Coconut-Raspberry Swirl Jello (sugar free, dairy free, paleo)

My newest invented recipe. Paleo (sugar free, dairy free, etc) jello. It’s so good!

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Coconut-Raspberry Swirl Jello (sugar free, dairy free, paleo)



Quick One-pot Really Truly Tomato Soup

Tomato SoupI made this last night, improvising between a handful of recipes I found online.

We’ve gotten tired of our old tomato soup recipe, so I’ve been on the lookout for a new one. Someone said at dinner: “This is good. It actually tastes like tomatoes, not like red water.”

Well, good. I’m sorry for all those past batches of soup you’ve had to endure.

(the main difference was that this recipe uses crushed tomatoes instead of equal parts tomato juice and broth)

I didn’t follow measurements or a recipe while I was making this, so I’m going to try to write it down the best I can.IMG_9580

One-pot Really Truly Tomato Soup

serves about 7

1 onion

8 ounces canned diced tomatoes (any kind of canned tomato works)

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 tsp dried basil

7 leaves fresh basil (optional)

1 tsp dried or fresh parsley

3-4 stalks of celery, chopped

Milk or cream, optional

Dice the onion. In your soup pot, sautee the onion until it’s translucent, stirring periodically.

add your remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer until warm. Puree in a blender (I used my immersion blender) and serve with milk or cream.

To make a meal of it, we like popcorn and sliced cheese and apples with the tomato soup.IMG_9573

Like this recipe? Check out some of the other allergy-free deliciousness I’ve posted!

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Gluten free banana bread



Gluten, dairy, grain free chocolate cake


Paleo Lemon Bars

Allergy Free Oatmeal-carrot cookies (GF, EF, DF, SF)


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IMG_9608pinI made these for dessert last night and they went over really well. I adjusted the original recipe to fit our family’s particular dietary restrictions, and they turned out perfectly! It’s like carrot cake and oatmeal cookies all rolled into one.  Continue reading

Gluten free spritz sugar cookies


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sugar cookiesIMG_5670Growing up, I always loved those little spritz cookies that you punched out and sprinkled with colored sugar. When we went gluten free seven years ago, I missed them a lot.
But then I decided to make sugar-cookies from a new recipe I found from a 2010 Taste of Home magazine. I tweaked them a little and made them gluten-free, and upon tasting them I realized that they reminded me so much of the spritz I loved growing up! Light and buttery and melt-in your mouth; crisp and yet soft; crumbly and yet chewy. Continue reading

I must read this– and that– and this!


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The Half frame003binternet is a lot like impulse buying.

You find yourself inundated with articles you didn’t know you needed to read, things you didn’t know you needed to look at, videos you didn’t know you needed to watch, and arguments you didn’t know it was important to dedicate three hours responding to.

Sometimes you just need to let it all slide by and live life.
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No Rules, No Art


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Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

G.Carl OstersetzerK. Chesterton wrote that, and he was right. If we don’t have a standard by which we measure what we see and create, we have no right to call a masterfully executed painting ‘art’ and that overflowing trash can ‘not art’. If there is no limitation, you cannot call one thing beautiful and another ugly. You have no point of reference for discerning between the good and the evil. I read this article a while back, and it really stuck with me. The author, Zach Franzen (himself an illustrator), talks about many artists in our modern day– who set themselves up as the standard for beauty, and expect their audience to bow to their definition. Why is that garbage can, littering the sidewalk with noxious refuse, art? Because I said so. Because I decide my own limits, or lack thereof.

“No limits!” sounds like a battle cry of freedom– when really it is a declaration of slavery. 

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And the Lord answered my prayer


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Ilya Galkin

{Artist: Ilya Galkin}

My Lord is so kind.
I’ve been working on a project, an illustrating/handlettering set for friends. We went over and over different designs. Days were spent trying to perfect one concept after another, only for us to come to the end and decide that they weren’t right after all.

Time was running out yesterday afternoon. Schedules were packed, and  yet this important project was getting nowhere. One more design was set forward for drafting.

I started praying over it as I bent over my paper once again. ‘Lord, please, please, guide my pencil and help us find the right one soon…’

Rejoice evermore.

Pray continually.

 In all things, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.”

-1 Thessalonians 16-18

Henriette Browne

artist: Henriette Browne

I was about a third done with the concept draft when plans were changed again. Time had run out: we were just going to settle for a ‘meh’ design that no one was particularly excited about.

“O.K.,” I replied, laughing to ease the stressed nerves between everyone. “No worries.”
Just for the sake of it, I sent a photo of the design I had been working on. “I’ll stop this and work on the  new one.”

“Wait. Hold on.”

Guess what? That prayed-over, last-resort design was EXACTLY what my friend had in mind originally.


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