Paleo Raspberry Almond Scones (+ an almond glaze)

Paleo Raspberry Almond Scones (+ an almond glaze)

These scones were a total happy accident. I had a friend coming over for some coffee & girl time and really wanted to make my favorite Paleo blueberry turmeric scones for us. But I was completely out of blueberries! Oops.. that’s what happens when I only meal plan our actual meals and not extra treats. 😉 Thankfully, I noticed I had some organic raspberries in the freezer and decided to experiment with those. I am so happy I did! These Paleo Raspberry Almond Scones are so scrumptious! Using clean and natural ingredients, no artificial anything, a delicious and decadent treat can be whipped up in no time. I planned to use my blueberry turmeric recipe as the base and just swap a few ingredients to compliment the flavor changes but I was also out of the flour I typically use. And with baking you kind of have to be precise right? Well, thankfully with this recipe, all of my wild substitutions totally turned out! Originally I used a combination of coconut flour and almond flour, but doing so also required another egg to help retain some moisture. I’ve since made these scones several times (way more times in a very short time period than I care to admit… ok 7 times!) And I prefer the recipe I’m sharing with you the absolute best! It omits the coconut flour and only needs 1 egg! I had several taste testers chime in on which recipe they liked best as well- and they all agreed unanimously that this recipe right here is the winner! The only thing my taste testers couldn’t agree on was...
Take A Meal That Heals- A Recipe Roundup

Take A Meal That Heals- A Recipe Roundup

Do you want to bring a meal to a friend but can’t decide what to bring? Or maybe you already have a list of go-to meals to take to those in need, but your friend has different dietary preferences than you are used to accommodating? Well, consider this recipe round up the jackpot of ideas for you to turn to! These can be made for anyone, anytime, but for a super easy guide, let’s use this key:   (M) For new moms  {*See breastfeeding notes at bottom of post} (D) For the friend healing from dental work – think flavorful but easy to chew (I) For the friend fighting illness   All the recipes listed are free of processed/artificial ingredients and are nutrient-dense! These are meals that heal!  MAIN DISH: M, I Ginger Chicken  This recipe is from Kelly over at A Girl Worth Saving and it’s got so much going for it! It’s Paleo so it uses only whole food, clean ingredients as well as having the added benefit of ginger as one of the main ingredients. Ginger has a humongous list of health benefits you can read about here, but most notably it can help ease nausea and upset stomach and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. D, I Red Lentil Dal – This recipe makes use of curry to flavor and spice the lentils- a major player in curry is turmeric. Turmeric is a super important anti-inflammatory, which at the most basic level “helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage” but you can read lots more about turmeric’s healing benefits here. I Chunky Chicken & Vegetable Soup Is there anything better than chicken soup...
Homemade BBQ Sauce that’s bold, tangy, sweet & smoky!

Homemade BBQ Sauce that’s bold, tangy, sweet & smoky!

Some of my favorite things to make from scratch these days are sauces, dressings and dips. Pairing your meal with the right sauce can really elevate a dish’s flavor. Most store-bought versions of sauces, dips and dressings have added artificial flavors, colors, and sugars. I’m super sensitive to MSG and artificial ingredients in things off the shelf, so I decided to just start making things from scratch with wholesome ingredients. I was thoroughly and pleasantly surprised to discover how easy many of my favorites were to make from home! Most that I make use less than a handful of ingredients, while not compromising on flavor, and are truly easy to whip up.  Awhile back I was on this serious pizza craving kick! Every meal I just wanted a big old pizza! And the one I was craving? California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza. Back in college, my dear friend Mary and I used to go and split that pizza and their spinach and artichoke dip. Yum. It had been too long since I enjoyed a slice of it, but with no CPK near by, I decided to venture into making a homemade BBQ sauce that would stand up to that pizza.  And this… THIS is my new favorite!  It’s such a solid and delicious recipe that I included the full BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe on my Spring Menu! But I don’t want to hold this BBQ sauce hostage from you just because you have yet to buy the meal plan… so I’m sharing it right here right now for you to enjoy!  Homemade BBQ Sauce This one has a bold...
5 Fool-Proof Ways to Bring a Meal EVERYONE Wants, Even If You’re Not a Great Cook.

5 Fool-Proof Ways to Bring a Meal EVERYONE Wants, Even If You’re Not a Great Cook.

{Photo Source: Gideon} You’re browsing on facebook and see that “so-and-so” had their sweet baby and would love if some meals were provided for them as they transition to life with a newborn. You hover over the “sign up” button but hesitate thinking, “I’m not really the best cook…What would I make them? What if they don’t like what I make them?” I have totally been there! But this post is designed to help you get over your insecurities and road blocks so you can click “sign up” and get that meal delivered confidently!   5 fool-proof ways to bring a meal EVERYONE wants, even if you’re not a great cook.  1. Stick to tried-and-true recipes.   Don’t try out a new recipe on other people. Make something that you have experience making and have enjoyed eating. Choose a meal that has been a family favorite for some time or is a go-to meal for you.   I actually have a list of a few meal ideas that are family favorites, well enjoyed by guests we’ve entertained, and easy to transport. Those are the meals I turn to when someone needs a meal. Want a few meal ideas? Check out these meals that heal!  2. Review this ultimate guide to meal delivery.   This guide is something I created to make sure you are fully equipped to deliver a most-welcomed dish.   Even if the meal you make isn’t plate-licking-good, pay attention to these little details, and it’ll be that much more appreciated.   The little things can make your dish that much more appealing because it shows that you put thought into...
The Ultimate Guide For Taking Someone A Meal- Etiquette 101: Hospitality Delivered

The Ultimate Guide For Taking Someone A Meal- Etiquette 101: Hospitality Delivered

I’ve been writing recently about the beauty of bringing someone a meal (here and here). It’s truly a wonderful and simple way to make someone’s day. I’ve been on the receiving and giving side of meals more times than I can begin to explain, so I’ve learned some helpful tidbits along the way. I figured why not compile all the nitty gritty details into one super helpful ultimate guide? So here it is!   The Ultimate Guide To Taking Someone A Meal- Etiquette 101: Hospitality Delivered 1. Make Contact and Schedule your delivery:    ~Initial Contact    Contact the recipients to find out if they would be interested in receiving a meal. Letting them know you would like to bring a meal is the first step.  I know we aren’t always planning ahead, and sometimes bringing a meal is incredibly spontaneous, but it’s definitely polite to let the recipients know of your intentions. Ask the recipients if they have any allergies, food sensitivities, likes or dislikes.  Taking a moment to find out this vital information and following the recipients dietary needs & preferences is so greatly appreciated.  Wouldn’t it be a bummer to prepare a meal centered on shell fish only to discover after the fact that the family is allergic or perhaps dislikes seafood or are Vegetarians? Awkward! That could easily be avoided by simply connecting ahead of time to find out that important information.  Find out if the recipients are in need of additional meals beyond the one you’ll be bringing.  Life changing events like having a new baby, a death in the family, or even moving into a new home can...
17 Little Known Ways To Get In The Mood To Cook When You Just Don’t Feel Like It

17 Little Known Ways To Get In The Mood To Cook When You Just Don’t Feel Like It

Restoring joy in the home kitchen is one of my greatest passions and driving reasons for WHY I started “Savoring Joy”. Though I’ll be the first to admit that being in the kitchen isn’t always a joyful experience. And there are definitely times when I just don’t feel like cooking. Like at all. But I’ve learned some ways to help combat those feelings, get my booty back in the kitchen & in the mood to cook even when I feel like it the least. So how do you get in the mood to cook when you don’t feel like it? 17 little known ways to get in the mood to cook when you just don’t feel like it.    1.) Flip on some tunes. Listening to music is a powerful way to lift your mood and increase energy.  This is one of my favorite playlists to turn on when I step in the kitchen and don’t feel like cooking (minute 14 is when one of my favorite songs begin). It instantly ignites a desire to create something wonderful!  (Proof- I was listening to it when I made this delicious butternut squash mac and cheese!) YUM!  2.) Disconnect from Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Gasp! Yes, I mean it. Sure they all have their purpose and place, and yes I use all three of those sites like you might, BUT haven’t you ever hopped on just to check ONE thing and then realized 30 minutes had gone by? Whoops… Social media can be wonderful, but it can also be a black hole that zaps all of your time & energy. So if you’re hoping...