Moist Apple Almond Cake Recipe

Two baking recipes in a row?

I’ve been really enjoying baked goodies right now…

I was recently watching the ‘Great American Baking Show’ and on one of the episodes the contestants had to make Mary Berry’s Apple and Almond Cake. They talked about how the recipe was gluten free and I instantly thought- I can make that even healthier but just as tasty… and then I thought well at least I could try to make it as great as Baking Goddess Mary Berry’s…

So I got to baking…




1 1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup gluten free flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup almond milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup maple syrup

2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 small Pink Lady Apple (Cut into small chunks)


1/2 cup almondΒ meal (coarser than almond flour)

2 tsp almond extract

2 tbsp maple syrup


sprinkle with almond slices




  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease or line a cake tin.
  2. Mix the first 9 ingredients into a big bowl until well incorporated. Then in a separate small bowl add all the ‘separate’ ingredients – it should become a sticky paste.
  3. Then pour the paste into the big bowl and mix all together.
  4. Pour the batter into the pre-prepared cake tin and sprinkle with almond slices.
  5. Bake in the oven for around 50 min but check 10 min before- the skewer should come out clean but a little bit of crumbs on the skewer is a good sign to take it out.
  6. Enjoy!




Hope you enjoyed todays recipe!


Stay tuned for next weeks post!


Carpe Diem.


-Phi ❀

Hello 2017: The Year of Acceptance

Happy New Years Eve!

First, I wanted to talk about Blogmas… I tried! Sorry I didn’t get 24 blog posts in but I guess that can be my new year resolution for 2017!

To move forward you must look back and accept all that has happened. As I reflect on 2016 I realize all that has changed and the decisions I have made, the successes I have had and the mistakes. Not just with the new year but with everyday, acceptance is powerful, we must learn to accept what has happened the good and the bad- and move forward, that is all we can ever do.

Well on that happy note… I figure we talk about 2017.

I implore all of you to make New Years Resolutions.

Now, I know the stigma behind New Years Resolutions. That they are goals that people set for themselves, so they can be the person they want to be, but it eventually fails.

I still think that people should make New Years Resolutions. Setting goals for myself has always been how I have accomplished things, it is something to look forward to. Whether your resolution is to eat healthy, work out more, drink water or more personal like learning to accept yourself, learning to accept that others aren’t always going to like you, or accepting criticism.

I even implore all of you to write out your New Years Resolutions, could be on a blog, could be in a journal, but somewhere that you can look back on and remember that this is your year, your year to reach your goals, to accept all life has to offer, and never stop trying to better yourself and the world around you. There is so much hate and loss in the world, maybe by making these resolutions we can begin making small improvements, one person at a time.

I know this post is getting a little rambly, I am kind of just spewing my thoughts so I can come back to this later and see my thought process a little.

In the end it is important to remember that life is short, and we are reminded of that everyday. In order to live our lives to the fullest, acceptance of all aspects of our life is necessary.

My New Years Resolutions for this year:

  1. Work on my flexibility Physically and Mentally. I had a back injury a while back that meant I could not touch my toes, slowly I am regaining my flexibility and though it is hard I just recently was able to touch my toes again! My resolution is to take a gym class once a week focused on flexibility. My mental flexibility has to do with learning how to roll with the punches, life is not perfect there will be hard times, but I have to learn not to take those tough times to heart and just breath and relax. There is no sense in making the small things feel like the big ones.
  2. Accept that not everyone will like me- I know this is your mom’s typical line when someone was mean to you in elementary school, but it is an important lesson to learn. Growing up I was the girl who was nice to everyone, so when someone said something mean to me or did something mean I really took it the wrong way, I would think what did I do wrong? Today, I still have that mindset, I know that there are reasons for everyone’s actions and everyone is hiding behind a different story but for 2017 I want to learn to accept circumstances for what they are and move on. I want to stop being the girl who when someone is mad at me I want to do everything to make it better- even though I know I have done nothing wrong. 2017 is the year I am going to break from that mindset.

I hope this little ramble helped a few of you out! Please list some of your New Years Resolutions down below so I can read them! I would love to know how people are trying to better themselves, if you are willing to share πŸ˜‰

2017 is our year, it’s your year. With the new year comes new opportunities to become the you that makes you feel comfortable.

The new year isn’t a time to dwell on the loss of 2016, or fear the changes to come. It the time to accept that life moves on and it’s time for you to as well!

Hope you have a fun and safe New Year!


Hope you enjoyed my 2016!


See you next year!


Carpe Diem.

Phi ❀

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving, in my family, is not just a time for saying thank you, (though that is an important aspect of it) it is a time for us to have a sit down meal in our ‘busy’ days and realize how far each and every one of us have come. Thanksgiving for us isn’t not about the turkey (though that is always a welcome meal) it is about realizing that sometimes a chat between family members and a day to recognize the people who don’t get a meal with their family, not just on Thanksgiving, but on any given day. I’m thankful for the friends and family I have, and I hope that everyone recognizes how lucky we can be! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, and all the days after that!

I just though today, being Thanksgiving, I would spread a little insight on what Thanksgiving is for me, and take a few pictures of how I set the table up and what food we cooked for today… πŸ™‚

My family doesn’t tend to follow the traditional Thanksgiving meals, we try to put our own spin on it to resemble us, so here it is!


Table Setting:


To point out:

I just wanted to point out the Holiday Crackers, these specific ones had a few jokes on them and some charades characters, I think this is a great idea for something to do with the family that adds a little fun and laughs!




A few recipes I used:

3-ingredient Vegan Biscuits:

I LOVE this biscuit recipe they actually do really taste like biscuits!

Apple and Sausage Stuffing:

This year my brother really wanted me to make some stuffing so I found this recipe and it was actually fantastic!



Where it’s from:

Usually my mother and me bake a pie and set some treats up for after the meal, this year we bought some pumpkin pies and mini pecan pies from Whole Foods and some Christmas Chocolates, as a nod to the Christmas to come!


Hope your Thanksgiving Day was lovely! Stay safe out there!


Carpe Diem

-Phi ❀

The Health Conscious: Christmas Morning Pancakes

Day 19:

It is a Christmas morning tradition at my house to eat pancakes on Christmas morning. Unfortunately pancakes aren’t the healthiest of options so I figured I would provide a healthier alternative to the traditional pancake here on my blog. I absolutely love this recipe and find that they taste just as delicious as normal pancakes but are packed with the nutritional and heartiness of oatmeal πŸ™‚ Perfect for the rest of your christmas day adventures!


Ingredients: Serves 1

1/2 Rolled Oats

1/3 Applesauce

2 tablespoons Almond milk

1 tablespoon Maple Syrup

1/8 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/8 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  1. Put the rolled oats into a blender and blend until it resembles flour.
  2. Then mix all the ingredients into one bowl, including the newly made oat flour, and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Spray a medium pan with coconut oil and put on high heat until the coconut oil melts.
  4. Bring the pan to a low heat and laddle the mixture into the pan.
  5. Once the pancakes begins to create bubbles on its surface it is time to flip the pancake over.
  6. Flip it over and cook until golden brown.
  7. Then enjoy!

Tip: I made on big pancakes but it made it difficult to flip so if possible I recommend making two smaller ones!

I hope this recipe was useful for your christmas day meal and you are having a wonderful day πŸ™‚ It is the eve of Christmas Eve after all!

Thank you,

-Phi ❀

Carpe Diem.

Christmas treat for your Pup ~ Treat

Day 15:

One of the first posts on my blog was a dog biscuit recipe, you guys seemed to love it (and so did my dog) so I decided to make a holiday version of the biscuit!


Ingredients: Makes 29 biscuits.

2 cups whole wheat flour (Plus some extra for powdering the surface)

1/2 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 cup almond butter

2/3 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup almond or skim milk




  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and place parchment paper on a large tray.
  2. Mix all the ingredients into one big bowl.
  3. Put some of the flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough. The using either a biscuit cutter or a knife start to cut out your shapes.
  4. Instead of just making bone shapes, this time I also cut out some mini christmas trees, just to spice it up a little πŸ™‚
  5. Place the dough shapes on to the tray and bake for 20 min.
  6. Let the biscuits cool and then feed to your pup (You can even try one if you wish πŸ˜‰
  7. Hope your pup enjoys!


These would also make a cool treat/present for your pup on Christmas Day!

Hope this recipe was helpful!



-Phi ❀


Carpe Diem.


Holiday Makeup Look!

Day 4:

Holiday makeup time! I just wanted to say that I am not a makeup professional I just do what I think works and if it doesn’t I just try again! I thought I would show you a more relaxed holiday makeup look that I go for and the products I use! Hope you enjoy!


The Look:


Eyes and Brows:


Pixie by Petra Large Lash Mascara:

Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette:

I use the darker color in my brows and I use the light color in the inner corner of my eyes.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: Eyeshadow

I used the lightest matte color on my eyes first and then I went over my lids with the shimmery gray color ‘Suspense’ and a little bit of the shade ‘Bootycall’ on my brow bone.

Elf Eyebrow Brush:



Clinique Matte Crimson Lipstick:



All-in-one BB Cream by the Body Shop:


Final Look:


Hope you enjoyed Day 4!


Have a nice day!

-Phi ❀


Carpe Diem.

Day 1 of 24 Days With Phi: Getting the Christmas Tree!

Because of my ‘slight’ obsession with Christmas and all things festive, I decided that for every day leading up to Christmas I am going to post a blog post, to put everyone in the same holiday spirit as me!

Being a Christmas lover I was so excited by the prospect of this challenge I had given myself, I just had to do it! (I had too many ‘christmassy’ blog post ideas).

SO today marks Day 1 of the 24 Days with Phi (That’s me!).

Day 1:

To kick off the Day’s with Phi I decided to head a route that would be recognizable to those who celebrate Christmas, and that is the day you get the Christmas Tree!

My family has always gotten the Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend, so you can trot around the Christmas tree fields with stomachs full of mashed potatoes, stuffing, collard greens etc.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we decided to get our Christmas tree at a christmas farm close to our relatives house. We decided before getting the tree we better stop in and catch up with family! However, this meant that after visiting and driving for a lot of the day that we just weren’t in the mood to go cut down a tree (which I desperately wanted to do). But I was determined to get a tree that day so on the way home we stopped at Whole foods who happen to have a great deal of 50$ for a pre-cut 7-8 ft tree! You can’t beat that!

So we choose our tree and headed on home.

Because my family know how much I love to decorate the tree and create a surprise for the entire family once it is complete, they decided to leave the decorating to me!

Christmas Tree Decorating Routine:

What I always do before beginning to decorate is get into some comfy PJ’s.

(This onesie is from Abercrombie and Fitch, from last year)

Then I make sure to grab a cup of tea and set up a Christmas movie (I chose Elf, one of my faves!)


After that I string the lights up first, with the help of my family!

Then the best part! I personally like to follow a color theme and then begin to add the decorations! This year I went for a silver and gold theme πŸ™‚


After the tree is complete you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful glistening lights and ornaments!

Hope you enjoyed the post and I hope you have the best time getting festive for the holidays to come! I have so many exciting posts to come and I can’t wait to share them with you, have a great day!

A new post will be coming out tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that etc. up till Christmas! So stay tuned for some festive vibes!


Thank you!


-Phi ❀

Carpe Diem