Beautiful weekend and a Special Birthday celebration!

HI there!! This past week was filled with lots of Fall cleaning, more decorating and baking. This past weekend, we celebrated my son’s 21st birthday!! We had such a wonderful time going to our local winery, listening to some great vocal & acoustic performances from the talented Andy Cavanaugh, and having a lovely takeout meal…

4 Ingredient Cookies

I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar & wanted a snack to go with my tea at my afternoon tea time. I needed something not too heavy & not sugary or unhealthy. So I decided on this vegan, gluten free, simple snack. This recipe was delightful with a lovely tea. It doesn’t make a…

” Meaty” Nachos

Today, I was looking for a yummy mexican style lunch and love the idea of a one-dish meal. This is that type of meal. It’s “meaty”, has a bit of a spiciness to it and is an easy dish to make. It’s a great dish for lunch, as an appetizer or even a dinner along…

Lemon Pudding Cheesecake

I make this cheesecake for Easter every few years & it is always a smash hit! It’s light & lemony delicious! Enjoy! I have to apologize that in all of the commotion & excitement on Easter, I never took a picture of the cheesecake, but it is so very delicious!! It will not disappoint!! Ingredients:…

vegan gfree chocolate cream pie

Oh Wow, the yumminess!!! I made this chocolate cream pie the other day, just because. I Love “Just because” recipes! This one is seriously good, guys & gals!! It takes a little time of prep, but it is so worth it! It’s so chocolatey!! Ingredients: Pre-made gfree crust (recipe in previous post) Filling: 1 (12…

Shephard’s Pie

This is one of those recipes that I have to make in the Fall & Winter when I want a quick & comforting meal. I make it 2 different ways, depending on my mood. Here’s both versions listed on the main ingredient. For the “meat” part of the dish I either use lentils or a…

Apple Crisp

It’s Autumn & it’s time to start thinking of apples in season. There are so many recipes for apples! My daughter & husband LOVE apple pie so much!! My son & I are more of a bite- into- an- apple- from- the-orchard kind of people. Well, somewhere in between, there’s an apple crisp. I Love…

Homemade cereal

Being vegan & gluten free as well as trying to remain healthy is very important to me & my family. That being said, we love breakfast & it’s been difficult to find a good cereal that is nice to eat during the week, and that adopts all of the characteristics we need. So, I make…

Hot Cocoa

It’s that time of year when we need a comforting drink on occasion & what better way than with a homemade hot cocoa, one without all of the additives & preservatives? It’s rich & creamy! Ingredients: 2 cups almond milk 2 tspns unsweetened cocoa 2 TBSPN Enjoy Life vegan mini chocolate chips 1/2 tsp vanilla…

Black Bean Brownies

I had my friend & Food Stylist for my new & upcoming cookbook, Rachel, over for a taste testing/business meeting last week & this was the dessert served. It was so decadent & delicious! It’s a Black Bean Brownie! I served it with homemade vanilla ice cream & homemade peanut butter caramel sauce (From a…