A Fruit & Veggie Hashtag Takeover

A Fruit & Veggie Hashtag Takeover - offbeat + inspired

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and Instagram soaking up the visuals like a sponge. My feeds are loaded primarily with food. A few things happen when I stare at beautiful food photography for hours on end — I want to cook, I want to shoot, and I want to eat. The eating thing is usually what happens first. When all I’ve been looking at are rainbow cakes, brownies loaded with candy and every flavor of French macaron known to mankind, I’m most likely to pig out on sugar and butter. Less than ideal, I know…so instead of fighting the urges (and cavities) on will-power alone, I decided it would be wise to follow more health-focused foodie accounts. Not so surprisingly, it became MUCH easier to eat well when I was taking in all that fresh, green goodness instead of just “junk”. The link between what I was looking at and what I was eating was so obvious that when I learned about the campaign Bolthouse Farms was doing to get people hashtagging more health foods and less junk foods, I flipped. Loved it. So let me explain cause it’s SUCH a cool project.

A Fruit & Veggie Hashtag Takeover - offbeat + inspired

A Fruit & Veggie Hashtag Takeover - offbeat + inspired

Basically Bolthouse launched their “Fruit & Veggie Takeover” on urwhatupost.com. If you head over to that site, you’ll see a really cool representation of which foods are being hashtagged most across all social channels in the “health” and “junk food” categories. The percentage right now is heavily favoring sweets and desserts, but their goal is to tip the scales and get people photographing fresh produce, styling it in a beautiful way and encouraging everyone to post healthy, hashtag healthy and ultimately EAT healthy. I know from experience that this works, so I headed to my lovely friend Hannah’s house with bags of fruits and veggies for a food styling and shooting marathon. I had so much fun creating raw food versions of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. The fresh stuff is SO pretty.

A Fruit & Veggie Hashtag Takeover - offbeat + inspired

A Fruit & Veggie Hashtag Takeover - offbeat + inspired

I’m really excited to be sharing my favorite shots with you guys over the next week on Instagram. Please follow along, post your own health foods and remember to hashtag them! Tag me, use the #urwhatupost tag and include @bolthousefarms too if you participate so we can see what your favorite health foods are! Use these specific tags if you can to help get that healthy hashtag percentage up: #vegetable, #berry, #potato, #melon, #carrot, #pomegranate, #beet, #grapes, #mushroom, #kale, #avocado, and #brusselsprout

A Fruit & Veggie Hashtag Takeover - offbeat + inspired

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Let’s beat the sweets!!

*In collaboration with Bolthouse Farms. All opinions expressed here are completely my own!* 

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I love making friends that share my gluten/dairy intolerances. I hate that they have intolerances because of how fun intolerances aren’t (wouldn’t wish them on anybody), but it’s just awesome to be able to feed my crazy ingredient-ly (??) acrobatic recipes to people who will appreciate them for their health benefits as well as their flavors, and say things like, “WHAT?! I don’t have to stop eating ACTUAL cinnamon rolls?!” No, dear friend. No…you don’t!

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I had been on the hunt for a good gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe ever since my sweet friend Beth Kirby posted this magic on her blog a few weeks ago. I had the pleasure and honor of shooting that little baking sesh, and let me tell you…I could not for the life of me get cinnamon rolls off my brain afterwards.

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I found a bunch of recipes that looked great, but I was skeptical. I’m always skeptical about gluten-free versions of things that are originally sooooo about the gluten. But I combined a few of the formulas to create the one you’ll find below, and oh my word. OH. MY. WORD. They are really good.

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I’m so picky when it comes to my sweets. Texture and flavor are paramount. Although the texture of these rolls isn’t quite as fluffy and elastic as a classic cinnamon roll, I would venture to say it’s equally (if not more) satisfying. You know those wonderful, toasty, caramelized edges you get just on the bottom of a really good cinnamon roll? These are like that, all over. It’s heaven.

So please give these a try and let me know what you think — whether you’re gluten/dairy intolerant, vegan, or neither!!

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

Have you been blown away by a really good GF/Vegan recipe? I would love to hear about it! I’m especially motivated after the way these rolls turned out to try more challenging bakes!

Actual Cinnamon Rolls (GF + Vegan)
Yields 8 rolls

Wet Ingredients
3/4 cup hemp milk
1/2 cup water
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1/4 cup psyllium husk
4 tbsp. vegan butter (or regular butter)
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Dry Ingredients
3 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (*see below)
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of fine sea salt
2 tbsp. vegan butter (or regular butter), melted

3 cups powdered sugar
1 oz. good bourbon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. hot water
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

*All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour

3 cups brown rice flour
3 cups sorghum flour
1 1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 1/2 cup cornstarch

Stir your hemp milk and water together in a medium bowl and microwave for 15-20 seconds until lukewarm. Test with your finger or use a thermometer. The temp should be between 105 and 110 degrees F. Add yeast, give it a quick stir and let it proof for about 10 minutes. The mixture should froth up a bit, which tells you the yeast is good and it’s time to get bakin’!

Whisk in the psyllium husk, butter and vinegar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and stir with a spoon until it makes sense to switch over to kneading with your hands. You’ll know when. Knead the dough until it’s smooth and fully combined, about 5 minutes.

On a piece of parchment paper, roll out the dough into a large rectangle. Don’t roll it thinner than about 1/4-1/2 inch.

Make the sugar filling. Once it’s done, brush the dough with a little hemp milk and dump the sugar mixture on top. Spread it evenly with your fingers, leaving about a 1/2 inch border around the edges.

Tightly roll the dough (from one of the long edges) to form a log. Place the seam side down, and cut the log in half, then halve the halves, until you have 8 equally sized cinnamon rolls.

Place them on a greased baking sheet, nudged right up against each other so they don’t un-roll themselves, cover with plastic wrap and let them rise in a warm place for about an hour. They won’t double in size like gluten-y cinnamon rolls would, but they will puff up a bit!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Bake the rolls for 18 minutes, then let cool before serving.

Make the icing! Whisk all the ingredients together. You want the consistency of the icing to be thick and drizzle-able (new word?!). If you need to adjust the consistency, add more sugar to thicken, add more water to thin.

Drizzle the icing over the rolls and serve while warm! These reheat REALLY well. Just store them in the fridge, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, pop the rolls back in the oven and heat for about 5 minutes before serving.

Pomegranate, Lime + Ginger Mocktail

Pomegranate + Ginger Mocktail - offbeat + inspired-2

A few weeks ago, I co-hosted a baby shower for a friend. Pre-pregnancy, the guest of honor and I often enjoyed hanging out and talking over a bottle of wine, but considering it was her baby shower (and I’m also pregnant), wine had to take a backseat.

Celebrations like baby showers deserve a festive drink, so I came up with a simple mocktail recipe that can be scaled down for 1 person or made for a crowd. And with Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner, I don’t have to settle for sipping a boring beverage when everyone else is toasting with a glass of champagne or a cocktail. I will be celebrating with a tasty mocktail in hand!

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Eggnog “White Russians”

Eggnog "White Russians" - offbeat + inspired

Winter cocktails are my favorite. They’re so cozy and rich! The thought of a cold glass of milk punch or eggnog makes me want to gather all the ugly sweaters I can, make one giant super sweater and climb into it with all my friends while we watch cheesy holiday movies and get warm by the fire. Yes, I’m weird, but you have to admit that sounds pretty amazing.

I’ve never actually crafted my OWN winter cocktail though, so this year I wanted to try a twist on the White Russian. I love the “grown up chocolate milk” aspect of this drink, so I stuck with that and changed it up a little bit by using eggnog instead of cream. It’s such an easy alteration, but the results are SO good. Hangar 1 Vodka with its authentically fresh, clean flavor pulls the whole thing together and gives it a perfect kick.

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Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies-6

Ever cook something for the first time and then wonder, “Why in the world haven’t I been making this all along!?” That’s how I feel about shortbread. For some reason, I’ve never made shortbread cookies until this year – but now, I’m completely hooked. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve quickly baked (and eaten) enough of these buttery, sweet, crumbly cookies to make up for all the years they’ve been missing from my kitchen.

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A Jackson Hole Journey + Adventure-Style Cocoa

A Jackson Hole Journey + Adventure-Style Cocoa - offbeat + inspired

One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring adventures I’ve ever been on happened about 2 months ago in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Before I get into all the details, watch this highlight video! (I am SO excited to share this with you guys…)

How it all came together is kind of surreal, so I’ll try to keep that part brief without leaving anything out. The Jeep brand had been on the hunt for a few social media influencers to bring out to Jackson Hole to experience the mountains and the community, all from behind the wheel of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Of course they wanted us to get to know the vehicle itself, but the whole thing was supposed to be more about an adventure. One that created memories and stories — the kind we would take with us and share over and over again. So when they initially reached out to me and asked what things I would anticipate doing in a setting like the Grand Tetons, this was me.

In that moment, I dreamed up my ideal visit to Jackson Hole.

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Homemade Butterbeer + A Trip to the Wizarding World

Homemade Butterbeer + A Trip to the Wizarding World - offbeat + inspired

Confession! I was SUPER late to the Harry Potter party. When the movies first came out, I was actually kind of annoyed by all the hype. I refused to see them in theaters and avoided family movie nights once they were out on DVD. I couldn’t even put my finger on why I was so against HP because I had no idea what the story was even about. But after all the buzz died down, I watched the first one…and was hooked.

All of my siblings love Harry Potter, so watching with them was a lot of fun. There’s so much to love about the story, the characters, the entire world they created. Before I digress into all the spiritual and philosophical parallels that really get me going, I’ll skip to the part where I got to visit Universal Orlando’s “Wizarding World of Harry Potter“, and experienced the BUTTERBEER. Cue heavens opening, angels singing…

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Coffee + Maple Spiced Nuts

Coffee + Maple Spiced Nuts - offbeat + inspired-2

In our house, we always have a dish of mixed nuts set out. I guess I figure that if I have that out as a snack, I’ll be less likely to head towards the pantry for a handful of chocolate chips. (Although, truth be told, it doesn’t always work.)

In anticipation of the holidays, I opted to spice (and sweeten) things up a bit. These mixed nuts are sweetened with maple syrup and tossed with a few of my favorite fall spices. Of course, I add coffee to pretty much anything I can, so there’s also a hint of freshly ground coffee that takes the flavor to the next level.

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Life + Waffles

Pumpkin Spice Belgian Waffles + Toasted Pecans - offbeat + inspired

Life happens in phases. They can be marked by jobs, boyfriends, schools, hair colors, diets — anything and everything. I was recently reflecting on my own phases, and noticed that no matter how chaotic or calm, easy or hard, routine or ridiculous a time in my life was, there was always a constant. I could chronologically organize my phases according to what I was baking.

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Cider, Thyme + Tonic Mocktail

Cider, Thyme + Tonic Mocktail - offbeat + inspired-2

It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything on the blog, but I have to say it’s good to be back! Life has been a little crazy lately…and it’s about to get a whole lot crazier!

My husband and I are soooo excited to announce that we’re expecting twins in March! To add to our excitement, we just found out the genders (I’m very impatient and too much of a planner to not know). We’re having a little boy and a little girl! During the ultrasound, we could see Baby Boy already attempting to punch his sister. Apparently, sibling rivalry starts way earlier than I realized.

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