Thursday, September 20, 2012

Modern Vintage Clothing

Ever since I've been introduced to Mod Cloth's website, I've been constantly longing to have enough money to order clothing from them. However, I never CAN afford the clothes! It's a very sad deal. I'm on a mission to find websites similar to Mod Cloth that prove to be just as nice and a little easier on my sad little wallet. If you have any stores like the one I'm searching for, please share them! Thanks, Girl in the purple shoes

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I have an addiction.

I fully admit to being a ridiculous addict of all things Regency Era. The dresses, the tea, the english country dance, the music and EVERYTHING! Am I a big dork for this? I feel that it is just a romantic era and that I can't stop thinking about it. I've almost broke down and bought a dress so that I can try and convince my husband to take me to an event! Anyone else out there suffering from this strange dorky addiction. I need to know I'm not alone!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gluten Free Croutons

Have you gluten free folk ever made a gluten free bread and had it go to waste? Can't eat it fast enough? Well the other day I decided that instead of throwing away my stale gluten free rock bread, I shall make it into croutons! Well, let me tell you, they turned out wonderfully. Finally I get the crispy croutons in my salads and soups that I'm always looking at longingly. And it's SOOOOO EASY!!


Cut the bread into bite sized squares. Lay on a cookie sheet and sprinkle them in the following:


Olive Oil
Italian Seasonings(I only had oregano, which was fine)
Garlic Salt(or garlic powder and salt)
mix them generously and make sure they are mostly coated
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Bake until golden brown and crispy. You'll have to keep checking them and turning them.
I'd say it's about a 20 min process.

ENJOY!!!



Monday, September 10, 2012

Hello! So let me just apologize for my lack of consistency. I got married last month!! So I have been a little busy this year. I wanted to share some great shots from my magical wedding day!


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gluten Free Vanilla Cake!




I have always wanted to become a better baker, and cake decorator. So with the whole gluten free dilemma, I decided to grab a Bob's Red Mill gluten free vanilla cake mix and give my opinion on it's existence. And to add a little creativity to it, I also made from scratch a kosher fondant icing, which was VERY fun to play with. The cake was perfect! I loved it, because it was not overly sweet. The fondant was very sweet, which equaled out the flavor. It was soft and fluffy, and not too dry, as most gluten free baked goods tend to be. And over all, it was fun! I made this with my best friend, and her siblings help with the flowers. It is a sloppy cake, but it's sort of pretty, and I was pretty impressed with the way it turned out.





Tuesday, March 6, 2012

No Poo!



At the end of last month, I decided that I was going to try the 'No poo' trend. Since last, year I have confirmed many of the chemicals used in shampoo and conditioner and even body washes, can cause cancer, and I was interested in finding an alternative. Of course, my first approach was a natural bar of soap. It did the trick alright, but it was still leaving a residue in my hair. So I tried going cold turkey and not washing with anything at all. Well, that obviously never worked out. I started finding more and more websites that were 'no poo' oriented. I found two very simple hair care recipes for a shampoo and conditioner. Not only is it easy, it is also saving me so much money on shampoo and conditioner, which can be up to $10!

For the shampoo:

2 Tbsp Baking soda
8 oz of water

Mix in to a bottle, and viola! Shampoo!


For the conditioner:

2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
4 oz of water

Mix in bottle, and there you go!

My hair has been super clean and it doesn't get greasy in two days! I am not saying that you should take less showers, because it's important not to go around stinking up places because you are on an anti-shampoo strike! Please! Bathe as much as necessary, my goal is to cut back on harmful chemicals, have healthier hair and a happy budget. If you would like to read more about the No poo trend:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_poo


Much love <3
Girl in the Purple Shoes

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Almond Butter Cookies!

With the whole gluten-free issue, I have been attempting to find new recipes that are gluten-free and are somewhat tasty. I threw together this faux peanut butter cookie recipe, which turned out to be just the kind of treat I had wanted. Since peanuts are indigestible and fatty, I decided that the better option was almond butter. It's a little better for you, and it's delicious.

Almond Butter Cookies:
1 C. Almond Butter
1 Egg
1 C. Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the ingredients in a medium bowl. Use spoon or hands to make a dough ball and place on a greased cookie sheet. (There is no need to use a fork to make the peanut butter cookie design, as it will not stay.) Bake for 7-10 minutes

It's a really easy recipe, and they are a wonderful snack.
Try it and tell me what you think!

<3 Girl in the Purple Shoes

Monday, February 20, 2012

Natural Living

So I have been really busy planning my wedding, and I found THE dress yesterday! I am so happy with it, I keep looking at it and dancing around.

I got a book in the mail that I ordered Called "The beginner's guide to Natural Living" By Larry Cook. It has a LOT of information that is important to your health. It is disturbing to me how much toxins get in our body just from our everyday living. I think that everyone should read this book, because, as I am sure you know by now, ignorance is NOT bliss. Why would you want to give yourself cancer later on in life, when this book shows you steps to living as healthy as you can?

I highly reccomend it, it's an easy read, and it is very good information.

You can buy it on Amazon for $12.99 + Shipping.


<3 girl in the purple shoes

Friday, February 17, 2012

Asthma? Say whaaaaa?

That's right. In the past, I have always been troubled with tightening in my chest. Right in the bronchial area. I now realized that it is linked to my wheezing and coughing. Because of this new discovery, I have decided it is necessary to go gluten-free and for the most part, dairy-free. I cheat a little here and there so that I don't go completely gluten and dairy crazy. I have noticed a difference in my respiratory health since I have cut out gluten and dairy. I hope that I will be able to find new and exciting gluten-free and dairy-free products and recipes. For now I will review one product. DeBoles Gluten-free brown rice speghetti style pasta.

Now, for me, I am allergic to tomatoes, which makes the very idea of eating spaghetti depressing. But luckily for me, olive oil and crushed garlic sprinkled with salt is enough for me.



The pasta was very good, however, be very careful when cooking it. Read the instructions carefully, because all gluten-free pasta's are very easy to over cook. I have had many a bowl of mushy pasta, and it is really a taste bud let down.

If you are a huge spaghetti fan, I would definitely recommend this brand, because it is very reasonably priced, compared to other gluten-free pasta's, and the taste is great.

As for now, I am in the process of making a Bob's Red Mill gluten-free bread machine bread. And I have a feeling it will be a flop. But here's for hoping it's not!!

Au revior mis amis!

Girl in the purple shoes

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January

Hello Friends!

2012 has been absolutely fabulous thus far! I have been up the coast to see my dad and my brother, and I have had plenty of time to do things around the house that I want to. I did post-pone my schooling until Spring Term, but that is only a minor set back. I just made a home-made pizza and it was so delicious! I highly recommend making your own pizza from here on out. Explain? Well there is a certain dough conditioner that most every store bakery/delicatessen, pizzeria, and restaurant use to make their dough so fluffy. It's a little bugger they call, "L-Cystine". This is an amino acid that is derived from duck feathers, and human hair. Disgusting, right? Well maybe you'll think again before sinking your teeth into a Dominoes pizza slice? Or what about those rolls that you like buying from the local delicatessen? Find out more about this dirty little ingredient here :

http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faqingredients.htm#cystine


And so now that you know why I was inspired to make home-made pizza, I thought I would give you a look at how tasty some pizza looks when it's not made with corpse hair or duck feathers:



<3 Au revoir mis amis!

C.