Posts by Lisa

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Today is Christmas and whether you celebrate this day or not, I’m sure we can all agree that cookies are awesome.  This year, we are missing our family and friends who are scattered throughout the world and wanted to send this little video holiday card.  We decided to share it here with you all on this special day. These cookies were moist and lovely. Gluten free, vegan, soy, nut and...

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Roundup of the Week

Roundup of the Week

Well, one more week is in the bag – school is off to a great start for us and it is flying by.  My children are adapting pretty well to the new schedule, but it’s been a lot of adjustment.  My kindergartener is doing a great job at his new school, but the demands of his new schedule have him pretty tired at the end of the day. I’ll admit we’ve had a few melt downs...

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Lunchbox Roundup Part 3

Lunchbox Roundup Part 3

We’re half way through our 30 days of allergy-friendly lunch boxes.  Hopefully you’ve seen some ideas that will help you pack easy, nutritious and delicious meals. You probably have noticed by now that beyond restricting allergic and problem foods, we have also cut out processed foods. We make choices that are organic when possible, free of dyes, MSG and strange ingredient names. I...

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Gummies!

Gummies!

Most Saturdays I head over to our farmer’s market. This is my time to get out and shop by myself a little bit. I sneak out early while everyone is still snoozing or in pajamas and they barely notice I’m gone.  The farmers market is not as cheap as one would think, but I love supporting our local farmers directly. It’s a great place to find out about our local farms, run into...

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Back to School Lunchbox Roundup

Back to School Lunchbox Roundup

Today is the 8th day of school and things are going really great so far. It seems like we spent the first week of school filling out medical emergency forms, and ensuring the office got all the information about our kids’ medical needs. This also marks the time of year when we renew our EpiPen perscriptions.  We have three –one for home, one for the school office and one for the...

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Ode to a Caterpillar

Ode to a Caterpillar

The caterpillar’s not a cat. It’s very small And short and fat, And with those beady little eyes Will never win a beauty prize. The caterpillar’s brain is small - It only knows to eat and crawl. But for this creepy bug don’t cry, It soon will be a butterfly.  –The Caterpillar By Douglas Florian Or in our case, a moth.  An oak moth to be exact.  We are lucky enough to live...

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Celebrating Kindergarten

Celebrating Kindergarten

Is anyone else wondering where Summer went? I’ve spent the last week in denial, but now it’s time to get back to reality. School starts in just 2 days!  This year, my son will be in kindergarten and my daughter will be in third grade. Below is a story of some challenges we’ve recently gone through with my son Ben.  I feel nothing but love and gratitude for this journey he has...

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Saving Summer in a Jar

Saving Summer in a Jar

As you can tell by this photo, we’ve been busy all summer canning the amazing fruit and veggies of the season.  Why bother? There are a many reasons I love canning – first of all I can control all the ingredients that go into our food.  I don’t have to wonder what “spices” or “natural flavors” means on an ingredient list. As a mother who needs to know...

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Fermented Veggies

Fermented Veggies

Those who know me can trust that I always have some sort of bubbling food experiment brewing in the kitchen.  My biologist roots make it impossible for me not to be curious about the natural reactions that cooking and food can produce. So as a result, we make our own kombucha, preserved lemons, jam, pickles, dried food, jerky, juice, cheese, butter, coconut milk, yogurt, beer, bread…  A...

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Pasture Raised Apple Braised Pork

Pasture Raised Apple Braised Pork

This last weekend I stopped by the Fogline Farm booth at my local Farmer’s Market and picked up a pasture-raised pork shoulder. I didn’t really have any plans for it, but when I looked at my other purchases from the day – onions, herbs and apples. I figured this guy was destined to be slow braised with apples and herbs. Pasture-raised?  You may be asking why bother? Isn’t...

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