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It’s been roughly 9 years since I’ve had a cupcake. 9 years ago I realized that all my tummy illness was from wheat. Fast-forward to today and it’s rare that I’m tempted by a cupcake, and even rarer to find a cupcake that meets my eating needs.

Petunia's Cupcakes - Don't Experience Valentine's Day Without Them!

Then I stumbled upon Petunia’s Pies & Pastries at the PSU Saturday Market. I simply could not say ‘no’ to their Valentine’s Day special cupcakes. I mean, February is the month of love. Wasn’t it time to reconnect with my long-lost love of cupcakes?

So here’s the deal. I promised myself I would only have a tiny bite of each cupcake, so I could report back to you. Then, I would save them to fully relish at another time. That, my dear friends, is called denial.

Which is why I urge you to order via email you and your lover(s) some Petunia’s V-day cupcakes now!

Be sure to get the raspberry passion cupcake – it was my FAVORITE. It was light and tasty with a raspberry  center. The coconut flakes and buttercream (minus the butter!) frosting made this a stand-out cupcake. And the cupcakes are made with coconut oil, so they’re even healthier (no soy!).

Oh, and while you’re at it, be sure to order some of the cowgirl cookies. The first gluten-free, vegan bakery cookie that I actually LOVED.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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Cold days? This is the dish. Heat up with some melted dairy-free cheese or eat with blue corn tortilla chips. Whatever way you choose, you’re going to LOVE this yummy, rich chili.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free White Bean Chili

1 lb. organic, ground turkey
2 cans organic white beans (you choose what style)
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 onion, chopped
1 T cumin
1 T cayenne pepper (adjust based on your spice preferences)
1 T garlic salt
2 cups organic vegetable broth

Place all ingredients in crock pot (in the order above), stir and then cook on high for 3.5 hours.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you know how much I love my crock pot. The winter is such a perfect time to try out new crock pot recipes and I’ve been using mine every week. Last week was chicken with spinach, tomatoes, onions and seasoning and this week is my stab at Indian food.


Lentils

1 pkg of brown or green lentils (Trader Joe’s has precooked brown lentils ready to go)
1 10 oz. pkg of organic spinach (frozen or fresh)
6 small/medium organic sweet potatoes, sliced length-wise
1 small organic red onion, sliced length-wise
4 organic carrots, sliced length-wise
1 c light coconut milk
1 c water
1 T cumin
1 T garlic salt
1 T 21 seasoning (from Trader Joe’s)

Slice all veggies and place all ingredients in crock pot. Heat for 3 hours on high, 2 hours on low. Stir often.

Gluten-Free Naan

Brown rice tortilla (Trader Joe’s)
1 slice of dairy-free cheese (love Lisanatti almond cheese)

Spray saute pan with canola oil. Place tortilla in pan with slice of cheese in the center (can slice up cheese and place around tortilla) heat up until tortilla is warm and cheese is melted. Fold over and place on plate.

Use tortilla to eat lentils, just like you would with traditional naan. Delish!

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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Since February is synonymous with chocolate, Kinnikinnick, North America’s leading provider of gluten-free baked goods and snacks, is hosting a Valentine’s Day Box o’ Chocolate Contest. And the prize is not a typical box of chocolates; it’s a box of everything they make with chocolate in it – a $50 value.

There will be two winners!

The contest begins on January 24, 2010 and will end on February 8, 2010 at 9 pm. Details of how to participate can be found at the link below. Mandatory entry is leaving a comment on their blog, but there are extra ways to enter as well. http://blog.kinnikinnick.com/2011/01/valentines-box-o-chocolate-contest.html

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08 Jan / My Love

My love
From sun up until sun down
Your face sits before me
I dream of you, sleeping and waking
It’s a sure sign I’m crazy
But I simply cannot help it
I am in love.

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08 Jan / Eternal Love

Drifting to sleep
I imagine you beside me
Touching me, skin to skin
Whispering the promises only our bodies can make.

In the morning
You are not there
To see my soft smile
Or the pink panties I carefully choose, your favorite pair.

Driving on the freeway
Taylor Swift croons her latest tune
Reminding me of that night
The first night our soulful love made its appearance.

Another day ends without you
Your words lay beside me
Your energy keeps me warm
And our love, our eternal love, reminds me that we’ve only just begun.

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08 Jan / You

Five years ago I heard a song.
It spoke of a man
Loving a woman so completely
That my whole heart melted.

Today I heard that song again
And knew my heart had melted for you.
Five years ago you were near –
Only my soul could feel you.

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06 Dec / Saturday Farmers

Leaves fell on us like snowflakes
and we paid no mind.
Our attention was drawn elsewhere –
to a woman in orange and pink striped tights, and
the baby fast asleep in its bassinet
A banjo and accordion fought for our undivided love
or was it lust?
We couldn’t be sure.
Then he appeared
His sweater reminding me of Fall
of crisp nights held in
your arms.
My red peacoat braised
your chin and I smiled
a knowing smile
At the one who was not you, who was not us
A tall, dark stranger on his way by.

-Heather Strang

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06 Dec / Stay Awhile

You said you’d stay awhile,
and stay you did
as the winds picked up and
leaves scattered.

You are all around me –
in my dreams, by my side.
You have awakened what
I was sure was lost.

Come to me, my dear
Please come to me.

-Heather Strang

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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipes here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo

It’s holiday time.

Which means everyone is eating delicious, wonderful, decadent food that we can’t eat. Not cool, right? Well, fortunately it’s 2010 (and not 1999 like it was when I started on this path) and we’ve got OPTIONS!

One option that I’ll be taking with me to the family’s beach house for Thanksgiving (besides my gluten-free stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, gf/df/sf pumpkin bread, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, and a new recipe – gluten/sugar-free apple pie) is Trader Joe’s snickerdoodles. These are almost better than grandma’s (shh…don’t tell her!).  Pairs perfectly with a lovely cup of tea.

Enjoy!

Happy Eating and Happy almost Thanksgiving!
-xoHeather 🙂

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