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Holiday Traditions And Treats

Trail-Worthy, Chewy Cranberry Walnut Cookies – Made in Your Food Processor

These packable and snackable fruit-sweetened cookies can easily be made in your food processor! We crave adventures around here. My wanderlust includes making and packing all things snackable. I like to hike but I need motivation, so having a reward like these chewy cranberry walnut cookies is a must! These decadent cookies are 100% fruit …

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Petit Chocolate Rose Pots de Crème

You would be hard-pressed to find a dessert that exemplifies love more than these petit chocolate rose pots de crème. These are perfumed with delicate rose and enriched with a deep exquisite 100% dark chocolate. The texture is smooth and melting and lingers on the tongue thanks to a good dosage of cream and egg …

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Fennel, Beet, and Apple Salad With Cranberry Ginger Beet Dressing

This is one of my all-time favorite combinations. Crisp fennel, roasted beets, crunchy apple, smooth creamy fresh chèvre, and toasty pecans all topped with a tart, tangy, gingery cranberry dressing. The colors in this salad are stunning and the flavors will blow you away. I like to eat as seasonally as I can, so as …

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Date-Sweetened Winter Squash Pie With Maple Whipped Cream

I’m a big fan of winter squash. I love growing them, I love eating them, I love the way they look around the house and decorating my table and front door. They are so colorful, bright, and beautiful! But what I love most about winter squash is the deep sweet flavor that you get when …

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How To Eat Snow – Honey Berry Snow Treat

This quick, fun, winter treat recipe will teach you the best-tasting way to eat snow! Is it snowing yet where you are? We’ve had two small snowstorms this winter in the Willamette Valley. They are not completely abnormal, but they only happen once every year or so. It’s a wonderful place to live for that …

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Sweet Potato Sourdough Pancakes

Sweet potato sourdough pancakes could easily become a staple around here. My daughter loved them, although I’m honestly not surprised. Sweet potato slathered with organic raw butter was one of her favorite first foods. Here, the sweet potato adds a natural sweet earthiness and deep flavor to the sourdough. It makes these pancakes more tender …

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Homemade Old Fashioned Turkey Pot Pie – A Great Way To Use Leftover Turkey and Gravy

I love roasted holiday turkey, I really do. But I love roasted turkey leftovers even more! There is something so satisfying about enjoying all the hard work of the holiday cooking marathon while settling into a big plate of reheated leftovers. With that said, I know of one way that I always appreciate the leftovers even …

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Date and Maple Sweetened Snowballs – Zero Refined Sugar

You know that perfect cookie, the one of your dreams? The very one that you secretly devour whenever you get a chance? Yeah, well let me introduce you to mine – the snowball! I’ve always loved shortbread because, you know, I love butter. So take a shortbread dough and add buttery pecans as well. Oh, …

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Raw Honey Cups

Sometimes I just really need a sweet treat that feels guilty. That usually includes chocolate! And while these chocolate peanut butter honey cups feel guilty, they really aren’t all that bad! Because peanut butter cups have always been a favorite of mine, I really missed them when I went refined sugar free in 2013. I …

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Spiced Fruit and Nut Cake – A Wholesome Honey-Sweetened Winter Holiday Tradition

To fruit cake or not to fruit cake? That is the question! When you taste this spicy cake you will instantly realize why people have been making fruit cakes for centuries. Naturally sweetened and packed with the healthy nuts and fruits of the season, this spiced fruit and nut cake seems more like a full …

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Maple Pecan Apple Crisp With Oatmeal Cookie Crumble Topping

Every autumn the Pacific Northwest starts pumping out some really good apples. I love fresh crunchy apples, but my heart really melts for warm apple crisp. In this recipe I use local, organic heirloom apples and top them with a crispy cookie-like crust of pecans, oats, flour, and butter. The secret to this recipe is …

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