Seasonal Roots

Eating seasonally lends to many rich flavors.  Throughout fall and winter, root vegetables like parsnips and carrots find their way to our table regularly­–as does bacon.  Moving into Advent also brings to mind other roots that run deep, namely faith and family. Continue reading “Seasonal Roots”

Potions & Herbology-Savory Squash Soup

As the calendar turns toward the end of October, the pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns remind me of Harry Potter.   As I’ve shared in previous posts, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, reading the entire series at least 10 times (enough so the books fell apart!) and knowing most of the movies by heart. Continue reading “Potions & Herbology-Savory Squash Soup”

Sunset Delight

Delightful End to the Day

I love sunsets (and sunrises)!  The colors mezmerize me as I gaze in awe of just how great and wonderous God really is.  When I first whipped up these beets, carrots & onions, I tried thinking of a catchy name.  One that really captures both, the vibrant colors and the explosion of flavors, too.  I immediately thought of our gorgeous Iowa sunsets (and sunrises). Continue reading “Sunset Delight”

Dilly Cucumber Salad & Water

I’ve been asked to share this Dilly Cucumber Salad Recipe ever since the first time I posted about it – the last time I was at the Waterloo Urban Farmer’s Market.  I’ve not ignored you, but I wanted a video to go along with the recipe.  I will have to say, I am pretty stoked about this video-it took less than 2 hrs to complete Continue reading “Dilly Cucumber Salad & Water”

Zucchini Wedges and Intellectual Wellness

An Abundance of Zucchini

‘Tis the ime of year when there is an abundance of many garden vegetables-zucchini being one of them.  There are so many things to do with zucchini. I’ve been having fun challenging myself to create ways to share them with you.  Continue reading “Zucchini Wedges and Intellectual Wellness”

Summer Fajita Mix at the Waterloo Urban Market using Cook’s Fruits and Vegetables

This past Saturday, I had the F.R.E.D. cart out at the Waterloo Urban Market again.  It was a spectacular day!  Not only did I get to make and share 3 new recipes (including this Summer Fajita Mix), my husband joined me and we got to connect so many people with good, local food!  I had the pleasure of learning more about Mike Cook of Cook’s Fruits and Vegetables. Continue reading “Summer Fajita Mix at the Waterloo Urban Market using Cook’s Fruits and Vegetables”

My Motivation

As an RN, I’ve been wanting to do some posts on different health topics as well as providing you with some solid information to help the healthy choice be the easy choice for you.  Many people ask me, “What do you eat? How do you eat?  What do you cook?” and then “How do you cook?”  I generally start with “I don’t necessarily like to cook, but I like to feel good and I like my food to taste good.”  Continue reading “My Motivation”

Cheesy BLT Salad

Amanda working at the Hansens Dairy Cedar Falls store
Amanda working at the Hansens Dairy Cedar Falls store

I have to give my daughter credit for this mouth-watering Cheesy BLT Salad recipe.  She is the assistant manager at the Hansen’s Dairy, Cedar Falls store and really likes helping connect people in the Cedar Valley to the good food Continue reading “Cheesy BLT Salad”