Paleo Chocolate Milkshake

This is an old post… that never got posted.  I wrote it when I was pregnant with Avi… it’s crazy to think that was about two years ago.  When I found it this afternoon I was going to rewrite the whole thing and only keep the recipe.  But I wrote it then, and it brought back some memories that have faded.  I had forgotten that I was craving carbs with him and I didn’t remember this was a fix for me!  So I left it the way it was originally written…. read, taste and enjoy! Continue reading “Paleo Chocolate Milkshake”

Raw Peppermint Brownie Cookies

We didn’t have a CSA delivery last week because of the Labor Day Weekend. So I wondered what I was going to post since we didn’t get our weekly delivery of fresh veggies! I figured I should do something about food and good food at that! Usually Tuesday is my recipe day, but I haven’t written any new recipes lately. Continue reading “Raw Peppermint Brownie Cookies”

Paleo Grasshopper Pie

I was craving mint and ice cream and all things sweet on Sunday and it was driving me crazy!  Brian was so kind to offer to go out and get ice cream for his prego wife… however, I’m not supposed to be eating too much dairy and the kids can’t have it at all.  It made me feel guilty just thinking about having something that I can’t share with the kiddos.   Continue reading “Paleo Grasshopper Pie”

Sweet N Salty Gorp

Whoever came up with the title of gorp?  And does anyone ever use it anymore besides hippies and my mother?  It’s been a huge hit with hikers and surfers and some say it is an acronym for “good ol’ raisins n peanuts” others say it’s just a list of ingredients like granola, oats, raisins and peanuts….

However it got it’s name and whatever the official ingredients include we have a new favorite around this house!  It’s a hit and a great afternoon snack because along with a little sweet pick me up it also has some protein to hold the high metabolisms of my kids over until dinner is served.

The mix we usually have contains dried pineapple.  I usually purchase 4 or 5 fresh ones when they are in season and on sale and dry them all and save them through the winter.  We ran out recently and we have all missed them!  I know you can get plain ol dried pineapple at Trader Joes, which is AWESOME!  The ingredient list simply states “dried pineapple”  SO cool!  Nothing added.

I decided to get the kids a little treat last week and we purchased some that the ingredient list stated “dried pineapple and cane sugar”.  I know… we usually swear off sugar, but it was a treat, we had run out and at least it didn’t have corn syrup in it right?  or sulfur dioxide? Did I justify myself????  No.. .probably not… but either way… We used something a bit different this time around, but it’s good with the home dried version as well!

So here is our new fav!


Sweet N Salty Gorp

1 cup almonds (raw, soaked and dried)
1 cup cashews (raw, soaked and dried)
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried pineapple cut into chunks
⅓ cup sunflower seeds (raw, soaked and dried)
⅓ cup dried [amazon_link id=”B000FFLHSY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]goji berries[/amazon_link]
⅔ cups [amazon_link id=”B000HDJZWO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]chocolate chips[/amazon_link] (we like enjoy life brand – soy, dairy, nut free)

Mix it all together and ration it out.  If you don’t, it will disappear in one afternoon!

Do you have a favorite mix?  Tell me about it!  I’d love to have some additional ideas!


Chocolate Birthday Cake

And even though we are well into August I’m still sharing recipes from Tonchi’s birthday which was in mid July!  There were way too many recipes to share all at once and if I would have put them all in one post, then some of them would have gotten missed!  Also, each and every one of these recipes is so good they each deserve a post of their own!  So read on and see what you think! Continue reading “Chocolate Birthday Cake”

Chocolate Pudding

This girl has a VERY NEW BEST friend!  You could probably say I’m a chocoholic, but in recovery!  I enjoy it on occasion, but I definitely don’t always have it on hand.  I saw a recipe for pudding that didn’t call for any dairy or eggs and it was chocolate!  WOW!  Who ever thought… When I first saw the recipe I thought “Who would ever try that?  There is no way that is even remotely close to real chocolate pudding… not the box stuff.. but real homemade grandma’s pudding!”   Continue reading “Chocolate Pudding”

Chocolate Dessert Smoothie


Two nights ago all of us had finished dinner and were sitting around and wishing we had a dessert or something sweet to finish off the meal. We don’t usually have dessert; in fact, we rarely have dessert, so why we were even craving it? Continue reading “Chocolate Dessert Smoothie”

Banana Muffins

I’m always looking for a new breakfast recipe.  I feel like we run out of options besides eggs for breakfast pretty quickly!  And now that  baby girl can’t have eggs, it has made breakfast that much harder.  Over the weekend I did make the Oatmeal Bake which has been a hit in this family, but just left out the eggs and decreased the water by ½ and it turned out great!  We all liked it and we all could have it.   Continue reading “Banana Muffins”

Chewy Chocolate Bars

This recipe is AMAZING!  I saw it in one of my favorite websites, Bulk Herb Store and we have really enjoyed this!  HUGE hit with all in our family!  I’m going to add this to my Christmas treat list!  It is a bit expensive, but you don’t need to eat much at a time.  I’m often all about saving money on food.  However, this recipe looked great and I wanted to give it a try.  It was SO worth it! Continue reading “Chewy Chocolate Bars”

Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the past I’ve been one to make lots of different varieties of Christmas cookies! It is so nice to have them on hand and be able to invite friends over for coffee and cookies in the evening and have something to share and not have to think about what to make. It’s also nice to be able to take a tray of homemade cookies to gatherings when you are expected to bring a little something to share. Continue reading “Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookies”