happy christmas eve + gluten free pumpkin bread

Ok folks, I wrote this post yesterday — hence the ‘happy christmas eve’ in the title — but had some technical difficulties so I’m only able to post this today.  With that said, I hope y’all are having a lovely day with your families.  I’m off to sit in the sunshine out back with a cup of coffee and watch the kids ride bikes:)  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

 

 

Happy Christmas Eve! We have had a beautiful morning here in the South. The weather is perfect. We decided to take a little trip to one of our favorite spots — Bluffton, SC. We hadn’t been in awhile and thought, why not? This holiday season has definitely been a mellow one for us and this Christmas will be our FIRST EVER on our own. With that said, I’m trying to appreciate the slow, simple pace and not take it for granted. I am so grateful for Niall and the kids and really, wherever they are is home:)

 

 

 

Bluffton, South Carolina is just the cutest town full of art galleries and shops and I enjoyed a little stroll before meeting up with the rest of the gang at the park. When you’re a mom, a solo stroll sort of feels like a mini vacation;)

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, onto the pumpkin bread! It’s been awhile since I posted a recipe.  I thought I’d sneak this one in before Christmas because pumpkin bread in January just doesn’t seem quite as appropriate:)

 

 

Note — I did not come up with this yummy pumpkin bread myself.  I made only one tweak to the spices and I leave out the cashew frosting — I think it tastes lovely without it!  I discovered the recipe from this blog post.  I’ve also made this recipe and this one from her blog and they both turned out great — good ones to bring to a Christmas dinner or party:)

 

 

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN BREAD

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper — I use 5” x 9”.  Note– do not skip the parchment paper part!  It makes it so easy to lift the bread out of the pan when it’s finished.

 

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together in separate bowls, then add the dry to the wet and stir until combined.  Pour the batter into the lined pan and smooth with the top of a spatula.  The batter will be quite thick.

 

 

 

I usually bake my bread for about an hour, but check after 45 minutes and see how yours is going!  Optional — the last couple of times, I have topped mine with coconut sugar and some chopped pecans.  So good with a cup of coffee:)  Enjoy!

 

recent highlights.



Blue skies and frost-covered rooftops.  The weather lately has been glorious.  I don’t think I could ever survive living in the snow but a little chill in the air around Christmas time suits me just fine:)


 

My little guy turned two!!  He blew out his candles like a champ (I think we re-lit them five times, per his request) and didn’t complain that his mom failed to really throw him an official party or buy him a present.  Thankfully Nana pulled through with a firetruck which was a big hit:)  I know I know, I’m terrible.



 

My wonderful in-laws have come and gone all the way from Ireland and it was a very special two weeks.  I can’t put into words how much they mean to us so I’ll just post a few photos:)

 

 

 

 

 

Have you heard of ‘The Journey’?  It’s basically a reenactment of the time surrounding Jesus’ birth and ends with the night He was born.  It was incredibly realistic and a really cool visual experience that we walked through in about an hour.  In fact, it was so realistic that Méabh actually started crying because the Roman soldiers were being ‘so mean and scary.’  Haha!

 

  

yes, they had real camels!

 

strolling through the bustling town of Bethlehem

 

I participated in a little Christmas craft fair and it was good for me to get my creative juices flowing again:)  2019 — it is one of my goals to get back into art!  I may or may not have said that before…

 

 

 

Lastly, I snapped a couple of photos while on a breakfast date this morning with Niall.  Downtown Savannah was looking lovely and festive!  We love The Collin’s Quarter and it’s always a treat to eat a kid-free meal:)

 

 

 

Recently lots of people have asked me if I’m ready for Christmas … I usually say ‘I think so!’  We are keeping things simple and looking forward to a cozy Christmas with our little family.  What about you??  Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start:)