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Headband Giveaway at ‘Ma Nouvelle Mode’

Guess what, lovely readers? My very first giveaway ever is going on right now at Ma Nouvelle Mode! Head on over and enter to win all three of these headbands from my Etsy shop. Giveaway is open to US and non-US readers. Be sure to follow Natalia’s beautiful blog while you’re at it — I just love her.

And did you see my gluten-free cracker/pizza crust recipe on Peas in a Blog yesterday? Thank you, Carolina and Katie, for letting me guest post!

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Guest Post: Summertime Means Popsicles

Amelia of More Fun with an Apron eating a homemade fudgepop with popsicle recipe

I’m so excited to write my first ever guest blog post! I was very flattered to be asked and the first thing that came to mind was “Slow Drip Fudge Pops”. I started making “slow drip pops” for my daughter last year and she loves them. I love that they hold up well in the summer heat. You can get creative with homemade popsicles by mixing and matching different fruits, yogurt, and juices. Mix in some chamomile tea with fruit juice for a teething baby. I like that I can control the amount of sugar in the popsicles and I can also avoid nasty artificial dyes and flavors.

More Fun with an Apron Homemade Fudgepop Popsicle RecipeMore Fun with an Apron Homemade Fudgepop Popsicle Recipe

This recipe can be made with almond or rice milk but I happened to have left over organic whole milk from making yogurt so I used that. You could even live on the wild side and use heavy cream or half and half. It will be our secret.

Amelia of More Fun with an Apron eating a homemade fudgepop with popsicle recipe

Homemade Fudgepops

2 cups milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup of sugar (or add to taste)
1 tsp vanilla
1 package Knoxx gelatin

In a medium sauce pan heat all the ingredients and stir until sugar and gelatin has dissolved and cocoa powder has been incorporated well. Cool slightly before adding to the popsicle molds. Makes 6-10 pops depending on your type of molds.

There you go! The gelatin is the secret. It keeps the liquid from dripping!

I hope everyone has a safe and blessed Summer!

Lindsey Costa is a lover of all things vintage and retro. A Virginia girl in California, she’s a mixture of 1940’s vintage, a southern belle, and a hippie. Lindsey describes herself as a “wife, mama, Christian, homemaker, baker, amateur herbalist, homebirther, crocheter and sewer”. Read her lovely blog More Fun with an Apron or follow her on Twitter.

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Guest Blog: Laura’s Buttermilk Ranch Recipe

(Note from Gina: Some lovely people have graciously agreed to share words and photos and pretty things with you while I’m off on my have-a-baby adventure. Our first guest blogger is Laura Bosak, who I met several months ago on Twitter. Laura, take it away!)

Guest Blogger on Oaxacaborn - Laura Bosak

When Gina tweeted she was looking for a guest blog post, I jumped at the chance. Okay, actually, I was scanning tweets after picking up “The Kid” from school and Aquatic/Physical Therapy swimming. I mentioned to Hubs that I wanted to have a blog after I wrote a particularly awesome paper for school.  I’m three classes away from my MBA, so I’m sure it was something like the Theory of Taxation or the Advantages of S Corp Status fascinating.

I met Gina via Twitter and she was kind enough to share “corn-free” information with me when we got our food allergy test results. I’ve visited her blog when time permits and would like to think I could contribute something of interest. I would love to put together a quick tutorial for you on how to make a peasant/hippie type skirt or my gluten-free version of the Tollhouse cookie recipe, but I have to finish my homework for Adv Tax Research and I have to start a load of laundry this evening. In the essence of time, I can share my version of ranch dressing.

Guest Blog - Buttermilk Ranch Ingredients

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
1/2 c mayo
1/3 c buttermilk
Kosher salt & pepper to taste, approx ¼ teaspoon
-Mix well.

What I love about this recipe is that it is adaptable. We use Duke’s Mayo, but if you have a preferred brand or make your own mayo due to food allergies, by all means, it won’t make it any less awesome.

(Thank you, Laura!)