Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Cream cheese frosting


  I am always looking for new recipes to try so that I can share my thoughts and experience with all of you. I came across a “healthy” recipe for banana cake that I decided to try out.  Before I share the recipe, I have a couple of thoughts. Healthy doesn’t mean it necessarily tastes…

Burgundy Beef stew


      I have been using my crockpot more and more in recent months.  It is a great way to cook tough cuts of meat or bulk meals.  Beef stew and the crockpot are a marriage made in heaven. There are literally millions of beef stew recipes out there.  How do you pick one?…

Trading gluten for arsenic-how dangerous are rice based products?


  I have read several articles recently about how the gluten free “trend” is leading to a high exposure to arsenic and mercury.  The culprit?  Rice. Almost every gluten free product uses white or brown rice as a substitute for wheat flour. Recent reports and news articles state that this increases exposure to arsenic. From…

Review of Home Free Allergen friendly cookies


    As a blogger whose focus is on gluten, dairy and nut free products and recipes, I know better than anyone how hard it is to find allergen friendly treats. Although food allergen awareness is becoming more mainstream, the focus is still on gluten free.  Those of us with other allergens or intolerances are…

Is it safe? Review of Smashburger, Murfreesboro


The other day, my husband and I took a drive to Murfreesboro.  Anytime we take a day trip, it becomes a challenge to find a place to stop for lunch that won’t make me deathly sick. Smashburger is one of the places that is utilizing online allergen menus that you can customize depending on what…

Common ingredients and their substitutions


If you cook or bake regularly like I do, you find a lot of common ingredients that you will need to substitute for gluten or dairy free ingredients. Here are substitutions that I use almost on a daily basis, and some I have never tried out, but others have.  I do not have any endorsement…

Review of 88 Acres Gluten free Bars


  It makes me really happy when I find something that is not only gluten and allergen free, but tastes really good.  These things don’t always go together, and that really bums me out.  These bars are free of peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, eggs and soy.  This is hard to come by. The folks…

Review of Luce’s artisan really rye gluten-free bread mix


  One of the things it was really hard for me to give up when I went gluten-free was rye bread. It is really difficult to find good gluten-free bread that is already made, but it is almost impossible to find gluten-free rye bread. Before I start the review, I would like to say that I…

Welcome new followers for January 2017


  I would like to welcome all of my new followers that joined me in January.  It is my pleasure to have you along on this journey.  I also want to welcome those of you who follow me via email. I hope that you will find inspiration, camaraderie, and hope in these pages.  

Knowledge is Power-how to reach a wider audience


  I have been writing this blog for almost 2 years now. When I first started out I was really excited to share my tips, recipes and ideas with my fellow WordPress bloggers. As time has gone on, I began to realize that my readership was confined to just WordPress bloggers.  This was not the vision…