Thanksgiving Desserts, GF Edition

And now for my other favorite Thanksgiving category: dessert. Dessert, dear dear wonderful desserts. No less wonderful because they are gluten-free. I’m pretty darn thankful the gluten-free wiz kids of the internet have shared some amazing recipes with the world. These look like all around show-stoppers. Maybe you should just serve all three. Save yourself the problem of having to choose, what with all the coconut and apple and almond…

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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Spinach salad with quinoa and fruit recipe

Spinach salad with quinoa and fruit recipe

You need a recipe for spinach salad with quinoa and fruit for the holidays upon us.  It’s that time of year when we swear up and down we will be good and not eat too much pie.  (But then we have three slices in a weak moment.)  Here’s my solution:  indulge a bit at the plethora of holiday parties, and eat super healthy at home.  That’s my plan this year.

Spinach salad with quinoa and fruit recipes

This spinach salad with quinoa + fruit is a super healthy recipe.  And it’s tasty too.  I love dispelling the myth that if it’s healthy it must not taste very good.  I’ve used a very light dressing–just enough to coat everything with a punch of vinegary goodness and tossed in a bunch of my favorites that I almost always have hanging around the kitchen.  You be sure to use what you have on hand.  Fresh fruit is so tasty in this salad; fresh oranges sooooo good in place of the apples,  Also, pears!  Pears and dried cranberries with pecans would be fabulous.  If you have some buttery avocados sitting on your counter, toss one of those in too.
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Do it yourself tea cup sleeve + template

do it yourself homemade holiday

 

Today’s post is a homemade holiday do it yourself tea cup sleeve + template.  So easy and fun!  The weather is getting gradually cooler here in the mid-west reminding us that full-fledged winter is just around the corner, and that means it is almost hot chocolate season! (or hot tea, or cider…)

Whatever warm drink you prefer, it will most definitely taste better with a properly adorned mug. Cue in this week’s do it yourself project: a polka dot tea cup sleeve.

craft supplies

Materials:

  • 3 colors felt
  • scarp yarn – about a 10” piece
  • a button
  • thread

Supplies:

  • Sleeve Template
  • Scissors
  • A quarter
  • Pen
  • Needle
  • Sewing Machine
  • Tapestry needle

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Peanut butter and chocolate candy bar trifle

Peanut butter and chocolate candy bar trifle is the solution to all your problems.

candy bar trifle

I have almost reached that point where I’m completely 100% sick of candy. Every surface of my house feels sticky. I’m pretty sure my kids must be drooling all over themselves, the walls and everything else while they are enjoying their lollipops. But you know what, I’ll let them have their lollies. I’m more of a peanut butter and chocolate candy bar kind of gal anyway. And I’m not sure I could ever be totally sick of candy. Not too sick to make this trifle anyway.

candy bar dessert

So let’s talk about trifle for a second. Absolutely anyone can make a trifle. It’s not difficult. Trifle is nothing more than leftover cake, some pudding (absent in this one), whipped cream, fruit (or candy bars!) and some kind of sauce. For this trifle, sauce is in the form of peanut butter caramel. Mmm. You know you want some!

A few Thanksgivings ago, someone in my husband’s family made a similar trifle (they used toffee bits and store-bought caramel sauce instead) to bring for dessert. It’s not that anyone didn’t eat pumpkin pie that year–they did. But they maybe ate … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

So you’d like to be a writer for me?

So you’d like to be a writer for me?

allison czarnecki

Friends, we need to have a talk.  It’s not ‘that’ kind of talk, we’re totally not breaking up.  I want you in my life, permanent like.  Forever and ever, besties till the end.  But here’s the thing: Petit Elefant is growing like a weed (or my teenage kid) and I need help getting awesome content into your lives every single day.   So, what do you say?  Are you in?  (I hope so!) email me for more details (after you read this): allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom

//  Here are the deets   //

  • make-up/beauty editor
  • hair girl/guy
  • style guru
  • travel writer
  • DIY craft/home
  • food (any and all)

 I’m hiring multiples for each category, and I want YOU, yes you! 

makeup/beauty:

 

best mascara Maybelline vs Maybelline mascara face-off

Are you as obsessed with makeup and beauty as I am?  I hope so, because I want someone on the lookout for the newest amazing lipstick, the best liquid eyeliner that won’t run, how-to posts on cat eye makeup and the best way to wear foundation.  The whole enchilada.  Must have strong photography/editing skills, be detail oriented, and on time.  But I’m a pretty rad boss, for reals.

hair girl/guy:

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Thanksgiving Menu, GF Edition

Planning a holiday menu while taking into consideration the special diet concerns of each guest along with remembering everyone’s favorites can make a girl dizzy! Dizzy dizzy. Maybe even cranky. We simply can’t have it.

Maybe you are hosting the big day this year? Maybe you’re a guest and want to contribute. You’re gluten free but your host isn’t? Your guests are gluten free but you aren’t?  Fear not. I’ve been pinning Thanksgiving options like mad. Here are a few that look especially marvelous, for those eating gluten-free or not. We’ll start with my 1 of my 2 favorite Thanksgiving categories: Side dishes. I could skip the turkey altogether and just feast on side dishes. Happily. And every one of these possibilities has plenty of wow factor.

 Udi’s Stuffing

 Baked Butternut Squash with Parmesan & Sage

   Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

 

Here’s a tip: just don’t tell any skeptical kinfolk it’s “special” or “vegan” or “gluten-free” and they won’t notice anything but the delicious.

I’m a leader in the Udi’s Gluten Free community, a great place to learn more about life without gluten. Live chats, recipes,

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Trip to Paris France for my birthday

Paris, France yo.  That’s what my friend Heather is here to tell us all about today, because Heather (lucky girl!) took a trip to Paris, France for her 24th birthday.  Heather has traveled a lot and is here to share a little bit about the travel bug.  (note from Allison)

In 2007 my aunt and I took a long weekend trip to Paris, France for my 24th birthday. It was lovely as ever and Paris, being Paris. It was exactly as advertised: The women were chic the clothes made me drool and I had no qualms about purchasing ridiculously expensive Parisian tights because then I could go home and be all, “Oh, you like these tights? Yeah, they’re from PARIS. FRANCE.” and then flounce away. That was my last trip to Europe. Up until a month ago I was OK with that. I mean, I travel regularly around the continental US though I never leave the “lower 48″. Even though I reside in Upstate New York, I can give you a tour of the District of Columbia with my eyes closed and I recently returned from a 48 hour jaunt through San Francisco. Heck, I once went to Salt … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Easy how to tote from a towel

tea towel totebag

// Today we have another easy how to post from Steph, this one is how-to sew a tote out of a towel.  Prepare to be amazed because this is an amazing DIY you can totally do in an hour! //

Steph: I bought these tea towels from Target weeks ago and thought they were just too cute not to be transformed into something. This easy tutorial will teach you how to tote bag was a perfect, versatile solution to make into an easy DIY.

Here are the supplies you need to make your own:

Supplies:

  • 1 Tea towel (or a piece of fabric 28”x18”)
  • 48” Cotton Webbing (1” wide)
  • Thread

Equipment:

  • Sewing Machine (the sewing is simple, so you could do it by hand if you want)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Safety Pin

I used the cotton webbing from the packaging as the drawstring, so the only other supplies I needed for the project was some thread for the very simple sewing.

easy how-to tote bag

Turn down a long edge 1 ¾” and sew along the bottom. This will be the casing for the drawstring, so make sure you have enough space inside for your webbing to fit through!

how to make a tote

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

3 ways to wear booties this fall

skinnies

Booties 3 ways

Surely by now there’s a hot pair of booties you’re coveting; I can’t tell you how many booties are on my wish list this Fall, it’s a little embarrassing.  And the everlasting question with trends of any kind, like ankle booties, is how on earth to wear them without looking ridiculous, so I present to you 3 ways to wear booties.

 

1 // skinnies

 

Wear a pair of stunning black bootie heels with some gorgeous leather pants, a slightly oversize long blouse and a tank, a gorgeous pendant or statement necklace, a big watch, and a stack of bangle bracelets.  Perfect for the chilly days to come this Fall.

 

pencil skirt

 

 2 // pencil skirt

 

Dress up a little for the office in some equestrian themed awesome, unless your office is actually boots on the ground with horses, in which case maybe not so much.  Otherwise grab a fun patterned pencil skirt, a patterned blouse (but it MUST be in the same color scheme), some platform booties, a horse ring (a horse is a horse, of course!), a black leather envelope clutch, and another classic bold statement ring.  Boom.

 

mini dress

 

3 //

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!