Gingerbread Maple Muffins

Surviving the Winter Blues

Seasonal depression is a real thing, and it affects a surprisingly large number of people in the colder regions. If you happen to live in one of these regions, you understand. You’re cooped up inside all the time, with the exception of the walk from the door to the car. It’s dark when you wake up in the morning and dark when you leave work in the evening. Heck, you might go days at a time without being in direct sunlight! Just taking the garbage out or letting the dog out is a chore because of how long it takes to get bundled up in all your winter gear....more

Local and Seasonal Fig Delight

The trend to eat local and seasonal produce is so popular in the UK nowadays that it’s almost at risk of tiring the ethical consumer and becoming a bit like one of those fad diets. However, it is useful to go back to basics and remember why it makes so much sense to incorporate it in your daily shopping plans and choices....more

Delicious Autumn

Every season has its own particular beauty and, while I enjoy each one in turn, I have always especially loved autumn. There is something about the ever-changing colours of the trees and the fresh crispness of the air that makes me want to take long, slow morning walks and ponder the ever-changing nature of life......more

Seasons Change..Command the Farmers Market and Your Budget

September is the perfect time to explore your inner locavore (a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.) Your options are plentiful, there are end of summer selections like locally-grown tomatoes, corn, beans, stone fruit, and summer squash. The list is definitely longer than that, but go explore it for yourself.  There's still so much to be excited about, the cooler weather brings colorful winter squashes, savory mushrooms, and crisp sweet apples....more

Summer has arrived early at

I love fresh vegetables!  I know it may sound fake or boring?  Honestly though, with summer  (almost) here, I have an herb garden that is insprining me to cook!The number one rule of Italian cooking?  Simplicity is best.  Check out my 'Italian Tomato Salad' at: out my 'Roasted Vegetable Hummus'; low fat, high protein dip that is amazing as a spread as well;

Try This: Morel Mushrooms

Morel mushrooms are spring’s special gift.A bit overdramatic, I know, but there are a few reasons... ...more

Halloween is NOT a Religious Holiday

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. Each year as it approaches, I find myself getting more excited, happy and more creative as Halloween crafts and costume ideas come to mind.I also find myself getting more annoyed by people who don't understand the holiday. The topic has come up several times on different mom forums where I am a member. Over and over again I read..."We don't celebrate Halloween because it's against our religious beliefs." or"We don't want to scare our children by celebrating this horrible holiday."...more
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Strawberry Empanadas

My little sister has always loved strawberries. When we were kids my mom couldn’t buy the strawberries fast enough. Her love affair with strawberries hit a bump in the road though, when she ate so many of them in one sitting that she broke out in hives. This happened despite her not ever experiencing an allergic reaction to strawberries. She had to quit for a while before she could enjoy them again....more