My Favorite: Blender

It took quite a bit of convincing, and at that point, I'm not sure my husband was actually convinced. But in the end, we headed home from Costco with a Vitamix in the trunk of the car.

Oh. My.

I'm in love!

It came with an amazing recipe book and I've been putting it through the paces.

I made mango bread - which sounded weird, but I had a huge box of ripe mangos so I thought, why not? Well, I used Better Batter flour and the recipe was so simple. The bread was incredible!

We've been having smoothies almost every single day. It's so fast and easy - and delicious!

I even made almond milk this morning. So easy - why have I been spending so much money on prepackaged almond and coconut milk when I could have been making them at home?! I'm actually looking forward to grinding my own almond and rice flours. How weird is that?

The possibilities are endless.

The machine is awesome and has totally simplified my life (strange, but true).

One of the reasons I never use my regular blender (which will now be posted on craigslist) is because it's such a pain to clean. Well, all you do to clean the Vitamix is put 2 cups of water in, 1 drop of liquid dish soap, put the lid on, turn it on and run for about 30 seconds. Rinse and you're done!

So easy.

Just a tip - if you have a Costco near you - check their schedule for a roadshow...the machine is about $100 less if you buy it through the roadshow!

Okay, enough infomercial... I last posted about a new bread recipe that I was going to be posting soon..............and I still haven't posted it. What's the deal with that??

Here's the truth of the matter. I have made my new bread recipe about 4 times now and each time, I've tinkered with it. I haven't found the perfect balance and am finding that the bread is getting crumbly after a few days in the refrigerator.

The first time I made it, it was perfect...but then I started jumbling it up. So on my next go round, I'm going to make it the original way I wrote it - and if it's good, I'll post it. No more tinkering.

I will tell you that making bread every week is proving to be AWESOME. We are saving so much money and the bread is SO easy to make. Who knew gluten-free bread baking could be so easy?

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring (a book)

Why didn't anyone tell me about this sooner?

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring is my favorite gluten-free book at the moment. My friend gave it to me for my birthday and I think was one of the most thoughtful gifts I've received in a while.

Not only does it have recipes that look amazing, the tricks and tips for saving money while being gluten-free are priceless!

If you know someone who's gluten-free and want to get a gift for them - BUY this book - it's sure to be a hit!