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Butternut Squash Fudge (Gluten Free and Vegan)

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It's that time of year - winter squash!

I've been trying to be creatives and think of some alternative ways to prepare these wondrous vegetables!

While I could eat them steamed and sprinkled with a little seasoning any time of day or night - when it comes to attending Halloween events (pumpkin carving parties, work potlucks, etc) I try to be a bit more creative.

I won't lie, this recipe was developed because I was being lazy and didn't want to deal with hauling in the heavy slow cooker into work or having to reheat something in the microwave. Creativity kicked-in and I am up and running.

Who doesn't like fudge? Bingo, fudge it is. Now, which winter squash variety do I have the most of.... butternut,okay butternut it is. Now, the base, I know many recipes call for a nut butter base and I happen to have a new cashew nut butter or two that would work perfectly.

Now the juices are flowing. I bring out the saucepan. Toss in the cashew butter. I need something else...got it…

Pomegranate Juice

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What the doctor orders, the doctor gets! This time around, she ordered to drink a glass of pomegranate juice daily.

My initial thought was, lady, do you know how expensive good pure pomegranate juice is?

I moved past the thought of money and directly to okay - how can I make this work?

Good thing I have an awesome connection at the Farmer's Market and was able to snag an entire case of Pomegranates for $15.00.

Now for the work. I did a lot of research on what is the easiest way to open, de-seed, and juice these babies. Everyone was saying to place the seeds into a blender with a bit of water and pulse until the seeds have become loose. Honestly, this seemed like way too much work for dad and I after we just spent a good 90-minutes de-seedings this annoying little flying seeds! Poor mom watched up mess up her living room because you know, the living room is a practical place to set up a card table, old tablecloth and a large bucket to start this project. They always liked red on t…

Fall Flavors in a Savory Moong Dal Dish Without A Pressure Cooker

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I have spent the last week and a half eating off schedule, off routine and certainly cheating. To be clear, I was still maintaining a gluten-free and vegetarian diet, just also consumed some processed foods, dairy, oils, etc that I wouldn't normally eat while trying to heal my gut.

However, I was traveling, enjoying the GFAF Expo, and trying to enjoy my birthday as well.

It was time for me to get back into the rhythm of things and slow down. I needed to pay attention to what I was consuming and when.

I was approached with yet another traveling opportunity and could have been lazy and left it as such, but instead, I decided to get back into the swing of things and make a delicious fall dinner that I would enjoy and others would actually envy (or at least be intrigued).

I do get an enjoyment when others are intrigued and even interested in the foods that I am eating. It helps when I am eating such repetitive foods to make it a bit more self-fulfilling.

I choose to dive into the fridg…

GFAFExpo Secaucus, NJ Review

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Gluten Free AND Allergy Free Expo....Yes please!


Due to family events and life in general, I was unable to attend the GFAG Expo for the past couple of years so I was really really looking forward to this year's Expo.

My family was coming along for some support and I have to admit, I was a bit nervous as to what they would think and if they would find themselves bored and unsatisfied, but I was over it quickly and said, Happy Early Birthday to myself!

Some of the major sponsors for the event were Glutino and Udi's. While these are NOT my favorite gluten free brands, as they do contain some ingredients that I try to avoid for a daily consumption, I have to take my hat off and commend both companies for sponsoring and making events such as this happen! With that said, I went out of my way to visit their booths, try their products and engaging with their representatives.

Some new products:
-Gluten Free Delights - these remind me of hotpockets - not as good as I had dreamed, but heck…

Using Your Talents To Help Others

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I really enjoy cooking. It makes me happy - I can't say I am good at it, as there are plenty of times I make dishes and spit them out almost immediately proclaiming how disgusting they are. It's the joy of trial and error that it doesn't matter if I fail on 100 dishes, I have at least one that I truly enjoy and can feed my heart and soul with.

I enjoy cooking for others and thus had to develop awareness of my other senses as I can't taste-test the food in which I am providing to them.

A very good friend that we have essentially just adopted into the family, asked my sister and I over for a Halloween movie night. I figured, since I am off on a little mini-vacation and not working, I would give them a gift that I do not always get to have myself and that is, walking into a house with a home cooked meal!  I looked around my parents' house to see what we had an abundance of today. P.S there is always an abundance of one type of food or another as we do love our farmer&…

Savory Oatmeal (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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It's pumpkin season! One of my favorites! I find that I LOVE comfy fall foods (reminds me of my younger carefree years - so bring on the carbs!), mother nature's colors, the smell of the crisp air mixed in with fall leaves blowing through the air and of course, all of the birthday celebrations!

I'm my happiest when I am around those that I love (family, friends, and adopted / extended family). I find my anxiety is slim to none, my joy is waking up and getting the opportunity to spend time with them in whatever capacity they can provide.

I awake, to the morning's crisp air for a refreshing walk with a cup of tea in hand. These are the moments of the day that I can just stop lift my head and my heart to the sky, I then take in a deep breath and watch as a smile emerges onto my face. Funny how the little, and most simplistic things can just make us smile and fee FREE. Free of regret. Free of fear. Free of obligations. Just free to be who you are in that exact moment of t…

30 Flirty and Thriving

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Here we are, approaching the "real" adulthood measurement. The oldest of 4 Fia gals is turning the big 3-0. While I know many find celebrating birthdays to be a waste and a bunch of hoo-ahh, I find that the world today is tough and when you can find a reason, any reason at all, to celebrate, I say you take it and run with it.

When mentioning to my parents that we would be celebrating and kind of celebrating BIG, since it is the BIG 3-0 birthday this year - my mom sort of looked at me and said, BIG 3-0?! It was not a big birthday when we turned that age, why is it now?

I stopped and thought about it for a moment. Well, because school and post-graduate school takes up more time, people are getting married later, financially it is more difficult to find a way in which to survive, I'm not entirely sure when and how this became a big one, but life is hard so why not celebrate the fact that you are approaching a new decade and this one might be a bit easier on you?!

I asked Fr…