Crock Pot Thai Chicken Tacos

There is so much going on right now and really all I want to do is hang out with my people but there's shopping, and programs and parties...on and on. I re-prioritized some activities this year so we could do a little Christmas slumber party with the grands.  They are so stinking fun :) We made gingerbread houses, Painted ornaments ... Read More

Freeze and Bake Apple Pies

Freeze and Bake Apple Pies
We live in apple country.  When you live in apple country, you buy your apples from a local organic farmer and you make apple pie.  Lots of apple pies.  In one afternoon we put up 10 oven ready pies.  Yum. Many of my recipes are gluten free, but when it comes to apple pie, as per the request of my ... Read More

Make Ahead Freezer Shepherd’s Pie

Make Ahead Freezer Shepherds Pie
Here's comfort food at it's best, healthy. warming and flavorful.  And to top it off, it's make ahead and freezable.  Always on the lookout for expanding our repertoire of healthy freezer meals but coming up with one that's dairy, gluten and processed food free, I find is a challenge.  This is truly a cozy cold weather comfort food.  This is ... Read More

Make Ahead Freezer Sweet Potato “Buns”

Make Ahead Freezer Sweet Potato "Buns"
You know it's fall when the evenings grow longer, it gets darker earlier, and a lit candle brings that beautiful cozy glow you didn't realize you were missing.  When the thought of wearing sweaters, boots and scarves feels like a welcome change from shorts and sandals.  A new routine sets in.  You find a need to plan and organize schedules. ... Read More

Freezer Garden Vegetable Soup

Freezer Garden Vegetable Soup
When we first got married, 40 years ago, putting food up was a point of contention between us.  Hubs grew up on a small farm, building barns and driving a tractor.  His families "normal" was to go out to the chicken coop and garden to get dinner and fill the pantry up with home-grown canned goods.  I grew up on ... Read More

Slow Cooker Roasted Roots and Sausage

Slow Cooker Roasted Roots and Sausage
Here's a new week night meal for you that's made with all fresh ingredients.  This easy to assemble main course was inspired from my Whole30 experience.  I was wanting to create a crock pot recipe that's unfussy, Whole30 compliant, pulled it's flavors from fresh produce, herbs and meat, but didn't fall apart and turn to mush.  Often times slow cooker ... Read More

Chicken Curry Sweet Potato “Noodle” Bowl

Chicken Curry Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl
We are half way through this Whole30 month.  It took me awhile to find my groove in meal planning and cooking.  Finally, I have a comfortable rhythm down for alternating proteins apart from red meat and pork.  After feeling very bloated after some meals and my husband confirming by saying, "this is too much meat!",  I modified Whole30 to better fit ... Read More

Have Yourselves A Make Ahead Christmas

Three Day Salad

A festive fresh green salad that you can make three days ahead?  Yes, that’s right. I’m all for getting things done in advance to simplify putting on a big dinner.  The brisket and gravy for Christmas Eve dinner is cooked to perfection and frozen, waiting for the big day to thaw then simmer away, giving off fragrant aromas. Cinnamon rolls … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Apple Plum Crisps : Refined Sugar Free

Apple Plum Crisps

Twelve Apple Plum Crisps in the freezer are a new addition to our freeze ahead dessert repertoire.  I love the combination of apples and plums for the rich color plums bring to the table (so to speak).  Not having the time this fall to put complete pies up as usual, I opted for the simpler application of fruit crisps, making … Read More