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Sugar-Free Paleo Me


My most recent challenge is coming up with snacks and treats for my children who are doing through the whole food elimination for allergies.  One can’t have coconut, one can’t have eggs, and two of them can’t have almonds.  I’m having to dig deep.  Sometimes I feel like I’m making 5 different meals (counting mine).  Since I’m already struggling with my memory, I may have forgotten things a time or two this week.

One night my daughter with ASD shouted at me, “I NEVER get to have something special at dinner time.”

Whoa.  Excuse me?  NEVER?

Well, that’s obviously NOT true and I’m thinking the opposite might be true.  But this particular evening, she was slightly right – it had been awhile since I had a specific item for her.  After talking through that (gratefulness in all things, and saying NEVER when it simply isn’t true.)… It did light a fire under me to figure out a few other go-to treats.  Now, don’t think for a minute that we don’t eat A LOAD of apples and bananas, and veggies… we do.  But this has challenged me in a new way.  (Thanks for your prayers, I am still smiling – and grateful – although this particular night might not have been my high-point as week ONE wraps up!)

Just to give you an idea of how I’ve messed up lately.  I may or may not have:

-Left the back of the van open while driving away from the grocery store for the second time in 2 months.
-Leave the refrigerator door open almost every day while cooking (thankful for the bell that lets me know it’s STILL open!)
-Left a burner on and almost set some parchment paper on fire from the baking sheet I set on there.

Distracted?  Slightly.


The first thing I made were plaintain crackers from Paleo Mom.  They are super simple, and she has a great video on cutting a plantain (in half, and then lengthwise in half).  I meant them for my kids – but ended up eating 3/4ths of them.  They were SO good.

I cut them about 20 minutes into the baking, and bake until they are DARK brown.  They harden as they sit - and are SO good.  The outer ones might bake first - so just slide those off and bake some more.

I cut them about 20 minutes into the baking, and bake until they are DARK brown. They harden as they sit – and are SO good. The outer ones might bake first – so just slide those off and bake some more.

Secondly, I made some chocolate flax crackers from healthful pursuit  (they were very well received – see picture at top).  I can’t eat these, because they have cacao in them – also, I didn’t put chocolate in them or on top of them – as sugar is out for the kids…. but they said they were really good! 🙂

I’ve been making a BOATLOAD (no seriously… that’s a number) of smoothies everyday too… for myself, and all of the kids.  They always comment about how much it aids in their digestion.  Green/digestion smoothies all-around!  Next task – a birthday cake for most to enjoy?  Stay tuned!  Keepin’ it Healthy for Him!

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death,

but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Romans 8:6

Sugar-less Egg-less Cookies


I spent all day cooking and baking Sunday.  What’s new, right?

After church, I planned my day in preparation of our week as we start school back.   My goal was to make something to have on hand for each of the kids that are dealing with their food sensitivities, plus make things for the rest of the family.  I made soup, bone broth, paleo granola bars, paleo granola, pumpkin cookies (That I will share) and pumpkin rolls.

So far we’ve really noticed how much calmer (the children being treated) are and I’m going accredit a lot of that change to no sugar.  No raw honey, and no maple sugar…  It’s crazy to realize how much cane sugar is put in so many cured meats also!  (Even the “good stuff”…)  It made me really wonder, why make something organic, and gluten/diary free – then add in cane sugar or nightshades??  Crazy!

So here is a share if you’re needing a treat for someone you love, who is avoiding sugar, honey, maple sugar, and eggs…  Or you just want a healthy cookie – try this! (adapted from my friend who didn’t know the source)

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies (sugar free/egg free)

1 can of pumpkin puree

3 cups of almond flour

16 dates (mixed in food processor, or just cut up into small bits)

2 teaspoon vanilla

2 t. baking soda

3 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375

Mix together and scoop out onto unbleached parchment paper on a cookie sheet and flatten before baking for 16-18 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms.

If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

John 14:1-3

Recovering our Children (Part II)


So, I haven’t updated since we got back from our first appointment to recover our kids.  When I say, “Recover” – I mean figure out their vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivities and toxin load… the things that can majorly contribute to how kids feel, act, process… and how their immune system functions.  It’s a similar process to what I’m going through, but since each of them is different, the process looks a little different as well.

We took blood and urine samples for food cytotoxin testing as well as yeast, metals, amino acids, etc.  So far the food portion came back.  It was a little over whelming for me at first – trying to wrap my mind around just how this will look for our family.  They all had MULTIPLE sensitivities, which indicate a leaky gut issue – and gut repair needing to happen.

Thankfully their doctor recommended we start with the biggest sensitivities first – and work our way to the smaller ones.   That seemed more do-able for me.  So, we took their level 2 (take the food out for 8 weeks) and 3 sensitivities (take the food out for 12 weeks) and we started right after Christmas.  The older two (ages 11 and 10) are doing well with it and have been very helpful figuring out which supplements might be an issue, and really eating what is placed before them, happily.  That makes MY job a lot easier – since this is a lot of work honestly – to make sure everyone has what they need at each meal.  Since this is just the first group, and the first time we’re doing this – and knowing I have more children, and much more time involved to help recover them – I’ve been praying for an extra dose of JOY to make this happen.

I am grateful this is an option to do this.  I am thankful we have food for them to eat…

It’s a blessing that we’re already Paleo eaters and very clean with our diet – that ruled out many of the chemicals (MSG, BHT, etc) as well as the GMOs and Grains… corn, rice, gluten… etc.

Since I’m already well versed in making some of my own “weird foods” – I figured this couldn’t be THAT much harder – right?? 

It’s not “hard” really – just a lot of work, and time.  I remind myself that it is an investment in their future – and that they deserve that of me.  It’s not THEIR fault this has happened.

Tonight it was time to get creative.  The other kids are having scones with breakfast.  Some of the kids who are treating their food allergies can’t have coconut, some can’t have eggs, others can’t have honey…  so I wanted to make them something special too.  Here is what I came up with for some special waffles for them:



2.5 cups of almond flour

1 cup of arrow root flour

2 T baking soda

2 T Palm sugar or date sugar

1 cup coconut milk or almond milk

2T lemon juice

1/2 cup apple sauce

I had my older daughter taste test – and her eyes lit up.  She was very thankful.  My heart sings…

I could totally understand where she was coming from.

As I walked through the grocery earlier today… I was looking at all sorts of foods for them – and thinking why do they put _____________ (various ingredient that my children couldn’t have) in those.  I began feel frustrated…  and sadness seeped in.

I am not alone, I told myself.  I’m not doing this alone.  We will get through this.

Just as fast as I was hurting – God was right there, to remind me how many people are suffering, just like me and our family.

We aren’t alone. 

That we need to continue to be vocal, and encourage others because our group is growing… and God is guiding.

 There are more and more people waking up to what our food and medical system are pushing/offering…  and I believe we’re on the right path.

Thank you all for your encouragement, and your notes and love.  It means a lot to me.  2013 has been better than I ever imagined.  If 2012 was the lowest of low of loneliness and fear, God certainly went above and beyond in putting me in touch with so many people who I could share with and love on, and I thank Him.  May 2014 be one of continued health and recovery for us all as we strive to be healthy for Him.


“But when the right time came, God send His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 

God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children.”

Galatians 4:4-5

Friend or Foe?


Christmas time and the holidays can be a real source of stress for people with food issues.  It’s usually much safer NOT to eat, than to consider the risk of getting sick.

For me, I’m always concerned about getting sick somewhere away from home – and because the issues attack my head… more importantly, wondering how I will drive home.

Yes, it’s safer just not to eat.

So, what about those parties where everyone can bring food… and it seems like a good idea – because you can just bring something that is safe for you. Right?

Well, the probably is usually the same issue at any buffet line, or group gathering…  cross contamination. 

Recently our girls had a tea they were invited to with their friends.  It was group gathering where each person brought something to share with the group, a fruit, a veggie or a baked food of some sort.  Since we were supposed to feed 20 people, we bought 2 large veggie platters, each with a dip (gluten-free, dairy-free and one was nut free, and AIP safe).  Each dip had its own spoon, and we had some tongs also.

At first the people in charge of the food were just placing everything on the same table… obviously not aware that crumbs from one can get on another – and whamo… someone is sick.  Thankfully someone who “gets” our situation got another table for our food… only it was put at the end of the food line.  Again, an issue – because with plates full of gluten-filled food, they would be approaching our veggie platters.  I came up with the idea to place the foods at the front of the line – so that they would be able to stay safe, and I kept the cookies and fruit I made for the girls at our table – separate.

It’s a fine line between “protecting” your food, and then making people have complex about touching your food…  We wanted people to feel welcome to take it, but at the same time, keep ourselves safe.

The girls were just thrilled to feel more “normal” and go through the line…. something they rarely get to do.  I just wanted to stay on top of the situation, so they weren’t questioning the safety of the foods, and whether or not they would be sick later.

For the most part, it went really well.  Almond dip ended up on the tongs for the veggies so they were getting mixed in with all of the veggies – making those a unable to be eaten by myself, and the tongs unusable… but over all – not a big deal, because I was looking for it and they didn’t make their way to another plate or anything.  It was well worth the effort for the smiles on my girl’s faces.

“That was the best tea ever… don’t you think mom?” They celebrated afterwards.

“Yes, I do…” I answered.

My job was complete!

Here are the dips we used.  AVOCADO DILL DIP, (Green one), and then an Almond Butter “Fruit” dip (that we used for veggies too and used less coconut milk so it was thicker).


” A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.  Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.”
Proverbs 14:6-7

Gotta Have That Crunch!


For me, that crunch comes from freshly made Kale chips, or carrot sticks…  I am unable to have nut made crackers and things like that.  I do make homemade graham crackers often.  Elena’s Pantry has my favorite recipe!

But my husband has always been a grand snacker.  Mr. Crunchy-Crunch!  He loves crackers.  We’ve tried some almond crackers from Julian’s Bakery that are good, but his favorites are Skinny Crisps.  First found at Whole Foods, they’ve become hard to find and which resulted in us buying them online!


These Paleo friendly snacks are gluten, egg and dairy-free, soy and casein free as well.  They are vegan, and contain no hydrogenated oils!  They come in a variety of flavors, so we bought some of each!  The kids love the brownie and cinnamon crackers, and my husband and boys love the plain janes, whole shebang, and the white sesame crackers (especially with soups!).


So there you have it!  A few cracker snacks you might not have to always make from scratch!  Here’s a picture of the ingredients of the cinnamon crisps.


**  I accidentally posted this before I was ready earlier this week!! I didn’t have my pictures or verse uploaded.  I guess I thought I was going to have more time than I did.  It’s still my busy season, so hopefully soon I’ll be able to write more frequently, I have a lot of to say.  (You have been warned!)  I’m sharing these verses with you because it spoke to me on people who are harsh, rude or ignorant on the information you might be sharing with them.  Love them anyway.  Remember that at one time, you too were ignorant to the truth and it didn’t make the Truth, less of the truth for someone to share it then either.  God bless your weekend!

“Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?

But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

 “He committed no sin,     and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.   “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,

”but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

1 Peter 2:18-25

Happy Last Day of October!

We made these cute little guys to hand out to the shut -ins we deliver meals to on Thursday during October!  Healthy and FUN!

We made these cute little guys to hand out to the shut -ins we deliver meals to on Thursday during October! Healthy and FUN!

I’m all about ways to maximize my time.  Time isn’t something some of us have more of, we just all use it differently.

What I learned having 8 kids in 10 years, is that the time isn’t MINE…. it’s God’s and I better move a pretty good clip to get things done.

Fast forward to my life now… and nothing is new, it always feels like there isn’t enough time.

But there is always enough time to get done what God would have me do.  It’s true I can’t do it all, but God doesn’t want me to do it all anyway.  So I focus on what NEEDS to be done, and do that.

Wednesday night is our errand night.  We restock on groceries and household items, and run around like crazy people.  We usually cover 3 grocery stores, the dry cleaners, Target, and anywhere else (like the library).  When we return home the kids help dad unload the van, and I start on baths for the littles.  We are blessed with more than one bathroom, so showers are started with the older kids at the same time.  It still takes at least an hour to get everyone to bed, AND get things put away.  (usually longer with the older kids!)

As that is happening I’m working on other things, blend the almond milk for tomorrow, soak the apples from the store, start a chicken in the crock pot for broth and chicken later this week, pop chicken breasts in the oven for tomorrow’s lunch, soak 3 cups of nuts for tomorrow’s banana porridge, and then take the almond meal from the strained milk and bake it with cinnamon to make granola bars…  I go on like this… mixed in with cleaning dishes and putting things away for a few hours each night.  Some nights I’m on my feet for 2 hours following errand night.  On a regular baking night, when we are “home” for the evening, it’s a good five-hour stint between preparing dinner and getting things ready for the next day.

So in my time crunch, I’m also thinking of ways to maximize our food and never be wasteful.  Just like using the carrot pulp from my juice for muffins or making sure we eat left overs!  One thing I’ve learned to do is use the almond “meal” from my almond milk – and make homemade paleo “Granola” bars!  This works out great a few times a week, and provides a seriously yummy snack, that is pack full of SUPER healthy fats, for a lot less!


So if you’re left with almond meal after making milk, and you’re wondering what to do…  here’s how it works:


(This is assuming you’ve made milk with 2 cups of soaked, raw almonds and uses all of that meal for this recipe)
Take the almond meal out of the cheese cloth and spread it on a pan lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and put it in a 350 degree over for 20 minutes.  Remove and let cool.

In another bowl, mix the following:

1 cup of almond butter (I love Barney Butter – crunchy!)
1 1/3 cups of Coconut Oil (melted)
2. T Coconut Flour (I use Honeyville)
3 T. Molasses
2 T. Pure Vanilla

2 cups of shredded coconut (I use Tropical Traditions)
1/2 cup dried fruit (I use blueberries or raisins)
1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

** Once well mixed, add in the baked almond meal and stir all together.

Line a 9×13 glass pan with parchment, and then press bars into dish.  Put in the refrigerator for 1 hour, and then cut.  I usually wrap most of them up so they can travel easily, but it would work to stack and store them in a dish.  Either way, refrigerate until you eat them!  (Your welcome on the parchment paper “lining” this is crazy-slick!)

If you don’t have time to put the bars together following baking the almond meal, just simply lift the sides of the parchment paper, and slide it into a ziplock bag.  Store in the fridge until you are ready!






“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
    and an idle person will suffer hunger.
 Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
    he who despises his ways will die.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will repay him for his deed.
Discipline your son, for there is hope;
    do not set your heart on putting him to death.
A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
    for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
Listen to advice and accept instruction,
    that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
    but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Proverbs 19:15-21

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cake


Paleo Cinnamon rolls aren’t the easiest thing going …  if you’ve ever tried to make them.

{I’ve had a few fails myself!}

They’re dense.  Hard to roll.  Easy to fall apart.

I still make them though, because they TASTE great… and that’s what matters, right?  Not how things LOOK?

But then I saw this recipe for a regular version of cinnamon roll cake.  I though… hmmm…  I bet I could make that Paleo?

And I did!

It was way easier than paleo cinnamon rolls and family loved it.  I think you would even SKIP the glaze sauce…  and obviously this is a special treat, because it’s pretty sugar loaded.  BUT, considering what a regular cinnamon roll would be – this is a much better option.




1 cup coconut palm sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk

3 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup of coconut butter

1 cup of almond flour

1 cup of arrowroot flour

1/2 cup of coconut flour


1/2 cup of coconut oil or coconut butter

1/2 cup of coconut sugar

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. cinnamon


Top with 1/4 cup diced pecans after you swirl cake and topping.

Mix everything for the cake.  Pour into 9×13 baking dish.  Drop topping evenly over batter and swirl with knife.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  When cooled, (if desired) top with glaze before serving.


1/2 cup of honey

1/2 cup of coconut butter

5 T canned coconut milk

1 tsp. vanilla

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Psalm 46:10-11

Paleo Pumpkin Snickerdoodles


In the season of all things pumpkin, I’ve been on a roll.  I often print out lots of recipes and pull from them later on what I might fix.  Unfortunately, I’m also known to print out things that I assume are paleo, and they are not.

I’m getting better at understanding which flours work for substitutes and how to work my way around even a regular recipe to make it work for Paleo.  So when the Pumpkin Snickerdoodle recipe graced my pile, I knew it had to be transformed “Paleo”.  My kids and husband said these were like pumpkin cake, so I’d say that is a success!



1 cup of coconut oil

1 cup of coconut sugar

2 large eggs

tsp cinnamon

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 can of organic pumpkin

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1 cup arrow-root flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

COATING (in small bowl to roll balls into before smashing):

3/4  cup of coconut sugar or date sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine ingredients for cookies, and coating – separately.

Take small amount of dough with cookie scoop, and drop it into the coating bowl.   Roll in bowl to coat and drop on lined cookie sheet.  Flatten all cookies with a small square of parchment paper before baking.

Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown, and cool before eating.





SMASHINGI thought I’d share something positive with you today, but I’m feeling really horrible.  I’m pretty sure it’s some pastured pork that I tried again – yep, I’m pretty positive it’s grain finished.  It’s days like these, that I just hurt all over, I can’t barely bend my fingers to hold something and my head throbs…  that I think – UGH, Lord, really?? Praying to enjoy this moment and being grateful for the struggle!  My go-to verse for my less than ideal days, when there is no time for pity-parties?

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

2 Cor. 12:9


Little House On The… Prairie?

Each year after the pumpkin patch trip, each child brings home a pumpkin.  They usually sit for decoration and rot.  Not this year!

Each year after the pumpkin patch trip, each child brings home a pumpkin. They usually sit for decoration and rot. Not this year!

Sometimes I feel pretty domesticated.  I’ve got tea in my crock pot, making food from scratch, and an opossum holed up in our garage this week-end.

Opossum 2, us – 1.  (No wonder those garage cats were spooked!  That is a one UGLY mouse with a nasty long tail!)  Yuck.

So, back to my make-believe time warp action I have going on…

While cooking and baking so much from scratch seems to be so foreign in our country, we’re really only one generation removed from knowing how to cook and live this way…  and we can see where that has gotten us!

“Get out of your house more,” they say….

“Don’t be stuck in your kitchen,” they say…

“Choose convenience,” they say….

and where did that get us exactly?

People are tired and stressed, families are broken and we have more disease than ever before, with “technology” inventing chemically laden foods, and a disease-care system laughing all the way to the bank.

This is progress?

One of the biggest gifts is having to slow down… having to think, plan and to really consider for our family, what we need to say no to in order to say yes to restoring our health while strengthening our relationships.  We’re also able to attempt so many things we weren’t able to before – together.

Personally, it makes me much more adventurous and wiling to tackle things I wouldn’t have bothered with before.


Gutting a pumpkin isn’t super hard. Sure it’s a little messy, but roasted pumpkin seeds are worth it. Boiled for 10 minutes, and baked for 25 at 350 degrees. Just a little coconut oil, salt and cinnamon – and you have a tasty treat!

Cutting the pumpkin in half, we turned it over and roasted for one hour at 350 degrees on a plain baking sheet like this.

Cutting the pumpkin in half, we turned it over and roasted for one hour at 350 degrees on a plain baking sheet like this.

This weekend it was roasting our whole pumpkins and freezing the “meat” to use later.  I was preparing a large batch of roasted pumpkin seeds too!  Maybe not a big deal to you – but for me, it was showing our children the goodness of God in what He has provided for us in the things He created!



The pumpkin was easy to scoop into 1-2 cup portions and bag flat for the easy storage in the freezer.  Some of it we just ate fresh with a little bit of a cinnamon.  Yum!  It smelled delish!

The pumpkin was easy to scoop into 1-2 cup portions and bag flat for the easy storage in the freezer. Some of it we just ate fresh with a little bit of a cinnamon. Yum! It smelled delish!

So that was some of our weekend wrapped up with a bow!   {If you are in my neighborhood,  I apologize for screaming out last night when the rodent came towards me.  I know I had a shovel – but irrational fears controlled my voice box when it moved towards me as we shooed it out.}

“We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like Him.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

Another Love


No, I’m not cheating on my diet, or anything for that matter!!  (I prefer the word CHOICE, vs. cheat anyway… every choice has a consequence!)  I just found another GREAT new Paleo cookbook that I had to share, because you’re definitely going to want this one too!

The layout and form remind me of Against All Grain, which should be a staple in any healthy kitchen – but with some additional great twists and creative dishes galore!

You know me, the first place I dig is for is the desserts, and snacks.  I love things to go with our healthy meals… (and this book has PLENTY of great ideas there too!)  It’s therapy to bake things I can’t have.  So far I’ve made the chives crackers for my husband (who loves some stinky-crunchy snacks!) and some SWIRL cookies for the kids… which were GONE in one day.  (I made them for soccer snacks, dessert and frozen some back for my Bible study girls as well)

Chive crackers - great with bone broth soup!

Chive crackers – great with bone broth soup!

We tried out the pumpkin pancakes this weekend and they were a grand slam.  If you’ve ever attempted paleo pumpkin pancakes, you’ve probably ended up with a HUGE mess.  Not so with this recipe!  Super easy to follow – and lovely consistency as well!

Yep - Pumpkin pancakes that weren't dime sized, and actually LOOKED like the picture when they were cooked up.  Excellent!

Yep – Pumpkin pancakes that weren’t dime sized, and actually LOOKED like the picture when they were cooked up. Excellent!

Again, I think it was the different flour combos, similarly to Against All Grain.  I did also try some new flours – which (sadly) put Bob’s Red Mill to shame.  (Sorry Bob!)  The brand is Honeyville, and I got it off of  They are finer in texture, and come in 5lb bags!!  (Thank you Lord for larger bags, because we go through a lot!)


Have an awesome week!  Love these beautiful FALL days!

“God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the POWER that worketh in us.”

Eph 3:19-20


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