Peanut Butter Shake with Strawberry Jelly Swirl


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Hello from Nashville, TN!

We are just about a week into our cross country exploration trip – and it’s a lot more work than I expected!

I’m dropping in to give you a link to a delicious smoothie recipe I created – Peanut Butter Shake with Strawberry Swirl – for Blendtec.  This is one of our decadent smoothies that makes a great treat or dessert.

I’ll be back soon with more thoughts from the road.  In the meantime, if you’d like to read our blog about our road trip visit

Be well,


This Week in My Kitchen



DSCF0217Folks, it’s all getting packed up! I can’t believe we have filled boxes and boxes with all of our kitchen equipment.  Trips to the market and grocery store are either infrequent or lightweight.

We are five days away from our moving date and I just wanted to stop in here to say hi, and ask that you bear with me until we are on the road.  I will be snapping pictures before we leave, but may not get to post much until after settlement.

Joining Heather this week for the latest This Week in My Kitchen blog hop.  Details on the food can be found at the bottom.  Ask questions in the comments, please!

DSCF0229DSCF0204DSCF0145DSCF0178DSCF0232DSCF0225DSCF0235::  our lovely neighbor friends made us this beautiful fresh fruit tart.  decadent and definitely worthy of a thousand pictures.  Thank you, Mary!

::  steamed potatoes and green beans with fresh chives coated in an amazing tahini sauce (the sauce always makes the dish, right?)

::  quinoa with peas, hummus and a basil zucchini frittata

::  granola bars in the making (with chocolate chips, of course)

::  creamy peach and chickpea spinach salad, topped with peanuts

::  blueberry corn pancakes with fresh fruit

::  one of my many quinoa salads with peaches, cucumbers, chickpeas and I don’t remember what else (a great way to use up all those leftovers in the fridge)

::  last, but certainly not least, our little lady trying so hard to get something from the fridge.  aren’t toddlers the best?

Stay in touch, friends.  I’ll see you on the road.



This Week in My Kitchen


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Hello! I am joining Heather this week from Beauty That Moves in her blog hop – and have some news to share!

DSC_0005It’s been busy and I’m a little overwhelmed here at home.  I’m finally at a place where I can announce our big news that we’ve been working on…well, for quite a few years.

We have sold our house and are moving! It’s hard to imagine leaving our home of nine years, where we brought each of our three children home, where we have made so many wonderful friends in our neighborhood and surrounding community.  It’s surreal and definitely bittersweet.

But…this is something our family needs to do. We need to reconnect with each other outside the boundaries of a house with so many responsibilities.  We need time together, enjoying ourselves, as a family…exploring the beauty that is all around us in the United States.  This will be quite the shuffling of needs versus wants, traveling on a budget, and prioritization of what really matters to us.

After we settle on our house in mid-August, we will be embarking on a 40 day journey making our way to the west coast.  We don’t know exactly where we will settle, so stay tuned! I will be blogging here about healthy eating on the road (wait until you see what I’m planning for my road kitchen!), learning on the go (geography, natural science and so much more), and the ups and downs of traveling with three young children (there may even be a blog makeover!).  We are also working on a blog devoted entirely to our trip that I will link to, at some point.

I hope you’ll stick around.  🙂

Now, more pics from my kitchen – with details below.

DSC_0035DSC_0010DSC_0001DSC_0008DSCF0124DSC_0012DSCF0125DSC_0007:: farmers market finds – I’m really going to miss our market and all the people who have been feeding us for over seven years.

:: delicious cheesy quinoa and broccoli on romaine – recipe from the new Oh She Glows cookbook

:: grain free nutty granola with almond milk and local berries and peaches – granola recipe from Jenny Cornbleet’s Raw Food Made Easy

:: quinoa salad with lime vinaigrette

:: one of the best ice creams I have ever made – Mint Chocolate Chip from the Nourishing Meals cookbook (SO EASY and dairy free, my favorite combination)

:: beautiful sprouted lentils – I’m sprouting a lot these days because the humidity and heat makes everything sprout so fast.  I even sprouted some chickpeas by accident in my fridge.  I will write another post on how that happened soon.

:: another quinoa salad with tons of fresh mint from Peg at our farmers market

:: mound of morning green juice ingredients

:: local red potatoes from our farmers market – sooooo buttery and delicious, especially when paired with green beans and a yummy tahini sesame oil dressing


This Week In My Kitchen

Hello! Well, I’ve missed joining along in Heather’s blog hop.  I’m back this week and hope to stick around.  Details about all the greens below, or feel free to ask in the comments.

DSC_0008 2DSC_0003DSC_0006DSC_0002 3DSC_0008::  farmers market goodies…the strawberries keep getting better and better with each week!

::  tons of arugula from our little garden.  I’ve never been an arugula fan until now.  I’ve been making some fruity dressings that mask the bitterness.

::  fresh greens and cucumber, apple, lemon and mint salad with sourdough bread

::  green breakfast smoothie with pear, lemon, collards, a date, water and some ice

::  that ^ green breakfast smoothie on my little girl’s face.  all we could hear was “maw” “maw”.  i think she liked it.

This Week in My Kitchen



Hello friends! Blogging time is at a minimum these days, but that will be changing soon! Our family is about to embark on a long term adventure, so blogging will pick up here and at a new site we are creating for our adventure.  Stay tuned…

In the meantime, today I’m joining the lovely Heather from Beauty that Moves in her weekly blog hop.

I hope you are enjoying the start of your local farmers market and all the lusciousness Spring brings.


(Details on the photos can be found below.)

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DSC_0162::  gluten free whole grain waffles, almond butter and berries for lunch

::  strawberry green salad with poppyseed dressing and freshly picked wild chives

::  the girls chopping and prepping strawberries

::  lentil dal with brown rice, cilantro and mango chutney

::  portabello burger on Udi’s roll with grilled vegetables and cilantro cabbage slaw

::  asparagus, spinach and local goat cheese on homemade teff pizza crust

::  sweet potato, spinach, onion, cabbage on buckwheat spirals topped with lemon zest

::  pesto pasta (we love these buckwheat spirals) with broccoli

::  cilantro cabbage slaw (delicious on its own as a side or on tacos…forgot to take picture, but we had this on tacos last night with black beans, onions, pineapple, green onions and guacamole)

::  farmers market finds (plus strawberries that were hidden out of the frame for some reason…oh, maybe because we were eating them!)

This Week in My Kitchen



Hello friends! I’m back and joining Heather today for her blog hop.  It’s been hot and humid, already, here in southeastern PA over the past week or two, which you will see reflected in our simple food (lots of quick quinoa salads!).  Things are crazy as we embark on several messy house projects in preparation for the next phase of life.  The highlight of my week has been opening day of our local farmers market! I wish I had taken a picture of all the beautiful lettuce, asparagus, potatoes, and rhubarb we bought.

DSC_0016DSC_0005 2DSC_0017DSC_0001DSC_0007DSC_0011Have a spring-filled, rejuvenating week!

This Week in My Kitchen



Hi and Welcome! I’m joining Heather from Beauty that Moves again this week.  It’s been a busy week out of the kitchen, so I have fewer pictures.  We have a lot of changes in store for our family in the near future, bringing with them excitement, trepidation and a lot of work! I think I’ll be talking a little more about this in the coming months.  Until then, I hope you enjoy some of the things we’ve eaten this week.

DSC_0027DSC_0031DSC_0002DSC_0015 3DSC_0033DSC_0037DSC_0036 2::  Lunch with the kids – salad, walnut-pecan dressing, Dreena Burton’s sweet balls (no I did not make this name up!), ginger tea and more green juice for me (plus some leftover mei fun from the previous night’s chinese takeout)

::  I put the grocery bags on the ground.  She walked over to them and sat down.  The next thing I saw was her eating a plum!

::  Balsamic chickpeas and collard greens from a previous 30 Day Vegan (highly recommended!)…hurry, the next session starts soon!

::  Caramelized onion, mushroom and marsala cashew cream quiche with local artisan goat cheese on top.  My own creation and very flavorful.  I surprised myself.

::  The makings of our favorite African Peanut Stew (a double batch in the slow cooker!)

::  Oven roasted russet potatoes

This Week in My Kitchen



Hello! Today is a special day for us.  It’s our son’s fifth birthday, so I’m going to quickly post here and spend the day with our big little guy.  🙂

Joining Heather from Beauty that Moves for her This Week in My Kitchen blog hop.

DSC_0002DSC_0004DSC_0031DSC_0035DSC_0033DSC_0022 2DSC_0007DSC_0008DSC_0012DSC_0029 2DSC_0018DSC_0039—Let us pray for the families who lost loved ones in the Kansas City tragedy last Sunday.  They will be greatly missed, but their legacies live on.—