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As many of you know, I am a mother of 5 children; two of whom have special diet requirements and are following a gluten-free, casein-free and shellfish-free lifestyle. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you have heard me mention that in addition to being a mother, I am also an educator. Couple these […]

Cherry Pecan Chicken Salad


This week, Food Network Summer Fest has challenged participating bloggers to work with the wonderfully sweet, perfectly in season: cherry. I am blessed to be able to share two recipes this week…the first can be found on my other website: Ingredient Challenge Monday (trust me, you WANT to check this one out). Because it is […]

Ingredient-Challenge Recipe: Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a soup best served cold. In this nation-wide heat wave, this soup is a welcome change from the norm. When Shea and I agreed to use bell peppers as this week’s challenge ingredient, there were a number of recipes that came to mind. And while I hope to share my favorite grain-free stuffed […]

Pan Seared Salmon with Fresh Peach Salsa


Summer Fest is off to a great start with some amazingly beautiful Grilled Eggplant Recipes.  While I unfortunately was not able to join in on the eggplant challenge, I am happy to be able to jump on board with the next seasonal item of choice: Peaches!   Succulent and sweet, peaches are favored in desserts, […]

Zucchini Lasagna (GF/CF, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan Option Noted)


I am blessed.  Truly, completely blessed.  My home is filled with amazing children who make me laugh and fill my world with reasons to celebrate every day.  I have a husband who works hard for us and would do anything he could to give his family all they need. In my home, I also have […]

Ahi Poke (Gluten Free, Dairy Free), Ingredient-Challenge Monday


Ahi Tuna.  While this ingredient is definitely a different approach to our Ingredient-Challenge Mondays (which generally uses a fruit or vegetable as the central focus of our challenges), Shea and I felt this highly nutritious food fit well into the ultimate goal of our challenge group: to bring variety to our table while increasing the […]

Japan, Autism, and Don’t Forget Your Breakfast! Cookie Bars


As I take a moment to watch my family, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude. We have our challenges; learning disabilities, a history of physical impairments (all of which have either been repaired or are treatable in nature), and obvious food challenges…but all in all, I am amazingly blessed.  Every day I awake […]

Irish Beef Stew


So many great things happened this week. I planted my garden, taught my kids the basics of transplanting plants, held a brief phone conference with the college where I will be teaching children’s cooking and adult gourmet classes this summer, and began diligently working towards something that will bring my blog to the next level.  Truly […]

Vegan Ratatouille With a Twist and Braised Orange Roughy with Fennel, Ingredient-Challenge Monday


A few weeks ago, I became overwhelmed with the need to add fresh fennel to our menu.  I suggested this as an Ingredient for our Ingredient-Challenge Monday group, and while it took a couple of weeks to get everyone on board, I am so excited to have fennel as our featured ingredient today! So excited, […]

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan Option Noted)


This time of the year I find myself turning to soup for various reasons.  Soup warms from the inside out.  Soup makes me feel better when the sniffles are too much.  Soup is very filling for relatively few calories.  Soup is quick. Soup is a great way to get my children (and husband) to eat […]

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