Author Archives: Alicia

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!

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Not Your Stereotypical Single Mom Part 2: A Realization

As I’ve been on this single mom journey, I’ve seen a few responses to people finding out I’m on this parenting journey alone. I’ve realized that people see single parenting in some strange ways… “Oh wow! You’re so brave!” Am … Continue reading

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Book review and giveaway! Magnificent Tales Treasury of Bible Stories!

First things first – I love this Bible story book! My kids have had a lot of story books and this one is fantastic!! Thank you SO much to Flyby Promotions for giving me the opportunity to not only review … Continue reading

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Not Your Stereotypical Single Mom Part 1: A Challenge

I never wanted to be a single mom. But I am. So I find myself on a road I didn’t chose or plan, but I’m trying my darndest to make the best of it. My kids are happier than they … Continue reading

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“Future” – not “Dream”

A certain number of years ago when I was a newly licensed driver, I wanted a big truck! My first car ended up being a Mercedes Benz!! Yes! And… I paid for it myself! It was a 1975 Mercedes Benz … Continue reading

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Wave or Octopus?!?!

I saw another blogger share this photo the other day… And at first I just found it to be hilarious. Then I was thinking about it… this is so similar to something I’ve said recently. Some friends are seasonal friends … Continue reading

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I’m trying to be more intentional. I’ve noticed lately that my friends and I will say “We need to get together soon!” when texting, but… it never happens. I decided while with some of my really good friends that I … Continue reading

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Should we panic? Should we worry?

During our vacation my kids and I had a day on our own to just adventure and be together. After our morning classes with our friends, we went fishing. We didn’t catch anything, but we had a lot of fun … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Cheesecake with a buttery Almond Crust!

If you are here from Weekend Potluck, welcome!!! I love Cheesecake.   I hear today is National Cheesecake Day. Here you go. You’re Welcome. Print Gluten Free Cheesecake with a Buttery Almond Crust! Author: Alicia Recipe type: Dessert, Gluten Free Prep time:  … Continue reading

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Come with me!!

A day at the beach with one of my dearest friends, her two precious kiddos and my own two kiddos. A beautiful day, perfect weather and a lesson from The Lord. That’s part of what happened and inspired this post. … Continue reading

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