Basil was never an herb I loved to eat, even when I was living and studying in Florence, Italy, and eating fresh, flavorful basil all the time. I think I was scarred by years of eating dried basil in cooking, which, after I finish shivering at the thought, I can assure you is NOT remotely the same as fresh basil! I have learned to love basil, and I love growing basil in the warm months, but I want to learn how to set it up to grow it year round. It's so easy to work fresh basil into easy ... Read More about Growing Basil at Home Indoors
I love all things natural, and last winter I made up some natural, ready-made meals for gifts which included a DIY Mexican Dinner Kit. I've always thought food gifts are the best gifts, but of course I am one of those that looks at the ingredients of store-bought mixes given to me as gifts. I appreciate them, definitely, and will make them, but don't understand why so many that are packaged as healthy food mixes have corn syrup or hydrogenated oils in them! Yuck. This year I made taco seasoning ... Read More about DIY Mexican Dinner
I was looking over Pinterest the other day and of course totally drawn to this list, as an expectant mommy needing to stay healthy and knowing what lies ahead after childbirth. This is not my first merry-go-round of pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight struggles but I love natural foods. I laughed to myself when I looked it over because most, if not all, of these foods are what my mother-in-law is always pushing at us or cooking/baking with and I realized how far behind our country, for ... Read More about 15 Ways to Stay Healthy and Lose Fat Naturally
I decided to skip ahead to food since I am knee-deep in party planning and trying to finalize the menu of kids party food. The problem is, I keep finding really fun, natural homemade food ideas for my preschooler's birthday party! She actually requested tuna salad, so that is on the list, and she loves pickles and vegetables so basically everything is good to go except cottage cheese and black olives! Since she's been asking for watermelon basically since the season ended last year, I am finally ... Read More about Kids Birthday Party Food
I started this tradition with my daughter last year on her birthday where I have a list of questions that I ask her and the answers are usually typical but some very surprising. I love having this to put in her eventual scrapbook, to show her what she liked and was interested in each year. This past week I sat down with her to do the survey once again as I plan her birthday. Here are my daughter's answers - scroll down for the FREE printables in both boy birthday and girl birthday! ... Read More about Kids Birthday Survey and FREE Printable!