Split Pea Soup

Prep time:

30 minutes

Cook time:

3+ hours



1 large white onion

3+ cloves minced garlic

3 large carrots peeled and diced

2 containers of chicken stock/broth

1 left over ham bone

1 cup diced ham

2+ diced sausages of your choice

4 cups split peas


Start off with a large pot. I usually use cast iron.

Dice and saute onion and garlic until onion is translucent.

Add diced carrots and continue cooking on medium for 5 minutes.

Dice ham and sausage, I usually use chicken apple sausage because that is what I have on hand and it gives the soup a nice flavor. Set ham bone (with ample amount of meat left on it) in the center of pot.

Add the two containers of chicken stock. Add in the diced ham, sausage and the split peas. Stir, cover and bring to a boil. Once boil is reached stir, cover, and turn down heat Let simmer until peas are completely dissolved. I usually cook my pea soup on low for about 3 hours. Soup will thicken up after sitting. Add some extra water or chicken stock when reheating leftovers.

There is really no need to season since the ham and sausage flavor it well, but you can salt and pepper to taste before serving.



Gluten Free Pumpkin Loaf

This recipe is one of my holiday favorites. Over the years I have grown to love baking, it was never my strong suite until ditching gluten forced me to get baking or miss out on some of my favorite treats. Going gluten free was a challenge at first but now that I have some tried and true easy go to recipes and staple ingredients I am back in the kitchen with confidence. I will hopefully be posting more of these recipes soon, new baby permitting:)

Pre heat oven to 350
Grease 2 loaf pans with coconut oil
(Or I usually do 1 loaf pan and 12 cupcakes for easy eating/giving)

3 1/3 cups gluten free flour mix
(I use Trader Joes brand)
1tsp xantham gum (Unless your gf flour mix already has it)
3 cups cane sugar
2tsp baking soda
1tsp nutmeg
1-2tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 cup coconut oil
1 can pumpkin purée 15oz

Beat wet ingredients together. Pre sift dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet a little bit at a time, mix on medium until well combined. *optional additions- fold in 1 cup chopped nuts or white chocolate chips. Pour batter into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour +5 or so minutes until clean knife inserted comes out clean.


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