Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Eatin' and Hair Teasin'

This is probably the most random blog post ever.
This week, I discovered 2 great things. 
The first was a yummy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake 
that the beautiful "Bees and Bows" posted here

My family hasn't been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten-intolerance. But after reading the book "Dangerous Grains", I'm always looking for ways to cut wheat and grains out of our diet.

Our local health food grocer didn't carry the same brand gluten-free cake mix that "Bees and Bows" used, so I improvised with another brand that I love, Pamela's Products. I regularly use Pamela's Products Baking and Pancake Mix to make pancakes and it's YUMMY. 

Here's how I adjusted the recipe because of the difference in volume of the cake mix:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
Adapted from this recipe: Namaste Food, LLC

(not sure why it looks "shiny". It doesn't look like that in person)

  • 1 package of Pamela's Products Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free pumpkin pie spice
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Spray a bundt pan or 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and water. Add chocolate chips.
  • Pour mixture into pan.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes and check for the center with toothpick. Continue baking until toothpick comes out clean and top has thoroughly cooked. It took about 40 minutes with my oven. 
The second item on my list is a teasing hair brush that I bought from my hair stylist. I got my hair trimmed on Monday and asked for some shorter layers on top. I wanted needed more "poof" in my crown. (Don't we all?) 

When the stylist started my blow out, she pulled out a teasing brush and with a few flicks of the wrist, I had some SUR-E-US poofage. The poof stayed and I bought--especially since I already have a drawer full of teasing combs and 3 teasing brushes that don't work very well.

Here's this little gem. It's "The Little Wonder" by Spornette.  

I really do like this better than my other teasing brushes.  
I don't know if it's because the pink tips are more "textured" or if the design of the brush is different.
You can pick up the "Little Wonder" at Sally's or Ulta. 
Also, do a search on Youtube, there's several videos showing how to "poof" your hair using this brush.

Hope you're having a great weekend!


  1. I NEED THAT POOFER NOW! I feel like this entire post was written just for moi! xoxo

  2. Well dear, it WAS written for you! hehe

  3. NEED THAT BRUSH! i can not get a good poof on my heavy ass hair. will be grabbing this one.

  4. I'm going to have to try that recipe! Thanks!

  5. yummmmm that cake looks unbelievable!! pumpkin & choc chips- two things i LOVE about fall!