Cashew Milk






I finally made Cashew Milk…..I have grown tired (or become more educated) of the added ingredients in store bought nut milks. I have pondered this long and hard. After finally making time to soak my cashews (I use raw pieces = cheaper) I decided to make it! I followed a few recipes…that’s how I like to cook/bake/blend. I read a bunch of recipes and then combine them. Here is the one I just copied with my own added twist.

Cashew Milk

I added: 8 Medjool dates to my Vitamix near the end along with the other yummy ingredients she noted. I read a few that said to pour through a nut bag/cheese cloth, but I wanted to try it without that first. I doubled the recipe, because although I’ve never made it, that’s what I do coming from a big family. (12 siblings…more on that in another post). I plan to use 1/2 for cashew milk/drinking and the other 1/2 to make a chia seed pudding. I plan to eat some frozen blueberries with yummy, frothy cashew milk over them. Cheers!


I tried it without the nutbag/cheesecloth filter, and I liked it, thought thick. The kids didn’t like, so the next time I make it, I’ll make a single recipe and put it through the filter.

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Beet cupcakes for Colby’s award’s night

05 Was my beet cupcake base but I substituted my own blend of gf flour. where I found the frosting recipe.
goat cheese frosting with vanilla bean and pistachios
This frosting is inspired by Always With Butter’s birthday cake. It is creamy, dreamy goodness.

4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (I substituted coconut oil)
8 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 vanilla bean, scraped
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
pistachios, shelled and chopped

In a standing mixer, beat butter, cream cheese and goat cheese until smooth and slightly whipped, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla, vanilla bean and salt, and beat until combined. Turn mixer to low, and slowly add the powdered sugar [about 1/2 cup at a time] until combined. Increase speed to medium high, and beat frosting until smooth and slightly whipped, 4-5 minutes. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with pistachios, if desired.

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Blackberry Smoothies


That’s what I call our snack today!
Frozen blackberries picked last summer
Coconut milk with vanilla
Frozen banana (great way to use them up besides banana bread)
Flax seed ground
That’s it= we are all happy and df/gf
A nice break from packing and selling everything

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Broken down but not down and out


I awoke (not so eagerly as my early risers) excited to get ready for a play day and a new recipe I wanted to try out. had this recipe: grain free pumpkin muffins
They are amazing!!! I used butter since I am out of coconut oil. Going to try something new and order my food through Azure, that includes my newly discovered coconut oil.
So while my muffins were baking, I decided to check my car to make sure it was running. I killed my battery Saturday night, so much to my children’s delight, we had to take the “bubble butt” truck to church and out and about. I thought it was up and running, but sadly no:( No play day for us out, but the smell coming from my oven meant one thing we were looking forward to was happening. The kids keep asking for one every hour, I guess they are a hit. (I just got the call from my hubby- no errands or coffee dates this afternoon, charging our two batteries-again). So I guess that means less caffeine and more packing for me!
Nap times a coming along with my lunch and packing time.
I’m eager to share more on life, not just food! Maybe later after I’ve got some boxes packed….or another day. I’m learning to roll a bit more with life and not be so grumpy when I don’t get my way. That’s not to say I don’t wish I was having some of my aunt’s home roasted espresso and a good chat!

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Gluten Free Corn Dogs


This was a simple and yummy kid (& husband) friendly treat! We had seasoned sweet potato fries (baked) on the side. A fun and happy family dinner time! As you can imagine with three talkative boys!
I used coconut milk for the milk, always a great flavor. It was so thick it almost fell off the dog when dipping, could be the coconut milk, I’ve found it’s a thicker milk. Could try thinning a tad with water. Made it work with a slow turning twist as I pulled the dog out of the pint glass of batter. Also instead of using sticks, i just used fingers and a 6 pack of regular sized hot dogs (plus 2 spicy sausages I had sitting in the fridge). Have fun!

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Gluten free pumpkin pancakes


Again another pumpkin recipe that my hubby likes, even if (so far) he doesn’t care for pumpkin pie. This one is a favorite from The Glutenfree Mommy blog! My goal in preparing healthy and mostly gluten free/dairy free foods is to make them so the whole family likes them! I recently thought my family may be tiring of the pumpkin theme so I found a plain recipe, the feedback was, “I really like your pumpkin ones best”, so….enough said!
As follows off one of my more favorite blogs! I do substitute coconut oil for the butter and coconut milk (whole fat, please) for the dairy- yummy!

1 1/4 cups GF Flour Mix (I used 1/2 cup sorghum, 1/2 cup rice flour, and 1/4 cup tapioca flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ( for simplicity’s sake I opted to just add this one ingredient, but you can add the spices individually if you wish)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
6 Tablespoons of pumpkin puree (I used heaping Tablespoons)
2 Tablespoons melted butter OR GF/CF mommies use oil
1 cup milk or GF/CF mommies use a nut/soy milk or use water
1 egg
Topping : whipped cream and cinnamon sugar or maple syrup
(for VERSION TWO: (missing sugar and using 1 cup Pamela’s in addition to 1/4 cup sorghum- you can also delete baking powder)
Directions: In a med. bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, stir together wet ingredients. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Cook pancakes in a skillet or on a griddle with butter or oil. Use about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.
Well, we voted and the pancakes made with the gf flours with sugar were the best. We also preferred the taste of the whipped cream and cinnamon sugar topping. The pancakes made without the sugar did taste more like pancakes and went best with maple syrup, but my vote goes to the gf baking flour mix pancakes with whipped cream. I do not give my little boy syrup (for obvious reasons) and he liked the gf flour mix ones made with sugar best too. He ate several plain.

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Butternut squash soup


Trying to blog on my phone, and its not turning into links, will fix on my computer when I can reach some sweet and fast Internet!
This was amazing soup! My husband doesn’t like anything in the squash family, that includes pumpkin pie, yes! He actually ate a whole bowl of this roasted soup, glad I got the rest!
Update: so glad I blogged this recipe, forgot to print it and took me a while to find it! Then it hit me, while enjoying my coconut chai and getting ready to make this mouth watering soup, but this time I’ll try pumpkin for fun!

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My good friends yummy blog


My good friend’s yummy and helpful blog

Really, you should check it out. She references a very helpful site and she mentored me in cooking and baking for myself and my oldest when he was off of dairy and gluten! What a help she was.
P.S. Her pictures make me wish I’d driven a few hours for that meal!

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Busy in the kitchen, busy in my life


I haven’t been posting pics, though I’m taking them. I think that my computer wants me to take some off…and haven’t gotten around to that. So I might post the pictures later.
Here is a yummy dish, well it’s still in the fridge but can’t wait to eat this….raw tapicoca pudding….for me.
And I also, have these in the oven. Cinnamon rolls, I sure hope they are worth all my hard work, staying up late, a messier kitchen, but coffee is brewing and they are baking. It’s gonna be a good day. We get to celebrate Adam’s Grandpa’s 90th in town and have a picnic, too.
I’ve been having some fun since Colby seems to have outgrown his wheat and dairy allergy. But, I know I feel better when I eat less wheat, and no dairy. With Colby’s freedom, I’ve had a bit of regular food here and there. And am thinking, NO. But for a few more days, I’ll play and make some yummy stuff for my boys. I do have one more regular cinnamon roll recipe in mind to try, and then a gluten free one. Save those for another Sat PM/Sunday AM.
My boys are out jumping on their trampoline in cowboy boots, don’t worry they do have shirts on! Now, that would be a fun picture…but alas, I need to help out my computer a bit first.
Have a great Sunday….and let the yummyness begin.

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