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Wednesday, June 5, 2013


these little lights of mine


take 2...


Thursday, May 23, 2013

love song

Tonight I introduced my daughters to one of my all-time favorite songs. 


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

my singing girls



Friday, April 19, 2013

still dancing


-but never far from a book for long.

album cover

Charlotte's aunt Lemon calls her 'Charlo', which would be a great name for a band...   When she puts out an album this is the photo she should use for the cover.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

look what i found...


Monday, March 18, 2013

holy cow

My daughter has a 'Hole-y Cow' toy that shoots balls out of its mouth, which she finds very entertaining....   But not as entertaining as making her little sister say "holy cow!"


Saturday, March 16, 2013

dora the explorer

Having watched many many episodes of Dora the Explorer, I found this funny.

And this, too...


Thursday, March 7, 2013

sublime smoothie

After I did the quinoa post I decided to share this smoothie recipe as well.  It's an updated 'magic drink'.  (I used to do one with orange juice and banana - but this one is more refreshing, and it includes greens - so I like to have one every day.)

The basic idea is a base of kale (or spinach or any other dark, leafy greens) in coconut water - and you add sweet fruits to make the flavor of the greens more pleasant.  You can mix up the fruit choices.  Some days I use berries and pineapple, others I'll use peaches and grapes - just use what you have around.  I also add a few supplements.

Oh, and by the way, I'm not so good with measuring.  I just kind of throw things in, which I know is not very helpful when giving out a recipe...   If your drink ends up being too thick, just add more coconut water and blend some more.  You'll get the hang of how much fruit to add for your preferred consistency after you've done it a couple of times

About 2 cups of coconut water
about 1 cup of kale
1/2 apple

FRUIT (pick a couple)
frozen pineapple (ma
frozen berries
frozen peaches

1 scoop multivitamin powder
1 TBSP flax seed oil
1 TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP chia seeds

Just mix everything in a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix) and enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

daphne's quinoa salad

 I've never liked the flavor of quinoa...  to me it always tastes a little like dirt.  But when I tried my niece's salad I changed my opinion of the grain.  This recipe is delicious - so I thought I'd share it:

Daphne's Quinoa Salad

about 3 cups cooked quinoa
blanch a handful of string beans (pop in salted boiling water for 15 seconds until just tender and then shock in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking); chop into bite size pieces
sautee/fry thinly sliced shallots or onions, about 1 small onion total
2 tablespoons dried currants
1 can cooked garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can cooked kidney beans, drained and rinsed
candied lemon zest, optional

toss onions, currants, and garbanzo/kidney beans all together in a bowl with quinoa and string beans while they are still warm. make dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup/honey or agave; juice from 1/2 lemon, salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp ground coriander (more to taste). Pour dressing over and allow steam/dressing to help currants plump up. If you want a little heat, chop in 1/4 habanero pepper. add fresh chopped parsley & slivered almonds if desired. Enjoy!!
P.s. I use cranberries instead of currants, and I leave out the lemon zest.