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Recipe: Date Caramel Pecan Pie

Date Caramel Pecan Pie | Tiffany Lane Handmade

With the holidays fast approaching, you might already be on the lookout for the best recipes to round out your feast. From experience, the dessert table is definitely something to look forward to, but it can also be daunting if you’re working hard to eat healthy.

Good news! Not all desserts have to bust your healthy eating streak, as long as you enjoy them in moderation, of course. This pecan pie is full of heart healthy nuts from the crust to the topping and sweetened only with dates and a touch of maple syrup.

DATE CARAMEL PECAN PIE

Filling adapted from This Rawsome Vegan Life

Prep time: 20-30 minutes

Bake time: 25 total minutes (crust 10 minutes + pie 15 minutes)

Ingredients

Crust
1 1/4 cup raw pecans
1 1/4 cup coconut, unsweetened, flaked or shredded
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/8 tsp salt

Filling
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup water, room temperature
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups raw pecans, whole

1/2 cup pecans, chopped for topping

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Crust: in a food processor, process all ingredients until they just start sticking, about 30 seconds. Press crust into a pie pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 10 minutes.

Filling: in the same food processor (no need to clean in between making the crust and filling), process dates, water, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt until smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Fold in whole pecans, pour over crust, then top with chopped pecans, pressing them into the filling just slightly.  Cover with foil to prevent topping from burning and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 10 minutes so the filling can set.

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Mighty Christmas!

Wood Grain - Mighty Christmas | Tiffany Lane

Oh the joys and sorrows of Christmas. To many, this season brings peace and comfort; good tidings. To others, it’s filled with painful memories. To most in our society, Christmas certainly brings with it stressful shopping adventures and crowds aplenty.

Through all the flashing lights, sparkly tinsel and old, white haired men dressed in fluffy red clothes, sometimes it’s difficult to see the real meaning. The meaning that was born thousands of years ago, to later sacrifice himself to save us.

I know, I know, not everyone reading this (1) celebrates Christmas, and (2)  believes in Jesus. But I am here to tell you that I believe Jesus was born, lived, died, rose again, and now reigns with God the Father in Heaven. Thank goodness for freedom of speech!

My intent is not to push my beliefs on you, but to be honest about who I am, what I celebrate, and to ask that you atleast consider why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

On that note, I wish you and your families sweet memories and good tidings all year long.

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Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free)

Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

I made these on a whim as a last minute attempt at making Christmas cookies, since until this past Sunday, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind as a realistic option. For some reason, this December has seemed much more busy than most, even though we had less gift shopping to do (we decided to do Secret Santa with hubby’s family). More parties and get-togethers I guess.

These were such on a whim that I already had my Christmas post scheduled for tomorrow, Christmas Eve (keep a look out for that!), but I just had to post these in case you still have time to whip up some extra cookies for the Holidays, hence the rare Monday post.

Not surprisingly, in true Tiffany fashion, I couldn’t simply follow a recipe, I HAD to make it my own. They’re dry and crumbly, great with hot tea!

Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Without further ado, here is my recipe for (Grain Free) Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies.

SPICED ORANGE GINGER GRAHAM COOKIES (GRAIN FREE)

Makes 4 Dozen

Adapted from Detoxinista’s Grain Free Ginger Cookies

Ingredients
4 cups brown rice flour (or coconut/almond)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (like this one)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup molasses
1 medium orange, juiced and zested (approx. 4 tablespoons)
2 eggs (organic and pastured preferred)
2 1/2 tablespoons (or 8 teaspoons) ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

 sugar for topping (like coconut palm sugar or sucanat) (optional)

Preparation

Beat wet ingredients together in a large bowl, then add dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Dough will be crumbly.  Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Meanwhile, scoop out dough by the tablespoonful, roll into balls then flatten each by placing a ball in the palm of one hand and use the palm of the other to squish into a disc.  Place discs onto a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper (I fit 24 on each of my standard baking sheets). If desired, top each with a sprinkling of sugar.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Cool cookies on pans for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Spiced Orange Ginger Graham Cookies (Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

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Homemade Gift Guide: Body Care

Wow, can you believe it’s almost Christmas again already? I’m feeling a little behind in the gift department this year, mostly for my lack of planning ahead. Serious shocker for a seasoned planner! But never fear my friends, I’m getting it together finally, making lists and crossing off to-dos.

One of my must do favorites every year is homemade gifts and this year I happen to be keen on body care. Today I’m sharing two simple, inexpensive, and quick recipes: sea salt body scrub and salt bath soak.

ORANGE BASIL SEA SALT BODY SCRUB

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups sea salt
1 cup oil (sweet almond oil* or olive)
2-4 tablespoons orange essential oil

2-4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

The basic ratio is 2 parts salt to 1 part oil, plus essential oils of your choosing for scent. For this recipe, I used orange essential oil and chopped, fresh basil. As always, feel free to adjust ratios to your tastes. You could always use basil essential oil instead of fresh basil. I happened to have fresh basil on hand and I also think it looks pretty.

Salt is a natural preservative so no need to worry about the oils or basil going rancid.  I know some of you may be into substituting recipes for what you have on hand, I am a huge advocate for that.  But in this case, please do not use sugar in place of the salt or you may need to refrigerate it (because of the fresh basil) which just isn’t very convenient for something you’re going to use in the bathroom.

PEPPERMINT SALT BATH SOAK

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups salt

2-4 tablespoons peppermint essential oil

This is probably one of the easiest homemade gifts I’ve ever made.  Two ingredients and stir or shake to coat. It doesn’t get much better than that. I used both rock salts and fine salt for a lovely combination, then added in a bit of peppermint oil until fragrant. Endless possibilities for scents, use whatever you have on hand.

Need some more homemade gift ideas?

Candles are another great homemade gift that would go along nicely with these.  I can see myself now soaking in my salt bath, hands and face scrubbed smooth, and a refreshing candle glowing away. Check out my recent post for the full candle making DIY.

And don’t forget about the lip balm to round it out. This one is definitely on my gift list. As a matter of fact, I already ordered my containers and labels, just waiting for them to arrive so I can begin the preparations!

If you’re looking for a bigger ticket item, most women love massages and they make great gifts.  Go for a gift card to a local spa and add on a homemade body care gift or two for a cute package.

READER FEEDBACK: What are your favorite homemade gifts to give and receive?

P.S. This post can be found at Holistic Home Link Party!

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Mighty Christmas

I will not only be spending a wonderful day with family today, but we will remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Let’s be mindful and thankful for the birth of Jesus, that God became flesh and lived among us to be our Savior.

Last week, our church hosted a Christmas concert called A Christmas Together (if you recall, I blogged about last year’s concert too) featuring amazing artists living out the gospel and spreading his love through their music.  One gentlemen, Tim Timmons, wrote a song for this year’s album called Mighty Christmas.  He explained that the word “merry” does not mean bright and cheerful as we use it today.  It really means to be mighty.  Together, let’s make this Christmas not only merry, but so very mighty, in light of the gift God gave us those many years ago and the gifts he continues to bless us with today.

Joy and blessings to you and your families.

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Free Christmas Printables

We’re nearing Christmas, it’s just a few days away now.  And I’ll bet many of you still need to wrap and beautify your gifts, right?

Well I’ve done a little research for you to find a few of the cutest free Christmas printables that I hope will make your life a little easier and your packages much cuter!

printable gift tags - love vs design

[Rustic Printable Gift Tags via Love vs Design]

chalkboard style printable gift tags - poppytalk

[Chalkboard Style Printable Gift Tags from Emily McDowell via Poppytalk]

chevron printable gift tags - kelly ashworth design

[Chevron Printable Gift Tags via Kelly Ashworth Design]

chalkboard style printable home decor - mother time market

[Chalkboard Style Printable Home Decor Designs via Mother Time Market]

modern printable gift tags - blush printables for the sweetest occassion

[Modern Printable Gift Tags via Blush Printables for The Sweetest Occasion]

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Pretty Packaging: Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

You know how much I love packaging and it’s been quite a while since my last packaging post.  But here we are once again.

Ellas Inspiration

Sunday Suppers

Eat Drink Chic

Rinse Repeat Blog

Domestifluff

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