Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

It’s fall, which means pumpkin is everywhere! If you can add pumpkin to a recipe people are doing it! For this pumpkin waffle recipe they not only have the delicious pumpkin taste, but include other healthy ingredients like chia and flax meal. I don’t use any refined sugar, I use honey to sweeten them! And the nutmeg gives it subtle spice flavor. Yummy! Now that I live in southern NM, fall is a little different. This year I am trying to grow my own pumpkins! I am also trying to make lots of yummy treats that others have always shared with me during this time. Baking and sharing food is such a wonderful blessing. Although it will take a little longer to get cold and the rainy season is mostly behind us (it primarily rains during summer here because of the monsoons), I still look forward in anticipation of the holidays, all the yummy fall foods I get to make and the sweater weather that will be here eventually!  My dad will call me soon with the lively accounts of the annual hunting trip, and tell me of all the wonderful food they ate and that I missed out on! I will also get to see the leaves change color because we don’t live too far away from a beautiful forested area! Fall is so wonderful! As a side note, have you all ever preserved leaves? If you gather up a bunch of beautiful yellow, orange and red leaves, stick them in a mixture of one part glycerin and two parts water for a few days. Then dry them...
Whole Wheat Tortilla

Whole Wheat Tortilla

Let’s do this! Today you’re going to make homemade whole wheat flour tortillas and you will love it! It’s simple, anybody can do it! It’s so much better than anything you’ve ever bought at the store. I make this 3 or 4 times a month, because we really love tacos at my house. This is the best whole wheat tortilla recipe I’ve ever made, and I have experimented with quite a few. It’s 5 simple ingredients and about 1 hour of your day between making the dough, resting it, rolling and cooking, which isn’t bad at all. Even faster if you have a tortilla press. You can find some really cheap ones on amazon, around 12 dollars! A bargain! I usually roll mine out by hand. I like the rustic look and shape, it screams homemade. About the flour, this recipe I bring to you today calls for 100% whole wheat, but you can sub any or all of the flour for all-purpose. I do like to combine both sometimes because it gives the tortilla a nice color. But you do you, my friend. Use whatever flour suits you. It will be delicious, regardless! These tortillas will keep for a few days in the fridge, well covered in plastic. If we have any leftovers, I like to cut them into triangles and bake them or even fry them, if I’m feeling particularly naughty with my calorie consumption. But that’s once in a blue moon, they are really delicious simply baked. Cut them into triangles, mix them with a splash of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic...
Carrot Apple Bread

Carrot Apple Bread

You guys MUST try this carrot apple bread! This gorgeous loaf is packed full of healthy treats and tastes delicious too! I mean look at look at this bread! Wait, forget looking- make it! Then eat it… and try to share some with others. There is something about this carrot apple bread that reminds me of fall and is perfect for ushering in the change of seasons. The scrumptious apples, honey and cinnamon are so comforting! Just smelling this bake makes me want to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea and of course some of this bread! Oh and it’s fall! Yay! Cue the burgundy sweaters, cute boots and pumpkin everything! Ok well, at least in NM it will still be a month or so until it gets cold enough to wear sweaters throughout the day (if it gets cold enough at all- maybe in January!) Although it is always sunny here, the mornings do turn crisp and getting to go camping is still super fun! One year, my friends and I went camping at a place called Fourth of July Canyon. This canyon is full of maple trees, not something you see a lot of in NM, so it is a true gem! As a bonus the leaves were all turning red! It felt like we were in the Vermont! Well, at least what I imagine Vermont to feel like! What are some of your favorite things to do during fall? I love to go camping, pick pumpkins, read lots of books and eat fall inspired foods! I am actually trying to grow sugar...
Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These light, fluffy, crumbly and chocolatey Pumpkin Banana Muffins will be a perfect holiday breakfast. It has been WAY too long since I’ve posted, and I’ve missed it!  These Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins were just the motivation to take a pause during life’s craziness and share this recipe. Am I the only one who self inflicts pure craziness upon myself?  The other day I was running in 10 different directions and stopped for a minute to think why things were so disarray.  Then it hit me… I’M the reason for the chaos.  From being a mom, wife, involved in my church, registered nurse, blogger, and organizing the most killer food blogger conference in existence, I chose every crazy thing going on around me AND I love it! I love the holidays where everything slows down for just a second and reminds me how my husband and kids are by far my most rewarding and energizing part of my life.  My baby boy is 15 months and his cheeks just scream ‘kiss me all day, mama’! My sweet girl is almost 4 and love her sassy, independent mother-to-anyone-smaller-than-her self.  AND I just celebrated yesterday 8 years with my husband, best friend, and equal partner in every way.  I’m one blessed lady!  No complaints here… except that I already ate all of these muffins. I know I’ve already confessed how I’m not a huge chocolate fan (inserts gasps).  However, even I can’t resist a little chocolate now and again AND I can still make it healthy.  I’m seriously addicted to muffins.  Like I make them almost every morning.  My Banana Muffins and Pumpkin Muffins continue to be...
Applesauce Chia Muffins

Applesauce Chia Muffins

I cannot believe we’re on the last half of July!  Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by?  I want to slam the breaks on my summer days and prolong the summer as long as possibly especially since my baby boy is rapidly approaching his first birthday!!  I tear up thinking about it.  Am I the only mom who gets emotional on birthdays?  If so… just lie and say you get me. Well, at this point, all I can do is hang on, enjoy every second, and comfort myself with these light, fluffy applesauce muffins.  Not only are these approved by my husband and 3 year old, my cute baby smeared the muffin all over his face while he hastily ate his. Before I started blogging, I was clueless on how this all worked.  Extremely clueless.  It is hard work juggling everything!  I started meeting other bloggers and quickly realized this blogging business is packed with talented, educated, and family-focused individuals.  We have a passion and want to share it with others.  We spend long, late hours working while our kiddos sleep in order to build our businesses. Although I love creating healthy recipes and hosting my health challenge, I wanted to do more to support and encourage others in my same spot!  I united with my brilliant friend, Sabrina, and formed a plan on how to host a food blogger conference unlike any out there!  I now have 4 babies… my two beautiful children, No Diets Allowed, and Everything Food Conference.   All four require insane amount of work and diligence, but I have to say my two delightful, joyful kids are by...
Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

It’s a miracle.  I mean a full blown, modern day miracle.  I have tried numerous whole wheat bread recipes and have bombed each loaf.  They resembled flavorless bricks instead of fluffy, light scrumptious bread.  Well, I am a food blogger.  KINDA embarrassing if I can’t figure out how to make healthy whole wheat bread.  And my friends, I finally did it!   Okay, since I’ve wasted enough ingredients on failed bread attempts for the both of us, I’m going to share what made the difference.  First, make sure to let the yeast foam for at least 10 minutes before adding it to the other ingredients.  I definitely wasn’t allowing enough time for the yeast to activate. Second, whole wheat pastry flour.  You HAVE to try it.  You’ll see this flour is pretty much all my recipes because it’s the miracle flour.  It keep all the health benefits of whole wheat but creates the light and fluffy texture we all crave in baked goods. I transitioned from spreading butter on breads, waffles, pancakes and anything else to spreading on coconut oil instead.  We love it.  Coconut oil has a slight sweetness and creamy texture just like butter and the health benefits rock.  This superfood helps control weight, ease digestion, helps manage Type 2 Diabetes, and slows aging by doing fabulous things to your skin and hair.  Your mouth and body will thank you for making this substitution.   This whole wheat bread recipe is perfect.  I’ve made is several times… and it’s been a success each time.  Really… you have NO idea how big of an accomplishment this is for me. PrintEasy Whole Wheat...

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