Bloody Halloween Red Lentil and Beet Soup

imageI bloody love Halloween.

And I love this soup.  In fact, it will make a reappearance in December for a gorgeous red Christmas soup, minus the drips and fake bloody hand.

Halloween wickedly crept up on me this year.  I’m usually all decorated for Halloween by now.  Pumpkins, skulls, skeletons, witches and brooms tastefully decorating my home.  Thousands of ideas, too little time. Continue reading “Bloody Halloween Red Lentil and Beet Soup”

Baked Eggplant with Tomato and Mozzarella


How quickly time passes… last week I was vacationing in the beautiful surroundings of Italy and now…well, it’s all a cherished memory as I work my way back into the daily routines of my life.  Yet, I brought back a different me from this trip.  A woman who once feared venturing out alone, pretty low on the confidence pole and decision doubting, to a renewed, refreshed, totally in awe of life and beauty, humbled by my inner strength and a new amore la vita, love of life! Continue reading “Baked Eggplant with Tomato and Mozzarella”

Almond Biscotti (gluten free and date sweetened)


By request, gluten-free biscotti!  Several emails came in asking about using g-free flour for my biscotti recipes.  Over the years I swapped out the white flour for a mix of wheat/white blend and reduced the sugar, but truly had not considered trying to make them gluten free.  Just as I would never replace my pasta; I’d rather give it up than try to “enjoy” a pasta made out of anything but semolina flour,  I felt the same way about my biscotti, until…now. Continue reading “Almond Biscotti (gluten free and date sweetened)”

Key Lime Pancakes gluten free

Key Lime pancakes

Sunday morning. So quiet. So peaceful.

I remember my mom preparing a huge breakfast every Sunday before church. Never was the same served.  Sometimes pancakes or waffles, other times scrambled eggs, sunny side up eggs, poached eggs, lightly buttered toast cut diagonally, which tasted better than cut rectangle, peeled and segmented fresh grapefruit and the smell of percolating coffee waking us up.

It was all so normal to me until one Sunday morning when my childhood best friend slept over. It was about 7am when she woke hearing a clicking sound from the kitchen. “Is that your mother walking around in her heels this early?” Well…of course…she’s making breakfast.
Doesn’t everyone’s mother get up early, hair perfectly teased, dressed and in her heels to make breakfast? Continue reading “Key Lime Pancakes gluten free”

Carrot Beet Cupcakes (gluten-free)

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Yes, I know…it’s been awhile.  You can thank Judy at Savoring Today for this special treat in reaching out to me to guest post.  I was both flattered and grateful to be contacted by Judy, presenting me an opportunity to pick myself back up and help a friend while she is going through her surgery, resting and healing.

The timing could not have been any better as I have finally accepted the perfect job.  Yep, I’m excited to be once again, a working gal, grateful for Monday mornings!   It took a good six months, not always feeling positive, but hanging on with faith and hope.   It is said we learn and grow through our trials; I can attest to that for sure.  Spring begins my new year, renewal of self, gratitude and blessings.  This Easter was a very special holiday for my family and I wish you all had a blessed Easter.

You can read more about these cupcakes and find the recipe at Savoring Today!

Chia Hot Chocolate

hot healthy chocolate2If you live in South Florida, quick…make this hot chocolate because by tomorrow it will be warm weather again!  If you live elsewhere, no rush as you most likely have a several more weeks of cold weather.  I woke this morning to a real chill in the air, about 50 degrees!  We get really excited to open our windows and let in the cold! Continue reading “Chia Hot Chocolate”

Quinoa Pumpkin Granola

I have to be honest here, this started with a desire to make pumpkin quinoa pudding, you know, like a rice pudding swapping the rice for quinoa.  Not so uncommon in my life, I start with an idea I’m excited about, plan it out and along the way another concept pops up.  Actually, let’s cross off “another” and replace with “several“!

It then becomes what to make first as I stop to jot down the flurry of ideas and images racing through my mind.  This time it had to do with my noticing the oatmeal jar..right next to the quinoa jar.. right next to the near empty granola jar!  Priorities rule, refill the granola jar! Continue reading “Quinoa Pumpkin Granola”

Peachlove: Peach and Basil Gazpacho

It’s Peachlove month with the Love Bloghop!  I am happy to be back hosting again with this group of awesome bloggers.  Each month they select the “love” ingredient to be used as a main part in the recipe.

I was thrilled to see that August was dedicated to the Peach since I’ve moved from the “orange” state to the “peach” state!  While I’ve purchased some Georgia peaches at Trader Joes, I’ve been looking forward to finding some fresh markets to visit.   It’s been on my long to do list and with Gina’s visit, I made it a definite plan to search for a market. Continue reading “Peachlove: Peach and Basil Gazpacho”