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Coconut Lime Popsicles

Coconut Lime Popsicles

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

There's been a lot of popsicle making going on in my house this summer.  And it seems to be about the only thing I make that I actually stop to take a photograph of.   So while I just made some delicious chicken the other night, no photos.  All those summer salads, oops.  Next year.   For now it's about the kids.  And the kids in all of us. Here we go-  3 ingredients.  That's it.   Coconut milk, raw sugar and lime.  Add lime zest too, if you wish.  1/2 of my crew liked the zest, 1/2 not so much.   You choose. Coconut milk is a healthy source of fat made up of mostly medium chain fatty acids (mcfa's) and specifically lauric…

Oat and Almond Blueberry Crisp

Oat and Almond Blueberry Crisp

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

About seven years ago we rented a house on a lake in Michigan with three other families.  Each family had a child under 1 year-  our days revolved around nap schedules, baby feedings and diaper changes.  We were all in the same boat and a week at a lake house was just what we needed. It was my first time to Michigan and I loved all the fresh blueberry stands on the side of the road.   More than one carton was consumed on our drive from the airport to the lake house..  It was a week full or water activities, relaxing and fresh blueberries. Each night a different couple was in charge of making dinner.   And each night we ended…

Strawberry Slushie

Strawberry Slushie

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

My kids and their friends were outside last week on a hot day kicking the soccer ball, jumping on the trampoline and playing zombie tag.  And they were hot.  And bordering cranky.  They needed something to cool them off and quick  but when I checked the freezer I was all out of popsicles. No big deal, I thought.  I got this. A bag of frozen strawberries, ice and some lemonade.  Viola!  A strawberry slushie was hitting their lips in 5 minutes flat. There is no dilly dallying when you have a house full of kids who are hot and tired.  You have to get them cooled off, pronto. Grab your blender (the Vitamix works very well for this application), a…

Chocolate Covered Berry Popsicles

Chocolate Covered Berry Popsicles

Breakfast,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

This recipe is a two-fer.  You can make the smoothie and have it for breakfast and then freeze the rest in popsicle molds and have a treat for later.  While it is not quite Popsicle season in Crested Butte, I know it is right around the corner.   It's sure to stop snowing/raining one of these days and then we can eat these while picnicking in fields of wildflowers. School gets out in one week and there will be lots of kids hanging out this summer.  This will make a refreshing and delicious treat. I find smoothies to be a quick and healthy breakfast option for my kids.  I start with plain organic whole milk yogurt.  Many yogurts on the market…

Ancient Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ancient Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

ALL RECIPES,Baked Goods,Cooking Tips,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

For my 100th recipe, I needed something celebratory.  I debated between chocolate and artichokes, cake or a dip.   And then I knew.   What's not to celebrate about  gluten free chocolate chip cookies that are actually crispy and delicious and a little healthier than the regular variety. Let's face it- it stinks being gluten free sometimes.  You feel deprived a lot.  You always have to look at labels and be on top of it.  Eating out or going to parties can be full of anxiety.  So we gluten free folks deserve a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe in our lives.  We do.   And here it is. These cookies are made of a mix of almond flour, teff flour and a…

Lemon Basil Loaf  (grain free)

Lemon Basil Loaf (grain free)

Baked Goods,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

Panic set it.  What have I done? Why did I push for this?  Oh my goodness. What was I thinking? There I was standing in my driveway in the middle of the night in the freezing cold... so our puppy could go potty. sigh. I haven't had a pet since I was in high school.   This is a big transition for me. And then I looked up and saw the sky sparkling and twinkling- a sight I am not often awake and outside to witness.  And at 9,000 ft it's pretty spectacular.   Suddenly I wasn't so panicked. I took a deep breath and thought, it's going to be okay. It's going to be great. Our new puppy, Nutmeg, has…

Mini Chocolate Rolls

Mini Chocolate Rolls

Baked Goods,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I give you a delectable chocolate dessert, in mini form. Have you heard of the 80/20 rule?  Eat well 80% of the time.  This recipe applies to the 20%.  Strictly for enjoyment.   And these won't disappoint. Have you had a chocolate roll before?  This is a recipe I adapted from my Aunt Nancie, who made this cake for many special occasions.  I didn't try to make one myself until this past Christmas.   This cake recipe calls for very little flour and swapping out regular flour for almond flour worked well.  I assume any gluten free flour would work okay, but I have only tested this with almond flour. While it's not a hard…

Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips

Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great holiday season and are feeling rested and ready to start out 2015 on a healthy note.  It's a good time to reflect and think about what you want to bring to this new year.   January is the month we all have the motivation to change our bad habits and start on a healthy track.  I ended 2014 with a few too many indulgences so  I started this month on an elimination diet and a week  free of social media.   It felt really good. It was also hard and I had to be really conscious and present in my actions.  I now feel more aware and mindful in my life.  I…

Dark Chocolate Almond Bark with Pistachio and Sea Salt

Dark Chocolate Almond Bark with Pistachio and Sea Salt

Snacks & Sweets

I am going to make this post short and sweet.   Christmas is in one week- we are all probably too busy.   This is a joyous time of year but it is also a challenging time for many people.  Let's remember to give each other a big smile, a more intentional, deeper hug, a surprise cup of tea or coffee, a ear to listen to.  It's so easy to get caught up in our own stuff- I do it all the time.  There is a lot of sadness out in the world right now.  Let's all give a little extra love and kindness. One way I am going to spread some kindness is by sharing this delicious chocolate bark recipe.…

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

Apple crisp has a soft spot in my heart.   I grew up making apple crisp with my mom every Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I prefer a crisp over a pie any day. This dessert is the perfect way to end Thanksgiving dinner.   And such a sweet start to the day after thanksgiving!!   I'm pretty sure that eating apple crisp for breakfast is acceptable in every household.  Am I Right? I mean, it's basically just oatmeal and apples.  Well, sort of. Sure, there is some other stuff in there but we won't talk about that right now. This is one of my favorite apple crisp recipes not only because it's gluten free but because the oatmeal gives it such a great flavor and heartiness.   And…

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