Cooking is a passion for me as well as a profession – it feeds my soul while keeping my boys happy. When I decided to leave my job and be a stay at home mom to these crazy kids I never realized how much my culinary training would come in handy in helping feed, nourish and teach these guys. Luckily for me, the kitchen is where all the action in in our little home, where my boys gravitate to first thing in the morning and where my days end (except on those exhausted days where I end up in my nook with yarn in hands).

It’s been a while since I’ve baked or created anything in the kitchen with my big guy, G. As he’s gotten older and matured a bit I’m finding he really enjoys and learns a ton from baking with mom in the kitchen. He takes pride in cooking with me and I can get him to try new foods if he helps prepare them. Also, with our love of gardening I feel it closes the loop on where and how our food grows and how much work is necessary to make our meals.

Yesterday afternoon was a rare treat of sorts. Lately our schedule has been busy and crazy, with far too many activities and not enough home time. This afternoon, why Little Guy O and Daddy were napping and it found Big Guy G and myself alone to pass the time. So into the kitchen we ventured to try a new recipe that had been hanging out for a while – Chocolate Granola. Based off My New Roots recipe, but adapted for our ingredients and life.


Not only was this healthy and incredibly taste treat easy to make it was delicious!!! It tastes a bit like Cocoa Pebbles without all the junk that store bought cereals tend to include. My Big Guy loved it and had a good time learning about measurements and increments as we measured out the grains and nuts.


Here is a new recipe for you all to try and enjoy – we surely are loving it with almond milk and sliced bananas (the milk turns into Chocolate Milk!! Yum!!)

Chocolate Granola

3 cups rolled Oats
1 cup buckwheat
1 1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanila
1/2 cup cocoa powder or chocolate chips

Mix the oats, buckwheat, coconut flakes and nuts and seeds together. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and chocolate chips together, adding in honey and vanilla when melted. Whisk till smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and gently fold to coat. Press into a rimmed baking sheet and pat down with a spoon to press to compact. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350, flip in large chunks and bake another 10 minutes till fragrant. Let fully cool and enjoy!!!


Happy Holidays!!

December 16, 2013

Am I the only one who gets SUPER excited for the holidays as soon as December hits – gets the house decorated, the baking going, the lists made, the cards, the presents, the crafts, the ideas – and then, as the month wears on you suddenly get the preChristmas hangover?

You know the feeling – the feeling that it’s taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R for this month to get here, and it feels like that giant tree in your living room has been there for the last six months? As much as I love Christmas, my kids feel it too – the excitement of waiting is waning and even my big kid is tiring of reading the Night before Christmas every night.

Regardless, we power on – with baking and cooking and for the first time this year, we decorated cookies together. Both Big and Little guys, armed with spoons and bowls of colored icing and hearty sugary appetites ready to roll out some mountains of sugar cookies for our beloved friends.

This week proves to bring some of the excitement back into our holiday – for even though everyone loves to shop, it really overstimulates both kids and myself. Once I get home from the mall or the stores I am so grateful for the peace of our house, of the calm that centers us as we relax after a busy, crazy day. This week brings our preschool gingerbread house building, a late afternoon pajama Polar Express Storytime and a surprise visit from Santa at school. It brings renewed excitement as our energies wane as the midmonth slump hits and maybe, just maybe a little boy will have a little less anxiety over Santa as he gets to meet him.

I hope you’re all doing well and thank you for reading my words. I am so happy and grateful to be back in this space and sharing once more. I plan on taking this space in a slightly different direction – more cooking and home arts, more food and growing and pleasures from the kitchen. I do hope you will join me as we explore different ingredients and cuisines this year.





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