Bacon Wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken

What’s for dinner? I don’t care! I’ve been, well, a mom lately, and I haven’t had much time for anything else this week, not even cooking. And as much as I love to cook, it’s just not worth it for me to spend a lot of time on dinner for my kids. There’s nothing worse that slaving all day in the kitchen just to hear “I don’t like that” before it even touches their lips. But, because I was once that little girl, sitting at the table, not liking anything and never wanting to try anything new, I have no choice but to understand my kids limited palate. It’s called a picky eater and it is every child, to one … Read more…

Pumpkin Spiced BBQ Ribs

The high today is supposed to be 80ºF here in North Carolina. It feels like summer. So I’m thinking, let’s fire up the grill! But wait, pumpkins are in-season, maybe I should make a pumpkin pie? Why can’t I enjoy both at the same time? Who makes these rules anyway? Grilling is only for summer? Pumpkins are only for pie? Bah rules! They were made to be broken. This recipe is proof. PUMPKIN SPICED BBQ RIBS Servings 6-8 8 lbs. pork baby back ribs (remember, the key to good ribs are starting with good ribs) THE RUB: 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/8 cup kosher salt 1 1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 tbsp. paprika 1 tbsp. … Read more…

Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup

It’s the beginning of fall and the weather has multiple personality disorder here in North Carolina. One day it’s in the mid 80’s, the next not much over 60, sunny, raining, windy, dry, humid…make up your mind already! And now the rain won’t stop, going strong for the past four days with no end in sight. Sound like a recipe for a cold? Well yes it is. And guess who got one. You know, the scratch that starts in the back of your throat and slowly moves down into your chest? Now it’s just hanging there like this nasty weather. They have to be friends. Well I decided there was only one thing that could make me feel better about … Read more…

Can’t find galangal root? I couldn’t either!

But I did find these… And if you’re from my neck of the woods, I’m sure you’re wondering where. I’ll be honest. I dream of a day when I can take one trip to one grocery store and find everything I need for every recipe I find. I know it will never happen, but it’s nice to dream isn’t it? There’s nothing worse than running all over town to every store you can think of that might have what you’re looking for, and then still not be able to find it! If there’s one thing I despise more than anything in life, it is wasting precious time…well, unless it’s time that I choose to waste. My mom has been talking … Read more…

Saffron Cauliflower Rice

A good friend suggested cauliflower rice a while back. I’m always excited for a new alternative to grain, but always a little wary on how these alternatives end up stacking up to the real deal. Either way, I figure anything is worth a try. From what I’ve read, there is pretty much only one way to prepare cauliflower to create rice and I’m here to share. First, it’s obvious why they named it cauli”flower”. Start by pulling back the leaves to expose the cauliflower head. Then cut off the leaves and any bad spots you might see on the cauliflower. Remove the stem. Now cut the cauliflower florets away from the stalk. Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor … Read more…

Dairy Free Caramel Frappsicle

I just had to do it again. Coming into the end of summer and the hottest time of the year, it seemed like a good time to knock off of a summertime favorite. I’ll miss you Caramel Frappucino, NOT! I can’t even tell the difference except that these are on a stick instead of a cup, I have to bite instead of suck and I feel better, not worse! The only similarity is that they are just as addictive. Did I say dairy free and delicious? OK, just one more time, then I’ve got to get off these lovely treats. Check it. DAIRY FREE CARAMEL FRAPPSICLE This makes 6-8 servings depending on the size of your popsicle molds. INGREDIENTS 1 … Read more…

Adventures In Urban Homesteading

So I’m calling it “the farm”, in quotations, because that’s what my daughter has dubbed it ever since we got these sweet peeps back in February. OK, not so much peeps anymore, but still sweet. Right now it’s just a modest barn with enough room for some chickens and a few acres of uncultivated land for my garden. Our own little urban homestead. My husband and I bought this foreclosed property about two years ago and we’ve been working on it non-stop since. It’s a work in progress, a lot of work in a state of never-ending progress. But having this land is so worth it for my family, for our health, not only physically but also mentally. For my … Read more…

La Paloma Margarita

So today was one of those days… I had plans! I woke up with A LOT of plans! I was going to work out, I was going to whip up my next recipe for my blog, I was going to get a shower (long overdue) and I was going to have time to make it out to the lake to enjoy part of the day with my kids. I didn’t have time to work out, my recipe was a mini flop (it’s close, just need to fine tune it), my website went down (spent an hour trying to figure out how to fix it) and now it’s almost five o’clock. Fortunately, my disillusioned mind led me to this. Print Yum … Read more…

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Fudgesicles

I know, I said I wasn’t big on dessert…but I’ve always had a slight obsession with ice cream. When I want dessert, it’s my go to. But after realizing that running for the bathroom minutes after devouring a bowl wasn’t normal, I decided to see how my body would fair without ice cream or most other dairy. I’m a bit lactose intolerant, but ice cream hits me the hardest. Sometimes I’m willing to sacrifice feeling bad for a few hours just to satisfy my craving. But usually I try to steer clear of dairy all together if possible. If it does that to my body, it can’t possibly be a good thing for me. It’s the height of summer, it’s … Read more…

Grilled Corn with Lime and Chili Powder aka Bhutta

I was recently researching Indian spices and I ran across a most amazing way to eat corn. It’s Bhutta! Typically served by street vendors in India, it’s roasted over hot coals and then served hot with lime and chili powder. Ya just dip the lime in the chili powder and then squeeze and rub it all over the corn. The lime, chili powder combination with the sweet corn is truly incredible. I made mine on a gas grill and it turned out great. Here’s how I did it. To start you’ll need some good fresh corn. Then get some butter, limes and chili powder. Yes that’s it. I love some simple! I chose this organic red chili powder made specifically … Read more…

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