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

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

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

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

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice CreamIt’s summertime, and this week it’s very hot.  In our house, this means it’s time to make ice cream.

 

We haven’t made a lot of ice cream so far this summer.  I’ve still been mostly sugar free and we just returned from our second big road trip of the summer, so we’ve been gone quite a bit.  But this week’s heat wave along with my boys’ sweet requests combined to put me in an ice-cream-making mood.… Continue reading

Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream

Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash CreamMost diaper rash creams contain a variety of chemicals that you probably don’t want to put on your baby’s delicate skin. Whether you’re looking to rid your home of toxic chemicals as a whole or are simply concerned about what you are putting on your baby’s bum, this simple recipe is the one for you.

 

This recipe uses shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils to make a cream that is soothing and healing for baby’s delicate skin.… Continue reading

Super Simple Grain-Free Banana Pancakes

Super Simple Grain-Free Banana PancakesWhile we were at my brother’s house in December, he and my sister-in-law made us some wonderful pancakes. The pancakes were simple, delicious, and we all loved them. In fact, my boys were completely head-over-heals about having a breakfast that involved maple syrup. (In our house, maple syrup generally signifies an occasional treat, not breakfast.)

 

After we returned home, my boys wanted us make pancakes.… Continue reading