I was craving shortbread and caramel so I decided I'd make a batch of millionaire bars and if you like Twix candy bars then you'll definitely love these! These bars are extremely easy to make but it takes time to get them layered together. When you make the shortbread crust, it must completely cool before you add the caramel layer, that itself takes about 20-25 minutes. After you add the caramel, you should wait about 30 minutes before you add the melted dark chocolate. But once you cool the entire thing off for about 15 minutes and refrigerate for about an hour, then they're ready to be devoured to your hearts content!! Don't they look delicious?
Gluten Free Millionaire Bars
DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Some might call me a modern day hippie and I'm ok with that, but I just like to think that I'm an informed health-conscious person. I refuse to brush my teeth with fluoridated toothpaste so when I'd run out of store bought non-fluoridated toothpaste, I did what had to be done. I mean, extreme times call for extreme measures, right? Anyone else tried brushing their teeth with pure baking soda? Not something I looked forward to but better than nothing!
I found numerous recipes online on how to make your own toothpaste and I found one that was extremely easy to make. Coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint essential oil. I went out on a limb and added some clove essential oil and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt as well. Because it's been recommended that essential oils be stored in glass, I went out and purchased a cute little glass container. Many thanks to Wellness Mama for the great info on how to make this toothpaste!
Not Quite A Red Velvet Cupcake
So I had decided that for Valentines Day I would make red velvet mini cupcakes, beets and all. As you can see, there is nothing red about these! "I must change the name" is what I said. Don't let the lack of color fool you as these were absolutely delicious!!! I Ended up calling them Cool Velvet minis. I made these specifically for the people at work and I must say, they were a hit!
Instead of using butter in the recipe, I used coconut oil. Maybe I used a bit too much since it was going through the wrapper. I also found a really cool recipe for a cream cheese buttercream frosting and it was so good that I was eating it as I was piping it. getting back to the cupcake itself I don't think it picked up the red color because I just puréed and mixed in the beet to the batter. Someone told me I should have mixed it in with the sugar, kind of like making a simple syrup. I'll make sure to try that next time. The flour mix I used was from Authentic Foods and it's been the best to use for this type of cupcake. Yes, I agree it is a bit late for this post but I had to share!