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My Fantabulous Corn Bread Recipe

So we love corn bread… enough said!!  No really, yes my cornbread love inevitabley came from a jiffy box, (what was I thinking?) but it has evolved into a super moist and flavorful original recipe.

never any leftovers....

I loosely adapted it from one of my favorite cookbooks, Moosewood Restaurants New Classics, but also used some ” nourishing tradition habits” and also made it gluten free.

Ingredients:

1 cup soaked cornmeal

1 cup almond flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup-1/3 cup honey

1 cup whole yogurt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and oil your baking dish

Sift together dry ingredients in large bowl and then whisk together wet ingredients.  Put wet ingredients into dry ingredients being careful not to overblend.  It really does not come out as good if you mix it too much.  Put it in your pan and bake for 35-45 minutes.  When you pull it out make sure a knife comes out clean in the middle.

Hope you like it!!!

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i heart j.crew

Oh my, I love J. Crew in every season.  I have been a fan well over 20 years, and they still get it right.  Although the sequin swami pants (pg. 70) are little unflattering, even on Katie Holmes, the timeless cardigans, jeans, cords and dresses rock.  Oh, and the purses are amazing, the “exhibitor collection” is solid. Look how cute the “pouchette” is. That is super cute and versatile. The fall cords are of course awesome, and I think I am going to go for it this year. And let me please do a shout out for the swim suit (pg 76), you can not go wrong with the cinnabar. I have a similarly designed suit from last summer’s collection and it is  still a “pool/beach side hit!”  Every time…

(And I just love Katie in the crystal briolette dress.  So cute.. I have always liked her, she is pretty cool. I actually almost named my daughter, joey/josephine, after joey potter  from Dawson’s Creek.  A little much I know, but I think that is why, in the end, we decided to name her juliet, instead.  ha ha)

This is what I did today when my baby napped: looked through the new j.crew catalog and then wrote about all the things I wanted. A woman can dream…

Lazy Days of Summer

Finally, summer has hit our California coastal town. I was beginning to think that she was going to not visit this year.  Honestly I have yet to harvest a tomato, but the last few days have been filled with beachy fun, creek walking, and lots of berry picking.  I forgot we did pick our peach tree clean about two weeks ago, which is a summer treat, but besides the peaches, the fog has been thick.  I am embarrassed to write this but I have had the heat on more this summer than I would really like to admit. So here’s to hoping more sun this summer.  Think sunny thoughts…

summertime fun with homemade blackberry smoothie popsicles

opps… and some road trippin’ fun!

So I really did mean what I said, but I guess it really doesn’t count if I don’t publish … Really,  I have started so many posts from homemade laundry detergent, sushi, honey candy to stories about our most awesome eurovan and camping in the National Parks this summer.  Really, really interesting stories, but all without endings… I know I have  to take baby steps back to my blog routine, because as I look back,  I like what I have written as a time capsule of what our family has been up to.

So tonight’s the night that I will tell about some highlights of our super duper southwest road trip:

This summer has been incredible, really super incredible. It started out with an amazing 16 day Southwest road trip that was the best one yet.  We really didn’t have a solid plan but just knew our general direction.  We were able to hit Zion, Bryce,North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arches, Mesa Verde National Parks in addition to some other magical places ( Calf Creek Falls in Utah) along the way.  Our national parks are such treasures and I would highly recommend visiting them and experiencing the true splendor that they offer. Every place we went had a different strength that made them each unique.

In Zion,  it was the high walls, the hanging gardens, the wild Virgin River that was at flood stage that made the Narrows impassable.

beauty in Zion

In Bryce, it was the sunrise to sunset trail that took my breath away. The raw beauty of the “hoodoos” honestly made me cry.

hoodoo magic

It was a treat to take the kids to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at Sunset. The colors were unreal, and the magnitude was indescribable.  It was extra special to rub “Brighty’s nose” in the lodge because we were in the middle of reading , Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Margaurite Henry.

Brighty of the Grand Canyon

At Mesa Verde I was humbled by the civilization that had occupied these cliff dwellings  more than 1,000 years ago.

the possibilities...

And at Arches…(well Arches is my favorite,) … So alive with creation,   wind and water,  that is all it is… ( well,  and camping on the blm land on the Colorado River wasn’t too bad either.)

perspective

There were so many other places that we stopped along the way that made impressions on us, but I would have to say it was the National Parks that really came through for our family on this road trip.  I was so inspired I wanted to write a letter to Mr. Obama thanking him and his predecessors for our National Parks.  That is how wonderful!!!!!!

I’m Back… i think

Well, well it has been quite a few months,  five months and a day to be exact.  Where have I been?

I have been busy with life and often thought of writing, but yet couldn’t find the motivation. Why am I writing this blog I so often asked myself?  And honestly I couldn’t figure out what the answer was, and it is still a little blurry for me.  What I do know is that I love learning new things and I love sharing what I learn. Initially I wanted to start this blog as a journal of my healing journey when I got sick last spring with c.diff, but then it turned into a place to share some of my favorite recipes, talk homeschooling, and simply talk life…  and I guess at some point it just morphed into one more thing to do.  I often visited and started entries but never finished them…   I guess I figured is anyone even  bothering to read these, b/c  I was writing for an audience?  Do I keep writing for an audience with links or do I just write for myself?  I guess that is the big question for I would love to make money (!!!!!!) yes, I would, but to what extent do I wanted to be tied to this blog?  Do I want advertisers?  Do I want to write everyday?

Well this is a start that I am going to post… might erase later, but I am still here if anyone is still there, and I am going to write at least two entries a week… starting NOW.

p.s.- I actually have about 10 entries just waiting to be finished…

Homeschooling Reads

These rainy days have kept us cozy, and we have been reading so many good books.  Homeschooling allows us the freedom to read whenever and whatever we want.  We frequent the library a bunch and even have a homeschooling book group that has chosen the best books…  I highly recommend 21 Ballons by William Pene DuBois, and then we just finished Call it Courage by Armstrong Perry.  These were both Newberry winners, but I had never heard of them.  My kids, ages 6 & 7, both thoroughly enjoyed these books’ adventures, the latter being a little scary in places but still a great read.   We also just finished The Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which was such a treat.  This year we have focused on mid to late 19th century pioneer history.  We read the whole Little House Series, supplemented with short stories about Western Ho,  wagon rides, homesteading, and Native Americans.  The kids did a play, “Gold Fever,”  based on another great book, By the Great Horn Spoon, by Sid Fleichman in their homeschool class.   We also just finished another book that played in to our weekend plans, Patty Reed’s Doll, which was an account of the Donner Party.  The visit to the Donner State Park Museum along with the book provided much discussion and interest.  

I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way…

Top Three Winter Recipes in Our House

"My Mean Lentil Bean"

We all have “go to” recipes…. the ones that we don’t need a cook book for, or the ones that people ask for and we can write it down, or sometimes we can’t because we just “do it.”  For me, the winter months are synonymous for hearty soups and meat and of course the chicken broth makes it…   Here are some of mine for these winter months:

Lentil Bean Soup/Split Pea Soup —- key ingredient here is the “good bacon”

Chicken soup/Tortilla soup

Root Mash

All of these recipes are total hearty kid pleasers,  and it is the homemade chicken broth and garlic what makes them.  In a pinch  I use Imagine Brand Chicken Broth, but mostly I make my homemade broth (Nourishing Traditions Recipe) from my roast chicken carcass or a whole chicken.  I saute onions, carrots and celery and  add water, apple cider vinegar and lemon and boil and then simmer for 12-24 hours.