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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Creamy Ham and Potato Soup with Broccoli - The best way to use up holiday leftovers

I have a very small family. One of the biggest drawbacks to this is that I have an absolute love affair with making really big, holiday meals. Which, every holiday, means lots and lots of leftovers.

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

Homemade Green Powder for Smoothies

Anybody else revising New Year's resolutions yet? I am. A few years ago, I decided that at the start of January my resolution was to just think about my resolutions. I wasn't going to set any goals until I was ready to set my goals.

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

Kid-Friendly Sushi

Now please don't let the title of this post fool you.  This is not 'fake' sushi, like with candy and dried fruit or something like that. This is as close to California rolls and you can get....just...kid-friendly.  Because of this recipe my kids think that they love sushi.  Every time we see a sushi restaurant or pass by the sushi bar in the grocery store my kids start salivating.  The thing is, I've taken them to a real sushi place and they loved it, except that they picked out all the Norri (seaweed) which is a huge part of sushi rolls. So this is my version of sushi rolls and my kids (and I) can't get enough.  Oh, and just for fun I've swapped out white sushi rice for brown rice to make them even healthier.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Coconut Lime Chicken

Last night I was looking through my fridge and freezer and I couldn't decide what to make for dinner.  I was about one minute from accepting defeat, picking up the phone, and ordering pizza.  Then I remembered that I had some chicken breasts in the freezer, a lime in the fridge and coconut oil in the cupboard.  And that's when I started thinking up a super easy and amazingly delicious recipe...Coconut Lime Chicken.  This turned out so perfectly.  We all fell in love at first bite!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal Granola Bars

School is back in session and for the first time ever, I am the mother of a full time student. I've spent the last 6 years trying very hard to feed my little boy the healthiest foods available to me but suddenly I am faced with a whole new set of challenges. He's old enough to be eating a full third of his meals without me!

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

Sweet potatoes soup with spicy jalapeno

Imagine this. . .

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

How to Make Herbal Infused Oils - A Step by Step Photo Tutorial

Everyone knows how good olive oil is for the skin, but what if you could supercharge it?

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

Homemade Baby Wipes

About a year ago I started making my own baby wipes.  Everything I read about making your own wipes was mostly positive so I decided to give it a try.  I have never gone back!  Some people think that it costs the same as purchasing wipes, but I really believe it has saved our family quite a bit of money on wipes. We bought a large package of paper towels about 6 months ago and just now ran out, the baby wash that we bouth from the dollar store has lasted for a whole year and the coconut oil is a tiny amount and therefore doesn't cost a whole lot either.

 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.

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