Gluten-Free & Paleo Valentine’s Day Recipes

Today I have a compilation of my favorite valentine friendly recipes I have ever posted, plus a new one. Click the title to get the link 🙂

Holidays can be a nice reminder, but remember that love and gratitude for that love is something you DO everyday. A cycle of unconditional acceptance. Quick forgiveness. And contentment with your partner. Be thankful for them everyday. I look at my husband every day with such appreciation. How much better he makes my life. My only goal now is to be the best wife I can be.

Chocolate Raspberry Mason Jar Lid Pies

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Cherry Cheesecake Pie

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Chocolate Raspberry Mason Jar Pies

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I have been really excited to make these. I few weeks ago I attempted my first go with some extra cherry filling and pie dough. I learned that you don’t want to overfill the, as I had cherries trying to escape over the edge of the crust. And initially I was planning on just making regular raspberry pies, but when I made the chocolate crust for my market it was so beautiful and perfect, I HAD to make them chocolate raspberry.

Learning my lesson from the first attempt, I stuck with just pressing the crust to the side and not up and out to flute. Although, this could be an option, just make sure to fill below the lid brim. I wanted to attempt some lattice work though, so I stuck with keeping it simple.

The lattice work? With regular pie dough I can do some phenomenal stuff. I am known for my braided borders and some pretty weaving and work. This gluten-free dough is delicious and the best I’ve ever made and worked with, but a lack of gluten, also means a lack of elasticity. I am getting better at working with it. For instance I’ve learned that freezing is my friend, as well as cookie cutters. I’ll cut out letters, put them on parchment, freeze them and then put them directly on the pie when I’m ready to bake. Works beautifully. Same with my pie pops and turn-overs. I’ll make my dough up ahead of time, cut it out. Freeze and then bake. But I really want to do some lattice work. And I want to braid. So this was my first attempt.

And……..it wasn’t perfect. The sticks were wanting to crack and were not easy to layer. They’re still cute, and absolutely delicious, but not up to par yet. So I will keep working on this braiding and lattice idea, but until then I would suggest cutting out little hearts for the center. Easy but cute and effective.

What I also love about baking into a mason jar lid beside the cuteness and perfect size, is that the bottoms are removable. I love all the tart pans I have because they have removable bottoms. So the outside of my crust and bottom come right out flawlessly and I’m not stuck trying to use a knife to shimmy something out of a pan. I paid a nice price for these pans too, so thank you mason jars for having this built in feature.

These are adorable and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus they’re a perfect little treat for yourself and your lover. So enjoy!

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Valentine Day Goodies

051Alright so Friday is Valentine’s Day, never one to miss  a theme opportunity, I have a compiled a few recipes. Notice the shape of a heart in every single one? I didn’t intend for that to happen, but they were so cute. I have also noticed in me that the Love Holiday brings out my love of bacon. Last year I featured a bacon bouquet, this year I have made chocolate dipped bacon hearts. What can I say I’m not a candy, chocolate kind of girl. So here are some delicious treats to share with the loved ones this week, enjoy!

027Chocolate Dipped Bacon Hearts