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Vegetable Garden: Here We Go . . . Again!

By Fredrica Syren This weekend I finally planted all my vegetables, and I’m so excited to have a small vegetable garden once again.  Ever since we moved to this house in 2007, I’ve had a greenhouse and a large vegetable garden in the back.  I really enjoy gardening with Bella …

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Baked pasta and kale

The hardest vegetable for me to get my kids to eat is the leafy greens such as spinach, swiss chard or kale. I usually have to be good at “masking” them in a sauce but I also have to make dishes an adult will find fun. This baked pasta dish …

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Urban Chickens

By Kim Robson Have you ever toyed with the idea of raising a few chickens on a bit of land?  If you have some yard space and want healthy, farm-fresh eggs to eat, it’s well worth considering.  Many communities’ zoning laws now allow a small number of chickens.  San Diego’s …

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creamy carrot and bean soup

So today was the first day of Bella’s week off from school and it started out so well with baby brother sleeping in and then a nice family morning walk. For lunch I made soup because it’s fast and a very easy way to get kids to eat vegetables. Later …

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Children’s Crafts — Make a Bird Feeder

By Fredrica Syren: Bella’s school encourages the kids to make homemade cards and gifts to give away for special occasions, so for this Valentine’s Day we made bird feeders.  It was easy and fun and did not cost a whole lot, either.  We hand crafted 18 bird feeders and Valentine’s …

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Beet and cabbage slaw

I love slaws in any shape and form and for today’s lunch I have a slaw in the fridge blending flavors as I write. I don’t make my slaws creamy but rather use vinegar and oil base. I intend to eat this on the side of a veggie burger. This …

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Sunday = Family Time

By Fredrica Syren Sunday is my favorite day of the week because it’s all about our little family and tons of cuddle time.  On Sunday we take our time waking up and spend all morning in our pajamas.  It’s when we eat breakfast at our own pace, and some of …

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Raw Lemon Cookies

Yuck, another evening of overeating and feeling terrible. I don’t know why I did it to myself and I believe I’m fine as long as I don’t eat too much sugar. I makes me shaky and keeps me up at night. I had promised Bella to make cookies today and …

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Seitan and mushroom stew

I had two five year olds at home yesterday afternoon so I had to act like a referee A LOT.  Or at least until I finally had it and told them either they play nice or not but not to come to me anymore. It worked!!! I was very happy …

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Frozen Berry Yogurt

Wow the weeks are flying and I can’t believe it’s Friday already. This weekend is packed with activities and people to see and next week Bella has the week off from school. Lots of fun times to look forward to.Today Bella has a play date in the afternoon who is …

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