Happy 2018

Just in time for midnight to roll around for the last time in 2017, it hit, the stomach flu. Dad is down for the count, the youngest is, well, poopy and two are still hanging in there. Today was to be the undoing of the holidays. No more tree, no more mess, no more dust,…

~Buddha Bowl~

“Buddha woke up before dawn every morning and carried his bowl through the roads or paths wherever he was staying. Local people would place food in the bowl as a donation, and at the end he would eat whatever he had been given. So that was the original Buddha Bowl: a big bowl of whatever…

Double Chocolate – Chocolate Chunk Meringue Cookies

We had eggwhites left over in the refrigerator and I was trying to find something that wasn’t a simple meringue shell or angel food cake that the children would devour. Boy or boy did I find the perfect thing. Adapted from Emily Luchetti’s recipe, found in the New York Times food section. Ingredients 6 Large…

Nostalgic Blueberry Muffins

Recipe by Katie Novak – Adapted from Samantha’s Cookbook (yes the old American Girl one) I made these, or close to them, over and over again when I was a little girl. The copyright date in the book is 1994, so it was probably close to that time. I remember my first crack at them,…

Thinking of Spring…

The sun is shining and the excitement of the big game is in the air. We can’t help but feel we’re that much closer to longer days with soft breezes blowing. First sign of Spring in Minnesota….Tulips at the market. 

Asian Inspired Pizza

Recipe by Katie Coleman This recipe was created when a friend contacted us regarding her desire to change their family’s diet and eating habits. They didn’t necessarily want to go plant based or any extreme change, moreover, an overhaul of the quick and processed. The X-Factors….Dad really loves his meat, and the 8 year old…

Pancakes Baby!

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes Recipe by Katie Coleman In the midst of my 30 day plant based eating experiment, I was inspired to redo my standard recipe. Being that our 1 year old ate 3 whole pancakes, we’re talking adult size, I’d say they were a hit.   Ingredients 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 1/4 Cup…

Vegan Brownies

Soft, gooey and oh so moist. These are a people pleaser and great way to end your day.

Vegan Chili

Recipe by Katie Coleman Ingredients 2 TBSP Olive Oil 6 Medium Carrots peeled and sliced 3 Stalks Celery chopped 1 Large Onion chopped 2 Cloves Garlic minced or 1 TBSP dried Garlic minced 3 Cups Water 1 TBSP dried Oregano 1 TBSP Cumin Powder 3 TBSP Chili Powder 1/2 tsp Cayenne (increase or decrease for…

Healthier Kid’s Mac and Cheese

Do I mix up a box of Annie’s Mac and Cheese for my boys from time to time? Of course I do! Any parent that denies the convenience and ease of such a quick and easy processed meal is kidding themselves. However, in actually less time, if I have leftover noodles in the refrigerator, I…

Plant Based Eating Experiment – Update

The most difficult thing about going all plant based in my diet is honestly the cooking experience. I live to cook. The processes are similar; but, ingredients will react differently. Coconut oil doesn’t react the same way butter does, and meatless burgers need much, much more of a binding ingredient than hamburger. But, there’s nothing…