Flu season is crazy right now. All over Facebook, I see posts about people whose families are being ravaged by this multi day yuck that is circling. Having just begun a new business 6 months ago, my husband and I cannot afford to be sick and miss out on work…and my son leaves for a mission trip in 2 1/2 weeks, so we are no holds barred on the immunity boosting. All my crunchy mama friends have been downing elderberry syrup, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. The last week or so we’ve been mixing a couple teaspoons into a small shot of juice and I’m hoping this superfood will keep the sickies at bay.
I don’t know when it happened. Maybe it was after I read the book Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary. Maybe it was my grandma’s words ringing in my ears “take joy in the little things in life because the big things don’t come along very often.” But somewhere along the way, I began to celebrate little things. It could be a paper chain hung or a favorite meal, a compost cake for Earth Day or a special walk in the park. I noticed it this time last year on the first day of spring. My husband and I had run away for the weekend and left my mom in charge of the kids. I called her on this morning one year ago and said “It’s the first day of spring! Can you please do something special with the kids? It can even just be going out for ice-cream or a visit to the park, but tell them it’s to celebrate the first day of spring!” For some reason, naming it makes it take on epic proportions.
My mom did great! She went to Lowe’s and was able to procure free birdhouse kits from their last kids’ building day. They went home and made birdhouses to welcome spring. Then they headed over to Lumpy’s for ice-cream. The kids were thrilled. It was an inexpensive way to make an ordinary day extraordinary.
This year, my daughter noticed the flower I had drawn on the calendar signaling the first day of spring. At the Awana store this week, she used her money to buy a birdhouse….”because Friday is the first day of Spring!” There will be ice cream cones. There will be a mini celebration because the calendar says that winter is gone and spring is here. My kids will be content. But mostly, I hope they will remember all those times we took joy in the little things, because the big things don’t come along very often!
So many people serve their kids green food on St. Patrick’s Day. I love to do it too, but I’m not a fan of unnatural food coloring. My kids requested green mac and cheese today, and I was happy to oblige. When they were babies, I used the Annabel Karmel books to make purees and toddler foods. We’ve adapted this recipe and used over and over throughout the years. It’s still a favorite and made a perfect healthy addition to St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you can serve it to your family tonight! Continue reading
I used to work at an Irish Pub and really learned to love corned beef. I have some family favorites that we use for St. Patrick’s Day. While I have shared them separately on the blog previously, I thought I’d put them together for an easy St. Patty’s Day post. Enjoy!
This is the basis of both of the following recipes. It’s for a perfect corned beef. You’ll find the recipe here.
I found a recipe on Pinterest for Roasted Cauliflower Soup, but I love this Trim Healthy Mama broccoli cheese soup we often make. So I merged the two and discovered the most amazing, creamy soup I’ve had in a long time!! Continue reading
After the breakfast recipe I posted the other day, I felt like had to redeem myself! This is not even really a recipe, so I can’t call it that. It’s more like a breakfast idea. I eat this multiple times a week and absolutely love it! My kids eat it, too, but they really love it on a tortilla with a bit of greek yogurt and salsa. I don’t need the extra carbs so I eat it in a bowl. Continue reading
I went to IHOP once and got these things they call a cinnastack. It was sinful. They should have called it a sin-a-stack. This week IHOP was offering a free small stack if you made a donation to their cause. I tried to go with the kids but there was barely standing room in the lobby because the line was so long! We left and I promised to make the kids IHOP style pancakes this morning. Here’s what I came up with! Continue reading
As I think about Easter and hams and leftovers, my mind drifts to a delicious bean soup. I thought I’d post this one in preparation for the season! I actually buy the spiral sliced ham bones from the deli at our local Heinens grocery store. They are under $5, make a huge pot of soup, and usually have plenty of meat left on them.
Start by making stock with your ham bone. Follow the directions here. It’s for turkey stock, but I do it exactly the same whether it’s chicken or turkey or ham. Throw the onion and celery tops into the pot with water and the ham bone and cook it down!