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Brussels Sprout Medley with Rice

Brussels Sprouts Medley with Rice

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This time of year I always get excited… for the holiday’s sure… but also because this time of year is when I can usually find Brussels sprouts on the stalk in my local grocery stores. I saw my first stalks this year right before Thanksgiving but didn’t buy one because we’d be out of town for the long weekend. However, after we got back I was off to the store to buy me some Brussels sprouts.

A lot of times I just fry up my Brussels sprouts with some olive oil, salt, and pepper and call it good. And man, are they good that way! Then last week I was looking through the recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest and saw one from Gluten-Free Goddess that I made years ago but then forgot about. It’s super tasty and uses Brussels sprouts so I added it to our menu for this week. Continue Reading…

Dessert/ Fall/Winter

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge

I just had to share this peppermint fudge recipe (with no chocolate) because it’s one of my family’s favorites. My husband and son always ask me to make it and even offer to help so how can I say no. It’s also one I typically take to family gatherings and everyone loves it.

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Fall/Winter/ Mains/ Oven Roasted/ Recipes/ Rosemary/ Sides/ Spring/Summer/ Thyme

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Our family has really been into potatoes this fall. And garlic. So when the idea of oven roasted potatoes with fresh garlic and rosemary came up it was a no-brainer. I have a feeling I’ll be making this recipe regularly this fall/winter and probably next summer too!

This recipe is a bit of a combination of a Betty Crocker roasted potato recipe I made years ago and a recipe I pinned last year from It has plenty of delicious garlic plus fresh rosemary and thyme. It comes together fairly quickly and is great as a side or even as a main course if you want. Continue Reading…

Dessert/ Fall/Winter/ Recipes

Dairy & Egg Free Pumpkin Pie

Non-dairy Pumpkin Pie

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I’m ready! I’m ready for mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce… and I’m really ready for pumpkin pie!

Of course this year that will be dairy free pumpkin pie (and gluten free for the hubby). So I went to Pinterest and found a recipe that sounded perfect: Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie from After trying the recipe out I decided a few tweaks were in order and now that I’ve gotten the recipe just how we like it I wanted to share it with you. Continue Reading…

Fall/Winter/ Rosemary/ Soup, Stew, and Chowder

Creamy Non-Dairy Potato Chowder

Creamy Potato Chowder

I’ve made several different potato soup recipes since we stopped using cow’s milk but this is the first one we all agree on. It has great flavor, it’s creamy without the cream, and its pretty quick to make too.

This soup is fairly customizable which is always a plus for me. It’s delicious with the optional ingredients added but still has lots of flavor if they’re left out. I’ve used russet potatoes and red potatoes and they both work well so use whatever potatoes your family likes. Same with the onion. I’ve used yellow onions and Walla Walla sweet onions but use what you like. Continue Reading…

Fall/Winter/ Mains/ Pineapple Sage/ Recipes/ Soup, Stew, and Chowder

Red Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Red Lentil Brown Rice Soup

“Fall is my time. I am most radiant and full of energy when the leaves are falling and there is a ghost of change in the air.”

While going through my “I Love Fall” board on Pinterest the quote above from caught my eye. This morning I couldn’t have honestly said it fit my feelings but this afternoon, as I look out the window at the mellow sunlight dancing through the yellow and green leaves on the trees outside, it most definitely describes how I feel.

The smell of the Red Lentil and Brown Rice Soup cooking on the stove certainly helps too. Continue Reading…

Fall/Winter/ Mains/ Recipes/ Soup, Stew, and Chowder/ Thyme

Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup Recipe

15 Bean Soup

The leaves are changing colors, it’s been raining off and on all day, and I made my Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup for supper… it must be FALL!

Fall is my favorite season and it has been for more years than I can remember. I love curling up with a book and a hot beverage while listening to the rain outside. I love taking a walk through the crunchy, multicolored leaves. And I love making (and eating) homemade soup!

I’m planning to share a number of my favorite soup recipes in the next month since I’ll be making them anyway and this gives me a chance to record how I actually make them. (Instead of trying to remember from the previous year the tweaks I’ve made to whatever the original recipe was.)

This recipe is based on the Hurst’s HamBeens Brand 15 Bean Soup recipe and I usually start with a package of their 15 Bean Soup mix Continue Reading…

Basil/ Oregano/ Parsley/ Pasta/ Recipes

Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Non-dairy Lasagna

Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Non-dairy Lasagna

This lasagna recipe has been many years in the making. I got the original recipe out of my first cook book (Betty Crocker’s Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today… which is actually still available on Amazon) and I made it pretty much how the recipe stated with the exception of leaving the sugar out. Then my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease so I learned how to make it gluten-free. A few years after that we stopped eating meat so then I modified it to gluten-free and vegetarian. This last fall I noticed dairy was making me feel lousy… so I modified the recipe once again.

Hopefully that’s the last set of modifications I’m going to have to make. I’m not sure what Betty would think of how her recipe has been tweaked but I’m happy to say we still get to enjoy some homemade lasagna! Continue Reading…

Basil/ Fall/Winter/ Harvesting/Preserving

Drying Basil – In the Microwave

Fall is here which means we have to say good to our annual herbs… like basil. Normally I mourn the loss of my favorite herb and that’s that but this year I decided to try drying some basil for the winter.

There are several different ways to dry basil and I’m going to do as many as I have time for but I’m starting with using the microwave because, to be honest, I’m skeptical. I use the microwave for cooking. And if I really need to I’ll even use it for defrosting. But that’s pretty much it. Drying food in the microwave is not something I’ve even considered.

But I’m trying it because I really want to know if it works. Continue Reading…