What You Don’t Know

I don't generally wax too philosophical on here, so I hope you'll forgive me this one time. Five years and a month ago, I drove in an almost trance-like state from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, to be by my critically-ill grandma's bedside. She had been in and out of the hospital since the prior Christmas and deep down, I knew it was the last time I would see her. I was on autopilot the whole way. At times I would realize that my thoughts had carried me away, and I was in the left lane holding Read more [...]
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Smoothie Freezer Packs

My weekdays seem to be a blur of crazed days at work and rushed evenings--cooking and eating supper, followed by dishes. laundry and squeezing in a little QT with the Guy and Kiddo. Summers are, blessedly, a bit slower-paced, since the mad race to make sure the Kiddo is ready in the morning is out of the mix and there's no fear of realizing at 9 p.m. that we need ink for the printer so Kiddo can finish a school project that's due the next day. // // But the slow, lazy days of summer are Read more [...]
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Southern Snow

The Guy and I are both Yankees, transplanted to North Carolina. Technically that makes us damn Yankees, because we stuck around. The truth is that us Yankees only get a hard time down here if we follow the Yankee stereotype of always pointing out how much better everything is done up North. While our progressive views do clash with the ideology of a lot of folks down here, for the most part the Guy and I really like living here (ok, the Guy does have a bit of disdain for hot, muggy summers). So Read more [...]
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Homemade Taco Seasoning

This "make your own" version of taco seasoning takes just a few minutes of mixing and measuring some everyday spices that are probably already in your cupboard. Read more [...]
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Time to Weed

The weeds are pretty  high right now.  So high, you probably thought I'd disappeared, right? After all, it's been 18 months since my last post. 18 months. Hard to believe it's been that long since my whole world was turned on it head. In a good way. In a good, but extraordinarily challenging, sorry-but-there's-no-time-for-blogging way. On August 26, 2013, the Guy was awarded emergency custody of the Kiddo, and I went from being a part-time stepmom to a full-time one. Since the change in Read more [...]
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Ice, Ice Baby: Making the Most of Your Ice Cube Tray

It's not just for ice anymore. The simple ice cube tray offers a brilliant way to preserve fresh ingredients for later use. If you're like me and cooking for just two (three when the Kiddo is here), using up fresh ingredients before they spoil can be a challenge. I try to plan my meals so that they share common ingredients, which helps. But I'm quickly learning the ice cube tray can be a great "fresh saver." Here are a few examples: Lemons or limes on sale? Buy a bag, juice 'em, and Read more [...]
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Friday Favorites: Journey to Real Food

"Friday Favorites" features my favorite great ideas/recipes/etc., from across the giant world wide webs. When you start really trying to ditch processed foods, you start having to think a lot more about everything you put in your body. As I've evaluated what we're eating now and what we need to cut out, I've spent a lot of time thinking about food in general--where our food comes from and what it means to eat "real" food. I find myself looking at "food" items in the grocery store and thinking Read more [...]
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Balance!!! Where’s my $^@*% balance?!?1?

Yep, there are definitely some weeds growing in the zen garden. Which is why I've been negligent about posting. Here's the quick synopsis: I've been working slowly to eliminate as many highly-processed foods from our diet as possible (ya know, balancing the desire not to have chemicals I can't pronounce going through my digestive system with the fact that I live in a small town with no Whole Foods and the fact that the Kiddo is a bit of a picky eater with an affection for boxed macaroni and cheese). Read more [...]
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Hidden Veggie Tacos

Now that we've covered how to make your own taco seasoning (better tasting, cheaper and with fewer chemicals than those little store bought packets), I've got a veggified recipe that will make taco nights a little healthier for you and any kiddos. My Kiddo is not a big veggie fan, and while sometimes you just have to do the the "finish your green beans" bit, I know it's hard to eat something you really don't like. So, I try to work extra "concealed" vegetables in where I can. // // The secret Read more [...]
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Make Your Own: Taco Seasoning

This "make your own" is so easy and so much better and cheaper than the store bought version, I can't believe that I never tried it before--especially after I turned a packet of taco seasoning over to read the ingredient list and saw how many unfamiliar chemicals were in there. Taco Seasoning Mix 4 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon sea salt or kosher salt 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon Read more [...]
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