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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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Keeping Cool with Italian Cucumber Salad

Are you feeling the heat?  While I love the hot weather, I do reach a point where it does feel good to cool down.  This is one reason why I like cooking seasonally-or using fruits and vegetables that are in season.  Many spring and summer fruits and vegetables are naturally cooling-like cucumbers.  Here’s a tasty twist on the typical cucumber salad. Continue reading “Keeping Cool with Italian Cucumber Salad”

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Easy 4th of July Picnic Snacks-Snack Picks

With July 4th just around the corner and in the middle of the week, it may be difficult to plan & prepare snacks for your holiday outing.  Here’s an easy, quick snack idea that is sure to please everyone’s palate-Snack Picks.  Snacks on a toothpick! Continue reading “Easy 4th of July Picnic Snacks-Snack Picks”

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Hansen’s Dairy-Good Food That’s Good For You

June is National Dairy Month and I recently spent some time at Hansen’s Diary near Hudson, IA.  This family-run operation has been providing the Cedar Valley with their own brand of fresh milk and dairy products for almost 15 years. Continue reading “Hansen’s Dairy-Good Food That’s Good For You”

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