Herbal Infusions, Lavender Water, Exciting News… Oh My

Good Morning Friends! I have some exciting news. I will be sharing posts over at Herbal Living. An online collection of all things herbal from Mother Earth Living. Yay!  Continue reading

Dandelion Oil Salve

Save the Dandelion… It is all over Facebook as a warning to preserve the dandelions for bees. One post I saw stated that dandelion’s “are the very first food source for bees after a long winter”. That may very well be true, but save some of the dandelions for yourself too. These underutilized plants have so many qualities! Continue reading

Citrus and Herb Infused Water

Citrus and Herb Infused Water. Tastes of sunshine. I am just gearing for Spring to really take over. My soul is craving sunshine and warm breezes. I want to put up my clothes line and fill my sheets with the smell of wildflowers and mowed grass. The hint of baseball season has my family buzzing about. Cleats are dusted off, mitts oiled and sunflower seeds bought in bulk. Our chickens are starting to lay more regularly after their winter break. Life is being awakened and renewed all around us. Michigan winters may be long and cold, but they sure do make us appreciate Spring. Spring Fever? Yes, I you could say that I have caught a case.  Continue reading

Coffee Scrub

Our first snow fall of the season and Mother Nature came at us with over a foot of snow. It was beautiful. There are few things as peaceful as the quiet sound of falling snow. One of the many reasons I love living in Michigan is the changing of the seasons. However, this time of year, my skin is taking a beating from the dry forced heat of the furnace and the many hand washings that go along with working in an elementary school. One of the ways that I combat dry skin is by making my own exfoliating, super moisturizing, coffee scrub. Continue reading

Spinach Berry Salad for a Heart Healthy #SundaySupper

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

Vernors Cake for a Hometown #SundaySupper

There are a few things that scream Michigan to me. Cherries fresh from the tree in July,  Whitefish from the shores of Lake Superior, Apples and all things apple crisp in the Fall, and of course Vernors Ginger Ale all year round. Continue reading

2014 Year End

Ahhhh, Coffee, the nectar of the Gods. I am sipping my first cup this morning and reminiscing about all the great things that happened in 2014. My life is full and I am truly blessed. Family, friends, work, writing, life in general, I have found that at 35 I lead a pretty awesome life. No, I am not perfect, far from it, but I choose to be happy and that choice makes all the difference in the world. Money, sure, we could make more of it, but instead, I enjoy cultivating relationships. Relationships with people are far more important than the monetary things I may leave behind one day. Continue reading

On the Go Guacamole for a Back to School #SundaySupper

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. Cat in a Bag Continue reading

Barley Salad

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

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Sweet White Blend Marinade #SundaySupper with @GalloFamily

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