Easy Crock Pot Gluten Free Lamb Stew

In cold weather, Husband makes lamb stew for us. It lasts a few days and is great to have during busy work weeks when you come in the door wanting comfort food.

This keeps well in the fridge a few days but doesn’t freeze well due to the potatoes and carrots. This can be made without meat and beef stock for a vegan / vegetarian version.lambstew

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Coconut Crack Macaroons

These unbelievably easy and tasty cookies are courtesy of Rachel Epstein and (along with many other recipes) can be found in Hosting With Style – Beretta Fleur’s Guide to Parties and Homemaking.

Naturally gluten-free, they are also perfect for Passover. Rachel brought them to Passover a few years ago and I would NOT stop eating them When I make them for my office, they get rave reviews and also complaints because they are so addictive.


Coconut Macaroons

Prep time: 5 minute Bake time: 15 minutes

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Atomic Bombshells BONUS MATERIAL – New Tiki Party Swag!

This is a post with bonus material to go along with my new article on Tiki Parties in Atomic Bombshells Issue #6! A couple of these signs you may recall from my tiki birthday bash post a year or so ago, but most items I’ve been keeping to myself and are Brand Spanking New!

Get my complete guide to creating your tropical paradise in Atomic Bombshells Magazine, plus lots more lovely pinups, curvy classic cars, and more!


Atomic Bombshells Magazine #6 Summer 2013

Printable Menus, Decorations, and Signs:

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon from Gracefully Vintage!

This week, I’m featuring a blogger I adore, and her tasty glazed salmon recipe!


Kayla, photo courtesy of @gracefullyvintage

Meet pretty Kayla, of the blog Gracefully Vintage, who hails from Sydney, Australia. I enjoy looking at her beautiful Instagram feed which features her vintage outfits and a peek into her life, especially when  she’s enjoying summer and I’m freezing on the other side of the world.

The other day she posted this delicious-looking meal, and I begged her to share! She was kind enough to oblige.

Find her on Facebook

Instagram feed: @gracefullyvintage

Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Steamed Veggies

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Gluten-Free Chicken Parm for Two

I made this a couple weeks ago while husband and I were settling into our new apartment. It was so tasty I didn’t want it to end! The trickiest part to this recipe is getting the pasta right, since brown rice spaghetti can get messed up pretty quickly.



2 chicken breasts, no more than about 1 1/2 inches thick

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal And Fruit Cookies

I’m so proud of myself… I think my baking may be improving! I think part of it is that I’m finally understanding things like the difference between and importance of baking powder and baking soda. And I’m learning that, while it’s okay to tweak baking recipes somewhat, there are basic cornerstones to the recipe (and its directions) that you can’t mess with.

I made these the other day and they are YUM! I don’t like to use a ton of white sugar and butter so I replaced those with alternative ingredients, and I also used Eggbeaters instead of real egg to cut down on the cholesterol… but that’s up to you.


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Gluten-Free Red Velvet Jaws Cake

Update: JAWS-SOME!!! This recipe was featured on Offbeat Home & Life! 

August 4th marks the return of Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week.

I was born the month Jaws hit theaters across the U.S., and it has always been my favorite movie. Throughout my early years, I took great pleasure in drawing sharks, reading marine life books, and obsessively watching National Geographic Shark Specials. My heroes were Ron and Valerie Taylor and Dr. Eugenie Clark. I wished that I didn’t suck so badly at school work, because I wanted to be a marine biologist.


So it’s not really a shock that for my birthday this June, I made myself a gluten-free red velvet Jaws Cake. If you’re entertaining or celebrating in honor of these fascinating underwater creatures this month, here’s how to make one! I’ve also pinned several cute shark party themes and ideas here, which would work well for a Shark Week Party, child’s birthday, or even a wedding, bridal shower, bachelor party, or baby shower. (You can also check out my Shark Watermelon One-Two Punch recipe which was featured on OffBeat Bride in 2011.)

Chomp Chomp,


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Bunny Cake

In June, my niece decided she wanted to celebrate her Half-Birthday, since her regular birthday, like many in our family, falls in December and gets absorbed by the Holidays.

Even though I have a sordid history of not being able to bake well, I decided to take on the challenge and make her a 3-D bunny cake.


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Grill and Smoker Recipes

Here in Florida at what I’ve come to refer to as the Family Compound, my sister’s family and my husband and I have been grilling (with propane and on the smoker) several times a week.

Recently, my brother in law James made pork ribs and chicken wings in the smoker.  I’m sharing these recipes here, including James’s custom dry rubs and sauces.

James, Master of the Smoker

James, Master of the Smoker

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Spring Party Menus and Decor Ideas

Hello all!

I love Spring… it just feels like a new opportunity to get into warm weather party mode.


Our garden wedding – photo by Barbara B.

In honor of the year turning toward the warmer months, I’ve compiled a few Pinterest Boards of spring holiday decorating and menu ideas for Passover, Equinox, and Easter festivities, or that will work for a festive brunch, intimate wedding, baby shower, tea, or bridal shower.

I’ve also included a few of my own ideas and recipes too!


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