Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Raw Caramel Dip, A Trip to Palm Springs, & More!

Raw Caramel Dip w/ Sliced Apples // The Spicy RD

So many happy things to share with you today, including a weekend getaway to Palm Springs, the most delicious {and kinda' healthy} raw caramel ever, and a delicious weekly meal plan too! What have you been up to lately?  Pull up a chair and let's chat!!! My Happy Things... HAPPY THING #1 Palm Springs Family Weekend Getaway It's hard to believe that it was only 3 weeks ago that we took a weekend road trip up to Palm Springs for a pre-Thanksgiving getaway with our friends.  It's been so busy, right??? Although I've been to Palm Springs … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Asian Fusion Pulled Pork Tacos, My Trip to Washington DC, & More!

Georgetown Cupcake // The Spicy RD

My Miss SiSi loves watching the show DC Cupcakes, so Mr. Spicy and I visited the original Georgetown Cupcake location on our trip to Washington DC  and surprised her with a 6 pack of cupcakes {to share with Big Tex of course!}  Hello, hello! I just got back from a fun trip to Washington DC with Mr. Spicy, so I'm posting my weekly meal plan a little late, but I still have lots of yummy dinner inspiration lined up for you {and me!} this week, plus I'm sharing some of my happy things, a la Washington DC! Weekly Meal Plan: Week of September … [Read more...]

Travel Guide ~ Food, Fun, & Adventure on The Big Island of Hawaii

Polulu Beach, Big Island Hawaii

I could never get tired of this view of the Pololu Valley Lookout and Beach on The Big Island of Hawaii! Ahh...Hawaii...The Big Island...How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... I had the great fortune to spend a week with my family {Mr. Spicy, our kids, my parents and Mr. Spicy's parents} on The Big Island of Hawaii in early July.  SiSi's BFF and her parent's, who are good friends of ours, also happened to be there at the same time, which added to our fun!  The Big Island is a land of spectacular contrasts, from the top of Mauna … [Read more...]

Hit the Road Jack! My Travel Adventures in Key West, Santa Fe, & Joshua Tree

Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys//The Spicy RD

Gorgeous Key West Sunset... This travel post has been long overdue in coming, seeing as I soaked up the sun and sea air in Key West in early February, bundled up in snowy Santa Fe and Taos in late February, and shimmied over big bad boulders in Joshua Tree in early April. Did I mention it's May. May 30 as I am writing this.  Almost June to be exact! I thought about skipping this post altogether, but I promised you {way back when...}, that I would share my travel photos and adventures with you,and I never go back on my … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Celebrate! Celiac Awareness Month 2013

Gluten-Free Frozen Dessert Round-Up//The Spicy RD

A round-up of my favorite gluten-free frozen desserts! Almost halfway through May and Celiac Awareness Month 2013, and with beach weather, flip flops, and the dog days of  summer firmly in sight, what better way to celebrate, than with an update on what's new in the world of celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity, and some of my favorite frozen gluten-free treats? First the update... Then the treats! Celiac Disease Info & Statistics 83 %.  Although, this number may not be news to some, one of the most alarming facts about … [Read more...]

To the Bottom & Back: The Ultimate Grand Canyon Adventure Vacation

EA & VInita

The Grand Canyon, South Rim It's approximately 40,000 steps to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up to the top.  Add in a quick side trip up Cathedral Rock in Sedona Arizona, and you have yourself the ultimate adventure vacation! Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon before??? Oh, and throw in a little snow, and now you're really on to something fun! The Grand Canyon, South Kaibab Trail, covered in snow. I'm excited to share my Grand Canyon/Sedona adventure trip with you, because it was just so fun, and also because I … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: On the Road to Vegas Baby!

Feeling Great with Jasper State

There's no place like Vegas! Happy September.  I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! My family and I took a road trip to Las Vegas over the long weekend.  It was hot but fun! I'll share more below, plus my other happy things of late, but first, this week's meal plan... SPICY RD WEEKLY MEAL PLAN DAY ONE Amazingly Addictive Artichoke Squares {Making a big batch to freeze & serve later for school lunches.}-vegetarian & gluten-free Green Salad: Greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes with golden balsamic … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things:Fun with Friends in San Francisco

China Town Building

Chinatown, San Francisco: The difference between boys and girls??  SiSi bought a pretty "cat" tile and a bracelet in Chinatown.  Big Tex bought a sword.  As in a REAL sword.  Naturally we had to ship it home, as I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have gotten past TSA. Hello There! How's everyone's summer going so far?? I just returned from a mini vacation to San Francisco where my family and I had the most wonderful time visiting old {Gold} friends and meeting new {Silver} ones. Today's post will be quick as I have heaps of post-vacation laundry to … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Sweet Potato Skins and Cowgirl Time!

Goat chewing on fence

How was everyone's Mother's Day Weekend??? Mine was a blast {except for the lack of sleep that comes with spending the night in a cabin with 11 giggly 9-11 year old girls.  But that's to be expected, right???} Our "digs" for the weekend... I spent the weekend roughing it at Rawhide Ranch with 15 amazing young ladies/women from my daughter's Girl Scout troop, a barnyard full of horses, several pens full of chickens/sheep/goats {you can read more here about my love of goats :-)}, and 1 sweet cow named Pablo. I also rode bareback on a … [Read more...]

New Zealand Top Ten: Gorgeous Scenery, Fabulous People, and Oodles of Gluten-Free Options!

Lake Rotarua, New Zealand

A gorgeous morning by the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand Finally. My New Zealand post is up! Sorry it took so long, but it takes awhile to go though 750 + photos! Don't worry... I'm only going to share 700 of them with you. Just kidding :-) In all honesty though, it was hard to whittle down my trip to my 10 favorite experiences, but I figured that would be the best way to share at least a glimpse of this gorgeous country with you. So, here they, are {in no particular order}... New Zealand Top Ten ONE: The … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Peeking Around in My Kitchen???


My Spicy RD Rack Greetings friends! I'm delighted and honored to be sharing my kitchen with you today over at Wendy Gregory Kaho's blog, Celiacs in the House.  Wendy is a huge supporter of the celiac and gluten-free community, and she has written some wonderfully informative articles for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness {NFCA} on gluten-free dining in college. {Gluten-Free College Dining Halls: Part 1; Gluten-Free College Dining Halls: Part 2; Gluten-Free Dining Halls: Lesson Learned} At the beginning of 2012, Wendy started … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Here We Come…Here We Go…


I wish my children were this obedient :-) Have a great day!!! I LOVE hearing from you! Please click here to leave a comment or ask a question, or leave a suggestion. And, if you enjoyed the post, please stumble, tweet, pin-it, or share it on Facebook. Oh, and to make sure you don't miss any Spicy food, fun, and adventure, please submit your e-mail address below to be notified on my new posts, OR check out the top right hand side of my blog to get e-mail notifications of new posts via feedburner. … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: BLT Quinoa Salad and Memories of Spain!

Madrid, Spain

A tree lined street in Madrid, Spain So, what did everyone do for St Patrick's Day?? We had a rare "quiet" Saturday here since SiSi and Big Tex's baseball and softball games were cancelled due to the stormy weekend in San Diego. I made waffles in the morning, then we ended up running some errands as a family, to buy SiSi some new purple Vans {the soles were coming off her old ones}, search for a new point-and-shoot digital camera for our up coming family vacation {sadly my old Panasonic died on me}, and stock up on some Ayala's Herbal … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Pirates, Chicken Sopes and More!


Aeonium in bloom in my garden. I don't know about you, but the past couple of weeks have been rather wonky for me... won·ky  (wngk) adj. won·ki·er, won·ki·est Chiefly British 1. Shaky; feeble. 2. Wrong; awry. I was really hoping to have posted another weekly menu plan prior to this one, but my wonky life just got in the way. {NOTE-If this is your first time checking out my weekly meal plans, please read this post for more details.} Not that it has been a bad week or two mind you. Simply wonky :-) Wonky as in the kids were … [Read more...]

Farmers Market Finds: Nagoya Kale, Orange Honey Almonds, and the Chubbiest Carrots Ever!


In my other life {pre- kids and husband}, I used to go to the Del Mar Farmer's Market almost every weekend. It was easy. I walked out the front door of my {tiny} white washed brick cottage, headed to the street, turned left, went 1/8 of a mile down the hill, and there I was. Right in the midst of a bounty of seasonal and local produce, vibrantly colored fresh flowers, and {in my gluten-eating days} the tastiest Gyros I can recall ever eating. But then life got in the way. Marriage...a baby...a move...another baby...two more … [Read more...]