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Savor Summer with ZUCCHINI BREAD! Gluten free, of course!

So we planted our first real country garden this year, and the experience has been shared with adorable, timid bunnies and grotesque, greedy weeds.  Let me agree with the centuries … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

DESSERT BARS! How ’bout Cherries, Coconut, Pecans? gluten free!

In my quest to reduce the sugar on my plate, in my hand, hiding in the glove compartment…, I am learning to save my sweet allotments for something really yummy! … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

SALT… ROCKS!

Low-sodium.  Low-salt.  Un-salted.  Naturally salt-free.  Have you been trying to avoid the Morton’s?  Have you absorbed the claims that salt is BAD for your heart health?  BAD for you?  Any … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

CREAMY KEFIR RANCH DRESSING!

Finally… SALAD SEASON has arrived! Salads are absolutely a happy craving to many of us in the spring and summer months!  Are you feelin it?  As the tender little green … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE ALMOND Gluten Free COOKIES

My daughter Lauren has a fabulous recipe creation that I am tickled to share with you.  I call these “Heavenly Chocolate Almond GF Cookies” and you simply must give them … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Hullo. My name is DEANA and I am ADDICTED.

Confessions of a former addict who still struggles… Truth be told, it was MY obsession for so many years.  Kept a bag in the side pocket of my Mazda so … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is KEFIR your MIRACLE? ‘TWAS MINE!

A MIRACLE FOOD?  Really? From my vantage point, YES! I am hearing stories daily about remarkable improvements to health with the simple addition of home-made KEFIR! It is so difficult … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 11 Comments

The FORK IN THE ROAD!

It’s NEVER TOO LATE to do something radical…   like… uh.  Well, pry open the pantry and shine in the flashlight to really see the stash. Would you please take … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

BURIED TREASURES… for EVERYBODY?!

If you really, truly unearthed a buried treasure, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Seriously!  If you were passionately searching for treasure and you dug down deep and you hoisted out of the … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

WARMER DAYS = HYPER KEFIR GRAINS?

Over the past several days we have been experiencing a spectacular spring here in East Tennessee!  So many beautiful displays of the Lord’s handiwork.  So many reasons for gratitude! As … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

FOOD AS MEDICINE? Here’s an EASY and POWERFUL recipe!

Cultured Vegetables… I use these foods as medicine!  You can too!  With the first hints of sniffles or aches, I swallow a couple of extra bites of cultured veggies or … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

AUTISM: Breath-taking Announcement!

Did you hear it today in the news?   AUTISM. IN OUR COUNTRY THE RATES OF DIAGNOSED AUTISM HAVE RISEN TO 1 IN 68 CHILDREN. Are we not gasping for … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

GO ON… GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!

Somedays… we just need a quiet patch of earth and room in our heads to sink into pleasant places of hope and help and rest with the Maker. He leads … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

GOURMET, FERMENTED GRAPES! aahhhh!

If you are looking for a great way to dabble with cultured (or fermented) fruits, here is a fabulous little idea… GOURMET, FERMENTED GRAPES Mix together ½ teaspoon Caldwell’s Starter … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

SOUR POWER FOODS!!! friend — WE NEED ‘EM!

We know that the body can’t live without water, but what about the basic nutritional foundations of fats, carbs, and proteins?  Gotta have them!  And in balance!  But what if … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

A power breakfast made WHILE YOU SLEEP!

Great little recipe idea for all the kefir fans… KEFIR and OATS for BREAKFAST ! 1/2 to 1 cup kefir 1/3 cup quick cooking oats (gluten free of course, but … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO WITH KEFIR?

How ’bout CHEESE! KEFIR CHEESE! If you are already making kefir, then this creamy, healthy cheese will be so crazy easy to make!   You will need the same strainer … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

KEFIR… WHY THE GRIN?

If you have no idea what KEFIR is, or why a mom would be so WILD about it, or even annoying about it, grinning all over about it, then THIS POST … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

BROTH… the real reason the mug was invented!

Who doesn’t enjoy a steaming hot soup with rich, nourishing broth? Who just scoots the carrots and celery out of the way so the best and last drops of broth … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

GF Muffins! Pumpkin Spice with little splashes of chocolate happiness!

Ain’t nothin‘ quite like a muffin! Let me just say… anything I can do in the kitchen, my daughter Lauren can do better.  She is just amazing with food!  Her … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

BUTTER, BUTTER, BUTTER!

In 5th grade my teacher, Mrs. Spears, told the class to create a poem.  Something silly with a simple rhyming pattern.  The final draft revealed a lot about the diet … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

A MUST-SEE 5 MIN. VIDEO!!

Got 5 minutes?  Bet’cha never heard this in health class!  You’ve gotta meet your MICROSCOPIC BEST FRIENDS! I was tickled to find this fantastic NPR video today and could not … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

KEFIR BREAKFAST BOWL!

Enjoying all the possibilities with the many tastes of kefir brought me to this… PERFECT BREAKFAST BOWL! Using a quart of second fermented kefir, I super-blended it with raw honey, … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

What a PANtastic POTability!

Somewhere along the way in my wellness journey, beyond the food and the lotions and the soaps and the questions, I just stopped and stared at my pans.  Yep, pans … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES… a gluten-free rescue story (and recipe!)

 Sometimes my attempts at new recipes are prompted by…well…  emergencies! Yesterday was my oldest daughter’s 20th birthday!  I am still blinking back mommy pride and joy (tears).  Between her daddy’s … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

FEAR NOT! The 2014 Campaign!

A simple pleasure.  A simple reflection on the year as it comes to a close.  Join me?   I think there is something quite beautiful in this deep pause and … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Orange Glazed, Heavenly Fruit Cake! (Gluten and Dairy Free, this one.)

Can ooey — gooey describe a fruit cake?  If not, then let’s change the name of this orange infused, moist and amazing, nut and fruit, delicious dessert.   The curious use … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Introducing…The BEST CLEANSER, COOKING OIL, WAX, MOISTURIZER, GUT-BALANCER, HEALER!

What if there was something so good for you that you could eat it for wellness, slather on your skin for pure moisturizing, even derive non-toxic household cleaners from it? … Continue reading

December 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Caribbean Paradise Dipping Sauce a.k.a. “Delicious”

 Well, I asked my daughter what I should call this kefir, taste-bud-dazzling-dipping- sauce.  She said just call it, “Delicious!”  My husband came home, and I asked his opinion.  He said, … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The top words of 2013 – very revealing!

Heard in the news- talks of the day that both Oxford Dictionary and Webster-Merriam have announced the “Words of the Year!”  Evidently the most used words of the year earn … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment
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