Tuesday, April 22, 2014
So what does a family of four do with a a full sized ham?
Soup! And pasta salad. And sandwiches. And fried ham with pancakes... We'll be branching out and getting very creative over the next week. But most of all, we'll be eating Soup!
This creamy, delicious soup is one of the best holiday leftover soups I've ever eaten. Ever. And I'm usually one to avoid leftover creations. I don't know why. It's just a thing. We all have them.
But who can say no to creamy potatoes and ham with bacon and broccoli and cheese? It's like the potato bar. Only BETTER! Because it's soup.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
By the start of February, I was ready. It was the first year ever, that I actually made good on my goals for the year. So it's my new tradition. February, I set my goals for the year.
This year, I'm planning on recommitting to my goal of eating healthy and staying happy. As part of my goal, I'm drinking more green smoothies. I have a good friend who swears by them. Can't get through the day without her green smoothies fix. She uses fresh veggies and fruit as a base and adds green powder for a high powered nutrient shot. But have you ever taken a look at the price of store bought green powders? Expensive!
Lucky for us, it turns out green powder is incredibly cheap and easy to make at home!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Friday, September 6, 2013
I'm kind of freaking out. How can he be old enough for this already?
When it was just the boys and I eating, it was easy to make a meal and have everyone know that it was simply what we were eating. The boys have eaten salad a couple days a week for lunch and thought nothing of it. It was our normal. But now he's at the school cafeteria surrounded by greasy pizza, Lunchables, fruit snacks, cupcakes and cheap bologna. He assures me that he has friends who get a candy in their lunch every single day. And could he please have some too? There are juice boxes, Gatorade's and soda pops everywhere. And there is simply no way my little baby boy is old enough for any of this!
I've made some concessions. I will buy the juice box, but it has to be 100% juice. I will let him eat school lunch on Mondays, because I haven't shopped for the week yet anyway. But he has to promise to choose one fruit and one vegetable. And I will do my very best to find delicious, healthy recipes that he can take to school without feeling like he's being fed by the freak-o health nut mom who sends foods to school that not one of his friends will recognize.
Most of all, I'll try not to hyperventilate when I send him walking to school with the neighborhood kids in the morning.
Friday, August 16, 2013
The summer has faded, the storms clouds have rolled in and all the world outside your home has started tucking in for winter.
The kids tumble in from the icy cold rain, to wrap chilled fingers around warm mugs for the perfect autumn meal. Comfort food that warms you from the inside out.
Everything a good wintry soup should be.
This is that soup. And it is divine!
Colder weather is on it's way. Are you ready?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Herbal oils are the perfect place for anyone interested in natural remedies or homemade body care to get started. They're incredibly easy, there is little to no learning curve and the results are nearly foolproof. A few years ago I taught some teenage girls how to make their own oils and one of them told me that her favorite part was feeling like she was in Harry Potter's Potions class. Only for real!
And I have to confess, that might just be my favorite part too.
Friday, June 14, 2013
My husband is also extreemly picky about the kinds of wipes we use. They have to be strong enough so that they don't break while you're wiping a little bum but also soft and the perfect amount of wetness to clean up right. We have both decided that these are the best wipes we have ever used. They are strong, the perfect moisture content, and soft on a little bum. And because of the coconut oil they are great on baby's skin and your own dry hands too. There really is no going back to store bought on this one. I will probably still make these when we have no more baby bums to clean and
use them as hand wipes for sticky fingers or just to add some moisture back into my winter hands.