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Berry Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I like to pretty them up for the children, to turn them into special treats. I put them into sundae cups for a nice treat. Or I use decorative bowls. I have real tea-spoons with long handles that I place in the cups. Berries are healthy and should be a part of […]

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Watermelon and Blueberries with Coconut Cream

I love melons and berries, and find combining the two makes for some tasty recipes. These combinations are great for spring and summer. This recipe makes a great side dish to any meal, but will also make a delicious snack or dessert. Ingredients 1 cup cubed or balled seedless watermelon ½ cup blueberries 2 to […]

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Strawberry Cream Surprise

I love strawberries, and I love coconut. I love mixing coconut cream with pure extracts to come up with different flavorings. This recipe uses pure mint extract. Add add different toppings to this for variety, choosing something different each time you make it. Ingredients Serves: 1 sundae cup long-handled tea-spoon coconut cream flavored with pure […]

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Fruit Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I put them into the sundae cups for a nice treat. I have real tea spoons with long handles that I place in the cups to add just a little fanciness to this treat. Ingredients any type of fruit that you like, and you can mix and match them coconut cream flavored […]

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Blueberry-Strawberry Parfait

I love parfaits during the spring and summer months. This berry based parfait is easy to make for a quick snack any time, and a little dark chocolate can be added if it is to be consumed as a dessert. Ingredients blueberries strawberries coconut cream flavored with pure vanilla extract unsweetened coconut flakes (optional) Paleo […]

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Chocolate-Banana Pudding with Berries, and a Smoothie

I admit it. I love chocolate. I don’t know too many women who don’t. However, I’m trying to eat healthier foods. Traditional chocolate desserts are a no-no, and I comply with that most of the time. When I really want chocolate and am at home, chocolate pudding is a dessert I enjoy. Because there is […]

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Melon Parfaits

I enjoy my parfaits with vanilla or mint flavored coconut cream when consuming them as a snack or dessert, but can also be used as a side at lunch or dinner. This is a refreshing dish to have on a warm day. Ingredients 1/8 cup diced cantaloupe 1/8 cup diced honey dew melon 1/8 cup […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014

Frugal Popsicle Ideas

Spring and summer are the best times for popsicles. Sitting on the front porch with the family on a warm evening, enjoying a popsicle, and watching the stars, was one of my favorite things when Skye and Zowie were little. These popsicles are easy for children to make, though mom or dad may need to […]

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Cookbook Review: No Excuses Diet by Megan Gilmore

I love cookbooks, and used to have a nice collection of them before I moved and had to downsize. I loved those old cookbooks, but they didn’t necessarily include many recipes that I would now consider healthy. I love that I was able to add the No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat […]

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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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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

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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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

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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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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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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Pumpkin Pie

We love pumpkin pie during the autumn and winter holidays and sabbats. They smell delicious while baking and cooling, and are very tasty. This recipe makes two pies. For one pie, simply halve the ingredients. (Update 2017) This is another family favorite that I’m leaving on the site, at least until I can come up […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

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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