Sugar Cookies – gluten, dairy, refined sugar free

Christmas means cookies.

it means lots of other sweet things, too.

but today, for us, it meant cookies.

after playing with a few recipes, and mixing things up a bit, i came up with a ‘sugar’ cookie that i think you’ll approve of. and you won’t feel guilty allowing your children to indulge in these little babies. traditional sugar cookies call for almost 2 cups of white (refined) sugar. when sugar is processed (refined) it is stripped of any nutritional value and what you’re left with is a product that creates spikes in blood sugar. when blood sugar spikes dramatically, it sets off a chain of events in your body that can cause a host of negative symptoms and consequences. Read more

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

as the mom of two little girls, i have a lot of heart-to-hearts about emotions. because little girls have LOTS of emotions.

this week, my firstborn, re-entered kindergarten after a 3 week Fall break. she was fairly nervous about going to school again. i’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the better part of 6 years. sometimes that means it takes a little bit more adjusting for the littles ones to part ways from me. it also means that i’ve been the one with the honor of daily tending to little hearts. to hear their hearts. to read between the whines and find out the why’s. no day is the same. but every day i can count one of two things: outrageous giggles and tears. Read more

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

you know what’s good about making your own ice cream? everything, that’s what.

it’s usually cheaper, tastier, and prettier. and for goodness’ sakes, you can actually SEE what is in the thing that you’re about to ingest. or better yet, what your children are about to ingest.

if you are what you eat, then lately we’re pumpkins. Read more

Grain-Free Chocolate Crunch

it may look like dirt. but i promise, it’s clean.

i can’t remember how i stumbled upon this recipe idea, but am i ever glad that i did.

i wasn’t a big milk and cereal eater, pre-gluten/grain-free days, but i do like cereal. and sometimes i just need an easy go-to for breakfast. this is a family favorite. we keep it stored in the refrigerator and it stays so crunchy. it’s not pretty to look at, really, but oh my gracious. it is absolutely delicious with milk poured over. it’s good eaten plain or over coconut yogurt or homemade coconut ice cream. Read more