Orange Cake

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Last year we drove through an orange orchard in bloom for the first time. The trees stood along the road for miles. We rolled down the windows, and the smell was aammmaaaazing! A couple weeks ago I was at Costco when I experienced that orange blossom smell. They were selling dwarf orange trees. I had to get one. Ashley… 

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Lemon Breakfast Cake

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I’m always looking for more ways to add gelatin to our diet. You’ve probably heard that it’s great for your hair and nails, but it’s also a good source of protein, it supports joint health, and it’s very healing for the gut (especially helpful for Ashley). In March I attended Natural Products Expo West, and… 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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We had a nice (but very short) visit in Colorado, and we’re now in upstate New York for my amazing sister in-law’s wedding. THIS is how we spent the morning: outside by the lake, drinking tea and coffee. As I type Andy is getting ready to serve lunch: roasted potatoes, bacon, and eggs. Nothing fancy, but… 

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Natural Food Coloring for Frosting

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I can’t believe that Ashley is 10 years old. It seems like a big deal kind of birthday. I remember feeling that way when Zoe turned ten. But Ashley’s birthday has always been a source of dread for me, because she had complications the day she was born, and we didn’t know if she was… 

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Paleo Chocolate Cake

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So there’s this gene that men don’t have, called The Chocolate Cake Gene. I mean, I’m sure some men occasionally enjoy a piece of chocolate cake, but they don’t need it, do they? Some men (like my husband) don’t even care if they never have a piece of chocolate cake again. Which is crazy to… 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

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This has been a big week for us. BIG My friend, George took my new author photos (bloopers here), Spunky Facebook likes reached 100,000, AND the blog got a new ‘do. What do you think? I’m so in love with it. And so in love with my husband who put it all together. He’s the… 

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Gluten Free Carrot Muffins

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    I used my Carrot Cake, and turned it into muffins! Zoe asked for gluten free carrot muffins for her birthday sleepover with her best friend, since carrot cake is her best friend’s favorite cake She also asked for a vintage turquoise typewriter for her birthday. Her reaction was so great! Gluten Free Carrot… 

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Apple Spice Cake with Maple Candy Glaze

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We always add mulling spices to our apple cider. Even the cider that says “spiced” isn’t strong enough for us. Mulling spices include cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange and lemon peel. If you’ve never added mulling spices to your apple cider, I highly recommend it. Spiced apple cider and maple candy are perfect for fall and… 

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