When I turned 30, it seemed like all of a sudden I stopped trying to figure out, define and plan every step of my life and dreams.

I’ve always enjoyed my life but something different happened in the last year … I learned to enjoy my life for what it was in that moment. I found peace in who I was and where I was — without even knowing that’s what I had been searching for all along.

Not in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined the path I’ve been on these past few years – yet here I am.

And even as I live my dreams today, I’ve found new ones that arise every few months – sometimes even every few weeks.

These past few years I’ve come to accept that everything is a process. My health, my work, my relationships, ME. I’ve realized that I’m the masterpiece of my life and I’m the one that makes the calls- and takes the shots. No one else. And it feels good.


So wherever you are in life, right now, stop for a moment and breathe.  Let go of all the pressures of life, the demands of your job, the bills, the pains, the aches, the everything. And just smile.

Let go of having to know everything to make your dreams come true. If you really get quiet with yourself, you’ll know your direction and by golly- that’s more than enough.

Trust that your life always turns out exactly as it needs to. Honestly, trust me.

I’ll be honest. I rarely cry. But I’m tearing up as I write this. Why? I don’t know. Hehe. But sometimes when I write to you guys it makes me a little bit emotional and I start to think about my life and all I’ve been through and where I am today. I’m not perfect. I’m just Amie. But I know I am exactly who I need to be today in order to become the person I will be tomorrow.

Just know you are deserving and worthy and you are loved. Even if you don’t feel it. Sometimes I don’t feel loved and I guess that’s why I do cry. I have a ton of friends and amazing people in my life but sometimes I don’t feel loved. Maybe it’s because I’m single. Maybe it’s because I’ve realized I’ve been looking for acceptance and love for so many years from my father and I’ve come to realize that he just shows his love for me in different ways than I think about love. And that’s okay too. (PS–great book to read ‘The 5 Love Languages’ talks about the ways all of us know love differently and show love differently).

Everyday I just smile, keep doing what I love, keep learning and keep being inspired and open to love. And maybe that’s all I can do right now. And that’s okay too!

Anyhooo, enough of the tears. I’m headed to my oven to make ME a big ol’ pizza pie and I hope you’ll join me.

Come on over; my tiny Manhattan apartment is waiting for you.




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Almond Flour Basil Pizza Crust {Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}
Serves: 2
Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. aluminum-free baking soda
  • 1 large organic egg beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all pizza ingredients (not toppings); mix well and form into a ball using your hands.
  3. Using a rolling pin, roll the ball into a 1/4 inch pizza crust on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Combine all the tomato sauce ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add vegetable broth as needed.
  6. Remove the crust from the oven; top with the tomato sauce.
  7. Return pizza to the oven for another 10-12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Almond Flour Basil Pizza Crust {Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 696 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 991mg43%
Potassium 1282mg37%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1468IU29%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 247mg25%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. 5 stars
    I actually made the recipe with less flaxseed because if i eat to much flaxseed it upsets my stomach. What I did was cut the flaxseed in half , and increased the almond flour amount and it came out beautifully!

  2. This was delicious!! Thanks for a great grain free pizza crust option that isn’t too much hassle!!

  3. My crust was way darker than yours. I think I got almond meal vs. Flour. Can you tell me if I wanted to use less flaxseed do I increase the flour? Thank you for your time!

    1. It could be the type of almond flour or almond meal. Almond meal is much darker and different brands are darker than others because of the darkness of the almonds and where they’re grown, etc. You can’t use less flaxseed for this recipe; you need the full amount. Enjoy! xox

  4. 4 stars
    Hi Amie,
    This recipe looks great I’m going to try it!

    I love your little blog above, life is a journey and I am learning to live in the now!


  5. I want to try going gluten-free but I can’t give up pizza, this is perfect! I love that it’s paleo friendly 😉 Thank you!!!

  6. This sounds so good! Going to make this tonight. Just wondering, though, are the sun-dried tomatoes ‘dry’, or oil packed? Was thinking of using some chopped sun-dried tomatoes that I smoked in my stove-top smoker. Think it might add a bit of a veggie ‘bacon’ note.

  7. To those that are questioning the amount of calories listed on this recipe…I did as well so…

    I wanted to know the exact calories…so I did a little ‘research’:
    almond flour 1/1/4 c = 800 cal
    flax meal 1/4 c = 140
    1 lrg egg = 80
    1 tbsp. oil = 120
    1/2 c tom. sauce = 40
    1/4 c sundried tom = 10
    total recipe = 1190 calories
    Serves two…so the calories per serving is more like: 595 calories

    I thought it sounded too good to be true!

  8. That looks soo good! It looks like the entire pizza serves 1 person? I am a bit confused–how can one serving be 208 calories, when a cup of almond flour by itself is about 600 calories?