Gluten-Free VIP: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice | Gluten Free & Paleo Recipes

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week, I am going to be introducing the Gluten-Free VIP segment where I will be blogging about legitimately gluten-free goodies that you can make at home. I am not a culinary artist or bakery shop owner, so expect these recipes to be easy-to-follow and expect the baked goods to be simple-to-mimic *wink* So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started–shall we?!

The Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks (and every other coffee shop chain) is back, and my Instagram newsfeed is filled with pictures of lattes *wink* Before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease several years ago, I used to drink SO MANY pumpkin spice lattes every season because the beverage simply tasted like fall (if fall could taste like anything *wink*). Now that I think about it, it is probably a miracle I didn’t just turn into a Starbucks cup *wink* Even though I would love to go order a PSL now, I cannot just waltz into the nearest Starbucks buy any seasonal beverage and drink to my heart desires because of my disease. Isn’t it crazy how we basically put gluten in everything?! ANYWAY, I digress *wink* So, since I cannot get anything and everything pumpkin spice I want from anywhere and everywhere, I decided to research some LEGIT gluten-free recipes that I could easily do at home. So, here are a few of the recipes on my list to try out :)

Note: some of these recipes are also Paleo even though I am not on a Paleo diet *wink*

This pumpkin spice latte from Averie Cooks looks absolutely delish! Not only does it look good, but it is also gluten-free AND vegan! Click here to read the recipe + see the step-by-step guide.
YUM! Don’t these pumpkin muffins look lovely! I found this gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free recipe on Leelalicious, and I cannot wait to try it out one morning for breakfast :) Click here to see the recipe.
Okay. So, there is no denying how much I love my sweets *wink* I love to bake and eat cupcakes/cakes, so naturally, I love the fact that some genius baker out there figured out how to make GF pumpkin spice cupcakes! I found this particular recipe on Simply Recipes. Click here to get all of the details! :)

For more gluten-free pumpkin spice recipes, click here!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn 

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Happy Birthday to Me!

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

If you have been keeping up with me on my social media today, you already know that it is my BIRTHDAY! Ah! And for those of you who have been off social media and out shopping killer Black Friday sales…SURPRISE–it’s my birthday *wink*

So, in celebration of the wonderful day I had with my family, I am going to share a few of  the highlights with y’all! :) 

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The Black Keys never sounded so wonderful...#LoveBeatsByDre
The Black Keys never sounded so wonderful…#LoveBeatsByDre
Already ahead of you, parents *wink* Lounge pants, sweatshirt, and fuzzy socks on--I am ready for Etsy shopping *wink* Be sure to tune in to the blog next week where I will be revealing the awesome birthday goodies Beadsoul sent me! Whoo hoo! It is going to be awesome!
Already ahead of you, parents *wink* Lounge pants, sweatshirt, and fuzzy socks on–I am ready for Etsy shopping *wink* Be sure to tune in to the blog next week where I will be revealing the awesome birthday goodies Beadsoul sent me! Whoo hoo! It is going to be awesome! P.S. Does the about $50 include shipping? Hmmm *wink* 
A photo taken by my lovely Deddy at Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee. My mom and I enjoyed gluten-free cupcakes (we are both Celiac) and my dad had a "normal" Birthday Cake flavored one :)
A photo taken by my lovely Deddy at Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee. My mom and I enjoyed gluten-free cupcakes (we are both Celiac) and my dad had a “normal” Birthday Cake flavored one :)
I picked up this AMAZING, navy lace frock from Serendipity Boutique in Johnson City today during their Black Friday sale! I cannot wait to wear this!
I picked up this AMAZING, navy lace frock from Serendipity Boutique in Johnson City today during their Black Friday sale! I cannot wait to wear this!

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And of course, when I spotted this precious vintage Santa Clause yard decor at a local shop...I had to get it *wink*
And of course, when I spotted this precious vintage Santa Claus yard decor at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City, I had to pick it up *wink*
My awesome Aunt Karen shipped me a birthday care box. Love her:)
My awesome Aunt Karen shipped me a birthday care box. Love her:)
Lots of goodies that will keep me above water during finals *wink*
Lots of goodies that will keep me above water during finals *wink*
I also picked myself up this SEXY Rebecca Minkoff bag! Check out the photo below to learn more about how the VIP will be meeting the ONE...the ONLY...Rebecca Minkoff! Ah!
I also picked myself up this SEXY Rebecca Minkoff bag! Check out the photo below to learn more about how the VIP will be meeting the ONE…the ONLY…Rebecca Minkoff! Ah!
Oh, and did I mention...you can meet her too at her public meeting?! Yep--well...you can! :)
Oh, and did I mention…you can meet and mingle with her too at her public appearance?! Yep–well…you can! :)
And I wrapped up the day with this fabulously delicious ice cream treat. I am still a little kid at heart *wink*
And I wrapped up the day with this fabulously delicious ice cream treat. I am still a little kid at heart *wink* P.S. thanks, Deddy, for making me gluten-free sloppy joes and tater tots! *gluten-free macaroon from Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City #shoplocal #dinelocal

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Fabulous Friday: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cupcakes

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Fabulous Friday!

This week on Fabulous Friday, I would like to chat about a gluten-free goody that I discovered–Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix.

For those of you who do not know, my mom is a type-one diabetic and was recently diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten–she does not have Celiac disease. That is totally different; however, her endocrinologist thought it best that she avoid gluten. So in order to fully support her, we all switched to eating gluten free. We have become total label-reading pros at the grocery store–scanning each item for the “Gluten Free Certified” badge…and a whole list of other things that I am not going to chat about today! 

The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom!  :)
The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom! :) This photo was taken before my mom went gluten free. At her last endo visit a few weeks ago, she had lost eight pounds, reduced her a1c by one point, and her thyroid levels were all normal. This is fabulous news because she has been struggling to get happy reports! She will be heading for another checkup next Friday–so prayers and fingers crossed!

I love to bake; however, I am no Cake Boss *wink*. So, I started searching online for gluten-free cupcake recipes and found one that seemed somewhat simple. I tried it….and needless to say, it was a total flop. No one wanted to eat them…not even Ziva, my Giant Schnauzer *sad face* Back to Google I went, and after several searches, I stumbled upon the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix–and it was available at my local Publix. Yay! SCORE!

 To add a bit more chocolate to the cupcakes, I sprinkled in some gluten-free chocolate chunks by Enjoy Life–Yum yum yum! Girls have got to have their chocolate *wink* This recipe was so simple–If I can’t mess it up, I know y’all will do fabulous *wink*

 Now, before I show y’all the picture of my cupcake…I must warn y’all–I am not a food photographer nor a 5 star baker…*wink*

A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great all-natural brand called "Temp Tee", and it is absolutely delish! So yummy I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*
A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great, all-natural brand called “Temp Tee,” and it is absolutely delicious! It’s so yummy that I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*

  If you are looking for a tasty gluten-free snack to tame your sweet tooth, give these cupcakes a try! The VIP gives the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake mix 5 delicious stars! 

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To make your own cupcakes, simply follow the instructions on the box and toss in some chocolate chunks for additional goodness. Next time, I might add some pecans…hmmmm…

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn