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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 22, 2016.

Our Favorite Cheesecake

This is a favorite at all holiday and sabbat celebrations in our home. Everyone loves it, even though it’s not your traditional cheesecake. Anyone can make it, even a child. It is quick and easy to make, and tastes so good. This recipe is for two cakes, but you can halve everything for one if […]

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Simple Chocolate-Coconut No-Bakes

I love super easy recipes, especially when they involve chocolate and coconut. And this recipe is as easy as they come. I’m sure you’ll enjoy these cookies as much as I do. And the health factor? Regular no bakes have so much sugar in them, not to mention the sugar in the peanut butter. I’m […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

What Type of Chocolate do You Use?

The second in a continuing series of posts asking readers’ questions, this one deals with one of my favorite foods. Chocolate! Yes, I do love chocolate. And I do eat it sometimes. Otherwise, I would feel deprived and would not stick to any healthy eating plan at all. I know this is true, because I […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29. 2016.

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Red, White, and Blue Parfait

A simple treat that can be used as a side to any meal, or a snack, or even as a dessert. And, they are great when served at Patriotic holiday tables. Small children can help with this one as well, if you cut the grapes yourself. Keep these in the refrigerator until they are ready […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Watermelon Stars

These snacks are so easy to make, and are great fun for children to help with. Be sure to do the cutting with the knife yourself, then set them to making the stars while you prepare the cream. You will need a medium size star cookie cutter, or a set of different size ones. Set […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Berries and Cream

In trying to come up with some easy patriotic recipes, I find myself concentrating a lot on berries because of their brightness of color. Fresh, they are the tastiest fruits to use. Try picking them on your own for the most affordable way to get them. Growing them is easy, or you can find them […]

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Patriotic Berry Parfait

I love berries and coconut cream, and this parfait recipe 🙂 This dessert parfait can really be eaten any time, but is great for patriotic holidays. It will pack some nutrition into your holiday meal, as well as provide some sweetness without going overboard on fat and calories. This is a great recipe for children […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 4, 2014.

Banana Apple Parfait

This parfait is easy to make, using either coconut yogurt or coconut cream. What you use depends on whether you are using this as a once in a while splurge item. Ingredients small banana small apple coconut yogurt or coconut cream with a few drops of pure vanilla or almond extract Peel and slice the […]

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Photograph copyright Shannon L. Buck December 22, 2016

Cheesecake Toppings!

I love cheesecake, though I make it all of 3 times a year — if that.  I don’t usually use toppings, but there are a number of them that would be good on the recipe that I use. Arrange blueberries in the shape of a star. Slice strawberries and use them to line the edges […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016.

Chocolate Fondue Plate

Zowie and I enjoyed a nice treat the other night, as she is home on a break from college. We love fruit and chocolate, so once in a while we combine the two. This  treat is simple to prepare, and will feed two people well. There will be leftover “fondue”. NOTE: I used Hershey’s Special […]

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Pineapples with Chocolate

This is an incredibly simple treat to make. I’ve never measured out ingredients. With just a little practice you’ll know exactly how much of the three items below that will be needed each time you make this recipe.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016

Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Contributed by Sheila Buck (Update January 2017: Yum! I know these are in no way healthy, but I just love them. I might try tweaking the recipe in the future to use Paleo approved non-grain flour and honey, or something like that, just to make it a little healthier. But I’m keeping this recipe here […]

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Berry Salad

NOTE: Berries may cause allergic reactions in young children. For toddlers who have not been exposed to berries yet, consult a pediatrician before serving. Ingredients blueberries raspberries black berries sliced strawberries whipped coconut cream flavored with honey, pure vanilla extract, or mint. Mix the berries in a bowl, and dish by the spoonful into decorate […]

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