Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake {gluten, egg and diary free}

It's was a  beautiful day here, sunny and a little warmer.  Earlier this morning I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Illinois blogger, Blondie @ Blondie's Journal.  I am a fan and a follower! We met at Starbucks and chatted endlessly for 3 hours. It was so comfortable chatting with her....and I am so […]

Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Mr. Charmer loves pork of any kind, he eats it (I usually eat fish) at least 3 times a week.  Last week I had a craving for Asian Inspired Pork Chops. The pork chops have really great flavor and are quick to make.  You can make them outside on the grill or inside on a […]

Coconut Banana Bread {gluten, dairy and grain free}

Coconut Banana Bread

I've got something exciting (at least for me) to share with you today, I drove by myself.  I've been slowly driving more and more...and I finally had the strength and courage to head out on my own.  This was monumental for me!  Mr. Charmer texted me 5 times making sure I was OK!  I did […]

Asian Turkey Meatballs over Simple Sesame Noodles

Asian Turkey Meatballs over Simple Seasame Noodles

Good morning! I hope all of you had a very nice weekend.  This weekend in IL was only the SECOND weekend it hasn't snowed! I went out with the girlfriends and had a really nice time. Mr. Charmer and I were craving some Asian food.  But there really aren't any "good" Chinese restaurants around.  There […]

Valentine Healthy Brownie With Coconut Whipped Cream

Healthy Brownie with Coconut Whipped Cream

Hello everyone, Hope you all had a great weekend and the weather didn't stop you any! We had 4" of more snow Saturday for a total of 60" here in the windy city.  Boy has it ever been windy!!!! Mr. Charmer is a big chocolate lover but he's not a guy who likes "fancy" desserts.  […]

Tilapia With Cilantro Butter

Tilapia With Cilantro Butter

Hello everyone, One of my favorite herbs is Cilantro, I can't get enough of it. I'll even eat it by itself...one thing is certain you either love cilantro or you hate cilantro.  Well I'm in the I love cilantro category! I'm so happy I came up with  the recipeTilapia with Cilantro Butter recipe. Tilapia is […]

Snow with Ham and Lentil Soup

Ham and Lentil Soup

Hello Everyone, The weather is colder and snowier than I can remember in years. Since my childhood, I've survived two of Chicago's biggest snowstorm blizzards! The first one was Chicago's snow blizzard January 26, 1967 where 23 inches of snow fell! The second blizzard was on my wedding day (ex-husband) January 27th, 1979 when 16.5 […]

The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Hello Everyone! A favorite meal at the Charmer House is Fried Chicken but not the deep oil fried version!  In 1996 I found a recipe that turned out to be The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken in Cooking Light Magazine. It seems I've always been on a diet my whole  life, but a true test […]

A Yummy Healthy Breakfast

Avocado and Egg Breakfast

Hello everyone! Yesterday sticking out of our mail box was my Good Housekeeping Magazine.  Immediately started roaming through it when I spotted the article Never Diet Again!  Haven't we all heard that before. Since I've lost 55 pounds over the last year I don't need to be on a diet and just looked over the […]

Creamy Pork Tenderloin Stew

Creamy Pork Tenderloin Stew, Gluten & Dairy Free version also

It is bitter cold here in Chicagoland!  The wind chill a whopping -30 below and our furnace has not shut off trying to keep the Charmer warm inside.  Such a hard task for our furnace since the Charmer was built with NO insulation in the walls.  We pulled out an oil filled heater in the […]