Eat One! Treat One!

If you’re like me, you feel better when you eat food that is alive and nutritious. Yet there is something so American about the convenience factor, something that fits nicely into your hand as you make a mad dash to the door.  How to mix the two?  You’ve seen it! You’ve re-pinned it late at night as you ate ice cream and watched Real House Wives and thought I’ll make this next month: Salad-in- a-Jar.

 

Vegan Coco-Cauli Cinnamon Pudding

Tired of artificial sweet-treats that add everything to your hips, but nothing to your well-being? Who better to help make dessert delicious & health-giving then cauliflower. Surprised? Think of cauliflower as broccoli’s blonde sister: she’s a little lighter, a little more fun, but just as nutritious as the green cancer-fighter. And there’s so much more […]

St. Patty’s Day Is Green For All

HAPPY ST PATTY’S DAY!

It’s the “GREENEST” DAY OF THE YEAR”, well let’s make it that way. Why do we have to wait for Earth Day?!

My friend in Grand Forks just told me it was a balmy -2 degrees in North Dakota; no one really minds that kind of weather or maybe they know it’s just how it is there.  I’m here all bundled up in front of my fire in this 50 degree weather.  I guess that is what you call perspective.

To drink Green Beer OR Not to drink Green Beer / Organic Beer?

Kids Won’t Eat the Darndest Things!

Many parents I know are ready to pull their hair out because their toddlers, who once ate everything, have suddenly become the pickiest of three-to-five year olds. Images of waif-thin, malnourished, underachieving offspring keep so many of us awake at night. So what’s a parent to do? First of all, don’t fret too much as it seems almost every mom I know, and every mom I’ve consulted to cook for, has issued a similar complaint. At least we’re all in the same boat, ladies and gentlemen!

I’d like to rely on the principles of successful software design to issue the following guideline: know your users and creatively design for them. So, mothers and fathers, I encourage you to know your children and creatively cook for them! I’m going to lay out a couple of kiddo eater types. Do any of these resonate with you?

Thank You, Cut And Come Again

If you want to grow-your-own food with little effort I recommend starting with lettuce.  Growing lettuce is a good way to offset your food costs.  Lettuce is easy to grow, making it a great starter crop for adults and kids to learn valuable gardening skills.  Here are some tips on growing lettuce with a goal of a longer harvest period to get the best bang for your buck.

Toy Story 1,2,3 to Infinity

Now that Grey Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over with, let’s talk real money savings.  As an aspiring parent, I have to give props to all you out there raising children.  I calculated how much it is to raise a child from birth to 18 and it ranged from $410,000 to $530,000 dependent upon specific factors including location and whether upper education is being paid by the parent.  With food, energy and general living costs on the up-and-up, finding new/old ways to bring down expenses is welcome with open arms.

Shop Small, Help Big

Now I have heard everything.  Apparently some retailers are open on Thanksgiving, calling it Grey Thursday and many are not happy about this unorthodox shopping day.  This year make an effort to avoid the big box stores, crowds and crack-of-dawn shopping excursions so you can take the day off.  I have not shopped on Black Friday for as long as I can remember for the previously mentioned reasons.  What I will wholeheartedly support is Small Business Saturday on November 24th, which is the Saturday after Black Friday after Grey Thursday.