August 20, 2018
Lunch. As a mom, it’s the meal I dread the most. Even when I have the best intentions, our morning seems to be full of groggy running around, trying to quickly pack lunches, and getting out the door. Even as homeschoolers, it seems we are forever on the go. If I don’t pack us lunch, we end up eating out – which costs a lot and isn’t always healthy.
As a nutritionist, I wanted to find a way to make it easier for me to create easy, simple, but delicious lunches that everyone (including my husband and I) would enjoy.
October 17, 2017
Bargains, Eating, Kids
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! So much so that I wrote about it several years ago. It’s one time of the year when make believe is celebrated. I love homemade decoration and costumes and when everyone (especially adults!) dresses up. What I don’t love is all of the really bad sweets and candy…and it’s everywhere. Now that my kids are older, they definitely notice.
So, what’s a mom to do? I scoured Pinterest and magazines and here are some of the treats we made. They’re easy and fun to make. I promise.…
July 19, 2016
Eating, Gardening, Kids
dehydator, dried fruit, preserves, snacks, strawberry
This week, we went organic strawberry pickings for the first time in 2 years. Though we ate strawberries from time to time, we never made all the yummy extras that we always had in the past. To understand why, read my post about not so organic strawberries. My kids are ecstatic that we’re strawberry picking again…and they picked 12lbs!
All the way home, they discussed all the yummy treats we’d make. Besides making jam, I needed a way to save strawberries to continue enjoying them, even when strawberry season is over. If you find yourself with extra strawberries, consider trying this as an easy ways to save and enjoy strawberries.
Dehydrating strawberries is easy, simple, and the taste is incredible! The strawberry flavor is intensified and it's like candy. Add them to granola, trail mix,
April 11, 2012
Bargains, Eating, Kids
food, health, kale, nutrients, tooth remineralization, vitamin k, vitamins
Kale is one of those amazing vegetables that is chock full of great vitamins and nutrients…but until last year, we didn’t really eat it much. I never grew up eating kale and I had no idea how to make any yummy kale dishes. I tried a kale salad, adding it to soups, but nothing really worked for us… until my husband made kale chips (and I finally did too). Wow! Nowadays, we can barely keep them from being devoured within hours of coming out of the oven.…
December 30, 2011
Bargains, Eating, Gardening, Kids
cold, cold prevention, elderberries, flu, illness, remedy
For years when people complain they have colds- I tell them about elderberries. It’s our go to cold remedy and immune booster. I give elderberries to family and friends and make them syrup too. It’s easy to make and it prevents us from getting sick. If we are sick, it helps us improve in half the time as it normally takes. Plus, making elderberry syrup is easy, cheap, and I know exactly what’s in it.…
September 18, 2011
Bargains, Household, Kids
Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! It starts off the holiday season. You don’t have to worry about giving/getting presents, there’s usually no family stress, and you get to dress up and pretend to be someone/something you aren’t. I just love it.…
June 29, 2011
Bargains, Eating, Kids
I have a secret…I don’t like milk. I rarely ever drink it. But I love dairy! I love cheese, I love yogurt, and I love cooking with all sorts of dairy products. I have promised a few people that I’d post on how to make yogurt, buttermilk, and sour cream. They are all super easy to make with very little effort… so easy that you could make buttermilk and sour cream before you even finish reading this!…
September 30, 2010
Eating, Household, Kids
Dinner is the one meal we all sit at the table and eat together. When Marc and I found out how few people actually take the time to do this, we promised ourselves that we would try to eat together for as long as possible. We all have extremely busy schedules and with work – this can be a challenge, but we have found some great tricks along the way that I thought I’d share.…
September 2, 2010
One of the best compliments we receive is that our 4 year old son is a great eater. He actually prefers veggies and fruits and eats a lot. He’s as adventurous as you can hope a 4 year old would be and will at least try a bite of anything new. This is something our family has agreed upon – all of us – we don’t have to finish any dish, but you must at least try a few bites of anything new.
I was really surprised when his preschool teacher informed me that food was one of the biggest issues they have at the school. Many kids don’t eat, are picky, or have bad foods provided. I found out that one of the biggest questions parents have for the teacher is – what should I pack for my child to eat? What is quick, easy, nutritious, and that my kids will eat? …