Vegan Cranberry Pecan 5-Minute Fudge (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free)


Fudge. Melt in your mouth piece of heaven.   I have been making fudge for more years than I care to admit to and fell in love with what has, in recent years, been dubbed “five minute” fudge more than 20 years ago.  No doubt you have seen similar recipes.  Rachel Ray shared her version […]

Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Casein Free, Refined Sugar Free)


Sweetened condensed milk is one of those coveted items, especially by those of us who cannot have milk.  When used for deserts, candies, cakes, even hot drinks, there is a magical depth of flavor that occurs which no other addition seems to bring to the table. My recipe for sweetened condensed milk gives you all […]

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup, Share Our Holiday Table

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you have likely noted the number of times I have mentioned Share Our Holiday Table this week. To clarify, Share Our Holiday Table is a virtual, progressive fund-raising dinner being hosted by Share Our Strength in effort to raise awareness about childhood hunger. As a mother, ensuring […]

Pecan Pie (Gluten Free, Diary Free, Casein Free, Corn Free)


Have you ever had those weeks where it feels as if you have not had the opportunity to sit but for a moment the entire week?  For me, it seems as if I will scarcely have a moment to sit this entire month, then I realized earlier today that this month is somewhat of a […]

Clementine Pecan Cranberry Sauce (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan Option)


Sorry for being off the map for the last few days.  This weekend my husband and I were off the map, quite literally, camping and hiking throughout no man’s land, and it has taken a couple of days to get things back in order. As happy as I am to be back, I must say […]

Quinoa Cranberry Pecan Stuffing (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Casein Free, Vegan)


Inspiration is an interesting thing; it can come to us from the strangest places.  Tonight’s inspiration comes from the back of a bag of celery.  Yes, celery.  A few weeks ago after making some Ants on a Log with my kiddos, as I was in process of throwing away the celery bag, I noticed a […]

Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Casein Free, Soy Free, Egg Free)


A few weeks ago I asked my readers what traditional Thanksgiving dish they would like to see me transition into a Gluten Free Dairy Free delicacy.  Out of all of the suggestions offered, one item in particular kept popping into conversations…Pumpkin Pie. Then I was challenged in person by a friend who wanted an easy […]

Eggnog (Dairy Free, Casein Free, Soy Free)


What a great week this has been! With Halloween come and gone, it is on to my favorite time of the year. Autumn in West Texas is mild at best; mid seventies in the day, low fifties to high forties at night. Just cold enough to be chilly just warm enough to not be frozen. […]

Chocolate Covered Berries


Yesterday I shared a bit about the end result of my failed attempt to make a cake for the dessert auction held Thursday night at my church. Unfortunately, time did not allow for me to recreate the beautifully moist and wonderfully decadent chocolate masterpiece I had planned, but I knew I could not arrive to […]

Cake Pops! Gluten Free and Dairy Free = Heavenly!


This past Monday, I announced on my Facebook page that I had a busy week in store. Little did I know just how busy this week would become. While I normally aim to have a new recipe up no later than Wednesday, the happenings of this week simply made that impossible, for that, I am sorry.

But you know what? Everything happens for a reason. My recipe tonight will prove exactly that.

My original plan for this week was to post a decadent chocolate glaze covered, gluten free, dairy free chocolate cake garnished with luscious chocolate dipped raspberries. This cake also happened to be what I planned to bring to the dessert auction my church had Thursday night to benefit the Young Women’s Program in our ward. To this point, I am not 100% certain what happened, but what I do know is that instead of the nice, fluffy, tender cake that has always resulted from the Chocolate Cake recipe mentioned below, I instead ended up with a crumpled mess.

Somewhere between releasing from the pan and landing on the service platter where it was meant to be decorated, my beautiful chocolate cake decided to fall apart. Keep in mind I have been baking cakes for many years…the Chocolate Cake recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s Almond Flour Cookbook is by far one of my favorite gluten free recipes and, even though I have only had her cookbook for five months now, I have made this cake nearly a dozen times already, and every time..well, every time but this time, it has turned out perfectly.

Somehow this crumpled mess that lay before me seemed beautifully moist and tasted wonderfully delicious, regardless of its pitiful condition. I simply could not bear to throw this delicious cake away and decided I needed to save it for something I have been longing to try…Voila! Cake Pops!

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