The Garden: Part Two the dirt and plants

So if you want go back and check out part one about my set up, it will make this next statement make more sense. I needed dirt! Like a lot of it. Around 50-60lbs to fill my boxes. A quick trip to the local hardware store and I suddenly felt like I was going to need a small farm loan to get this done. $7 a bag for a few pounds and it would cost me around $400 to fill everything. Continue reading

Recipe: Sauteed Bok Choy with Garlic and Scallions

FOOOOOOODDDDD! I love to eat almost as much as  I love to cook. I giggle when I think about how I grew up vs how I am now. My mom is an amazing mom, but not very involved in the whole cooking side of life. I remember we ate chicken for dinner for a year straight once. She taught us how to make a mean reservation. But, truth be told, if you needed a cookie or cake, look out Betty, Marg was going to out shine you! She still can whip up anything that requires 12 egg yolks and 3 cups of sugar at a moments notice. Soooooo good.

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Pepper Pizza Eggs: Sneaky Veggie Recipe

Inspired by my good friend over at The Tasty Page I was motivated to post a fun recipe of what we do for breakfast from time to time here. We make a lot of eggs. Almost every day. I’m thankful that the bears haven’t caught on that there’s a cereal section in the grocery store. We try to stay away from grain for personal reasons so it tends to limit the breakfast menu when we’re in a rush. But I have found that this simple recipe works any day. And who doesn’t love “pizza”?

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ESP: Emergency Snack Plan

I’m sure most of you know by now that I have a husband who thinks mud runs are a fun warm up and two crazy, awesome, young boys that I’m trying to raise into decent human beings. So far I think it’s working. Bear says thank you and please (sometimes) Little Bear only sits on his brothers head if I’m not looking. They laugh a lot and play even more. But, and again most of you know, they eat! Little Bear is pretty much a bottomless pit. He eats from the moment he wakes up until bed time. It’s actually kind of cute. That is until we have to get the oil changed and are stuck in the car or we’re out and about and he’s pretty adamant about it being snack time. Continue reading

The Pantry Series Part 3: Organizing Your Pantry

So if you’ve stuck with me this far, congrats! It’s now time for a little fun in this process. Organizing your pantry. This is where your personality can shine through. Are you as obsessed with labels and symmetry as I am? Or do you just want to know what you have and how much?

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Portion Sizes: Got enough on your plate?

(Full disclaimer here, I’m not a nutritionist, I don’t play one on TV. I just spend a lot of time dealing with people who want to get healthier and I have a lot of personal experience with food. A lot! Always check with a trained, registered professional before changing your diet.)

I get asked a lot about how much people should be eating. It’s a really hard question to answer in a few short minutes. It’s a personal in depth, quest seeking sort of question. One that leads to more questions before you find the answer. So if you ever find yourself asking “How much should I be eating?” Stop and ask yourself “What are my goals for eating?” Do you want to gain weight or lose it? Are you in training mode or off season? Do you have restrictions with food or are you good to go? Too many questions to be searching the internet for personal answers. I always tell people right off the bat, go to a nutritionist! Doctors can help. But most doctors never receive any real training when it comes to food. BTW that’s just crazy to me. Continue reading