Cranberry Candle Holders

Cranberry filler beads are such a great decorating idea. They add beautiful red color without the expense of flowers or centerpieces that require watering everyday, and I love the simple look of red and ivory in this candle holder. I found the idea on Pinterest, but the original source is Pottery Barn (of course, their stuff is so great)!

Healthy Benefits of Coconut Oil

Is anything better than butter? Well… maybe. I never thought I’d say this but, my love for coconut oil is up there with butter, (and avocado)! What can I say, I love rich foods. What I love even more is finding sources for these foods that are actually healthy for me.

Natural Sweeteners – Dates

I just finished up a 3-part series on natural sweeteners, but I forgot one of the most important ones. Today we’re going to talk a bit about dates because they are so delicious, and they’re probably the healthiest sweetener available. I’ve just started using them, so I don’t have many dessert recipes just yet, but they’ll be coming.

Natural Sweeteners – Maple Syrup

I like to use two different kinds of maple syrup in my desserts, Grade A and Grade B. The difference is a significant amount of flavor. Grade B maple syrup is the kind that you want to put on your Banana Pancakes because it has a deep maple flavor. It’s also great in many desserts where maple flavor would be … Read More

Squash Varieties 101

Winter Squashes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals! They’re a great source of Vitamin A and C, several of the B vitamins, iron, beta carotene, and Omega 3 fatty acids – who knew? That being said, I’ve never been a squash fan until recently. So what’s changed you might ask? … Read More

Pumpkin Centerpiece with Burlap Wrapped Candles

Even though my favorite Coffee Bean Centerpiece is a year round kind of thing, I thought it was about time to introduce something more specifically fall to the table. I’ve already had one Thanksgiving in Canada, but lucky for me there’s still another one to go, and this centerpiece will be perfect. I assembled it on one of my serving … Read More

Natural Sweeteners – Coconut Sugar

A few weeks ago, I posted my reasons to use honey as a natural sweetener. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about coconut sugar, and soon we’ll follow it up with maple syrup.

Apple Varieties 101

I thought with the arrival of fall, it might be a good time to review the different varieties of apples. There are so many kinds to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Hopefully, this short lesson will help you navigate your way to the best variety of apple for what you’re doing.

Natural Sweeteners – Honey

I like to use three different natural sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. I’d like to take a few minutes today to talk about honey. I’ll be following up with posts about maple syrup and coconut sugar and the reasons why I use each one. The primary reason I use natural sweeteners is for the nutritional health benefits. … Read More