Real Mama Life : The Cupboards are Bare!!!

There are some very real benefits to all the preserving and canning I do.  Not just because of the health benefits of eating food that is preserved while it is in season but because very rarely are the cupboards really bare. Tonight was one of those nights…..we have been in and out of town so […]

Beet Noodles Salad

I can always tell when my auto-immune is being mismanaged because I can’t focus.  I can’t see projects through and I feel easily overwhelmed.  Motivation is absent, exhaustion is present and my brain doesn’t work. Remember my last post about June and it’s attempts at homicide?  Well there are a few days left and it […]

Tomato, Capers, and Olives ‘Pasta’

Remember this recipe for zucchini noodles? The point of that recipe was for this kind of recipe to follow…… I love olives….mostly I love kalamata olives.  I know in the olive world this is the most common and but a small portion of the many to choose from. I do like others but kalamatas are […]

Roasted Bussel Sprouts

Everything is yummy cooked in bacon and onions….EVERYTHING!! One of my New Years resolutions for 2013 was to try foods I have always claimed to not like.  I have never been a really picky eater (does being gluten free, dairy free and mostly sugar free count as picky?  I think not) but there were a […]

Salad Nicoise

With babies, there is a period in between spoon feeding puree foods and efficient finger food eating that is particularly troublesome.  It is usually during this period that the little nuggets figure out that throwing food on the floor is fun….this I loathed.  I hated that all the effort I had made to feed them […]

Vegetable Stock and Curry Sweet Potato Soup

We have now come out the other end of ‘tag you’re it’ stomach flu.  I always think I have somehow managed to avoid what ever the kids have brought home but oh how the mighty do fall. Auto-immune diseases and all I actually fared pretty well.  Everyone else in the family spent at least 12 […]

Garlicy Hummus

About once a week it is Big Daddy’s night to make dinner.  Usually it falls on one of my busier days when I haven’t been able to consider dinner early enough in the day to make sure that the meat is thawed and prep done.  Sometimes it is left overs but most often he does […]

Tom Kha Gai or Tom Kha Goong

I am officially completely obsessed with this soup.  I don’t mean in a ‘I like to eat it’ way but that I would bathe in it if you weren’t going to judge me.  I have made 3 batches of it since Sunday (it is Tuesday).  I love the smell, the sweet, salty, sour and bitterness, […]

Creamy Zucchini Soup

The weather is getting cold, the seasonal vegetables have changed and the budget is thin.  After beautiful summer weather all through September, Fall rolled in with a vengeance.  It got cool fast and everyone got sick.  The last week has been cool rainy days that are overcast and dark.  My least favourite kind of weather.  […]

Dinner Last Night – Beef Bourguignon/Stew

I was recently diagnosed with low iron….like painfully low iron.  The kind of low iron that alarms the doctor when he reads the labs.  The kind where he starts writing prescriptions, suddenly seems busy, looking at you concerned and sifts through all the other lab work you have had over the last few years. Low […]