Cinnamon Pear Sauce

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So friends, as you may remember, I am a total fan of homemade applesauce.  It’s unbeatable…store bought varieties just don’t compare.  Not to mention when you make it homemade you’re not stripping away a ton of the nutrients through processing and preserving.  I’m just sold on the whole deal, especially considering how simple it is to prepare at home.

Now, theres a couple of kinds of food love, in my book.  Theres being a total fan, as I told you I was of the applesauce in the paragraph above.  And then theres Hallelujah, over the moon, this-is-out-of-control, party-don’t-stop food love.  This Cinnamon Pear Sauce?  I would classify it under the latter.   Continue reading

Favorite Blueberry Muffins

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Guys.  I am not one to push advice on others.  Your toes I will never try to step on.  But do me a favor this weekend.  Sleep until your kids or your dog wake you up.  Stay in your jammies until you absolutely need to get ready for the day.  Watch cartoons or your favorite mindless BRAVO show.  Chill out and try your best to relax (and please include cuddles).  And most definitely….absolutely…positively make these muffins (they pair very well with all of the coziness listed above). Continue reading

Nourished Brownies

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Listen, friends.  This recipe right here?  Write it down.  Take a picture.  File it away.  Send it to a friend.  I don’t care what you do but just don’t forget about it.  It’s one of my favorite “back pocket” treats.  Yes, its just a brownie.  Thats rich.  And gooey.  And indulgent.  With no refined sugar.  Or flour.  I know!  And the ease?  I literally let Georgia, my almost three year old, make them herself.  Start to finish.  The mess she makes takes longer to clean up than getting them in the oven.  Your new company-stopping-over-at-the-last-minute staple.  Just make sure you remember what you did with the recipe…they’re going to ask you to share it with them. Continue reading

PB and J Crispy Bars

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Once upon a time there was a mommy.  And this mommy promised her little girl allllllllll day long that after her nap she would wake up to a wonderful treat of peanut butter crunchy bars with chocolate drizzled on top.  So when the little girl when down for her nap the mommy headed right for the kitchen…she was so excited to eat the peanut butter chocolate treats herself prepare such an awesome treat for her little girl.  She measured and scooped and poured and stirred.  The crunchy peanut butter bars smelled amazing.  And now came the really fun part….the chocolate drizzled on top!  Mommy went to the cupboard to get the chocolate pieces.  But she could not find them.  She looked high.  She looked low. And everywhere in between. She began to sweat. How will I make the peanut butter crunchy bars with chocolate drizzled on top without the chocolate? I know I bought chocolate!   And then she became angry.  Smoke nearly started coming out of her ears.  The mommy had not-so-nice thoughts running through her head of what she wanted to do to the daddy.  She realized the daddy probably ate all of the chocolate pieces because daddy has a problem.  A problem with consuming everything in sight that resembles chocolate in a matter of milliseconds.  He’s like a really friendly chocolate monster.  Mommy decided she was going to get a padlock for her chocolate cupboard.  Not for the little girl or her baby brother but for her daddy.   Continue reading

Gluten Free Party Mix

Image This is just one of those crunchy, salty, savory treats that I crave; and listen, we all have to treat ourselves now and again, right?  As easy as it  can be to purchase a bag at the store there are a few reason I try to avoid doing so: 1) there is so much gluten and so many preservatives in the store bought variation it is INSANE 2) nothing tastes quite as good as a homemade version of this party snack…especially warm out of the oven 3) when I make it at home I have complete control over what goes into it 4)  it’s a really fun way to get the kids in the kitchen…measuring, pouring, stirring; all just perfect for those sweet little hands This is about the most simple recipe there is out there.  I love to make a batch and store it in the freezer in plastic freezer bags (thanks, Mom 😉 )…it’s so simple to pull out and serve when unexpected company stops over.  And let me just tell you….pair this with a Saturday football game and a cozy couch with blankies; holy cow now thats my idea of a party! Image Gluten Free Party Mix

Ingredients

1 Box (9 cups) Corn Chex Cereal

5 Cups Rice Chex Cereal

4 Cups Unsalted Peanuts

3 Cups Gluten Free Pretzels (available in the health/GF aisle of every market I’ve been to)

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

5 Tablespoons Low-Sodium Tamari (available in Asian section)

3 Teaspoons Seasoning Salt

1 3/4 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 1/2 Teaspoons Onion Powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 and place both cereals, peanuts and pretzels in a large roasting pan.  Melt butter on the stove or in the microwave and then stir in Tamari, seasoning salt, garlic powder and onion powder.  Drizzle the mixture over the dry ingredients and gently stir until the dry ingredients are well coated.  Bake, uncovered, for one hour, stirring every fifteen minutes.  Store in airtight container.