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Luck of the Irish

The leprechauns brought us 6″ of snow today!

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It is beautiful, I must admit. But everyone I talk to, and even the plants, are ready for spring. How do I know the plants are ready?? Take a look:

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My crocuses were popping up just 2 days ago.

I’m so ready for spring that I had convinced myself that this has been the longest winter ever. But when I did some digging out of curiosity, I discovered that we had snow last year on the 25th of March! And in 1990, it snowed April 6th!! OK, I’m calling on my Irish ancestry to throw a little luck my way. No more snow (knocking on wood right now). I want spring to spring-a-ding-ding into action (thanks Tigger!).

To celebrate pi day and St. Paddy’s, I decided to try the Apple Pie with Kale and Lemon Pastry from the Veggie Desserts blog. It’s delish! And not too sweet (I used less sugar than the recipe calls for) and you wouldn’t know the kale is an ingredient by tasting it.

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Baking is one of my favorite things to do on a snowy day. I’m thinking about making biscuits. I know what you’re thinking. They aren’t exactly healthy. But they are a comfort food lovingly made by my grandmother. My Dad can whip up a mean batch of biscuits too! We’ve been known to take photos of our nicely risen “cat eyes.”

Here’s to a relaxing snow day (the last one of the season, fingers crossed) filled with piano playing, knitting, and baking. What’s your favorite snow day activity? Are you ready for spring?

Bye Bye Sugar, Hello Veggies

I really try to eat healthy and have cut out a lot of the sugar, meat, and snackie items my family used to eat.  We’re not perfect.  But we’re discovering healthy options all the time.  (A little secret:  After I cut out 95% of the sugar I was eating, I went through a bit of withdrawal, but then my cravings for sweet things disappeared!  And I lost weight without doing anything but cutting sugar.)

Ready to make Dolce Vita Minestrone

           Ready to make Dolce Vita Minestrone

I’d like to let you in on some of the blogs I’ve been following to help revamp my fridge and pantry.

The Food Babe

              The Food Babe

 

Recently, I found the Food Babe’s blog. She’s amazing! There are lots of great recipes and restaurant reviews on her site. She has even exposed many fast food restaurants for their nasty ingredients.

 

 

 

A Must-Have Cookbook

          A Must-Have Cookbook

Veggies, Yarn and Tails is another blog for great food finds.  I gave the recipes in the Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker by Geraldine Helen Hartman a try.  They are all delicious!  The Dolce Vita Minestrone with Whole Wheat Ricotta Scones was a soothing meal on a snowy day.  The Mac & Cheese is super creamy.  And the In The Navy Bean Soup and Rosemary Hummus were devoured by my family.  Oh, and I made the lasagne too!  Yes!  Lasagne in the slow cooker.  All of these recipes were super easy, delicious, and healthy.  I’m set to try the Rice & Red Lentil Salad and the Sunflower & Oat Machine Bread next.

 

 

Kale and Apple Cake

                             Kale and Apple Cake

I’ve been a fan of Jamie Oliver for years and receive his newsletter.  Today, he helped me discover a blog that I’m very excited about – Veggie Desserts.  Kate Hackworthy’s blog is the Food Revolution Blog of the Month, and it’s full of yummy and healthy desserts.  I’ve just got to try the Kale and Apple Cake with Apple Icing, the Kale Coconut Cream Pie, or the Cucumber and Lemon Cake with Elderflower Icing for St. Patrick’s Day.  She incorporates carrots, beets, spinach, chard, sweet potatoes, and avocado, just to name a few.  Veggies can be used to replace sugar and fat.  Did you know that  avocados make great replacements for eggs?

And speaking of avocados and eggs… I attended a raw desserts class at Whole Foods and the instructor said the same thing!  At that class, I learned how to make wonderfully creamy chocolate desserts from walnuts, cacao, coconut oil, cashews, maple syrup, and a food processor.  I made some of these treats for Valentine’s Day.  They were so delish that my family didn’t know that they were eating healthy desserts.

I look at food in a different way – ever since someone reminded me that food and drink become part of your body.  They become part of YOU.  So… basically, you are indeed what you eat.  Here’s to healthy!