Bring on the Heat (Plus WIAW and Recipe!)

Well, summer is certainly not over yet! That much is clear from the absolutely scorching temperatures that we had today. It’s quite deceiving to wake up in my dorm room to probably 65 degree frigid air and try to decide what to wear. A smart person would in fact check weather.com; however today I had my 8:00 am class so all that I was interested in was breakfast and high-tailing it out of there.

What was my clothing of choice? A blue, long sleeve thermal shirt and skinny jeans. I kid you not.

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It was actually this shirt that I got for Christmas. Just swap the pajama pants for real pants. Now that I think about it, I think this shirt might possibly be meant for nighttime use only… Oh well.

For the sake of clarity it’s not really a thermal shirt as in say, oh I don’t know, long johns… But it sure felt that way from the looks that I was getting as I crossed campus later on. My fellow 8:00 am classmates all apparently missed the memo too so I was blissfully unaware of the lurking heat until I stepped outside after class was over.

That and the fact that my Business Communications teacher declared that we were going to be having a heat index of 100 degrees as she laughed out our choice of pants. Yes. Laughed.

I have to say that during my World Cultures Music class today though it was my turn to laugh as while the rest of the students were cold in their short shorts and tank tops I was just right (minus my uncovered sandal-adorned feet).

If you would like an exhibit of the immense heat that was felt by all in a 100 mile radius, check out this little guy that I snapped a picture of:

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Before you ask NO he is NOT dead. I checked.

He was just one tuckered out dude. I would imagine that he could have really gone for a glass of cold lemonade or a nice Popsicle…

Or perhaps some vegan biscuits?

Is that a nod of your head that I SEE sense?

Glad you agree. ;)

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Grain-Free Vegan Biscuits

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free Option, Sugar-free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes 4 ramekins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (ghee or butter works too)
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (use a seed flour to make nut-free)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, rosemary (depending on taste preference)
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease/oil 4 ramekins (you could also do approximately 6-8 muffin tins).
  2. Mix flaxseed and water in a medium sized bowl. Let set for a few minutes to thicken (or microwave to quicken process).
  3. Add the coconut oil and combine well.
  4. Then add the coconut flour, almond flour, sea salt, and seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  5. At this point you will need to add in the coconut milk. Add in about 1/2 cup to start and increase by spoonfuls until the mixture is beginning to stick together (it should be very thick, but not crumbly/pourable.
  6. Mix in the baking soda.
  7. Distribute the dough evenly between the ramekins and use a spatula to spread out.
  8. Bake for around 30 minutes or until they are golden brown on top. Slice and serve however you wish.

Note: The biscuits are moist on the inside so for something like a sandwich I sliced the biscuits in half, put them open face on a baking sheet, and baked them for about 10-15 extra minutes will I was preparing the sandwich fillings. This made them much crispier but it all depends on your preference!

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For serving ideas, these biscuits would make great bases for breakfast sandwiches (egg, tofu, bacon, cheese, etc.), topped with gravy for biscuits and gravy, or made into burgers like I did:

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Grass-fed burgers topped with sautéed onions in ghee and paired homemade butternut squash fries on the side.

Thanks to Jenn for hosting this weekly shindig, even though she is obviously super busy with her little bundle of joy (Congrats! :) ). Still, why don’t you head on over and give her a big virtual hug. And check out all of the amazing WIAW food link-ups!

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Questions for you:

How has the temperature been for you recently?

What is your favorite way to eat biscuits?

Are there a lot of friendly little squirrels where you are at?

What recipes/food pictures did you share today?

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Edited to add:

I basically forgot that today was September 11. At first I was really angry with myself in forgetting, but it really made me realize that our country has come so far from that day. It used to be when I was younger that people talked about what happened all of the time. Conspiracy theories especially, which did absolutely no credit to the men and women who lost their lives on those flights, or the brave people who lost their lives trying to save them. I just want to take a second to say how grateful I am to be living in this country, and also how thankful I am to all of those who protect and serve us.

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(Source)

I was in Elementary school when planes went down. I remember my second grade teacher turning on the television to the news footage for just a few minutes. I was young and couldn’t really comprehend what was going on. I had no idea that the twin towers ever existed let alone the fact that they were now just rubble. Maybe that’s why I don’t remember that day in an emotional context for me personally.

What I do remember is the emotions from that day forward however and how much it affected the lives of our country. My heart is with all of those who knew someone affected by the events on September 11.

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

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56 thoughts on “Bring on the Heat (Plus WIAW and Recipe!)

  1. I went for a run at 6:30 tonight and it was 95. Holy heat. I can relate to that squirrel. It’s how I felt when I was done.
    Love the biscuits, including the spices you used. I bet they tasted delish. I also like the tower of biscuits picture. There’s something about stacking things that makes them look even better in photos. Very nicely done.

      • I was always photographing my pancakes spread out on the plate…same for brownies, cookies, biscuits and I was never really satisfied with any of the pictures so I started paying attention to the ones I did like, from other bloggers, and they were all stacked. Stacking is where it’s at. Happy Wednesday.

  2. GAHHH It’s been like a million degrees in LA lately and I HATE IT!! I don’t like losing 10 pounds when I set foot out the door from SWEAT! lol!

    And holy smokes!! Those biscuits look FANTASTICAL!!! I wanna sink my teeth in, right now! Send me some? I am clearly too lazy to make them! LOL

    • Last week it was pretty chilly up here so the heat wave yesterday was a TOTAL surprise! Haha. Ya. Having to drink all that water to make up for the sweat isn’t exactly my idea of a good time.

      Well they are super easy to make but I completely understand if you don’t want to turn on your oven ;)

  3. It has been so hot here in Northern California! August is usually our worst month, but it was actually cool compared to the temperatures we have been experiencing in September!

    Your biscuits look amazing! I’ve been wanting to try some grain-free biscuits, especially since my husband is a biscuit fanatic. I’m saving this to try soon!

  4. I was afraid once you started college we wouldn’t be blessed with your creative recipes, but I’m so glad I’m eating my words! Those look fantastic! Your photography skills are amazing! that is something I’m hoping to build on in the coming weeks- do you mind me asking what camera you use? My digital produces terrible photos, as evidenced on my blog. When I was studying abroad, I often saw squirrels on campus in such a position- I always thought they were dead!

    • I was worried about that too but I just have a baking spree on the weekends that I’m home and use the surplus up for a few weeks :)

      You really don’t know how much that comment about my photography means to me! Seriously- thank you :) I’ve been really trying lately to take good shots. I actually don’t have a camera (I wish!) so I’m stuck with just using my cellphone. Picmonkey is a life saver in that regard! It really transforms your photos.

      Haha. Really? That’s the first time that I saw a squirrel in that position before.

    • Oh, and I guess the top tips I learned were to never take pictures with flash photography, always get as much natural light as possible (hence almost all of my pictures coming from outside recently… I have no idea what I’m going to do when it’s winter!), and almost always use a photo editor :)

  5. Oh wow those biscuits look delicious! I’ve never even tried biscuits before?!
    The temperature is starting to cool down a bit over here; however we’ve been so fortunate with how hot its been this summer!
    I haven’t seen any cute squirrels in agessss :(

  6. That squirrel – :lol: I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in that position, but then again I live in a colder part of Canada, so we don’t get hit with that kind of heat very often. Actually, things have been feeling a lot more autumnal lately, and I’m super happy because it means that I can break out the boots, leggings, sweaters, and scarves soon. I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of summer clothes, mostly because while it’s hot enough for shorts and a tee outside, dealing with the AC inside is a whoooole other story.

    • I was hoping to start wearing sweaters this week to from the temperatures that we had last week! I guess this is just our Indian summer :(

      Thank you! I’ve never understood the need to have the A/C blasting at something like 60 degrees in the summer. 75 is an okay temp, but really any colder than that is just ridiculous. All summer long I was inside working for most of the day and never really got to experience the weather for what it was!

      Jeans>shorts for me any day! :D

  7. Urgh the temperature outside is fine, it’s just the temperature in our office that kills me. Air con on full and I’m sat here FREEZING.
    So funny, when you said “biscuits” I assumed something sweet because in Britain biscuits are like your cookies. They’re always sweet, never savoury. So I was looking at the ingredients thinking “this is a strange biscuit!” but I forget that biscuits for you guys is something completely different hehe.

    • I had to slip on my fuzzy socks a few times at work this summer from the cold temperature in the office. If you don’t have to walk around a lot I’d suggest that you keep a pair in your desk drawer. Life saver.

      That’s so funny how the term biscuit has a different meaning depending on where you go. I always think it’s strange to hear about these fancy sweet biscuits and I’m like “That’s not a biscuit!” that’s a- cookie, scone, etc. Same for pudding. Pudding is similar to yogurt over here but just sweeter and more dessert-like. Pudding in a lot of other places just means cake/baked goods, right?

      Do you have anything that compares to our savory biscuits over here?

  8. The squirrel pic made me smile and laugh. Poor little guy.
    I wish it was hot here. The weather has turned colder in the UK :( I miss the sun.
    Those biscuits look big and fluffy! Yum! I love seeing the difference between American English and English English. We call cookies biscuits here the UK, we have cookies as well but these just tend to be the chocolate chip varieties, every other “cookie” we call a biscuit. I guess your biscuits are more like a savoury scone?

    • I think the hot day was just a glitch because it’s been about 20 degrees cooler since then.

      Anna made the comment about the biscuits being different than what she is used to too.

      Yep! Biscuits are basically a savory scone over here :)

  9. That squirrel is really cute, but I’m kind of scared of them. When I was in undergrad they would always like jump off the trashcans when you were walking by. These biscuits sound good, i love eating doughy biscuits with soups and chili.

    • Yikes. Lol. We don’t have any jumping squirrels here, but they do freak me out when they come dashing out of the bushes.

      These would be great paired with a soup or chili. I bet you could probably even use the dough in place of the dumplings in chicken and dumpling soup. Oh man… I need to make that next :D

  10. Hahaha that squirrel, they’re so weird. Lately it has been pretty chilly like fall is starting but today it was 90 degrees and humid. I hope it cools off again!

  11. Aww poor little squirrel guy :( I actually skipped my 6 am run in hopes that it will be slightly cooler this evening (yeah right).

    Even better than a cute little squirrel is a GF biscuit with lots of other goodness! If it cools off later this week I may have to fire up the oven and make some :)

  12. Ummm those burgers look amazing!!

    And I have been feeling like that squirrel for the last week…school and work a very difficult challenge! It has been way hot around here too but it looks like it is suppose to get down to the 60s the rest of the week!

  13. Haha teachers can be so cruel sometimes ;). I can’t tell you how many times having 8 a.ms have screwed me over in terms of dressing! My college is right next to the ocean so it gets pretty chilly even thought I’m living in Southern California. There are days where I wake up to frost (like, I can make a snowball haha), and then the temp goes up like 30 degrees!

    Hahahaha that squirrel! He’s got the right idea ;).

    The biscuits sounds delish! Pinning :)

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  15. Ooh the burger/biscuit combo looks brilliant! I’m always looking for gf ways to ‘hold’ my burger patties now. Beats lettuce I reckon! Love the squirrel pic – were you tempted to make him a mini hammock!?

    • I think it would certainly be a nice change up from lettuce, but I’ve always loved the versatility of greens in place of the bun. Collard wraps… crunchy iceberg… Plus you get to eat more burgers because they aren’t as filling minus the bun ;)

      However, that was a really bad spiel in trying to convince you to make these biscuits. Lol. You should still make em ;)

      A mini hammock would be adorable!

    • Heat I can handle. Humidity not so much. My hair just absorbs all of the moisture and turns into a frizzy mess. And not a Sarah Jessica Parker frizzy mess… mine is really not cute. Lol.

      These would be great topped with jam! I’m going to make them again but leave out the spices and maybe add a little more salt and some honey for a sweeter vs. savory version.

    • I had to include that on here because I know quite a few bloggers who are animal-lovers and would have asked ;)

      I could probably live off of biscuits too because there are so many ways to use them. If I could have those flaky ones from Pillsbury I would probably be set for life.

  16. Squirrels can be such funny creatures. :) You are such an inspiration with your baking and cooking abilities! Your biscuits look AMAZING! I love how you used them as a bun for your burger and fries. Such a wittle smartie. ;)

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  18. Tried these tonight and they were fantastic! We had them on the side of some fantastic pumpkin chili. Now I’m thinking i need to switch up the spices for a breakfast-y version. Maybe less salt and a tsp of cinnamon in placeof the garlic, onion, and italian seasoning? Thanks for the great recipe!

    • I’m so happy to hear it! I have not made these biscuits in awhile and your comment has reminded me to do so. Switching up the spices is a fantastic idea, perhaps even replacing some of the coconut milk with honey for a sweeter version, or adding some fruit like chopped apple/pear or berries for a fruity scone! If you do make a breakfast version definitely comment back with what you tried :)

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  20. These look & sound good; I’m wondering if they would work without using the ramekins? I’d love to make some burgers this evening, however I don’t own ramekins! Have you ever tried them without? I usually don’t use ramekins for my biscuits or scones, but since I’ve never tried your recipe….

    • Oh definitely! I think I just used the ramekins for fun honestly. The dough was pretty thick, but I think they would be too sticky to roll out, so more like drop biscuits? Just divide the dough onto some parchment paper or an oiled cookie sheet and use your fingers to spread the dough out a little. They were about 4 inches wide (If I remember correctly).

      Report back with what you tried! I hope your hamburgers come out tasty :)

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