• Real Food Molasses Ginger-Doodle Holiday Cookies by Real Food Girl: Unmodified. Santa's favorite cookie- you have to try these!
    Holidays,  Snacks

    Real Food Molasses Ginger-Doodle Cookies

    Holy Cow!! I’ve been super busy lately and my to-do list is growing!  Is it just me or is every December like that?  This week I have a yummy casserole recipe I still want to share with you, I’ll be announcing a Giveaway and I plan on having a Christmas Cookie/Treats Recipe Roundup post published by Saturday.  Also, I’m knee deep in stringing lights on our Christmas tree, but I ran out of blue lights.  I’ve been to three stores so far and each store has been out of stock, so tomorrow I have 3 more stores to try before I go online and find some.  I can’t believe I moved to an…

  • Real Food Hot Cocoa Mix by Real Food Girl: Unmodified

    Real Food Hot Cocoa Mix

    For the past 20 or so years, I’ve tried in vain to like coffee.  I’ve used every trick in the book and out of the book. It ain’t happenin’.  Because I find coffee unpalatable, The Stud muffin is convinced that we can never ‘go out for coffee’ unless we’re both drinking coffee.  It wouldn’t matter that I would be there with him, sipping a hot tea, or a hot chocolate.  Nope. It’s not coffee, so therefore we can’t go out for coffee unless we’re both drinking coffee and if we both not drinking coffee and we happen to be out, we are officially not ‘out drinking coffee’, we’re just ‘out’.  Yeah. TSM is…

  • Real Food Pork Fried Rice by Real Food Girl: Unmodified Quick and Easy, Gotta try!!

    Real Food Pork Fried Rice

    I had a strange day today schedule wise.  Because of that, I had dinner at 2:00 in the afternoon, so at about 9:00 pm tonight, I heard my tummy growl a bit.  I made a huge pork roast on Tuesday night and The Stud Muffin and I have been eating that for the last 4 nights.  You can get several meals per roast which makes large roasts one of my more favorite things to buy, despite the initial sticker shock.  I live about 4 miles from a quaint little red farmhouse that serves as the retail store for a local pig farm.  So when I have a hankering for a nice roast, I…

  • Real Food Girl takes a trip to Trader Joe's!!

    A Trip to Trader Joe’s

    We shop at Trader Joe’s.  I almost feel like I need to duck and take cover from the barrage of rotten fruit that will no doubt be thrown at me for admitting that.  Why?  Well, Trader Joe’s has been getting some rough press amongst some of the Real Food Blogging Elite recently.  I have to say I’m a little tired of all the bashing.  There isn’t ONE perfect grocery store out there, yet because a grocer carries a wide selection of organic and Non-GMO foods, suddenly they’re expected to be perfect.  Who came up with that rule?  Don’t get me wrong, I’d love a *perfect* grocery store, but until then, I’ll make due…

  • Real Food on a Real Budget--by Real Food Girl: Unmodified

    Real Food Realities

    Hello Food Hippies! Today I want to share with you, two posts written by two different bloggers.  The first post is titled Dear Mom Who Can’t Afford Organic Food.  This article was written by Erin over at The Humbled Homemaker.  If you read this post and still manage to walk away with your Judgey McJudgey pants on, then you don’t ‘get it’.  You simply don’t ‘get it’. The second post, authored by blogger Beth over at Red and Honey is titled Dear Middle Class America: I Have a Bone to Pick With You.  This post hit me harder than the first only because after reflecting on some of the things I have shared…

  • Caramel Apple Nighttime Sleepy Snack by Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Gluten Free,  Snacks

    Caramel Apple Nighttime Snack

    I’ve been working on snacks and drinks that help induce sleep for the past couple of weeks.  I’ve mentioned before I suffer from insomnia.  I used to take Ambien.  After about 2 years on that medication I was having trouble sleeping.  Huh, imagine that.  So I hoped online and asked the Great and Powerful Wizard of Google if Ambien could cause insomnia.  Whoa- talk about opening a Pandora’s Box!  I was flooded with information and online Ambien forums and I spent the next 6 hours reading page after page, website after website and testimonial after testimonial of what that medication had done to people, could do to people, and was possibly doing to…

  • Real Food Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls by Real Food Girl: Unmodified. These make the most fantastic hot chocolate.

    Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls

    I LOVE hot chocolate. My infatuation with high end sipping/drinking chocolate started with a gift from my hubby when he bought me some chocolate shavings and homemade marshmallows from Williams Sonoma. Did you know that there is a difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?  True to my love of  dropping a knowledge bomb on you, I’m here to tell you there is and they are two very different beverages.  Hot cocoa comes from a powder, while hot chocolate, also known as  “drinking chocolate” or “sipping chocolate” is made from small shavings or chopped bits of chocolate or tiny chocolate “chips” that are melted (slowly and lovingly) and then blended with milk or…

  • Fresh Balsamic Strawberries by Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Desserts,  Fruit,  Gluten Free

    Balsamic Strawberries

    One of my favorite things about summer is that berries are everywhere.  Before I switched to Real Food, I suffered a raw fruit and raw veggie allergy.  Almost all fruits and veggies, if consumed raw, gave me hives in my mouth, and tongue and down my throat.  My throat would start to feel tight and I’d have to run for the Benadryl.  Not an enjoyable way to live.  I learned that most of my problem was from the pesticides because I can consume organic varieties of those fruits without problems…except watermelon.  That one still remains a mystery. I love almost every berry out there.  My favorite is a tie between strawberries and raspberries. …