April Ingredient Challenge Monday Featured Recipe-Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole from The Taste Space and ICM Challenge Ingredient Announcement!


So, I could give you a million excuses why this post is so late… I mean, this weekend was Mother’s Day weekend, and as the mother of five amazing kids and one superb husband, they spoiled me and took care of me all while keeping me away from my computer (although I did sneak in […]

No-Bake Vegan Candybar Brownies (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Raw alternative noted)


Let me start by saying Pinterest is a dangerous site. Very dangerous. In addition to losing unimaginable amounts of time, Pinterest can motivate you to do things you might not have done before. Sometimes this is a good thing. Sometimes this is not. These no-bake, refined sugar-free vegan candy bar brownies are the result of […]

Spinach, Kale and Dandelion Green Salad with Blood Oranges, Candied Pecans and Blood Orange Vinaigrette


Spring is beautifully upon us.  Flowers are blooming, birds are singing.  Children are ready to shed their winter gloom to get outside and play. Then there is the yard.  Lawns need to be mowed, weeds need to be pulled. Or do they? One advantage to living in a drought ridden area is the fact that […]

Guest Post for Dixie Chik Cooks: Sugar-Free Chocolate Cashew Butter (Raw, Vegan)


This post originally aired over at Dixie Chik Cooks.  While Shea (the original Dixie Chik) is not gluten-free or dairy-free, many of her creations are naturally safe for those of us who are.  Creative, spicy, and beautifully talented, be sure to visit Dixie Chik Cooks for some beautifully southern inspiration.   It is always an […]

ICM, Giveaway and the Chocolate Mint Green Monster (AKA, the healthiest Shamrock Shake this side of the pacific)


Happy Ingredient-Challenge Monday! As Shea and I announced last month, the 2nd Monday of every month is now dedicated to our ICM challenge! As mentioned this past Saturday, we have a lot in store for you this month. First, our featured ingredient for this month: Kale! Like I have said before, I love love love […]

Perfectly Sweet Fruit Roll-Ups


Growing up as a child of the 80’s, fruit roll-ups were one of those quintessential items.  I mean, what was lunch without a vivid green and blue, sugary sweet roll of fruity deliciousness? And fruit roll-ups are made with fruit so they are good for you, right? Riiiiight. When the key ingredients include corn syrup, […]

Red Velvet Truffles (Allergy-Free, Sugar-Free, Raw, Vegan)


A short while back I was contacted by Cara, the mastermind behind Fork and Beans, a lovely Gluten-Free and Vegan that I have fallen absolutely in love with, regarding her Valentine’s Day Bake-Off. Given that many of my recipes, especially my dessert recipes, are naturally vegan…this contest seemed right up my alley.   Early on […]

Raw, Vegan, Sugar-Free Red Velvet Fudge


When Food Network first offered up their Fall Fest calendar, there were a number of ingredients that I was excited to work with…then there were a few that made me think: “What on earth am I going to do with those?” This is one of those weeks. You see, I don’t normally work with beets. […]

Vegan Cheese Ball (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free and Soy-Free, too!) & Thanksgiving Round-up


I don’t know about you, but up until a few years ago, cheese balls were a staple at our holiday gatherings. Then, my daughter was diagnosed with a milk allergy. Things like cheese balls, cranberry relish covered cream cheese and cheese fondue quickly fell by the wayside. Over the last year though, I have taken […]

Creamy Pumpkin Fruit Dip


With less than a week before All Hallows’ Eve, stores are brimming with orange globes waiting to be carved into some magical piece of artistry. When it comes to pumpkins though, why limit yourself to the simple orange, jack-o-lantern variety? Beautiful yellows, greens and white await. And not only are these lovely additions perfect for […]

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