Category Archives: HOLIDAY IDEAS

rustic and traditional holiday decor and crafts past down from generation to generation

Dastony Sesame Seed Butter Macaroon Bites

DASTONY SESAME SEED BUTTER MACAROON BITES (raw paleo) With winter in the air and the holidays approaching us; sometimes we find that staying on track is a little more difficult this time of year. Most of us are accustomed to the traditional holidays and the un-healthy food that they bring. So on this note, this […]

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Grandma’s Twisted Pumpkin Spice Mix (raw vegan paleo)

GRANDMA’S TWISTED PUMPKIN SPICE MIX (raw vegan paleo) YEP, the holiday season is upon us, like it or not… I normally do not even like to mention this fact until after Halloween BUT the media trends have forced me to comply. I LOVE autumn, not just because the leaves are changing but my creativity comes […]

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Rainbow Fruit Skewers (raw-vegan)

RAINBOW FRUIT SKEWERS (raw-vegan) One of the best things about warmer weather is the abundance of fresh fruit that comes in season; as the weeks go by, I notice that the list is getting longer. I was at the market the other day and I was amazed at all of the delicious and vibrant fruit […]

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Happy New Year Baby! its 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR BABY! its 2013 Another year has passed, can you believe it?  Before this one gets away from me-like the last one did, I wanted to wish every one a Happy New Year. This year my focus is going to be on more relaxing and making new recipes,: might write a book too […]

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Peppermint Bark Stir Sticks

PEPPERMINT BARK STIRSTICKS You asked for it, you’ve got it—-for all my friends with SWEET TOOTH’S, here is my recipe for PEPPERMINT BARK STIR STICKS… YES, stick them in your hot chocolate and give it a few to completely melt. Here is to your HOLIDAY! MAKES 10 STIR STICKS 2 old fashioned natural candy canes, […]

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Clementine Cranberry Macaroons(raw-vegan)

CLEMENTINE CRANBERRY MACAROONS (raw-vegan) These tasty treats are different than your standard macaroons. Yes, they are sweet, contain almonds and coconut but with a healthy twist. These are gluten free (no wheat), vegan(no animal products), raw (dehydrated not baked) and are actually good for you (so guilt free). I always make them this time of […]

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Orange Pomander

ORANGE POMANDER As part of my families traditional Christmas, we still use the basic same ornaments that generations before have used. One of these ornaments is the ORANGE POMANDER. During the Renaissance, pomanders were small silver or gold balls that had spices and fragrances in them to ward off infection and body odor. As we […]

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Pinecone Star

PINECONE STAR Winter time is here and pinecones are not only in abundance but seem to be a favorite for decorations during the Christmas season. Since I have several pine trees on my property that produce pinecones, it is only natural for me to use them to decorate my cabin. The pinecone stars that I […]

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Banana Pancakes

BANANA PANCAKES This weekend at brunch, step away from the ordinary with these banana pancakes. This recipe is actually a banana muffin recipe I have but I cook them into pancakes. The results are AMAZING! These have always been a crowd pleaser because they are fluffy and sweet. I find that they do not need […]

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Christmas Tree Flocking

CHRISTMAS TREE FLOCKING Flocking on a Christmas tree can add a new dimension to your tree. I think flocked trees are beautiful when they are done right. I like to use traditional flocking, which is no more than soap flakes and water. Using traditional soap flocking will ensure that you are not bringing unwanted chemicals […]

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Gingerbread Man Ornaments

GINGERBREAD MAN ORNAMENTS Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the colors, the smells and the traditions that surround this time of year. One tradition that I have held onto and practice, is making homemade ornaments for my Christmas tree. One of the ornaments that I do is gingerbread man ornaments. These little guys not […]

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Banana Muffins

BANANA MUFFINS As a child, one of my favorite things to do was to hangout with my grandma while she baked. For 6 month every year she would live with us so the oven got many hours of use while she was around. She made everything from fresh bread to homemade donuts, cookies of every […]

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Spiced Brandy Cider

SPICED BRANDY CIDER One of the best things about the holidays is all of the spices we tend to use to season and kick up our food and drinks. As the weather gets colder, we also gravitate to warmer flavors and temperature of what we eat and drink. HOT SPICED BRANDY CIDER incorporates the favorite […]

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Gingerbread Cookies

GINGERBREAD COOKIES Makes about 24 to 36 cookies, depending on size of cookie cutter 5 cups unbleached whole wheat all purpose flour 1 tsp. fresh ground cinnamon stick (use a micro-plane) 1 1/2 tsp.ground ginger 1 1/2 tsp. fresh ground whole cloves (use an old coffee grinder) 1 tsp. fresh ground whole nutmeg (use a […]

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Gingerbread Man Latte

GINGERBREAD MAN LATTE With the holidays here, I always try to incorporate those smells and tastes I grew up with in all of my holiday cooking. I like the warmth that spices add to even the simplest items like a latte. One of my fondest childhood memories is gingerbread (to eat and smell). As a […]

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Fruit and Cheese Platter

FRUIT AND CHEESE PLATTER I love the holidays and all the parties that this time of year brings EXCEPT for the LACK of healthy food around. I have found that people commonly serve chips and dips, pre-made appetizers that are loaded with who knows what, or make items that are filled to the brim with […]

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Pumpkin-the Natural Serving Dish

PUMPKIN-THE NATURAL SERVING DISH Since the Holidays are coming up, I am always looking for ideas to make my festivities memorable for my guests. One way to do this is to have  unique dinner settings and decorations. One of my most versatile “secret holiday decoration weapons” is the PUMPKIN- as a serving dish. I can […]

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Fire Kindling Bag

FIRE KINDLING BAG      As the days get colder and the nights drop below freezing, my fireplace is in full swing now. Yes, I do have a central heating system but it is only set at 50 for the nights if the fireplace isn’t doing it’s job or dies out before I can replenish logs […]

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Herbie Upside Down Cupcakes

HERBIE UPSIDE DOWN CUPCAKES This is one of my favorite ways to eat my BRANDIED FRUIT HERBIE that I make. This recipe is a take off on a classic pineapple upside down cake that your grandma used to make. ENJOY! Makes 18 regular sized cupcakes 4 cups BRANDIED FRUIT HERBIE do not drain, just stir […]

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Chardonnay Jelly

CHARDONNAY JELLY This easy freezer jelly recipe is great for a holiday appetizer served with unflavored multi-grain toast or water crackers with a mild salty cheese like myzirtha or cream cheese and seasonal organic fruit. This is from our family friend Ray in Eureka Ca., his hobby is making jams and jellies for all of […]

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