Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a holiday favorite!  They are fun to make and decorate.  One's creativity has no end with sugar cookies.   I have to admit they have not always been my favorite.  I find most sugar cookies hard and crunchy without much flavor.  When I was in middle school that all changed.  We had a neighbor who brought us the most soft, tasty sugar cookies...

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is in the air and I am thinking pumpkins and spice!  Really, this recipe is great anytime of the year!  This is one of the first recipes I created when our family had to become gluten and dairy free.  I have served these muffins for breakfast for years now and they are still a favorite. 1 3/4 cup gluten free oat flour 1 tsp. cinnamon OR 2 drops doTERRA ...

Mom's Best Chocolate Cake

We all have those special occasions when you need an allergy friendly cake but aren't sure where to find one.  If you have food allergies in your family, you know what I'm talking about.  It is super important to keep our loved ones safe and we want the cake to taste yummy too! Have I got the recipe for you! This chocolate cake is one of my family's favorite...

Stuffed Chicken Tomatoes

I LOVE using essential oils internally is in my cooking.  It is so easy to substitute oils for herbs and spices...AND...did you know that essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.  So you really don't need much to get the same health benefits. Try this fun summer recipe!  It can be used as a lunch or light dinner on a hot summer night. Stuffed...

Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Chocolate and Peppermint together is one of my favorite combinations.  That hint of minty goodness in creamy chocolate, makes my mouth water. Gluten, dairy, nut free brownies have been a difficult creation for me to get just right.  It needs to have that soft, gooey center and crispy edges with just the right texture.  I have tried for a couple of years now ...

Banana Bread

Fresh baked banana bread coming out of the oven…the warm enticing smell of bananas and butter, maybe even a touch of cinnamon…OH BUT WAIT…we are gluten and dairy free. One of my fondest food memories is my mom’s banana bread.  It never tasted quite like other banana bread.  It was GOOD and MOIST.  It was also a recipe that I didn’t make for a long time after...

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Every now and then I have a moment where I realize that I need a quick, easy dessert or snack to take somewhere.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I was preparing to go teach a class and realized that I had not prepared any essential oil snack.   I only had a couple hours to put something together.   Sooo…my easy go to is Chocolate Covered Pretzels! The rec...

Chocolate Chip Coconut Applesauce Muffins

One of my favorite things to do is create or modify recipes to fit our food allergy diet.  I didn’t used to feel this way.  At the very beginning of our journey, I was quite overwhelmed with trying to cook and bake gluten and dairy free.  After all we were already a nut free family, well…except for our fun-loving papa.  He is the only nut allowed in our hous...

Chocolate Peppermint Drizzle

I love making plain recipes look like I spent a lot of time on them.  Most of the recipes I look for need to be simple, meet our dietary restrictions and taste good.  My favorite is to make oatmeal cookies and drizzle chocolate over the top.  They look so inviting!   Peppermint Chocolate Drizzle 1 cup chocolate chips 1 tsp. coconut oil 3 drops doTERRA peppe...

Easy Conversions from Herbs to Essential Oils in Cooking

I have been experimenting lately with cooking with my essential oils. Herbs and spices have many health benefits and I want to increase that by substituting the essential oils for the herbs and spices. My problem is, I do not know how much oil to use to replace the spice I am using. So I guess. Yesterday, I found a handy chart to help make my guesses easier....