Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet

Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet have always been a favorite at our house. We make them occasionally in large quantities for the entire family. They are great for breakfast, snacks, or even with ice-cream!

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Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles

We love anything chocolate. This month the Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Chocolate and I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of my favorite waffles. These waffles are great for anyone with food issues because they are so basic. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It’s a win, win, win! There are lots of delicious recipes this month in the Recipe Challenge, so be sure to check them all out!

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I like my waffles best made with coconut oil for a rich flavor.  Serve them with hot maple syrup, fresh strawberries and even whip cream (if you can eat it!) on the side.

Here’s how to make a perfect batch!


Guilt Free Chocolate Waffle Recipe

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles


  • 2 cups gluten free baking mix
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Maple syrup
  • Whip cream


  1. •Preheat waffle iron.
  2. •Combine the baking mix, cocoa, salt and baking powder in medium sized bowl.
  3. •Separate eggs. Combine egg yokes with coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut oil.
  4. •Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture. Combine.
  5. •Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form in blender. Fold into batter.
  6. •Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil or butter. Pour in mixture, bake until done.
  7. •Makes 8 chocolate waffles. Waffles may be frozen and reheated in the toaster or served with ice cream.


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Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank. This post is sponsored by Dayspring. I was compensated to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas


Wedding Season is here!

Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago!

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gifts for under $40

The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable!

You can order one here.

The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand.

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Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard to choose which one is the best!

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The cards can be given with a gift, or with money. What a lovely wedding day token! You could even frame one of these cards as a gift! The box of 12 cards costs just $6.99.

Order your wedding cards here.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

My favorite item, was this lovely tray. It just spoke to me. This bible verse is referenced at just about EVERY wedding. What a lovely memento of their special day to have this verse on a tray! The tray would be wonderful for serving drinks or entertaining, on a coffee table, or sitting on a shelf. Neutral colors are great for any type of decor! This tray is just $36.99 on Dayspring.

Get your wedding tray here.

Here are some more popular gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

Wedding Gifts Under $40.00

1. Wooden “love” sign, as described above from Dayspring.

2. Wedding card with cash enclosed. Many couples use cash for downpayment on apartments or for their honeymoon. Cash is always appreciated!

3. Hotel Gift Cards: Great idea for giving a night or weekend away to the happy couple. Perhaps they could even use it on their honeymoon for an extended stay!

4. Crystal Bowls: Probably not as popular as they once were, but glass bowls are lovely for any occasion. We still use those that we got for our wedding so many years ago. They are great for serving salad, pudding, fruit, vegetables and more. I even keep my receipts in a crystal bowl until I file them.

5. Silverware: Most people don’t give real silver anymore because of the price. However, you can find vintage sets quite reasonably. Pickup a set from your local thrift store, pawn shop or antique mall. Polish and it will look like new! It’s not hard to find additional pieces online if you need a larger set.

6. Picnic basket: We love the picnic basket we received as a wedding gift. During the summer we make frequent trips to the park or beach with it in tow. The basket is complete with stainless silverware, non-breakable plates, plastic wine glasses, cork screw, table cloth and napkins, small cutting board and cheese knife. Include a bottle of your favorite wine for a memorable gift!

7. Personalized Frame: Every couple wants to frame photos from their special day. I love these Mr. and Mrs. frames from Dayspring.

8. Keepsake Linens: Good quality linens cost a fortune. A set of quality 100 % cotton or bamboo sheets is a lovely gift any couple will adore. Look for deep pocket sheets that have a thread count of at least 500 for the softest hand. Not sure what size to get? Get the King Size, even if they have a queen bed it will be a generous fit. Pillow case sets start for as little as $20.00, often you can find complete sets at discount stores.

9. Bar Ware: A basic set of glass goblets can be used for wine, cocktails or water glasses. Opt for a set for a set of 6 for entertaining. Bonus if two of the glasses are engraved Mr. and Mrs!

10. Family Treasures: This is the perfect opportunity for passing on those family heirlooms that you don’t use anymore. Think silver, crystal, small appliances, wool rugs vintage quilts or furniture items. Most couples will have to make large purchases during their first years together, this can save them money. Also, an heirloom piece makes a new house feel more welcome like home.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

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Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New, No Sew!

Make an ugly old tote bag look like new with a few craft supplies! This post was sponsored by Therm-o-web. I was compensated in some way to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

This Ugly Old Tote Bag was a spur of the moment project. I was unpacking my bags from my recent trip to the SNAP blog conference and was excited to try some of the new products we were given. Love them all!

This burlap bag caught my eye in a heart beat. My grandmother always carried a burlap bag in the summer months, and it reminded me of her classic style.

Tote Bag Supplies Needed

•Old Burlap tote bag, can be a thrifted item or grocery store type fabric bag (Buy now affiliate link)

•5″ pack of printed or solid colored quilt squares, cotton (Buy now  affiliate link)

•Therm-o-web Fabric Adhesive (Buy now through this affiliate link) (Buy now affiliate link)

This pile of colorful quilting squares was the perfect thing for this project. The colors caught my eye when I saw them, and I was immediately lost. My unpacking was forgotten, and I was deep into creating. Who needs to unpack anyway?

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

The burlap bag we received at the conference from one of the vendors at the conference. I didn’t love the name on it, so I came up with a way to re-style it. It was easy! You would never know how it started out!

It’s exciting that Facebook now allows us to embed videos here on the blog. I made a Facebook live demo of this project, since it was such an impulsive craft. I have lots more fun ideas, so check back soon for more videos!

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Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Easy Chai Tea Latte is something you will become addicted to, it is so delicious and so very good for you!

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Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. – Chinese Proverb

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Easy Chai Tea Latte

Everyone loves a good cup of tea now and then. If you are not a tea drinker, this recipe will convert you! I have been replacing my morning cup of coffee with this tea because I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine that I consume. With this tea, I don’t even miss that morning coffee! The tea is slow brewed for deep rich flavor with a winning combination of spices. Make a big batch because you will want more and more! It’s also delicious iced.

Don’t forget to share it with your family, my teenage boys love it! It’s so much healthier than soda, and very inexpensive to make.

Easy Recipe

Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe


  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 12 whole black pepper corns
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 6 1" slices of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • Honey (optional)
  • Coconut Milk (optional)


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add all spices and tea bags.
  3. Turn heat to low, simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add Coconut milk, heat 5 more minutes.
  5. Strain through a sieve to remove spices.
  6. Pour into a tall pitcher with ice for iced tea or 6 individual ceramic cups for hot tea.
  7. Serve with honey or enjoy plain.
  8. Makes 6 Servings.

The coconut milk really makes this tea amazing! You can also try Almond Milk, but I highly recommend the coconut milk. There are so many good health benefits to this tea! This combination of spices has been around for ages in the middle east and is known to have benefits such as blood purification, aids in digestion, aids the nervous system, strengthens the bones, and gives you increased energy. Did I mention that it’s low calorie? It is! Honestly, it’s a win, win!

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Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies, win your family over with these delicious treats!

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Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie

We recently discovered the Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie. I have been cooking my way through a number of new recipes. This is the first batch of Snickerdoodles we have ever made and it definitely won’t be our last. This classic cookie is sure to become one of your family’s go to favorites.

Snickerdoodles are basically a sugar cookie with lots of spices, and a delightful pecan on top. We found a secret combination of spices that make this cookie completely unique. They will melt in your mouth!

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Snickerdoodle Recipe

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies


  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose Flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons finely ground Cloves
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon


  1. •Combine butter and 2 cups of sugar.
  2. •Add vanilla, eggs and cream of tartar.
  3. •Add baking soda and salt.
  4. •Roll dough into 1" balls.
  5. •Roll balls in mixture of 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
  6. •Place balls on greased cookie sheet.
  7. • Press each ball slightly with the bottom of a glass until flattened. Add a Pecan half into the top of each cookie.
  8. •Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Yield is 5 dozen cookies.

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