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Watermelon Ice Lollies

Every summer we end up filling our freezer with all kinds of ice lollies. Though we can certainly buy some made with “all natural” or even “organic” ingredients, I always feel best when my kids consume ice lollies we make at home. Good thing it is SUPER easy to do! In the past we have made ice lollies with fresh fruit and coconut water, Greek yoghurt and fruit, or simply fruit juice, but this time we’ve made some out of 100% whole fruit.

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Chatter: All About Au Pairs

After years of scrambling for babysitters, missing events, being late for school runs, and generally feeling a bit run down, my husband and I decided to look into getting an au pair. It ended up being one of the best decisions we ever made for our family, and I now recommend the idea to anyone who will listen!

After speaking to a number of friends who had au pairs, I ended up using Not only is the fee the lowest I found (an absolute fraction of what agencies cost!!), but it is also really easy to use.  And because the site is free for au pairs to register on, there are LOADS of au pairs to choose from!

[Full disclosure: after using Au Pair World for our first two au pairs, I reached out to them and asked if they would be open to a collaboration. As a result, this post is sponsored by Au Pair World, a company I use and love!]

A thank you from our au pair, Elisabeth.

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cauliflower/ potatoes/ soup

Potato and Cauliflower Chowder

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, clam chowder was inevitably a part of my childhood. The hot, salty broth, the soft, milky potatoes, and the chewy clams were heaven in a bread bowl. This vegetarian chowder has all the comforting goodness of the clam chowder of my youth, but it is quick and easy and also delivers a hefty dose of veg. That makes for a winning recipe in my book.

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meal plans

Meal Plan #83

Vero” is not only the name of my college roommate, but it is also the name of the newest social app in town! I can’t help but think Vero will end up like Vine or Periscope in that will only be useful as long as it takes Instagram to catch on to the new features, but until then, it is fun to try something new. Who knows, maybe Vero is the next Instagram! For now it seems a lot like a My Space throwback to me in that it is easy to share music, links, and basically anything else you want without the confines of IG and the exhaustion of FB. I’ve shared some renaissance music from my CD I recorded a few years ago as well as some modern music from a project I did with an artist for the 2017 Venice Biennale (though I’m still struggling to get their server to post the second one . . . their servers are apparently overloaded at the moment . . . ) Once I figure it out I’ll share more food related content as well. Continue Reading…

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Meal Plan #82


I have struggled for many years to feel grounded and at peace with my life. I constantly question decisions I’ve made and I worry every day that I am not living up to my potential. These fears and general self doubt have been a source of serious anxiety in my life and I am exhausted by worries that I don’t have enough, that I don’t do enough, that I am not enough. And then another tragedy makes the news and everything seems so grim.  Continue Reading…


Brown Butter or Beurre Noisette

By: Kate Davies

The first time I had a financier in a French bakery, I was smitten. The petite butter and almond cakes had such purity and richness, a lovely chewy texture and just the right amount of sweetness. The magical flavor component in these little beauties is the brown butter, or beurre noisette (also used to make madeleines).

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Meal Plan #80

Meal Planning Challenge!!

I am challenging you all to meal plan for the entire month of February. Whether that is planning for all seven days each week, or simply two or three days per week, it is up to you; I just want you to commit to doing it! Meal planning will help you and your family eat better foods, eat out less (saving you money!), and helps make evenings less stressful. I have been a weekly meal planner for the last five years, and I am convinced that once you try it, you’ll love it.♡ Continue Reading…

brussels sprouts/ mushroom/ potatoes

Mushroom Bourguignon with Brussel Sprout Mash

I saw a recipe for mushroom bourguignon on my “Hungermama Meal Planning” Facebook group and knew I had to give it a go. We are big fans of beef bourguignon around our house and this vegetarian version was the first one I had seen that worth a try.

The original recipe was a bit too fussy for my (lazy) tastes, so I did what I could to simplify things. I also added more veg via the brussel sprouts in the mash. The most time consuming bit is washing and cutting all the mushrooms, but if you’re really pressed for time, you can always buy them chopped! (Or just have the kids do it earlier in the week when they are bored.) Continue Reading…