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A Dozen Healthy Sunday Dinners for the Whole Family

A Dozen Healthy Sunday Dinners for the Whole Family.   Gather the family around on Sunday for a Healthy Dinner everyone can enjoy.   There is no reason to ruin the weekend with unhealthy foods, so check out these great recipes to keep on track all week long, and on the weekend.   I have compiled a great collection with a dozen yummy and healthy recipes choices for you to enjoy.   So, call the relatives, get the kids to put down their technology gadgets and gather around the table to enjoy more than just the food, but each others company.  Sunday dinners are a great time to catch up, learn, share and make memories with those you love.


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Gluten Free Recipe App from Foodie


Gluten Free foods are becoming a huge deal for many people now days.  What is easy is the eating, but what can be a challenge is knowing what to make or how to make it.   Many things that one might think are gluten free friendly are not and so having an app that gives you many recipe choices is great!  Foodie has a great foodie recipe app that now has a Gluten Free edition on it.   A list of recipes for each day of the week to make sure there is something for everyone who gathers around your table.

I am a big sweet potato lover and even though I watch my carbs I try to incorporate them into my meals a couple times a week because I workout hard and need them in moderation.   I like sweet potato just about any way they can be prepared, but most of all in the form of fries.   I made these yummy Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary Sea Salt last night, and seriously had to stop myself before I ate the whole batch.

Using a couple sweet potatoes cut into strips, mixed with olive oil and laid out on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper then sprinkled with a mix of sea salt and rosemary (ground together) and baked till done ~ No one can eat just one!   YUM!!
However, I think I over did it on the seasoning as mine were a tad salty, but regardless I loved them.   Easy, quick and healthy.  I saved my leftovers for tonight’s meal.  I will add them to my quinoa for my fish side dish.

If you are looking for amazing, tasty, easy, and fun gluten free recipes make sure to check out the app.  It is for iOS only so good for iPad and iPhone users.    Download it, and tell me what you want to make.

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Sweet Potato Bran Muffins


Sweet Potato Bran Muffins

I decided to take a few of my favorite things and combine them into one, hearty, yummy muffin recipe.


2 Cups  -  All Bran Cereal
1  1/2 Cups – Almond Milk Unsweetened

1  1/2 – Cups Mashed (cooked) Sweet Potatoes
2 Cups – Gluten Free Flour
1/2 – tsp Salt
1  1/2 tsp – Cinnamon
2  1/2 tsp – Baking Soda
1 T. – Baking Powder
1 T. – Xanthan Gum
2/3 Cups – Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp – Ginger
1 T. – Ground Flax
5 T. – Melted Butter
1  1/2 tsp – Vanilla
1 – Egg
1/4 Cups – Maple Sugar
1/2 Cups – Almond Milk


Mix first 2 ingredients together and let sit for 20 minutes, or until the bran is soft.
Mix all dry ingredients together.
Mix wet ingredients together, and add in the bran mixture.   Add wet ingredients to dry mixed ingredients and mix well.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.    Bake for 25 minutes at 400 Degrees.

These were very heavy muffins so are perfect for a breakfast snack with your coffee, or even on the table at dinner instead of bread or rolls.

Enjoy ~


Gluten Free Pie’s for Everyone


I have always had a huge sweet tooth, and it isn’t very often I can pass up a good, yummy piece of pie. However, as my body changes I am learning I can’t eat what I used too, so I have started to eat more gluten free. But, it isn’t always to find sweets, that are gluten free. So, I thought I would share some yummy gluten free pie recipes for others like me who love their sweets, but find it hard to enjoy them due to gluten intolerant issues and such. Check out this great collection from I made.

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Enjoy Valentine’s Day the Gluten Free Way

Enjoy Valentine’s Day the Gluten Free Way

Just because Valentine’s Day is coming up doesn’t mean you have to run out and stock up on candy, chocolate, naughty foods, and all that jazz.  You can stay on track with your fitness and your healthy eating by checking out my collection of recipes on

I know there are so many who eat Gluten Free, including me, and it isn’t always easy to find something to make.  I hope these help you all.

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Healthy Snacks to Help Stay On Track in 2014

Healthy Snacks to Help Stay On Track in 2014

I know how hard it can be to take on a new way of eating.  Regardless of your reason for changing how you eat or what you eat, there are always challenges that you face.  Things like, giving up your favorite foods, trying to figure out what to snack on or bring with to events so you have things you can eat.   Just because you change you way of eating doesn’t mean others do or care that you did.  I know for me, I bring my own healthy sweet treats, or healthy snacks to just about every place I go.

I love sweets, but they don’t love me.   So, in my collection of healthy snacks I have a few sweets that are a must for anyone with a sweet tooth.   The Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is my latest creation and a must try for anyone who likes pudding but can’t eat it.   Tell me what your favorite recipe is from my collection.  I love to try new things, so don’t be shy, share with me.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding


Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

It’s a new year, which means new challenges, goals, thought process and more ideas on the horizon for me.

I have changed my way of eating over the last few years, to eat cleaner, and my latest change has been to cut out sugar for the most part.  I did a candida cleanse this past couple weeks and was finding that I ate more “sugar” than I thought.   There is sugar in just about everything a person eats now days.  It really makes it hard to find things to eat when you are on a cleanse, or even just trying to be healthy.

So, I was wanting something that was like pudding, and came up with this recipe.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

2 Cups Almond Milk1/3 Cup Chia Seeds ~ Health Warrior Chia Seeds
3 T. Linwoods Ground Flaxseed Cocoa Strawberries & Blueberries
4T Chocolate Protein Powder ~ I used the doTerra Slim Shake

Mix the chia seeds and almond milk together.  Cover the bowl and put in the fridge.    Stir every 10 minutes for the first hour.

Add in remaining ingredients and stir really well.  Refrigerate overnight, at least 8 hours, and enjoy.

This is so good, and sure replaced my craving for a sweet treat, and it was healthy to boot!




Favorite Recipes of 2013

Favorite Recipes of 2013

I don’t know what is happening to me but I like it.  I used to cook all the time, but then life got busy, jobs changed, son moved out, and I just quit cooking big meals or baking stuff or enjoying my time in the kitchen.   I decided to change that for 2013 and I spent a little more time in the kitchen coming up with some recipes to share with you all, and I also found some great recipes online that I tried and enjoyed.  I wanted to share with you all the ones that are my favorites from 2013.

I have enjoyed making many things this year and if you look thru my site under the recipes tab you will see all the yummies I created.  But here you can see a collection of some of them.   Enjoy!

So, what recipe in my collection is one you would like to try? Or, are there any that you already have tried? Make sure to visit my collection, and add some of my favorites to your collections. Share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I love to share my recipes, and hope that you will try one or more and then share them as well.

Happy Holidays to you all. Be safe, Be Kind, and Be Happy.

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Buttery Cupcake Cookies



Buttery Cupcake Cookies

I am not really sure how these cookies got their name, because they really are not cupcakes or even close to what a cupcake is other than they are baked in mini cupcake liners.   These were a family favorite and have been passed down for years and years.   I actually have never seen anyone else make them except my family.  But, maybe others do and I have just never seen them.  We used to do a cookie bake every year before Thanksgiving.   All the women in the family would gather at Grandma’s house and we would start Friday night and bake thru Sunday afternoon.   We all picked out 3 or 4 kinds of cookies and would bake 20+ dozen of each and then divide all the cookies up for all the families, and for cookie trays for locals and such.  It was a family tradition.  Well, my Grandma Fran would always make these buttery cupcake cookies.  She would sit for hours making the balls to fill each of the 1000 muffin liners.   After she passed away my Mom took over making them.   Now that she has passed my sister makes them.  But, even though I have liked them, I didn’t LOVE them because I don’t like nuts and the recipe calls for nuts.  So, I decided I would change it up a bit and do it my way, nut free.


My Buttery Cupcake Cookies


40 Graham Crackers  (crushed into crumbs)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Whipping Cream
1 Cup Butter
Mix above ingredients well.
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Butterscotch Chips
1 Cup Toffee Bits


Line up mini cupcake liners on a sheet pan.  Roll into balls and place into cups.


Bake 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


Remove pan from oven and set pan on a baking rack to cool.  Transfer cooled cookies to a baking rack to drain.  You can line a baking rack with paper towel to soak up the oil.   They are very buttery.  VERY!  They hold their shape when cooled.


If you want to add in nuts, just make sure you only add a total of 4 cups of either nuts, or chips.  So you could do 2 cups of chips and 2 of nuts, or 3 of chips and 1 nuts, or whatever.


Keeping Memories Alive with Pam Cooking Spray #PAMSmartTips #ad

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The Holidays used to be one of my favorite times of the year. Spending time with family is so important and due to how busy life is I loved when holidays would come around because everything got put on hold so everyone could enjoy each others company, good food, laughs, and even tears remembering those who have passed away and are not here to celebrate with us.  Well, on Feb 3rd 2007 our family lost a very important member, my Mom.  My Mom was a huge part of the family and a HUGE holiday person.  She looked forward to the Thanksgiving/Christmas time of year, all year long.  All of us girls would get together right before Thanksgiving for a family cookie bake, and share lots of laughs and tears.  And then some of us would do our shopping together, and gift wrapping together, and just spend more time together as a whole.  Losing her left a huge hole in everyone’s heart, and a huge hole in the family get togethers.  But, there is one thing that I do every year to keep my Mom’s memory with us and that is, create her favorite holiday dessert.  Back in 2004 I was a candle maker and I had a certain candle fragrance called Pumpkin Crunch Cake.  The smell was divine and I knew there had to be a real dessert to go along with it.  So, after some searching and some trail/error, I came up with the perfect Pumpkin Crunch Cake.   The first year (2005) that I made it my Mom ate about half the pan. She was in love!  She would beg me to make that for the family get togethers.  I of course, couldn’t say no.



Keeping memories alive during the holiday season for me is very important.  And, PAM Cooking Spray helps me and my family keep those memories alive.  I use PAM when making my Pumpkin Crunch Cake, and us girls use PAM when we bake our holiday cookies.   I remember one year at cookie bake my mom forgot to spray her cupcake liners with cooking spray and she flopped a whole batch of cupcake tart cookies, because the liners were stuck to them.   Of course we all thought it was funny, but she didn’t think so.


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Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Ingredients ~

1 Can Evaporated Milk
1 Can Pumpkin Puree
1  1/2 Cups Sugar
Dash of pumpkin spice and cinnamon spice
3 Eggs
Spiced Cake Mix  (any kind)
1 Cup Melted Butter

Directions ~

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a bowl.    Spray your 9×13 cake pan with PAM Cooking Spray, and pour your mixture into pan.

Open cake mix, and sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the wet mixture in the pan.  Melt the butter and drizzle over the dry cake mix.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 min.  (done when toothpick inserted comes out clean)

Cool for about an hour before eating.

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