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Low Sugar, No Cook Freezer Jam

Ahhhh, fresh berries. They’re my favorite part of summer. I love to be in the middle of a field of berries, listening to the birds chatter, popping warm luscious berries in my mouth, just letting my mind wander. It’s a sensory delight; taste, touch, smell. It’s all good (except maybe the thorns!).

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The easiest dill pickle recipe that is delicious every time

Fermented Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe

I’m a BIG fan of dill pickles. I’ve tried just about every pickle recipe out there (I even have a book devoted to pickling!) along with every technique, and these crispy garlic dill pickles are a hands-down favorite in my house. If you’ve never made pickles because the task has seemed too daunting, never fear, […]

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How to start a food blog

The good news about blogging is that the start-up costs are nominal (averaging between $20-$50) so there really is little to lose.

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Quinoa Tortillas

I’ve tried all of the eggy, cauliflower creations out there that claim to taste like a “real” tortilla, and I’m here to tell you, that NONE of them passed my standards when it came to creating a tortilla that tasted good, and didn’t fall apart or overshadow the other ingredients. You no longer have to compromise […]

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BBQ chicken

7 Tips for Grilling Success

As a cook I find that one of the best ways to learn new techniques and improve my own creations is to take classes from other “experts” in the field. Recently I took a class on BBQ Rubs, Sauces, and Marinades and learned a little bit about how to properly use a grill (both gas […]

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5 ways to save money on healthy foods

5 ways to save money on healthy food

I often have readers ask me how I save money while feeding my family a healthy, and mostly grain free diet (I’m Paleo, my daughter is gluten and dairy free, and my son and husband can eat whatever). The truth is that it’s taken me a long time to get here. I didn’t do it […]

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Gluten Free Fruit Crisp Recipe

Pie crusts can be fussy, but crisps and cobblers are so simple and delicious and are the perfect way to use up a bumper crop of any fruit or berry. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had a fabulous growing season. Everything is coming in early, and so far it’s looking like we’re going to […]

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Chicken Stories

One of the best things we ever did on our property was to build a nice looking, nearly rat proof chicken coop that allows me to see the daily goings-on of my “girls” from my kitchen window. I was thinking today that I should start keeping a journal of all of my chicken stories and […]

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combine egg salad and potato salad with flavors that pop,and you've got a potato salad that cant be beat!

Dad’s Famous Potato Salad

I’ve never cared for the goopy, starchy mess they call “Potato Salad” at most deli counters. In fact I didn’t even know that I liked potato salad until my dad revived my grandmothers recipe years ago. Over time we’ve both perfected the recipe to meet our satisfaction, but it’s still my dad who had the […]

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Paleo Sunrise Smoothie

Paleo Sunrise Smoothie, w/ NO Protein Powder

Protein powders can be a very simple way to get a lot of protein in without having to actually chew anything. However, a lot of the protein powders out there are expensive, and filled with additives and artificial sweeteners. Also, if you’re Paleo and don’t drink dairy (whey), don’t eat legumes (pea protein), don’t eat […]

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Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue?

Anxious, Depressed, Overweight? It Might Be Adrenal Fatigue

4 years ago I was depressed, anxious, extremely exhausted but couldn’t sleep, gaining weight rapidly, and basically felt like I wasn’t in control of my emotions. I just didn’t feel like me. I found myself faced with a choice. I could either start taking an SSRI (and deal with all of the side effects), or I could […]

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Paleo, gluten free frosting with a dairy free option

Vanilla Meringue Buttercream Frosting Recipe

If Oprah ever asked me her famous question “What is the one thing you know for sure?” Without skipping a beat, I would firmly reply “A cupcake without frosting is only a muffin.” Now that you understand exactly how important frosting is in the whole line-up of life lessons, we can move on. I hit […]

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