Balance in life is hard

My day started at 5:15 am, just 4 hours after I managed to fall asleep. I threw on some lip-sense, had a quick bowl of cheerios while packing the diaper bag with almond milk, water, corn puffs and cheerios. Then I woke my husband, got my wee baby in the car seat and headed off to Primary Children’s Hospital. She’s fine by the way, she just needed a cyst removed from the back of her head. Here are some cute pictures of her playing while we waited for the surgery.

Waiting with melodyTo pass what I was sure was going to be many hours I played Pokemon Go. I was wrong about the wait time, the surgery went very well, she recovered nicely. She really hated the IV in her foot, before they decided she could have it removed she played with a roller-bottle of DoTerras Frankincense. She loves twisting caps! Once the IV was removed she calmed down a lot. We were heading home by 10:30.

My husband took the baby downstairs to nap after we got home and I made some lunch. A cheese and meat tortilla melt. Then my dear sweet 4 year old wanted someone to play with, but her cousins were not interested. To add to this scene the baby wasn’t napping, she was wide awake and happy as can be!  I put on the baby carrier and my daughters and I went out to play outside. My 4 year old is friendly and never misses an opportunity to introduce herself to new people. Because of her tenacity when our new neighbors finish moving in she will have 3 new friends to play with! She inspires me every day to be more friendly.

After our brief walk we decided to collect some pine cones and make these awesome pine cone spiders! Pipe cleaners, googly eyes and hot glue can do some fun things to pine cones!

Spider FunAfter a bit of photo fun as we attached the spiders to our giant web we decided to play in a pile of leaves, Auntie Jen even joined us. We had the idea to make a video, I think we would have called it Attack of the Leaf Monster! But after searching for several minutes we discovered the cameras needed to charge. So no movie was made, just lots of fun memories!

Then it was time for me to take my husband to work. My 4 yr old wanted to come so I let her. We stopped for a bit at the store to grab some dinner ingredients and then rushed home to cook! Auntie Jen and I had a blast decorating the table.

Dinner Halloween20171027_165801Sorry the photos are too blurry to read the labels on the food. We had Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Pork Loin, Roasted Garlic and Herbs Pork Loin, Sunflower Bacon Crunch Salad and Tri-Color Grapes.  After dinner Auntie Jen my girls and I all got to go to the dinosaur park trek or treat carnival! It was a blast!

Dino funMy 4 year old was having trouble sleeping so after letting her put the books her sister took of the shelf away I tucked her back into bed and cuddled for a bit. She came up with a brilliant plan (her words not mine) “Mommy why don’t you finish cleaning the living room and when I wake up I will be so surprised!” I kissed her forehead and left to clean because how can you refuse a thought like that?

At 11:12 pm I went to go pick up my husband from work. Once at home I pondered this thought: balance in ones life isn’t something you achieve once and then have forever, it’s a continuous effort of thought, focus, success and failure. One well balanced day at the beginning of the week does not mean the whole week will be balanced. Even though today was a great day the first two meals I ate were not the best for me, I felt it all day. I didn’t make time to read an enlightening book and I didn’t take time to take the bathroom trash out. (It needs to be done really bad) I spent time with my happy children and made lovely memories that I will cherish for a long time, but no new gluten-free recipes were created. Was today a failure just because I missed those cooking, cleaning and self growth experiences? No. Because a balanced day does not mean getting to everything on my “I want to do it” list. Some times a balanced day is doing just a bit but being so filled by it that the other items on your list can wait until tomorrow. A balanced day is difficult, a balanced week is easier and a balanced month…  Well that comes one week at a time.

Summer, Fall, Seasons All!

This Summer & Fall have been so full of life! I’ve cooked several successful meals that I just haven’t had time lately to blog! I had a baby, made new friends and have had such a good time being a mom that I have been slacking on my blog desires!

Well, be prepared for more updates! I’m going to post a new recipe each Thursday! And I’m going to start adding a video to our youtube channel bi-weekly!

Let’s make some food memories!

Gluten & Dairy Free and Grateful for it.

This morning has found me watching my daughter (she’s 3 now) eat the oatmeal she asked for, along with a bowl full of walnuts. I thought about these past 3 years since I discovered we were both sensitive to dairy and gluten. We can eat them if we choose, but the results are pain, discomfort to the bowls, head-aches and rashes. It’s not very fun.

My adorable daughter has always been my biggest strength for avoiding the foods that hurt us both. However now that she’s not nursing I’m not as great as I could be, I have days when I seem to have no resistance to the things I ate and enjoyed as a kid. But my little girl will never have these problems. When the kids of the household are asked what they want for a snack they often say things like, “cookies” “donuts” “animal crackers” “graham crackers” and “ice cream” but ask my daughter what she wants for a snack and she’ll think about it for a minute before saying things like “Apricot logs” “Green Smoothie!” “Walnuts” or “Oatmeal”. She will occasionally ask for “fruit snacks” “grapes” or “Bananas”

I am so grateful for this food handicap, because it has blessed my daughter with a sense of food that is good for her and food that isn’t in a way she seems to understand. There are days it breaks my heart because all the other kids get cookies and ice-cream and she’s stuck with fruit and gluten free pretzels, but she never seems to mind. She gets a treat same as them and she loves it.

I am also grateful for this challenge in my life because without it I wouldn’t be nearly as adventurous in the kitchen. I love being a ‘mad scientist’ and throwing ingredients into a pot and saying to myself “Well….. I hope this works.” Which is actually how I cook a lot lately, trying new things is fun and rewarding when it works and still fun but disappointing when it flops.

Everyone has challenges that stress certain parts of their lives. I am grateful for my food challenges because I have learned and grown so much since discovering them, and my daughter is growing strong eating foods that are good for her and because of this she won’t get addicted to a lot of the junk foods that her cousins are already hooked on and I can’t imagine a better life for my little green smoothie baby than a healthy, happy one.

Happy July everyone!


Coconut Caramel! Take 1

Hello!! I love caramel, but I don’t do dairy… This leaves me a very sad person from time to time, especially in October; It’s caramel apple season! But I am not one to shy from a food challenge, so check this out!


 It looks so good doesn’t it? It is!

I found some wonderful cans of Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk. I decided to try and turn them into a caramel treat.

This batch I cooked up in the crock-pot. I covered the can with about 2 inches of water, put the can on it’s side and cooked it on low overnight (about 11 hours really) Then I had to let the can cool to room temperature.

20151009_115333 Ooooh, the waiting was hard.

I must admit though, when I opened this can I wasn’t all that impressed with the contents

20151009_115436Just look at that, there’s layer of liquid at the top and it just doesn’t look all that good. I decided to pour it into a bowl to see if that helped improve it’s looks. I was also disappointed with this approach. Take a look at what I saw.


It looks ill….

 So I gave it to Dr. Spoon and stirred it.

Doesn’t it just look healthier now? I think so 


It wasn’t actually all that bad. Turns out it needed some stirring. It tastes a lot like coconut (Go figure huh) but it really tastes good on apples too. So try some out for yourself! And the awesome thing, it thickens the longer it sits. 



I’m going to try again and cook it a little longer to see if I can get a darker caramel color and evaporate more of the liquid that was there when I opened the can (It may be coconut oil though…..) But for now, I have a wonderful sweet treat that I will enjoy oh so much!


Red Blood Cells & Chlorophyll

hemaglobin molecule
Why is the aroma from Essential Oils SO familiar? Why are Green Smoothies SO “good” to our bodies – almost as if we recognize the nutrients on a cellular level? Ever wondered why that sigh of satisfaction is so deep?

Here’s one thought expressed by the attached picture. You’ll see the chemical drawing of one of your red blood cells. What does that have to do with Green Smoothies? Well, a chlorophyll molecule is virtually identical!Carrot Apple Celery Juice

Your red blood cell has an iron molecule (Fe2) in the center, and chlorophyll has Magnesium (Mg), that’s the difference.

According to the teachings of Dr. Anne Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion! So your body can easily and instantly claim what it needs from the green food, and let the rest go – no side effects. Woot!

No WONDER that drink FEELS so right! And when given the added nutrition and benefit of additional plant food (essential oils) to either cleanse, offer optimal nutrition and enhance flavor – its a win-win situation.


Moving can lead to happy surprises!

 Head of the Gluten-Free department moves North…
We will miss her daily company!

Naomi says: There are a few things I had forgotten about moving that I don’t like, the first is how long it takes to adjust to a new environment and the other is having to find new stores with yummy, gluten- and dairy-free foods. 

SSPX0152I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into Good Earth Natural Foods and found a much larger selection of dairy free yogurt than I was expecting! Just look at these options!

CoYo, Chocoloate Coconut yogurt! CoYo is a brand I had never even seen before, I can’t wait to try it!

Of course we’ve done a post on SoDelicious coconut yogurt before but this store had different flavors, greek style and large containers!!! 


Plus instead of just coconut yogurt SoDelicious also makes almond yogurt regular and greek style!! How cool is that!!

SSPX0148I will do some reviews of these soon!






A Hero has Died…

ScottFuneralMy dear brother, Norman Scott Pepperdine, has been laid to rest . He passed away the 22nd of June. There are people who enter your life, and you feel safe, protected and loved no matter whether you are with them, or they are far away.

My dearest brother was a hero of mine. He made my life better merely by knowing he was somewhere on this planet.

ScottFuneral1 He brought with him humor, laughter, caring, dedication, and love. It’s funny for me to say “when people enter your life” when in all actuality – I entered his, as he was my older brother. I loved to sing with him, and dream of straw-bale homes and efficiency with him. I loved to watch him inter-act with my son and daughters – he was inspiring. 

Good-bye, Scott. I miss you.

Paula’s Bouquet

1st Bouquet closeupThere are times when you can tell that someone may need a boost. Paula is a dear, dear friend who has mentored several of my daughters over the years. Since we began to experiment with “pretty, edible food” this week, we thought we would take an unexpected bouquet to Paula – one who does so much for so many others. 

Paula Bouquet

Happy Birthday, Naomi

Na-Strawberry RoseWhat woman doesn’t love receiving roses on her birthday?! Well, we gave Naomi edible roses today – hand made with love. Hope you had a super day.

I also want to thank you for the tireless work you do in the kitchen creating delicious gluten-free recipes. The world needs creative, giving, talented young women like you!

Liahona’s Bouquet

Rose BouquetLiahona, a dear young friend I’ve watched grow up these last few years, graduated from High School today. We were thrilled to be invited to attend her celebration this evening. She is a Sterling Scholar, Academic Medallion Recipient (meaning 3.8+ GPA), Diploma of Merit Recipient and Honor Society Member.

What do you bring a young lady who plays the euphonium well enough to be accepted into the Marine Corps band?

Well, this young lady also happens to LOVE raw food! So we made her a bouquet, which she ooohed and aaaahed over, and then promptly ate. Exactly what it had been made for, and I was thrilled she loved it – both visually, and with her teeth.  

Well done, Liahona!