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holiday {dairy-free} eggnog float

years and years ago, good friends shared their favorite holiday punch recipe with us.  it involved eggnog and ginger ale and peppermint ice cream, and whenever we described it to people they got eeked out, but whenever we served it to people, they were enchanted.  flash forward to some recent lifestyle changes toward a more clean diet.  inspired by the sight of several varieties of non-dairy eggnog options, i decided to create a new version of this strange-and-wonderful holiday drink recipe… introducing the holiday dairy-free eggnog float.




for the sake of time, i made this eggnog float with this store-bought almond milk “eggnog.”  it does have sugar, but no strange added ingredients or fillers, which i love.  if you want to make your own, here’s a gorgeous version from elana’s pantry (with no dairy, and no eggs!)




if you want, you can take this float to the next level and make it more like an old-fashioned egg cream, by adding a dose of all-natural ginger ale or seltzer water.  there’s nothing like the taste-bud-tingling collision of bubbly, tart soda with creamy, milky nog.  trust me.  give it a go!



ready to wow your senses?  here you go!


{dairy-free} holiday eggnog float
A creamy concoction that's at once warming and cooling with the spicy depth of eggnog and the fresh hints of mint and matcha.
Recipe type: holiday drink recipe
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup dairy-free eggnog
  • 1 cup mint matcha ice cream (or dairy-free mint ice cream of your choice)
  • 1 cup all-natural ginger ale or seltzer (optional)
  1. Divide eggnog evenly into two glasses.
  2. Top each glass with half of the ice cream.
  3. If desired, pour seltzer into side of each glass.



try it!  i dare you!  and when you do, come back and let me know what you think.  Merry Christmas!



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banana rum skillet {grain free banana cake}

this recipe makes my mouth water. now. as i’m typing. my a-girl is over my shoulder asking, can you make that grain-free banana cake now?


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i was inspired to make this recipe one morning when we were starving and wanted a filling breakfast, but not necessarily meat (and i can’t have eggs right now in my culinary/health journey).  i was inspired by another recipe i found on paleomg (love her blog!), and created this rummy, chocolatey excuse to eat dessert-for-breakfast.  it’s chocolate-y, crumbly, and almost like a bread pudding in texture.


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put a pat of salted butter on top while it’s still warm.  i know, i know, but it’s worth it.


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here’s the recipe for you!


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banana rum skillet {grain free banana cake}
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8 servings
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1½ cups soaked, raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life
  • 2 eggs, or egg alternative
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If using an egg alternative such as a flax meal binder, make and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, grind cashews until they form a meal.
  4. Add coconut oil and continue to blend until it forms a butter; add bananas and process until fully combined.
  5. Place 2 tablespoons butter in iron skillet and let melt in oven just until it starts to brown (about 3-4 minutes).
  6. Gently remove skillet from oven and set aside.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt.
  8. Stir in cashew mixture, rum extract, chocolate chips, and eggs.
  9. Carefully pour batter into skillet.
  10. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until edges start to crisp and middle is gently set.



do you have a favorite holiday recipe? please share so i can give it a try!


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awaiting the advent {jesse tree devotional}

Their eyes are still sleepy, their voices groggy, but they pile out of their rooms, scrambling for the afghans grandma crocheted, and for the best, most snuggly corners of the sofa and “comfy chair.”  It’s morning before dad leaves for work, and it’s our time to share our hearts and our Papa’s thoughts before he goes.  At Christmas-time, the Jesse Tree is how we do that.


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There are a few Christmas traditions our family has come to treasure, and the Jesse Tree devotional is one of them.  It started a few years ago when a dear friend organized an ornament swap between several homeschool families in our community.  Each family created two ornaments, in enough quantity for every family to have one.  Then we met at a park (with treats to share, of course) for a play-date, and swapped hand-crafted ornaments.  I’ve come to treasure these rustic little ornaments near as much as the ones my own children made, because i know the faces of the no-longer-little people who created them.   (Below is our “stump of Jesse.”  read more about its meaning here!)


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Each day of December, there is a devotional thought that follows the lineage of Jesus, from creation to the cross, telling the “real Christmas story” in all its rich glory.  There are several books that follow the Jesse tree, but our family uses the book The Advent Jesse Tree, and each year, it’s the first item out of the Christmas boxes.


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In our house, we take turns hanging the ornaments.  We use a small, rustic tree we bought just for the Jesse Tree.


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Some years we’ve had better listeners than others.  Some days we’ve had to play “catch up” on our devotional time.  But every Christmas when we read the final thought, I am awed by the anticipation and the fulfillment, literally the best gift we receive, of God’s love poured out through history.


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Does your family have a tradition that you hold precious?  Please let me know below!


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