Minted

As I sit here on a snowy, beginning of winter day perusing the beautiful family photos we had taken in early November, I am thankful that we planned ahead. Trying to wrangle two small children in front of a misshapen Christmas tree armed with a tripod, self-timer and lighting kit seems like an accident waiting to happen. Allan’s cousin, Sean Sullivan, did an amazing job taking our family photos and I am so excited to share them with our family... Read More

Homemade Baby Food

When L began eating solids back in March we loosely followed the Baby-Led Weaning approach. I was surprised at how well he did feeding himself cute pieces of super soft foods. So, honestly we haven’t had a huge need for homemade baby food purees, like we did when M was a baby. I am really loving the ease of simply feeding L a bit of what we are eating or leftovers from another meal, like sweet potatoes. L’s favorite foods are sweet potato,... Read More

Semi-Homemade Rhubarb Peach Ginger Cake

As the temperature and humidity rise, rhubarb is taking its final bow. However, if you’re like me, your plants are still hanging on. Go out and pick your last harvest and enjoy this amazing semi-homemade Ginger Rhubarb Peach Cake. Can’t get your hands on rhubarb anymore? No worries! This cake would be amazing using blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, plums or any fruit that is in season. Can’t decided which fruit to... Read More

At the Co-Op

This morning Matthew, Luke and I ventured to our Co-Op, Valley Natural Foods, for the first time since Luke was born. In the last few months I’ve shopped at Valley a couple times either with Allan or solo, but this was our first time there just the three of us. I was prepared for an uneventful outing, as we have been to Target and Trader Joe’s several times without incident. But there is something about driving all the way down to the... Read More

Matthew’s 2nd Birthday Party

Sorry for the delay in posting photos from Matthew’s party. We’ve been a little out of sorts over here, so I had a delay in getting the photos pulled together. Last Sunday we celebrated Matthew’s 2nd birthday with family and friends. The following are some highlights from the party, including the party menu. We started off the party with snacks and appetizers: Guacamole Strawberry Avocado Salsa Train Track Trail Mix Refrigerator... Read More

Birthday Boy Blueberry Pancakes

As I mentioned earlier this afternoon, we enjoyed an amazing stack of blueberry pancakes this morning to celebrate this little guy’s birthday. Matthew, like his mama, loves breakfast! I knew that I wanted to make something special for him this morning to celebrate the big T-W-O and instantly thought of pancakes. A couple months ago, I whipped up Ashely’s Cherry Almond Pancakes and knew that her recipe would make the perfect base for the... Read More

Twenty One

Things have been getting increasingly exciting around here. Every day we experience Matthew growing up and learning by leaps and bounds. He is now 21 months old and has definite opinions about everything. His confidence in his body and movement is amazing. He believes that he is invincible! Matthew and I have been focusing on having verbal conversations and it seems to be helping him to speak more, instead of simply gesturing and whining to get his... Read More

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies Two Ways

Every year my mom and I bake Christmas cookies together. We always make sugar cookies, which happen to be Allan’s favorite. My mom’s favorite cookie is the gingersnap, so we usually make gingerbread men as well; however, we are bursting at the seams with cookies this year and settled on simply making roll out cookies, as we call them. I have a fantastic sugar cookie recipe that we have used since I began eating clean – it isa... Read More

Gluten-Free Cookies: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk

The magical whirlwind that is the Christmas season is almost over. The waiting of the Advent season will soon break through to the awe and wonder that is Christmas… snow or no snow – as it is here in Minneapolis. It seems that yesterday’s snow shower was more of a blip than the light white dusting I hoped for. With no snow in the forecast, we will simply have to enjoy the much warmer than average temperatures. But it still feels... Read More

Ten Things Thankful Thursday

Yes, my hair looks short in the above picture. No, I did not cut it – it’s just the way it is laying on my shoulders. It’s still long. However, it looks really cute like this… should I cut it? Allan, that question is not directed at you. 1. God is doing amazing work in my heart and my life. He is showing me his love, his will for my life and intended blessings for my family. I am listening. 2. I love being home with Matthew... Read More

Family Favorites: Soaked Sweet Potato Waffles

I know that it’s still September, but the Holidays are fast approaching. Before we know it there will be snow on the ground, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and jingle bells playing on your iPhone. If you are like me and host your family’s Holiday get-togethers there is always the age old question proceeding any celebratory gathering… What am I going to do with the leftovers? Typically, I immediately vacuum seal and freeze half... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: Weekend Recap

Mill City Farmer’s Market Quick Lunch Sweetland Orchard (A visit to our very favorite farmer’s market vendor!)  Read More

Party People

You may recall that a couple weeks ago we hosted an ecofriendly, clean living party with the goal of only producing one bag of landfill-bound trash. If you are catching up, you can read about the party here and here. We were extremely successful in our mission and I thought that today I would share a few tips on hosting an ecofriendly party that is focused on reducing waste without creating a lot of extra work for you. Grab your post-consumer recycled... Read More

Gardens of Eagan Open House

On Saturday afternoon we visited the Gardens of Eagan open house. Garden’s of Eagan is a 100 acre, urban-edge, organic vegetable farm that provides produce to several area co-ops and businesses. They also frequent a few farmer’s markets, including the Fulton Farmer’s Market.   We bought this bag for $10 & filled it with pick your own veggies (cukes, peppers, tomatoes, kale & basil) The bag started to get really... Read More

A Day at the Lake

Late this morning, we spent a couple hours walking the Lake Michigan sandy beach outside of Menominee, MI. We had a beautiful time and for a moment we were able to take our minds off of why we are here. For lunch we stopped at the Blue Bicycle in Marinette, MN. Allan, Mark and Lois devoured gigantic burritos and I enjoyed a bountiful veggie burrito salad topped with guacamole and blue chips. It was the perfect lunch to satisfy... Read More

Hello from Marinette

Yesterday morning we received news that Allan’s Great Aunt Anna Mae passed away, so we quickly packed up the Rav4 to accompany Allan’s parents to Peshtigo, Wisconsin. We are staying at the lovely Country Inn in Marinette, which is a bit outdated, yet surprisingly very clean. Also, they have a huge fridge in the room to house all of our clean snacks. Between making some of the funeral arrangements, we were able to fit in a trip to the family... Read More

Dolce Vita

We had another glorious weekend filled with sunshine, family and amazing food! On Friday night Allan and I went on a date to Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill where we dined alfresco on amazing food including a cosmo for her and a mojito for him (my first vodka since having Matthew). We shared the mediterranean flatbread, mediterranean salad and a beef tenderloin with red potatoes and veggies sans butter. The food was amazing, but for some reason... Read More

Hashbrowns or Pizza?

Last Friday morning before work, Allan asked me if we were having Friday night pizza and I told him, “of course, it’s Friday, isn’t it?” He then asked me what kind of pizza we were having and I told him “you’ll see”. When he arrived home to see me shredding potatoes he was very suspicious. He immediately asked me if we were still having pizza and I told him “yes”. He looked at me perplexed and... Read More

Greens Galore

Today was a most beautiful day. Matthew and I enjoyed a mid-morning walk along the creek and then ventured back home to work on packing for our weekend away at the Peters family rustic cabin. And by rustic I mean no running water, no oven and an outhouse. So, this morning we had laundry to do, lists to make and food to prep. Then this the afternoon I took a nice walk around Lake of the Isles with a new friend, while my mom read Your Best Body Now... Read More

A Father’s Love

We spent another incredible weekend with our families! My father-in-law was away for the weekend fishing with his nephews, so my mother-in-law offered to watch Matthew on Saturday night. Allan and I spent our date night with movie and dinner. We usually do dinner first and then the movie, but this time we decided to switch it up. I hate that movie times are always scheduled inconveniently so that timing dinner and a movie is difficult, especially... Read More

Open Streets and a Bran Breakfast Bake

Saturday afternoon I had a major craving for a bran muffin. Not just any bran muffin, but a Breadsmith bran muffin… my absolute favorite! So, I decided to conjure up a recipe for a healthy and lovely bran breakfast bake. Folks, you need to drop what you are doing and immediately throw one of these in the oven and top it with rhubarb-strawberry sauce… Yesterday, this is how our morning began. Phenomenal! This was so good that I made another... Read More

Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

Today was an amazing day filled with laughter, sunshine and family. I love afternoons spent talking, munching and playing in the sunshine with those that mean the most to me. It was glorious! Last night I was so excited to enjoy a Cooler 2 breakfast that I threw together this simple Rhubarb Strawberry sauce that simmered away on the stovetop while we got Matthew ready for bed. Very easy and super simple. Enjoyed alongside an egg white + 1 yolk spinach... Read More

Cooler 1: Day 5… Last day

Good evening. Happy Friday! I just love Fridays. All day Matthew and I look forward to Allan’s arrival and (usually) pizza night follows. Tonight we did not enjoy Friday Night Pizza night; however, we did have something that was completely amazing! Remember the spaghetti that I blogged about yesterday? It was amazing!!! Both Matthew and Allan wanted seconds. I love when a recipe hits on all cylinders. It will definitely be added to future... Read More

Cooler 1: Day 3

Today has been a LONG day! At least it’s starting to cool off a little outside. Those super hot and humid days were very difficult. I hate turning on the air conditioning and we’ve had it on since last Friday. *yuck* While Matthew napped this afternoon I got to working on some food prep for Matthew and I, including two new Cooler 1 protein bar (actually one muffin and one donut) recipes that still need some tweaking. When they are finally... Read More

Matthew’s Birthday Party: Food Edition

As you know, Sunday was Matthew’s first birthday and we threw a small party for him. The following is the food that we served to our family that came from near and far to celebrate with us. Prepping the salad Organic english cucumber Removing the seeds Organic cucumber and organic red pepper Mixed greens, arugula, pea shoots, cucumber, red pepper, strawberries and avocado dressed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette I used the following simple dressing... Read More

Mill City Farmer’s Market

Yesterday morning, we arose at the crack of dawn to make it to my favorite farmer’s market, the Mill City Farmer’s Market before Matthew’s morning nap. Enjoy these gorgeous photos courtesy of Mister Peters. The Guthrie Theatre   Mill City Museum   7 grain bread Pea shoots Arugula + Mixed Greens Midmorning snack Where Allan and I plan to retire Stone Arch Bridge The milling industry is the reason... Read More

What does it mean to eat clean?

Yesterday I posted about our reasons for living clean. Today I would like to explain what I mean when I say that we are clean eaters. Eating clean is a diet (definition: food and drink regularly provided or consumed, source) that focuses on eating as close to nature as possible. We strive to consume foods that are unspoiled, sustainably sourced and nutrient dense. The following is how we define clean eating: Eat 5-6 small meals per day, paying... Read More

Chili and Cornbread for a Crowd

Sunday is our family day. We wake up early and attend church as a family. Spending the morning worshiping God with Grandma and Grandpa Malcolm is always a lot of fun. Sunday is also the day that I make something fancy for dinner. Some weeks I make pork tenderloin with roasted veggies and apples, other weeks we enjoy grilled and glazed salmon with homemade pineapple chutney, then there are the days that I let a big ol’ pot of something delicious... Read More

Brunch Easter Style

Happy belated Easter! We hosted Easter festivities for both of our families. My parents, Allan’s parents and my sister were in attendance. There was so much AMAZING (and clean) food that the fridge was so packed it was difficult to find anything! Packed to the brim! Lois, Allan’s mom, made this beautiful watermelon fruit bowl! This bad boy was stuffed with freshly cut cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, strawberries and grapes. Juicy pineapple... Read More