• Easy Blender Banana Muffins (gluten free!)

    Summer. I’m all for the EASIEST and FASTEST recipes when all you want is to get out an enjoy the outdoors. My kids love a morning muffin and I love the ease of mixing it all together in a blender. The base of these are banana and oats but you can add in whatever you can think of! We went for blueberry, blueberry almond, chocolate chip, & chocolate chip almond! EASY BLENDER BANANA MUFFINS (gluten free!) (Makes 12) Ingredients: 3 Ripe bananas 2 Cups gluten free rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 2 Eggs 1/2 Cup real maple syrup 1/4 Cup milk (cow or almond) 1 tsp vanilla extract…

  • Chocolate Texas “Sheath” Cake

    My apologies for falling off the posting band wagon… I am not quite sure where the last few weeks went! But, I am back with a very sweet treat for you all. This cake is an all-time family favorite. Growing up, we had this little cookbook of gathered recipes from our small day school. It was sold as a fundraiser; to this day, I will always look for cookbooks of this type when visiting a new town or rummaging flea markets and tag sales. In my opinion, you can find the very best recipes from at-home cooks in these collective cookbooks. Keep an eye out… churches, garden clubs, small day…

  • Kale Salad For A Crowd

    Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of Summer- yay! It is also the start of all the fun potlucks and barbecues! We had a fun event last weekend, Comedy Night, where I brought a large enough kale salad to feed a crowd (20 people to be exact). This was a winner! You can dress it before you go, too; it makes it super easy. It also happens to be low fodmap friendly (obviously), and vegan as well! You can certainly scale back the size to just feed your family for the night. I’ve thrown in some chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete dinner. Kale Salad with Maple Mustard…

  • TOMS Friends & Family Sale

    Okay… we all know how much I LOVE TOMS. I love their product, I love their mission and I love their prices. Win, win, win. They are having their Friends & Family Sale right now; 20% off all full price items! (Use code FRIENDS20) I have gathered my favorites for the whole family below! Let me say limiting the sunglass choices was hard… I have four pairs of TOMS and I would take about four more- my favorite! All of these are sure to be Summer go-to’s! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. / 13. / 14. / 15.    

  • Basil – Spinach Pesto (dairy free)

    Sooooo I have not been cooking all that much these past few weeks. We are trying to sift through some health stuff and our diet has been a bit restricted. Besides my current Low FODMAP Diet (oh how I miss shiitakes, cauliflower and YOGURT!!!) we have our child on an elimination diet. He has TERRIBLE eczema so we are trying to get to the root of it. An elimination diet is painful… for both parent and child! So when you have to be dairy free, egg free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, nightshade free, peanut free, pork free, beef free and citrus free it can be… well… tricky to…

  • Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    You’ve got just under one week to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Thank goodness for express shipping! I put together four basket/bags chock full of excellent gifts for any Mom out there! Obviously it would be amazing (and a little over the top) if you gifted the entire contents of the bag to those special moms in your world (Maybe we can make Mother’s Day baskets a new thing?) but I’m sure you can find an awesome gift in these bags to give! The Gym Bag! Everything a mom needs to escape to the gym or the studio for some much needed self care! 1. MZ Wallace Jimmy Bag…

  • Secret Source: J. Crew Factory

    Summer clothes… they get so grungy by Labor Day am I right? I do not like to invest heavily in summer pieces unless it is a dress for an event. I would rather buy less expensive items that only last a season or two. Not to mention summer is the best time to try out new trends, new colors & new styles, so why break the bank. I have been getting my fun summer upgrades from J. Crew Factory for years (I probably do have a few shorts from the first trip there!). Everything is always on sale and you are guaranteed to get cute style for less. They are…

  • Super Seedy Overnight Oats

    Oh overnight oats, you are so miraculous in the morning! I am always lazy about putting them together the night before but so grateful that I have done it when I am rushed the next day! Normally I will do a little assembly line of these and make them for everyone for a few days. Such an easy breakfast! I have tried lots of variations of overnight oats and I love the extra nutritional boost from the flax and chia here. I’ve made these dairy free but feel free to use your favorite milk here! Ingredients 1/2 cup rolled gluten free oats 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 teaspoon to…

  • Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

    I have received several requests for how I make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot, so here you go! This method stems from Melissa Clark’s recipe in her (AMAZING) cookbook, Dinner In An Instant. Super simple, hearty and delicious. They are perfectly creamy without the addition of milk, great for those of you who are dairy free. I always make a large batch and reheat them all week long.  If you do not have an Instant Pot yet, I love this one. And here is my review of why I think it is just so fantastic. Ingredients 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, ghee or butter if not dairy free 1…

  • Chocolate Cashew Butter “Bonbons”

    Does anyone remember that expression “it’s not like I’m sitting around all day eating bonbons?” Was that only something my grandmother and mother said? I’ve always wondered what a bonbon is exactly; per Webster it is “a candy with chocolate or fondant coating and fondant center that sometimes contains fruits and nuts. Or something that is pleasing in a light or frivolous way”. So these little treats definitely qualify for both of those definitions. They are a healthier version with no refined white sugar. They are gluten and grain free and also paleo if you choose the right chocolate chips – this brand is good for Paleo. The dates bring a…