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Pumpkin Bread (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

After this rough summer I am very ready for fall. The heat was never ending. Here in the Pacific Northwest homes do not typically come with air conditioning. I overlooked this when we purchased our home. Last summer we only had 2 week of heat. This summer it has been never ending. It didn’t stop raining until June. We got 2 weeks of great weather and then it got very hot. We have been covered in smoke several times from surrounding wild fires, and that has made our air quality bad. When you need to open the windows in order to cool down, this becomes very difficult.

Coffee Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

First thing in the morning I love a cup of coffee and a light treat to go along with it while I wait for my caffeine to kick in and motivation to show up. This coffee cake is that perfect treat. I wanted to create a gluten free, dairy free moist coffee cake with just the right amount of crumb on top.

It's also the perfect afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of delicious hot tea on a brisk fall day.

Crispy Fajita Chicken- Gluten Free, Dairy Free- One Pan Dinner

Summer vacation is over for many. Ours is ending soon. While having some exciting outings and visiting our family in California was fun, we are ready for school to start. My kids are incredibly social, and being home all day doesn’t work well after a few weeks. The summer break in our school district is much longer then what we were used to in California. We also got a heat wave that made going to bed very difficult. So while we enjoyed our summer, we are ready for school and to get back into the swing of our school schedule.

This is an exciting year because my 3 year old will be attending preschool! It is only a few hours a day 3 times a week, but she asks to go every single day. My 6 year old calls it, “baby school”, so every day she asks to be taken to baby school. She doesn’t quite understand the concept of days or weeks, so everyday I think she hopes that today is the day she gets to go to school.

Mint Chip Ice Cream (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Today is the first day of the year (its May 3rd) that I have the windows open. Feeling the sweet breeze through the house is amazing. I have a hard time with windows being closed for so long. Living in California for the majority of my life- this has taken some adjusting. However, my family is battling 92 degree weather and its a beautiful 70 degrees here. I will take it!

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Strawberry Chocolate No Bake Cheesecake- Gluten Free and Vegan

No bake cheesecake is simply a fan favorite. Who doesn’t love no bake desserts? This Strawberry Vegan cheesecake drenched in chocolate ganache and topped with a decadent strawberry sauce is made with easy to find ingredients and will be loved by anyone- even those who are not vegan or gluten free.

Pressure Cooked Black Beans

Instead of buying canned beans I buy my beans in the bulk bins at WinCo. It is ridiculously cheaper than buying by the can and there are no nasty preservatives in them. 

Herb Roasted Chicken, Potatoes and Veggies. One pan dinner- Gluten Free, Dairy Free.

Anything that is herb roasted works well for my family dinners. I love seasoning meat, vegetables and potatoes, then letting my oven to do all of the hard work.  Having herb roasted meals often means that they are naturally gluten free and that makes a perfect, simple and inexpensive meal.

I recently made a sheet pan dinner, it called for pork chops, but I did not have any, so I improvised with chicken. It also had potatoes, but not a vegetable. I wanted to create a one sheet all stop shop dinner because I just don’t have time to mess around or wash a million pots and pans.

4th of July Cookies- Gluten Free, Dairy Free

These gluten free and dairy free sugar cookies are soft and chewy just like they should be. They are made with easy to find ingredients and it’s very simple to make. They are the perfect texture for cutting out with cookie cutters. You will find yourself turning to this recipe for all holiday’s and special occasions. The kids will love using the cookie cutters and decorating their own cookies.

I created this recipe during the holiday’s last year. Sugar cookies were one of my favorite cookies prior to going gluten free. I would make butterflies, hearts and many other festive designs for every occasion.

Double Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins- Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Blender Muffins have reserved themselves as a staple in my house. They are full of healthy goodness and are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and flour free. They take less than 10 minutes to throw together and then around 20 minutes to cook, so naturally I gravitate to them as a wholesome healthy baked good that tastes like dessert.

I don’t mind throwing them at my kids when they whine about being hungry, or need something to hold them over until breakfast is ready. They have protein, oats, flax and zero refined sugar. No guilt here.