Fourth of July Menu gluten free, soy free, and dairy free
Jun26

Fourth of July Menu gluten free, soy free, and dairy free

The event of the year to most people.  4th of July is the epitome of the American Tradition and with it follows fireworks, parades, lots of food and barbecues, family and friends.  A gathering at home, in parks, on the field, on the water, beaches, in the streets, hotels, restaurants, and vacation spots.  Wherever you are celebrating our Independence, I wish you good food, fun and great company! If you are going to be home, at a...

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Testing

Just a quick update… we got back safe and sound from Orlando and all our pets were just fine when we got home from our vacation.  That is the great news!  The bad news is that Hubby and I both got the flu the weekend before our trip and still have something fierce going on.  I have to say this is kicking our butts.  I haven’t had the flu linger so long before.  Oh wait last year, 6 weeks was the winner.  So I guess this is...

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Disney World Here We Come
Apr24

Disney World Here We Come

Disney World here we come! Hello Everyone! It has been a bumpy ride.  One of our Dogs, Shia has had a lot of flare ups with her unknown immune disorder.  I have been going to the vet about every 14 days and nursing her in the meantime.  I have so much medication and supplements that I give her daily, she thinks its normal.  I feel so bad sometimes, because whenever Shia hears a pill bottle shaking, she assumes it is for her.  We love...

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Still Here and …

So lately I have not been feeling well.  I am just letting you all know so you don’t think I disappeared or have left the blogosphere.  It has gotten to the point where I barely eat and sleep a lot.  This has happened to me before, but it feels different and until the doctors figure out what is entirely wrong with me, I won’t be making more recipes until the nausea stops.  To be honest even talking about food, grosses me...

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Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mar19

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and oat free Chocolate Chip Cookies. I had a few requests for some recipes without nuts or oats.  Hello Patty ;-).  This particular cookie fits the bill, in a delicious way.  Just to let you know I sacrificed my waist and my hubby’s and my bestie’s for this recipe.  Lots of batches, lots of goodness in cookie form.   My hubby and I thought these tasted similar to the soft batch...

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What to do with Microgreens?
Feb11

What to do with Microgreens?

What to do with Microgreens?               I get this question often, when I am seen buying them at the farmer’s market.  Above I purchased these at the Scottsdale, farmer’s market.  Even the gentleman who was selling the microgreens asked me, what my plans were for this purchase.  Is that a bad sign when they ask?  ‘Well your guess is as good as mine’, I thought quietly to...

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Thanks in Giving

That’s what I said, Thanks in Giving.  The season is upon us to give.  Many of us have fallen prey to hard times with the recent rise and fall of the economy the last 7 years, or at least been faced with that feeling.  You know, the feeling of desperation, fear, and that growing pit in your stomach when you wonder, will it be okay?  Not that any of us ever desire to relive those not so good times, but the idea of keeping a type...

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Mr. Kitty Finds a Home
Nov10

Mr. Kitty Finds a Home

A few months ago we found this cute, young, male cat hanging out by our trash cans.  At first he was shy but hungry and very appreciative of the food, water and occasionally milk I brought him.  He came around more and more.  Then Arizona had a prediction of the rains of all rains to pour down on us and I brought him inside, reluctantly.  I was reluctant, because after our Lab mix was mysteriously so ill in May I didn’t want to...

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Just another day

“I got this music in my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright.”  I just bought the newest Taylor Swift CD 1989.  I know, I didn’t download it.  I haven’t bought a CD in so long, let alone a whole set of songs, that  I can’t even remember when it was.  It’s definitely been at least 5 years, maybe 10, who knows.  At any rate it really puts me in a good mood.  So I thought I would ramble a little...

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Turkey and Bean Chili
Nov04

Turkey and Bean Chili

Turkey and Bean Chili – gluten free, soy free, dairy free  Full of flavor, my Turkey and Bean Chili  is a wide mix of spices and herbs with a hint of brown sugar, for a little sweetness.  A very flexible dish that you can easily sub items with a variety of options, found in your pantry.  I rarely make entrees with ground turkey, but this is one of our favorites and reminds us how much we enjoy it.  Especially when the clouds...

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Sweet Chili Cornbread
Nov03

Sweet Chili Cornbread

Sweet Chili Cornbread   I used to think I wasn’t going to post any “recipes” that were from a package, but when dealing with food sensitivities or food allergies you just get tired of making everything from scratch.  It is nice to have a side or dessert, you can lean on in your pantry.  Also, if you are like me and you change so many things from the original directions, you need to have a printed reminder of...

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Old Town Farmer’s Market
Nov02

Old Town Farmer’s Market

Scottsdale, Arizona   Among the cacti, mountains and orange trees the Old Town of Scottsdale, Arizona has a vibrant farmer’s market.  A shared excitement comes in the fall on account that the farmers markets are back in business and in full swing.  Lots of fresh produce, raw honey and food trucks by the rows fill previously open spaces on corners or parking lots and make it a shopping haven for those of us that appreciate...

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Teal Pumpkin & Trick or Treating

The Teal Pumpkin Project A follower of mine on Instagram enlightened me to this project and I wanted to share it with you all immediately, just in case any of you could use this information for either this year or preparing for the next.  Trick or Treating can be a scary thing for those kids with food allergies, food sensitivities, or other diseases that have worse consequences.  This project looks like it could help.  We need to help...

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Cake Donuts; gluten free, dairy free and soy free
Oct26

Pumpkin Spice Baked Cake Donuts; gluten free, dairy free and soy free

Pumpkin Spice Cake Donuts Gluten free, dairy free and soy free Pumpkin Oven Baked Cake Donuts                                           Light, soft, with the flavor of fall infusion.  Pumpkin, warm cinnamon and nutmeg spices emanating from your oven.  The aroma of cake donuts baking, has been dearly missed especially when you are...

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Pumpkin Mocha
Oct14

Pumpkin Mocha

Pumpkin Mocha  It is that time of year when the clouds start to cover the greying sky, the smell of wood fires waft in with the autumn breezes, and the leaves turn various shades of gold to orange to red and rustle about.  You feel the brisk air and see the smoky haze lift from the grass in the mornings and think how wonderful it would be to stay at home, snuggled in a blanket watching a crackling fire.   We do not have the luxury of...

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Pumpkin Spice Mousse
Oct13

Pumpkin Spice Mousse

Pumpkin Spice Mousse, Coconut Whip An ode to fall.  I started working on my Pumpkin Spice Whip recipe last fall, and now I finally get to post it.  Hooray!  It can be used either as an addition your pancakes or waffles, a dip for other sweets, or to top your coffee and/or hot chocolate on those cool, cloudy days.  If you are making a Cake, this would be a wonderful filling or frosting.  I think I have done it all with this coconut...

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Seasonal Baked Squash Seeds
Oct01

Seasonal Baked Squash Seeds

  Seasonal Winter Squash Oven Baked Seeds   Recently I made a couple items from Butternut and Acorn Squashes, but what to do with the seeds?  Eat them of course, but first let’s give them some seasoning and a tiny dabble of oil and wa laa a healthy fun seasonal snack.  I don’t like to waste if I don’t have to, and why throw these away.  No there may not be many seeds in other squashes, versus a traditional...

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Tempe Triathlon
Sep26

Tempe Triathlon

First I have to say I am so proud of my hubby, Jesse.  He is one of the most kind, patient and loving people I have ever known.  I am so lucky to call him my hubby.  Since we have been together, Jesse has wanted to do a triathlon.  Every year, for the past um… let’s say decade,  I have heard how we would like to participate in one.  This past summer he brought it up again, and I responded with, “just go for it”...

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Seasoned Oven Potato Wedges and Fry Sauce
Sep17

Seasoned Oven Potato Wedges and Fry Sauce

  Seasoned Oven Potato Wedges and Fry Sauce I love fries but it is very difficult to get fries from a fast food place that isn’t contaminated with various allergens.  I also prefer not to consume all that oil, especially ones exposed to high temps, so this is the perfect solution. Make oven fries at home.  I know most of you think fries at home will take forever or you need a bunch of gadgets, but you don’t.  You just...

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To tincture or not to tincture
Sep08

To tincture or not to tincture

On this post I wanted to share my personal opinion, experience and history about tinctures, including a bit about cleansing.  I feel it is important to be educated from professionals as a primary basis, and to additionally get the viewpoint of someone who has experience.    So if you are thinking about seeing a Naturopathic M.D. or similar professional, hopefully you will have at least an idea of the process, tinctures in general and...

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