Food

I went Vegan for a week — here’s what happened

I went Vegan for a week — here’s what happened

As you know, I LOVE animals.  If I go to an animal shelter, an animal comes home with me. If I see an animal on the street, the animal comes home with me. Even if the animal starts attacking me in the car (which has happened), I just think, “Oh, well. I’m sure everything will be fine when we get home and it eats some food and rests while I  bandage my wounds.” So if I love animals so much,…

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Five old-fashioned foods you should still be eating

Five old-fashioned foods you should still be eating

What is an old-fashioned food anyway?  Well food, just like clothing or any other trend, can go out of style.  (Remember oat bran?) And foods that seem like grandma foods get left behind in favor of newer, hipper, cooler foods.  Like what used to be buttermilk is now Red Bull. But it seems to me that the more I learn about nutrition, the more I realize that, just like Michael Pollan says, eating the way our ancestors ate is really…

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All natural Mother’s Day gift guide!

All natural Mother’s Day gift guide!

Wondering what to get Mom on Mother’s Day?  Or better yet, wondering what you’d like to get on Mother’s Day? Well, have I got the list for you! I was going to just write these products down on a scrap of paper and leave it lying around for my kids and husband to “accidentally” find, but I decided to share it with you instead.  For one reason, Bill reads my blog so he can easily link to my whole wish list….

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Another apology regarding peanuts

Another apology regarding peanuts

I received some complaints about my last post where I discussed peanut allergies.  Mostly people felt that I was being insensitive about the kid with the peanut allergy, while others just thought I was ignorant.  I know in my attempt to write something humorous, I’m sure I came off as both.  And in all honesty, I can be ignorant and insensitive.  I’m actually really good at both qualities.  I consider them to be in my “skill set.” The whole point…

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My apology to the kid with the peanut allergy

My apology to the kid with the peanut allergy

My kids eat a ton of nuts — almonds, peanuts, cashews, even walnuts when they are covered in some candy substance and drained of all nutritional value.  Some days their school lunches look a science project on the various things you can do with nuts.  You can put them in a bar!  You can slather them in a sandwich!  You can use them as a dipping sauce with Thai food!  So when Augs and Em started at their new homeschool…

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My version of a spooky story…

My version of a spooky story…

In honor of Halloween, I thought I would tell a spooky story — a tale so horrible that when I read it the other night, I couldn’t fall asleep.  I laid awake in bed, blinking at the ceiling thinking, “How can this be true?”  But it is true.  Very, very true.   My story is called, “Anatomy of a Chicken McNugget”. The book I’m reading is, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and the section that kept me up all night was about…

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Attack of the apple faces

Attack of the apple faces

Try this in your kid’s lunch box — Apple Face apples (obviously) peanut or almond butter mini marshmallows toy Directions: Cut a big wedge into the apple, apply nut butter, then marshmallows.  Stage an apple face/toy scene of your choice. These actually taste delicious.  But maybe that’s because marshmallows taste good with everything…

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Fun with bento!

Fun with bento!

Okay, I know it’s back to school time for everyone and that can mean a lot of great things, although right now I can’t think of a single one of them.  For some reason Buck insists on going to school, not like his two slacker homeschooling siblings.  Buck says he loves school because he “learns things” and “has new experiences” and “makes friends”.  Whatever. As a mom, school means that as soon as my eyes open in the morning, I…

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The truth about calamari…

The truth about calamari…

Recently in our newspaper there have been all these articles about the FDA shutting down a horribly run local slaughterhouse.  Apparently, the demonic owners of this slaughterhouse were killing cows with cancer and then selling their tumor-ridden meat to stores all across America.  Yum! “Mommy, why is my hamburger extra lumpy today?” “Oh, I don’t know, dear.  They must be doing something special over at Rancho slaughterhouse.” I was talking to my friend about the Rancho slaughterhouse when she said,…

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