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kitchen Archive

Hannah Sheflyand

Last weekend we were running around Ventura, CA with family. We had an amazing time and I wish we could go back again very soon. However the weekend activities and the flying back and forth definitely exhausted us and I am happy that we will be spending this weekend mostly lounging around. Saturday is our anniversary but since its so close to the holidays we are staying in and just relaxing.

I am hoping that with some energy I will cut out a few hours from the weekend and gets my hands deep into some flour and sugar and have some fun in the kitchen.

There are so many great ideas floating around the blog world but below are a few of my favorites right now that I want to give a try with:

Gluten Free Snowballs

Vegan Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Sticky Buns

Chocolate PB Cookies

Peppermint Marshmallows

Chocolate Tart

PB Balls

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

What are your plans for the weekend? Any baking or kitchen time in the works?

Here are also a few recipes that I have posted before: Cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie and cookies!

Hannah Sheflyand

I am so excited for Thanksgiving, it is also Brians favorite holiday of the year (mine is New Years). I am more excited that we get to spend a weekend getaway in Niagara Falls. In the mean time I am doing some prep work with baking and played around with a new recipe that I would love to share.


Pumpkin Pie! (Gluten Free & Vegan); Unfortunately it is also crustless, but it is healthy and low calorie.


2-4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used almond flour)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 can of pumpkin

1 cup creamy coconut milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

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I love soup in the winter, but I have never made it myself mostly because I thought it would be a lot of work and a long time spent over the stove. My mom has a big garden and dumped 2 big butternut squash’s at my door and now I had to figure out what to do with them.

I made this recipe up as I was going but am really happy with the way it turned out. Instead of going the traditional nutmeg and cinnamon version I went with a spicier zingy version.


1 Butternut Squash, halved lengthwise

1-2 onions (your preference), cubed

2-6 garlic cloves (also your preference)

2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

12oz can of coconut milk

Any type of creamy cheese

Oil spray

1 Lime, quartered

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp ground ginger

Any delicious toppings- sliced scallion, toasted coconut and/ or Sriracha sauce

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Hannah Sheflyand

We spent a beautiful weekend outside of the city. We stayed in a little town near Woodstock and up there the weather was colder and the leaves already started changing. I was happy to bundle up in a comfy sweater and a warm cup of tea, and spend my weekend enjoying the view from our porch.

How are you doing with the fall weather slowly sneaking in? This time of year kick starts me into baking again, there is always a hiatus with the heat in the summer. Now that it is a little chillier I thought it would be fun to start with experimenting with pumpkin. My first go at Pumpkin bars had some great flavor but the texture was more like dense bread rather then chewy thin bars. My second attempt was successful enough that I am excited to share this simple yet delicious recipe!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bars (with an Optional Lactose Free Cream Cheese Frosting)


1 cup of gluten free flour (I used Bobs Red Mill)

2tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup pumpkin

1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 cup powdered sugar

4oz vegan cream cheese

1/4 cup of any butter softened (I used goat butter)

1/2 tsp vanilla

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Hannah Sheflyand

I enjoy the look of metal and the shiny cleanliness in the kitchen, but in the last few months I have grown a fondness for the rustic wood feel in the kitchen. It brings a warmth and even a little disorder which makes working in the kitchen more fun.

I am in the love with The-Commons and wish I could fill my kitchen with their products, for now I will do my best to add one item at a time. They also have a great blog that I follow.

What do you think?


Napkin Rings, $9 each. I love how each one is unique and hand crafted.


Cheese Knife, $14. The total opposite to the big metal knives hanging on our kitchen wall, which is why I love the idea of one so much.


Maple Bowl, $44. I still don’t understand why some of these wooden bowls are so expensive, but this one looks worth it. This bowl is hand cut from one piece of wood and finished with a raw edge around. Love it!


Cutting Board, $196. I have a little OCD when it comes to cutting boards, in that each one can only be used for one specific food product; so fruits, veggies, fish and meat all have separate boards. Which is the perfect excuse for me to add another one to our kitchen.

What are some of your kitchen essentials?

I cant wait to add any of these items to our growing kitchen essentials.

P.S.- Some other dream/want list items perfect for the kitchen here, here, & here.

Hannah Sheflyand

Today is a very important day of remembrance for any American. I wrote in an earlier post about my feelings towards the events and the memorial/museum built in its place. I hope you can take a look before moving on to the rest of my post which is on a much lighter topic.

Our kitchen!

I love our KitchenAid StandMixer and have spent a lot of my free time with Brian experimenting in the kitchen with different desserts. I hope to include some new recipes soon. In the mean time I have started obsessing with all the attachments that can be added and the extra fun I could have if we got some. There are citrus juicers, pasta rollers, food grinders and this….

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Ice Cream Maker $100. How cool is this? Perfect for making homemade ice cream and all the recipes online seem pretty simple. Have you ever made your own ice cream?

Do you have a stand mixer at home? Any great gluten free recipes to share?

Hannah Sheflyand

Our studio apartment is small and a little crowded with Charlie, furniture and many nick naks. I try to keep the place organized to help keep the space open but I learned that there was one great trick to bring some light and happiness…

Fresh Flowers!

When I do my weekly food shopping I started the routine of picking up a bouquet of flowers and what a difference it has made. I love walking into our apartment every day and seeing a beautiful pop of color and changing it around every week.


I know this isn’t the newest idea when it comes to design but I love it.

Do you add fresh flowers into your home? What do you think of the idea?

If you want to check out, here are some of my other apartment focused posts House PlantsCloset Space & Kitchen Appliances.

Hannah Sheflyand

I thought I would be the girl who grew up eating out and hopefully never stepping into a kitchen and having to cook more then a grilled cheese or heating up some pizza. Once I got sick and started eating a clean diet, I was forced to spend some more time in the kitchen. Now I love the kitchen and am excited to come home after work and create something delicious, it definitely helps that I have Brian to experiment with.

Having such little cooking & baking experience before, Brian and I have been slowly gearing up our kitchen one gadget at a time.


We started with cast iron pans, which there will definitely be a lot more posts about


Then we bought some salt blocks to experiment some more


Once we started getting lazy we added a Kuerig into our kitchen, what a life saver in the morning


I make a lot of smoothies and after my very old blender finally died on me, I thought it would be worth it to invest in a Vitamix. Money well spent!

Over the weekend Brian really wanted to make liege waffles which required a good mixer, so off we went and came home with this…. Read more…

Hannah Sheflyand

To prove how little I know about the south and how much more there is to learn- Boiled Peanuts. Have you tried them before? Its addictive.

The first time a waiter offered me boiled peanuts I was very suspicious. I have never heard of that as a thing. Wow was I way wrong. I have started to crave some southern style food again and hope to recreate this simple dish over the weekend.

Boiled Peanuts


1 pound of raw peanuts (aka green peanuts)

1/4 cup kosher salt

4 cups of water


Rinse unshelled peanuts

Put all ingredients in a big pot and heat to a low boil, then cover and leave it at barely boiling for 3 hours or longer (depending on how soft you want the shell)

Drain and your done. Try not to eat them all in one sitting.