Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Our annual Cannon Beach family vacation where memories were made is now behind us.  We got to spend a lot of time with those grands that are growing up too quickly.  Such treasured times.  I hated for it to end. We took early morning walks on the beach. One afternoon when the sun came out, we ventured to Hug Point, ... Read More

Strawberry Lemon Tart

Strawberry Lemon Tart
During my last cooking class, I had a request for a gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free lemon custard recipe.  One popped up on my instagram feed from Vital Proteins using their high quality gelatin. Before I develop any of my own recipes using this, I played with their recipe to get the feel of the product.  Ladies and Gents...here we ... Read More

Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits

Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits
I've been hoping to have time to post this very scrumptious Valentine's Day dessert.  This creamy parfait is dairy, gluten and refined sugar free and a favorite from my cooking classes.  Layered with a quick homemade raspberry jam, these Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits are a decadent dessert that's actually good for you and your whole family will love. The bottom layer ... Read More

Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread
We are picking zucchini and summer squash EVERYDAY and and have much to share.  It would be a shame if I didn't put some of it up into moist and sweet zucchini bread to enjoy now and later.  It's perfect to have ready for drop in family and friends, for those grands who walk in the door asking for a ... Read More

Chocolate Banana Bread : Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

Chocolate Banana Bread
With grand kids around the house more often these days, I try to have more snacks available.  The hubs and I are happy to snack on fresh fruit and nuts, but when the grands come over - it's a different story. We like to indulge our sweet little grands every once in a while.  For the most part, we prefer ... Read More

Almond Flax Granola : Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

Almond Flax Granola Gluten and Refined Sugar Free
Homemade Almond Milk is so much better than the store-bought variety - but what to do with the leftover almond pulp? Daydreams of making granola with the pulp were swirling in my mind and I finally had the perfect opportunity on a blustery spring Saturday, sometime back in early April.  This Almond Flax Granola is nutritionally dense, including chia and flax seeds and it's gluten ... Read More

Blueberry Teff Muffins

Blueberry Teff Muffins

Mornings around our house can be so hectic!  Every minute counts.  Make ahead breakfast options rich in nutrients, full of good fiber, protein, and low in sugar are my favorite go to’s. These muffins are all that and they freeze well too!  A creamy green smoothie is a great companion. Together, they give me energy through to lunch time. Teff … Read More

Zucchini Almond Muffins : Gluten & Dairy Free

Zucchini Almond Muffins

In the midst of preserving the harvest, putting up Garlic Chili Pickled Green Beans and making homemade sauerkraut with these humongous garden fresh cabbages…. our Portland kiddo’s with their fun little guy Gideon along with his little sister, (whose name I cannot disclose because she’s still a bun in the oven) paid us a visit. We had so much fun … Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (gluten, dairy and refined sugar free)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I am experimenting with gluten-free baking. Why? There is an increasing number of friends and family choosing (for health reasons) to go gluten-free. And while I love my crusty homemade artisan bread, I can’t deny how lethargic I feel when I eat more than a modest amount. There is something to this gluten-free business but if one isn’t careful, it’s … Read More

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These family friendly tasty bars are quite the treat for the lunchbox, after school snacks, or just to take along while out and about.  I tucked some in my hubby’s lunch to enjoy while out on a fishing excursion with a friend. This recipe makes 24 large bars, enough to munch on fresh out of the oven once cooled, then freeze … Read More