Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Feingold Stage 1

1 cup of chocolate chips (Ghiradelli or Enjoy Life for dairy free) 1 TB of shortening (Spectrum or we  use Tropical Traditions Palm Oil shortening – order online) Pretzels  Combine the above ingredients in a sauce pan.  Heat just until melted.  Let cool slightly.   Dip the pretzels in chocolate.  I just throw them in […]

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

1 cup of chocolate chips (Ghiradelli or Enjoy Life for dairy free) 1 TB of shortening or coconut oil (I use Tropical Traditions Palm Oil shortening – order online) Combine the above ingredients in a sauce pan on low stirring continually. Heat just until melted. Let cool slightly. Wash strawberries then pat dry with a […]

Chocolate Covered Cherries

  1 ¼ cups of powdered sugar 1/8 cup of butter (I used Earth Balance Soy Free) ½ TB of milk (I used Pacific brand rice milk) ¼ tsp almond extract (I didn’t have any so I subbed vanilla extract instead) 16 maraschino cherries (I use Tillen Farms from Whole Foods – near the tea) […]

Teff Pancakes

1 1/2 cups teff flour1 tsp baking soda1 tsp cream of tartar (this does feed yeast) 1/4 tsp sea salt1 1/2 cups milk sub (I usually use a combination of rice milk, room temp club soda, and pear juice.  If using all pear juice, eliminate the agave)3 TB oil (I use coconut oil melted)1 tsp […]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Feingold Stage 1

6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters or eighths 4 to 5 garlic cloves 5 cups of water (or enough to just cover potatoes) 2 TB olive oil 1 tsp of salt Pinch of pepper Butter (We use about 2-3 TB of Earth Balance soy free) to taste Bring potatoes and whole garlic cloves […]

Chicken Parmesan

½ cup seasoned bread crumbs (Edward & Sons Italian bread crumbs from Whole Foods) ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided (Meijer Grated Parmesan Italian Style or a block of parmesan cheese put in the blender) 1 ½ tsp dried oregano, divided ½ tsp dried basil ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 1 egg 1 TB water […]

Gingy Notes

Here are the notes I made up for my kids for a Gingerbread hunt.  You can make your own or adjust these to make sense for your house and your family. You can use whatever kind of cookies you want.  Just cut them out in the shape of a Gingerbread Man.  We’ve made sugar cookies before […]

Vanilla Extract

  You will need to buy vanilla beans.  I ordered my 7-8 inch Grade A Bourbon vanilla beans from   I got a 20-pack of beans for $9.00, plus $2.95 for shipping.  These are currently out of stock.  I’ve been checking back for the last year so my vanilla is getting low.  I could just […]

Hot Chocolate – Feingold Stage 1

We don’t drink hot chocolate too often but there are two times a year that we definitely do: The first snowfall of the year, and around Christmas time when we watch Polar Express. Polar Express is now my 7 year old’s favorite movie. Not sure if it’s because of the movie, or the hot chocolate. […]