Plant-Based Diet/Lifestyle

As I started to read the book Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, MD (2015), I came across a startling quote in the introduction. What I read shocked me! Across the world there are two and a half million people with multiple sclerosis (a disease which took my mom’s life in 1996). There has not been…

Plant Based Dump Soup

Much like the famous dump recipes that, while look delicious, but are horrible for you, this is my own soup recipe that is just as easy as those dump recipes. Tomato Basil Dump Soup 1 can of marinara pasta sauce 1 can of white beans – rinsed 1 large or 2 small packages of fresh…

Superhero Snacks

Have some super kids, but picky eaters? Did you know changing the name of something can often trick kids into eating those foods? After author Jane Haseldine posted a picture of her kids in their own Superhero costumes, I got to thinking about some ideas I had saved during the extensive research I did for…

Pie Makin’

My favorite pie is a tie between peach and strawberry rhubarb. I hit a home run with my first attempt at peach pie, but my strawberry rhubarb, has never been successful. My first attempt was in 1999, it was a stiff as a brick, and tasted like it too. My most recent attempt, last year,…

Bon Appetit ~ 3rd Attempt

My latest attempt of a recipe from Bon Appetit is from the August issue, Spaghetti with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and Hazelnuts. This recipe was easy and quick and I was really excited to try it. Plus a cold spaghetti dish in the hot summer of Arizona sounded perfect. Yet the ingredients caused higher hopes that…

Attempt #1 – June – Bon Appetit

Nana’s Brownies – from the June issue of Bon Appetit. In celebration of my non-fiction story “Grandma Known, Unknown” appearing in the anthology Dear Nana (available now!!) I felt this would pair perfectly. This issue was a challenge because nearly all the recipes had something in it that I couldn’t eat do to allergies. This…

Attempting Bon Appetit

‚ÄčI wanted to try something new, to set a goal. I also needed research material to gather depth on characters for my latest WIP, an adult fiction manuscript. I am without doubt a picky eater and have been my entire childhood (chicken fingers or nuggets only!!) If the restaurant didn’t offer those I wouldn’t eat….

How GREAT is This!?

As a social worker by day (writing wizard of imagination by night) I’ve seen and heard stories of varying health problems. Medical diagnosis that break a family apart or bind them together. Nothing is ever a happy story, only bad. Yet when I heard about the local branch of The Cancer Treatment Centers of America…

1 Pot Turkey and Rice Soup

Perfect for the fall, super easy, healthy and yummy! (No butter and no added salt!) 3 cloves garlic, diced 1 cup fresh tomatoes (preferably Off the Vine) diced 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 cup tomato sauce (marinara or tomato and basil) 1 tablespoon basil (dried) 1 tablespoon parsley (dried) 2-3 cans chicken broth (14.5…

Healthy Eating Tip for the Weekend

Don’t do it… Don’t go to the grocery store hungry…or full. I can’t tell you how many things I have bought both healthy and unhealthy because I went to the grocery store when I was hungry. A few days later I would open my frig up and question why I had an item that I…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

While you put together your grocery list for the weekend pick out a fruit or vegetable that you have never had before and incorporate it in one of your weekly meals or snacks. Look through your local grocery ads to see what is on sale that you have never had, or leave a spot on…

Appreciation Monday – Pfaumenkuchen – Part 2

I am appreciative for handed down family desserts! I used to stand in my Grandma’s kitchen in Minnesota and watch her make pfaumenkuchen, she refereed to no recipe card. I then watched my father make it, again no recipe card. Last year at this time I went from hand punching dough onto a cookie sheet…