My friend Amber texted me yesterday and said “I hope your birthday is amaze-balls.” It was pretty good but I MADE amaze-balls. I was going to make myself Joey’s Birth Day Cake, but I didn’t butter the pans well enough and the cakes stuck. So I threw the cake into the peanut butter frosting and


Tonight’s dinner was fantastically fresh. BLT Summer rolls, blanched veggies, and a ranch sauce for dipping. When I read this BlogHer post, I became obsessed with finding rice paper. Easier said than done… but finally I found a “hole in the wall” Asian grocery store, and they had them. So I happily carted them home,


This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and Tropicana. It’s funny, if you look at the USDA food pyramid… if you tried to eat as many servings of everything they want you to, it would be really really hard. (Well, at least the pyramid I grew up with. Not sure about the “my pyramid” or

Nov 23 2010
Category: Day-to-day. Food

I’ve been trying and trying to write up this recipe… but my mind is blank. So sorry, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how I made this: Also? It was goooood. While my mind is (mostly) blank, I’m totally completely stuck on the fact that November is almost over. 2010 is almost over.


Today, I made these grain-free granola bars, but when I was making the honey-coconut oil mixture, I dumped in a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder. Oh, YUM! And for dinner, I made crispy skin chicken thighs, but I put them on top of some carrots while they were in the oven. The carrots got all

Review and Giveaway – TT Coconut Cream Concentrate

What Is It? Coconut cream concentrate is basically ground up coconuts, oil and all. Think of peanut butter, but instead of peanuts, it’s coconuts. In the name of all that is holy, this is amazing stuff. It’s mostly fat (1 tablespoon contains almost 100 calories of fat) which means a spoonful can be an excellent

Review and Giveaway – Tropical Traditions Shredded Coconut

What is it? Guess what I got in the mail a few days ago! If you guessed YET ANOTHER Department of Defense survey (this time addressed to my baby), you’d be right! If you guessed a HUGE tub of organic dried shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions, you’d also be right! There’s nothing but coconut in

Delicious repeats – Paprikash and Cookies

I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been freezing meals for post-baby… so last night I wanted to poach some chicken breasts and freeze some for easy meals (throwing into veggies/sauce, making into chicken taco salads, etc). So I poached 6 breasts, and cut up 2 to use in dinner, which was sort of a repeat

Dehydrating Vegetables – Primal/Paleo Emergency Food Kit?

One thing about eating the way that we do – mostly meat, produce, eggs, and dairy – is that it makes it difficult to have a store of food ready in case of an emergency. On the east coast, that would mean hurricanes or tornadoes. Out here, that means possibly an earthquake (which my husband

Look What I Just Picked!

Jealous yet? 3 squashes, one of which is hilariously bumpy 1 zucchini 1 cucumber, which was a total surprise to me A few stalks of broccoli A small banana pepper A small jalapeno pepper (figured I’d pick these peppers so the tiny plants can put more energy into GROWING a bit more first) Some basil

Locavore – Sirloin and CSA Snow Peas + Asparagus

Just so you don’t think that ALL we eat are baked goods these days… it’s just that a lot of our meals don’t really have recipes. Great meat and delicious local veggies hardly require any “doctoring” and most nights it’s just simple to cook some meat and veggies and … that’s it. Have you ever

From Backyard Garden to Plate – Broccoli

Thanks SO MUCH to Northern Monkey Girl for this comment on my last gardening post: Hey, about the broccoli, it sounds like you have the sprouting broccoli type rather than the calabrese? The calabrese is the one that forms one big head. The sprouting has become more fashionable over here recently, you just take several

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