As I am trying to weaken my caffeine addiction I have resorted back to some old ways that have worked for me in the past...specifically juicing parsley. There is something about parsley that just makes me feel so good and gives me boundless energy. The kind of energy that makes me want to clean out my closets!  It is a little storehouse of vitamins and a great pick-me-up which I take full advantage of when I am dragging mid-morning.

Serves 1

1 bunch of Italian leaf Parsley
1 Granny Smith Apple, cored
1/2 Lemon, peeled

Wash the parsley, soak if needed. Add the parsley, stems and all to the juicer first then add the apple and the lemon. Drink immediately.

My favorite time of year...


This is a great little smoothie to whip up when your kids are begging you to take them to the coffee shop to get a smoothie after school and you are trying really hard not to go because you know you will break down and get 2 shots of espresso...and did I mention the two shots would be inside 16 ounces of steamed milk with rich chocolate and you have already had one earlier in the day. Yes, I have a serious mocha addiction that I am trying to's not going so good.

Peach Smoothie
Serves 4

2-3 peaches, peeled and pit removed
2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons of sugar, or sweetener of choice (if needed, sometimes peaches are sweet enough)
lime juice from 1/2 a lime
8 ice cubes

Put everything in a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

On the bright side having a large amount of espresso throughout the day can make it really convenient when you want to be awake from 4a-6a to see the Blood Moon. It was spectacular...

"And I will show wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Jehovah."  Joel 2:30 -31

"The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before that great and glorious Day of the Lord." Acts 2:20

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This is my new favorite summer drink; I love it! It is so delicious and smooth, with sweet coconut and tart lime...yum! Add a little white rum or maybe coconut rum if you feeling adventurous or leave as is for a perfect summer refreshment. 

Frozen Coconut Limeade
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Serves 4

2 1/2 cups crushed or small ice cubes
1 cup (8 ounces) coconut milk, well-shaken if from a can
1/3 cup lime juice (from about 3 limes)
3 tablespoons sugar (more or less to taste)
Lime slices for garnish

Juice the lime...

Add everything to a blender and mix until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime.

Perfect day to put on the swimsuits, the sprinkler and trap the kids in the trampoline...


This is about as easy as it can get AND it is the only way my son will eat this is my new method. In the past, I always used the microwave but now I am trying to eliminate using the microwave as much as into the oven it goes and honestly this tastes 100% better.

Oven Roasted Bacon
Adapted from Ina Garten
Serves- not enough!

8-10 Slices of bacon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with tine foil and lat the bacon on the pan. (I always have to squeeze just-one-more-on-the-pan).

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is really crispy.

Watch the bacon closely around the 15 minute mark because it can burn quickly, depending on how thick/thin the slices are. The bacon I use usually takes 20 minutes.

Dry the bacon on paper towels and serve.

We went to the dairy farm my mom grew up on and the kids found some new friends...

once we got home we found three bucks...



Super fresh and easy for a Labor Day Picnic!
Carrot Salad 
Adapted from David Lebovitz
Serves 4

3-4 carrots
1 lemon, juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
flat leaf parsley

Peel and grate the carrots into shreds using a hand grater and set aside in a bowl.
In a small glass, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the carrot shreds, add the parsley and mix. Do not over dress, you don't want to saturate the carrots, taste as you go and adjust seasoning if needed. Enjoy!

Rufus at his dock diving competition! He did well for his first daughter was his handler and he jumped something around 18 feet.




These muffins are a favorite in our house...

Makes 12 Muffins

1 3/4 cups (212 g) all-purpose organic flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup (150 g) melted unsalted organic butter
3/4 cup (150 g) organic sugar
1 large organic egg, at room temp.
3/4 cup (165 g - 188 ml ) milk
For the Coating:
3 tablespoons unsalted, organic butter, melted
1/3 cup organic sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat convection oven to 350 F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners.

Mix all the dry ingredients (flour through cinnamon). Set aside.
Mix all the wet ingredients (butter through milk, incl. sugar).
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Distribute the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.
Bake for 18 - 22 minutes.
In the meantime melt butter and mix sugar and cinnamon for the coating.
Brush or dip fresh and still hot baked muffins with melted butter and roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture.

We went on a 3000-mile family road trip to the ocean...2 15-hour days of driving, 7 days at the beach and 2 15-hour days of driving...11 states in 11 days...and it was so much fun! 
The dogs came with...
Hotel rooms seem a little small with 6 of us...
I wrapped 50 little gifts (mostly from the dollar store) for the kids to open during the long car ride. Glow in the dark sticks (at night), pipe cleaners, barbies/aliens, dry erase boards and window clings were favorites. Quite frankly, just the idea of opening a present was a highlight for them. 

Footsteps from the ocean...
 Dogs loved the waves...
Can't wait for next time...




Adapted from Ina Garten's Real Meatballs and Spaghetti, Barefoot Contessa Family Style
Yield: 4-6 Servings

1 pound ground sirloin
¾ cups fresh breadcrumbs (about 3 ciabatta slices (couple days old), crusts removed, ground in food processor. If you have fresh bread, bake it until dry, then grind in F.P.)
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup warm water
Vegetable oil
Olive oil

Place the ground sirloin, breadcrumbs, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, onion flakes, egg and 1/3 cup warm water in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork. Using your hands, lightly form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. You will have 12 to 14 meatballs.
Pour equal amounts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large (12-inch) skillet to a depth of 1/4-inch. Heat the oil. Carefully, in 2 batches, place the meatballs in the oil and brown them well on all sides over medium-low heat, turning carefully with a spatula or a fork. This should take about 10 minutes for each batch. Remove the meatballs to a plate covered with paper towels.
Add the meatballs to your favorite red sauce, cover, and simmer on the lowest heat for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with pasta and with fresh grated Parmesan.




Adapted from
Makes 12 Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup olive oil or applesauce
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped apples, small pieces
Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease or add paper liners to a 12-cup muffin pan.

Peel and chop the apples and set aside.

In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a large bowl beat together butter, oil, white sugar, brown sugar and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture until completely combined. The batter will be really thick almost like dough but don't worry because the apples will release their juices when baking. 

Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan.

In a small bowl mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon thoroughly and cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan.

Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Love these muffins...they also freeze well. They taste best when warm so microwave for about 15 seconds once thawed.


Hopefully the last snowfall for awhile! 


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