A European Whirlwind and Sweet Potato Dream Cake

Better late than never, as they say…..It’s been about two weeks since we’ve gotten home from our trip to London, Barcelona and Rome and I’m long overdue for a blog post. We had such a great time showing Phillip’s cousin Nick around Europe, and we packed a ton of activities into a one week getaway….

Chocolate with a Side of Veggies: Avocado Brownies and Black Bean Truffles

I love chocolate. I also love vegetables. Lately, I’ve been testing lots of recipes that combine the two. After being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I’ve recently resolved to minimize refined sugar and refined grains in my diet as a means of reducing inflammation. While I’ve been having positive results so far, these dietary tweaks make for some changes in the kitchen-…

Black Beans and Ladies Night

I don’t know if it’s the extreme cold or the fact that Sunday was Valentine’s Day, but my sweet tooth has been rather demanding lately. The past few days have been filled with sweet treats- for sharing (or not). Anyone who knows me knows about my popcorn obsession. When I’m craving something salty, it’s my go…

Can’t Win ‘Em All: Chocolate Souffles and Green Fish Piles

One of the things I find most frustrating about social media is the lack of truth. We edit our photos to make them look perfect, we share our most exciting news and fun vacations. What doesn’t make the cut is all the bad stuff: the medical frustrations, chasing your dog around the backyard to get a urine…

Super Bowl Sunday Funday

My Sundays are usually spent cooking, baking and food prepping for the week and today was no exception. Being Super Bowl Sunday, it wasn’t my typical menu, but delicious (and gluten free) nonetheless. I started by making a Roasted Squash and Cauliflower Salad with Kale and Lentils. It is smothered in a delicious Dijon vinaigrette…

Snow Day and Lots of Chocolate

Ever since I was little, snow days have been for baking. When school was cancelled, my mom, sister and I would hang out in our comfy clothes and always make something sweet. So when the snowflakes started to fall yesterday, I pulled out my recipe book and got to work. I have always preferred desserts…

Spaghetti Squash Pie and Other Adventures

The culinary juices were flowing this weekend! My parents came to visit, which usually means making up for lost kitchen time with my mom. Before they arrived, I tried a new recipe from Clean Eating magazine for No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip bars. They were absolutely delicious, but as you can see from the photo, they crumbled to pieces….

Key West: A Gluten Free Getaway

I love Key West for many reasons, including the phenomenal weather, the relaxed atmosphere and the famous bar scene with live music everywhere you turn. Now, just returning from my most recent trip, I can add the tremendous selection of gluten free food options to that list- you just have to know where to look. My husband…

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and GF Butterscotch Blondies

I love ice cream. This summer, I decided to take my dessert game to the next level and start making my own ice cream. Again, this is one of those things that sounds much more intimidating and difficult than it actually is. I started with a basic vanilla, and have modified my recipe to create some pretty…

My blogging debut: GF Espresso Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake

Cooking and baking are two of my passions, and everything I know I’ve learned from watching my mom or experimenting on my own. I hate overly complicated recipes with too many ingredients- the simpler, the better. And photography is not one of my strong suits, so please bear with me as I get the hang…