the simple hive

Category: recipes


Fruit Gazpacho

I give all fruits equal opportunity, but I love when pineapples and mangoes are in season.  I play favorites.  It’s not right, but I do. When my favorite fruits are available, I make them into gazpacho de frutas, or fruit…

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French Butter Bell

We are butter people, here at the hive.  We don’t overdo it, but we love butter.  And cheese.  Always the cheese. The downside of butter, is that it isn’t spreadable when it is cold and it must remain refrigerated because…

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Vegan Shamrock Shake

After seeing recipes for Shamrock Shakes all over Pinterest, I decided to try a healthier spin.  After all, I’m not getting any younger, or healthier, and pounds aren’t as easy to shed as they once were.  I can’t do anything…

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Island Coconut Loose Tea Blend

  Because it’s cold outside and hot tea is the only thing right now that keeps me from going into total hibernation, I’ve been tinkering in the kitchen with some new loose tea blends.  I stocked up with some organic…

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Cooking with Kids: Chapati Indian Flatbread

    In many families in which parents educate their children at home, cooking is interwoven seamlessly into the school day. Math, reading, science and critical thinking skills are cultivated and honed through measuring, reading recipes, baking and substituting ingredients….

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Gluten-free Italian Wedding Soup

 Traditionally, Italian wedding soup contains meatballs and orzo, both which contain gluten. Therefore, this soup is off-limits for me.  Naturally, it would be the one soup I crave on these cold, rainy days that have parked themselves over Texas. A shout out…

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Gluten-free and Vegan Coconut Sugar Cookies

      Because my issues with gluten and Baby Honeybee’s severe egg allergy and mild milk allergy, I have made it a priority to figure out this whole gluten-free and vegan baking thing. In the past, when I bake cookies for…

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Easy Nut-Free French Macarons

  Over the summer, I took a break from the blog to spend time with my kids and to catch up on many neglected projects around the hive. It was a good change of pace and I have many things…

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Gluten-free and Peanut-free Peanut Sauce

  Say what?! How can peanut sauce not have peanuts? By simple definition, it would be a sauce made with, or containing, peanuts. Not in this house, it doesn’t. And…it’s gluten-free! Three of my four children are peanut allergic so…

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Make sushi at home

Please forgive me.  It has been a few weeks since my last post.  I have been busy and this is beginning to sound like a confession of sorts.  What a weird way to begin a blog post.  But, by  now…

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