Animal-Assisted Therapy: First Steps!

One of my big projects this fall is to begin the process of getting certified to do animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with our dog Lily. This has been a goal of mine for several years now and I’m excited that it is finally becoming a reality! I took

Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Kale, and Lemon

My vague menu plan one day last week was to prepare chicken drumsticks, potatoes, and kale in some configuration. I have been slow to jump on the kale bandwagon and really only know one preparation method (steam sauteed in a big skillet), but life got busy and

The Sleep Solution: End Your Insomnia Naturally

In recent months I’ve made a major overhaul in my diet and am feeling fantastic, but the one area of good health that has remained elusive to me is quality sleep. Some nights I have trouble falling asleep, other nights I nod off right away but then

Spiced Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

Don’t you love the flavors of fall? This dairy-free recipe for apple and butternut squash soup was born out of an over-abundance of apples from our recent trip to the u-pick farm and my desire to enjoy the delicious flavors of pumpkin pie spice in a savory

Low-FODMAP and Paleo Autoimmune Protocol: What Can I Eat?

UPDATE: This post remains one of the most consistently visited on my blog, even five years after I originally wrote it. That tells me that there remains a huge need for information and recipes that help people follow the Paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) while also managing digestive

Naturally Red Velvet Cupcakes (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

I have never understood the allure of conventional red velvet cupcakes. Don’t people realize that it is just a light chocolate cake with about a bottle of artificial red food coloring in the batter? When my neighbor gave me three giant beets, I decided to put them

Fermented Foods for Natural Gut Health

It must be the German ancestry me in, but I adore a good sauerkraut. The fact that it is a fermented food and good for my gut health and managing Crohn’s disease is just a wonderful excuse for me to eat it regularly rather than just as

Adventures in Fermentation: Easy Homemade Sauerkraut

Fermentation doesn’t have to be difficult and you really don’t need any special equipment. To make simple sauerkraut all you need is a head of cabbage, some salt, a jar to put it in, and some time. That and a little bit of muscle power and you

Sweet Potato, Apple and Pancetta Hash

This is the sort of dish that my belly likes! The flavors of the sweet potatoes and apples cooked in the fat of the pancetta are amazing, the texture is comforting, and the balance of starchy carbs and fat seems to be perfect for my particularly quirky

Chronic Illness is a Thief: Fighting Back

Chronic illness is a thief. It steals your identity and turns you into someone you never thought you’d be. It turns you into a liar, making you tell people you are feeling fine when you are not just so you don’t burden them with your constant problems.