• cake,  gluten free,  Health

    Gluten Free Quinoa Cake

    Following my gluten-free lifestyle change I tried this for a party I was going to…. Gluten Free Chocolate Cake*turn out more like a brownie 2 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 dry + 1.5 cups liquid = approx. 2 cups cooked)1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk4 eggs1 tsp. vanilla extract1/2 cup melted butter or Earth Balance1/4 cup melted coconut oil1 cup white sugar (I used organic raw)1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 tsp. baking soda1 1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9″x13″ OR 2 round cake pans with parchment paper.In a food processor or blender combine the eggs, milk and vanilla ~ blend for 10 seconds.Add the cooked…

  • gluten free,  Health

    Clean Your Gut ~ finding your triggers.

    In January I cut gluten out of my diet.  I read Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger and did the 28 day cleanse, eliminating sugar, alcohol, wheat, corn and dairy. I will admit that I was NOT willing to eliminate caffeine. The heart wants, what the heart wants. Anyway, the only dairy I ate for the 28 days was cream in my morning coffee.  It’s pretty much 28 days of protein, vegetables and berries.  It completely changed the way I felt.  At the end of the 28 day cleanse you introduce certain foods back to see how they react.  Turns out wheat and I don’t get along. Eating processed sugar was…

  • stuff I LOVE

    The WARMTH of wool

    It’s been a pretty cold winter this year.  It’s for that reason I’m so thankful for my Christmas present.  I actually picked it out in June.  I managed to keep it a surprise from my husband until Christmas morning.  Who knew we would need it SO bad 8 months later!  Check out their other blankets here:  Pendleton Blankets I got mine at Native Renaissance 2 in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, so if you’re looking for one…

  • diy,  pets,  simple living

    Dogs Shall Not Pass….

    We have two dogs that don’t respect the “Don’t sleep on my bed” rule, OR the “don’t drink out of the toilet” rule, or the “don’t chew up the lego” rule.  For that reason we found it necessary to put a piece of plywood across the bottom of the stairs to keep them from sneaking up. The problem with a piece of plywood is that it typically doesn’t stay standing by itself so I had to prop a chair beside the plywood, beside the staircase.  You get the idea.  A lot of crap at the bottom of the stairs and everytime I wanted to go up or down I had…

  • sewing,  simple living

    I’m a Draft Dodger!

    It’s FREEZING.  Like minus 30 degrees freezing. So last night I whipped this up for the front door where it seemed we had some cold air leaking in. Probably because the wind was at 100 km/hour. SO simple… just some left-over polar fleece stuffed with foam, fibrefill and marbles to make it heavy and hug the floor. It probably took about 10 min to make. The cat slept at the front door this morning for the first time…. ever.

  • cooking

    Homemade Caramel Recipe

    Every year I try to make some things to give away at Christmas.  2013 I opted for Homemade Caramels, Peanut Brittle, and Cinnamon caramel sauce. I have had a number of people ask for the recipe for the caramels so here ya go… Homemade Kahlua Caramel Homemade Caramel 1 cup butter, unsalted1 cup light corn syrup1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (or substitute two cups half and half or light cream BUT factor in a longer cooking time)2 1/4 cup brown sugar1 tsp. vanilla*1/4 cup Kahlua ~ optional 1. Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, even up the sides.2. Cut butter into smaller, even sized cubes for even melting. Melt…