No Mo’ B.O. Deo (Homemade Deodorant Recipe)

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Finally, I’ve come up with a recipe for deodorant that actually keeps me odor free all day even after a super sweaty workout!  I’ve been searching for years for something that actually keeps B.O. at bay and by George, I think I’ve got it!


 "Hey girl, you may want to give this a try."
“Hey girl, you may want to give this a try.”

If you’re wondering why on earth anyone would make their own deodorant, just do a quick search for “why you should make your own deodorant” and you’ll get plenty of answers.  In short, if I don’t want something in my body, I try not to put it on my body.  Your skin is the largest organ you have and absorbs just about anything you put on it.   When it comes to antiperspirants, the main ingredient is aluminum, which is a heavy metal linked to diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.  If that’s not enough, there are a slew of other ingredients that you probably won’t recognize.  When it comes to personal care products, I use the rule I use for my food, if I don’t know what it is, I’m not putting it on or in my body.

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Mexican Pizza (gluten free)

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I have a confession. I am a recovering Taco Bellaholic.   I was totally addicted. Before I converted to eating real food, I used to eat Taco Bell 2 to 3 times per week, if not more. I loved it! The thought of it makes my mouth water as I sit here typing.


Alas, I discovered what was in Taco Bell’s food. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of real food in there. Reconstituted, dehydrated refried beans, barely food grade ground beef, GMO corn tortillas, not to mention all of the MSG laden sauces. You can check out some gory details on Food Babe’s latest post on Taco Bell right here. I would imagine that many of my current physical ailments are due to my indulgence in this fast food joint’s food-like cuisine.

After walking away from this 20+ year addiction, Continue reading Mexican Pizza (gluten free)

From Full Time Career Woman to Stay at Home Mom

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If you had told me 10 years ago that in 2014 I would be a stay at home mom, homemaker and homeschooler, I would have laughed you out of the room. I mean, that’s a lot of home and I’m not really a homey person. I went to college to make lots of dough and live the good life, right? So how did I get here? It was a long journey and had many bumps along the way. If you’re struggling with this transition, just know that you are not alone. And you can do it. Here is my story.


Soon after my husband and I got married, we were still growing in our relationship with God and with each other. There was a couple in our lives that were raising incredibly obedient kids and had a great God centered marriage. We wanted that. She stayed at home and they homeschooled their children. It seemed great for them…but I didn’t know if that was for me.

Fast forward a year later, Continue reading From Full Time Career Woman to Stay at Home Mom

Anytime Guacamole…Anytime You Crave It

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Photo by Justine Whitworth
Photo by Justine Whitworth

Have you ever seen those “Guacamole Kits” for sale in the produce department?  You know, the clear plastic take-out boxes containing a couple avocados, a jalepeno, a red onion, and a tomato?  All the ingredients necessary for delicious, homemade  guacamole.  It’s very convenient…as long as you don’t mind at least one of the ingredients being somewhat “off.”

A withered up jalapeño, unripe (or overripe) avocados, or a sickly looking tomato?  No thanks.  I’ll buy the ingredients separately.

Which brings up another difficulty:  When the guacamole craving strikes, it’s usually not the day after I’ve been to the grocery store with a specific plan to make guacamole.  And the way I run my pantry, it’s extremely unlikely that I’ll “accidentally” have each of the typical guacamole ingredients on-hand (and ripe enough) to use all at the same time. Continue reading Anytime Guacamole…Anytime You Crave It

Blueberry Coconut Muffins (gluten free)

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One fine morning, us girls, decided to make muffins together. Now, you may be wondering why these muffins are gluten free with all the bread posts on our site. Well, the truth is, I just recently found out that wheat doesn’t particularly like me much. With all of the gluten free hype, I thought I’d cut it out of my diet for a while, reintroduce it, and see how my body reacted. Now, I’m not saying I’m full blown allergic or anything, but there sure is a noisy, not so pleasant smell after my consumption of wheat. What?

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So, low and behold, the gluten free blueberry coconut muffin! Why blueberries? Because my 3 year old eats them by the bag full. Why coconut? Continue reading Blueberry Coconut Muffins (gluten free)

Chocolate Covered Sprouted Rice Crispy Bars

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This Rice Crispy Bar post was double inspired. My first inspiration came when my blogging co-conspirator Nicole and I made a journey to the quaint little city of Asheville, NC for a food blog conference. Little did I know at the time that I would totally fall in love with this little jewel tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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While visiting, we were able to explore the area and meet some incredible people, but our favorite part, hands down, was the food scene. I could go on and on about the fare at the Biltmore Estate, the grass fed beef from Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the many taste bud pleasing restaurants in downtown Asheville.

One such restaurant was the French Broad Chocolates Lounge. We had tasted little treats from this shop over the course of our stay, including the giant block of chocolate we received in our swag bag. (No complaints here!) So, on our last night, we decided to end our journey at their shop. Conveniently, they stay open until 11 p.m. for us late night chocoholics! And we were not disappointed.  Continue reading Chocolate Covered Sprouted Rice Crispy Bars

Marvelous Mayonnaise

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 I love mayo. Growing up, my grandmother used mayonnaise in so many of my favorite recipes.  Not just for sandwiches, but in cole slaw, egg salad, deviled eggs, the list goes on. I even like to dip my french fries in it. And I’m not French, I grew up in West Virginia!  Needless to say, I go through quite a bit of mayo!

Then it happened. I decided to start caring about my health and the health of my family,  I began delving into eating “real food”, reading labels, avoiding processed foods AND I learned about GM foods. Now for you new real food eaters, that’s not General Motors, it stands for Genetically Modified.   So I started doing everything in my power to avoid these GM foods.

Then one day, I thought to take a peak at the back of my Kraft Real Mayo. #1 Ingredient, soybean oil. Ugh! If you don’t know already, Continue reading Marvelous Mayonnaise

Aromatherapy All Purpose Cleaner

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Aromatherapy Cleaner

There was this day that I found out that my beloved disinfectant wipes were, well, toxic.  It was a rough day.  One of those days I just wanted to pretend that I was ignorant and it didn’t really matter because I used them religiously.  And I hate to clean and they made it easy.  But every time I used them, I couldn’t stop thinking about how bad they were for my family.  So,  I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement for cleaning my counters, tables, sinks and toilets. I’d found a few on the market, but they still seemed to have ingredients in them that I didn’t care to use, usually sulfates and perfumes or they were just crazy expensive.

I put together a few homemade recipes that I found on line, but most of them had vinegar as a base. I know, I know, vinegar is amazing. I’m not arguing with that, but the smell just doesn’t do it for me.  It makes cleaning an even more unpleasant experience for me, like it needs to be any more unpleasant!

After researching some ingredients, I came up with a little recipe of my own. And it smells amazing! I owe all the credit to my 7 year old because Continue reading Aromatherapy All Purpose Cleaner

Sour Dough Pizza

Sourdough Pizza Crust (Bucket Dough Method)

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When my family decided to start eating less processed food, pizza no longer seemed like a “convenience” anymore. Instead of sliding a still-frozen pizza into the oven, I had to first make some dough. Easy enough; I had already learned how to make sandwich bread in the bread machine at that point, I could handle pizza dough.

But then I had to roll out the dough. And make pizza sauce. And shred the cheese. And (sometimes) slice the pepperoni.

Not to mention the effort I made in order to find a pizza sauce recipe my family enjoyed. And find a whole-fat mozzarella cheese that melted perfectly (Trader Joe’s brand is our favorite). And a place where I could consistently buy a brand of pepperoni that contains no nitrates or nitrites (Applegate Continue reading Sourdough Pizza Crust (Bucket Dough Method)

Rustic Sour Dough Loaf

Rustic Loaf (Bucket Dough Method)

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Your husband calls to tell you that he’s on his way home from work. Oh, and that his good friend Joe’s wife is out of town, so he invited Joe over for dinner. That’s okay, right?

Wrong! Because you forgot to plan a side dish for dinner (again), and all you have planned to eat is a main course of meat (again).  Since meat’s expensive, you bought the smallest package of meat you could find, and you’re already afraid that the kids might resort to cannibalism in order to make sure their stomachs get full. So no, Joe can’t come over for dinner, thank you very much. Have fun retracting your invitation.

On second thought… Continue reading Rustic Loaf (Bucket Dough Method)