Cranberry Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 roasted brussels sprouts a mindful mantraHave you ever eaten a meal that looked beautiful – a meal with such vibrant, gorgeous colors you almost didn’t want to ruin its beauty? I am a total sucker for beautiful dishes, and today I am bringing you one of the most gorgeous dishes that I have ever created – Cranberry Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

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Trust the Process – Mantra Monday

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Camel’s Hump Summit, Vermont.  Image Credit: Brandy Oswald

Good Monday morning, friends! It is that time again – Mantra Monday. This week’s mantra is one that I have been trying to embrace for some time. It is one that I have been trying to seek comfort in. This week I bring you “Trust the Process.”

We all feel lost at times. We have all been confused and uncertain. Acknowledge this and offer yourself acceptance and understanding. Learning to be compassionate with yourself during challenging times is a powerful form of self-care. In order to offer this compassion and understanding we must trust the process. We must trust that each experience and each decision is leading us on a beautiful journey and helping to bring more bliss into our lives. Continue reading →

Grain Free Pumpkin Pie

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I have always taken much pride in the food that I prepare. I love knowing that each meal/snack/dessert is healthful and nutritious. There is a sense of joy and gratitude that comes with knowing that your food is free of GMOs and chemical additives. That being said, I have never experienced such joy and gratitude in the kitchen as I did when I finished baking this Grain Free Pumpkin Pie. To be honest, I didn’t know if I had it in me.

I was entirely uncertain of my grain-free crust making abilities. I had never made a gluten-free pastry crust, let alone one that was completely grain-free. I had never even developed my own recipe for grain-free bread. This was a day of kitchen doubts, my friends, but I was not going to let it get me down. I tied on my apron, pulled my hair back, and got to work. As a side note, I imagine the way I feel when I tie on my apron is exactly how superheros feel when they tie on their capes – just sayin’. Continue reading →

Turmeric Tea with Lemon & Ginger


With autumn in full swing, many folks find themselves with runny noses, congestion, and sore throats. Though this turmeric tea is great any time of year, it is exceptionally good at calming and warding off colds. I drink this turmeric tea year round as a great way to promote elimination, ease digestive discomfort, and reduce inflammation.

Turmeric, with its bright orange and yellow hue, is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  This powerful root has been shown to provide relief to those suffering from bowel disorders, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, and is thought to have cancer prevention properties. This recipe uses fresh turmeric, but you can also purchase high-quality ground turmeric at many health food stores as a substitute for fresh turmeric. Continue reading →

Homemade Coconut Milk

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Since eliminating dairy from my diet, I have had a challenging time finding a non-dairy milk that meets my needs. I find that packaged non-dairy milks have loads of additives and tend to be hard on my digestive system, leaving me bloated and nauseous. After years of trying just about every non-dairy milk at the grocery store, I decided to make my own at home.

With homemade milks I can choose each ingredient. I can also create the exact consistency and flavor that I prefer. Being that I have never been a big fan of the taste of almond milk, I chose to make homemade coconut milk my go-to non-dairy beverage. It took a few tries, but I have finally created a superb homemade coconut milk. It is as thick as any store-bought version, has a subtle honey sweetness, and no additives. Just water, coconut, and honey and you’ve got yourself the makings of a yummy homemade, dairy-free milk! Continue reading →