Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Paleo, GAPs, Vegan, Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

My oldest son turned 9 last week.  One of the ways he wanted to celebrate his birthday was to make Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  This ice cream is simple to make, delicious to eat, and is a big hit with anyone who enjoys minty flavors.

 

We were able to get raw cream from our local dairy, so that’s what we used this time. … Continue reading

Paleo Peach Crisp (GAPs, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Gluten-free, Vegan)

Over the summer, we picked up a flat of peaches from our local farmers’ market.  We ate most of them simply as they came, raw and either whole or cut in slices.  After we had consumed about half of the peaches, I decided to freeze some so we could have a special taste of summer in the middle of the winter.… Continue reading

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies frosted and decorated by my 4- and 8-year-old boys.

When we told our boys that we were staying home over the holidays, of course they were disappointed.  Like my husband and I, they were looking forward to seeing their extended family as well as the celebrations that accompany the holidays.  Since we changed plans at the last minute, we had no celebratory plans of our own, so we decided to do some new things to make the time special.… Continue reading

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream and Raspberries (Paleo)

Our finished cake, with raspberries placed by my 4-year-old.

Yesterday hosted a small birthday celebration for a dear, long-time friend (over 25 years!).  She and the other friends present routinely spoil my boys, as well as my husband and me, so we took advantage of the situation to put together something special for them.

 

My 8-year-old planned out the meal. … Continue reading

Our First Pumpkin Pie of the Season

While we were visiting/taking care of my grandmother, we made our first pumpkin pie of the season.  And it was delicious.  Now that we’ve been reminded of how much we love pumpkin flavored treats, my boys are begging for more.

 

If you’re interested in making a simple, delicious Pumpkin Custard, which also happens to be grain-free, gluten-free, Paleo, and GAPS friendly, you can find my recipe HERE.… Continue reading

Homemade Hot Golden Milk Recipe (Paleo, GAPS, Vegan)

Are you looking for a healthy, warming, caffeine-free alternative to hot chocolate?  This golden milk recipe might be exactly what you’re looking for.

 

My boys and I love this, whether as a relaxing drink before bed, or as an afternoon treat.  It even works well as a morning starter.  It’s slightly sweet, a little bit spicy (like a chai is spicy, not like a salsa is spicy), and full of healthy ingredients.… Continue reading

Make your own Organic Cotton Food Wrap

Are you looking for ways to eliminate more plastics from your life?  Here’s a simple way to stop using plastic wrap as well as most plastic bags.  It’s an organic cotton food wrap.

 

You can use it to top a glass bowl.  Goodbye, plastic wrap.  You can also use it to wrap fruits and vegetables, cheese, a sandwich, or whatever else you desire. … Continue reading

Edible Fresh Fruit Flag

Last year’s Edible Fresh Fruit Flag, cut and assembled by my [then] 7-year-old.

In case you’re looking for a last-minute, healthy, patriotic dessert idea, it’s hard to go wrong with an edible fresh fruit flag.  It’s essentially a disassembled fruit salad.  It tastes delicious, looks great, and is very easy to make.

 

We began the tradition of making an Edible Fresh Fruit Flag as part of our July 4th celebration two years ago. … Continue reading

Healthy Snack: Avocado and Sauerkraut

When you’re looking for a snack that both tastes delicious and nourishes your body, here is a perfect candidate: half an avocado topped with a scoop of sauerkraut.

 

Sauerkraut not only has all of the health benefits of cabbage, but – as long as it is traditionally fermented and unpasteurized – it is also filled with healthy-gut-supporting probiotics.  In addition to supporting digestive health, raw sauerkraut can boost circulation, stimulate your immune system, and reduce inflammation (Organic Facts, 2015). … Continue reading

Homemade Parmesan Crisps

Homemade Parmesan CrispsA couple weeks ago we were doing our grocery shopping and one of the employees offered us a sample of the parmesan crisps they had just made.  Immediately, we were hooked.  We left with two containers.

 

While we could continue to buy pre-made parmesan crisps, I decided to try making them myself.  I started with a large chunk of raw, aged, grass-fed Parmesan cheese. … Continue reading