rolling out healthy meatballs with kale rutabaga beets and oats

Yes Virginia, meatballs can be healthy #recipe

Meatballs might be the perfect food.  The satisfaction and nutrition of meat  in a vessel that enables infinite possibilities.  But it seems that most meatball recipes out there, no matter what the application (pasta sauce, swedish sauce, soups, etc.), the non-meat ingredients are usually minimal and simple, like breadcrumbs or onions.  This is an opportunity missed if you ask us!  Continue reading “Yes Virginia, meatballs can be healthy #recipe”

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pureed winter Squash used as sauce on a pizza

Squash PSA: Pizza Sauce Alternative

It all started with us sneaking shredded carrots into the layer of sauce of our pizzas. We covered this vegetable party with cheese, and not only did our kiddo not notice, we actually found that we loved the taste! We moved on to beetza, which is pizza with shredded beets snuck in. And then we got to thinking… what would happen if we switch out the sauce entirely? Continue reading “Squash PSA: Pizza Sauce Alternative”

Healthy Winter Squash Muffins [recipe]

I don’t think there anything better than warm bread from the oven. Oh, maybe warm bread with a slab of butter melting on it after emerging from the oven, mmmmm and the crack of the crust, and teeth sinking into a soft crumb.   Ahhh.  But most days, I don’t want to wait for the sourdough starter, and then firm starter to rise, and then playing with the dough and waiting. The quicker path to satisfaction is a muffin. The texture is there and it takes under an hour from opening the recipe to having a warm muffin in hand. And what a great snack for a chilly winter day, sitting with a cup of tea or warm in your pocket as you wander in the snow onto the next adventure.

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Upon Awakening

Each morning, I wake, without pause to the sound of my daughter’s voice.  I move through slumber with the sounds of doors opening and closing.  Her small whispers of a voice talking to her stuffed animals asking what they want to eat with their cereal and oatmeal and milk. Then in the same breath, turning the volume up and calling out to tell me her requests for the morning meal.  Can I have cereal and oatmeal and milk and tiramisu? The conversation continues rapid fire and speed unknown to me until my feet hit the floor and I rise up. Continue reading “Upon Awakening”

Shed Antler Hunting

You know deer and moose lose their antlers every winter, right?  I’ve known this for a while but until last year it never occurred to me that these antlers don’t just disappear.  Once I discovered “shed hunting” (cool way to say “finding antlers in the woods”), I was hooked.  As the snow starts to melt in the coming weeks and months, you might want to take a walk in the woods to see if you can find these beautiful natural treasures.

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The Art of Housekeeping

Our rhythm has saved my life.  Rhythm feels good and secure and helps take a lot of stress off my shoulders.  It feels like a long time ago, when the kiddo was born, a natural rhythm came about as it does with a newborn, with waking, eating, sleeping, and diapers! Now it has morphed into a toddler or kiddo rhythm, which includes more outside time, chores, snacking, playing with friends, library time, and other adventures.  We have set days for shopping, for baking, for going to the farmer’s market in the summer.  We all feel so comfortable in the routine we have developed and it is something we hope to continue and expand to other parts of our lives, not just the kiddo’s life.  When things are expected and set, then there is less discussion and conflict, maybe even fewer outbursts because ingrained expectations are developing for all of us.  There are fewer tantrums (maybe) because we know that after eating breakfast we will do the kitchen cleanup and then get dressed for the day.

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