Pear, Fig, Ginger and Cinnamon Puree

Hello, fancy pants baby. This puree sounds like your baby is all set for a fancy dinner with their tiny baby friends at a hoity-toity restaurant. Packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and fiber, this tasty puree helps prevent constipation and keeps your baby ‘going’ on a regular basis. Also, figs have the same […]

Eggplant Greek Yogurt Puree

The best thing to do as a family is visit your local farmers market. If you have a new infant I feel like your baby or toddler has you up at an early hour anyway, so why not get out of the house and enjoy some early morning outdoor bonding time? When my daughter Elle […]

Baby Pumpkin Carrot Soup

Soup is one of the first ‘real meals’ that my babies enjoyed eating. I love the stage where they are starting to realize they can drink through a straw! They want to drink everything they see. One of my tricks to get my little ones to eat soup is to add a straw to the […]

Curried Cauliflower Soup

With my head cold and congestion I found myself daydreaming about a curry cauliflower soup that my mother in law made for us and found this creamy variation with coconut milk. Ingredients 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into small florets, stems chopped ¼ cup melted coconut oil or olive oil, divided 1 medium yellow […]

Grillin’ and Chillin’: Late Summer Salads

As a high school teacher, the end of the summer is both joyous and agonizing. As much as I want to thoroughly enjoy the dog days of summer, thoughts of lesson planning, waking up early, and being back to the daily grind are always on my mind. I had to make a conscious effort to slow […]

Under the Weather Miso Soup

With our preschooler starting back at school we knew we were due for a cold. It’s been passed around among the four of us at home and now I have it. I’ve had a few sleepless nights with boys coughing and climbing all over me. Moms need to take care of ourselves, right? This soup […]

Baby Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

I love the age when babies begin to sip through a straw because they tend to eat more than being spoon fed. It’s my favorite way to get more nutrients into my little one’s body. I love this smoothie because it’s the perfect breakfast/snack drink that will keep them full and satisfied. It’s naturally sweetened […]

Summertime Pure Fruit Smoothie

Summertime is awesome in Southern California because we have access to plenty of amazingly fresh fruit! The downside is that I almost never finish it all before it spoils. This time I was prepared and froze the extra when it was most ripe. On the tail end of a heat wave I made an all-fruit […]

The Benefits of Buttermilk

I shared a recipe for homemade artisanal butter with you in a previous post, which got me to thinking of also sharing with you the incredibly varied ways you can use buttermilk, the by-product of butter-making, at home. As a natural probiotic, you can drink buttermilk straight-up, getting your Laura Ingalls Wilder on, but I happen […]

Easy Egg Casserole

I’ve made this egg casserole three times now and it’s basically fool proof – perfect for busy moms and pops! It also makes it much easier to cook breakfast for a larger number of people, rather than trying to pan fry or scramble a dozen eggs at a a time. The cubed bread really helps […]