Melissa McArdle’s Homemade Granola Bars

By Melissa McArdle Ever since I became a mama, my recipes are now approved by a very ‘sophisticated palate’ of a 4 ½ year old. She knows what she likes, and if all the ingredients are not to her liking, then I (and most often we) return to the mastering of perfection. It’s important for me to include her in all aspects of food. I want her to appreciate the process of eating from beginning to end, so we begin with where and how we source and purchase or gather our ingredients. I’ve noticed when Read More →

Holiday Baking with Whole Wheat Flour

By Estelle Hayes I’ve been hearing the praises of Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain for ages and I finally ordered my copy. It does not disappoint. I’m taking baby steps with alternative flours as I’ve been burned with some dreadful whole wheat pie crusts in the past. The chocolate chip and the gingersnap recipes will be a staple in our house. I’m already planning some holiday gift boxes full of these for special friends and family. Honestly, the gingersnap is near perfection. I’ll probably make them a bit smaller next time just to increase Read More →

Fighting the Hoarder within

{Sometimes hoarding pays…like when you unearth your very first Madonna concert tee from 1987 and get to wear it to a show in 2012. Awesome. Not so much when you realize you’ve held on to a comemorative pom pom from the 1995 Rose Bowl. Go Ducks. Also, I’ve got a few tea cups and pots to part with if anyone is in the market.}  Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I struggle with the hoarder’s gene. Sadly, the apple does not fall far from the tree as I Read More →

What’s in Your Little’s Lunchbox? Estelle Shares

By Estelle Hayes My daughter, Emerson, is a four year-old creature of habit – much like her mama. She has some variation of this every single school day. Cheese quesadilla, apple sauce pouch and on occasion an organic yogurt tube or chewy granola bar and water. Overall, I’m o.k. with this lunch. Sure, I wish there was a whole fruit of some sort involved. Say, an apple or a bowl of strawberries, but she eats berries with dinner every single night. And I’m thinking of springing a whole wheat tortilla on her some time soon. I’d love to Read More →

Just Neem ~ Natural Bug Repellent and a giveaway

 By Melissa McArdle Living a life filled with an abundance of outdoor living is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but often times, we are reminded that humans are not the only ones who like to soak up the fresh air. Yes, I’m talking about those pesky insects which circle, flitter and fly within the same shared atmosphere we like to deem as only ours. At least we now have options in regards to ‘green’ repellents. Just Neem will help you say ADIOS to those annoying pests. The 100% Natural Outdoor Spray doesn’t leave you smelling Read More →

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