Recipe Contest

Okay, friends. I am three weeks into my detox diet with one week left to go. I’m in the final stretch and I’m walking around 4 pounds lighter and “whole foods” smarter. Along the way, I have gained nuggets of wisdom from my readers, so thank you for your comments. Over the past few weeks, … [Read more…]


Last week we went with some friends to pick strawberries. While we were there we bought a flat of “jam berries” for ten bucks. We call these the rejects, but they are perfect for making jam. There are no pictures of us actually making it, because frankly, jammin’ ain’t pretty. I mean, we’re not dressed … [Read more…]


I’m a bad mommy. I have my moments with my own children, but I’m really speaking in regards to our 11-year-old “son” from Brazil. His name is Adriano. For the past 5 years, we have sponsored Adriano through Compassion International. This doesn’t make us heroes. As Christians, we are called to serve the poor. But, … [Read more…]

Angels Do Exist

Angels do exist. I know this because she came to me. With goat cheese….that she made from her own goats. And her name is Susan. Her daughter goes to school with Logan. She has been reading my blog and really sensed my desire to have spinach pie. So, like the wonderful person & friend she … [Read more…]

Total Concentration

Here is our studio. It’s separate from the house and behind it are hundreds of acres of state forest. This is where I teach flute lessons & Earl writes his music. Here is Earl. He’s working on a new arrangement and he’s VERY focused. I needed to ask him something, so I walked out back … [Read more…]

Detox Diet: DAYS 2-5

Here’s an update up until this point. If you haven’t read about the detox diet I’m on, click here. DAY 2:   I had a headache in the afternoon. I attribute this to my lack of caffeine. Remedy? Power nap and some fresh air, running with a friend. DAY 3:  I experienced some anxiety throughout the … [Read more…]

Detox Diet: DAY ONE

This might be a little trickier than I originally anticipated. This week I received a beautiful bag of fresh spinach from the CSA. I had planned to make a spinach pie, so I went to the market, armed with my list. I headed to the dairy aisle, looking for ricotta cheese. I checked the label. … [Read more…]

Eat This

  Okay, friends. I thought you should all be made aware that I put myself on a whole foods detox diet for one month. I’m on day 3 and so far, so good. Since January, my body has been falling apart. This has been the year for me to have all non-essential body parts removed. People … [Read more…]


Today I picked up my gorgeous produce at the CSA (explanation here) – salad greens, spinach & swiss chard. I can’t wait to get started on this week’s menu! Last week, I was discussing food with our farmer, Raluca. She had mentioned that many other foods are irradiated in order to preserve it (not organic … [Read more…]

Giving, In Good Times and Bad

Times are tough. So why should we give? For one, no matter how little we think we have, there’s probably someone else who has less. And two, it just feels good to help someone in need. Whether you have money or not, here are 9 great places to give. Some won’t even cost you a … [Read more…]