• Baked French Toast (Gluten Free)

    This recipe all started because I felt insanely wasteful throwing away the heels of a loaf of bread (usually 4 pieces!) because no one would eat them. The end of a gluten free sandwich loaf if not like scoring the end of a French baguette after all (yes, I miss a French baguette!). So I started saving the heels in the freezer… what could I make? A baked French toast seemed perfect! Honestly, you can just buy a loaf and use that… but I am saving my heels for this recipe! This recipe is written for gluten free bread which absorbs liquid differently than traditional wheat bread, if you want…

  • A Week Out West

    We headed out to California for Christmas break for a change of scenery this year. My other brother and his family live in Marin County (north of San Francisco) and it was the perfect choice. What to do for Christmas week in Marin County, CA? Well most of this is what to do for any week in Marin County… but there is one very special Christmas stop we went to in San Francisco that I highly recommend! What I love about being out West is the emphasis that is put on being outdoors. The playgrounds and hiking trails are honestly the best. If you have elementary or younger aged kids…

  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake- paleo!

    A perfect Paleo, kid-friendly cinnamon coffee cake for the weekend. It all comes together in the food processor which makes it super easy. I always opt to use the food processor when I can. It incorporates the ingredients so well! (This is the one I have here!) Ingredients: Coffee Cake 2½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal- I like Trader Joe’s brand!)  ½ teaspoon baking soda  ¼ teaspoon sea salt 3 large eggs ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Cinnamon Sugar Swirl  ¼ cup coconut oil, melted  ¼ cup coconut sugar  2 tablespoons ground cinnamon Instructions: Preheat oven to 350.…

  • Last Minute Holiday Gifts

    Thank goodness for Amazon Prime right? Free two day shipping is a life saver. For you last minute shoppers out there here is a great collection of last minute gifts that can get to you fast for anyone on your list! Countdown is on- one week until Christmas Eve! Side note: as I was creating this list some ship dates changed, I tried to update every product but some may have changed since I published it. Look for the phrase “Will arrive before Christmas” in GREEN letters to make sure you receive it in time!     Click on item name to shop!  Spooner Board– Your kids will love this……

  • Coconut Macaroons

    Coconut Macaroons. I think I first started making these for my in-laws for Passover early in our marriage. The first time I brought them my husband’s grandparents jubilantly stated that these were the best macaroons they had ever had. Ever. Coconut macaroons were their favorite cookie so they knew what they were talking about. Now I make them for the family for any holiday. They are so simple with only 5 ingredients and come together quickly.   I also think they make the perfect holiday “snowball” cookie and they make their way on to our Christmas Cookie plate. (Try our Gluten Free Roll Out Sugar Cookie for you Christmas Cookie…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #6- For the Home

    Gifts for the home are always good around the holidays. It’s a fun time to spruce up around the house, and even better when it is something you maybe wouldn’t think to buy for yourself!     Ring Doorbell – We received this for Christmas last year and it really is awesome. I actually intercepted a package, chatted with the delivery man and had it delivered to my neighbors while I was at my kid’s sport practice! All from my phone! New Bedding – Such a good time to refresh your bedding right before the new year! Serena & Lily has such lovely bedding. Stephanie Sherman’s “An Oceans Roar” –…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #5 – The Gourmet

    So this is an easy one… all the best things for “the gourmet”. If you have a loved one who adores being in the kitchen this is the list for you! These are all my favorites or things that are on my want list!   Click on item name to shop!  Instant Pot Duo 80 – Okay. Obviously this is on here. It should be on every gift guide I put together because I love it so much (Same with #2). If you don’t have one in your kitchen you should. It is a miracle appliance! Vitamix Professional Series Blender – Same as above… I use this all the time.…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #4 – Your Best Friend

    What to get your best bud? The friend that keeps you grounded, that is always there for a laugh? Sometimes that can be hard! You want to get something they will really enjoy and not just a token that will clutter up their house, am I right? I love getting a consumable (food or beauty!) that can be used and then be gone, or something they wouldn’t buy for themselves! Below find my favorites; bonus- everything except for the awesome L.L. Bean tote is $50 and under! Click on item name to shop! L.L. Bean Signature Camo Boat and Tote – I love an L. L. Bean tote bag; durable,…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #3 – For Him

    Our favorite picks to gift to the amazing men in your life this holiday! Some my family swears by and some I have my eye on for them! Click on name of item to link to shop! Sorel 1964 Pac Boot – Snow is coming. These are waterproof and attractive enough to wear all day! OluKai ‘Moloa’ Genuine Shearling Slipper – These are a hit in my house. The back folds down for slip ons and they also have a sturdy sole. Patagonia Black Hole Water Repellent Duffel Bag – These “Black Hole” bags fit everything under the sun. Perfect for Winter ski weekends and Summer beach weekends. L.A. Modern…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #1 -Kids!

    Here we go! The first A Modern Housewife Holiday Gift Guide of the season! Stay tuned, we will have a lot more! Shopping for kids at the Holidays is definitely my favorite! The joy on their faces when the unwrap something they REALLY  wished for, or even better, something they didn’t know they wanted is priceless. Below you will find some tried and true toys in my household, things on our wishlist and items that just looked really cool! Happy Shopping! Click on item name to shop item!  littleBits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventor Kit – This was on the top of the wishlist for my oldest. My kids are currently…