Many moons ago I would have been downing 2 large egg-nog lattes and a pumpkin scone by noon, but my new fav is peppermint & chocolate everything.  I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point I became conditioned to crave Peppermint Mocha Latte’s the day after Thanksgiving; from what I can tell, I’m not alone.  ...more


My family has been hit with a severe head and chest cold. Even all of my preventative measures didn't keep the illness from getting us.  Luckily, it didn't last long thanks to my Homemade Cough Syrup with Honey & Essential Oils. ...more



Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

There are a few flavors that scream HOLIDAY; pumpkin, peppermint and gingerbread. Well, I’m completely pumpkined out, just about over peppermint, so now it’s time to overdose on gingerbread and what better way to start the season then fresh baked Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake....more


Oven roasted pecans coated in cinnamon are by far my new favorite snack.  It takes very little preparation, minimal dish washing, low carb, gluten-free and Paleo. ...more


Today I'm sharing a super basic recipe.  This is something I love to make when I have leftover brownies, broken brownies or even cake bits.  A trifle is a great way to repurpose a dessert and is fun for the kids to make. You don't HAVE to make this difficult.  If you want to use boxed brownie and pudding mix and a jar of strawberry preserves go right on ahead. I've done it. No judgment here. ...more


This time of year marks the WEEK OF JESS in our house. My husband and I have our wedding anniversary, Mothers Day and then my birthday.  A week of celebrations use to mean a week of treats; it would start with German Chocolate Cake, followed by cookies and ended with a Black Forest Cake.  Now it's  low sugar muffins for breakfast OR cookies and a single slice of cake, I'm slowly growing up. ...more

Sweet Almond Milk

I love nuts (that's what she said) especially ALMONDS!  With 1 cup of raw almonds I can make over 2 cups of almond milk and enough almond meal to bread 2lbs of chicken breast. A little goes a long way. ...more

Dairy-Free Vanilla Pudding

Now that I'm all grown-up and whatnot, I feel that it's important to make things from scratch whenever possible. I know what goes into my food, I savor rather than inhale, and my daughter is growing up in the kitchen...in a good way. This responsible parent thing can be incredibly frustrating, but overall worthwhile.  ...more
BlogHerFood looks & sounds amazing! Great #dairyfree option!more