Need an idea for what to do with leftover pulp from making nut milk? This grainless maple cinnamon granola is a great use for it! It’s gluten free, vegan AND paleo, it’s also super easy and completely customizable by adding the dried fruit, chocolate chips and other mix-ins of your choice!

The amount of almond pulp used is what you’re left with if you’ve used the almond milk recipe from Against All Grain.


1 and 1/2 cups dried almond plup
2 cups pecans
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

To dry almond pulp:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place almond pulp on a parchment lined cookie sheet, spread out in an even layer, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

Turn oven up to 325 degrees.

Place dried almond pulp and pecans in a mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.

Fold the liquid into the almond/pecan mixture until everything is evenly coated. Spread in a thin layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet that has been pre-greased with non stick coconut oil cooking spray.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes. When you pull it out of the oven it will still seem a little sticky but once cooled it will crisp up nicely!

Once cooled fold in the chocolate chips and store in an air tight container. Enjoy!



Why are filing cabinets so expensive? Can someone tell me that? They’re like the furniture equivalent to buying underwear; not much going on but sold at an ungodly price. (Don’t get me started on the cost of underwear, tiny little pieces of fabric that cost more than a gallon of gasoline, are you kidding me?). Plus they aren’t really an attractive piece of furniture for what you pay for them! So when a client mentioned that she was downsizing and getting rid of a lot of things, including the contents of her husband’s office, I asked if that included a filing cabinet.

“Yes!” she said, “and I’ll give it to you for the low price of a batch of your Ooey gooey mint chocolate brownie cookies! My grandson has a gluten allergy and I never know what to make him!”


Well this wasn’t going to fit in with my ultra girly home office, but at the cost of a plate of cookies, I knew I could make it work:


Ultra Girly Office:


With a little pink spray paint, and some cool, patterned contact paper, it was ready to hold all the Kate Spade office accessories and brightly patterned file folders you could throw at it!


What do you think? Has this inspired you to makeover your own bland piece of furniture?



Are you eating rancid nuts?! Lol. Let me explain:

Let’s say you’ve got the good intentions to start replacing potato chips and candy by snacking on nuts. You buy a 48 oz bag of almonds at your favorite big box store (can’t beat it for $13!), go home, open it, eat a handful, pop a chip clip on them and stick them on the counter or in your pantry. Now the recommended serving size of almonds is 1 oz, if you are diligent and have a single serving every day, you still didn’t eat them fast enough before they started going bad sitting on your counter top, in fact, they were rancid for the last two weeks of snacking. Gross. Not many people know that nuts contain oil that can go rancid if not properly stored. Once opened from their original packaging nuts will go rancid in about 4 weeks if kept at room temperature. I don’t know anyone who can eat that many almonds that quickly, so if you aren’t going to use them right away, make sure you store them properly!

I divide mine up into little snack packs and place them in the refrigerator where they’ll keep for 9 months, the rest in mason jars for the freezer, where they’ll keep for an entire year! Feel free to use your favorite storage, Tupperware, freezer bags, mason jars; just make sure they’re air tight and kept cool!



I had my first pumpkin flavored item of the season yesterday so I’m going to go ahead and officially declare that fall is upon us! Since my world revolves around food, what better way to kick off autumn than a recipe roundup full of the flavors that make this my favorite time of year: pumpkin, cinnamon, cranberry and sweet potato!


Morning Glory Muffins- One more recipe to try and put a dent into all the zucchini you still have coming out of your yin-yang!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes- If ever there was a breakfast to eat before going to pick out the perfect pumpkin, this is it.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding -This also might be a good pumpkin/apple picking pre-game breakfast.

Almond Milk Chai Tea- Drink this and you can hear leaves crunching under your boots.

Sides and Appetizers:

Mountain Green Beans and Potatoes- I have a freezer full of green beans from clients’ gardens (I have the best clients!) and this is my favorite way to eat them.

Cranberry Sausage Bites- All of the comforting flavors of Thanksgiving in one bite without having to listen to your crazy aunt complain about Obama.

Sweet Potato Biscuits- Pair these with any soup you make for a little extra comfort.


Buffalo Quinoa Bites- The perfect tailgating treat! (You might also enjoy the Super Bowl recipe roundup I did for more tailgating ideas!)

Bean Soup- I’m working on a meatless, but still hearty, version of this recipe so stay tuned!

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili- There’s nothing better than coming home to a crockpot of this chili after a long day.


S’more Icebox Cake- All of the flavors of a bonfire, without your hair smelling like smoke.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies - Thanks to my lovely clients once again, I have lots of strawberry preserves at my disposal, and these are my current obsession.

Pumpkin Icebox Cake- You had better make this before you’re sick of pumpkin flavored everything.



This year’s Country Living Fair was a huge success! I ran into some of my favorite bloggers and vendors, got to spend time with my family (my husband, mom, dad, mother in law, sister and brother in law all tagged along!) and I found a lot of amazing accessories for my home and myself! Here are all of the awesome things I scored, and where you can find the vendors if you missed the Country Living Fair:


Jar with lid, metal basket and vintage mint green sewing machine from The Heart of Ohio Antique booth . I’m obsessed with storage, so the jar is going to end up holding some sort of office supply, I’m thinking rolls of colorful washi tape! The basket seems like the perfect size for notebooks and folders I want to keep at the ready! The sewing machine is going to whip up amazing throw pillows and curtains….just kidding, I don’t sew…I just thought it was pretty. It looks amazing in my office though!


Couldn’t pass up this tea towel from Stash Style, especially since it was only $10!


‘Queen Bee’ bracelet from The Scrabble Chick, bonus: it’s a scrabble “S” tile on the back for “Sage”! ‘Bee Yourself’ bracelet from Metal Monk Jewelry , I obviously have a thing for bees.


I love this print from The Homestead (couldn’t find a website) it’s framed in reclaimed wood and I think it’ll be perfect for the photo wall I’m working on in the master bedroom!


You know I just CAN’T leave The Country Living Fair without an Amy D apron, sold to me by Amy D herself at the Wholly Craft booth! This makes my third one, but I switched things up this year because the other two I own are not half aprons. Whatever, don’t judge me.


The perfect vintage bolero jacket, a steal at $15, from The Velvet Road.


Couldn’t leave the boys out! I picked up this reversible oilcloth mat (the other side is white with blue polka dots!) for the dogs’ dishes from the Modern June booth.



(Me at last year’s Country Living Fair!)

It’s almost time for my favorite event of the year: The Country Living Fair is back in Columbus, OH! You may remember me writing about it last year (jog your memory here!), and it’s hard to believe that it is that time again! It runs September 12-14th from 10 am to 5 pm every day; unfortunately I don’t get to spend the whole weekend there with my schedule at the salon, but I sure know how to make the most of Sunday!

Here is my guide for getting the most out of your Country Living Fair experience in Columbus Ohio:

You have an entire day of shopping ahead of you, so fuel your day by starting off at one of Columbus’ amazing brunch spots!

Third & Hollywood in Grandview: Northstar Cafe’s fancier sister is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus, and their brunch never disappoints! I love the fresh squeezed orange juice and I never stray away from the iron skillet chorizo and eggs. But if you’re looking for something more lunch than breakfast, the corn and black bean burger could make a carnivore go vegetarian. They don’t consider it gluten free if you ask them, because it’s held together by oats, but I have never reacted to oat gluten (oat gluten is different than wheat gluten, but every intolerance is unique!). If oats don’t give you any problems just order it without a bun and tortilla chips on the side!  Oh and on Sundays they have live jazz, which fills my culture quota for the day!

*While you’re in Grandview, stop by Objects For The Home to get your shopping juices flowing! It’s my favorite home store in Columbus but they also carry fabulous clothes and jewelry. Pick something up from local jewelry designer Lily Schlosser’s line, Eli & Barry, her ‘greater than’ earrings are my favorite!

Next it is on to the fair:
The Columbus Country Living Fair is held at Ohio Village, an adorable re-creation of a mid 19th century town in Ohio, it is super easy to get to off of I71. Parking has never been an issue in the past, but it is kind of a walk from the lot to the fair so don’t wear stilettos!  Once you’re in, here are some of my favorite booths:

Earth Angels Studios- I don’t know if this is the biggest booth at the Country Living Fair, or if it only feels that way because it is so packed full of amazing handmade treasures!

Flower Child- This vintage shop is a Columbus staple stocked with incredible finds from the 1930’s to the 1980’s and their booth never disappoints! If you can’t find something there, you have a boring day of shopping ahead of you.

Ginger Blue Decor- These magnetic frames and mantles really make me wish I were the one who came up with the idea. I stop by every year to get more changeable magnetic art for the one I have in my kitchen.

Heart of Ohio Antiques- They bring the best from their HUGE Springfield Ohio antique mall. I have never walked out of this booth without buying something. If you see Abbey working, tell her Dani sent you!

Igloo Letterpress- They have a cute little shop near my Worthington salon, and their booth satisfies my obsession with pretty paper products.

Jenis Splendid Ice Cream- I’m sure you’ll look at this booth and think “Oh my god this line is too long!” and that is how I will know you have never had the pleasure that is eating salty caramel ice cream from Jenis. Wait in the line and thank me later.

juNxtaposition- Repurposed “junk” that has been made into AMAZING jewelry. Their typewriter key necklaces are my absolute favorite.

Mocking Bird Meadows- She has a cure for whatever ails you! You might recall that I used her herbal bitters for my Digestive System Healing Diet, but I am also a huge fan of her “The Blues” and “Inflammabee” herbal honey spreads.

Modern June- I can spot this booth from a mile away, this is my personal candy store. Not only is everything beyond pretty, her laminated oil cloth products are super easy to clean.

Wholly Craft- This is also a local staple and features handmade goods from over 200 crafters and artists. Pick up an Amy D apron while you’re there!

You’ve worked up the kind of appetite that only comes from an entire day of shopping, but your wallet is probably as empty as your tummy! If you want an inexpensive but completely satisfying meal that has the quality people watching only the Short North can offer, head to Philco Diner. The menu reads like some amazing thing you came up with after a night of drinking, and since you’re drunk on retail therapy (if you’re also for real drunk, I’m not judging you.), this is perfect! The pan roasted pork chop is my personal favorite, but I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on the menu!

Now to complete your Country Living Fair experience, you just go home and find the perfect spots for all of your amazing finds from the day!

I want to see your fabulous finds! Tag me on Instagram @stayatworkhousewife and follow me to see what I end up with!






Well it has been two weeks since I wrapped up my week-long digestive system healing “cleanse”, similar to the GAPs diet and I am happy to report that I still feel great! I have been able to pinpoint a few things that upset my digestive system and give me heartburn and I have found that as long as I stay away from them I feel amazing!

My digestive system irritating culprits are:

Raw onion- Immediate sickness, I’m talking the worst heartburn EVER and almost flu-like symptoms. (Yuck!)

Black coffee- It isn’t so bad if it’s more almond milk than coffee, but I had a cup of straight up black coffee and thought I had ruined all of my hard work. My stomach became super inflamed and I was sweating like crazy! I can’t give up coffee (it goes hand-in-hand with my workaholism) but I’m definitely going to dilute it from now on.

Dairy- It was never my friend in large amounts, I get an ear ache and super mucousy, ew.

I’m still avoiding most raw fruits and vegetables since they’ve always taken a toll on my digestive system, but the few salads and the amazing cantaloupe right out of my uncle’s garden I had didn’t seem to make me as sleepy and crampy as usual!



Gluten free, vegan peanut butter oatmeal thumbprint cookies with strawberry jam….Do you ever have a craving for something and you just can’t be satisfied until you get it? That’s how this recipe came to be, one day I just decided that a chewy, peanut butter oatmeal cookie with strawberry jam sounded amazing. Obviously they had to be gluten free, and since I’ve started trying to eat as whole and clean as possible, they had to be vegan and semi healthy. I had to do some experimenting since I’m new to eggless baking but I finally pinned down a recipe that works!


1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 unsweetened apple sauce
3/4 cup almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened, whatever you have!)
1 and 1/2 cup coconut flour
1 and 1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup raw sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
3 Tbsp water
Strawberry jam

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine ground flax and water, cover and refrigerate 15 minutes. (This is called a “flax egg!)

Mix peanut butter, apple sauce, almond milk, vanilla and flax egg.

Mix coconut flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Combine wet and dry ingredients, the dough will seem dry at first, but keep stirring!

Roll dough into 2 inch balls, then flatten and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. You can put theses pretty close together as they don’t spread, I was able to fit 24 on a sheet. Then, make a divet in the middle of the cookie with the back of a tablespoon (if the cookies crack when you do this just squish them back together with your fingers!).

Bake cookies in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Once cooled , top with strawberry jam. Store in an airtight container.