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Healthy Homemade Ginger Ale

So I’m not sure if I let you in on another “secret” obsession of mine. I’ve definitely discussed my obsession with cranberries, and apples, and slow cooker recipes; but never seltzer.  Ideally I’d have a seltzer moment every.single.day :) Here in Upstate, NY we have several brands like Polar and Poland Springs. Seltzer is truly amazing.

However, it wasn’t until I started to change my daily diet and eliminate sugar laden drinks, fruit juices, and sodas that I began to fall in love with seltzer and all its essence of fruit glory.  I’m beyond stoked that  did. You see seltzer is perfect because you get all the cool, crisp, and refreshing carbonated goodness that you crave from soda, without all the sugar and empty calories. Plus, seltzer is all natural. I like my seltzer plain or with fruit essence. But be forewarned, flavored sparkling water beverages are not the same as seltzer. Tonic water is not the same as seltzer. I could drone on and on for hours about the differences but I’ll save that for another post :)

For this post, I want to share with you my very first recipe for Homemade Ginger Ale. I stumbled across a recipe during a recent Pinterest session. Up until then I had never thought to make my own ginger ale. How did I not think to combine my love of seltzer with my love of ginger ale? Continue reading

The World In Your Gut by Alicia

It’s easy to indulge in the why me syndrome when you have Celiac disease. Personally, I very much like the why me question. It makes my life feel a little more theatrical, dramatic. Being that the most interesting things I’ve done today was drop the dog off at the groomer and go grocery shopping I could use a little melodrama in my life. But, the why me for celiac is actually a really interesting scientific question. Why do some people get Celiac disease and others don’t? Maybe you don’t know that only 5% of people with the gene for Celiac actually go on to develop the disease. Something else besides genetics is going on here. Continue reading

Barefoot Contessa’s Cranberry Apple Cake

This cake was made famous by my favorite celebrity chef Ina’ Garten. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to glutenfreeify this Easy Cranberry Apple Cake.  It combines my all time favorite fruits apples and cranberries with an incredibly lush and moist sour cream cake. Can I say heaven. Get into my updated gluten free version… Continue reading

Roasted Eggplant Pepper Spread (VEGAN)

Photo credit: The Whole Tara

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a few weeks for no other reason than it kept getting buried in my Evernote to do list. I concocted this Roasted Eggplant Pepper Spread just as autumn started and I was trying to use up an eggplant that was becoming overripe on my counter. A quick roast with olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes and into my food processor I created a wonderful vegan spread (or dip) that can be eaten with crackers, bread, celery, carrot sticks on as a spread for your favorite vegan sandwich. Continue reading

Gluten Free Menu Plan: November 16-20, 2015

I wasn’t sure how to begin this week’s suggested menu plan. I also don’t have much to say. So I’ll stick with a simplistic, honest and transparent approach. This week’s menu plan features two vegan friendly and hearty soup recipes to keep you warm and full on these cold fall nights. Winter is most certainly upon us. Cheers to an awesome week! :)

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TGIF Weekly Roundup: November 9-13, 2015

Shouldn’t the acronym be be called TGIS…as in Thank God It’s Saturday since Saturday is the official start of the weekend? On Friday you actually have to work and be bothered with it all. Or is it TGIF because of the elation and exclamation of making it to Friday knowing that the next day (Saturday) is a day free from the trials and tribulations of the work week? Am I overthinking and over analyzing the entire thing? Maybe it is all three of these things.

It really doesn’t matter and I am on a sleep deprived exhaustion induced aside, tangent, digression, rant, and ramble. I don’t know the answers to any of the questions BTW. These are the random thoughts racing through my mind as I freestyle the writing of this post on Friday night. I’m laying in bed fatigued and mentally binging on internet nonsense. A great to unwind and decompress from what seems to be the longest week ever (insert sarcasm). I hope you successfully made it through your week. If not, oh well. Hopefully you did your best and made the best of whatever situations you found yourself in. Now let go. Let god and be thankful for the weekend. For more mindless scrolling and a replay of the happenings that took place on this corner of the world wide web… Continue reading

No-Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

A weekend trip to the Cheesecake Factory inspired this super simple and super quick  No-Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie dessert. Why spend money on dessert when I can make my own version at home for a fraction of the cost. This light and airy “cheesecake” like dessert is just as amazing plain (with no pumpkin) topped with your favorite fruit like strawberries, peaches, or pineapple. Continue reading

Teal Pumpkins & Enjoy Life’s Crunchy Cookie Roundup

Better late than never is the age old adage and I hope you all feel the same way reading this (delayed) post a week after the festivities of the season. I don’t personally celebrate Halloween but was approached by Enjoy Life to sponsor a post about the Teal Pumpkin Project. At its core, the Teal Pumpkin Project is all about diversity and inclusion; two tenets that this blog supports and promotes. Creating awareness for all eaters is what this online community has always been about so I happily obliged. Teal pumpkins happen to promote inclusion for kids that are unable to eat wheat and other foods due to celiac disease and/or other intolerances. Homes that decorated with a Teal Pumpkin indicated that they had celiac friendly treats, prizes, and snacks that included pencils, gadgets, and Enjoy Life’s new line of Crunchy Cookies. Continue reading

Devil on My Back | Weekend Roundup

October was a rough month for me. I was (and still remain in) in a major fibro disease flare. A state of extreme muscle pain, muscle ache, weakness, and brain fog along with a debilitating dose of extra fatigue that affected just about every aspect of my life. Flares make living and existing with fibro that much harder. At this point, I’ve lived with this chronic illness long enough to cope and exist better when symptoms reach sky high levels and leave me feeling less than stellar. A lot of times this means missing more days of work than I would like, keeping less appointments and subsequently canceling, and spending more time in bed. These moments of rest leave me with little mental or physical energy which isn’t awesome when you happen to run a blog.

Photo credit: The Universe Within

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