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If you follow my newsletter or social media then you have seen that I just did my first ever free meal planning challenge. It was fun and I will likely do another one during the summer if you missed it.

I am now launching a meal planning program and I am so excited. It is 4 weeks of meals but so much more. The program provides tools to help you learn how to meal plan if you want to do it on your own.

Why meal planning? Meal planning reduces stress and helps you to save money and stay healthy. When you have food allergies this is incredibly important to set your family up for success.

Here is a post I wrote about How to reduce Your Stress by Meal Planning.

What is included in this meal plan? Here is the breakdown of what you will be getting.

4 Week Meal Planning Program

Cost $58.00

50% off right now!  $29.99 is your cost

·         4 Weeks of Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with lunch suggestions e-mailed to you on the Friday before so you have the weekend to shop. (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

·         Grocery List

·         Facebook Group Mastering Meal Planning where you can share and ask questions.

·         Your guide to meal planning

·         4 Live Videos, one per week talking about the meal plan, answering questions and providing support.

·         PDF Build Your GF Pantry

·         Printable Meal Plan and Grocery List Templates for you to use.

If you would like a guaranteed spot to sign up for this program the link is HERE. The first 10 people to sign up get my e-book Cold Weather Comforts for free with the program that is a $6.99 value.

I am going to gift the program to one of my followers. In exchange I just ask that you participate and provide me with feedback.

Here is the link and good luck!

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GIVEAWAY (2 jars of Wild Friends nut butters)

I recently discovered Wild Friends nut butters at a trip to my local Haggen store. I created a recipe for a promotion that Haggen is currently having and I was excited to discover a Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter. Those 3 things spoke to me, chocolate...coconut...peanut butter, all combined together in one jar? I was like, "yes please". I was super excited to stuff my French Toast with this amazing concoction. I never tried it before and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

French Toast has always been a favorite of mine. It is rich, so I reserve it for a special treat. This Stuffed French Toast is truly decadent and it is the perfect Mothers Day brunch show stopper.

I also had the pleasure of trying their creamy peanut butter. It is truly the creamiest peanut butter I've ever had. I like peanut butter, but I LOVED this creamy peanut butter. You can literally spoon some out and swirl it on top of anything to make it the perfect peanut buttery treat.

I used it for a snack and drizzled it all over my sliced apples and then I sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top. It was the perfect compromise of a healthy snack and sweet treat.

I reached out to Wild Friends to tell them how much I loved the nut butters and they wanted to share the love with my readers! They are giving one of my readers 2 jars of their nut butters. This is limited to U.S. residents only. Also, disclaimer for those with severe celiac's, these are manufactured in a facility that also manufactures wheat and it is not certified gluten free. However, there are no gluten ingredients and I have been eating them with no problems, but I wanted to let you know in case you can not take the chance.

To enter to win simply follow the prompts in the rafflecopter below and good luck!

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Stuffed French Toast (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

When Haggen grocery stores (a high end Pacific Northwest grocery chain) asked me to create a classic recipe with a fun gourmet twist, I was excited!

I had thought about a few, but the one that stuck out the most was a stuffed French toast. I have been making stuffed French toast since my early 20’s. I’ve tried several variations, but this time around I wanted to play with chocolate and raspberry flavors.

How to survive parties outside of your home (when you have food allergies)

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We all know that feeling when you receive an invite... BBQ, pizza, cake, lots of food will be provided. Non of which will you or your children be able to consume. People will tell you that its gluten free, "there is no rice in it!" They will expect you to eat it and when you decline they are furious. It is hard not seeming to be courteous but you really don't want to spend the next 3 days laid out next to the toilet sipping ginger tea so, you leave starving. Your kids are mad, everyone is eating cake and hot dogs but them. You cave and let them have artificial coloring because, well... you have to pick your battles. 

As you listen to the monsters in the back seat that were once your beautiful children scream and have a fit the entire way home, you make a promise to yourself- you will never do this again.

Lemon Loaf- Starbucks Copycat (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I love lemon. The smell and taste are one of my favorites. I had not baked with lemon until going gluten free, but I do enjoy lemon cake or a lemon loaf. In fact, I was not too adventurous in the kitchen until I went gluten free. There was always pre-made treats and food at the grocery store so I would just go to the bakery to pick up whatever sounded good. Without having that option now, I must experiment myself.

I had been craving lemon loaf for years and I knew it was a recipe I wanted to tackle this summer. Especially with working on the cook book and spring recipes, I knew it had to be in it. I cannot recall the flavor of the Starbucks lemon loaf, but I know a lot of people miss it, so my goal was to come up with something similar in flavor. My sister who eats gluten tried this loaf and the first thing she said was that it tasted just like the one from Starbucks. She in fact couldn’t stay out of it and between my husband, sister and I we ate the entire loaf in one day.

20 Gluten Free and Dairy Free Easter Brunch Recipes

For most of my life we went to a family member’s house for Easter. As I became an adult I appreciated this because I would contribute a side dish and dessert was all I had to do. When I became gluten free, this became more of a challenge. Wondering if I would be able to eat anything at all. My family did try to accommodate me, but there were still times I became sick.

When my Son went gluten free it became even more of a challenge. He was only one year old and had to trust what the adults gave him. There were times when he was given food he wasn’t supposed to have and I was always resentful afterwards. It is difficult when people don’t understand.

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When we moved to Washington State it was a sigh of relief, but also depressing. I no longer had to worry about other people’s dishes, because it was all on me. Everything on the menu I chose and cooked in my gluten free kitchen. That was the plus, but being without my extended love ones is very difficult for me and my children.

I am hoping in a few years I will have gotten some of my family and friends to venture up this way. It is so beautiful in the Pacific Northwest and an amazing place to raise a family. The trees and fresh air always make things better. The rain could take a step back though.

I wanted to share with you 20 gluten free and dairy free delicious recipes that are simple, delicious and beautiful! These are perfect for Easter brunch or any gathering that you might be having. Party season is upon us and nothing beats a beautifully displayed dessert. You don’t even need to tell them its gluten free. All of these recipes are approved by my friends and family who eat gluten.

So, print a few recipes and enjoy your Easter or any gathering that you might have this spring and summer.

These sweet little muffins are healthy, easy and perfect for a brunch display.

Adults and kids will go crazy for these delicious Funfetti cake donuts drizzled with strawberry glaze.

You can never go wrong with chocolate covered strawberries. Add some festive sprinkles.

This chocolate fudge is as simple as it gets and everyone will want a piece.

These healthy pancakes are perfect to feed everyone.

I make these blender muffins at least once a week. With banana, chocolate chip and peanut butter they are sure to be a hit. There is also no refined sugar or flour.

Nothing hits the spot like a banana nut muffin.

These are perfect for the chocolate lovers.

Simple to make and beautiful to display.

2 ingredients fruit dip will go perfect with the colorful fruit you have laid out for brunch.

This moist banana bread tastes just like Grandma Olga's.

These healthy and simple overnight oats taste just like chocolate no bake cookies. Make mini shooters to have out for brunch.

These French toast sticks will be perfect for brunch.

Moist and rich chocolate cake donuts.
This is my Husband's favorite meal. He waits all year for this ham. If he's lucky I make it for Thanksgiving too.

Delicious and creamy coconut cream pie.

Grandma Olga's rice pudding made dairy free. It is amazing and my favorite dessert. Display it in tea cups.

This beautiful sweet potato hash is healthy and delicious.

This healthy and delicious granola will be perfect to use to make little mini parfaits.

This is the healthiest a deep fried oreo could get.

7 Day FREE Meal Planning Challenge

I am so excited to announce a free 7 Day Meal Planning Challenge. I know that meal planning doesn't always come naturally and it can take some practice so I wanted to create a program to turn everyone into a master meal planner.

I am in the works of creating a program that will include me showing you how to meal plan on your own and it will contain meal plans that I create for you. I feel like meal plans can be very personal and it would be difficult for me to follow whatever someone else told me to eat. That is why it is my goal to give you the knowledge and tools to succeed at your own meal planning. Then, when you just don't feel like doing it you can use my meal plans or take what you want from them and fill the rest in yourself.

To get a feeling of this program I decided to create a FREE 7 day challenge. Anyone who signs up for this challenge will get a huge discount on the program.

Along with this 7 day challenge you get access to my Facebook support group Master Meal Planning. That is where the challenge will take place and then it will be there after the challenge to share recipes and give support.

Below you can sign up.
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Ardenne Farm Cinnamon Crunch Muffin & Crumb Cake Mix review and giveaway.

I received no compensation for this review. I was given a box to try and share my opinion with my readers.

I am always excited to try new brands and products that I have never had. It is hard to hear about new items because unless your store carries them, they often go undiscovered. That is why when I find out about companies that have gluten free offerings; I always jump on board to share them with you.

Chocolate Bundt Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache


I feel like sometimes I obsess over the negative way more than I should. I look at the glass half empty. I acknowledge myself doing this too. It’s something that I feel like I have no control of. I feel like life has jilted me in so many ways. Stranded me in the dessert with one glass of water and told me to find my way out. I did find my way out but by the time I did I was angry, resentful and stopped trusting a lot of the world.

Funfetti Donuts with Strawberry Glaze (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

My palette has changed a lot since going gluten free and I don’t crave the things I used to. One thing hasn’t changed though and it’s actually gotten worse because I feel so deprived and that is my love for donuts.

When I lived in California I had 2 bakeries that offered real yeast donuts. One has since closed down and when I moved to Washington State there were no donuts to be found. Cake donuts are delicious but nothing and I mean NOTHING, replaces that delicious yeast raised and deep fried flavor. Oh how I dream of maple bars.