Allergies, Chocolate, Dairy-free, Desserts, Recipes, Sharing

Recipe: Milk-free Fudge for Christmas

I came up with this recipe last Christmas when my daughter felt left out because “everyone” got to have fudge but her. (Never mind that she had more non-fudge goodies than Mrs. Claus’ candy kitchen!) I am sharing the recipe here so that other children (of all ages) can also have their fudge and eat it, too.


By Alice Workman

fabric snowmen
1 C cocoa
3/4 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
2 TBS flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 C butter*
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C walnuts or pecans (opt)

In a medium saucepan, mix together cocoa, sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.

Add in eggs and mix a bit (parts will still be dry.)

Add butter, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. When butter is melted and mixture starts to bubble, remove from heat. Add in vanilla. Pour into greased, 8″ square pan. Press nuts (chopped or whole) into top, if desired. Cool.

*Although many people who can’t have dairy are okay with butter, some are not. To make this completely dairy free, use coconut oil instead, and refrigerate the fudge before cutting into squares.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fudge!  

Allergies, Gluten-free, kitchen, Recipes

Gluten-free Recipe: Rice Tortillas

This tortilla recipe was created by my dear friend, Kendel Milburn.

They take a bit of work, but they are delicious–and well worth the effort if you can’t have gluten in your diet. I like to add a touch of garlic powder to the dough, but then, I like to add garlic to almost all of my non-dessert recipes!

Rice Tortillas

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Photo by Shut Down at


Makes 8 small tortillas

  • 1 C long grain, whole white rice, cooked
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 TBS + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/4 C white rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • waxed paper
  • extra oil

Preheat a skillet.

Put  cooked rice, oil and water in a blender, and blend until creamed.

Spoon into a bowl.  Add rice flour and salt, and mix to make a soft dough.

Pinch off a small ball of dough (about the size of a ping pong ball). Put between two well-oiled sheets of wax paper, and roll out to about 1/8″ thick.

Carefully remove top paper, and turn upside down onto hot skillet (so that the remaining piece of wax paper is now on top of the cooking tortilla). Cook for about a minute, then remove the other piece of paper and flip the tortilla to cook the other side.

Repeat with remaining dough.

Allergies, Fragrance-free products, kitchen

Would YOU get Excited About This?

Clipart by Crafty Jenn

Okay, I admit it.  I’m strange.

Few people I know would be excited about this.  In fact, I can only think of one other person by name that I am certain would be enthusiastic, but because she’s single her excitement would no where near match mine.

What is this thing that has me smiling and blogging?  Are you ready?  It’s…


Fragrance-free dish detergent that works
Fragrance-free dish detergent




I finally found a non-fragrant dishwasher detergent that actually works.

Not impressed?  It’s also phosphate-free.


Okay, so I warned you I was strange.




It’s not that I find doing dishes so thrilling. My excitement is in direct proportion to the number of years and the time and money I’ve wasted trying to find a dish detergent that:

  • was fragrance free;  many that are labeled unscented actually have perfumes or essential oils like lavender <shudder>.  Those of you with allergies or chemical sensitivities will understand.
  • was affordable for those of us who wash more than one dish per day (the dirty dishes are never-ending at my house)
  • actually got the dishes clean
  • did not ruin any dishes or the dishwasher

I even tried a couple of homemade concoctions, with miserable results.

I’ve been using this detergent for several weeks now, and am very happy with it.  I bought it from Tropical Traditions, where I have been buying coconut oil for a couple of years.  It is very concentrated so one bottle will last a while, and since I got it on sale the price was quite reasonable.

I just wanted to share my excitement with all of you.

And yes, I do need to get out more.  Thank you for asking.