Raising Rebels & Italian wedding soup

My boy came home and told of a very exciting day. A protest at school broke out to “free a student” who was wrongfully accused and disciplined and told to stand at the wall at recess. At the injustice of it all 15-20 middle school students begin chanting “FREEDOM, FREEDOM!” Reminiscent of a scene from…

Balloons & autumn Couscous salad

I love kid logic. Once when my kids were toddlers they were given a helium balloon. One day, It had floated to the living rooms 10 ft ceiling, far above the head of a toddler. In an effort to be independent – they devised a method to retrieve the ballon on their own. I hear…

Great Debate- Twice baked potatoes

Let’s talk yeast, nutritional yeast that is. What is it? According to healthline website nutritional yeast is high beneficial to a vegan diet or lifestyle. Below is beef summary of nutrition info found on their site. It is a complete protein: Nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids that humans must get from food….

Butternut squash risotto

Risotto, it is one of the first dishes you learn in culinary school. It was also the dish my head chef detested it with a passion. Perhaps it was because he suffered through marking students attempts at making it too many years. “Wallpaper paste…” is what he fondly called it. Now most risottos are made…

BBQ crunchy chickpea bombs

In school I was the library kid. You know the ones who quiet at the back and take the library books back on those trollies every morning. I even worked at the library through out high school. Which is why it pains me to say… my dog ate my library book. Yes, the rawmazing dessert…

Daniel Fast- Cauliflower steaks

Fasting – for most it is not the most fun word to hear. It is uncomfortable and often trying time. For a time such as this it is fitting. Fasting is a time to restructure priorities to strengthen relationships & faith. Our church has called a time of prayer and fasting, to help strengthen both…

Gardens, and roasted potatoes

Aside from all the crazy- I love November & December – yes it’s holiday prep but these are the months the seed companies finally slow down enough to ship out next years glorious bundles of excitement. Like those old toy catalogues we waited for each winter. Well is it worth it… it just may be……

Healthy Homemade Refried beans

I have a confession- I LOVE refried beans. I probably have eaten my weight in them. Which is why I have about 4 lbs of dry beans stashed in my pantry. Until I had kids I could buy a single can of old El Paso – chalk full of salt and preservatives and eat them…

Stand your ground – Homemade yogurt

I love yogurt. I especially love that my kids love yogurt. When my kids were young they loved the fruit bottom kind. Until I realized it had 27g of sugar on average per pkg. That is 6.5 teaspoons just in yogurt. Which is already your child’s ENTIRE days worth of sugar. No wonder my toddlers…

Dressing? stuffing?….Cornbread stuffing.

Whatever side of the pond your on the side dish of bread cubes roasted in turkey juices is quintessential part of Christmas and thanksgiving dinners alike. Round here, we make our own bread to use for stuffing the week before the event. I usually use Challah at my house it has a nice texture with…