Whole Foods & You: Putting Salad Bars in Schools #WFMSaladDay


I remember the first time I heard about a school having a salad bar. I was like "WHAT??" and then thought "why couldn't we have that when I was in school!". Did any of you have salad bars in your schools? Do your children have them now? We've been homeschooling for a long time, but our three oldest children did attend public school for the elementary years and they didn't have a salad bar. Knowing how my kids eat salad, they would have LOVED it. That's why when I heard about the Whole Foods … [Read more...]

DIY Salad Bar at Home + The Odd Life of Timothy Green


The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a a new movie by Disney that is the story of a couple, Cindy and Jim Green (played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who desperately want to have a child of their own, but are only left with their dreams of who he might be.  Suddenly, Timothy (played by CJ Adams) shows up at their house after a storm and they learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. David and I went to a special early screening of The Odd Life of … [Read more...]

Veggie Loaded Pasta Bake

Veggie Loaded Pasta Bake

I've heard a lot about how good kale is for you, but other than making kale chips once or twice, I have no experience with it.  I spotted this recipe in the January 2012 issue of Better Homes and Garden and I liked that it included kale. It seemed that with the cheese and pasta (very similar to my own macaroni and cheese recipe), this might be a great way of introducing kale to the kids as part of an actual dinner.  The question was: would they like it? … [Read more...]

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is one of my top favorite comfort foods. In the early years of our marriage, there was no way I would have made it homemade. Seemed so complicated. We did have it at home, but it was almost always a frozen variety. I ordered it in restaurants too. I remember choosing it during our 3rd wedding anniversary date night to Marie Callendar's restaurant. I've come a long ways from that time and I think my family is quite happy that I have. If I say we are having chicken pot pie for … [Read more...]

Gilcrease Orchard – U-Pick Farm in Las Vegas


When you think of U-Pick Farms, you probably don't think of Las Vegas. I know...I didn't think Las Vegas either. Before we moved here, I was checking out farmer's markets and CSA's in Vegas and I stumbled upon the Gilcrease Orchard -- a non-profit, pick-your-own farm. I've been wanting to visit the orchard ever since we moved to Vegas, but their hours never seemed to match up well with our own schedules. But, in October, they have extended hours due to how many families visit their pumpkin … [Read more...]

Ina Garten’s Lentil Vegetable Soup

Ina Garten's Lentil Vegetable Soup

While making up my menu plan, and in an attempt to use up some of what I have in my pantry, I noticed that I had two bags of lentils. I've had them for a while now, so I figured: use 'em or lose 'em. I knew I wanted to do a soup with them, so I start my search for a new soup recipe to try. I wanted something low in fat and meatless -- not that we don't eat meat, but we are eating less meat lately. I ended up deciding to make Ina Garten's Lentil Vegetable Soup.  It made a HUGE batch. Of … [Read more...]

Honey Glazed Carrots


When growing up, we had meatloaf fairly frequently and it was ALWAYS accompanied with peeled potatoes (cut into chunks) and carrots. Everything was baked together with the meatloaf, in one pan. I always loved that dinner. Now, cooking for my own family, carrots are a favorite vegetable side dish. Every person in our home enjoys them, and there is hardly ever leftovers. One of my favorite things about carrots? They are CHEAP. And, they are good for you. What could be better? … [Read more...]

Las Vegas Farmer’s Markets


One day, while I was sitting back in my old house in Virginia, I started to wonder... Is there Farmer's Markets in Las Vegas? After all, it's DESERT. And it's HOT. I don't know a thing about gardening, can things even grow when it's that hot? I pulled out trusty Google and learned that, yes, there is farmer's markets in Las Vegas. Several of them, as a matter of fact. I was relieved - and excited to visit once we got settled. … [Read more...]