Maple Vanilla Coffee Creamer--Dairy Free and made with REAL ingredients
Today’s post s dedicated to Donna because she gave me the idea.   Since going gluten and dairy free, she has begun to use coconut milk in her coffee.  She tried other types of non dairy milk, but coconut milk has become her favorite both for the flavor as well as for its health benefits.  She …
Garlic Oil
Garlic oil is easy to make and the oil can be used on just about anything.  It’s delicious for marinating cucumbers or sliced summer squash; adds extra flavor to homemade salad dressings; and is delicious tossed with pasta. This recipe came from my 80-something year old friend.  I watched her add 3 cloves of garlic …
Cinnamon Apples
I always associate September with apples.  Early apples are ripe in mid to late July , but different varieties continue to ripen up into September.  In my mind, apples and the month of September go together.  For that reason,  my post this month is about apples. Years ago, I purchased a pre-packaged, boxed dinner from …
meal prep for weekday lunches
With all of my food sensitivities and allergies, there are only a few places in our community where I can buy lunch, so I usually pack a lunch to take with me.   One of the simplest things that I do to make it easy to pack a lunch is to make use of leftovers. …
Can Coleslaw be Healthy?--A collection of 5 healthy recipes
I love etymology.  I realize that this confession will confirm that I am very strange, but I don’t care.  As I was preparing this post, I wondered how a salad made from sliced cabbage came to be called coleslaw.  A quick visit to www.etymonline.com provided me with all the information that I needed.  If you …
Berry Green Smoothie--A green smoothie with the addtion of berries. Perfection!
This Berry Green Smoothie is loaded with nutrients from the greens and the berries.  Because it’s not really green, it looks more appetizing, and the berries add a little bit of sweetness that makes it taste less green without losing any of the green smoothie benefits. Since I have so many food sensitivities, I don’t …
A discussion about chocolate
 Chocolate, the word conjures up some deep sentiments and for some, ingestion of chocolate can feel almost healing. Why is that? Are there really healing properties in chocolate, or is this just a mental thing? Or, does it work on our mental faculties, thereby allowing physical well-being to manifest, even if just for a few …
layered melon salad
Nothing says summer to me like fresh melons.  As a child, I remember eating heirloom variety watermelons on the back porch of my grandmother’s house.  Of course, no one called them heirloom watermelons back then.  They were just watermelons grown from seeds that had been in the family for generations.  I can still remember the …
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It wasn’t long ago that I thought about making my own tomato paste and wondering how it was done. Since I’ve been moving away from a lot of packaged and processed foods, both to simplify my life and, more importantly, to implement healthier ways to nourish my body for longevity, this question popped into my …
Healthy popsicle loaded with fresh berries and coconut water
 Since July is the hottest month where I live, I don’t want to turn on the stove or stand over a grill.  Instead, I just want to hang out in front of a fan in the middle of the day and eat or drink something cold and refreshing. As a child, this cold and refreshing …
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