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Pure Happiness is… our Christmas

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Hello everyone! Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!

Did you have a wonderful Christmas? For us, it was the best Christmas ever (I think) but I also think I say this every year ;)

I’m keeping this short and just posting a few photos that capture the last few days and I’m including my Holiday Happiness list ;) Please do join me in what makes you happy this Holiday season….

Pure Happiness is…

~ my complete family+ at Christmas
~ my sweet daughter adding pure magic to this beautiful time of the year
~ the way little children believe in Santa and Elves is so sweet it warms my heart
~ welcoming the Elf on the Shelf for the first time at our house this year #fun
~ rum balls, amaretto snowballs, gingerbread men cookies and other amazing desserts that were made and enjoyed
~ several baking sessions with my girl
~ having a true White Christmas – completely frozen and breathtakingly beautiful (more photos of our stunning neighbourhood covered in ice will follow – they really deserve a post all of their own)
~ great food at our Christmas Eve dinner at our house and Christmas Day dinner at my sister’s
~ for the first time I felt like I wasn’t missing anything from the plate (adapting good healthy habits really is worth it!)
~ lots and lots of toys : the kids were very good this year (and so was I apparently ;))
~ the aftermath of opening up all the toys is just as fun – I love seeing torn wrapping paper everywhere
~ watching daddy and our daughter assemble a 416 piece lego set is still making me smile at the memory ;)
~ and reflecting on this whole 2013 year is making me realize how good things are right now… I feel so grateful for having pulled through a year that was full of ups-and-downs…
~ and I thank you all for being a part of my joy at this very moment…
~ my heart is full from all the wonderful connections I’m making through a space on the internet (who would have thought? ;)) and I really appreciate having this opportunity to be learning and growing so much… >> thank you all for being a part of this journey and cheering me on ;) <<

What is making you happy right now? Please do share all the good things in your life right now… 


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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone!!!

I want to take a moment to thank you all and wish you well for the Holiday Season! Your support and enthusiasm has kept me and this blog vibrant and well this year and I hope 2014 will be even better! ;)

I am passionate about creating great recipes and posts to help you live better and healthier and without you, my wonderful readers, this blog would have no purpose. Ever visit, comment, Like or Share is a regular reminder why I pour my heart into everything on Pure Ella.

We’re still taking things slow around the Holidays but I will have some updates for you over the next couple of weeks. In the mean time, have fun and enjoy the Holidays and New Year with your family, your friends and with great *pure* food! Thank you again everyone – 2013 has been an incredible year and 2014 is shaping up to be even better!

Sending big Holiday hugs to each and everyone of you!! With Pure Love ~ Ella

ps. to be in the loop with updates on Pure Ella… be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram ~ @pure_ella  xox


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Potluck Party : Christmas Recipes

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  ~ and what better way to get into the spirit of the Holiday than with a party! 

Welcome to the first Christmas Potluck Party!

We’re just a few weeks away from Christmas…. and I hope you’re all getting excited too!

Clearly, Christmas is on my mind! I’m humming and singing Christmas Carols out loud, dreaming of a White Christmas, planning decor, gifts, gift wrapping, and of course the big Christmas dinner!

As tradition goes, we celebrate a big family gathering at our house for a Christmas Eve dinner. We usually plan out a little bit of a potluck party in the family also – so of course, this virtual Christmas Potluck Party is just perfect to get ideas of what delicious dishes to make!

Let’s Eat, Drink and be Merry!

Just a reminder we’re focusing on plant-based, egg-free, dairy-free and meat-free recipes as well as gluten or wheat free dishes. Some exceptions apply such as using honey or ancient grains that have gluten like spelt and kamut which are very healthy. Recipes should be all natural, with no refined sugar and with no processed ingredients, no preservatives or artificial colours of flavours and organic as much as possible.

Linking up? Thank you! By doing so, you allow Pure Ella permission to share your recipe and photo on other social media such as Pinterest. Please be sure to add a link to your post that you shared this recipe here on the Pure Ella Potluck Party. Thank you!

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season! xo Ella

 

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Rum Ball Cake Pops : gluten-free, vegan, paleo, sugar free, no-bake recipe

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Naughty or Nice ~ when it comes to desserts, now you don’t have to choose one! These Rum Ball Cake-Pops are divinely naughty in flavour…. rich, decadent, boozy, seductive… but they’re also made with incredibly nice ingredients! These little temptation pops are completely guilt-free and dare I say…. good for you! (if you sub the rum, technically they sure are!) If you don’t believe me, just glance at the ingredient list right now… Told ya so! There’s nothing naughty, fattening, and oh-boy-I-should-not-eat-that — stuff in these stunning little dessert balls! ) And if you do count the rum in… well if there’s no kids or pregnant ladies around… heck, it’s the Holidays! Yes please!!

Other than guilt-free ingredients that are all gluten-free, vegan, paleo and sugar free; these are very easy to make and No-Bake! They literally come together in under 15 minutes!

Alright, the temptation is building up and I know you can’t wait any longer… here is the recipe for Rum Ball Cake-Pops – the best dessert of the season (right along with the Amaretto Snowballs ;))

Rum Ball Cake-Pops

Ingredients :
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted & packed
  • 1 teaspoon rum (sub rum to natural rum flavour if a non-alcoholic version is preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 – 1 cup dark chocolate squares or chips, over 70%, divided
  • pinch of sea salt or himalayan pink salt
  • + powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
  • + paper straws or cake pop sticks

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Directions :

1. In a double boiler (or a dish over a small pot with water), melt 1/2 cup of the chocolate. Remove from heat when it melts.

2. In a food processor, process all the ingredients until fine.

3. Add in roughly 2-3 tablespoons of the melted chocolate to the date and nut mix and continue processing until it becomes well combined.

5. Place the mixture in a container and place in the freezer for a few minutes, (5-10 minutes is plenty) to let it harden slightly.

7. Meanwhile, if using paper straws, cut them right in half with scissors and prepare a sheet of parchment paper on a flat dish that can later fit back into your fridge.

8. Take the rum-ball dough out of the freezer and scoop a little onto the palm of your hands and roll into small walnut-sized balls. Take a half of a straw and dip the cut side into the melted chocolate, now press right into the centre of one ball (about 1/2 way through). Now, with the help of a spoon, roll in the melted chocolate and set down on the parchment paper, straw/ stick pointing straight up*. Return them to the fridge to let the chocolate harden**.

9. Just before serving, place the Rum Ball Cake-Pops onto a serving dish, sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

* if you want the cake pop on top, place into shot glasses until set (this version is a little more cumbersome as you need the right holding device as they set, and then to serve standing up.

** if serving in a very short time, place the Rum Ball Cake-Pops in the freezer to have them set quicker. About 10 minutes later they are ready to serve!

 *** really pressed for time, and no sticks/ straws around – just make them as Rum Balls (no Cake-Pop) and voilà!

 

So if you’re looking for the perfect little dessert for the Holidays that causes no stress, has no crazy ingredients and is quite easy and quick to make – these Rum Ball Cake-Pops are it! One more thing – they will impress and keep a lot of the gluten-free, vegan, paleo and allergy folks happy!

I would LOVE to come over to someone’s house and have these served! I cannot be certain this will happen, so instead I will be bringing a box with a bow of these Rum Ball Cake-Pops – will anyone complain?… I wonder ;)

I know I’m looking forward to making another batch very soon!

I think it’s very safe to say that these Rum Ball Cake-Pops will be the best thing you’ll eat this Holiday! 

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Gift Guide | food & drink

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1. Natural Vitality Cherry Calm
The secret to a stress-free Holiday! 

2. Sweets from the Earth 
Best-ever Vegan Cookie Dough in Nut Free and Gluten Free dough options.

3. Pure Herbal
Organic Green Pomegranate Loose Leaf Green Tea

4. Naosap Harvest
Organic, non-GMO, Canadian wild rice.

5. So Delicious
Cherry Amaretto Organic Dairy Free Ice Cream

Food gifts are practical, delicious and show that you care. These are my personal favourite products I like to enjoy all the time and I would love to get as gifts! (The more the merrier, right?)
Which would you like to get as a gift? And what other food and drink products would you give as gifts?



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