Category Archives: Desserts

I Can Eat Bread Again

breadbeckersSeveral years ago I was told by a doctor that I shouldn’t eat bread or anything with gluten in it. So, I went on a Gluten-Free kick but still had the same stomach issues and “chicken skin” on my elbows. A good friend of mine introduced me to grinding my own flour and I’ve never looked back. I make yummy loaves of bread, bagels, hot dog and hamburger buns, cookies, cupcakes and more!

I had the honor of meeting Sue Becker a few years ago and I learned so much about the myths of gluten intolerance and the health benefits from eating bread from freshly milled flour.

Please join me this coming Saturday in Deland. It’s totally FREE and they aren’t trying to sell you anything. Sue has a passion for health and really just wants people to be made known of the amazing benefits of the flour. Make sure you email Pat on the flyer and let her know you are coming. If you don’t want to drive, I can take a few people with me.

I hope to see you there!!!




What To Do With Fresh Picked Peaches

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So, have you heard of the best kept secret in Lake County?  I’ll give you a little hint…..

It’s orange and they grow on trees!  No, silly, it’s not oranges….it’s peaches!  Georgia peaches have got nothing on these peaches that are grown right here in Umatilla.  I went to Graham’s U-Pick Peaches located at 14803 Lake Yale Road in Umatilla. So, if you live in the south, you know a good peach when you taste one!

So, Saturday morning, my sister, mom and niece decided to head out and pick some peaches.  I ended up picking around 24 lbs.  These are the BEST tasting peaches ever!  I’m seriously saying that you pick them right off the tree and they are so juicy!

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They are nearing the end of the season…’s a very short season, like only the entire month of May.  Here’s how it works:  When you get there, go up to the tent where you will be greeted by some of the friendliest folk here in town.  They have a few different size baskets you can take and fill them with as many peaches as it will fit.  You might have some overflowing and the basket might get a little heavy, so they have some carts you can put your baskets in to make it easier for you.

They also sell local honey and blueberries.  Call or check their Facebook Page before heading out there just to make sure they have availability.  I guess word has gotten out and the peaches are almost picked!

Oh, and be sure and tell Mary I sent you.  Word on the street is that her husband is the “Peach Whisperer”.  I can vouch for that cause they are the sweetest and juiciest peaches I’ve ever had.  Their phone # is 352-636-3821.  They are open today, Memorial Day from 9am-4pm.

Now, what to do with them…….

I brought mine home and cut up 7 quart sized ziplock bags and stuck them in the freezer. They will make for good peach cobbler, smoothies, peach pecan ice cream, peach salsa, peach jam and oh my goodness, peach anything!  I even love grilled peaches!

You can even “can” them.  Click HERE for the recipe on how to can peaches. Watch this video on how to dehydrate them too.  And the last thing you can do with peaches, is just eat them LOL.  I saved about 20 peaches and put them in my crisper drawer in the fridge for us to snack on over the week.

P.S. Check out Graham’s U-Pick Facebook Page – they used my pretty filled basket of peaches in their flyer!



TAKE THEM A MEAL – Tips on taking food to a family in need



Ever wander what to make and take for a family in need?  Maybe they just had a baby or a loved one is sick in the hospital.  Taking a meal will comfort them in more ways than one.  The last thing most people think about is preparing a meal during a hectic time in their life.

If it’s something I am organizing for church or our community center, I use Take Them a Meal.  It’s a perfect way to organize a larger group so the family will get a variety of food to eat.

Keep in mind, you don’t always have to just bring dinner to a loved one.  They still eat other meals throughout the day, so get creative!  You could bring a breakfast casserole, homemade granola and fruit for breakfast or a sandwich platter for lunch and of course, you can’t forget snacks and dessert – go for fresh fruit or homemade ice cream.

I recently organized meals for one of our pastors as he and his wife just had a baby.  I told them to let others provide them meals, so that they can spend time getting acclimated to their new little one.  So, they still have to eat, right?  That’s where the church came in…….

So, I decided to make my homemade baked potato soup and serve it with a salad and homemade ranch along with a baguette of crusty bread.




For dessert, I thought about something easy for them to prepare.  What better thing to do than to curl up on the couch with a loved one and watch a movie and eat popcorn!  And, what’s popcorn without something sweet?  I added a small bag of m&m’s to go along with it.

I know I am anti-dye, but once in a while won’t hurt ya! 😉



I packaged everything in this cute basket, which I bought specifically just to hold my soup jars in LOL. Hey, everything has to have a purpose ya know!



Taking someone in need a meal doesn’t have to be a big stress event!  If you don’t have time to prepare yourself, then grab take out or you can even give them gift cards to their favorite restaurants.  You could also take it a step further and order pizza and have it delivered to their home.  Just give them a heads first so they don’t think it’s some prank when they open the door LOL.

Be blessed!


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You’ll Never Guess What I Bought at Costco Yesterday!



So, my first time going to Costco (I know, I’m behind the times) was yesterday and all I have to say is WOW!  I can’t believe I haven’t been there before.  My friend Julie was so sweet and drove us down there.  We live in the country, so it’s about an hour drive to the city.  I introduced her to Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market so it was a WIN WIN for both of us!

So, besides all of the goodies I found, I was actually wanting to buy Danielle Walker’s new book “Against All Grain”.  I was diagnosed with a Celiac intolerance a few years ago, so I was excited to see what her cookbook was all about.  I still eat some grains every now and then, but if I can make items and substitute, then that’s pretty cool!




She did such an excellent job in the layout of this book.  Of course, I go straight to the dessert section LOL.

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Danielle has created 8-weak meal plans.  She even has a section just for beginners.  I know firsthand how hard it is to go cold turkey, so she eases you into it.



Simple meals is part of living a simple life!  I can’t wait to dive into reading and start creating some of these yummy looking recipes.  From what I’ve seen so far (just glancing through the pages), I would recommend this this book.  I paid $20 at Costco, which is a great deal.  I was hoping she was coming to Florida on her book tour, so I guess I won’t get my copy signed. 😦

Hey, I just had a thought….I wonder if we are related?  Both last name “Walker”, so maybe? LOL

Check out Danielle’s website Against All Grain and read all about her story there.  If you are struggling with sickness and just not getting anywhere with your doctor, try going grain free.  I notice a huge difference when I don’t eat any grains.  Try it for yourself and see!





The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies and They’re Gluten-Free

If there’s one thing about me, it’s I LOVE CHOCOLATE!

I actually make some really good chocolate chip cookies, if I do say so my self LOL.  I’m about 80/20 on using Organic/Natural ingredients and I use really good chocolate chips.

Well, lately I’ve came across a cookie that is out of this world and I can’t turn back!  I still make my own, but these are just “different”.  The best part is: their Gluten Free



These cookies come in a variety, but my FAV is the Chocolate Chip.  They just melt in your mouth!

They also have a nice crunch to them!

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You actually get (2) of these cute little packages inside the bag.  Sorry there’s only one in the photo, but I ate the other package. LOL

That’s the good thing about these cookies.  Even though I love them so much, I know just to have 1 or 3 at a time. 😉

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I love their small concept and pray that they never sell out to a big corporation.  I just might take a trip to see them one day, who knows!



If you haven’t tried these, you are missing out!  They are filled with good stuff, well as much as a cookie can be filled with!  I don’t feel guilty eating these, NOT one bit!

I’m giving you a coupon below so you can enjoy them too!!!  Let me know what you think!


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh, My goodness!  I have never tasted anything like this before!!

I have a confession to make….I love chocolate chip cookies.  I know, I’m horrible, but I love them and I can’t help it.  I started eating Gluten-Free a few years ago (well, I try to) and came across these and I can’t describe it.  They DO NOT taste GF at all.



They are a crunchy cookie with rich chocolatey yumminess!  When you open the bag, you will get (2) wrapped containers of cookies.  I have to pace my self, really I do.

Try them and let me know what you think!  Here’s a coupon you can use off your first purchase, just click on the photo below.


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Who’s ready for Fall?  I live for this time of year, really I do!  I drive my husband crazy all summer talking about, well complaining, that I can’t wait for Fall!



I found this scrumptious recipe from Dessert for Two and couldn’t help pass this one along!!!

Click here for the recipe…..


*Photo courtesy of Dessert for Two