Thursday, August 29, 2013

Last Week of Summer and a Gluten-Free Cupcake Recipe

Last Week of Summer

As August winds down and even cools to autumn temperatures, I find myself grasping at the last, dwindling signs of summer.  I do this every year.  Why is it so hard to say good-bye to summer?  I always scramble to enjoy one final dose of freedom, fun and sun.
My quest this year included an invigorating hike with a friend up Sugarloaf Mountain in Boyds, Maryland.  As this tiger swallowtail did, we baked in the warm sun and relished the gentle breezes.

A tea with special friends paid tribute to the last days of sun and fun.  Together we sipped peppermint and mango teas, accompanied by luscious fruit salad, a sampling of grain-free goodies and dollops of cool mango ice cream.  Yum.

One final swim at the pool with good friends?  Yes!  My hopes were high this week with the weather forecasted to be hot and humid.  Sadly, my pool date with Carmen and her kids became a play date inside, when the weather turned rainy.  So, we solaced ourselves with coconut flour cupcakes, a movie and games of Duck-Duck-Goose and Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Going gluten-free or grain free?  Are you know or someone you know sensitive to wheat?  Then I have a tip for you.

Vanilla Coconut Flour Cupcake Recipe 

Today's cupcakes were made with all real, whole ingredients.   No White Flour. No White Sugar.  This coconut flour recipe is gluten-free, loaded with healthy coconut ingredients and uses no white sugar.  Give them a try!
Thanks to Hannah at Healy Real Food Vegetarian for the delicious recipe.  You can link to it below.  *Keep in mind, if you are not accustomed to eating a real whole food diet, these will not taste as sweet as Betty Crocker cupcakes.*
 Have you enjoyed your last days of summer?  Have the kids already returned to school?  And what fun things are you looking forward to this fall?
I hope to hear from you!  Until then...
Happy Trails,
--Two Peas

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