Chocolate Coconut Oil Frosting

frostingSo I took the plunge and ordered 14 lbs of Coconut oil.  I bought 7 lbs of Organic Virgin Coconut oil and 7 lbs of Organic Refined Coconut Oil (I am splitting it with my mom).  The Virgin Coconut Oil is suppose to have more health benefits but it does have a coconut taste.  And although I love coconut I am not sure I want everything I use oil with  to taste coconutty (although popcorn popped in virgin Coconut oil is really delicious!!).  The refined is more processed and has no flavor.

I know some of you may be wondering why I would be considering eating Coconut Oil for health benefits? I mean, isn’t it all saturated fat?  Yes- yes it is, but I have done some research  about oils and not all oils are created equal.  I seems the saturated fat can be both good and bad- depending on the oil and not all unsaturated fats are good. If you would like to read what I have been reading here are some of my sources.. (more…)

My Poor Man’s Microwave Tortilla Warmer

tortillasWe eat a lot of corn tortillas around this house, being gluten free.  But there is one problem with corn tortillas is, if they are not soft enough they are kind of gross. They crack open, all your fillings fall out and the texture is terrible. So some how you need to heat them up to get the soft texture you need.

You have some warming options: microwave them, warm them in a skillet, and I get you could probably do it in the oven, too.  But then you have another issue- they can dry out.  So now they are even worse. (more…)

Why We Eat Gluten and Process Sugar Free (Mostly)

fields of goldAbout 10 years ago, I started feeling terrible. In fact, I was nauseated for an entire year. Believe me, it was not fun! I saw several doctors, tried medications, tried a more homeopathic route, even had a tube with a camera in my stomach and they found nothing.

On my own I even tried going gluten free and did not see a major difference or improvement. So pretty much, I simply had to suffer with terrible digestion and acid reflux for 10 years.

A little over two years ago I was introduced to anaturopath in my area. By this point I was willing to try anything because it was getting so bad I could not stand it any more – I was sick all the time. (more…)

Get a Peak at Sunday’s Coupon Inserts

good morningHoping to start the year out right by saving money or just want to get a jump on yourcouponing? You can check out Sunday’s (Jan 3) coupon inserts at Sunday Coupon Preview.

Coupons do differ in different areas- so you will need to confirm when you actually get your paper. But this is a great way to start early with some ad matching or plan to buy multiple papers.

Here is a sample of this weeks coupons:
-Fiber One Frozen Muffins – $1.00 off any 1 (x3/27)
-General Mills Cereals, listed – $1.00 off any 3 (x2/13)
-GreenGiant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables – 40 cents off any 1 (x2/27)
-NatureValley Granola Nut Clusters, bag – 50 cents off any 1 (x2/27)
-Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls – 40 cents off any 2 (x3/27)

Sweet Potato Casserole (for the Sweet Potato hater)

potatoWe love this dish- it is so good. I have turned sweet potato casserole haters (including my husband) into sweet potato lovers with it- it’s that good.

I will eat it at any time, dinner, dessert, breakfast (mmmm.. so good for breakfast). I will eat it hot or cold. I will eat it in a house or with a mouse… Needless to say, it is one of our favorites.

We have eaten it since before we were gluten free and when Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around that first gluten free year, I could not be without it. So I adapted it to be a GF and processed-sugar-free version. It is not 100% the same as the original, but nonetheless, a great version. I wanted every one to be able to enjoy it so I have included the more conventional recipe, as well.

This recipe is pretty much a no fail. I have never had it turn out badly. I have doubled it many times- and it it a beautiful thing. (more…)

Shepherd’s Pie- with a healthy, secret twist

PieSince the Chefs arrived one of the things that has been hard for me is cooking every night. When it was just the hubby and I often I would just say- “Sorry- cereal tonight”. But in general that doesn’t go over that well for kids- sure they would like it- but I really need to get some good nutrition in them.

Every family probably has go-to recipes that are fairly easy and use ingredients they have on hand. One of mine is Shepherd’s Pie since it’s just basically potatoes, meat and vegetables.

The last time I made it I tried something new. I had wanted to do this for a long time but was a bit afraid to… (more…)