• Baking,  Dairy Free,  Recipes

    Beet Juice Red Velvet Cupcakes

    We have a birthday party today and I wanted to whip up some red velvet cupcakes. But, I had no beetroot powder or red food coloring! I am always kind of shocked at how much red food coloring red velvet cupcakes take, so I was somewhat happy that I didn’t have any on hand. I made up this recipe and the cupcakes turned out pretty good! I really love how the color turned out, but it’s not the traditional bright red that is usually associated with red velvet. I love the natural-looking color better but if you want a deeper red, try adding some red gel food coloring. The recipe…

  • Baking,  Recipes

    Van’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I absolutely LOVE chocolate chip cookies! I have had many chocolate chip cookie flops in my day! I personally hate when my cookies go flat! Has that ever happened to you?! I set out on a journey to make the best recipe and this is the result! The brown butter in this recipe really makes them special! It gives the cookies and amazing flavor! Some tips when making these cookies: If you burn the butter instead of brown it, throw it out! That will not be a pleasant taste! If you are unsure about browning butter, simply melt the butter. I urge you to try your hand at browning butter!…

  • Baking,  Recipes

    Van’s banana bread recipe

    My family loves banana bread! The smell of fresh banana bread is one of the best smells in the world! This bread is soft and delicious and will make your banana bread fantasies come true! Mixing in each egg, one at a time until fully incorporated is important. Not over-mixing is just as important! One of the biggest things that can affect a bake is oven temperature. Make sure you know your oven and how it bakes. I have had things not turn out and I bought an oven thermometer and realized my oven was getting up to proper temperature! Here is a post all about oven temperature. I love…

  • Baking,  Dairy Free,  Recipes

    Delicious Dairy-Free {vegan} Frosting

    My family loves cake and frosted cookies, but we are dairy-free. My family LOVES this vegan recipe. It will harden because it is a shortening frosting. While I prefer butter in recipes because it is more natural, it’s not healthy if you have a milk intolerance. I like the flavor on its own, but add flavorings of your choice. Start with 2 teaspoons of vanilla or some other flavor. If adding flavor, make sure to do so before adjusting the thickness with the oat milk. Adding flavor at the end will give you a thinner frosting. Add more powdered sugar to thicken, more oat milk to thin. Be careful not…

  • Dairy Free,  Easy meals,  Recipes

    Crowd-pleasing dairy-free sausage gravy

    Biscuits and gravy have long been a favorite in our family. When we realized that more than half of our family has a milk intolerance, one of the things we missed most was biscuits and gravy! I altered my tried and true gravy recipe and now we are back on track eating! It’s really delicious! I love that this recipe is quick and easy and really only takes 4 ingredients! I just make sure to have sausage and coconut milk or cream on my shopping list because the other ingredients are ones I always keep on hand. If you buy refrigerated biscuits or rolls, this meal is very quick!

  • Easy meals,  Recipes

    Easy peasy shredded roast beef with Gravy

    This is a super simple entree that you can whip up quickly. You can add some rolls and warm up some frozen veggies and you’ve got a quick dinner on the table! I peeked some sweet potatoes, boiled them for twenty minutes and mashed them up too because I wanted a little something extra. Sides are endless! I love my instant pot for when I forget to put something in the crockpot and I know I won’t have time or feel up to making dinner at nighttime. Basically for me, it’s like an in between making something that night and putting something in the crockpot pot. To cook the roast,…

  • Health,  Healthy,  Home Hacks

    My Daily Lunch Routine

    I have been trying get more fruits and vegetables into my daily diet. And by diet, I just mean the way that I eat. I don’t know about you, but making a salad just feels so daunting sometimes. And I love to cook, chop and bake! I think it’s because there’s the morning rush, the daily things that need to be done, work and dinner to think about and it feels like there isn’t really time to go into the kitchen and prepare one. more. meal. Trying to keep it real, for myself, I realized that if I was going to eat something that made me feel good for lunch,…