Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mango Piña Colada Smoothie

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Sean and I are usually out most mornings. We drop off Ewan at preschool and then head to the gym. If we are lucky we have time to run an errand before it is time to pick up Ewan. Then there are days when there is just too much to do at home we don’t go out in the morning. Yesterday was one of those days…and Sean got to enjoy this smoothie for his morning snack! Continue reading

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German Coffee Cake (Schuttelkuchen)

German Coffee Cake (Schuttelkuchen)
Lately I have been craving some good old German dessert. Back in the day, not that I will age myself with specific dates or numbers, I spent my senior year of high school in Germany. After an unpleasant experience with my first host family I had a wonderful time with my second family. My host mother, Mama, was the baker, my host father, Papa, was the cook. It was a division of labor that worked quite well.

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Seedlings, Day 10

The boys are enjoying watching all our seedlings grow! They know these will turn into plants that will grow in our garden. If you want your children to eat well I highly recommend you plant some vegetables and let the kids watch things grow. Let them help you in the kitchen. I know, they get in the way and slow things down, but they really do pay attention. My kids will eat just about any vegetable raw while I am chopping getting ready to fix dinner. Sean’s favorite is usually raw onion! Good thing he also eats the mint leaves off my plant, well good for his breath, not good for my plant!

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Everything has sprouted except the peppers. The cabbages and broccolis are the biggest. Notice the leaning plants…always need rotating as they grow towards the sunny windows.

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Notice Sean in the background, he helped water this morning and kept trying to get into my shots!

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I can almost taste the tomatoes now….

Tropical Granola

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This is one of those happy accidents. You see, I went to my pantry to get out some banana chips to make this granola, but to my shock I didn’t have any. I am not sure how that happened, I could have sworn I had some. I was just at Trader Joe’s, I would have gotten some if I knew I was out.

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Let the 2014 Garden Season Begin!

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This will be the sight of my kitchen table for a while! Sunday we started our 2014 garden season by getting the seeds sowed indoors. We are lucky to live in the South where the garden season starts early. Last year we planted our seeds and seedlings outside St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

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We started 8 varieties of tomatoes. Have I mentioned how much I love tomatoes fresh from the garden?! Sean now enjoys grape and cherry tomatoes too so I can count on him to help me eat them. Needless to say we have a ton (assuming a good year) and share so many. In the Columbia, SC area…stop by this summer!

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Fresh herbs….I can’t wait to walk out my door and cut them for dinner.

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We also started four varieties of peppers. What else, some cabbage, broccoli… The rest will be started directly in the garden come March, weather permitting.

What are your favorite garden goodies? It is hard for me to pick a favorite, but tops are tomatoes and lettuce. Come spring we eat TONS of salads and give away a lot of lettuce and spinach. Unfortunately, the tomatoes don’t come in until after the lettuce is gone. A tomato cucumber salad is common in our house during the summer though.

Here’s hoping to a successful garden this year, last year was horrible. We had asparagus, lettuce and melons but not much of anything else.