when you suffer from chronic illness, who supports the caretakers?

I came across this picture this morning and started thinking about the idea that, so many that struggle with chronic illness talk about what it took to walk through the fire, what they endured and how they changed their lives, but often times, the caregivers and those that hold it all together are overlooked.

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chocolate pudding bars {Dairy Free}

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and while it is mostly a made up Holiday, it is a perfect excuse to eat chocolate and celebrate love. I will tell you a secret about this recipe. I used a cookie recipe I first put on the Blog, years ago and have been waiting to use it in a different way. This was my chance, and I think it was a homerun. I paired it with my simple chocolate Pudding recipe and It is a marriage made in chocolate heaven.

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roasted chicken thighs with japanese sweet potatoes and escarole {AIP}

It’s really about putting it all together… Roasted Chicken Thighs can take on any flavor. They can fit into any diet and they are way inexpensive, so you need to fit them into your meal rotation. These Roasted Chicken Thighs with Japanese sweet potatoes and escarole is a perfect meal when you are in a hurry. It is perfect if you are trying to eat cleaner and it is perfect, because it is just easy and delicious!

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Pineapple (throwback to the 80's) cocktail party dip

Ok, I’m having fun with the title, but this Pineapple dip is perfect for any occasion, especially when kids are involved. When the kids in my family were young, of course my Mom made this with Cool whip and we thought it was heaven. Do they even still make Cool Whip? Gosh please don’t use that!

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italian wedding cookies {gluten free}

Growing up these were always called Italian Wedding Cookies, but they can also be called Butterballs or Snowballs. Either way they are delicious buttery balls covered in powdered sugar and I can’t find anything wrong with that. I swapped out regulare flour for gluten free and added lots of butter so the cookies would not crumble and I could not be happier with the result.

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triple chocolate cookies {gluten free}

If dessert isn't chocolate, it isn't dessert! These cookies are aaaaamazing, chocolatey, moist with just the right amount of sweetness. My family is gluten free, my parents are not. I walked into the kitchen last night and my Dad was sneaking a few of these cookies. That says it all.

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pumpkin crème brulée {gluten free, grain free}

Pies have always been the go to on Thanksgiving and for very good reason. I think a good pie is heavenly and sometimes the best part of the meal. I don’t think anyone is too full on this day to say no to dessert. I wanted to shake things up and try something new. Do you think it is the end of pumpkin season, or do you enjoy it through all of the holiday season?

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roasted acorn squash with goat cheese and walnuts {gluten free, grain free}

Thanksgiving isn’t really about the turkey. Yes, I know it’s Turkey Day and it is the centerpiece, but in my opinion, the sides rule. What I love most is that every Thanksgiving feast has different sides. There are traditional elements like mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts, but hosts these days are stopping the show with inventive, eye catching, mouth watering sides.

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chocolate chip pumpkin cookies {gluten free}

Gluten free baking mixes are underrated. It is great to find your own combinations that work for you, but when you find one that creates delicious anything, you need to keep it handy. These gluten free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin cookies were made using Pamela’s Baking Mix. I use this mix a lot for my kids… pancakes, waffles, cookies and dinner rolls to name a few. The outcome is always fantastic and most people can’t even tell it’s gluten free.

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instant pot bone broth

It’s November and if your weather hasn’t turned cold yet, then you are really lucky. With Fall comes all of those fun things like flu season, damp, cold days and little to no sunlight. All of that can really take it’s toll on your body. There are many defenders to help support the immune system, but homemade bone broth is one of my favorites.

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one dish chicken enchiladas

Quick, delicious, weeknight dinners are the end all when you are trying to maintain health and sanity. Feeding my kids homemade, real food is very important to me, but like most parents, time is hard to come by. This One Dish Chicken Enchiladas, is really fast and conveniently make ahead. You can get two dinners out of this which is another homerun!

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