• 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…

  • cooking,  Health,  simple living


    I have been meaning to make ketchup for quite some time.  I ran out the other day and since necessity is the mother of invention, I was gave it a shot.I got my recipe here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ketchup-Catsup-Recipe/I didn’t have any allspice but other than that I followed the recipe (my agave nectar wasn’t blue, it was Light Madhava).  I really liked it and more importantly I put it in an old ketchup bottle, threw it in the fridge, and the kids didn’t notice a difference.  Bonus.I like the fact there is no corn syrup in it, I can pronounce all the ingredients, and I can control how much sugar/salt it contains!

  • Health

    Things your surgeon fails to mention….

    You might have noticed I haven’t been around here much recently.  My apologies.  I had a hysterectomy 4 weeks ago and am finally feeling like myself. On that note here are a few pointers for anyone else looking forward to this kind of surgery: *Slip on shoes are a must at the hospital.  Waiting around to have someone tie up your laces is a real downer and makes you feel 2 years old again. *If your husband/friend rents a funny movie to lift you spirits after surgery… kick them out and tell them to take their tool of torture  with them.  I didn’t know this universal rule and had to hold…