Raspberry Banana Ice Cream: No Added Sugar, Cream or Guilt

Paleo-friendly Raspberry Banana "Ice Cream"

I love ice cream, but I try to stay away from it because the full-fat versions tend to have lots of sugar and are highly caloric. Then there’s that quarter cup serving size. Really? Umm no. Then there are the low-fat and sugar-free ice creams, which are not bad, but they may have additives that aren’t the best.

This vegan and paleo-friendly Raspberry Banana “ice cream” has no cream or added sugar. It has only 4 basic ingredients – bananas, raspberries, cinnamon and pure vanilla extract. Yum! The best part of all — it’s so easy to make and you can eat a whole cup full if you want to with not one ounce of guilt. (more…)

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Raspberry Lime Flavored Water

Raspberry Lime Water

Project 365 Photography Challenge – #4

Do you dislike drinking plain water? Are you trying to stay away from diet drinks or drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners? If so, consider making your own flavored waters.

I had two packages of raspberries in the fridge and wanted to use them in either a dessert or drink. After perusing Pinterest, I ran across and decided to use one of the packages to make my own flavored water. (more…)

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Satsuma Oranges

Satsuma Oranges

Project 365 Photography Challenge – #1

Happy First Day of 2015! I signed up Click It Up A Notch’s Project 365, a group activity to practice and share our photography everyday for a year (or once a week if you participate in Project 52). I’m excited, and here are some of my first photos of the year. (more…)

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Mom’s Favorite – Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

My mom likes delicious, but simple pound cakes and nut cakes. So I wasn’t surprised when she asked if I would make her a lemon pound cake during the Christmas holiday. Baking is what I love to do most, so I was excited to bake it just for her. This lemon pound cake is delicious, moist and very fragrant. It was baked after everyone left our big family Christmas seafood dinner, and the kitchen smelled wonderful as it baked. The true test of the cake’s yumminess came when my little brother kept staring through the oven window, and grabbed a plate from the counter top as soon as I pulled it out of the oven. :-) (more…)

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P’s Chunky Veggie Soup (Stew)

Chunky Soup Done

I have a small kitchen, so 1) I don’t have the luxury of lots of counter space, and 2) I seldom have the patience for recipes that require lots of time for prep. I’m also not a fan of needing to purchase lots of special ingredients that are unlikely to ever be used again. Basically I like to dump stuff into one pot and have something tasty once the whole process is done.

I cooked my chunky veggie soup (stew) in a slow cooker and accidentally (I fell asleep) left it on low all night long so I ended up with a very thick consistency, which is what I like. (more…)

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My Top Five Favorite Food Movies

Stillshot from the movie Chef via YouTube video

Between the movie theater, TV and NetFlix, I’ve seen my share of movies about personal growth, love, family, and food. I love it when I find movies from many cultures that combine all four of these elements beautifully and with attention to the details of the food. There are many movies that do this like Soul Food, Ratatouille, and even movies where food is beautifully photographed or prepared even briefly like Mother of George. However, these didn’t make my faves list.  (more…)

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