Bacon Moments

I was sitting in the car with a friend this weekend talking about food- what we love to eat, love to cook, what authors or bloggers inspire us. It brought forth the feeling I sometimes get in the kitchen. Cooking can be really quiet. There are moments, in between steps, when you are just sitting, waiting,…

Watching Them Change

Watching my children change is nothing short of breathtaking. We all spend our entire lives inside our own heads, see our milestones and growth through our personal lenses and filters. We interpret and justify our actions and are not aware enough to see how we change moment to moment, year to year in the way an observer might….

Simplicity Manifesto

I looked at Chris a few weeks ago and said. “I want to own as little as possible.” He agreed. I think I finally put words to a nagging feeling that had been building over the weeks and months. I grew up in a house of wants. My family always wanted more. As Americans, it…

Rehydrate with Healthy Homemade Gatorade or Pediayte

As the weather heats up here in central Texas, I find myself extremely parched more often that I would like. Although I down water, my body often needs some real hydration. If you have kids, you are familiar with the suggestion of pedialyte to rehydrate after or during illness or whenever fluids are needed. Unfortunately pedialyte is filled…

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca

Lovely, hot, hot summer. This part of the country takes summer seriously. The heat usually creeps up to low to mid 90s in May and stays hot through September. There is an acceptance of the heat here. 90 feels cool and breezy, anything under 100 workable. This year we’ve been lucky with a long, chilly winter…

Pretty little green beans

Our spring garden has sprung. We had only moderate success with fall so we were not too hopeful about spring , but here they are, the prettiest little pole beans I ever did see. Charlotte picked them from the vine and gobbled them up. Joys of summer are upon us.

All Grown Up With Baby-Led Weaning

Charlotte will always be my big girl. She will for the foreseeable future be bigger and stronger than her sister. Josephine, alternatively, has been the baby, my baby. She emerged into this world so small, so much smaller than Charlotte. It almost felt like she could never change, never get bigger. We spent so much of the…

Mighty Little Chia Seeds

I recently watched the documentary, “Forks over Knives” and it has me reeling. The research they present showing the ill effects of ALL animal protein is staggering, saddening and alarming. It made me start to re-evaluate the way we eat. It also had me making my way to the library for some vegan cookbooks. I…

Tropical Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

I have fond memories of the classic creamsicle, orange and vanilla ice cream were dreamy and delicious. There is also the yummy orange julius that has the same flavor profile. These days, we try to avoid processed sugars and artificial flavors so we make our own for breakfast often. This one has whole milk yogurt…

Life

“Life should be lived beautifully every single day” -Mandy Kellogg Rye