Easy Vegan Taco Salad

Hello all! I’m back today with another great recipe from one of my favorite dairy free sites…Milk Free Mom. This taco salad sounds yummy despite the fact there is no cheese…

makes 2 entree sized salads or four sides

2 cups chopped Iceburg lettuce
1/2 cup corn
1/2 tomato, diced
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup guacamole (I used a Wholly Guacamole mini 100 calorie cup)guacamole
1 or 2 tablespoons of your favorite salsa
A few crushed tortilla chips for topping (I used Garden of Eatin’ Blue Corn chips)

Layer your lettuce, tomatoes, corn, and beans in a large bowl. Top with salsa and guacamole and sprinkle with tortilla chips.

Take a moment and visit Milk Free Mom for other great recipes!



Monday Meet: Life is a Column

lr1People ask me where I get my writing ideas from.

Often my main inspiration is my husband.

For Steve, it was one of those days, everything going wrong. Oppressively hot. But it was men’s golf league night. Since the world hadn’t come to an end, Steve thought he’d play. The first omen came when his partner’s wife called to say he was in the hospital. “I should probably call on him. But, it’s men’s golf league night. Jim will understand.”

Steve found a substitute. He played one of his worst nine holes of golf since he first learned the game. His substitute didn’t fare much better. They lost all four points to the other team.

Most nights, the men stay after their game and get a bite to eat at the nineteenth hole. My husband’s substitute opted to go home. “Family duties.” The winning team decided to stay only long enough for a celebratory drink. They headed upstairs and one of the opposition asked, “What you drinking, Steve?”

My husband doesn’t drink alcohol. Although the temptation to start was there. “Coke.”

They sat at the table, and Steve ordered his dinner. The men downed their expensive drinks and left.

Steve sat lr2at the table alone hoping his salad plate would erase some of the disappointment of the day.

Forty-five minutes later, his food arrived. “Sorry, Mr. Rondeau. We forgot about you.”

“Don’t worry,” he said, although inwardly he thought, a perfect end to a horrible day.

He finished his plate and asked for his bill. On it were three drinks and his salad plate.

“They not only beat the pants off us, they stuck me with their bill!” he moaned to the waitress. She shrugged her shoulders, and my husband paid up.

On the way out of the clubhouse, he commiserated this unhappy experience with another golfer. Knowing that I write a religious column for the local newspaper, he told Steve, “There’s gotta be a column in there someplace.”

Steve laughed as he told me what his friend said.

What is life but a lesson? We can either chose to be unhappy about these inconveniences, let it spoil our enjoyment, or see what nugget for living we can glean from it.

What did Steve glean?

“Hey, I’m grateful to play golf. Even if I don’t perform up to my own expectations. The coke tasted good after a hot round. And the experience gave my wife something to write about.”

Hubby is more than a patsy for my column. I simply couldn’t write if he weren’t there behind me, literally and figuratively. When it seemed as though I’d never be published, he reminded me who I wrote for. “If all God wants is for you to write solely for His pleasure, is that so bad?”

“It’s wonderful.” I said. That helped me to gain new perspective, to see my writing not as an end but a fellowship.

Hubby is my research assistant, virtual assistant, and book signing assistant. Sometimes he has to be chief cook and bottle washer when I’m under a deadline.lr3

Any wonder why I love this man?


Contributed by Linda Rondeau

Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com, her blog, This Daily Grind, or email her at lindarondeau@gmail.com  or find her on Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, Google Plus and Goodreads.   



A Bit of a Rant ~ Gluten Free

Hey, all. It seems like forever since I’ve been here or anywhere for that matter. I hate to tell you I’m going to rant just a bit, not so much as a complaint but so that those of you who can’t have gluten are aware.

Due to a family issue, we’ve spent quite a bit of time at the hospital. Like all day for several days. One thing I’ve discovered, at least as far as our hospital is concerned, they’re not gluten free friendly.

All their fried foods are cooked in the same oil, even their fish, so if you’re allergic to fish you can’t eat the fries.

The salad bars contain pasta and too often the spoons are transferred from one tray to the next.

The available entrees contained soy sauce, which you have to be careful of because most soy sauces contain gluten.


Sooo, there you have it, my little rant. But seriously, this is more about being aware of what’s available and where the contamination can occur. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.


Monday Meet: A True Sharpener

27f99abfe41b0a8c0b12a0.L._V341012408_SX200_I connected with Caryl McAdoo for the first time, over the American Christian Fiction Writers email loop. A friendship developed before we met face to face in Indianapolis September 2013 and we instantly bonded.
When the praise and worship service kicked-off, I thought I heard what could only be the voice of an angel behind me. I turned, and it was Caryl!
Not only can the girl sing, she’s also an extremely talented writer who inspires the love of Christ through her books. Her supportive nature and incredible gift as a writer and critique partner have sharpened my writing. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Caryl is a true sharpener and a creative genius, full of ideas. We talk and sparks fly and  creativity flows whether coming up with new ideas for marketing, websites, new books, new ventures, or praise of the Lord, who brought us together. I am truly blessed with Caryl McAdoo in my corner and I count her as a dear friend.
And, to top it off, Caryl’s books are the best I’ve ever read in Christian Fiction. Vow Unbroken and Hearts Stolen will be released on September 5th.
Contributed by Holly Michael

Dairy Free Product of the Month

Something new! Around the middle of each month, I’m going to share a cool, dairy free or gluten free product that I’ve discovered and enjoyed. Stayed tuned as I scour heath food stores and supermarkets for the latest and greatest.

I just found this at my local store and literally jumped for joy! Not just lactose free, but dairy free. There is a difference…



Monday Meet-My First “Writer” Friend

Smith - Headshot 2It was my first writers’ conference. I stumbled into a classroom, not realizing until it was underway, I was in the wrong room. But from the first greeting, the instructor had me hooked. I enjoyed that first session so much, I changed my schedule to attend her second session. I even repeated one of her sessions.

Ginny Smith opened the windows of my faltering imagination. She read my “faulty” fiction and encouraged me to keep working. Get into a critique group. Join ACFW. But never think of giving up. I returned to the conference the following year, and the next after that, when she was keynote speaker.

Ginny’s delightful sense of humor and generous gifts of chocolate kept everyone well entertained. We left with the wheels of inspiration turning in our minds, and the tools to work more efficiently, as she shared from her own experiences.

She was my first real “writer” friend. And even today, if I’m having a tough time with something, and need a word of encouragement, I know I can count on her. Though she’s a lot busier now than she was several years ago, she still makes time for friends.

Contributed by Betty Thomason Owens

Blog: www.bettythomasonowens.com

Co-writer at: Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My!



Monday Meet-Going the Extra Mile

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Becky (sunglasses in the middle)

In 2004, Becky White told me one day, “What you need is a book writing project, Jean.” She became determined to help me from my constant weeping after my son died from suicide. Becky took a deep breath on the other end of the phone. “I’ve decided we’re doing a children’s book of Bible stories. You come up with the in-your-own-words stories. I’ll tie it in with how the readers can apply each story to their lives with an action activity.”

My shoulders no longer slumped and my heart flitted to a higher note for I would not only be working with my best friend, but one of the best authors I’d ever met. Becky wrote under the name Becky Daniel and Rebecca Daniel from 1979 until 2004, while she edited two magazines and wrote 300 activity books for Good Apple Inc. From 2001 and 2009 Becky’s professional dreams came true. Holiday House’s children books published–Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan and Betsy Ross.

I loved every minute Becky and I spent on the project, and she managed to dash underfoot the lonely feelings I’d been struggling with for months. She never lost patience when I didn’t understand how something worked within our writing project. The valuable time she took away from her own work improved my writing skills.

Even though we haven’t actively sought a publisher for the project, the cherished hours Becky and I spent on the Bible stories far outweighed seeing the book in print. The most important thing Becky taught me? Go the extra mile in helping others, especially a friend who is in need. Becky has blessed my heart.

Contributed by Jean Ann Williams





6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie by Minimalist Baker


This is the newest website I’ve found that offers dairy-free recipes...Minimalist Baker.

Photo by Minimalist Baker


  • 1.5 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1 heaping (packed) cup pitted dates, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and drained
  • 12 ounces silken tofu, drained, patted dry
  • 1 3/4 cups dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup light or full fat coconut milk (or another dairy-free milk)
  1. Prepare the crust by pulsing walnuts and cocoa powder in a food processor until it reaches a fine meal. Remove and set aside.
  2. Place soaked dates in the food processor and process until small bits remain and it’s sticky. Add back in the walnut-cocoa meal and process until well combined.
  3. Transfer to a glass pie pan lightly oiled with coconut oil. Alternatively, place parchment in the bottom for easy removal. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the crumbs and press with your hands to form a uniform crust that goes up the sides (see photo). Pop in the freezer to set.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. Once melted, work quickly to add to a blender along with the tofu and coconut (or other dairy free) milk. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as needed.
  5. Pour over crust and smooth. Cover and freeze until set. Alternatively, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until pretty firm. For easiest serving and longer storage, freeze.
  6. Serve and top with coconut whipped cream. Will keep in the fridge for several days, though best when fresh. Freeze for up to a few weeks, covered well.

Go here to find more about this pie and more recipes…