Archives for September 2015

GF Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

This pumpkin spice cake recipe is a hit! It was loved by everyone at my son's 2nd birthday party, even those who aren't gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free so I figured it would be great to make again less than 2 weeks later for my grandpa's 90th birthday that was being attended by both gf and non-gf diners... We had my son's 2nd birthday party a few weekends ago and he had a BLAST (I promise I'll have a post dedicated to it)! As always, I have to make everything from scratch for … [Read more...]

Finger Painted DIY Birthday Card

Now, I don't think my toddler cares, but for some reason having a purpose for doing activities makes me feel more sane - this is a perfect example of finger painting with a purpose! So, I'm sure we've all had our little ones make birthday cards for everyone under the, dad, grandma, grandpa, and if you're suuuuuper lucky, maybe even a great-grandparent or two! Today we were lucky enough to make this for my grandpa's 90th Birthday card. I can't believe he'll be ninety! It's so … [Read more...]

GF Pumpkin Pancakes; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

I can't believe it's that time again! Has it really been a year since I meant to post these gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free pumpkin pancakes? I read an article last night that blames the pumpkin spice obsession on Starbucks who created the pumpkin spice latte back in 2003. Well, sorry to say but my family has been obsessed with pumpkin spice everything for much longer than that! Even the newest member of the family loves these, in fact, they're his favorite flavor of pancakes so we … [Read more...]

Convection Roast Whole Chicken; The BEST Tasting Chicken Ever!

Whew.....We have been busy! My little one's second birthday party was last weekend and we've been going ever since. He was such a little party animal - he partied too hard and then got sick! Nothing too serious, just a cold but I'm afraid to say that now, 3 days later I've developed it.  Luckily, I knew this would happen so 2 days ago I convection roasted 2 whole organic chickens and made 3 batches of my homemade bone broth (I make it in the crock pot, directions here) so we've already been … [Read more...]

Canning Homemade Tomato Sauce

I haven't really canned many tomatoes, mainly because while living in Chicago because the second the tomatoes would take on even a smidgen of that pinkish hue they get before they turn bright red, the squirrels would run up the stems, knock them off, take one bite, and then leave them.  It made me ridiculously angry! In Chicago I could never find tomatoes priced low enough to make my own tomato sauce, so I never did (although I did do salsa - and have no idea where my delicious recipe went). Now … [Read more...]