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

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

Simple Hot Spiced Herbal Chai

Simple Hot Spiced Herbal ChaiWhen it’s cold and snowy outside, as it is today, I find myself desiring hot drinks. While I typically drink plain hot herbal tea, I sometimes mix it up with other things. Today, I wanted a Hot Spiced Chai.

 

The warming spices were perfect on a cold, blustery day, heating me up from the inside out.  The richness of the cream made the drink feel like a special treat. … 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

The Easiest Way to Roast a Pumpkin (or any other Winter Squash)

The Easiest Way to Roast a PumpkinFresh roasted pumpkin is wonderfully delicious. Taste wise, it’s a big step up from canned pumpkin, like the difference between almost anything fresh and canned. But tackling a big whole pumpkin can feel intimidating, even if my normal method of roasting a pumpkin (or any type of winter squash) is pretty simple.

 

This method of roasting a pumpkin is easier than my normal way.… Continue reading

How to Make your Own Pumpkin Puree

How to Make your Own Pumpkin Puree
I was on my 4th batch of pumpkin puree of the evening before I remembered to take a picture, so my food processor definitely shows some pumpkin accumulation. 🙂

It’s fall, and delicious looking pumpkin recipes are popping up everywhere. They’ll soon be appearing here too. We all love pumpkin.

 

Most of these recipes call for canned pumpkin puree. Did you know that while a can is convenient, preparing your own pumpkin puree is actually quite simple?… Continue reading

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (works for other squashes too)

How to Roast Squash Seeds
Roasted acorn squash seeds. Yum!

Whenever I cut open a fresh winter squash (pumpkin, butternut, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and so on), the first thing I do is scoop out all of the seeds.

 

Did you know that with just a little bit of extra effort, you can roast those seeds and make a delicious, nutritious snack? Next time, instead of scooping those seeds into your compost or garbage, scoop them onto a baking sheet instead.… Continue reading