Food + Recipes

Spring Quinoa Salad w. Creamy Herb-Dijon Dressing

May 18, 2017

This bright salad is perfect for Spring and can be made ahead for picnics and potlucks. The earthiness of red quinoa paired with crunchy fresh vegetables and toasted pistachios plays nicely with a creamy herb-Dijon dressing. Be creative with the ingredients. Toasted silvered almonds would work well and even a handful of raisins or dried cranberries would make a nice addition! Gather 1/2 cup raw pistachios 8 ounces green beans 4 ounces sugar snap peas Kosher salt 1/2 cup coarsely…

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Lavender, Rosemary & Orange Cookies

March 31, 2017

Upon returning from a restorative family trip to the Ojai Valley, I was inspired to bake cookies using aromatic Spring herbs and citrus that fill the air this time of year. The buttery undertones and neutral flavor of shortbread to allow the lavender, rosemary and orange to shine through. A simple orange icing really takes this cookie to the next level. Gather Cookies: 1/2 cup of butter 1/4 cup of sugar 1 1/2 cups of flour 1 tsp of vanilla extract a…

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Benjamin’s 3rd Birthday

January 29, 2017

After a fast and intense labor, you were peacefully born three years ago today. You’re wide-eyed, full of wonder and quite a character, bursting with personality! Some words to best describe you are attuned, curious, determined, observant, silly, energetic, self-assured, clever and empathetic. You’re drawn to animals and the natural world – whether it’s playing in the snow or sand, you enjoy adventuring in the great outdoors, getting your hands in the mix, and love playing in the water. Some of…

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Olive Oil Cake

December 26, 2016

I bookmarked this recipe from Little Flower Baking and finally made it for a Chanukah party, as it offers a nod to the miracle of oil that is celebrated during this holiday. With its crackling crust and aromatic oil-rich center, this citrus-infused cake is sure to please. Gather 2 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour) 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar (or coconut) 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder 3 pasture eggs 1 ¼ cups extra-virgin…

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Journal Travel

Mammoth Lakes

December 23, 2016

The mountains were calling, again, and it couldn’t have been a better time to take the boys to the snow for the first time. Mammoth had just gotten over four feet of snow in 24 hours! Highlights: breathtaking views, fresh mountain air, the sound of wind blowing through trees, wildlife footprints in untouched snow, making snow angels, sledding until tuckered out, warming up with cups of hot chocolate, sharing a good meal with friends, singing Happy Birthday to Judah. A fun time was had by…

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Food + Recipes

The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake

December 21, 2016

The height of sophistication is simplicity. – Clare Boothe Luce I poured extra love into perfecting this classic little cake. Vanilla on vanilla is my son’s favorite and he recently requested it for his 6th birthday. The recipe uses simple ingredients that you probably have on hand. It starts with a cake that has an amazing crumb. The key is to use the spoon and level method. Packing flour into a measuring cup will give you a dense cake. Instead, stir the…

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20 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

December 2, 2016

‘Tis the season for sniffles, sneezes and sore throats! We can’t do much about the toxins, bacteria and viruses that we’re exposed to– but we can strengthen and support our immune systems which will help prevent these invaders from doing harm in the first place. Here are 20 ways to boost your immune system naturally to help keep you healthy and feeling good year-round! 1. Garlic. One of nature’s most powerful immune boosters! Garlic is a natural antimicrobial and unlike most antibiotics,…

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Holiday Journal

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Give

November 24, 2016

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, but it also provides an opportunity to remember the struggle of those who lack what many of us take for granted. We kicked off our holiday giving by partnering with Judah’s school and Childbirth Connection to Adopt a Family in need and provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner. This particular family is a single mother with two young children. Judah felt so good inside to…

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Fattoush Salad

November 7, 2016

It was a gorgeous Southern California day so Benjamin and I sat out on the patio for lunch and enjoyed this delicious fattoush salad inspired by my friend Mirey of High on Wholesome (check out her feed for the most vibrant, beautiful dishes!) There are different variations of this salad but I used what I had on hand. I chopped up a head of romaine lettuce, red onion, red bell pepper, persian cucumber, fresh dill and mint leaves. If you have…

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Food + Recipes Holiday

No Bake Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bites

October 31, 2016

These No-Bake Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bites from Running with Spoons are easy and fun to make with kids, suitable for many dietary restrictions because they’re free of eggs, dairy, nuts, gluten, soy and wheat, and they’re a delicious treat you can feel good about giving to your kids all season long! Ingredients For the bites: 1/2 cup (4 dates), pitted 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 2 Tbsp maple syrup 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 tsp…

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