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Friday Five 12/13/19

Hello friends! Happy Friday!

I have been so busy lately and therefore absent from the blog. I am trying to get back into the habit of blogging so I am coming at you with a Friday Five today.

This past week was pretty exciting. On Monday, I was invited to do a segment on my local TV station. More on that here.

The rest of the week was spent catching up on studying, housework, some Christmas shopping and packing for my trip to Disney World.

Next week my husband and I are doing a short trip to Disney and I am so excited. The last time we were in Disney was for our honeymoon back in 2016. There are so many new things to see and do there so it will be a fun little getaway.

Now on to my Friday Five!

TV and My Gluten Free Pecan Pie Recipe

Hi friends!

I have been so busy and unfortunately, it has caused me to neglect the blog. Today I have a fun thing to share. Yesterday I was invited to my local news morning show to present a cooking segment about gluten free baking!

As many of you know, my husband is gluten intolerant so for the last 3+ years, we have been a largely gluten free household. Learning to cook gluten free was challenging but learning to bake gluten free was absolutely daunting. Around the holidays, I try so hard to make sure he has holiday treats to enjoy that are gluten free... I never want him to feel left out just because his stomach dislikes gluten.

The folks over at WTOL stumbled across my blog and some of my other recipes and asked me to come on and talk about holiday baking. I was so excited because I am so passionate about baking and it is fun to share!

Here is my segment. It was such a fun little thing to do.... and I am so glad I didn't spill flour or syrup on myself on TV!

And here is the recipe!!

Easy Gluten Free Pecan Pie 

  • Wholly Wholesome pie crust
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled**
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon flour*
  • 1 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Blind bake the pie crust for 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the maple syrup, melted butter, vanilla extract, and flour. Whisk until well blended and then fold in the pecan pieces.
  4. Pour the pecan mixture evenly over the pie crust. For presentation, arrange the pecan halves in a concentric circle and sprinkle on 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  5. Bake until the center has puffed and the crust is golden brown, about 40 to 50 minutes. If the pecans or pie begins to brown, tent the pie with aluminum foil to prevent from browning.
  6. Let the pie cool overnight. Carefully slice the pie with a sharp knife.
  7. This pie will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
* I use the wholly wholesome gluten-free pie crust and a gluten-free flour
**Regular or vegan butter works well here

Gift Guide for a Law Student

I know it's still November but it is already gift giving season. I know I am already half-way done with my Christmas shopping for the year. To help, I am going to do a series of gift guides.

Today I am sharing a gift guide for law students. As a former law student, I have a pretty good idea of what law students want/need/use. I hope this is helpful to you as you shop for a law student in your life!

(Make sure to click into my full blog (www.thelegalduchess.com) to see all the links!!!)

1. Gift Cards
Law school is expensive and you aren't allowed to have a job until after 1L year. Therefore, law students tend to be poor. You can never go wrong with gifting your law student some gift cards so they can treat themselves to a meal, coffee or a TJ Maxx shopping spree. You likely know what they like so get them gift cards to those places and I assure you, they will be appreciative!

2. Self-Care Items


Face masks, lotion, bubble bath- whatever floats their boat. Law school is hard and extremely stressful. Encourage your law student to treat themselves with a gift of self-care items. Maybe make up a little gift box of variety face masks or bath bombs. Maybe do a collection of coffees and teas. Any sort of item that shows you are thinking of them and you want them to take a moment to themselves will be much appreciated by any stressed law student.

3. Professional Tote/Bag
Every law student is on their way into the professional world. They will likely have internships, jobs, interviews, clinics, etc. that get them started as professionals while in law school. Thus, a professional tote is a great gift idea. and something they might not be willing to splurge on for themselves. I have linked some mens and womens styles below that would make perfect law student gifts.



4. Professional Coat
In the same thread is the professional tote/bag, a professional coat is a great idea if they live in a colder climate. You can't go to wrong with a dark, wool coat for any law student- they will surely make use of it over their suit at some point. I have linked some mens and womens styles below.




5. Water Bottle
Law students tend to always have a water bottle for class. Get them a fun one that goes along with their career path... the Moot Court member obviously needs a water bottle that says "May it Please the Court". I sell these cute ones in my etsy shop!
Buy this bottle here

Buy this bottle here

6. Coffee Mug
(Most) law students drink a lot of coffee. They would love this cute Elle Woods inspired coffee mug from my etsy shop! Or one that reminds them of what fuels their legal education- coffee!
Buy this mug here

Buy this mug here

7. Event Tickets
One thing I always loved in law school was having something to look forward to when in the trenches of tough school work. A concert, musical or trip always makes life better because it is something to look forward to- a light at the end of the tunnel per se. Find a concert your law student would love and get them tickets. Gift them an experience and maybe you can even enjoy it together!

8. Cozy Blanket

A cozy blanket is always a good gift and will always be appreciated and I am prepared to fight that sentiment to the death. Long study sessions and drafty study rooms = a blanket is a great gift.

9. Laptop Riser 

Law students spend a LOT of time on their computer. Save their neck and their sanity with a laptop riser that will bring their laptop up to an easier viewing height. I did not get one of these until bar prep and I kicked myself for not having it in law school. It is life changing. This is the one I have and I love it... your law student will too!

10. Book Stand 

Same idea here as with the laptop- a book stand will get the books up to a better height and save the neck. I had one all through law school and it is amazing. Your law student will not be disappointed to have one!

Friday Five 11/15/19

Happy Friday friends!! 

A few exciting things this week. The photos from my best friends wedding were released and I am obsessed. It was such a beautiful day and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it (I was a bridesmaid and my husband was a groomsman). I love love!

Winter came in with a vengeance this week. We had 3 inches of snow and temperature in the teens. I don't generally mind winter but it does seem to be here a little too early this year. Good thing I have lots of cozy hats and jackets.

Bar Prep Take 2

As most of you are probably aware, I am now preparing to take the bar exam for the second time. I missed a passing score by just a few points the first time around and you can read more about all my thoughts about it in this post.

I am moving forward from this setback and I am determined to fix my mistakes and pass this darn exam the second time around. I am reevaluating my study strategy for my second go round to make sure I learn from my mistakes and remedy them moving forward. Failure can be heartbreaking but the best thing to do is use it as a learning experience and motivation to conquer whatever you set your mind to. So here are 4 ways I am revamping my study strategy for bar prep round 2.