Grain-Free, Dairy-Free St. Lucia Buns

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free St. Lucia BunsMy 6-year-old planned an entire St. Lucia Day Celebration for us. The only thing I had to do was to come up with and help bake a recipe for St. Lucia buns. Coming up with a recipe we could actually eat ended up being more difficult than I thought it would be, as none of the recipes I found online were quite right for one reason or another – they either had grains or dairy or guar gum or other things we try to avoid.… 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

Grain-Free Rosemary Sea Salt Biscuits

Grain-Free Rosemary Sea Salt BiscuitsI was thinking about something special to go along with our roasted chicken for dinner the other night, when something else entirely unrelated brought rosemary to mind. I love the smell of rosemary, and was struck by the idea of making Rosemary Sea Salt Biscuits.

 

Unfortunately, time got away from me and I was unable to make the biscuits that night.… Continue reading

Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Trail Mix

Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Trail MixWe eat a lot of trail mix in our house. The simple combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit is easy to grab when we need a quick snack, and is perfect to bring as a snack when we’re on the go. We simply grab the jar out of our refrigerator, toss it into the backpack, and we’re off.

 

Our latest favorite trail mix blend is super simple, but wonderfully delicious (and addictive!).… 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