Aug 24, 2014
A couple years ago, I was excited to find a 50% off sale on a fabulous children’s quote book through a company called Paper Coterie. Part photo album, part journal, the spiral-bound volume was the perfect place to record all those giggle-worthy things my young daughter said. The front cover has thick plastic covering the image and the inner pages are very thick paper. I’ve enjoyed using it to...
Aug 19, 2014
A couple months ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I realize that, in the grand scheme of things and the many debilitating diseases and conditions out there, this is a comparatively minor condition. I have waited to talk about it though, because it’s still not “fixed,” still not resolved, and I quite frankly feel self-conscious and depressed about it. After two months of...
Aug 4, 2014
I had a ton of canned beans kicking around, so I set about searching the Internet for a good bean salad recipe. Once I did, I adjusted it to fit what I had in my pantry, and this delicious bean salad was the result! We ate this like a salsa, scooping it out of bowls with chips. Even my kids enjoyed it, although they picked out the green peppers. You can’t win em all. I was happy...
Jul 30, 2014
My daughters, like many kids, are really into superheroes right now. Our dress-up closet is stuffed with Captain America, Batman, Robin, Superman, and Wonder Woman garb. An Aquaman action figure often brandishes his trident at dinosaurs when they play. I love superheroes and the concept of coming into one’s powers and abilities and using them for good.
During the past few months, I’ve noticed...
Jun 29, 2014
I tend to gush about the Dayton, OH area. I grew up in the military and then served in the military (and am now back in the Reserves), so I have lived my fair share of places. I still stand by my assertion that you can be happy wherever you live, but the Dayton area (aka the Miami Valley) has been so amazing in so many ways that I am constantly talking about how much I love it. I’ve even begun...
Apr 20, 2014
Happy Easter! I wanted to try out some new recipes for the holiday, so I made a variation of a Butternut, Leek and Toasted Nut Risotto. It was time-consuming and a lot of work, so I had high expectations and really wanted it to be spectacular. Unfortunately…it wasn’t. I thought it was just good. My husband thought it was okay. The kids tried a couple bites and didn’t like...
Apr 16, 2014
I’ve sung the praises of Penzey’s spices before, and I’m back to do it again! When I saw a soup recipe in their recent catalog, I had to give it a try because it has spices I love, like curry and Berbere, as well as ingredients like potatoes, bell peppers, and coconut milk. It was a no-brainer!
I make this soup using homemade Berbere, because traditional is a wee hot for...
Apr 4, 2014
***I penned the following about a very dear friend of mine, Tiffany Rae. Congratulations, hot mama! You continue to inspire!***
For nearly 15 years, Tiffany Rae has been a presence on the world fitness stage. Although she’s competed in numerous federations and racked up trophies and titles, an international first place finish still eluded her. Until now. The first weekend in March, the...
Mar 20, 2014
I’ll be making an effort to post more gluten-free recipes. I’m dealing with some thyroid issues and one of the recommendations has been to cut dietary gluten. No worries, though! As I’ve learned since cutting dairy, eggs, and red meat–it’s not about what you can’t eat, it’s about what you can eat. And in my case, there is absolutely no sense of...
Mar 13, 2014
My sister recently sent me a coupon to try out a new box subscription service, Graze. You may remember from my post on Birchbox that I love the “Christmas present” aspect of subscription boxes–the anticipation, excitement, and surprise that accompanies each. So I went ahead and signed up online. When you sign up using your invite code, you can review more than 90 snack...
Feb 22, 2014
Although I love the two chilis that I make most frequently–Crockpot Vegan Chili and CCK’s Sweet Potato Chili–I was on the lookout for a recipe that required way less peeling and chopping. Let’s be honest–most of the time we want FAST, easy, and healthy meals. This one came together, start to table, in less than 30 minutes. It was a nice change using white...
Jan 19, 2014
You’re warm and snuggly in your bed. Cozy. Dreaming. Beep, Beep, Beep, Beeeeeeep!!! Your peaceful reverie is interrupted by the shrill insistence of the alarm clock. If you’re lucky, the ones with the soft beep work for you. If not, you may have one of those awful ringing contraptions that causes you to levitate off the bed when it wakens you.
I really, really don’t like waking to alarm...