Easy Dinner Idea | Abendbrot

I do not like to eat the same dinners over and over. I envy people who can have a 1-2 week rotation of favorite meals and therefore always know what's for dinner on a Tuesday night. But for me, unless I'm hardcore in the zone of menu-planning organization, it can often be a scramble at dinnertime. Sometimes that means we have stovetop popcorn or oatmeal for dinner ;-)  (Which I carry no guilt over - I mean, whole grains and real butter and all. But it's a bit boring.) A much BETTER solution to a "question mark" night is a concept I learned from a German friend. We were talking about cooking one day and she told me about the tradition of Abendbrot, or Evening Bread.     See, the Germans have a brilliant solution to the daily question of "what's for dinner..." and it's bread, cheese, meat, and veggies. BOOM! She said she laughed when she married and American and learned that most of us eat a big meal every evening. She was like "Who has time and

Easy Method for Grilling Pizza

  Ahhhhh summer. The perfect time to grill pizza and consume it leisurely outside surrounded by family and friends!     Not only is it safe to say that grilled pizza is my favorite summer food, there's also the fact that pizza is my favorite food in general. So this is a post that has a sprinkling of tips for perfect grilled pizza, but mostly it's a love letter to the best food on the planet. In my humble opinion of course! (Apologies in advance if you're reading this on an empty tummy... #becausepizzanomnom)     So round up your favorite topping and helpers and get prepping.  DON'T start the grill, yet. For pizza, you only need the grill on low and getting the pizza ready takes time. So I usually wait till I'm over halfway done with food prep before I fire up the grill. For this particular pizza night at Grandma and Grandpa's, we made pesto pizza (pesto, tomatoes, and mozz) and regular old pepperoni

Recipe | Very Berry Rainbow Salad

{Alright you know how this works but just a reminder, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}     It could be the fact that Spring is kinda-sorta-maybe coming... or it could be the fact that I spent all Winter eating pasta. But whatever the reason, I'm really craving salads right now. This is the only salad my girls will eat. And by "eat" I don't mean "gobble up and ask for seconds"... I mean "have a few bites, mostly berries, sometimes tomatoes and feta."     The stars of the Very Berry Rainbow Salad are the berries, of course. But the other key players are cucumbers, tomatoes, almonds, feta cheese, and chicken (optional.) (Um don't forget the lettuce. Just

Recipe | Ginger Lemon Tea

Baby it's cold outside... and my little monkeys are coming down with colds too! I don't know where Spring is, but in the meantime, I'm making large batches of Ginger Lemon Tea!   My bestie Kirsten taught me how to make it and one thing I love about it is that her Dad taught her... he always used to make it for her and then she made it for me and now I'm hooked! This post is for you Mr. Tudor.  I feel like we're kindred spirits... Thanks for sharing it!     Getting more fresh ginger and lemon into your body is always a really great idea... no matter what time of year it is. Ginger:  contains amino acids, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, iron, and a kick-butt spicy flavor!  It helps relieve nausea and indigestion.  It promotes circulation and is anti-inflammatory so it helps calm aches and pains.  Ginger fights against colds, coughs, and sore throats.  It builds up your immune system.  And soothes headaches! Lemon:  helps

Singing Canary Drink for Stress and Exhaustion

  As winter comes to a close I wanted to share this awesome drink I've been making to help battle stress and exhaustion.     I feel bad for my girls. Elsa and Anna think I lied to them when I said Upstate NY has tons of snow... they haven't even had enough to really go sledding or build a snowman! I'm not really all that sad about the lack of shoveling this winter, but spring's not here yet ;-) Well it's nice to sip this sunny drink, no matter the weather! It's good for everyone, but especially anyone who is physically or mentally under chronic stress.      My Mom is rocking this nutritional plan (check out Trim Healthy Mama here) that has a ton of really great recipes for healing your body and energizing with healthful ingredients. This is my favorite one she's shared with me... it's nice to have something to sip on during the day besides water, especially when I've already met my caffeine quota