Sugar Substitute (Homemade Truvia®)

Make Your Own Sugar Substitute - Like Truvia®! No glycemic index--doesn't feed candida---and this recipe makes it super frugal to live the sugar-free life!

I've been using low carb sweeteners for awhile now--ever since I found out that I had candida. I was a complete sugar addict, but really had to break the habit and start using sweeteners like stevia and other low carb sugar substitutes. But sugar substitutes like Truvia® and others can have additives included, and they can be pricey. Today I am going to share with you a way to make Homemade ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Dairy-Free Condensed Milk

Easy Vegan Condensed Milk - Make it in a flash for all your vegan dessert needs!

Due my son's life-threatening food allergies and our need to save money on whole foods, I am always looking ways to recreate some pantry basics. I've perfected recipes for Homemade Chocolate Chips, Homemade White Chocolate Chips, Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Powdered Egg Replacer, and 5 Ingredient Salad Dressing.  Today, I'm thrilled to share with you another similar processed food ...Read The Full Post

Homemade Celery Salt (and how to use it ~ including a yummy surprise)

How to Make Celery Salt - and How to use it!

I love making my own homemade seasoning blends like taco seasoning, curry powder, vegetable broth, chili powder, cinnamon sugar, chat masala, and even DORITO® seasoning.  But why would one want to make celery salt, you ask?  And how do you use it? Well, before you just move on from this post thinking, "What's so great about celery salt?" Don't. I'm sure you'll find something you'll like. ...Read The Full Post

Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid ~ Important Update

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In an effort to reduce toxins in our home, I try to make as many natural home care products as possible, like my no-streak window cleaner, shower cleaner, fruit fly trap, weed killer, foaming soap, and my not-so-homemade laundry soap. I posted a super simple Homemade Dishwasher Rinse Aid previously, but it's been about a year (I can't believe it's been that long) since and I have a very ...Read The Full Post

No-Streak Homemade Window Cleaner

This Glass Cleaner is amazing! Super easy to make--and leaves no streaks behind! Much more natural than the store bought brands and TONS cheaper!

Our environment is filled with toxins and one of the biggest offenders in the toxin department is household cleaners.  So I've been working for awhile to get and keep as many toxins as possible out of our home. I use homemade foaming soap, a natural dishwasher rinse aid, homemade "soft scrub" and even soap nuts instead of laundry detergent. Today I am going to share with you one of my most ...Read The Full Post

Homemade Chocolate Chips or Carob Chips ~ {Improved} (dairy, soy, and sugar-free)

Easy Homemade Chocolate Chips or Homemade Carob Chips

One of the first recipes that I posted, and also one of my most popular, is my recipe for Homemade Chocolate Chips. We make these fairly frequently in my home, but honestly, they almost never make it into cookies. Once they're made my kids regularly ask for carob chips....and since they are made with wholesome ingredients, I typically say "yes." The reasons that I initially set out to ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Homemade Liquid Stevia Extract

Liquid Stevia Drops convenient, but sooo expensive. See how easy it is to make them yourself! Enjoy this zero-calorie, natural sweetener in your beverages and baking and save money!

I've been using stevia for a long time now--ever since I knew that I had candida. I personally think that stevia is one of the most safe "alternative" sweeteners and I think you can grow to like it even if you didn't when you first tried it. I know it can be hard to know how to use it, but here's a guide to help you use stevia. One of my favorite stevia products is liquid stevia drops. They ...Read The Full Post

Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

In order to keep as many toxins out of our home and off of our bodies, I try to make as many homemade personal care items as possible.   My repertoire includes Homemade Eye Makeup Remover, Alcohol-free Hairspray, Nourishing Lip Scrub, Nourishing Hair Rinse, Hand and Body Cream, and Tooth Powder. Today I've got a great new DIY beauty care recipe to share with you--a Homemade Sugar Scrub. If ...Read The Full Post

Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apple Recipe (sugar and dairy-free)

Caramel Apples - Dairy and Sugar Free! Now you can recreate those yummy gooey-sweet-covered fall delicacies in your own home!!!

{I love finding ways to make healthy treats for my family to enjoy, like my Homemade White Chocolate Chips, "Almond Joy®" Bars, Homemade Protein Bars, and Chocolate Truffles, and now these Gourmet Caramel Apples from Danielle Rouse.  My kids don't feel so left out and I am glad to know that they are eating nourishing foods.   My youngest was begging me to make these Caramel Apples for him when he ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Almond Milk Recipe Ever

This Almond Milk Recipe is the easiest one around. Time to ditch the expensive "boxed alternative milk" habit! Great for baking or drinking.

Today I'm sharing my Basic Almond Milk Recipe. It really is the Easiest Almond Milk Recipe Ever. Seriously. My "cooking philosophy" has evolved over the years. Health-wise, but also "simplicity-wise." Maybe you can relate. ...Read The Full Post