I know I sure do! For me, the pinnacle of late-night snacking is a fresh, good quality jam spread on homemade grain toast. Simple, crunchy, and sweet. Mmmm.
And really, what can bring you back to those happy childhood memories faster than a classic PB&J sandwich?
Sadly, all too often those store-bought jams can be a stew-pot of all things bad for you. Just take a look at the ingredient list of any of the major name brand jams and you’ll see ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a host of nearly-unpronounceable chemical additives and preservatives.
Not to mention that the sugar content is so high it usually burns your mouth and leaves you wondering what flavor exactly the jam is supposed to be.
That’s why I was so excited when I was asked to do a review for Maya’s Jams, a small, 100% family-owned company from New York’s Hudson Valley. Using family recipes passed down through the generations, this family trio consisting of Maya, her mother, and her grandmother, create delicious jams of healthy goodness from their organic orchard as well as other locally-sourced fruits. Continue reading →
Yummy Stories is a collection of six modern folk and fairy tales that kids of all ages will adore.
Full of beautiful, vibrant illustrations by Anda Cofaru, these imaginative stories make healthy food fun and look delicious at the same time- a brilliant way to encourage kids to eat their veggies!
Follow the stories of unforgettable characters, like a brave little pea who wants to grow tall, or a greedy giant who swallowed the carrots whole. Find out what happens to a vain strawberry who is always admiring herself, and discover a magical world of fairies, dinosaurs, and so much more.
With the advent of fall, and the crisp weather it brings, I always find myself drinking more and more tea. Heading to the tea pot to warm up on a chilly gray afternoon has become a welcome routine for me- there’s nothing quite like curling up in a comfy chair with a good book and a piping hot cup of tea. Unless of course you add in a generous slice of cake!
This cake is one of my favorites for pairing with tea. Buttery lemon poppy seed cake with a dash of spicy coriander lends itself beautifully to a cup of Earl Grey, with a wonderfully creamy filling of lemon curd gently folded into whipped cream. Top it all off with a generous dusting of powdered sugar and you have the ultimate cake to brighten up that dreary autumn day! Continue reading →
Welcome to chocolate heaven! As the name suggests, this incredible dessert is like the love child between rich, fudgy brownies and chocolaty pudding- you just can’t get any better! Well, unless you serve it up warm with a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream on top… Continue reading →
Raw and organic lovers, here is a great way to add a little chocolatey-goodness to your life!
We’ve all heard of the potential health benefits of dark chocolate- especially cocoa powder. The list is long, and quite impressive, including decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits. This is largely due to polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa that have the potential to prevent heart disease. Flavonoids are antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, and coffee.
Unfortunately, not all cocoa is created equal. Some are more processed, leading to lesser health benefits, while others contain fillers or other unwanted ingredients. Freedom Super Foods is one company that is devoted to creating the highest-quality pure raw cacao powder available. Continue reading →
In a hurry? This tool will cut down on your prep time dramatically!
Recently I was contacted by the Bear Handz company and asked if I would review their new EasyPeeler.
Big deal, you say, what’s so special about a vegetable peeler?
Well, actually, it is a big deal. This is a lot more than your average vegetable peeler. For starters, it’s made out of 100% High Quality Stainless Steel and is designed to last. In fact, it’s even backed with a lifetime guarantee!
Looking to add a little pizzazz to your baking? Need something special for that next bake sale? Heck, does anyone really need an excuse for cupcakes? I don’t think so, but if you do, you might want to give these cupcakes a try. Filled with healthy antioxidants, these vanilla cupcakes with matcha frosting take tea time to a whole new level!
Those of you who follow this blog regularly know that I’m a huge proponent of a natural lifestyle. It seems like every day there is a new study out showing the dangers of the synthetic chemicals in products we encounter every day, from processed foods to household cleaners.
The most recent scandal focuses ontriclosan, the bacteria-fighting ingredient in Colgate Total, as well as many soaps, detergents, and other products. In studies done on mice, rats and frogs, this ingredient has been shown to cause reduced fertility, development issues in fetuses, and increased cancer risk.