There is snow in the forecast…..a great time to make soup!

We are expected to get a snow storm over the weekend and that means SOUP!

I hope to have both pressure cookers going most of the weekend making Chicken Bone Broth and a vegan version with just herbs and veggies.

Besides shoveling I will enjoy some of my January 2019 Wish List there will be lots of hot chocolate, fires in the fireplace, and a walk in the snow.

I am simplifying my holiday decorations and plan to spend some of this long weekend going through some of the Christmas and Valentines decorations. Today I am dropping off a load of things I have already sorted and decided to donate. Then off to a grocery store or two to pick up the ingredients for the multiple batches of soup.

Enjoy the snow!


What I Read In 2018

This past year I had the idea of opening a second Goodreads to track all the cookbooks I read since they always put mover on my reading challenge.  Instead I just adjusted the number of books I wanted to read.  I guess I need to adjust it again for next year.  I still have a few books to add.  So my ending number of books read for 2018 will be more around 85.

I learned so much from these books.  I read lots of cook books and may up my number for next year to include all the ones I have at home that I continually use in meal planning.  I continue to blossom into the home cook I want to be and will one day be the gluten-free baker I dream of being.  Searing meat and main dishes still tend to be the hardest to reproduce for me when trying a new recipe.  My list of 100 things is always full of cooking techniques and dishes I want make, for 2018 I made liver pate but did not perfect a poached egg (thing has lingered on my list for a few years!)

I learn more about organizing, productivity, and coaching.  I love helping people with organizing and productivity.  I feel that when being diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac (or any other diseases that the only treatment is diet change) the change in productivity is the hardest part.  Change is hard.  Transitioning to a whole new way of eating/living is very tough.  Having someone to help you through the transition, like an AllerCoach (TM) can ease some of the anxiety.

Happy Reading! – Susan B.

You have read 79 of 50 books in 2018.
  • The Art of the Party by Kay Plunkett-Hogge
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  • Super Loaves and Simple Treats by Melissa Sharp
  • Find the Good by Heather Lende
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
  • Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
  • Gather & Graze by Stephanie Izard
  • Pumpkin, a Super Food for All 12 Months of the Year by DeeDee Stovel
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • Autumn Gatherings by Rick Rodgers
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Fermented Foods at Every Meal by Hayley Ryczek
  • Rise and Shine by Katie Sullivan Morford
  • The Shift by Wayne W. Dyer
  • Niki Jabbour's Veggie Remix by Niki Jabbour
  • Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss
  • My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space by Lisa Scottoline
  • Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley
  • A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones
  • The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
  • The Summer Table by Lisa Lemke
  • Mostly Magnificent by Geneen Roth
  • Unlocking Potential by Michael Simpson
  • Be the Miracle by Regina Brett
  • Austenland by Shannon Hale
  • The Great Little Book of Afformations by Noah St. John
  • The Family Cooks by Laurie David
  • Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison
  • Pack a Lunch! Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook by Celine Cossou-Bordes
  • The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV
  • Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  • The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide by Francine Jay
  • A Year of Picnics by Ashley English
  • Kale & Caramel by Lily Diamond
  • Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
  • Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
  • The Disorganized Mind by Nancy A. Ratey
  • Wheat Belly by William  Davis
  • Dont Panic - Dinner's in the Freezer by Susie Martinez
  • Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford
  • Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell
  • Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup
  • How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath
  • Kombucha Revolution by Stephen Lee
  • Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
  • The Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
  • The Lavender Gourmet by Jennifer Vasich
  • The Law of Attraction by Esther Hicks
  • All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The As If Principle by Richard Wiseman
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • How to Hear Your Angels by Doreen Virtue
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • The Scandinavian Kitchen - Over 100 Essential Ingredients wit... by Camilla Plum
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • The Real Girl's Kitchen by Haylie Duff
  • Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
  • The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
  • Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread by Nicole Hunn
  • Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
  • Homebrewing and Fermenting by Eric Childs
  • I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
  • The Matters at Mansfield by Carrie Bebris
  • North By Northanger by Carrie Bebris
  • The Now Habit at Work by Neil A. Fiore
  • Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  • Hip Pressure Cooking by Laura Pazzaglia
  • Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Sweet Cravings by Kyra Bussanich
  • The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  • Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz
  • Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott
  • Twelve Months of Monastery Soups by Victor-Antoine D'Avila-Lato...

Hygge moment for this evening.

I’ve been trying to add a moment of hygge to my day this holiday season. I’m trying to slow down and enjoy the holidays instead of just spin from one thing to the next.

Tonight I have my favorite Cardamom tea in my favorite winter mug. I have a small loaf of orange honey bread to munch on while listening to a Spotify playlist made by a friend.

I am still trying to find my vision word for 2019. My 2018 word was Blossom and I have been reflecting on some of the things on this years vision board.

I had pictures of breakfast food since I wanted to cook special breakfasts for my kids more often. I did make breakfast more this year and would like to do even more breakfasts in 2019.

What would you put on a vision board?

Turkey Carcass Soup, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Leftovers (aka Turkey-bone broth)

Cooking for Thanksgiving is a marathon.  It takes preparation, practice and doesn’t end when the guests leave.

After making the following menu gluten-free, dairy-free, soy protein-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, and nightshade-free (except for the potatoes)…..

2018 Thanksgiving Menu
2018 Thanksgiving Menu

and running 8 dishwasher loads over the last two days, I am putting some leftovers to good use.

Following my usual broth recipe, I just use yesterdays Turkey carcass and add the veggies I have on hand.

Turkey-bone broth ingredients
Turkey-bone broth ingredients

I had some leftover fresh sage and some turmeric (In the container – note to self, take off the cover!) from the last time I made chicken broth.

I currently have two pressure cookers going with broth and will run three batches of water through each.  That’s plenty of Turkey broth to get us through a few weeks, hopefully.

I will also be making Turkey Dill Salad.  Have I mentioned how much dill it uses?  A whole cup! I love dill and pomegranates.  Who wouldn’t love this leftover salad.

What will you be doing with your leftovers this Thanksgiving?



Thanksgiving Inspiration 2018

I’m a big fan of Pinterest.  I love looking trough all the food, plants and sometimes silly cat videos.

I worked this weekend on the rolls I want to serve this year for Thanksgiving (recipe coming soon.)  This week I am trying to find a salad I think my kids might try.

This week I will finalize my menu and start my shopping list.  If there is anything I can get this week (nonperishable items) I will shop for them this week.

I’m still debating on my main coarse.  I like turkey because them I can make the prettiest sandwich salad ever. Turkey Dill Salad Did I mention it uses a WHOLE CUP of dill!

If you need some inspiration for you Thanksgiving menu look at my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

What are you cooking this Thanksgiving?



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Woodman’s, Buffalo Grove – It’s Finally Open! (Allergy Friendly Grocery Shopping)

This morning I went to Woodman’s in Buffalo Grove.  Their Grand Opening is Saturday, but they are open for business as of yesterday afternoon.  There were still some holes on the shelves which I am sure will be filled by Saturday.

I have been hearing good things about the selection of allergy friendly products at Woodman’s for years now, but there has not been a store conveniently located to me.  Last weekend while visiting friend in Wisconsin I stopped by a Woodman’s near their house to check out the selection.  They had some products, it was crowded, I was tired.  In the end I came away overwhelmed and anxious about the selection.

When I arrived this morning I entered the door to the store that enters into the bread and bakery section.  They had Sweet Ali’s and a few other brands in this section.  I did not find any Udi’s or Canyon and started to panic.  This place was known for having all the best gluten-free brands. They had to be here.

What I discovered was this Woodman’s has a dedicated Gluten-Free Section!!! Plus two dedicated refrigerated sections for dairy-free milk and yogurt and another for dairy-free cheese.

Here are some of the selections…


Look at all that Canyon Bakehouse and Schar selections.  They even had the long-awaited Hawaiian Bread!


The Gluten-Free frozen bread selection is pretty good too.


Almost any Katz product you wanted!


Our favorite Kinnikinnick cookies in new packaging.


The elusive Diaya cheese sauce only pouches.


Free2b Sunflower cups.


And our favorite Yummy Earth Lolly Pops, which are an essential in our house for the winter months.

They truely had the best gluten-free and dairy-free selection I have seen.  The one brand I could not find I believe was operator error and I’m hoping on my next trip to locate.

Welcome to the neighborhood Woodman’s.  -Susan B.