• Food/Recipes,  Toddler

    How “French Kids Eat Everything”

    I recently started reading “French Kids Eat Everything” by Karen La Billon. In the book, Karen Le Billon was able to alter her children’s deep-rooted, decidedly unhealthy North American eating habits while they were living in France for a year. It was eye opening. Caleb isn’t necessarily a picky eater but he doesn’t eat as well, or have as varied of a diet, as I would like. We fall into the same rut as most parents in the United States – chicken nuggets, french fries, snacks at their demand. But it doesn’t feel right to me. I know in my gut that he should be eating better. He needs to…

  • Food/Recipes,  Garden/Homestead

    Pepper Jelly (Recipe)

    The first time I had pepper jelly, it was served to me at a work potluck, topping a block of softened cream cheese with some bacon bits and spring onion. Amazing. The second time I had it was smeared over tuna – a dish that I created based on something my mom had at a friend’s house. But I never thought about making my own jar of pepper jelly until my mom asked to borrow some of our peppers for some. She traded me a box of pectin for the peppers and I knew I had to make some. I’m so glad I did. Instead of that oddly green colored…

  • Food/Recipes,  Healthy Living

    Banana Nut Muffins with Spelt Flour

    Breakfast is a hard meal for me. I love to eat breakfast but somewhere overtime, I found myself in a rut of going out for fast food every morning. Not only is that extremely taxing on the wallet, but it is taxing on your health as well. But by creating recipes that I could prep the night, or even the week, before, this allows me to have something that I can quickly grab for my crying, hungry toddler (and myself). These muffins aren’t going to be like the almost sickly-sweet ones that you find in a lot of places (but they also don’t taste like dry cardboard). They have a…

  • Food/Recipes,  Garden/Homestead

    Preparing Poblano Peppers for the Freezer

    It’s been a bad year for peppers at the homestead. Our shishito peppers produced well, though the plant never grew very big and we weren’t quite sure what to do with the peppers. The fruit of our bell pepper plants couldn’t survive the onslaught of a toddler who discovered he enjoyed the taste of fresh peppers. Our jalapeno plant (and this one hurts my little green thumb the most) broke at the main stem just as it started flourishing. Like I said, it’s been a bad year for peppers. Unless you are a poblano. Our poblano plant, which I started from seed, has been a rockstar this year. It’s absolutely…