Cranberry Pear Ginger Smoothie

Cranberry Pear Ginger Smoothie -

I don’t know about you but I really struggle to eat enough fruits and vegetables at this time of year.  At least in raw form.  When the weather cools my body wants warm, heartier foods; raw fruits and vegetables are too cold.  In Chinese medicine and acupuncture practice they would guide that in the cold months eating warming foods is the best for your energy system, as are cold foods in the hot months.  I guess that validates me as normal but doesn’t fulfill the daily suggested servings of fruits and vegetables. When the calendar clicks over to January everyone jumps on the healthy eating band wagon.  Leaving the over indulgences behind from the holiday frolicking in December, healthy options and smoothies grace the cyber waves in full force.  Last week on Thanksgiving morning I was … {continue reading}

Homemade DIY Gifts: 21 Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes {2014}

21 DIY Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes Gift Ideas |

I’m getting a jump start on fun DIY natural bath and beauty products this year and know that savvy gifters have been on the prowl for the same thing for about a month now!  I often fall behind getting ready for the holidays, forgetting some needed gifts until the last minute.  The great news is these natural products can be made in one sitting, often with ingredients you already have in your pantry! I think almost everyone appreciates a natural product for the bath or body and there are so many creative options available.   The great thing about them is they are made with whole, healthy ingredients, and are usually quite affordable and easy to make.  Favorite scents can be added into moisturizing scrubs.  Therapeutic bath additives can be created with muscle-soaking salts.  Essential … {continue reading}

24 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes {2014} and a $90 Baking Giveaway!

24 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes {2014}

Our focus in the Boulder Locavore kitchen has shifted to December and the magic of the holidays.  Cookie baking has always been a Christmas tradition for our family.  After all poor Santa must burn many calories on his speedy trip around the world.  Never let it be said we did not contribute to his nocturnal intake of 3 billion cookies! The tides turned when we became gluten-free however.  Old favorite recipes for cookies don’t always convert easily when changing to being gluten-free.  Baking at our Colorado altitude can throw a wrench into things as well.  When scouring the internet for gluten-free recipes one would hope to find a variety of options just as if they were gluten eaters.  It can be tricky to find options that appeal, are gluten-free and feel like holiday … {continue reading}

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Squares {no bake}

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Squares -

I’m already feeling the holiday spirit!  We have many treats, recipes, fun DIY gift ideas and some great giveaways coming your way in the next few weeks.  Buckle your seatbelt; I’m having far more ideas than there is time so I’ll be sharing a lot with you! We started our holiday cookie making early.  For some reason this year the Christmas spirit struck early.  There have been spoken secret wishes to get our tree well before Thanksgiving (though come to think of it, many Christmas tree lots are usually open before Thanksgiving and I don’t think I’ve seen any yet this year).  A certain little man in my household has been making red, green and white construction paper chains and elaborate hand-cut white paper snowflakes which hang from the ceiling of his room getting everyone in the … {continue reading}

Mint M&M Forgotten Cookies and Baking Cookbooks Giveaway!

Mint M&M Forgotten Cookies {no bake gluten-free} -

Are you ready for Holiday Cookies?   Somehow the day following Thanksgiving is somewhat of a comatose one, or at least a day where people actually relax a bit between preparing for the turkey feast and launching into the cheer of December.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been stretched to almost five days with many retailers hopefully relieving the urge to shop at 3 a.m. or for any tramplings this year.  It seems a good time to start turning the corner toward seasonal sweets. I did some holiday ‘baking’ early this year to kick off your December with some delicious options.  I lied, actually.  I did not do any baking but I do have some great no bake treats.  Chocolate Lavender Fudge with Salted Caramel Top was my kick off and a delectable, easy to make option for the holidays.  The … {continue reading}

Finding Gratitude in Unexpected Places

Finding Gratitude In Unexpected Places. How to change your outlook and your health |

This post has been made possible thanks to my ongoing partnership with Udi’s Gluten-Free, striving to share gluten-free lifestyle information to make everyday just a bit easier! Today seems a good day for reflection.  In this case on Gratitude.  Years ago I was having an emotional conversation with a close friend about a situation in which I felt like I’d been wronged.  It was a long time wound I would never be able to right.  My friend listened attentively and then quietly said ‘so you got the gift, it just wasn’t in the package you expected’.   And she was right.  Out of the turbulence rooted in my childhood, I’d emerged with skills that were exactly opposite of what I’d endured.  It had never occurred to me that the experience had cultivated a benefit. Gratitude is a … {continue reading}