Orange and Kale Smoothie (with Kieffer Lime)

I have a Kaffir Lime tree that I bought four years ago. It was only 2 feet high with beautiful leaves and I was so excited to have a lime tree growing indoors. The first year I got about 3 limes. The second year about 5. The third year I had 8 limes. This year I…

No Bake Energy Bites

Happy National Breastfeeding month! In the US, August is a time to celebrate the very oldest of nutrition. The recipe below has all the ingredients helpful for breastfeeding parents and anyone who needs a healthy addition to their meal. The No Bake Energy Bites comes from Trader Joe’s (Traderjoes.com). It is so good that within hours…

Lactation Cookies

While at a breastfeeding meeting held at a park the other day, I was given a cool recipe by a friend of mine for Chocolate Chip Cookies. It was called ‘Lactation Cookies’ by the Midwives of New Jersey (midwivesofnj.com) The ingredients include flaxseed meal, oats, and brewer’s yeast. The brewer’s yeast is called saccharomyces cerevisiae and it is widely…

Blended Mango Salad

A high-nutrient diet reduces the desire for low-nutrient foods. This is the base of a Nutritarian’s daily meals (drfuhrman.com). Whether you are a breastfeeding mama or simply looking for a healthier (and filling) breakfast, this frozen beverage is perfect. The blended drink recipe below has a couple of ingredients you might think you wouldn’t drink. But…

No-joke Salad Dressing

Happy April Fool’s Day! My day has been filled with little pranks being played out by my kids on me. One of my daughters had a friend sleepover. And when she woke up, she came down to the kitchen with a sad face. She looked up at me and said, “Mom, one of my guinea…

Chickpea Curry in a Hurry

Have you noticed how, when you try new recipes, there are some that never make it back to the table. And how, there are some that fit right into your life, your taste, and make it back week after week. That’s Chickpea Curry in a Hurry for me. The ingredients are simple and not time consuming….

Superbowl, Super-Charged!

Neither teams, from my home state nor the state I currently live in, are in the Superbowl this year. But, I will watch because I love Superbowl! Watching the matchup between the two teams, the half-time show, and even the goofy (and sometimes very strange) advertisements are a part of this day of tradition for…

Country Leek Soup

Leeks are in the onion family and are an allium vegetable. They have flavonoids which make them a healthy choice when deciding what to cook. Besides their health value, they are mild in flavor too. I’m often asked by breast-feeding (bf) moms if onions are ok to eat. Generally, whatever was eaten in pregnancy, can…

Critique and a Fall Hot Chocolate

One of my favorite parts of belonging to a critique group is watching how an idea forms at the beginning of a story with a full circle of that idea at the end of the story…in other words, watching the story arc unfold. I’m so excited to read, The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase…

First Days of School Comfort Food

Happy first day of school!  When my kids come home and smell sauce cooking on the stove, they are excited for spaghetti. When I was little, I loved the smell of sauce cooking, too. One day after school,  my mom asked if I wanted to help make spaghetti sauce. I was eager to start! I…

4th of July Pudding in a Cloud

Happy 4th of July! I took a trip to visit my childhood friend from when I lived in Africa. She lives in Texas and I was thrilled to take a long weekend to stay with her and catch up with our lives. On my flight there, I took pictures of the different cloud coverage while en…

Strawberry Moon Coconut dessert

Yesterday was the kid’s last day of school and it happened to fall on the night of the Strawberry Moon. Every last day of school we have a bonfire. Last night, neighborhood families came over and we sat around the fire pit, talking about the past school year. A large amount of papers from the…