Strawberry Syrup from Strawberry Hulls and Tops

Strawberry season is coming to an end in Michigan.  Downstate it ended a few weeks ago. When we were Up North for the Fourth we could still find local strawberries, but that will probably end in a few days.  When the berries were in season downstate a few weeks ago my son, Mom and I went and picked 21 pounds of "teensie tiny" strawberries from Middleton Berry Farm in Ortonville, MI. I left for vacation 2 days after so I ended up freezing the majority of them (learn how here). Because … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Strawberries; Preserving Your Harvest

Freezing Strawberries

"Can we make stwawbewy umm.....Ummmm..... po....ummmm" "Popsicles?" I say with a huge grin. That was the first sentence out of Little Man's mouth this morning. Yes, we can make popsicles, jam, and many other strawberry filled things because yesterday me, my mom, and my toddler picked 20 lbs of "teensie tiny" strawberries from a farm about an hour from our house. Do I have time to make popsicles, jam, and other strawberry filled things right now? No. Why? Because tomorrow I'm headed up to … [Read more...]

Caribbean Salmon with Fresh Strawberry, Pineapple Salsa; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free

Salmon Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

This is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, Spring cooking at it's finest! I made this Caribbean Salmon with strawberry pineapple salsa for the second time 2 nights ago and posted a picture on facebook - everyone was claiming that they were actually drooling :). Let me tell you, it's something to drool about for sure!  Strawberries are just about to come into season here in Michigan so I can't wait to go pick some and then spend the week making interesting strawberry themed dishes! This … [Read more...]

Allergy Friendly Banana Bread; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free

Allergy Friendly Banana Bread

Back when I first went gluten free, dairy free, and soy free; probably nearly 5 years ago, I found a random recipe for gf banana bread made with gf Bisquick on some random forum (because oddly, that was where most of the recipes were back then) and it was really amazing.  There were no pictures, just a few sentences from a guy who had wanted to make some for his Celiac wife and had experimented with some success. Back then, the only way to find good recipes was to network with other people with … [Read more...]

Maple Tarragon Carrots; Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free Side Dish Recipe

Carrots Maple Tarragon Baby Title

I have been making these way too much lately.  Seriously, at least once a week. My husband is tired of carrots and it's SPRING so I've decided to post the recipe before I retire them for awhile! Spring in Michigan means that there will be a multitude of fresh organic vegetables at our fingertips soon. During the winter months, fresh organics can be harder to come by so these Maple Tarragon Carrots are great to make use of those organic bagged baby carrots that are always in stock at the grocery … [Read more...]

Green Cleaning & Conditioning Leather Furniture; Cleaning with Castile Soap

Green Clean Leather Couch (11)

The first day of Spring was Sunday and I've been bit by the spring cleaning bug....actually, I was bit a few weeks ago when we had a few days of 50 degree weather. The sun was shining, a nice spring breeze trickled through the windows, which had been begging to be opened for months, and I walked over to relax for a minute on my 4 year old cream leather couch...and noticed it's not so cream anymore. Want to see? The right side is cleaned, the left is before. Yikes! Less than a year ago, I … [Read more...]

How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly and Peel Easily (without sticking to the shell)

Hard Boiled Egg

Happy Easter (tomorrow)! Today we went to brunch with my parents where they had an Easter egg hunt for the little man and a small petting zoo.  It was tiny but amazing because all of the kids just went into the fenced in areas and were able to hold baby chicks and ducks (my little man's favorites), as well as pet geese, goats, sheep and chickens.  I couldn't believe that the animals weren't freaking out (well....they probably were). Anyways, on the way home from brunch I called my mom and asked … [Read more...]

Homemade Southwest Chicken Soup; gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free recipe

Southwest Chicken Soup

Happy St. Patrick's day! Do I care about it? Not really.  Long gone are the college days of waking up early to drink chemical and gluten laden green beer and eat complimentary bowls of lucky charms.  Annnnd who am I kidding? I never woke up early back then anyways. Most St. Patrick's days that I can remember I didn't roll out of bed until after noon - then I showered, popped on my "mini hat" (a St. Patrick's day tradition within my group of friends from college) and went to the bar, where I … [Read more...]

The “I’m Getting Sick” Immune Boosting, 3 Day Healthy Meal Plan

Immune Boosting Mealplan

Usually, when someone in our house starts to get sick, I go grocery shopping and get all of the stuff I need to make our "I'm getting sick" meal plan. The meal plan started out as a convenience thing (basically, making a whole chicken to have broth and leftovers for soup) but has, over the course of each sickness, been modified to add additional dishes that are easy to prepare and full of nutrients to help boost the immune system. Three days ago we spent 2.5 hours on the way home from Colorado … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Crepes with Strawberries; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free recipe

Crepe with Strawberry Title Page

I totally forgot about the strawberries that the little man and I picked last June until I reorganized my chest freezer a few weeks ago.  I had frozen these to make a batch of strawberry jam but never got around to it. They are a great reminder that you don't need to turn your fruit harvests into sugar filled jams and jellies if you've got enough freezer space!  We're approaching the end of winter, so the freshness of these sweet tiny berries was surprising. I just heated them in a saucepan, … [Read more...]