19
Mar
17

Whatcha’ growing?

I am committing to self-care in 2017. And as my birthday month has arrived, so has spring fever!  The fever for growth!  And what better way to symbolize this than to begin plans for my backyard garden!  
My pescetarian lifestyle is becoming more and more plant based, and I like itūüėÜ.  For this reason I will plant what I eat, and eat what I plant!  Now I’ve had gardens in the past.  Some years better than others, but overall they’ve been so-so successful. Primarily because I lose the commitment to tend to my garden properly when ‘life’ begins to happen.   I even get to a point where I don’t want to reap my harvest for fear it won’t return plentiful.  Yeah, I know, I sound like I need to lay down on the couch of a ‘Gardengrowthologist’, huh? That should be a thing, really, LOL!  

No worries, I feel this year is different though. Our family lost a good friend and care giver that used to make gardening sound so simple.  She said I was complicating the process and that I just needed to relax and simply, get my hands dirty.  We lost her at the end of January this year.  It is in her honor and her memory that I know I will be victorious this go-round.  

In my research I found a wonderful article from Georgia Organics that provides a beautiful comprehensive outline that I will be using this year as my guide.  I’ve provided the link below.

So here’s to Julia! May my garden grow as your spirit and vibrance has grown in me! 

Let’s get to growing!

https://georgiaorganics.org/for-gardeners/do-it-yourself/starting-your-spring-garden/

-Make it a Great Tasting Day!

17
Jan
17

$6 can score you one of the best bottles of wine in the world- and you won’t believe where!

Next time you’re shopping online and need to grab some washing powder, a comforter set, and a bottle of red, make sure you’re on Wal-Mart’s British subsidiary chain Asda’s site to grab THE BEST bottle of red in all the land!   

Yep, you read it right, a Wal-Mart chain is being praised for selling one of the top wine brands in the world!  
Check it out:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/16/wal-mart-brand-red-wine-named-one-of-the-best-in-the-world.html
Make it a Great Tasting Day!

16
Jan
17

When your kids won’t eat their veggies….make SMOOTHIES!

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Uggh! ¬†I am currently transitioning from pescetarian to vegetarian. ¬†I am slowly but surely eliminating dairy from my diet. ¬†During my 2nd and 3rd trimesters I maintained a plant-based diet…so why won’t my baby eat her greens ūüė£!
Now, to be clear, I am a great healthy-lifestyle chef and have a knack of masking the good-for-you stuff in deliciously irresistible tasting vittles, ¬†but my 3 y/o is just not buying it! ¬†I mean I get the whole head turn, hands-out-push-away, and verbal exclamation ‘EWWWWW’! ¬†I roast carrots and spice them up to make them sweet like candy (no added sugar mind you ūüėä). ¬†Can roast a green bean so mean that it will make the staunchest fast-foodie forget about French fries. ¬†I can crisp kale so good you won’t be able to ‘….eat just one’. ¬†But she wouldn’t budge!

Then it hits me, it was so obvious if it were a snake it would have bit me…

S-M-O-O-T-H-I-E!

That’s it! ¬†She would think it’s a treat from mommie when in reality she’s getting packed full of veggies! More veggies than most adults probably consume in a day, and without any added sugars- natural or otherwise. ¬†And you know what…..IT WORKED!! ¬†She absolutely loves them. ¬†Her bowels are even more regular and green (ok, TMI, but you parents out there with this same problem are finding this to be valuableūüė≤). Other than the fact that I have to change up the flavors every now and then to keep her guessing, I conclude this case *SUCCESSFULLY CLOSED*.

For your convenience I’ve added some smoothie combos that worked for my angel:

 

GREEN PEACH PRINCESS

* Banana

* kale and/or spinach

* peaches- in 100% juice (no sugar added) snack packs for lunchboxes are perfect!

* almond milk (80 calorie)

* ice

 

THANK YOU BERRY MUCH

* Banana

* kale and/or spinach

* fresh (if summer) or frozen berries

* almond milk (80 calorie)

* ice

 

ORANGE YOU GLAD

* spinach

* oranges- in 100% juice (no sugar added) snack packs for lunchboxes are perfect!

* carrot

* almond milk (80 calorie)

* ice

 

APPLICIOUS FRUIT CUP

* kale and/or spinach

* banana

* apple

* peaches

* berries

* almond milk  (80 calorie)

* ice

 

A FRUITY BEET

* spinach

* banana

* beet (peeled and chopped)

* berries

* peaches

* almond milk (80 calorie)

* ice

 

Feel free to swap and add any of the above or additional fruits and vegetables along with adding any extras (chia, flax, hemp) that you may like to fit your family’s taste and dietary needs.

Enjoy!

Make it a Great Tasting Day!

25
Nov
16

What are you doing the day after Thanksgiving?

I simply love this time of the year, however, the grocery shopping hustle and bustle that is Thanksgiving has come to an end.  Homes full of family and friends holding plates stacked high with traditional comfort, cups full of thankful spirits, and grateful smiles on each face and in each heart are officially of yesterday.  Not sure if your plans are to shop til’ you drop or indulge in a repeat of last night’s feast for breakfast, but the day after Thanksgiving finds me sipping down a delicious cleansing matcha green smoothie, watching the Hallmark Channel’s holiday movie marathon, resting cozily here….ahhhhhhhhh, tis’ the season!

Check out @acartoffood’s Tweet:https://twitter.com/acartoffood/status/802201139282399232?s=09

12
Nov
16

Easy Delicious Slow Cooker Meals at Your Fingertips!

Photo credit Crock-Pot trademark


Nothing says ‘Welcome to Fall’ like a cozy home filled with delicious smells of comfort food!  Rather it’s a delicious roast with potatoes and carrots, or the spicy aroma of cinnamon in a peach or apple cobbler, your slow cooker can create these nostalgic delicacies and more with very little preparation.

Check out these hassle-free recipes that you can throw in your slow cooker in the morning, and go about your busy day while it does all the work for you and your family just in time for dinner! 

Links at your fingertips!

Allrecipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/253/everyday-cooking/slow-cooker/


Delish:

http://www.delish.com/cooking/g1419/healthy-slow-cooker-recipes/?


Delicious blogger pinch of yum! (family fav ūüėČ):

http://pinchofyum.com/12-easy-recipes-you-can-make-in-a-slow-cooker
Enjoy!
-Make it a Great Tasting Day!

18
Oct
16

It’s official- AC Art of Food has launched!

After months of keeping late night hours trying to get it just right, AC Art of Food has launched its website featuring ‘A Cart of Food, Grocery Concierge’!  

The site is a wonderful resource for foodie tips and ideas, in addition to promoting its personal grocery delivery service and meal planning. There’s a link included on the site that leads you to an interactive newsletter allowing you to check out what’s on sale at your favorite major grocers along with a link to digital coupons so that everything is right at your fingertips all on one site!  

Enough talking, go check it out for yourself! 

http://www.acartoffood.com 
Enjoy, and make it a great tasting day!

11
Sep
16

Uh-uh-uh! ¬†Do not, I repeat, DO NOT put that bread in the fridge…..and here’s why.

Here’s Why You Should NEVER Refrigerate Your Bread | Huffington Post

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5630f9dce4b0631799105e56?utm_source=takepart.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_facebook




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