berry cobbler

Berry Cobbler

This weekend I went raspberry-picking for the very first time with my friend, Chrissie, and her two little boys. What fun we had! We set out early in the morning to avoid the summer heat and picked pints and pints of red and black raspberries, laughing at our dark berry-stained hands. I knew the berries…

banana bread

Mom’s Banana Bread

Oh how I love my mom’s banana bread! One of the first things I learned to bake was quickbreads – banana, pumpkin, zucchini – served warm with a slather of cream cheese – delicious! I’m not sure why, but I hadn’t made a loaf of rich golden banana bread this winter, but I have a…

homemade fig bars #realfood

Fig Bars

A few weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook about noshing on some reduced fat Fig Newtons, and I was reminded how much I loved them, especially when I was a kid. So I set out to make a homemade fig cookie. I was inspired by a number of different recipes, pulling bits and pieces…

whole wheat tortillas #realfood

Whole Wheat Tortillas

I’ve put off attempting my own tortillas at home for a long time. I’m not sure why, as we use them at least weekly, and as they seem to be one of the few items at the store that I can’t seem to purchase – even organically – with fewer than 20 ingredients. So it…

chocolate chia seed pudding

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Pudding

I’ve seen a number of recipes lately for chia seed puddings and was dying to create my own. The problem with Jell-O pudding, aside from all of the chemicals and the laundry list of ingredients, is that it can’t be made with anything but cow’s milk. Soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk – none of these…

homemade peanut butter cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Candies and sweets are saved for an occasional treat in our house, but I’m always on the lookout for recipes, as finding real food sweets can be a challenge. And to be honest, it’s just plain fun to try to re-create some of your store-bought favorites from scratch at home. These are at the top of…

homemade gummy fruit snacks

Homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks

Those of you who started following my blog at the beginning may recall my ill-fated attempt at gummy candies. My husband Jeff LOVES gummies. And let’s be honest, so do I. But gummy candies and fruit snacks found at the store are full of sugars and artificial flavorings, colors, and sweeteners, so I knew making…