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Try Your Favorite Free

Pick your favorite fragrance then leave your comment on the post here.  We may just pick you  and your Handmade bar  will be on the way to your door this week..                           … [Read More...]


Churning Milk into Butter

It was on a early Summer morning,  out in the country in 1962, I was 5 years old. I had the privilege once again to spend the week with my Aunt Mamie and  Uncle Winfred, on the farm. It was my Dad's older brother and  he had bought the old family farm, the very farmhouse my Daddy grew up in.  We lived in the city, and I visited often. I loved to get up early and help my Uncle around the Farm, he just let me tag along, I was more of a hindrance, than any help As a matter of fact for only being 5 I had been kicked by horses, bit by a mule, goat, and a dog.. Walk off in a frozen pond, only to have my Uncle snatch me up as I was going down. Oh it was not that bad, all in a day on the Farm when you are a kid poking your nose where it doesn't … [Read More...]


Vegan Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Print Carrot Cake Prep Time:  #preptime# Cook time:  #cooktime# Total time:  #totaltime# Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Gluten Free Recipe Ingredients 2.5 cups (12.5 ounces) gluten-free all-purpose flour blend (I used Bob's Red Mill GF All-Purpose Baking Flour), I use King Authur plus extra for dusting the pans 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon 1¼ teaspoon baking powder 1¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg Instructions for cake below! Frosting Vegan Gluten-Free "Cream Cheese" 8 cups gluten-free powdered sugar 1½ cups (3 sticks) vegan butter or margarine, I used ghee I make at home 3 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk) 1 … [Read More...]


We Love Those Sunflowers

 Just what do you know about these beauties Sunflowers are a familiar flower in almost every garden and yard. Most of us grow them in preschool, watching in amazement, as a fat little seed in a dixie cup, soon turns into a pretty plant to take home for mom. Everyone knows how sunflowers turn their blooms to follow the sun throughout the day. This fact is often the start of a wonderful garden journey for school kids everywhere. There is much more to the magic of a sunflower, however. Sunflowers are easy to grow. They require well drained soil and full sun, for best results. Their seeds are large, and merely need to be pushed into the ground in spring, and watered well, in order to germinate. They grow stunningly fast, so are not … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Almond Cake w/ Almond Butter Topping

    Print Chocolate Almond Cake w/ Almond Butter Topping Rating  4.0 from 2 reviews Prep Time:  #preptime# Cook time:  #cooktime# Total time:  #totaltime# Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Gluten Free cake that is wonderful, by me! Ingredients Cake: 3 cups almond flour ¼ cup coconut flour ¾ cup raw cacao powder ½ cup raw coconut palm sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup coconut oil, melted 1 cup coconut milk, full fat 3 large eggs, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons raw honey Instructions preheat oven at 350°F grease the bottom and sides of a 7-inch springform pan with coconut oil and line the bottom with parchment paper in a … [Read More...]


Setting The Stage w/ Gracious Spaces

A chat with Jennifer, at Gracious Spaces, about her life, see some of her work, and  be sure to visit Jennifer on her links we have provided for you. “Jennifer graduated from David Lipscomb University in 1993 with a major in Political Science. “ Jennifer has been married to her husband for 21 years and has 2 sons ages 16 and 14. They enjoy the country life on their 3 acre lot nestled in the fast growing city of Brentwood, TN.  Jennifer decided the time was right to launch her  Interior Styling and Home Staging business in April 2010 called “Gracious Spaces.”  GS specializes in Interior Styling Services, Move-In Design Services, & “Hands-On” Home Staging Services in the Nashville, TN area. She not only has a passion for decorating … [Read More...]


Time For A Change

We have been in our home for 8 years now. It is a two story, and not at all  like me to have a bare wall, just ask anyone that knows me. Especially one as large as my stairway. I just had not found the perfect thing to place there, yet!  It was last year when I  ran across Christine's face book page,  https://www.facebook.com/ToadstoolPond.   After she invited me to do a giveaway with her and several other pages, I accepted..  I must say, I am so glad I did. I got a chance to see her work, and feel in  love with her printable's in particular.  I loved her work so much so that I ask her to create somethings for stairway wall, in our home.. We already had photos all over our home, so I knew that I did not want more going up that large … [Read More...]

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Gluten Free Sourdough Breads

Print Gluten Free Sourdough Breads Prep Time:  #preptime# Cook time:  #cooktime# Total time:  #totaltime# Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Gluten Free Sourdough Breads Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend of choice 2 teaspoons xanthan gum ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ¼ cup sugar 1½ teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 cup “fed” Sourdough Starter 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or dairy-free butter replacement, melted and cooled 1½ cups warm milk or milk of choice (about 100°F) Instructions Generously grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, xanthan gum, cream of tartar, … [Read More...]


Gluten Free Keylime Pudding w/ Coconut Crust

  Print Gluten Free Keylime Pudding w/ Coconut Crust Rating  4.0 from 1 reviews Prep Time:  #preptime# Cook time:  #cooktime# Total time:  #totaltime# Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Gluten Free Keylime Mini's with Coconut Crust Ingredients 1 huge ripe avocado ⅕ cup coconut milk 1 whole lime- ( or 3 key limes) juice, and zest ( I used organic) Pinch of salt 5 tablespoons organic Grade B maple Directions: Combine all ingredients in the blender or bullet Instructions Crust ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut ½ cup chopped pecans ½ cup dates (about 12 dates) -2 teaspoons lime zest pinch of sea salt Process the crust ingredients (coconut, pecans, dates, lime … [Read More...]

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In Conclusion of Our Story, my Journey

 I wanted to share one last thing with all of you, while writing part of Our Story, my Journey it was no easy task. I relived times I had put behind me. I did not understand once again, why I felt so lead to write this.  I would look for ways to tone it down, and read it. The Lord would say, nope that was not the way it happened, share it like it happened or it is not the real story!   Opening your life of  fear, and disappointments in your spouse one after another.. Well, for a young bride it was a lot to carry, hold, and even process let alone deal with.  My life, soon became  consumed with what if's, why not's, and why me? But, honestly, why not me? God does not discriminate, when he needs us to come to him, he gets us there, and by … [Read More...]


Homemade Yogurt

GAPS, and autoimmune disease.. Making my own yogurt is now just something I do, like washing the dishes.. This Coconut yogurt is wonderful.. I crave it now, and it is so good for us, full of probiotics, that help build good bacteria in the gut.. We all need that flora bacteria, for a healthy digestive system, and immune system. Remember  70% of your immune system is located inside your colon. think abut that for a second, good health starts with good digestion. When we have a lot of illness, and have to consume so antibiotics often, they can deplete the immune system, and it's function. Any way, this is one breakfast that is true of a champion!   I use whole milk, whole from a Dairy close, do not used ultra pasteurized Milks, … [Read More...]


DIY Body Butters

Print Homemade Shae Butterw/Lavander Prep Time:  #preptime# Cook time:  #cooktime# Total time:  #totaltime# Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Ingredients ½ c. Shea Butter ¼ c. Coconut Oil ¼ c. Jojoba Oil 5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil Instructions Place shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil in a glass bowl or measuring cup inside a saucepan. The saucepan should have enough water in it that the water touches the bottom of your glass double boiler, but doesn’t spill out. Over medium heat, whisk the oils together until they are melted and combined. Mixture will go from white to semi-clear when ready. Refrigerate melted oils for an hour or until white and … [Read More...]

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Benefits to Dry Brushing Your Skin

   As you can see, this one is mine, and I USE it~ Many people carefully tend to the skin on their face, regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But when's the last time you tended to the skin on the rest of your body?  Your skin is your largest organ, after all, and there is one simple step you can add to your morning routine that can greatly improve its health – dry skin brushing.  I'm not only referring to your skin's aesthetic appearance, either (although many would agree this is important to). The benefits of dry skin brushing go beyond skin deep, offering whole-body benefits to your health. Dry Skin Brushing: 7 Key Benefits Your skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that, when … [Read More...]


Chocolate Pudding Pie, with Almond Crust

Print Chocolate Pudding Pie, with Almond Crust Rating  4.0 from 1 reviews Prep Time:  40 mins Cook time:  #cooktime# Total time:  40 mins Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Ingredients CRUST ½ cup of cashews or almonds 1 tablespoon ghee, or coconut oil (organic) PIE FILLING 1 13.5-ounce can full fat coconut milk ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted ⅛ teaspoon sea salt 3 egg yolks 2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch mixed with 2 Tablespoons ice cold water ⅓ cup soy, nut and dairy free dark chocolate 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract gluten free Instructions Combine coconut milk, palm sugar, sifted cocoa powder and salt in a medium saucepan. … [Read More...]


The Letter

The letter had arrived from Charleston SC, on a  November day in 1963.  I rushed to get the mail, and it was there. I was 6, and it was a letter from my Aunt Louise. My dad's oldest sister. It was official, she and my Uncle, were coming for a week during the Christmas Holidays. She was a bit bossy,blunt, but she loved me a lot, and I her. I only got to see her 2 times a year at best when I was younger. As I jumped up and down at the table, for Mom to read every word out loud, my mind was already racing. Wow, in two weeks she would be here. She always came in with a bang, suitcases, and clothes, like a star! To a kid that lived in a middle class neighborhood, seeing someone that carried themselves like a movie star was fun, exciting. I … [Read More...]


Healthy Beef Stir Fry

Learning to eat whole, after eating whatever I wanted, has been a challenge. But, if you have Hashimoto's, or any immune disease, or just want to feel your best and shed some pounds, while eating good. You might want to pay attention here.  Trying to think of things I could eat with Hashimoto's was not easy, it has to be whole, organic, and made from home, nothing pre made from the stores for me. So, "Beef Stir Fry" here  I come, and it was wonderful.       Print Healthy Beef Stir Fry Prep Time:  15 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  35 mins Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Ingredients 1 lb ground beef ( I use sirloin) only grass fed, not hormones or … [Read More...]


Ghee, instead of butter

Ghee can actually have a beneficial impact on your cholesterol, and has been used in ayurvedic medicine as a detoxifying substance. You can even make ghee at home  if you would like too,  it is more expensive to buy at your local grocery.  How I make my ghee, at home. I use Kerry Gold pure Irish butter, http://www.kerrygold.com/products/pure-irish-butter.  To get rid of any junk left in this that might cause tummy upset, for auto immune disease. I use 2 at a packs at once, that way I have it for awhile. Set the oven on it lowest setting, place the butter out of the package, in a clear glass dish, place the butter out of the package, in a clear glass dish, set a timer for 30 minutes, allowing all it to get hot enough to bubble. Once all … [Read More...]


Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin

Print Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Prep Time:  20 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  40 mins Serves:  Serving size:  Calories:  Fat:  Ingredients 2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour ¾ cup of sugar (I use stevia) 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1 teaspoon xanthan gum ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick) ½ cup whole milk or coconut milk 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, gluten free 1½ cups blueberries Instructions Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly butter or grease, I use olive oil, or ghee a 12-cup muffin pan. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt in a medium bowl until blended. … [Read More...]


Maple Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Print Maple Bacon Wrapped Scallops Prep Time:  15 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: 24 Serving size: 1 Calories:  Fat:  Ingredients 12 slices of thick cut apple wood smoked bacon 24 medium-sized scallops 24 wooden toothpicks ¼ cup pure grade a maple syrup 1 tbsp salted butter Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay a sheet of tin foil on a cookie sheet and spray with Pam cooking oil. Cut the bacon slices in half lengthwise, just lay each piece of bacon on a cutting board and slice down the middle with a small sharp knife. Wrap a strip of bacon around each scallop, press a toothpick through each to secure. Arrange the wrapped scallops on the tinfoil. Bake on … [Read More...]


Fall Ideas for Your Home

Fall 2014 is fast approaching.  Where has our year gone?  It's time to start gearing up for the Fall Season with decorating ideas for your home.  I love each change of season as it gives us the opportunity to freshen our design looks around our homes.  Each year brings newer, fresher ideas and styles.  Fall is usually a traditional color scheme of a variety of orange, brown and yellow with a splash of red and greenery.   The most impressive ideas that I have seen of late include using items that most folks would trash, and restoring them in making a decorative home piece. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/f5/85/c3/f585c3ebe94126774dc9d068f1699bc3.jpg http://asoftplace.net/2010/01/diy-day-with-imparting-grace/ … [Read More...]