Recipes Without Back Stories

Kelly Daspit recipeAt last, Kelly’s wish has been granted- kind of. It’s not a food blog. It’s our Facebook page where throughout the summer, we’re going to share RECIPES WITHOUT BACK STORIES. So far, we’ve shared recipes for peach pie and blueberry muffins, and we didn’t share the back stories! If you haven’t already liked Smith Family Resources on Facebook, please do and enjoy our back-story-less recipes in your feed all summer.

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Coral Safe Sunscreen

Enjoy the summer sun with this new product from Beeyoutiful!

Coral Safe SPF 30 is an all-natural mineral sunscreen that’s made with green tea (a powerful antioxidant), non-nano particles, and no harsh chemicals. It’s a biodegradable sunscreen that won’t cause harm to our oceans or marine life and is reef-safe, making it a perfectly eco-friendly option for snorkelers, scuba divers, and adventurers of all types!

Coral Safe SPF 30 mineral sunscreen is entirely healthy for all skin types, providing high Broad-Spectrum UVA and UVB sunblock protection when applied as directed.

This mineral sunblock is 6% zinc oxide and 6% titanium dioxide and contains no potentially dangerous chemical sunscreen ingredients that could be absorbed into your body. This concentrated mineral sunscreen lotion provides a protective shield to reflect UV rays away from your skin. It is water resistant, non-allergenic, includes no chemical fragrances, chemical preservatives (parabens), or emulsifiers, and is non-nano, meaning the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide used are micronized and have a variable particle size of 100-200nm. (Nanoparticles, which can be absorbed into the skin and bloodstream, are less than 100nm in size.)

The sunscreen contains no coarse particles and is practically invisible on the skin.

It provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is safe for both kids and pets.

Click here to learn more.Coral Safe Sunscreen Smith Family ResourcesCoral Safe Sunscreen Spray Smith Family Resources


12 Days Left…

In case you missed it, there are 12 days left in our contest and we would love for you to enter!

No one likes to see “File not found (404 error)”online, and, unfortunately, you have probably seen that on our blog. When we updated the website last year, links to products in our online store became instantly invalid. There isn’t a simple fix; every link in every post must be found and corrected individually. We’ve been slowly and surely cleaning things up, but we know there are many we haven’t found. That’s where you come in.


• Browse this blog and click on any links you see.
• When a link brings you to a “File not found (404 error)” page, go back to the blog post in which you found the broken link.
• Copy the URL of that blog post and send it to us at
• For every blog post URL you send us, your name will be added to a drawing which will be held on Tuesday, April 2.

Three randomly chosen winners will receive a FREE year of SFR Rewards:
• Free shipping all year
• 10% off one product of your choice all year
• A free gift with every order for an entire year

In addition to the three randomly selected winners, we’ll also grant a year of SFR Rewards to the person who submits the MOST broken links. If our winners are already Rewards members, another year of membership will begin when current membership expires. Click here to read more about SFR Rewards.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Help Wanted – Reward Offered!

“File not found (404 error)”

Those are words no one likes to see online, and, unfortunately, you may have seen them on this blog. When we updated our website last year, links to products in our online store became instantly invalid. There isn’t a simple fix; every link in every post must be found and corrected individually. We’ve been slowly but surely cleaning things up, but we know there are still some we haven’t found.

That’s where you come in.

We’re asking you to help us find the broken links in this blog. When you see those words, “If you think what you’re looking for should be here, please contact the site owner,” that’s exactly what we hope you’ll do.

Contact us at and send us the URL of the blog post where you found the broken link.

Please send the URL of any blog post that has a broken link- not the URL of the link that is broken. For every blog post URL you send us, we’ll add your name to a drawing to be held on Tuesday, April 2.Three names will be chosen randomly, and all will receive a FREE year of SFR Rewards: free shipping all year, 10% off one product of your choice all year, plus a free gift with every order for an entire year. Click here to read more about SFR Rewards.

In addition to the three randomly selected winners, we’ll also grant a year of SFR Rewards to the person who submits the MOST broken links.

If our winners are already Rewards members, another year of membership will begin when current membership expires.

So, start reading and clicking on links. We want you to find what you’re looking for!
File Not Found Contest

Apple Butter French Toast

Apple Butter French Toast for breakfast on Christmas morning is oneSmith Family Resources Christmas Cactus Gluten-Free Apple Butter French Toast recipe of our family’s favorite traditions. When gluten had to be removed from my daughter’s diet, my initial plan was to substitute a gluten-free pancake served with apple butter and cream cheese. My daughter wanted to experiment with a gluten-free alternative for the same toast instead. This recipe is the result of her experimenting.

Bekah’s Gluten-Free Apple Butter French Toast

(a modification of a recipe from The Whitehall Inn in New Hope, Pennsylvania, as featured in A Country Inn Breakfast by Gail Greco)

  • 10 slices Udi’s Delicious Soft White Sandwich Bread
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • coconut oil
  • Optional toppings: apple butter, cream cheese, maple syrup or honey

Mix together the eggs, juice, milk and vanilla. Coat both sides of each slice of bread with the egg mixture. Add coconut oil to a skillet or griddle. When the surface reaches about 325°, lay the bread in and pour more of the egg mixture over it. Cook until golden brown, then turn the bread over to brown the other side. Top with apple butter and/or cream cheese if desired and enjoy with maple syrup or honey.

Oh, the irony!

All of our customers received an email from us today, full of info about our Rewards Program, news from recent blog posts, and an invitation to view an interactive greeting card. The subject line of this email was Last Email of the Year! And, for some unknown reason, many of you received it multiple times! Oh, the irony! We apologize for accidentally bombarding your inbox!

Seasonal Substitutions

I started my usual Christmas baking today. Since this time last year, one of my children has learned that eating even one bite of gluten is extremely hazardous to her health. Today I realized that ALL of our go-to recipes for Christmas delicacies include gluten. And I know from past experience that just substituting gluten-free flour for all-purpose does NOT necessarily yield a great result.

While toying with a traditional sugar cookie recipe, I decided to try some almond scones. The recipe was shared recently at Diabetes Brought Us Together by my friend Heidi who learned it from her mother who acquired it from her friend Paula. These scones are incredibly delicious, and they are gluten-free, dairy-free, AND sugar-free! Heidi calls them Paula’s Impossible (to mess up) Almond Scones.  I’m calling mine…

Heidi’s Incredibly Delicious Almond SconesHeidi's Almond Scones

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • *Pick an add-in combo

Mix all the ingredients until a thick dough is formed. Drop on baking sheet in generous tablespoon-sized blobs. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.

*1/2 cup pecans and 1/3 cup shredded coconut

* Chocolate chips and 3 drops orange essential oil

*Dried cherries and chocolate chips

* 1 tsp pumpkin spice and pecans

*Lemon zest and blueberries

I made mine with orange essential oil and dried cherries, and, true to their name, they are incredibly delicious!

I then turned my efforts to our traditional sugar cookie recipe and was very pleased with the outcome!

Melissa’s Almond Sugar Cookies

Cream together 1 stick of butter, 1/3 cup sugar and 1egg. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of almond flour and mix thoroughly.

Form cookies by dropping about 2 tsp. of dough on to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet about an inch apart. (I tried using my cookie press but found the dough to be too thin. I see more experimentation in my future!)

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

And, finally, what to do about our family favorite, Apple Butter French Toast??

As a substitute for the French bread stuffed with a mixture of apple butter and cream cheese, I’ve decided to serve a gluten-free pancake and an apple butter/cream cheese spread. Here’s my favorite gluten-free pancake recipe.

Kristin’s Pancakes

Stir together:

  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Cook in coconut oil.

    I hope my family will enjoy these seasonal substitutions. If you have other tried and true gluten-free recipes for seasonal favorites, please share!

    Giving Thanks For You!

    We are thankful for you, our customers and blog-readers and friends. We hope you have a very special Thanksgiving Day tomorrow!

    Don’t forget that Small Business Saturday comes right on the heels of Thanksgiving! This is a fantastic way to stretch your shopping dollars AND support small businesses.

    This year, we’re giving thanks for you by rolling Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday into one long-weekend-long gift. Shop our online store and enjoy FREE SHIPPING to any US location. Plus, save 10% on your entire order by using coupon code SBS2018.

    The next time you take a break, go to and shop small and save big! THANK YOU from the Smith family!

    Smith Family Resources Small Business Saturday 2018

    All-Natural Deodorant

    Smith Family Resources Beeyoutiful All-Natural Flower Fields deodorantBeeyoutiful’s All-Natural Deodorant is available in three scents: Sugar & Spice and Flower Fields for women and Spiced Woodlands for men.

    Beeyoutiful’s All-Natural Deodorant is the creation of two young women who have always lived in rural areas of the US where all the roads are dirt and if you want butter you had better start shaking that jar of cream to make some! Growing almost all of their own food kept them super busy in the summers but the fall season was the busiest of all with canning and preserving. Somewhere in the midst of all this, they also managed to squeeze in careers as classically trained musicians which meant practice sessions and performances. They learned about hands-on sweat management by good old-fashioned hard work.

    Frustrated with the lack of effective all-natural deodorants on the market, they decided to take matters into their own hands and start formulating one for themselves. After much research, trial and error they came up with this marvelously effective all-natural deodorant.

    They made a creamy antifungal base of coconut oil, stabilized with beeswax and arrowroot powder. Baking soda was added for its odor-binding capabilities and castor and vitamin E oils help the deodorant go on smoothly. Each of Beeyoutiful’s three options is scented with naturally fragrant compounds and oils that turn the otherwise mundane task of deodorant application into an aromatherapy experience!

    · Sugar & Spice contains fir and clove essential oils along with benzoin resin. (The printed label includes lavender essential oil as an ingredient. This is incorrect! There is NO lavender essential oil in the Sugar & Spice Deodorant.)

    · Flower Fields includes lavender and geranium essential oils.

    · Woodland Spice is blended with cedar, bitter orange and sage essential oils.

    Here are some things you should know about how Beeyoutiful’s All-Natural Deodorants work:

    First of all, they are not antiperspirant. This means that they will not restrict or slow your body’s natural elimination of sweat. Our bodies detoxify by sweating and it is an important and healthy function to maintain. In times of stress or sometimes due to eating certain things sweat will smell particularly bad. Based on numerous individuals’ experiences, we have observed that individuals who stop using antiperspirant deodorants to swap to something that allows sweating will have 3 months to 1 year of particularly stinky sweat until the toxins that have built up have had a chance to be flushed out. These individuals also tend to sweat in higher volumes for a time after discontinuing antiperspirant products. Again, this is the body’s way of trying to catch up and restore a healthy stasis.

    Because they contain essential oils, please use caution when applying to sensitive, broken or irritated skin (such as freshly shaven skin or skin irritated by a razor that isn’t sharp enough). There might be some burning or irritation as a result.

    This is not a completely clear product. Test first before using with sleeveless tops or clothing that could show a transfer residue.

    Click here to purchase Beeyoutiful’s All-Natural Deodorant.