Take Yourself to Italy with This Lemon Coconut Fuzzy Water

Maybe you’ve had the joy and Ahhhh of gulping down a Lemoncocco while traveling in Italy. This non-alcoholic beverage does the trick in satisfying thirst, replenishing electrolytes and simply making you feel good in summer’s heat. While visiting a dear friend on a sizzling day, she handed me a can of Lemoncocco and said: “You’ve… Read more »

DIY Toothpaste: Great for You, Super for the Planet!

Simple is good.  Homemade is better.  Waste-free is supreme! Now combine all three of those in one personal hygiene product and you’ve got a winner. Enter DIY Toothpaste. You’ve most likely got each of the ingredients and tools to whip this up in your kitchen.  Lord knows you’ve got a small glass jar with a… Read more »

Remedies from the Kitchen: Clove Infusion for Toothache & Gum Health

Those dark brown, spikey nubs in your spice drawer have many more uses than spiced cider or mulled wine.  Containing strong anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, cloves can offer relief for toothaches, boost your immune system and aid in digestion, to name just a few. I use Clove Infusion to ease oral discomfort before and… Read more »

The Last Tax Return. Grief Proves That It’s a Sneaky Bugger, Once Again.

It was a snowy Sunday morning – slow and peaceful.  Capt. Jack, No Sparrows and I are both stationed on the multi-use table in our home: he’s watching bird tv out the bay window and I’m happily planted with my calculator and two tax prep organizers, mine and dad’s.  I am feeling great about getting… Read more »

Book Lovers’ Cranberry and Goat Cheese Bites

It’s November and I am thankful for many many things, but especially fresh cranberries!  I buy several bags of them to make into Fresh and Raw Cranberry Relish, chutney or jam, and to freeze so they can be enjoyed long after their fresh season has ended. After whipping up 2017’s first batch of relish a… Read more »

Fresh and Raw Cranberry Relish

One of my favorite foods arrives in mid-fall: cranberries!  They are loaded with vitamin C, flavor and a host of ways to enjoy them. This relish is easy to prepare and abides as a staple in my November refrigerator.   FRESH AND RAW CRANBERRY RELISH 1 – 12 oz package fresh cranberries 1 organic orange,… Read more »

Soup Season Has Arrived!

Leaves are glowing yellow, orange and crimson – and so are the beautiful squashes and carrots fresh from the earth. Why not make a batch (or two!) of this soup to eat part of this healthful rainbow? It’s abundant in nourishment for the body and soul. ASIAN CARROT SOUP 1/2 Tbsp. dark sesame oil 10… Read more »

I’m Changing Valentine’s Day and You Can Too

It’s Valentine’s Day.  Again. Maybe this excites you.  Maybe it makes you groan with annoyance or painful emotions.  No matter your reaction, I think it needs a rewrite. When a knee-jerk holiday or observance day rolls around on the calendar, my inner, anti-commercialized and ‘make it all meaning-full’ voice asks: What’s this about?  How could… Read more »

Best Pancakes Ever…and Gluten Free If You Want Them to Be.

When in need of a great tasting, nutritious, and easy to prepare batch of pancakes, go to your pantry, bypassing the purchased bag of mix.  Whipping together your own ‘cakes from scratch is better for your total health: you get to choose exactly what’s going into them (I bet you’ll pass on including stabilizers and… Read more »