A good-for-you green smoothie made with kale, peaches, mango, and Greek yogurt. Full of protein and fiber, this smoothie will give you the energy boost you need to tackle your day!
Happy Wednesday! How can it be that January is almost over? It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was writing this New Year's post. I know they say that when raising young children the days go by slowly and the years fly by, but around here it seems that it's the days, weeks... everything that go by especially quickly. A busy, full life will do that I suppose. Happily, it's full of great things like snuggles with my sweet kids, story time, watercolor painting, and playtime at the park.
Today I'm ... [Continue Reading]
This summer Julia and I have been making smoothies almost every day. Sometimes we will have a smoothie and sandwich for lunch, but most often we enjoy our smoothies at snack time. We are in the middle of the to-nap or not-to-nap phase right now with Julia. Most days, she really needs at least a short nap to make it through her day and the evening routine without being overly tired. The problem is that if I don't wake her up after an hour or so, she will nap for way too long and then have trouble going to bed at night. And waking her up sometimes does not go very well, but I totally understand. I don't like being woken up before I'm ready, and I bet you don't either. This is where a smoothie ... [Continue Reading]
Do you have a local frozen yogurt shop that you like to visit? We certainly do, and it's often a fun way for Julia and I to spend some mother-daughter quality time. We sample a few flavors before deciding on what we want, and then each choose our toppings. Julia's favorite? Vanilla yogurt with mini M&M's and rainbow sprinkles. Mine? Vanilla yogurt with roasted almonds and Heath bar. Then we sit down at a table and enjoy some quiet time together. She's growing up so fast, and I love to savor these little moments with her.
Sometimes, it can be just as fun to enjoy a treat and some family time at home. We even let Dad and little brother join in (sometimes). :) It is remarkably easy to ... [Continue Reading]
Have you made a trip to your local farmer's market yet this season? I have not, but I can't wait. Maybe this weekend we'll make our first trip there. Visiting the farmer's market definitely makes me think of summer, and I am so looking forward to the summer months filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, days spent at the park and pool, and evenings spent relaxing outdoors. Plus there will be my summer break from teaching. I'm really ready for that, too. It will be nice to have more time to spend with the kids and to just not feel so rushed all of the time.
I wish I had made these muffins with fresh blueberries, but instead I made them with frozen because that's what I had ... [Continue Reading]
I am completely addicted to this homemade greek yogurt. I never would have thought that I would make my own yogurt. When I first came across the idea, I thought it was interesting but not something that I would actually do. The second time I saw a recipe for homemade greek yogurt, though, I thought, I can do that. And you know what? I totally did. And I've made this at least once a week every week in the six weeks since then.
Why am I so addicted to this yogurt? There are a few reasons. For one, it tastes amazing. Even my favorite store brand can't compete with this thick, creamy yogurt. Homemade yogurt is much less sour than store-bought, and while it's hard for me to eat store-bought ... [Continue Reading]
Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish, usually made from ground chickpeas and served in a pita or flatbread. I had never tried falafel before making this recipe, which has now become one of our favorites. I have since eaten falafel out and still enjoy this recipe just as much. I like how this recipe calls for baking the falafel, making it a healthy option for a meat-free meal.
The falafel has a little spice to it, but it is not overpowering, and the cucumber-yogurt sauce really balances out the spice. You can adjust the amount of ground red pepper you use based on how much spice you like. This recipe is fairly easy, but you do need to remember to get started in plenty of time to cook the ... [Continue Reading]
I was going to title this post, "Chicken Gyros," but gyros traditionally involve rolling the meat, vegetables, and yogurt sauce up in pocket-less pitas, rather than putting the filling inside the pita pockets. I made this meal with my first ever batch of homemade pitas, and was so excited to see the pockets form when the pitas puffed up as they baked. I just had to put something in those pockets! Thus, we have "Pitas with Chicken and Tzatziki Sauce," rather than "Chicken Gyros." Same basic concept, though.
I stuffed the pitas with leftover grilled chicken from the Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs that we made the night before. The garlic lemon flavor of the chicken was perfect for this meal. ... [Continue Reading]