The month of February is Heart Health month. People are wearing red and spreading awareness for heart disease. Eating healthy meals is one of the ways to help combat this disease. February is also the month that I am officially over snow and being cooped up indoors eating casseroles. I want to eat fresh foods, even more than on January 1st when so many of us make a resolution to do so. Continue reading
Two weeks… that is all we really have left of Summer Vacation. Two short little weeks. . . I can hear the panic in my kids voices as they count down the days. My boys are a mix of excitement. No one likes the early mornings or the homework, but they like most of their classes, love playing sports and generally all the social aspects of school. Our Cat is probably the most excited though, she likes all the bags. Continue reading
This year, I have been trying to stay away from highly processed foods. This has asked me to get creative with ingredients. Stepping out of my comfort zone of rice or even quinoa, and try new things. Grains, Carbs, they can get a bad reputation in my opinion, but I like my grains and so I need to be more adventurous when I use them. My new grain of choice… Barley. It is not just for the condensed beef soups that you may have grown up with. Barley is awesome. Continue reading
Outdoor dining is one of my favorite parts of summer! I love the laid back atmosphere, plus everything tastes better on a grill. Smokey flavors, friends, family, all paired with laughter and a glass of wine sounds like a perfect evening in my book. Continue reading
Once the heat of July really hits, you will find me grilling most of our meals. Grilling brings an endless array of great ways to makeover meals. Salad and Steak… total classic, we have all had it. Now, Grilled Salad, that is something new. Let me tell you, the colors and flavors that grilling your classic salad ingredients brings out is amazing! You have to give it a try.
Bad day? Rain on your parade? No party invite in the mail? Sometimes, we just need a big bowl of ice cream or mashed potatoes to comfort us, make us feel better. Certain dishes remind us of home when we are far away or they can soothe away the common cold. Food has the power to remind us of better times, perhaps bring a smile to your face, and warm your soul while it warms your belly. Emotional eating may not always be best for a healthier lifestyle though. This week, #SundaySupper is teaming with American Family Insurance and their campaign to #ChooseDreams. We are bringing you healthy versions of classic comfort foods, family favorites with a healthy twist. Continue reading
I have so many great memories of family dinners and helping my grandmothers in the kitchen. These memories are some of what I want to impart on my children. I want them to think back and remember the family time around the dinner table. The conversations had, the relationships made and of course, the food that was served. Continue reading
What, a #SundaySupper theme centered around fresh foods from the Farmers Market, local sources and/or your garden?! Um, Yay! Could there be a better theme to showcase all the great foods in season around the world? Our friend T.R. from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies is hosting this event. The line up of foods is amazing! I truly can not wait to try all these recipes. Continue reading
I love, love, love this week’s #SundaySupper theme! Preserving the Harvest #SundaySupper is being hosted by Heather over at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. The team is presenting all types of great things to do to preserve the season’s bounty of fresh ingredients. From Jams to Pickles, it is all being shared. Continue reading
For July’s #TheSaladBar we have all come up with Salads that you can take to a potluck. One of my favorite things to bring to cookouts, parties or potlucks is a pasta salad. Pasta bulks up salads and is a great way to feed many people. This July, Michigan, has been much cooler than in the years past. There has been a ton of rain and our garden is growing wildly. I am certainly not complaining, but I wanted something to showcase all the fresh veggies that are in season. Mediterranean cuisine is filled with fresh ingredients and olive oil. What better than to combine all these into a pasta salad to share with family and friends.