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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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View of the chicken coop and firepit from my kitchen window

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

Creamy Coconut Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipe

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, contain ingredients that many people are sensitive to, and are filled with additives and artificial sweeteners. Also, if you’re Paleo and don’t drink […]

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Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue?

Anxious, Depressed, Overweight? It Might Be Adrenal Fatigue

If you’re anxious, depressed, can’t fall asleep or stay asleep, have stubborn belly fat, can’t lose the weight, have digestive issues & more, adrenal fatigue is worth taking a closer look at. Stress, diet, medication and more can wreak havoc in the body. You don’t have to live like this, and you don’t have to take an SSRI/Prozac/”Happy pill.”

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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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Easter Brunch Casserole

Sunday Brunch Casserole

Since it’s nearing Easter, and the kids and I have been blowing eggs to decorate, I thought I’d share a recipe that uses LOTS of eggs! This gluten free casserole is not only perfect for Easter brunch, it makes a super easy weekday breakfast when made ahead and reheated in the toaster oven or microwave. […]

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Make this warming and soothing tea that will knock-out any cold or flu

Ginger Juice Cold & Flu Remedy

With cold and flu season lasting pretty much from September right on through April or May, it’s good to have a remedy that you can put together when you feel that first sniffle, that wisp in your chest, or that first bit of body stiffness indicating that your body is in the midst of trying […]

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picture of alison and sour dough pizza

Sourdough Pizza Crust

With 93% of Americans having eaten pizza in the last month, and the average person consuming 46 slices of pizza per year,  it’s no wonder that pizza is becoming just as American as apple pie. (resource) The good news is that pizza doesn’t have to be an unhealthy indulgence and making it yourself doesn’t have […]

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easy gluten free cream cheese frosting recipe

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day, there’s never an end to the need for frosting! It’s tempting to just throw a can or two of frosting into your cart at the store, but before you do take a look at the list of ingredients.  After “sugar” there is nothing on the ingredient list that remotely resembles food. […]

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