would put like 20 drops into 8 ounces of water and drink it two or three times a day. This helped me get through cravings A LOT.  I got mine from Mockingbird Meadows, Dawn is amazing if you have any questions!

-Don’t beat yourself up if you cheat on the meal plan, you’re human! Just get back on the wagon and do better!

 

Just in case you think there’s no way possible I changed this much in a week, take a look at my results:

 

Before I was so bloated and inflamed, I feel like I looked about 3 months pregnant.  After I have a flat, happy, healthy tummy!

 

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I’m going to be changing how I have been eating to a more clean, whole foods, no dairy (almost vegan) diet and the recipes on my blog will start to reflect that, but don’t worry, I’ll throw in the occasional indulgence from time to time!

DAY FIVE ON DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN

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Yesterday was day five on my digestive system healing meal plan, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet.  Nothing too crazy to report, I had a bit of a headache, either from lack of caffeine or bacteria die off, but it wasn’t unbearable.  I did however advance myself along in my meal plan and had a light dinner of a bun-less veggie burger, something that would normally cause stomach cramping and heartburn, but actually had no negative effects!  That does not give me permission to jump back in and start eating whatever again, I still plan on following out the rest of my meal plan, and introducing things that would have been a problem very slowly at dinner; with caffeine, alcohol, dairy and raw fruits/vegetables being very last on the list.  The weirdest part of this whole diet has been my body odor, I started noticing on day three that my skin smelled really sweet, and even my husband commented that I smell like chocolate, not the worst thing to smell like! Tomorrow I brave a cookout, so I’ll let you know how that goes!

DAY FOUR ON DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN

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Yesterday was day four on my digestive system healing meal plan, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet. I’m going to try to put this delicately…the symptoms people think of when they hear “cleanse” started in the morning. Lots of time in the bathroom if you catch my drift. But really, that only lasted until about 11 am and then everything was back to normal. This was the first day I didn’t feel like I needed a cup of coffee, and the cravings for terrible food were at a minimum. I had a little bit of stomach discomfort in the evening, which might have been bad bacteria dying off. Again, nothing life altering. I have started a board on Pinterest of gluten free, mostly grain free, dairy free recipes to start trying once the week is over, so I’m looking forward to that! I think the best part of all of this is how much water I have been drinking, I’ve never been one to be good about staying hydrated, but I can already tell what a huge difference that alone is making!

DAY THREE ON DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN

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Yesterday was day three on my digestive system healing meal plan, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet. It wasn’t the worst I’ve ever felt, but I could definitely feel my body trying to fight off the bad bacteria giving it’s last effort in my stomach. At times I felt a little nauseous and was feverish all day. The caffeine and sugar cravings were rough, all I wanted in the world was an iced mocha from Crimson cup! Oh, and I cheated again. I wanted pancakes soooooo badly and started getting so lightheaded that, in order to not take out a whole IHOP, I made some. Now before you freak out, these “pancakes” were puréed butternut squash, cinnamon and almond meal, cooked like a pancake in coconut oil, topped with the tiniest bit of honey. They weren’t pretty, and they weren’t the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted, but they kept me from falling completely off the wagon so I don’t feel bad! At this point it still isn’t effecting my daily life, I’m not running to the bathroom every five minutes or so hungry I can’t even function. My stomach feels healthy, it isn’t inflamed at all and the headaches have been minimal. Annnnd I’m halfway there!!!!