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Homemade Cantaloupe Ice Cream

Homemade Cantaloupe Ice Cream

The 4th of July is tomorrow and I wanted to make something extra special.  Homemade cantaloupe ice cream is so yummy!  I remember the first time I tried it… Honeymoon Island, Dunedin Beach, Florida 2 years ago.  My life was changed for the better!  Cantaloupe Ice Cream is an all time favorite for my family. … Continue reading

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate

  It’s not quite cold enough for hot chocolate yet (in Florida).  But I couldn’t resist the idea last night~ Ingredients: 1 cup milk 1 Tbsp Cocoa 1 Tbsp Honey 1 tsp Coconut Oil 1 tsp vanilla Directions: Add milk to pan.  Heat on medium/ high heat.  Add cocoa, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla (while … Continue reading

Banana Bread (or muffins)

Banana Bread (or muffins)

Another family recipe. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 3/4 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp salt 4 large ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup small chocolate chips (optional) Directions: Mix butter and sugar.  Add egg and blend.  Add mashed bananas and blend.  Add dry ingredients into a separate … Continue reading

Tortilla Recipe (Mexican Pizza)

Tortilla Recipe (Mexican Pizza)

My husband has 8 sisters that know how to cook.  This recipe originates from one of the sisters (not sure which one!).  Mexican food is their specialty.  They have been perfecting their recipes for a long time.  This is a simple tortilla recipe that they all use. Ingredients:  2 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 … Continue reading

Real Food Menu (Day 4)

Real Food Menu (Day 4)

Another day closer to my goal~ 7 days of Real Food.  I am starting this post in the morning because both boys are at school right now.  This helps me have a little quiet time to plan and prepare our meal for today.  Last night I went ahead and prepared breakfast for today.  I am … Continue reading

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love this time of year.  I love ALL things pumpkin.  When I was pregnant with my second son, I went through a short pumpkin baking phase (at about 8 months and right around Thanksgiving).  I was baking 2-3 pumpkin pies a week.  Not a great healthy phase, but I was very happy eating homemade … Continue reading

Real Food Menu (Day 3)

Real Food Menu (Day 3)

Just finishing Day 3 of my Real Food challenge.  Today was much easier that yesterday!  I am halfway done with Step 1 of my Bee Healthy Challenge.  I am usually not such an organized meal planner, so this part has already taught me a lot.  I am sticking to it and not quitting.  I think … Continue reading

Homemade Yellow Rice and Chicken

Homemade Yellow Rice and Chicken

I was making one recipe and it turned into another.  After tasting the end result- I was like WOW this tastes exactly like yellow rice (you know the little packets in the grocery store loaded with MSG).  At least what I remember yellow rice tastes like.  I live in Florida and we have amazing cuban … Continue reading

Homemade Greek Dressing

Homemade Greek Dressing

This is my version.  It isn’t perfect, but I like it so far.  Ok- this dressing is so much better the 2nd day!! Love it now! Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard 1/4 cup olive oil 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar oregano garlic or garlic powder sea salt – Add ingredients all … Continue reading

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

My favorite salad is Greek Salad.  I love the fresh ingredients and the fermented flavors. Ingredients: Baby Kale Tomato slices olives (halves) crumbled feta cheese homemade greek dressing Kaley’s Kitchen

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

My sister in law makes the best scalloped potatoes.  I love this recipe and you will too.  Total comfort food.  Make sure you have a nice place to take a nap after~jk! Ingredients 4-6  sliced potatoes (slice them medium thin) 3/4 cup cream (fresh if possible) 1-2 tsp salt 1-2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp … Continue reading

Banana Blueberry Bread

Banana Blueberry Bread

I am feeding the boys only REAL FOOD this week.  Since my 4 year old has been asking me to make Banana Blueberry Bread for 2 weeks I finally said OK.  This is a great healthy (unprocessed) snack.  I love trying new banana bread recipes.  There are so many great choices online.  Here is another one that … Continue reading

Crock Pot Chicken (Whole Chicken)

Crock Pot Chicken (Whole Chicken)

Cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot is very convenient.  I love my baked chicken recipe.  The flavors are incredible.  This is a great alternative way to cooking a whole chicken.  You will end up with perfect shredded chicken. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (remove giblets) 1 onion 1 Tbsp oil (grape seed, sunflower) 1-2 tsp sea … Continue reading

Oatmeal (soaked overnight)

Oatmeal (soaked overnight)

I never liked oatmeal growing up.  The texture really bothered me.  It wasn’t until after my first son came along that I started eating oatmeal.  My milk supply was low and I needed to include more lactogenic foods in my diet.  Boy does oatmeal work! My milk supply increased almost immediately.  As long as I … Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash Soup

Spaghetti Squash Soup

Fall is here (almost to Florida!!) and I can hardly keep myself from cooking nourishing soups and stews.  I love cool weather and a nice warm cup of homemade soup.  I am always looking at recipes- all day.  Trying to come up with new ideas and inspiration.  I stumbled on a butternut squash soup that … Continue reading

Gluten-Free Crepes/ Tortillas

Gluten-Free Crepes/ Tortillas

I am limiting gluten right now and experimenting w/ gluten free recipes.  I have made this tortilla recipe twice now and absolutely love it!  Mexican food is my favorite, so I have to have a really good gluten free tortilla recipe now.  This one hits the jackpot for me Here is my version and they … Continue reading

Rice and Carrot Casserole

Rice and Carrot Casserole

Last night I made dinner for my brother and his wife (who is 38 weeks pregnant!) and their 2 boys.  I love the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook and cook from it often.  It is an amazing resource packed with knowledge about proper food preparation, digestion, and detailed recipes.  It is my favorite cookbook.  When I am … Continue reading

Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

My boys love homemade chicken salad.  I usually pack my 4 year old chicken salad for lunch.  He loves shredded chicken, diced apples, and homemade mayonnaise all mixed together.  A nutritious mayonnaise adds enzymes, nutrients, and probiotics to your meal.  Not such a bad condiment after all! I have tried a few and this one … Continue reading

Quinoa Choc/Peanut Butter Cookies

Quinoa Choc/Peanut Butter Cookies

I found a great cookie recipe with Quinoa as the main ingredient (from pinterest).  I was a little surprised at first, but so excited to try.  These cookies turned out great.  These cookies are not too sweet, but have more of a granola bar type flavor.  I still really enjoyed them and my boys liked … Continue reading

Benefits of Sauerkraut

Benefits of Sauerkraut

I have been eating a lot of sauerkraut this summer.  I am not sure why I am craving so much sauerkraut, but health experts believe that as your body (and gut) heals itself…even your cravings become healthier.  This must be the case with me.  My “bad” (unhealthy) cravings have almost disappeared these last few weeks. … Continue reading

Three cup chicken over rice

Three cup chicken over rice

My husband lived in Taiwan for 2 years and he loves homemade asian food.  This Taiwanese dish looks, sounds, and tastes amazing.   This recipe originates from here. The recipe is simple and easy.  The ‘three cup’ title refers to the equal ratio of the three principal ingredients: sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine.  You … Continue reading

Nanny’s Hamburger Rice

Nanny’s Hamburger Rice

My grandmother was healthy and very frugal.  She was a great cook.  Here is one of her favorite recipes.  It is simple and tasty.  Great for kids. Ingredients: 1/2 lb grassfed hamburger 1 14 ounce can organic stewed tomatoes 1/2 green pepper diced 1/2 onion diced 1-2 carrots finely shredded shredded cheese 1 1/2 – … Continue reading

Water Kefir Class

Water Kefir Class

What is Water Kefir?  It is a bubbly natural soda packed with probiotics.  Water kefir contains over 40 strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast~probiotics.  A full list can be found here.  There are countless sites that discuss the benefits of probiotics, but one thing that stands out about water kefir is that these strains of … Continue reading

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is from my sister-in-law Eva.  She first introduced me to the delicious Ghiradelli Chocolate Premium Baking Chips and this combination of chocolates.  For this recipe I used one part Double Chocolate Bittersweet Chips and one part Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chips.  Thank you Eva for sharing this recipe! Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Sweets … Continue reading

Creamy Italian Dressing

Creamy Italian Dressing

This recipe is from my mother’s friend.  No pinterest this time- amazing!  I grilled chicken tonight and used it as a dip.  It is so delicious.  It would also be a great marinade.  I added 1/2 a red pepper which is why mine is a little more red.  Here goes. Ingredients: 1/4 cup soaked almonds … Continue reading

Homemade Gatorade

Homemade Gatorade

We love homemade rehydration drinks.  We live in a sunny state and we are outside a lot.  We make a healthy alternative to the sugary sports drinks on the market.  So we make a few. 1. This recipe is floating around the internet.  I have used this when the boys are sick and it works … Continue reading

Homemade Cream Cheese

Homemade Cream Cheese

We are probiotic junkies in this house.  We have been incorporating more and more probiotics into our diet each day through beverages, snacks, dinner, and even dessert.  The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook is a great resource for understanding the link between gut health and diet.  It is important to consume good bacteria to fight off all … Continue reading

Shredded Chicken~ Mexican Style

Shredded Chicken~ Mexican Style

Here is the chicken recipe my husband used for Mother’s Day weekend.  Great flavor and taste. Ingredients: 1 cup  Italian dressing 1 T cumin 1 T chili powder frozen chicken breasts 3-5 Mix cumin, chili powder, and dressing in a bowl.  Place frozen chicken breasts in crock pot.  Pour mixture over chicken and cover.  Cook … Continue reading

Cafe Rio Guacamole

Cafe Rio Guacamole

Ingredients: 3 avocados~ peeled, pitted, and mashed 1 lime, juiced 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup diced onion 3 T fresh chopped cilantro 2 roma tomatoes diced 1 tsp minced garlic pinch of ground cayenne pepper In medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt.  Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic.  Stir in … Continue reading