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A Sweet Farewell

A Sweet Farewell

There are all different kinds of reasons that people choose to change their dietary habits. The universe recently gave me a big wake up call (which I wish I would have been vigilant enough to pick up on a little earlier), and reminded me of the health measures that I meant to keep before my kids were born. I had never intended to keep sugar out of our house entirely, but after a serious look at our family history, and some good research, I made the decision to get the refined sugar out for good.

We already avoid refined flour for the most part, because we are on a gluten free diet, and most of the gluten free products out there tend to be more whole grained, and healthier in general. Sugar is going to be a significant step for us nonetheless. I watch carbs, so I avoid sugar most of the time anyways, but when I bake for the kids I am always happy to use it. And when we are out of the house for the day, we usually relent and let the kiddos have a soda or two. They love to buy candy with their own money, and I have always kept popsicles, or ice cream, or candy in the house for dessert. No more, it has proven to be bad for us and we are done; refined sugar on special occasions only.

Luckily, my husband has never really been a fan of sweets, plus he can always get them at work if he really wants them anyways. The kiddos were a little surprised when I first mentioned this change in household operations, but they are actually relatively understanding when it comes to these things…silly mommy always has something up her sleeve. They have started drinking Isagenix health shakes every day, and they are cool with the fact that they can sweeten them with fruits and honey. They were thrilled when the air popper arrived, and quite happy about the prospect of eating popcorn for dessert. I have also promised them that the less sugar they consume, the sweeter things will taste, with just a little honey, or applesauce added to them.

The kids all love fruit, so that should help us out a lot, and I am going to have to dive into the kitchen and get just a little bit more creative than I have ever been before. This is exciting though. When I was twenty, you never would have convinced me in a million years that I would not only put myself, but my children, on a sugar free diet. I am really looking forward to seeing the healthful results that we get from making this choice. Of course, I am going to have to hurry up and figure out how to make ice cream with honey, because if my kids don’t get ice cream I will be breaking a promise to my grandmother. We will make this work though, I am pretty determined to see it through at this point, and I am glad that I have my crew on board. Wish us luck!


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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

This sophisticated version of pumpkin pie is amazingly smooth & rich. It is also Gluten-Free & free of Refined Sugar. 


29oz pumpkin puree - 1 lg. can
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
8oz cream cheese - softened
5 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. honey
1 c. GF flour 

Whipped cream:

1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Honey to drizzle on top.

Making it Happen:

Combine all of the ingredients for the pie in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined. When the batter is smooth, pour it into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for one hour.

Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

To make the whipped cream, blend the chilled heavy cream in a chilled bowl on high speed until it begins to thicken, add the vanilla and continue blending until the cream is thick. 

Plate pie with whipped cream & drizzle with honey. Enjoy!