Easy Miso Soup

Easy Miso Soup
Easy Miso Soup

Miso soup is comfort food to me. I remember when I was pregnant for the first time and I desperately wanted something comforting and soothing to get me through the cold, Maine winter. The first thing on my mind was miso soup. It’s light, but still full of flavor.

After having my first daughter, I’d determined to make miso soup at home. I wanted to have it more for myself and to feed it later to my growing baby girl. I bought the miso paste and made it many times but I could never get it to taste the way it did in the restaurants. I realized that I was missing one very important ingredient – the fish stock. (more…)

 

Roasted Balsamic Beets

Roasted Balsamic Beets
Roasted Balsamic Beets

Are you a beet lover? I have to admit that I came to love beets later in life. I never grew up eating them much, but now as an adult with a family I understand why it’s a good idea to incorporate beets into one’s diet. Beets have a really earthy flavor when eaten raw, but roasting them helps them take on an entirely different taste. (more…)

 

Energizing Juice Recipe

Energizing Juice Recipe
Energizing Juice Recipe

Sometimes you just need a quick pick-me-up beverage. If you are looking for an alternative to coffee or energy drinks, here’s an all-natural drink that will help to give you that energy you need but without any side effects.

I’ve been juicing for many years, but it wasn’t until I tried juicing myself that I saw the benefits and recognized the importance. My skin was brighter, elimination was easier (TMI?) and I felt more energy. That was my personal experience, but there are many other reasons to give juicing a try if you’ve never done it before. (more…)

 

2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap

2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap
2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap

You can make fast, easy, organic, and most importantly non-toxic hand soap in minutes. We are certainly not perfect in the ‘green’ department, but we do our best and make continued strides every day. Changing out my personal care products to something non-toxic has been a goal for a while now and I was really pleasantly surprised to learn that it was not that difficult to do.

There are so many chemicals and additives in personal care products. They are not only detrimental for your skin but they are also harmful to the environment. (more…)

 

A Green Smoothie You’ll Actually Drink!

A Green Smoothie You’ll Actually Drink!
A Green Smoothie You’ll Actually Drink!

Green smoothies seem to be all the rage in certain health conscious circles. I mean, who’s going to argue about trying to get more veggies in? I’d made a green smoothie before using greens and a high powered blender. I did not enjoy the results. The texture was pulpy and stringy and not tasty at all.

I figured it was worth trying again, but this time I wanted to make it in a way that was more palatable to my tastes. The result? A pretty darn tasty green smoothie in my book. (more…)

 

Living Without a Microwave

Living Without a Microwave
Living Without a Microwave

We decided a little over a year ago to ditch our microwave. It wasn’t an easy decision, however. You might think that as much of a neo-hippy mama as I am that I’d already be without one, but the fact was that I used it a good deal.

Before we moved to Europe we’d nearly stopped using our microwave. It sat in the corner of our kitchen taking space. But after we moved to Europe, I caved in to the convenience. I had a lot to deal with and trying to figure out how to heat up my food quickly was just not something I wanted to tackle while getting settled into a new country. (more…)

 

All-Natural Anti-Fungal Spray

All-Natural Anti-Fungal Spray
All-Natural Anti-Fungal Spray

Did you know that you can make your own anti-fungal spray right at home? And, it’s just two ingredients! This magical spray includes only water and tea tree oil. That’s it! Tea tree oil is a wonderful natural therapy and has a variety of uses. Here are just some of the ailments that tea tree oil can treat. (more…)

 

Hansel and Gretel in Austria!

Hansel and Gretel in Austria!
Hansel and Gretel in Austria!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a singing post, so here it is! I just finished a wonderful 2 weeks in St. Anton, Austria where I was cast in a production of Hänsel und Gretel. I played the Sandman and Dew Fairy. I had a great time and wanted to share some photos from the production and our time there.

It was a quick rehearsal period but we managed to get everything done just in time. It was an outdoor version of Hänsel und Gretel which fit so perfectly with the story. Below is the side view of the park where we performed. (more…)

 

Love, Light and Laughter: Making a Home Away From Home

Love, Light and Laughter: Making a Home Away From Home
Love, Light and Laughter: Making a Home Away From Home

 

This post is a bit of a diversion from my usual fare. I wanted to share some thoughts on what it has been like to live away from ‘home’ for the past 6 years. By the time we had made our decision to move our life and family halfway across the world, I was ready for whatever adventure lay before us. I think, though, that I had some very romantic ideas about living in a foreign land. All the research in the world was never going to replace ‘real-life’ experience.
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5 Tips For Treating Allergies Naturally

5 Tips For Treating Allergies Naturally
5 Tips For Treating Allergies Naturally

 

Spring and summer are brutal times for allergy sufferers.  With pollen everywhere and blossoms in full bloom, it’s no wonder people flock to their pharmacies to grab their favorite over-the-counter allergy medications to find relief.

It does not have to be that way, however.  There are effective and natural ways to treat allergy symptoms without the need for medications.

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