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Dairy-Free Banana Coconut Cream Pie

Dairy, gluten, cane sugar, & soy free Banana Coconut Cream Pie

As of late our diets have all gotten kinda crazy. Hannah has been and continues to be gluten, corn, soy, dye, preservative, artificial-anything free, along with avoiding dairy except in hard cheeses and yoghurt. Her diet can be difficult, but she has been on it for awhile now so she has adjusted and makes the best of it. A few of the products that help her the most are Pamela’s flours, Lara and Uber bars, Greek yoghurt, and agave syrup since her system does not process cane sugar well.

That might sound crazy enough but almost two months ago I started the Lyme diet to help treat my Chronic Lyme Disease. The Lyme diet cuts out all gluten and dairy, and severally limits my sugar to a little fruit daily. The first two weeks of the diet were awful with withdraws and cravings, thankfully it is much easier now. I have also noticed improvements to my health overall since starting this diet, which makes it easier to kill the Lyme and lessens the symptoms. The product that helps me the most is by far Sweet Leaf plain stevia drops. Stevia contains no sugar yet tastes sweet so I can add it to iced tea, or even a pie along with banana for sweetness. Unlike Hannah I can not use Pamela’s flours due to honey and dairy, I however can use Bob’s Red Mill flours which Hannah can not use due to corn contamination.

And for the last of the diet craziness today my Mom, Caroline, and Sarah all started the gluten-free diet. My mom and Caroline are going gluten-free for their Lyme and we are putting Sarah on it because we think it will help with some of the health problems she has been having as of late as well. My mom and Caroline might later go on the complete Lyme diet, but it has yet to be decided.

Even with us all not being able to eat the same things due to different diets or allergies the diets are easier than people make them out to be, because it is a lifestyle change. I no longer tend to crave sugar other than fruit. I do just fine watching other people eat potato and cheese soup, cheesecake, or German chocolate cake. And I have learned to make sure to keep easy snacks and meals in the fridge so when I have to run around town I have something I can pack to eat. Now that my health is improving I am also working on more diet-friendly recipes, of which I will be posting both on here and Lavender and Honey. I could do none of this without the Lord, and He has been so good to me and helped me through this transition, for which I am immensely grateful.

Now that Joyful Homemaker’s redesign is complete I look forward to sharing with you all more often what’s going on and my new recipes. Remember, I also blog over at Lavender and Honey so if you would like to read more of my posts you can head over there or follow me on Blog’lovin. If you have any questions related to diet or homemaking please comment, we love to serve.

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Yummy mock Twinkie cupcakes without all the additives or preservatives!

2 1/2 cups sifted flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
4 eggs separated
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.  Add butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, and egg yolks.

Beat egg whites on high-speed until stiff peaks form. Slowly and gently fold egg whites into cake batter.

Pour cake batter into lined muffin tins and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Once completely cool top with White Mountain Icing.

Click here for the White Mountain Icing Recipe.

Read more about the Twinkie cupcakes and look at more pictures here.

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With several members of my family living with chronic Lyme, including myself, keeping up with the house can be quite difficult. There have been many times when nobody could keep up with the house with so many people being sick. Thankfully as of late we have been able to get better at keeping the house under control even with our illnesses. I hope some of these tips can help you or someone you know.

Don’t Stress

When you have a chronic illness the last thing you want to add to your life is even more stress. The more clutter there is around the house the more stress and crowded you will feel. It is important to try to keep up with things but at the same time don’t stress if you do not feel up to working, you can always work on it later when you feel a little better.

Work In Spurts

Don’t try to clean the whole house at once. By doing that you use all your energy up quickly and can become overwhelmed. Instead try setting a timer and working in fifteen minute spurts. If you don’t feel up to working for fifteen minutes try ten or five minutes. Once your timer goes off re-set the timer for a select amount of time that works best for you and rest until your time is up.

Keep Organized

If you are organized it helps you to keep everything clean and to clean quickly. It only takes a few seconds to sort your dirty laundry into hampers labeled for darks, colors, whites, and towels as you use them. This saves time so that you do not have to sort laundry as you wash it.

Make sure everything has it’s place that is kept organized. It makes putting things away really quick and easy, saving you energy.

Prepare Meals Ahead Of Time

When you are sick making a basic meal can seem like an impossible task, especially when trying to clean as well. What I like to do on days that I have more energy than normal is to make myself large batches of several meals and freeze them. You can freeze them in batches big enough for your whole family or in individual servings. Soups, casseroles, pastas, meats, and pre-cut vegetables work really well for this.

Another thing that I find helpful is to always have some baked potatoes, roasted chicken, and washed salad mix in the fridge. At the beginning of the week you can bake your potatoes and chicken and keep them in the fridge for simple meals and snacks. For the salad mix wash and completely dry your lettuces then store in a container in your fridge. Add a paper towel to the container to absorb any extra moisture and keep it fresh longer.


If you know that in the next week you want to get certain rooms in the house clean sit down and write a list of everything in those rooms you want to be cleaned. Once you are done separate the list into seven equal parts based on how strenuousness the jobs are. This way every day you have about an equal amount of work and are not putting too much on yourself. If one day you have more energy than usual go ahead and get some work done from your list for later in the week to make the rest of your week easier.

Clean As You Go

Before you leave the room you are in look around to see if there is anything you can pick up. If there is anything that does not belong where it is pick it up on your way and place it where it goes. This will help save you time later on when you are cleaning and keep your space feeling more open and relaxing.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

This is one of my biggest problems. I feel guilty about having to ask my family to help me with something. The thing I have to remember, and often times tell them, is that if I have to do a certain thing, getting myself lunch for instance, I will not have enough energy to do another thing which is more important that I do. I know It can be difficult to ask for help because you feel like you are being a burden, but in the long run it is easier on your family instead of you pushing yourself too much and getting sicker.

Be Thankful

I am extremely grateful for all the help my family gives me when I am sick, I couldn’t get by without them. Make sure those who help you know how grateful you are, it will help them to know you are thankful for all they do.

I hope these tips can help you as they have helped me. I am currently reading the book More Hours In My Day by Emilie Barnes. More Hours In My Day is already helping me learn how to save myself more time and energy. I would highly recommend it to young adults and adults alike wherever they are at in life.