And We’re Back, Take 2 (Link fixed!)

(I apologize for the two messages. I’m resending to correct the link. Today is really not my day, technology-wise)

The new domain is up! Hallelujah!

It still needs a lot of work so please be patient, but please, please visit me and read the new post at:


While you’re there, please re-subscribe!

See you there!

Happy Thanksgiving and Some News!

I’ve begun moving the site to my 0wn domain! I’m very excited about this change but, like any change, it is hard, and overwhelming. But hopefully after vacation I will return with a clear head and then all of this code will suddenly make sense to me.

Please be on the lookout for an update after Thanksgiving!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, have a great one! If you don’t yet know what you’re bringing to the holiday feast, let me leave you with this simple and delicious recipe. It is a crowd pleaser!

Butternut Squash, Apple & Gorgonzola Gratin

Photo from Wegman’s

(adapted from a Wegman’s recipe)

*3-4 Tbsp. refined coconut oil (heated if necessary to be liquid), divided
*1 tsp. parsley
*1/4 tsp. thyme
*1/4 tsp. garlic powder
*About 20 0z. peeled and cubed organic butternut squash (1/8 – 1/4″ pieces)
*Sea salt and pepper to taste
*1/8 – 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, divided (to your taste)
*1-1/2 cups raw or organic heavy cream
*2 medium organic Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, thinly sliced (about 2-1/2 cups)
*3 oz. Gorgonzola cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix parsley, thyme and garlic powder into oil. Rub 2 quart shallow casserole dish with 1-1/2 Tbsp. of the oil. Place casserole dish on baking sheet. Cover bottom of dish with layer of squash; season with salt and pepper and half the nutmeg. Repeat with remaining squash; season with salt and pepper and remaining nutmeg. Pour heavy cream over all.

Bake 30 mins; remove from oven. Press squash/ cream mixture down using spatula; return to oven. Bake 10 mins; remove from oven.

Toss apples with remaining seasoned oil in small bowl. Cover top of squash mixture with single layer of apple slices, overlapping slightly and pressing apple slices gently into creamy mixture with a spatula.

Return casserole to oven; bake 45-50 mins. or until squash and apples are tender. Remove from oven. Top with dollops of Gorgonzola; allow cheese to melt before serving.

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Discount: ‘In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics’

If you enjoyed last week’s posts which contained sneak peeks at recipes from Kate Tietje’s e-book In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics, please consider purchasing it for the ridiculously low price of $6.95!

What? You want it cheaper?! OK, how about 25% off? But that’s my final offer! Continue reading

‘In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics’ Giveaway Winner!

Abi choosing the winner

Today’s post is much later than usual. I apologize if sitting in front of the computer waiting with bated breath kept you from getting things done. 🙂

Without further ado, I’m thrilled to announce that Jennifer is the winner! You can’t beat the odds; she did have 14 entries if I remember correctly! Jennifer, enjoy your copy of In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics!

For those of you who didn’t win, Kate is offering a discount to my readers! In fact, my post is late today because I was waiting on that code. But things happen, and I don’t have it yet, but will pass it on as soon as I do. Meanwhile, please take a look at the e-book info page on Kate’s website by clicking on the link in the right sidebar.

Moving forward, this will be a light posting week as I’m going to focus primarily on switching to my own domain, and then will be living it up on a cruise over Thanksgiving! It’s not the best time for a change and then a break with all my new subscribers, but please stick with me! Over the next few months I have some really great information to share with you, including more Kid-Friendly Changes, some posts on removing toxins from your cleaning and personal care routines (I’ve tested products so you don’t have to!), some basics of Real Food nutrition, recipes and much more.

Please comment and let me know what things you’d be interested in reading about here!

Final Day of the ‘In the Kitchen’ Giveaway!

I’m going to do things a little differently today. Let me jump right into the Chili recipe from Kate Tietje’s In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics:

1/2 lb. kidney beans, soaked overnight
1 lb. ground beef
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. molasses
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. sea salt
6 C. tomato juice, OR 3 C. puree and 3 C. filtered water Continue reading

In the Homestretch! Giveaway Day Four (And a Recipe!)

Welcome to day four of the In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics giveaway! I’m happy you’re here!

As promised, today I’m going share a recipe for Caesar Dressing from the book. Adding cooked marinated chicken to it would make a fabulous lunch or dinner! (Of course, I am writing this at the last minute, and so I made Caesar Dressing for breakfast.)

But before we get to the dressing recipe, I’d like to share the recipe list from the book. Continue reading

Giveaway Day Three AND The Great French Fry Taste Test!

Thank you for joining me for day three of the giveaway for Kate Tietje’s e-book In the Kitchen – Real Food Basics. And again, welcome to all of my new subscribers! I am so glad to have you all!

Do you know anybody who doesn’t like french fries? Me neither. In fact, making this one food at home could probably get your kids to throw their full support behind your Real Food lifestyle (at least for a day). Continue reading