December 13, 2014

DIY Upcycled Can Pansy Planter {Teacher Gifts}

This project could not have come at a better time! With the holidays in full swing, these fun little planters are a beautifully simple and inexpensive gift for teachers, bus drivers and neighbors. The total cost for making one will depend on what your craft stockpile looks like. I have a pretty extensive hoard of craft stuff... but most of the supplies that you need for this one are pretty basic.  We made nine total planters and it didn't cost me anything more than the cost of the pansies- $7.99! That is less than $1 a pop for a cute handmade gift that is way better than giving junk food or just another "world's best teacher" mug. 

I was inspired to share this project with my readers because of how great they turned out for the limited time and money invested. I was so excited that I even put together my very first video for you guys. I am even more excited to share M's take on the project at the end of the post!

December 10, 2014

TEASE Tapas Catering Presents an Intimate Food Show {Ticket Giveaway #Atlanta}

Alright ladies and gentlemen, today we are going to spice things up a little bit! I know that we normally keep things family friendly on The Puzzled Palate, but I think that it is time for the adults to have some fun! Chef A'riel, the queen bee over at TEASE Tapas Catering, thought that it would be fun to give away 10 tickets to her upcoming event. Chef A'riel is inviting her guests to enjoy, bottomless hors d'oeuvres, custom cocktails and dancing. 

December 8, 2014

Corn Dog Sushi {#GlutenFree Giveaway}

I am always looking for fast and fun ideas for the kids lunches. The other day, we were taste testing Foster Farms' gluten free corn dogs and I simply slid them off the stick and sliced them up for the kids. I thought I was just being cautious about the temperature- but M immediately made the observation that they looked like sushi. Yep, corn dog sushi.

December 1, 2014

Sweet Debbie's Recipe Book Review and Giveaway {#GlutenFree #Vegan}

We love baking! M is always requesting that we bake some sort of gluten free muffin or cupcake. I have been getting bored of the same old standby recipes, so you can imagine how thrilled we were when we received this gem in the mail. Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes is a famous bakery in Los Angeles that offers allergen free treats. How awesome is it that they are sharing their delicious recipes? Pretty sweet if you ask me! After you read our review, you can even enter to win your very own copy!

*Disclosure: We received a complementary copy of the recipe book. Sweet Debbie did not request that we share our opinions. We decided to share information about this cookbook because it is awesome! I reached out to her to secure a copy to use in the giveaway. All opinions in this post are 100% honest and my own. Post contains affiliate links.

November 26, 2014

Weird Reasons We Are Thankful

Today, my hubby and I wanted to share what we are thankful for and challenge you to do the same. There are the obvious things to be thankful for... family, friends, full bellies and a roof over our heads. We are not talking about that kinda stuff. We are talking about the little things that seem trivial in the grand scheme of things. Hope you find our "weird reasons" amusing if nothing else!

November 25, 2014

A White Girl's Reflection on The Ferguson Protests

Last night, I watched as the "peaceful protest" turned into a night of destruction and chaos. I have so many different emotions surfacing in regards to this horrible situation and I figured that I would put them here on the blog. I am not looking to place blame or pass judgement on Darren Wilson. I am only trying to work through it all and figure out how to describe my emotions. Also, the title of this post is not meant to be inflammatory. If you find it offensive- please know that was never my intention.

November 22, 2014

33 Thanksgiving Recipes {Naturally #GlutenFree}

The holidays are upon us... and so is the stress of planning meals for your friends and family. Well, you are in luck! I put together a mighty tasty list of both sweet and savory recipes for your holiday gathering. If you have a gluten allergy or a guest who does- be assured that all of these recipes only call for naturally GF ingredients!

November 17, 2014

We had a Jumptastic Time!

This past weekend, we celebrated Peanut's 3rd birthday... in true Turtle Power style and the main attraction was a TMNT bounce house! I am telling you right now, the hubby and were probably as excited about it as the kids were.