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 […]

The All Natural Diet

So I started another blog. 🙂 I’m just getting this one started but it will include products that I have contacted manufacturers on. There are a lot of items that we eat that are not in the Feingold shopping guide for one reason or another so I decided to contact them myself.  I will be sharing […]

How We Keep the Christ in Christmas

We celebrate Christmas a little differently than most. For one, we don’t do Santa. I decided before my kids were born that I wasn’t going to tell them about Santa. I’ve taken a lot of flack for that one. People have actually gotten angry at me. So I decided against naming this post, “Santa’s Not Coming.” […]

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 […]

10 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Christmas

  Below are some things that we do to celebrate Christmas.  Most of these things are also inexpensive. It’s funny how when you’re trying to simplify and focus on the things that matter in life like relationships, it often doesn’t cost a whole lot of money. 1.     Hot chocolate!  Pair hot chocolate with anything and it […]