Homemade Granola Bars


I stumbled across this recipe for granola bars recently and was surprised how easy they were to make, with a few modifications, and how tasty the end result was. They cut into 12 even slices and fit perfectly into Ry’s new PlanetBox (there’s a long, skinny compartment I’m pretty sure must be intended for granola […]

Quick & Simple Trail Mix

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We’ve been enjoying a ridiculously gorgeous summer in our parts; which probably doesn’t mean much to those of you ‘down South,’ where the sun comes out regularly…but for us, it’s a big deal! June is usually plagued with rain, rain & more rain. Lots of 40-50 degree days, & not a whole lot of summer […]

Rainbow Cupcakes (vegan, dairy-free)


Yesterday, I made these sweet little rainbow cupcakes, an idea courtesy of Pinterest. I repinned this months ago, but as usual, never followed through. When you click on the link, there’s actually no directions in English, but there’s a good set of photos to walk you through the steps. So what I did was divide […]

Eggplant Parmesan (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan)


The last few weeks have been filled with some drastic food changes. It deserves it’s very own post, but the short version is our 9 month old has lots of food intolerances. She is still exclusively breastfeeding, so January 1st I took those foods out of my diet. It’s been an interesting adjustment. I had […]

Cranberry Sauce


Thanksgiving is approaching, which means cranberry sauce season will soon arrive. I’ve tried making fancy sauces & sugar-free sauces, & while they’re very, very good, I like basic so I follow the recipe on the bag. It recommends to boil them for ten minutes, stirring occasionally, but I like to mash them during this time. […]

Candy Corn (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, corn-free)


This past week was filled with lots of Halloween festivities, especially in Rylee’s classroom. I have to say, I cannot even begin to explain how happy it makes me that their parties, treats, candy, etc. is so very limited in the classroom. Where other parents were making Halloween-themed cupcakes & sweet treats to take in, […]

Broccoli Salad (egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free)

I’ve never been one for broccoli salad. I don’t really know why, or if I’ve even tried it. Well, that has changed! Tonight we needed a new way for the kids to eat their veggies & broccoli & cauliflower were filling the fridge. So, here it is, my own take on broccoli salad. I left […]

Halibut Olympia (dairy-free, gluten-free)

I think one of the hardest foods to give up, since Ry’s original allergy & intolerance diagnosis, is fish. Actually all seafood & shellfish. We live on Kodiak Island, one of the top fishing ports in the nation. We can keep our freezer full of halibut, salmon, cod & more. However, we don’t. It’s also one […]

Spicy Thai Noodles

We’ve really been enjoying stir-fry’s lately, ever since I found A Taste of Thai rice noodles ‘reduced for quick-sale’ at our local grocery store. We’ve used rice noodles a fair amount in the past, but these ones come with tasty recipes on the back & they also have a Garlic Chili Sauce that is absolutely […]

Banana Bread

The wind is blowing, the leaves are falling, the fire is roaring & banana bread is in the oven. It’s just a baking, lounging kind of day. We still managed to get out for our morning activities, followed by our relatively new routine of picking Ry up from kindergarten in the afternoon, but we were […]