The Very Best (non sweet) Cornbread with Dairy Free Option

Y’all, I love cornbread. I really do. Well before I was dairy free, I tried recipe after recipe trying to find the perfect one. My Godmother gave me her church cookbook from Troy, Alabama and I had a feeling I was onto something. In my humble opinion, I have found the very best cornbread recipe. My step-mom also makes incredible cornbread, but she uses beer. So, I had an idea, what if I made dairy free cornbread. I took my favorite recipe and subbed the buttermilk for beer. The result was delicious, I really did not notice a difference! I hope you enjoy! Continue Reading →

Vegan and Soy Free Pumpkin Bread and Muffins

I tried these pumpkin muffins and I was really happy with how they turned out. My three year old daughter loved them! My husband, brother and his girlfriend also really liked them! Hope you enjoy them also. They are quick and easy.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 Tablespoons Canned pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice  (or shake of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger)
  • 1 Tablespoon Agave Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup strong coffee

Here’s what you do:

  1. In a saucepan mix pumpkin, spices, agave, vanilla and almond milk.  
  2. Whisk together until it is warm and well combined.
  3. Brew one cup of strong coffee.  
  4. Mix pumpkin mixture with coffee.  Drink and Enjoy!

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Product Spotlight – Dave’s Killer Bread

I had a really hard time finding a bread that was dairy, soy and egg free.  Most store bought bread has soy in it.  The fresher breads tend to have dairy.  I am SO happy a friend recommended Dave’s Killer Bread.  It is SO GOOD! I have shared it with so many people who do not have allergies and they all think it is amazing.  My husband loves it.  We recently bought the bagels and they were incredible.  It is fresh so it won’t last that long in the pantry.  I keep it in the freezer and just toast it as I need it.  We love it.  My three year old eats it up.  Another bonus is that it has a lot more protein in it than regular bread.  The downside is the price.  One taste, and you will think it is worth every penny! We usually get the 21 Whole Grains and Seeds (pictured) and I actually like it more than the white bread.  

In Springfield, you can find Dave’s at Giant, Whole Foods, Shoppers and Safeway.

Dave’s Killer Bread also has a cool story.  Dave learned to bake bread while in prison.  Their company now strives to provide jobs for people with criminal records.

For more info on products check out their website.  You can check it out here!

The Easiest Mug Brownie and Thoughts on Treats

My sweet friend Anna has been a huge help to me learning the allergy ropes.  When I texted her about SJ’s issues she immediately sent me the recipe for this amazing mug brownie. And it has been a “life-saver.”  Allergy or not it is the perfect sweet treat! And there are no leftovers, which is key for me.  Because if it is in the house, I will eat it.

I will never forget the first party I went to after I learned that I was dairy free.  There was literally NOTHING on the table that I could eat. I never thought of myself as a person who had self-control with food, especially sweets.  But to walk away from that party and not cheat felt very empowering.  (NOTE:  I ate dinner, this was a late football game and a dessert party.) This process has made me realize that I can make healthy choices, I can turn down the endless dessert table at parties and church potlucks.  I can give myself good, healthy food that gives me energy rather than fill up on junk.  But, it is not easy.  Some days I get mad that I cannot eat these foods.  Sometimes, I am resentful.  I have found that it is much easier mentally to go into these situations knowing I will make myself a treat when I get home.  It is easier to resist knowing I get something well portioned and delicious at home.  And I don’t have to spend all night making it and then have the leftovers tempting me all week or hanging out in my freezer.

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Leeann Likes – Frozen Hot Chocolate! What what!!!

Frozen Hot Chocolate.

My friends.  STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING.  Make this smoothie.  It is truly amazing.

Here is the link.  It is creamy, chocolatey, filling and delicious.  IF you hate avocado you will still like this.

My three year old thought she was having a chocolate shake.  It is so good.  

Here are my #reallife recipes notes:

  1. I used regular dates not medjool Dates so  I added 4 dates
  2. I did not have any Rice Milk Powder so I left it out.  I hear it will be creamier with it
  3. The second time I made this, I added a handful of spinach.  Absolutely no idea it was there.  Next time I will add a little more.  
  4. I did add a small squeeze of agave nectar to make it a little sweeter.
  5. I used plain unsweetened almond milk because that is what I had on hand!
  6. I am picky about cocoa powder.  Trader Joe’s is cheap and in my humble opinion has the best flavor!

And to keep it real #reallife…..

I was trying to cut back on dishes and I needed this RIGHT NOW so I poured it right back into my measuring cup.  No time for frills. It is that good.  (The recipe easily makes 2 cups, this was my portion, my daughter had a good bit also).  It lasted in the fridge no problem.

Leeann Likes – Sweet Potato Toast. Is this #reallife?

What is up with Sweet Potato Toast??

Let’s talk about sweet potato toast.  I feel like it hit the internet by storm.  I LOVE sweet potatoes.  Sweet potato fries are on the top of my favorite food list.  But for some reason I was weirded out by the idea of toast.  Maybe because I was scared to cut those suckers that way.  But see something enough times and you just need to try it.  I found two methods of cooking.  Some people use the toaster, other people use the oven.  I went with the oven because I think sweet potatoes taste better when cooked low and slow.  I can’t imagine how many rounds it would have taken them in the toaster.  I make a a lot, stored them in the fridge and then toasted them each morning for breakfast or in the afternoon for a snack.  I was really surprised.  It was great and I can’t wait to make it again!

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Welcome Leeann – Our Resident #reallifemom

I am so excited about welcoming Leeann to our blog. Leeann is a dear friend of mine – someone I can be real with, someone I can really share life with and be honest about how I’m feeling no matter what. I never fear judgement but I know she will always give it to me straight.   Since she moved away, our weekly “therapy” walks have turned into daily texts and from them I glean so much encouragement. I decided it was selfish to keep all that #reallife encouragement to myself so I asked her to guest blog for you too.

I wanted Leeann to share with YOU the struggles she has been facing as a mom of two little ones, trying to accommodate allergies and live a FIT healthy life.  I won’t go into details – I’ll let her introduce herself!  But stay tuned because we will have updates from her as she discovers what Leeann likes in the real world of being a mom – and also – what Leeann really doesn’t like.

I hope this helps you as you go through each day in a realistic, practical way!  We aren’t trying to be movie stars people, we are keeping it real!

Meet:  Leeann and enjoy her first blog post for us!

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