Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Nov15

Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream- soy free, dairy free, gluten free   Blend, pour, devour, it’s that simple.  When all you do is blend the ingredients and put it in your ice cream machine, about 30 minutes (depending on your machine) later you have amazing, creamy, dairy free & soy free ice cream.  It can’t get easier than that.  My hubby, who lives for chocolate, loves this recipe.  In fact one of the reasons I...

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Manly Meatloaf
Nov12

Manly Meatloaf

  Manly Meatloaf is a gluten free, dairy free, and soy free lip-smacking meatloaf. Meatloaf can have a bad wrap.  I would say I don’t know why, but I have tasted some pretty flavorless, dry or flavor wronged (yeah it will catch on, it means wronged with flavor or incorrect flavorings) meatloaves before.  This is a different experience entirely.  It is so moist with a hint of spice from the hot pork and just the right...

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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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Jesse’s Grilled Coho Salmon
Oct08

Jesse’s Grilled Coho Salmon

First and foremost, this is my hubby’s recipe.  He came up with it after a trek to Alaska, for a long weekend Ocean fishing trip with his brother and father, several years ago.  After he returned, he scrubbed the fish smell off, shaved (thank goodness, I am not a facial hair kind of gal) and recouped, he showed me an amazing spice blend.   Now Jesse purchased this spice blend in a little general store, somewhere in the middle of...

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Savory Acorn Squash
Oct05

Savory Acorn Squash

Most people like baked squash when it is coated in sugar and cinnamon.  I am also one of those people, but I wanted to try something new and not so sweet.  I did grow up with my mom making baked, apples and squash with brown sugar, cinnamon and a heavy hand of  “real butter”,  as she used to emphasize.  The aroma of  browned butter and sweet fall filled our little house.   I know I tease about how she can’t cook, and...

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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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Grilled Rosemary Chicken
Sep24

Grilled Rosemary Chicken

Grilled Rosemary Chicken This has got to be one of the simplest Grilled Chicken Recipes with only 4 ingredients added to skinless, boneless, chicken thighs or breasts.  Of course you can jazz it up, but after receiving requests for an easy, inexpensive, and healthy chicken recipe this is what I came up with.   In full disclosure, I came up with a close version of this recipe for our Dog, Nali when she had cancer.  Before she passed, I...

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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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Roasted Jalapeno Dip
Sep04

Roasted Jalapeno Dip

Roasted Jalapeno Dip   Currently, this is my favorite Almond Cheeze dip flavor.  It has heat from the oven roasted chili’s and some coolness from the cilantro, topping it with a little taco seasoning blend only amped the flavor.  This alternative to a dairy and soy filled dip is just so good, you won’t miss the things you shouldn’t have.   This would work well not only as a chip and veggie dip, but also...

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Citrus Grilled Shrimp
Aug23

Citrus Grilled Shrimp

    Shrimp is beautiful, simple, and can be an elegant entree or appetizer.  It is in season in the summer and that tends to be when we crave it most.  Shrimp is a light versatile nosh and pairs well with various fruits, veggies, rice, quinoa or atop a lovely green salad.  Citrus Grilled Shrimp is very flavorful and has a surprising zing from the orange juice and allspice and a tiny bit of warmth from the red pepper flakes.  It can be...

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