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My (10) Christmas Present(s) To You

It feels like we’ve had an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, though the calendar tells me it’s only a few days. That’s great for tackling the to-do list, but it makes me feel like a little kid painstakingly checking off the days until it’s here. Not to mention the walk to the … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

The day devoted to cooking, eating and practicing thanks with family and friends — or even strangers — is here. My calendar has been pointing toward it for weeks, and I’m thrilled to press pause on life and celebrate. Whether we know it or not, we all end up making Thanksgiving resolutions of some sort; they’re not … Continue reading

It’s Fall. Eat Soup.

It’s fall! Time to get honked at for taking cell phone pictures of these gorgeous Virginia colors at stop signs! Time to call animal control for the inordinate number of deer that have taken up residence in your yard, one of which appears injured and aggressive (and then time to call your friends with crossbows and … Continue reading

Sipping chocolate & chocolate chili ~ Cocoa Bella

Last night we actually watched the Oscars. The whole thing. Until midnight. That was mostly because my husband knew he had a snow day in the bag for today, and I needed something for my eyeballs to do while I packed up the house. (Yes, we are moving this coming weekend to a different house … Continue reading

Olympic Pot Roast — because this winter may never end

The winter Olympics are in full swing, which means there is no time to cook. No point in trying, really. We’ve got the whole shebang — figure skating, cross-country skiing (my new favorite), snowboarding, you name it — filling up our DVR, waiting for us every night. Although I can fast forward through commercials, I tend … Continue reading

Green-ish smoothies & powerhouse turmeric

I’ve been doing a lot of blending lately. It’s the time of year to take healthy things and make them palatable enough that maybe, just maybe, you’ll keep eating them past January 31st. And if the breakfast smoothie weren’t the best idea ever invented in that category, then I don’t know what is (wait, are … Continue reading

Crosscountry Christmas (& a book worth reading)

After driving from Virginia to Kansas (a mere 20-hour, two-day excursion) to drop off the dog at “grandmas,” then flying to El Paso, Texas, for my brother-in-law’s wedding, then back to Kansas, then driving back to…. well you get the point. ‘Twas a lovely wedding though…   And a lovely Christmas! We’re back in Virginia … Continue reading

Guest Post from a weight-lifting vegetarian

I first met Edouard Sooh when he worked at the Natural Healthway Foods store in Belle Haven. Between waiting on customers, he seemed to always have one of the store’s fat textbooks about natural eating open across the counter, researching at great lengths the details of how our bodies function and which foods might help them function … Continue reading

P.Y.O Pumpkins, Apples, Paw Paws & Recipes

WE WENT TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH! And it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Fall-like, family friendly, and we even found a photographer to bring along! Thanks to Jami McDowell for taking these great shots! (And, yes, that is a hair flip in the above photograph. That’s apparently what I do while walking to … Continue reading

Fall Calls: Pumpkin (grain-free) Muffins & Other Seasonal Ideas

It didn’t feel much like fall this past Saturday as we sat through a sweltering, 90-degree day to watch Navy beat Air Force in Annapolis. But that didn’t stop us from ushering as much fall flavor as possible into our breakfast tailgate and stop-by-the-car halftime lunch. My friend Christi (pictured below) made these to-die-for pumpkin … Continue reading