If you’re anything like me, the last few weeks have been pretty difficult to say the least. Taking in the news, I have been frustrated, angry, sad, irate, befuddled, and a host of other emotions. I…feel largely helpless, even though I am trying to do small parts: tweeting, making calls to elected officials, sending postcards to elected officials, educating myself as much as I can, speaking up, and using my platforms to hopefully share real truths. But, at the end of the day, I still feel helpless and sad. In… >> Read More
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t...or in this case, sometimes you want a meat meal, or sometimes your surly teenager has decided they no longer eat meat. But seriously, sometimes…you need or want a vegetarian option for dinner that’s easy and delicious. Grain and rice bowls are such a fun and satisfying way to have a quick and healthful dinner--choose your grain and top with the protein, veggies, and condiments you like. You can even front load your meal prep and bake a big… >> Read More
You may have seen those "little free library" boxes, where neighbors can take and leave books they no longer want, but now they don't just have books in them: New boxes are stocked with free food…and care items like toothbrushes and diapers for people in need. One women, Maggie Ballard, who lives in Wichita, Kansas, started one in her neighborhood. She calls it a "blessing box," which she restocks with her son, stating in NPR: "I felt like this is something that I could do — something small that you know, would… >> Read More
Schnitzel is a frequently requested dinner in my house. Ugh, but the frying and the mess is not my favorite thing to deal with, especially on busy weeknights.
Baking the schnitzel is much less…messy, cutting down the prep time to just about 35 minutes--a manageable task for naptime or even the craziest weeknights. Variation: For a gluten-free option, try pulsing 2-3 cups Rice Chex cereal and using instead of bread crumbs for coating. Our resident gluten-free expert warns the cereal needs a good deal of seasoning, so taste… >> Read More
I don’t know about you, but it’s been many years since I’ve had the chance to put on a sparkly top and go out drinking for New Year’s Eve. With young kids and no readily available babysitter,…our best New Year’s Eve in recent years was spent watching “Pitch Perfect” and polishing off a cheese platter and bottle of prosecco. Ah, parenthood. But it’s nice to dust off the heels and squeeze yourself into some skinny jeans every once in a while to ring in the new year like real people whose… >> Read More