Gluten/Dairy Free Mini Doughnuts

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Happy #nationaldoughnutday everyone! I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a silly “holiday” like national talk like a pirate day or grilled cheese day. They always sneak up on me though, except for doughnut day! I’ve been planning these babies all week long.

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I tried to simplify the recipe as much as possible because, well my toddler keeps me busy! The flavor is nice and well rounded, the crumb is tender and they are, forgive me if this word makes you cringe, moist.

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You can substitute mashed banana for the applesauce. Depending on your banana sweetness you may need to reduce your sugar.

 

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Gluten/Dairy Free Mini Doughnuts

1/2 melted coconut oil
1 cup applesauce
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 potato starch
1/2 brown rice flour
1/4 sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp xantham gum

1/2-2/3 cup organic sugar (use the former if you’re going to frost them, I didn’t and they were pretty sweet. Which is fine if you only eat one 😂)

 

Directions
1. Blend all ingredients in blender just until smooth.
2. Follow your mini dough maker directions for baking. I used a melon baller to scoop batter. Let cool before icing.

Icing
2 parts powder sugar
1 part cocoa powder
Milk of choice as needed (1-2 tablespoons)

1. Started with 1 tablespoon of milk stir until smooth and consistency of pancake batter. Let stand 5 minutes before using.
2. Dip tops of doughnuts in icing. Set aside to harden.

 

Enjoy!

Xoxo Jessica

 

 

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Pizza | gluten, dairy, and nut free

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Who doesn’t love pizza?

The chewy and bready crust, tart tomato sauce, a variety of toppings, oozing cheese…but when you’re gluten, dairy and most nuts free you have to give it up right? Wrong! You can have an amazing pizza for far cheaper than a personal size frozen one. We made 2 pizzas for under $10 and I used lots of organic ingredients!

The “cheese” sauce is made from soaked RAW (don’t use roasted) sunflower seeds! It is so good you might eat it with a spoon. I won’t judge. I kept on dipping my finger in and then would yell from the kitchen at the hubby “it tastes like cheese! Cheese!” Vegans are so creative! Ceara from Ceara’s Kitchen is brilliant, I can’t wait to try her other recipes.

If you want your pizza to be vegan use an egg substitute in the crust and don’t put meat on top (duh. Unless it’s meatless meat, then un-duh). Maybe toss on some drained canned chickpeas mixed with some hotsauce or something. Hotsauce is usually the answer. Or chocolate cake. Just not together 😉

|| Pizza crust ||

inspired by this recipe

1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 teaspoons yeast

1 1/3 cups tapioca flour
1/3 cup each sorghum flour and potato starch (not potato flour)
2/3 cup of brown rice flour
1 1/2 tablespoons of xantham gum
1 teaspoon of salt
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon each of dried onion, basil and oregano

2 eggs (or equal substitute)
1/4 cup of olive or avocado oil

1. Mix water, sugar or honey, and yeast together in a 4 cup bowls.
2. Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl of stand mixer.
3. The yeast water should be bubbly by 5 minutes. Add eggs and oil to the yeast water, then pour in mixer bowl when beating at medium speed.
4. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes, then cover the bowl and allow to rise for 15 minutes.
5. While dough is rising preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare your toppings.
6. Place parchment paper over a baking sheet, using a spatula or damp fingers spread half of the dough into a large circle. Add toppings and bake for 10-14 minutes until the crust is cooked and all toppings are heated through. Allow to cool before slicing.
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2 cups of whole peeled tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon each of basil and oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth
1 batch was enough for 2 pizza plus some leftover.
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Follow the recipe or cheat like I did and omit the caramelized onions, omit veggie broth (didn’t have any on hand), add dehydrated onions and salt to taste, add garlic, use dehydrated potatoes, and blend without cooking. 1 batch was enough for 2 pizza plus some leftover.

|| Toppings shown for 2 pizzas ||
Chicken apple sausage (3-4 links), sliced
8 mushrooms, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
Large handful of kalamata olives, sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced.

Knit a shawl by Valentine’s Day || FREE PATTERN ||

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💘FREE for this weekend only 💘 Knit a shawl for Valentine’s Day! You’ll be stylish wether you have a date with a special someone or with some chocolate and Netflix. Recursive shawl works up quickly and is written for super bulky, worsted and fingering-weight yarn! If you can favorite the pattern on Ravelry, and make a project page when finished I would be so appreciative ❤️

Just enter coupon code NETFLIXandKNIT at http://tinyurl.com/NETFLIXandKNITshawl

Photos: B. Mae Photography
Yarn: Schmutzerella Yarns

 

Merry Christmas!

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I hope you all had a merry Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year!

Here are a few of my most recent projects: a small stocking, mini Lux Lights Hat, a gift tag, and my baby’s dress    

 

 

 

I update my Instagram, Facebook page and Facebook group (such a fun place to share projects!) regularly. Hope to connect with you on one of those places 😊

 

 

Do do you have any New Years goals? I’m still working on mine 😊

Christmas Gift Idea: Charli Lace Hat

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Hello! I’ve been posting more on Instagram lately as it’s easier to snap a photo and go when you’re busy with a baby all day. I must be taking a lot of pictures because she’ll recognize the sound of my phone’s camera and smile! She’s been really interested in different sounds lately and loves to investigate.

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Charli Lace Hat by Jessica Bolof

Pull up a cup of ☕️ and sit down with this lovely 1 skein hat pattern! This week’s featured gift suggestion is my Charli Lace Hat and it’s on sale until Friday for only $3. It’s somewhere in between a slouchy hat and a beanie so it’s an easy style to wear.

Are you ready to get started? Well there’s no time like the present 😉

✂️ The pattern link! ✂️

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Charli Lace Hat by Jessica Bolof

Oh and last but not least, here’s a perfectly pinnable collage to share 📌

All photos were taken by the amazing Sweet River Photography 

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Baby Colorfulpurls, and 2 new crochet patterns!

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Hi everyone! I hope you all are well!! I’ve been very busy with my darling little baby who’s growing so quickly. She’s so silly and fun, always learning and babbling ❤️ Baby & Mama Colorfulpurls

Right now I don’t have much free time to design, but I have quite a few ideas when I find the the time 😊Baby & Mama Colorfulpurls

She enjoys making silly faces for selfies already! What have I done? Haha.


I’ve had 2 crochet patterns published this year in Quick Crocheted Accessories by Sharon Zientara

Floret Cloche © Joe Hancock

© Joe Hancock

First off is my Floret Cloche. From the book “This fun-to-stitch hat gets its unique construction from one of designer
Jessica Bolof’s first crochet projects: a dishcloth pattern her great aunt
Dolores loved to make by the dozen to give away as gifts. Since only a
wee bit of the contrasting colors of yarn is used to create the flower, you could easily make several hats by simply rotating the color that’s used for the main body and the embellishments.”

(C) Joe Hancock

(C) Joe Hancock

Second is my Enmeshed Cowl  from the book “This luxurious cowl works up quickly in alternating columns of double, triple, and half double crochet separated by triple crochet sections. This project actually uses less than one skein of yarn, so you could easily lengthen the cowl to suit your taste.”

I hope you get a chance to check out the book, there’s so many great designs to crochet! It can be found at most yarn shops, major retailers and on Amazon. Baby woke from her nap and is ready to play so that’s all for today!

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I made a book! [Cozy Christmas Knits]

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Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof

Christmas isn’t just a time of year

it’s a feeling of warmth and friendship to carry with you always

I’m so excited to share with you the project that I’ve been working on for months! I’ve poured a lot of myself into this book and I think you can see it in the final product. It’s not that the patterns are very complex or involved, they are the kinds of things to make for gifts or to wear everyday.

Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof

Join three friends as they spend a crisp afternoon visiting a family Christmas tree farm to pick out the perfect tree for the holidays. There will even be a hot cocoa break!

Here are 3 mini pattern collections included in the book, each contain a cowl, mittens or fingerless mitts, and a hat. The designs work up quickly with luxurious yarn, and worsted weight or larger gauges. It is possible to squeeze just a few more hand knit presents with style.

Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof


Special on Ravelry.com: Through the end of December, buy 2 or more Cozy Christmas Knits patterns or eBooks and receive 25% off! Great for buying one for you and one for a friend. Use coupon code B2G25%OFF at checkout to receive the discount.


Photos are by the talented Brenna Frederick. You can see more of her work on her Facebook page.

Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof

Click on any of the above images to see more of the photos and the pattern details.

Happy knitting,

Jessica

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Small Business Saturday Weekend Sale

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Thanks Weekend SaleHi friends!

How was your Thanksgiving?

Did you make or attend a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings? Bake a pizza instead?

We had a lovely gluten, dairy, and corn free turkey dinner with some of my family. I was elated to find a soft dinner roll recipe that we all could eat! The biggest hits were the chicken apple sausage stuffing made with some easy artisan bread, and green bean casserole with a roasted garlic cashew cream sauce studded with sauteed mushrooms and topped with caramelized onions.

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In honor of being thankful and Small Business Saturday I’ve put together a sale. There’s no need to fight the crowds on this one, and you can participate anywhere. What can be better than shopping in PJ’s at home for patterns?

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Springen Bandana

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Hi friends!

I hope all is well with you

I love this time of year. The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisper, and it’s the perfect weather to show off your knit and crochet pieces!

My current favorite is my newest pattern, the Springen Bandana. The gauge is large and chunky, but because the yarn is an airy mohair and silk i-cord the result is light and fresh. Springen is worked flat, from the top down with increases and the center and edges. It has garter stitch for the main body, and a dropped stitch edging. I used a simple chain as a closure; you can also use a brooch, large button, or a shawl pin. Did I mention it’s reversible, and only takes 1 skein of Kid-Setair?

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Springen Bandana by Jessica Bolof

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These lovely photos were taken by the talented B. Mae Photography  at a local romney sheep and angora goat farm. It was so fun traipsing around in the wooly creatures pasture while avoiding the rain and trying to find the perfect light. We couldn’t stay still for too long or the goats would try to eat our clothes! We even had a sheep nearly lick the camera lense.

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Springen Bandana by Jessica Bolof

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Finished Measurements: Wingspan: 20” / 51 cm & Depth: 9” / 23 cm

Yarn: 33 yards / 30 meters of super bulky yarn
Sample shown in 1 ball of Kid-Setair (70% mohair, 30% silk, 50 grams)

Needles: US 19 (15mm)

1 removable stitch marker & yarn needle

Gauge: 5 sts x 10 rows per 4” / 10 cm

 

Springen Bandana Buy Now

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In other exciting news, yes I’m sporting a baby bump! I’m so excited to become a mommy this spring. I’d love to hear about what your favorite things are to make for babies 🙂