Thursday, November 7, 2013

Super Easy (from scratch) Cranberry Sauce

I wanted to make my own cranberry sauce this year that was free from chemicals that the sauce from a can comes with, and that had no additives whatsoever, and was surprised at how easy it was to make and how delicious it turned out!

Adapted and changed from this recipe HERE.

Cranberry Sauce from Scratch:


  • 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries (approx. 3 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh ground ginger
  • 1 cup water


  1. Put everything in a pot, and turn your stove on.  
  2. Cook over a medium-high heat for approx. 30-45 minutes. DO NOT COVER or it will boil over and you don't want that. When most of the liquid is cooked out, turn your stove down to a simmer. The longer you let this simmer, the thicker the sauce will get don't let ALL the water cook out, though or it will burn. Stir more frequently near the end.
  3. Spoon all into blender and blend until smooth. Pour all contents into a dish/bowl that you want to serve it in.
  4. Allow this to cool in the refrigerator for a couple hours before eating (or eat warm, just make sure to let it cool first)!


Green Bean Casserole (Dairy/Gluten/Soy Free and from scratch!)

I was desperate! I needed a GF/DF/SF green bean casserole recipe for Thanksgiving this year, and luckily I found the best recipe EVER and adapted it to meet my nutritional needs! Plus, it's amazing:) Honestly, this was so easy and good, I will never make it another way again!

Recipe adapted and changed from recipe HERE.

Green Bean Casserole:
  • 3 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/4 C + 2 Tbs Coconut Oil (include approx. 1 tsp salt in this oil)
  • 10 button mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 3 Tbs gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 C chicken bone broth (or plain old chicken broth or vegetable broth)
  • 2 Big handfuls of green beans (more or less), chopped to 1 inch pieces

  • 3/4 C processed/chopped almonds
  • 3/4 C gluten free bread crumbs, ready made.
  • 2 Tbs Coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Rinse and drain green beans. Chop to 1" pieces. Place in 9"x9" baking pan and set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to a medium saucepan or small pot. Add coconut oil and salt mixture, and heat on medium-high for about 5-7 min.
  3. Finely chop mushrooms and add to the coconut and olive oil mixture. Heat until mushrooms darken and shrink.
  4. Remove from heat. Add three tablespoons of flour and mix together.
  5. Add 1 1/2 cups of broth, salt, pepper (and any other spices you'd like), and heat on medium-high again until somewhat reduced. Add additional flour for a thicker sauce/soup.
  6. Pour over green beans and heat in the oven at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle topping on top, evenly, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes.
PS I took the onions out of the original recipe, but honestly didn't even miss them, the casserole was THAT good:)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Protect Your Heart

Very powerful message. Need this at this time:)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Natural Sunscreens

Very Important!

"Natural Sunscreen - Carrier Oils are a great natural alternative to the regular sunscreens that contain ingredients that have been deemed toxic to skin, and many even carcinogenic. Ironic, right?

Top 5:

Coconut Oil is such a versatile oil. As well as the many health benefits that come with coconut oil, it also boasts a natural SPF ...
of 4.

Almond Oil contains a natural SPF of 5. As well as the natural sun protection, it contains vitamin E which keeps skin supple and looking young.

Avocado Oil contains monosaturated fats providing a SPF of 15. It is also boasts sterolins which have been known to reduce age spots associated with sun damage, can help reduce scars and ease sunburn.

Raspberry Seed Oil also has a wonderful SPF of 30. It is rich in Omega 3 and 6 which have been associated with stretch mark reduction.

Carrot Seed Oil provides a high SPF of 40. It is also rich in antioxidants and antiseptic properties. It is worth noting that it usually comes in the form of an essential oil. For optimum and safe use it is recommended to dilute with a carrier oil."

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Live Life!

As a child who grew up in the times that home computers were new and used by myself once a year primarily for “Paintshop Pro”, and phones only showed the numbers going out and coming in, I can say that I miss those times very much. I was free.

As a teenager, I used the computer only for an hour a day (the house rule) to email, use msn messenger, scan pictures of my crush Elijah Wood (I seriously still don’t know why, so don’t ask), and illegally download music and burn it onto cd’s…I know, I know…evil. “What about phones?”, you ask. Well, cell phones were just coming out as the cool thing to have in high school, and I didn’t have one or have the need for one. The home phone on the other hand was used constantly…and I knew everyone’s phone number by heart. I don’t anymore. I was still free, but less so.

As an adult, the computer has been used by me…a lot…

Running my store(s), checking FB, email, Craigslist, Pinterest, spying….

Let’s just say that I use it a lot, BUT, I am not consumed by it and I feel it is an essential tool in my creativity.

My phone, on the other hand, consumed me…checking it every 5 mins for updates on fb, playing mindless games, checking for texts, and missed calls. That is until about a month ago, the screen went black…I could only receive calls and make calls out to the last person who called me (only through a guessing game of where the buttons were). Since then, I have gotten so much done, so many projects completed, and found that my childhood love of completing crafts came back…full forceJ I’m feeling free again.

Just the other day, I witnessed some people so caught up in their phones, they barely communicated with one another (ok, I witness this all the time, but this time it was very apparent). I thought, what would they be like without their phones? What would we talk about? Would there be more laughter in the air?

As of May 22nd, I am due for an upgrade on my phone. Will I get a touch screen that can use the internet? Most likely not. I want a phone that has texting and calling. That’s. It. Period. I want to live!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today's Best Award-Customize Last and First Name Pink Polka Sticker

Awarded the Today's Best Award!!! So proud:) This sticker comes in any color combo imaginable, just ask and I can make it for you!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dinner for lastnight+tonight: Minestrone Soup and Olive Garden Breadsticks

Minestrone Soup Recipe
Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Amazing! the soup is basically vegan which works good for me since im trying to eat less meat unless its local/organic/etcetcetc...also the only change i made was 1) I didnt have 2 veggies on the list (the zuchinni and onion) but i used dried onion and it worked fine. and 2) I used dried beans instead of canned since i have so many of them, but make sure to soak them the night ahead other wise they turn out kinda crunchy...i found out the hard way.
Despite the beans, the soup turned out amazing!
Make sure to have time for the breadsticks to rise otherwise you will have HEAVY breadsticks and eating one will feel like you just ate 5....
Great dinner=great leftovers for tonight:)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Breakfast Jan 8th, 2013 and decided on a language!

Breakfast this morning was: ground up almonds, walnuts, and oats mixed with lemons and apples and topped with rice milk. SO GOOD.!

In other news I have decided on the language I'm going to learn this year.....Norwegian!!
EDIT: tonights dinner: Creamy Avocado good my husband ate all his noodles in one sitting for the first time EVER! its super easy to make, and it is so lemony fresh!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Whats for dinner?: Jan 6th, 2013

Tonights dinner is simple, since im just getting over a migrane that....well...lets just say it left me dehydrated, it was that bad...ANYWAYS...dinner:)

Simple. Savory. To the point.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich.

1/2 Avocado
1 hardboiled egg
Just enough salt to taste and pepper if you choose

Mix all together and smash onto freshly toasted bread...mmm.

PS this is alot quicker if you have an egg that is already boiled:)

no pics, sorry but im sure you can imagine what it looks like:)

Friday, January 4, 2013

YAY! ...plastic water bottle ban!!

Lets just say that I am overjoyed about this town's decision. Yes, people could go to the next town over and get their bottled water, but that is not the point. The point is...we are finally getting somewhere. Even if it is a tiny step...its still in the right direction:)

On another note, but kinda the same...A 16 yr old girl is asking the UK to ban plastic grocery bags...I say yes, yes, YES!

In other news tonight's dinner is at a teriyaki restaurant, so no recipes, BUT since my new years resolution is to try staying away from processed foods, i might just have to go vegetarian at this dinner...then again maybe still debating...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Whats for dinner? Jan 3rd, 2013

mmmm:) Since i didnt have onions, i substituted onion powder, and it was just as good. If you are using dried ground ginger instead of fresh, use 1/16 tsp since it is more concentrated.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year:)

New years resolutions:
  • Instead of focusing on just "no sugar," this year will be that but more in a "does my body NEED that" not explaining this well...lets just say less processed artificial foods and the more natural simple foods, the better. Also being kinder to my body and more diligent about staying away from my food allergies...:/ :)
  • Learn a second language. Still stuck between french and italian....ill probably end up with french knowing