Are you doing any new years resolutions? I am doing a no sugar January and let me just tell you, it’s been pretty hard! Especially over the weekends. This past weekend I was going to a Birthday Potluck at the beach and I needed to bring a snack that was gluten and sugar free so I made bacon wrapped dates! Have you ever had some? It’s actually a Spanish tapas snack and they are the best sweet and salty combo! It’s super easy to make and always a hit with the crowd. Here is how you make them!
What you need for about 30 pieces:
1 pack of dates (I get mine at Trader Joe’s and they have about 30 pieces in there)
2 packs of bacon
Cutting board with parchment paper
Toothpicks (No flavor)
1. Start by pitting the dates. Use a knife to cut halfway through the date
2. Open it up
3. Peel out the stone from the date and close it back up
4. Take the bacon out of the pack and lay it down on the cutting board
5. Take either a scissor or a knife and cut them in half while the slices are still together
6. Take one date and one half of a bacon slice and roll it up like displayed in the pictures
7. Place the bacon wrapped date on a cooking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure you place it with the end facing down. This will prevent the date from falling apart while cooking
8. Cook at 400 fahrenheit/200 celsius for about 20 minutes until the bacon is cooked
9. Once it’s done, stick a toothpick in each one for easy (non-greasy) eating. Enjoy! :)
I love Holidays and especially Thanksgiving! Being from Norway and Thanksgiving being an American holiday, I have only celebrated it for the last few years, but I already love it. I know it has a lot of history and there is a lot more to it than a nice family dinner, but to me, it’s all about appreciation, friends, family and giving thanks. I also love how it pushes Christmas back to actually being in December. My friends back home complain about Christmas decorations and food coming into stores in September. That’s way to early! Summer is not even fully over yet. But, I digress.
We decided not to go anywhere this year and just stayed in San Francisco. To be honest, I kind of like it when the city simmers down and everybody just takes a breather. A couple of years ago, I ordered the turkey from Honeybaked Ham and cooked a complete Thanksgiving meal at home with every side dish you can ever imagine. I don’t know if I forgot that it was just the two of us or what, but we had turkey, stuffing, mac & cheese, gravy, cornbread and mashed potatoes for weeks! It was nice, but until we’re a big family I kind of feel like I have been there, done that! So this year, we decided to just relax and go out for a nice dinner instead. I loved it!
On my way home from work the day before Thanksgiving, I stopped by Banana Republic and that combined with the rain we have been having lately, it really got me into PJ’s all day lounge around mood! I wanted all the leggings, tanks, cashmere cardigans, cozy socks and infinity scarfs! And its already added to my wish list.
Thursday basically consisted of us just relaxing, watching movies and me baking my first ever homemade American Apple Pie! I got the recipe from Joy the Baker. Whenever I visit her site, my mouth waters and I want to bake all things everything! The result of the pie? Ta-da!
I also needed to get all my Christmas shopping done so the gifts would make it to Norway in time for Christmas. After putting it off for too long, I knew it was time, but to be honest, Black Friday scares me. Last year we went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving and I figured I would visit one of the outlet malls for Black Friday. Worst idea ever! After being stuck at the parking lot for about an hour, trying to park further away and realizing I was in the deep ghetto, combined with the fear of accidentally becoming the center of attention in one of those Black Friday news headlines, I drove off.
So this year, I took a different approach and got almost everything online with either pick up in store or 2 day free shipping! Amazing! After lounging around in my PJ’s watching movies, and eating apple pie all day long, I did a quick pickup in store at a few places and finished off the night by watching the annual Christmas tree lighting at Union Square. Another holiday tradition favorite! Didn’t get a good picture of the tree at the event with all those people, so here one from yesterday, in all its glory!
And even though we didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, we made a fake smaller one with chicken on Sunday! The sides are what really matters right? :)
During the last few weeks I have been trying to not eat any Gluten or lactose as I suspect I am intolerant. Yesterday I had kind of a sweat tooth and I did some google searched and finally landed on this Paleo Apple Cinnamon cake from http://dietpaleorecipes.com. I just have to say, Oh My God! It was delicious! I would almost go as far as saying it was better than normal Apple cake. I recommend everybody to try this one! I added two apples to the cake so it was even more moist, but that made it more like a pai than a cake because it felt kind of undone, even though it was. Either way will work fine:) When it is done it smells like a perfect mix of gingerbread christmas cakes and apple cake.. yuuuum!
For the paleo apple cinnamon cake you will need:
2 cups almond flour(available online and in most stores)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (available at amazon and prob some stores like whole foods)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup raw honey
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced(Or two, I used Fiji)
1 Tbs vanilla extract
dash freshly grated nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients (except nutmeg) in a bowl and stir well to incorporate.
In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, egg and vanilla extract (optional), and stir to combine.
Mix this into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the apples and stir one more time.
Pour batter into a pan greased with coconut oil. Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg.
For a cake or loaf pan, bake approximately 30 minutes. For cupcakes, bake approximately 14 minutes.
Serve by itself or with delicious vanilla ice cream:)