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

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 Maple Snow Candy: A Step-by-Step Guide

The other day we had our first big snowfall of the season. My 6-year-old asked that we celebrate by making Maple Snow Candy, something we read about last winter in a book about American pioneers.

 

It was fairly simple, as candy making goes, to make this candy. It only requires maple syrup, a bowl of snow, and a stove (or a fire – if you want to be really authentic) to heat it.… Continue reading

Paleo Maple Pumpkin Custard (Crustless Pumpkin Pie)

Paleo Maple Pumpkin CustardPumpkin custard is one of our favorite fall desserts. While I typically make my pumpkin custard with honey, I recently decided to substitute maple syrup instead. This added a distinctive maple taste, and we all enjoyed it.

 

However, no one in our house could decide which they liked better, the maple or the honey-sweetened version of this recipe. So, in the future, we may have to do a side by side taste test (that sounds like a fun way to spend the afternoon!).… Continue reading

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice CreamThe other day I was talking with a friend who lives in Southern California. When I said something about all of the baking with pumpkin we’ve been doing, she responded, “It’s still 90-degrees here. It’s too hot to bake. Can you make up a recipe for pumpkin ice cream?”

 

So today we hit a high of 72 and I decided it was time to experiment.… Continue reading