Friday, March 27, 2015

3.27.15 Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!! TGIF :) My favorite day of the week is here. It's time to share my favorite with all of of you!  I'm loving the start of spring and the slightly warmer temperatures... this week I'm also loving a few other things.  Feel free to share your favorites with me in the comments below!

Beauty - Bath & Body Works 

  • I'm addicted to these beachy scents from Bath & Body works. I picked up the body cream during the summer sale last year and loved it. It seriously smells just like the beach. I ran to the nearest store to pick up the rest of the set when I leared they were out again this year!

Food - Fruit Salads 

  • Fruit + salad = awesome. I've been making a salad at our work salad bar and then topping it with my favorite salad ingredients at lunchtime. I love eating a rainbow and this is the perfect way. Strawberries, blackberries, mandarin oranges, cheddar, eggs and pecans are my fave toppers. 

Finds - Headspace and La Croix 

  • Headspace. This app is perfect when you need a little more relaxation in your life. It takes you through guided meditations and once you've completed the initial series - which is free - you have the option of purchasing other sets!
  • La Croix in bottles?!?!? I'm a La Croix addict and when my husband texted me this picture from a work conference, I about fell out of my chair. Where can I find these? I need them. 

Fashion - Skirt Season 

  • Springtime means summer skirts and I'm obsessed with the Sloan pencil skirt from Banana Republic. It's the perfect length for work and I love the thick fabric. 

Fun - Trendy Tanks

  • This Mean Girls t-shirt at Target. I can't even. I need it in my life. You go Glen Coco.

What are you loving this Friday? 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Eggs Were Made for Dipping

There's nothing I love more than a simple recipe that packs a big presentation. The star of this show is eggs. So simple, so delicious and also the best source of biological protein that you could ask for. Scrambled eggs were my jam as a little girl and my mom made some of the best ones.  

Flash forward a lot of years. In college, my friend Katie referred to over easy eggs as "dippy eggs" and I realized I had never tried one. I did and I never looked back. "Dippy eggs" have become my favorite. They're perfect for breakfast sandwiches when you can use part of an english muffin to soak up the flavor. Egg yolks are full of the fat-soluble vitamins - A, D, E and K - and also are a good source of choline. Embrace the yolk and enjoy this sandwich.

If my kitchen walls could talk:  Out of english muffins? Try this sandwich with bagels, bread or even gluten-free toaster waffles (trust me, it's legit)

"Dippy" Breakfast Sandwich 


1 brown rice english muffin
1 tsp olive oil
1 egg
1 slice gouda cheese

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Split english muffin in half and toast until lightly browned ~5 minutes.
2. In a small skillet, add olive oil over medium heat. Add egg. After white has set, flip until cooked to desired preference.
3. Layer gouda and egg between english muffin.

What's your favorite breakfast? 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pizza Hut - A Gluten Free Review

Pizza can be described in a variety of ways. It's hard to find bad pizza, but it's even harder to find the holy grail of pizza... especially when you're gluten free. I remember when I became gluten free 4 years ago, only one pizzeria near me served gluten free pizza.  Plus, it was overpriced and terrible. As the gluten free market has expanded, pizzerias have jumped on the gluten free train.

I heard that Pizza Hut had recently unveiled a new gluten free pizza in their stores and I was eager to try it. Growing up, Pizza Hut was my all-time favorite!!  There was the Book It program for reading, our weekly family Friday night pizza party complete with TGIF, volunteering with my friends at the museum center and eating pan pizza in the lobby.

My general consensus with pizza is that it what really separates brands isn't always the crust, but the cheese and the toppings. Of the two "mainstream" pizza brands I've tried - Larosas and Donatos - the gluten-free pizza tastes pretty spot on to the original. I suspected that Pizza Hut would follow suit.. I placed the order and we patiently waited for our pizzas to arrive...

I loved that they use a standout box to separate the pizza. I've had issues with other restaurants accidentally sending a non-gluten free pizza and totally forgetting to look for the small gluten free sticker on the box. I knew the Udi's crust would be a hit - Donato's also uses an Udi's made crust - plus, let's be honest, it's the same crust I buy at the grocery store.  

I ordered my usual topping, black olives. The cheese tasted exactly like I remembered it. It was rich and buttery. The sauce was mild and didn't overpower the flavors, but complemented them.  The black olives were the perfect touch. This was definitely reminiscent of the pizza of my childhood!

It wasn't perfect though. My biggest complaint was that the crust was burnt around the edges. I also disliked that the pizza was on the retail sized Udi's crust. I didn't expect the gluten-free pizza to be the same size as a large pizza, but for almost $15, I was expecting it to be a little larger.

Overall, I rate it a solid B! I would definitely order it again and if the crust wasn't burnt, it would have moved up into the B+ category.  

Have you tried Pizza Hut's gluten-free pizza? What were your thoughts? 

Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored review