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Preparing for Holiday Guests

Preparing for Holiday Guests

 

Many of us in the South are raised to be prepared for an unexpected hostess moment and the holidays seem to have their share.  Baking a few things in advance that will freeze, will keep you from scrambling through the pantry for an old box of cheese straws!  Being gluten free for over 20 years and having a 2nd food allergy has allowed me to develop some delicious and (more) healthy recipes without the preservatives of store bought. 

We all know animal fats should be avoided, but grass fed butter has 25% more omega-3 fatty acids and 500% more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than regular dairy.  Plus, it's nice to know the cow is gluten and corn free, too ~ the primary food for livestock that don't graze on natural grass.  These little quintessential one bite treats are perfect with a dark decaf or espresso and homemade whipped cream.  

 

GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP ONE BITE COOKIES

1 cup of Gluten Free Flour Mix (I like Pillsbury Best All Purpose Flour Blend)

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

8 tablespoons of salted grass fed butter, room temp

6 tablespoons of raw cane sugar

6 tablespoons of brown sugar (or use the raw cane)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (use the good stuff, not the corn syrup brand!)

1 large omega or free range egg, room temp (chickens need room to roam, too!)

1 cup of chopped good quality chocolate or a nice chip like Ghirardelli

 

  • Preheat oven to 375.  Line pans with Silpat mats or wax paper. 
  • In a bowl, mix flour + baking soda. 
  • Using your stand or hand mixer, mix the butter, sugars, and vanilla until the color changes to a light yellow.  It really does make a difference in the cookie if these ingredients are fluffy. 
  • Separate flour into 3 equal parts and with the mixer on slow, add in one at a time.  Do NOT over mix.  Your dough will be tough. 
  • Hand mix in the chocolate chunks/chips. 

Using a small melon ball/ice cream scooper, drop the rounded cookie dough balls equally spaced on your sheet.  Bake them until the tops look slightly raw, remove and rap them on the counter until the cookie "falls" and spreads, and return to the oven another 2 to 3 minutes until done. 

Let the cookies cool and store in a freezer bag.  

SIZE + CARE GUIDE
BUST (measure at fullest part)
WAIST  (measure at or below belly button)
HIP  (measure fullest part of low hip)

 

MEASUREMENTS ARE IN INCHES

XXS |  size  0   

B
W
H
32 1/2
25
35 - 35 1/2

 

XS  |  size 2/4

B
W
H
33 - 34 1/2
26 - 27
36 - 37 1/2

 

 S   |   size 6/8

B
W
H
35 1/2 - 36 1/2
28 - 29
38 1/2 - 39 1/2

 

 M   |   size 10/12

B
W
H
37 1/2 - 39
30 - 31 1/2
40 1/2 - 42

 

L   |   14/16

B
W
H
40 1/2 - 42 1/2
33 - 35
43 1/2 - 45 1/2

 

 ALPHA SIZES (XXS - L) ARE CLOSER TO THE LARGER SIZE. 
EXAMPLE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A SIZE 4 OR 6. 
If you typically wear a solid size 6, never buy petites, and do not like your clothes form fitting, PURCHASE TRUE TO SIZE. 
If you typically wear a size 6, also buy petite, occasionally buy a size 4, and/or prefer your clothes a closer fit, PURCHASE A SIZE DOWN. 

 WHEN SIZING DOWN, YOU WILL NOTICE IT ACROSS THE UPPER BACK, NECK OPENING, ARMHOLE OPENING, AND GENERALLY THROUGH THE BUST, WAIST, AND HIP. 

 


PLEASE READ OUR CARE GUIDE PRIOR TO ORDERING, TO ENSURE YOU MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR YOUR SIZE AND WASH PREFERENCES. 


We understand that quality starts with exceptional fabric.  Which is why we only work with a small number of mills across the world that pass our in-house test standards and are committed to the highest quality.  We also support mills that strive for the lowest environmental impact, including Edelweiss products from Lenzing that have a zero carbon footprint. 

Our commitment to a lower impact includes washing all ADALÉI garments in COLD water only and never using the dryer, which uses a large amount of unnecessary energy. 

For our fabrics that can be washed, we suggest the following:

For our fabrics that require dry cleaning we suggest choosing a cleaner committed to not using PERC.  In 2012, the EPA classified PERC as a "likely human carcinogen". 

Several of our garments are labeled dry clean only due to the content being a specialty fiber.  Most silk, wool, and other fabrics CAN safely be washed at home, however, you might experience a change in the surface of the fabric or slight shrinkage.  

We understand some customers never dry clean anything. Do you want to pre-test a "dry clean only" garment prior to hand washing? 

We are happy to provide a cutting room floor swatch so you can do your own testing at home prior to washing your garment.  You can let us know you want a swatch in one of two ways. When purchasing, type "wash swatch" in your notes at checkout . We are happy to recycle these scraps so that you can feel confident about whether washing or dry cleaning is best for your ADALÉI garment. 

We use two types of silk in our Ethereal Silk collection.  The silk charmeuse (Gigi) is already pre washed by the mill and able to be washed by hand at home.  However, our crepe de chine (Caroline and Coco) is a standard silk and we cut the design slightly oversized to allow for some shrinkage.  We do NOT PREWASH our crepe de chine silk, for our customers who always dry clean. In our cold water wash testing, we noticed around 1/2" to 1" shrinkage in both the width and length.  Our model Eliza is wearing the Caroline (beige) in S and the Coco (black) in XS to show you the PRE-WASH comparison in sizing.  We also noticed a slight change in the "hand" of the silk, meaning it was not quite at silky.  Never put silk in the dryer.  Please consider these factors when ordering your size. 

Still have a question or just want to double check with us? Email info@adalei.com.