Desserts & Snacks

Peanut Butter Cups

This recipe has been a favorite for years! (I was inspired by a recipe I found that was the springboard for this one, but it's been so long ago, that I'm sorry I don't know who to give attribution for the original idea.) Mix:1 C. coconut oil1/2 C. cocoa or cacao1/4 C....

Gingerbread With Lemon Sauce

Gingerbread With Lemon Sauce

'Tis the season for good food! I hope you will enjoy these recipes and know I'm wishing you a wonderful holiday full of giving thanks! Gingerbread Cake: 1 C. whole wheat1 C. white flour2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice1/2 tsp. Real salt1 tsp. baking powder2 Tbs. butter,...

Fall Salsa

Fall Salsa

This is different but so tasty and filling! 1/2 c. brown rice, cooked1 tomato, diced1/2 c. squash, cooked1 can black olives1 c. kidney beans3 green onions, chopped1 garlic clove1/4 c. olive or avocado oil1 Tbs. agave or honey1/2-1 tsp. cumin Combine rice, beans,...

Cherries On Top!

Cherries On Top!

It's not quite cherry picking time, but we're getting there! Meanwhile, I've been using the cherries we put in the freezer the last two summers. I made tart cherry juice out of some with my steamer canner, and we're storing it frozen in clean peanut butter jars. (I...

Simple Sweet & Salty Popcorn!

I hope you're having a great week! Today I got to spend time with my daughter and her daughters and it was a delight! Not to mention, all the help they gave me working on the fairy garden and weeding flower beds. Thank you lovies! Now, I'm ready for a bit of rest....

Easy Granola Bars

Hello! We've been eating these lately and enjoying them a lot! Hope you might too. You'll need: 4 cups regular oatmeal1 cup slivered or chopped almonds1/4 cup pecans, chopped (or more if you'd like!)2/3 cup butter (could substitute coconut oil if dairy is an issue)3/4...

Smell the Cinnamon

Smell the Cinnamon

Hi, I hope you are doing well! I really enjoy creating recipes- sometimes getting things right and enjoying every bite, and other times crashing and burning and giving mistakes to the chickens to eat! Along with having something fun to eat, it's equally nice to make...

Lemony Muffins!

Lemony Muffins!

I love the fresh flavor of lemon! If you do too, I think you'll love the recipe I've been working on this month. Mouth watering, cleansing, clean lemon! I started with white beans because I wanted these muffins to be high in protein and free of highly refined flours....

Mind, Might & Strength

Oh, the bliss of a sunny, autumn afternoon! I hope you are well today my friend. As we discussed in seminar this week, making the shift to healthier eating habits requires concerted effort over a period of time. We get so used to imagining the look and taste of our...

Granola Girl

Granola Girl

Hello Sweetness, I hope this day found you well! It's fall here and the air is crisp and the light is softening and slanting and it makes for such a beautiful, nostalgic time! What foods do you pair with autumn? Peach or apple pie? Butternut soup? Why not make some...

Pineapple and Ginger Sticky Rice

Pineapple and Ginger Sticky Rice

Oh my sisters! I'm excited to share this new recipe with you. If you like sticky rice desserts, I think you may want to try this out! Sticky Pineapple and Ginger Rice Tonight, we were having this Sweet Potato Curry Soup and this Thai Peanut Salad for dinner, so I...

Now That’s Sweet!

I'm writing today to fulfill a request to offer some information and experience about different natural sweetener alternatives. I hope you'll find it helpful! First of all, I've been the proverbial canary in the mine most of my life. Sugar has always made me sick. Not...

Coco Balls: Power Packed Protein & Chocolate

Coco Balls: Power Packed Protein & Chocolate

Hello, I hope this post finds you well! Here's a little dessert or snack recipe that is packed with protein, healthy fats and is oh, so yummy! (My friend Jenny inspired me with her wonderful nut clusters recipe.) After trying several variations, I landed on this beefy...

New German Pancakes

New German Pancakes

For nearly ten years, I've been hoping for a wheat-less German pancake recipe that actually tastes like German pancakes! The attempts I've made previously haven't been anything to crow about. But, a few weeks ago, my daughter wrote to say that she'd made a good batch...

Banana Pancakes!

Banana Pancakes!

My daughter-in-law shared this recipe with me last week. It certainly is a hit with all the kids in our family so I wondered if you might be interested in giving it a try! It couldn't be easier! Put 1 banana in the blender, then add: 1/4 cup oatmeal2 eggs1/2 teaspoon...

Cracker Jack!

Cracker Jack!

This is an approximate recipe from The Diet Rebel's Cookbook. {We have enjoyed trying their dessert recipes for special occasions!} This baked popcorn is simple but it does take a little time to bake and you need to stir it at intervals. Thank heaven for a loud timer!...

Kitchen Coach Jenny Pops Amaranth

Kitchen Coach Jenny Pops Amaranth

Here's a little video by Jenny, and her helper. I love the amaranth idea and know-how, but more than that, I loved watching the fun relationship that comes through loud and clear in this short clip. Kudos to all you Mamas! You are investing your talent and energy into...

Lunch & School Days! {Kitchen Coach}

Lunch & School Days! {Kitchen Coach}

Hello Ladies! I'm so pleased to share a video with you featuring the beautiful Kitchen Coach, Jenny. She has put together healthy lunch ideas....with pictures! How awesome is that? What a joy it is to be watching our children {in my case,grandchildren} embark on a new...

Good Morning Sunshine!

Good Morning Sunshine!

It's Monday morning and here is a great idea from our kitchen coach, Jenny! {I love the flavor of coconut and lemon together! Hope you do too!} Love, Jacque P.S. Here is the recipe Jenny will be showing you! Lemon Coconut Energy Bites   1/2 C. dates 1/2 C. coconut 1/4...

Banana Split Smoothie

Banana Split Smoothie

1 cup of almond or coconut milk1 cup of watera handful of frozen blueberries1 frozen banana2-3 Tablespoons Adam's peanut buttera handful of flax seeds1 Tablespoon cocoa powdera large handful of frozen spinach (or other greens)1 teaspoon Great Lakes unflavored gelatin...

Simple and Small

Simple and Small

When it comes to dessert, simple and small is good!   I got these little orange dessert cups at a thrift store and we use them a lot. Pictured here is the simple vanilla yogurt and berries "dessert" that I served after our dinner last Sunday. It's fresh and light...

Proof is in The Pudding!

Proof is in The Pudding!

I guess it's the season for recipes! Ready for a simple pudding that you can use for different flavors of cream pie or just for eating as pudding? {This is my husband's mom's recipe. She has turned pie making into an art form.} I have turned this recipe into a...

No-Bake Cookies

No-Bake Cookies

Do you like no-bake cookies? I do, but I haven't wanted to use the 2 cups of sugar listed in most of the recipes for these! So I did a little experiment. I tried substituting 3/4 cup of honey for the called for 2 cups of sugar and found that it is a good fit. (I...

Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Yes, I am pumpkin crazy! This time, in place of pumpkin, I used butternut squash. As with the muffins, the pudding is just as pumpkin-y with butternut substituted for the pumpkin and it's so easy to bake and to use. So I baked several butternut squash a few nights ago...

Butternut Squash Muffins

Butternut Squash Muffins

I love squash! Any kind! And I really like using it in recipes that call for pumpkin. Several years ago, my sister Lorie Beck put together a recipe book for baking with pumpkin and squash, and it's been so much fun to try her ideas! The recipe featured here was...

Brownies!

Brownies!

Ok Ladies, are you ready for yet another recipe that will help you use your garden produce, or maybe your neighbor's garden produce ? I made a double batch of these today and we are loving them! As far as cookies go, these are light on sweetening, heavy on veggies and...

Sweet Smoothie Idea

Sweet Smoothie Idea

I've been experimenting with something I have a lot of right now; zucchini! So, here's the scoop: If you pick zucchini while it is relatively young, like these pictured were about 10 inches long and a couple of inches in diameter, you can slice them and flash freeze...

Daisy’s Cashew Crunch

Daisy’s Cashew Crunch

Do you recall this recipe from some months ago? I finally bought cashews and managed to save some from getting eaten long enough to make these! First a couple of things I learned: The cashews would be better in small pieces. Having them in halves made it a bit too...

A Snickity Snack

A Snickity Snack

It's little and it's yummy.  My friend Judy asked me a few months ago if I had ever tried eating cucumbers with peanut butter.  No, never occurred to me and I really couldn't imagine the two tastes together.  As it turns out, I'm in love! And I eat this little snack...

Real Food Snacks!

Real Food Snacks!

I got this question today and thought maybe a little brainstorming and sharing would be timely: "Can you think of some fun snacks that are healthy for my little kids?" Yes! Cucumbers with Adam's peanut butter.  If you haven't tried this combination, you are going to...

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Three years ago, I posted this recipe for black bean brownies.  I re-post it today with a new topping idea in time for Valentine's Day!  I took these (the strawberry version) to a luncheon today, and was reminded how nice it is to have a delicious treat, with no...

Banana Berry Blast

Banana Berry Blast

Isn't it refreshing to have fruit for dessert?  Just cut up fruit tossed in freshly whipped cream is fun.  Or, make a gelatin salad in a plain dish or in a festive mold! This is how we make "jell-o" at our house. Sprinkle 4 packets of unflavored gelatin, or your...

Anna’s Cake

Anna’s Cake

A sweet little pun'kin I know was born about the time we started making this cake, hence the name!  And we made it over and over because it is moist, chocolaty, full of protein and pretty nice to look at too. Topped with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and fruit, I...

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Do you ever ask yourself this question, "Do things have to be so hard?" In the Lioness seminar, 7 Steps to Family Wellness, we've been working on learning to manage the conversation in our heads.  You know, the constant jabbering that is going on every waking moment...

Rethinking Work & Mint Chocolate Cookies (GF)

Rethinking Work & Mint Chocolate Cookies (GF)

First, a little more about rethinking the job you dread... I mentioned that laundry was a heavy burden to me as a young mother.  It was daunting to watch it pile up through the week and a high mountain to climb come Monday morning. When I was challenged to change...

Eclair Dessert Recipe!

Eclair Dessert Recipe!

Hey you Provo girls!  It was fun to be with you yesterday!  Thank you for coming to the 7 Steps to Family Wellness class.  I hope you found value in what we learned together. Here is the recipe for the Eclair Dessert we ate that I promised to share... It is a favorite...

Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin Pasta

I've been cooking pumpkin and squash like crazy!  Then I've been using it to make cookies or cheesecake or pancakes or I just throw it in freezer bags to use later. Last week though I tried making a sauce with pumpkin, garlic and basil and I was really pleased with...

Delicious, Delightful, Delovely~Chocolately Brownies

Delicious, Delightful, Delovely~Chocolately Brownies

Ready for a new brownie recipe that doesn't call for flour, refined sugar or artificial anything? Here you go! Black Bean Brownies 3 1/4 cups black beans, soaked overnight and cooked* 6 fresh, free-range eggs 2/3 cups cocoa 2 tsp. vanilla 2/3 cup melted butter 1 tsp...

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is my new favorite! If you haven't tried it lately, you're missing out. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and pulp.  Put the squash flesh side down in a casserole dish with about a half an inch of water in the bottom.  Cover...

Let’s Eat Cake!

Let’s Eat Cake!

Hi!  I am so excited to share something new with you!  New to me, maybe new to you too...first a little background: Three years ago this fall I took drastic measures.  I came to grips with the fact that gluten was hard on me and decided it was time to give it up.  It...

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