Tips and Recipes for Cooking with Kids ~ and Silky Bean Fudge Recipe

 Some of my most fond memories come from the time when my oldest son was about 4 years old.We baked.  A lot.  Really.And it was always together.In fact, he was soooo into baking with me that if I ever baked without him, he got extremely sad.  Maybe I'll tell you more about that later.A lot has changed since then, but recently I've been working on pulling my kids back into ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Homemade Almond Milk Recipe Ever

 Making processed food substitutes can help you save a ton of money on your whole foods budget. I make my own Easiest Coconut Milk, Powdered Egg Replacer, Nut and Seed Butters, Coconut Butter, and Vegetable Broth Mix.In that same vein, today I'm sharing How to Make Homemade Almond Milk.It really is the Easiest Almond Milk Recipe Ever. Seriously.My "cooking philosophy" has evolved ...Read The Full Post

Top 10 Posts of 2011 (Kitchen Tips, Health, Food Freedom and More!)

So here is my final "Top 10" post of the year.I have to say, these have been a lot of fun.It was so neat seeing what interested you all!Anyway, I already shared the Top 10 Recipe Posts and the Top 10 DIY / "Make Your Own" Posts, and these are well, the others :-).  Everything from autism to food freedom to kitchen tips.I really hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them ...Read The Full Post

A Time Saving Kitchen Tip for Drinking Glasses

You know by now that water is really important for health, right?  Of course, you need to make sure that it's filtered water, but common thought on drinking water is that you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day.Remember my post on the Top 5 Tips for Healthy Eating?  There was drinking clean water - right at the top.  Note that I said "clean water."Didn't know that tap water is full ...Read The Full Post

Sugar Substitutes: How to Substitute Sweeteners

There are two basic reasons why you would need to learn about sugar substitutes and how to substitute sweeteners in a recipe.One is that you ran out of the sweetener that you needed.The second is that you are using sugar substitutes for health reasons. Starting to Use Healthier Sweeteners One of the ways that our family started moving towards more whole foods was to move away from white ...Read The Full Post

DIY (Sorta) Plastic Wrap Substitute

In our home (and in my kitchen), I am always thinking about health, about saving money, and about the environment - and about taste, of course!For example, if I can:make something healthier save money make it in a way that has little effect on the environment and still have something taste goodThen, I am all over it :-)!That also goes for what I use in my kitchen and how I ...Read The Full Post

Saving Time in the Kitchen – With (or Without) a Newborn

A Newborn.Sweet smells, cuddles, sitting, rocking, nursing. And sitting some more.A wonder lies in your arms. You've been waiting for this moment. It should all be bliss, but the rest of life goes on.No you get the picture. And if you have children, you know exactly what I mean. You want all of your time to be devoted to this precious new life, but the ...Read The Full Post

Super-Fast Pasta ~ "Your Way" (w/ gluten and dairy-free options)

Need an easy recipe for a last minute meal?  Here is a great recipe using leftovers that you can put together in a flash.Perfect for those"What am I going to have for dinner?!" moments.  I'm not the only one who has them, right?Well, one of the best kitchen time-savers is -- flexibility.  Making do with what you have and substituting where necessary.This recipe gives you just ...Read The Full Post

The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes

Got a lot of tomatoes coming in from your garden and wondering how to preserve them?We had that problem just this past weekend.We got a LOAD of tomatoes from our CSA and well, a lot of them needed to be processed right away or we were going to lose them to the compost pile.I will be writing a post in the near future on homemade sun dried tomatoes, but today I am going to share with you ...Read The Full Post

The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs

It's summer.  That means gardens and CSAs.And for us, right now, that means lots of fresh herbs.  Basil.  Parsley.  Dill...Are you wondering what to do with all of it?Actually, for that reason, I almost never bought fresh herbs, mostly because I didn't know what to do with the leftovers!Two years ago when we got a whole bunch of parsley and basil, I just dried everything and it ...Read The Full Post