Lemon Bars (vegan, gf)

DELICIOUS Lemon Bars #vegan #glutenfree  86lemons.com

I know, I know - ANOTHER dessert post. Believe me, I'm well aware. I'll be sure to get back to more entrée recipes soon. A while back, I mentioned a Lemon Bar recipe I found, tested and loved. I promised to share the recipe and finally, here we are. Actually, what I found was a Grapefruit Bar recipe which I converted to Lemon Bars. … [Read more...]

Test Report: DIY Paper Bag Animal Puppets

Paper Bag Animal Puppets Tutorial  86lemons.com

During our mission trip in the Dominican Republic, I had the opportunity to teach an art project to some of the school children. I knew I would be doing this before we left, but I wasn't certain what ages I would be working with. So I scoured Pinterest for ideas that would be suitable for ages 3 to 9. I finally settled on two projects - paper bag … [Read more...]

Dominican Republic (Agua Negra) Mission Trip

Painting the Clinic in Agua Negra, Dominican Republic

Sorry for the inactivity here on the blog over the past week and a half. We were in the Dominican Republic for a mission trip with a group from our church. Two days before our trip was over, I started to get a sore throat and ears. Sure enough, it turned into a full-blown (pun not intended) sinus infection when I got home. Today, I'm finally … [Read more...]

Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes (vegan, gf)

Zeeland Bakery Birthday Cake

Last week we celebrated Hubs' birthday. Ever since he was a kid, he's had this obsession with a tiny little bakery in his hometown called Zeeland Bakery. In his mind, this place is legendary. While he's nuts about their donuts and cookies, it's their cake (and by cake I mean frosting) that he absolutely adores. It's super sweet and sugary. No … [Read more...]

Asian Ginger Plum Lettuce Wraps (vegan)

WildTree Asian Ginger Plum Dressing #vegan

The theme of this post is QUICK! Not only because this meal (or appetizer) can be whipped up lickety-split, but also because I am racing against the clock to get my mile-long to-do list completed before we leave for our mission trip. Last week, a box of goodies from Wildtree came in the mail (I ordered and paid for them, this is not a paid … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mini Tarts (vegan, gf, raw)

Mini Chocolate Tarts #raw #vegan #glutenfree #gfcommunity #foodphotography  86lemons.com

Hubs gets home from work, walks in the door. I'm in the kitchen, which is a disaster zone and I am very irritated... Hubs:  What's wrong? Me:  Oh I just wasted all this time making this stupid recipe and it tastes like crap. Hubs:  Oh no. What is it? Me:  Mini chocolate tarts. They're raw, you won't like it. Hubs:  It looks really good. Me: … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free, Vegan Homemade Bread (that doesn’t suck)

Gluten-Free, Vegan Homemade Bread (that doesn't taste like crap) 86lemons.com

When I told Hubs I was going to attempt to make gluten-free, vegan bread, he said, "Oh no." That's kind of how I felt about it, too. A GF/V (and xanthan-free, bonus!) bread that actually tastes good is not easy to come by. Not to mention, bread can be tricky to make. When I came across this recipe from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, the selling … [Read more...]