Homemade Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts

Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts~Perfect for baking and enjoying on a lazy fall weekend morning!

I can't think of any better way to spend a lazy fall, weekend morning, than baking up (and eating) a batch of Homemade Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts (gluten-free and vegan). Can you? Hola! Olá! Hello! I'm fresh back from Spain and Portugal and can't wait to share all my photos and adventures with you, but bear with me a little while longer since I've got some major photo editing to do. In the mean time, I went through a little baked good withdrawl while I was traveling, not for lack of bakery windows filled with gorgeous Spanish pastries, … [Read more...]

Skillet Buckwheat Banana Bread

Skillet Buckwheat Banana Bread

Hello! I hadn't planned on sharing this skillet buckwheat banana bread with you today, but it is just too delicious not to share! I won't babble on today, because this was a spur of the moment instameals recipe, inspired by the ingredients I had on hand, and THIS yummy recipe from Harris Whole Health that I have made and happily scarfed down before! Note: If you're on a gluten-free diet be sure and check out Cheryl's recipe blog as all her recipes are gluten-free, plus they are also all dairy-free and peanut-free, and most recipes are egg, … [Read more...]

Happy Things, Link Love, Infused Water, & Zucchini Noodles

Strawberry Top Lemon Infused Water

Hi There! It's been awhile since I've shared my latest happy things...Strawberry Top Lemon Infused Water, Zucchini Noodles,and more, so here you go! Plus, I've got some fab links to share with you today. Come join the fun & let me know what's making you happy lately! Have you tried Strawberry Top {Lemon} Infused Water yet? If not, you should! I taught a class on nutrition and healthy snacking to a kid's running group {Sew Fun to Run-check it out!} and the kids had a blast making {and tasting} this super easy infused water along with … [Read more...]

Life Hacks, Duct Tape + How to Make a Frozen Spinach Smoothie

Frozen Spinach Smoothie {Two Ways} Grecian Green Goddess and Ginger Blueberry Bomb

I've got two super nutritious and delicious frozen spinach smoothie recipes to share with you today, plus my top life hacks using duct tape and frozen spinach...[Not together, mind you!} If you think I've gone completely mad pairing duct tape and frozen spinach smoothies in the same post, I absolutely wouldn't blame you! But, bear with me here. They both have one thing in common... … [Read more...]

My Top Gluten-Free Travel Tips, Hiking Adventures, Mom Confessions, a Free E Cook Book & More!

Gluten-Free Travel Tips // The Spicy RD #snacks #glutenfree #travel

Today's post is a mishmash of what I've been doing this week...sharing my top gluten-free travel tips at Stone Soup, Hiking in Tecolote Canyon with my girlfriends, sharing an embarrassing confession with you, plus giving you the scoop on a delicious free e cookbook for you to download! Which would you like to hear about first??? Let's talk about the cookbook... I'm thrilled to have my all-time favorite Super Duper Raw Power Salad featured in a new e cookbook you can download for FREE over at The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. In … [Read more...]

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...]