Archive for March, 2015

Sunshine & Suitcases

25 March, 2015

Guys, my spring fever is sky high while the temps stay below 20 degrees here in New Hampshire. Watching my toddler try to play in the concrete snow around our house is the saddest thing!  So when my best friend mentioned how cheap and direct the flight was to Puerto Rico, what else was I going to do but say yes to a weekend trip with her and her sister? My wonderful husband is all for it since he’s been traveling a lot and I am a sherpa momma for our family to go skiing every other weekend. Payback is a wonderful thing.

As I …

Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

20 March, 2015

One of the things that made me want to do the Whole30 was because I genuinely love vegetables and finding new things to do with them.

Unfortunately, I also really love cheese. And bread. And wine. So, my Whole30 was a Whole14.

I feel like I need to be honest here because I laid it out for you lovely readers that I was doing the Whole30 and because maybe you thought, hey, should I try that too?

Well, yes and no.

Yes if you have any health issues, especially with digestion or allergies or asthma or insomnia and you want to find out …

Finding Joy

Last Thursday was a normal day for me. My husband was on a business trip, I woke up, got my three oldest kids on the bus, cared for a feverish toddler and cuddled him on the couch instead of working out. I did the dishes. I made extra coffee.

While I was doing these ordinary things, a woman lay quietly dying in a town next to me, at a hospice home. She had lost her fight against breast cancer. She was a former member of my book club though I didn’t know her. She was almost my age, 37, and had two young kids.

Also circulating this week are the beautiful words of a neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, as well as his death from metastic lung cancer.  He was also 37, with one young daughter. Somehow it is our common age that makes these lives, these stories, set up camp in my heart. Being a parent, the one responsible for …

Fish en Papillote

12 March, 2015

I can’t remember where I first heard of Fish en Papillote (Fish in Paper). It’s a classic French method for cooking fish and veggies but do not let that scare you. Ever wrapped a potato in tin foil and baked it? You’ve got the method down pat.

I am possibly the most excited to share this post of any that I’ve ever done, because I know once you know this method you will have a way to cook fish that is simple, quick (cooks in 10 minutes!) easy, rustic, elegant, and did I mention easy?

I used to make this a lot …

Crabs In A Bucket: How Brene Brown Could Change Mommy Wars

7 March, 2015


(Alternate post title: Why Do We Talk About Cupcakes So Much?)

Among the myriad lessons from my childhood is the whole ‘crabs in a bucket’ story. It’s a lesson in resiliency: just like crabs pull down the one that is trying to get free and crawl out of the bucket, human nature has this interesting tendency to pull each other down when we don’t feel our own worth or when we feel threatened or trapped.  I’m pretty sure it was delivered by my parents whenever kids were being mean to us. Pithy metaphors are a busy parent’s best friend and it probably stuck because I heard it so many times.

But I’m sure going to use it on my kids because it’s true. And it covers a whole lot of what I see but sort of feel immune to: competition among moms. Mommy wars. Supermom ideas. I just don’t understand the ideas ‘competition’ …

Mediterranean Pan Roasted Chicken

5 March, 2015



I am 6 days in to my Whole30 month and I have to say I am loving it. It helps that I am reading It Starts With Food which goes over a ton of science about why you are eliminating things from your plate, so while I am eating I am thinking, ‘my body is healing itself right now, I love this’. And I am also free from the pangs of hunger I usually get through the day which is honestly freedom for me.

In case you are curious about why I am doing it, lean in close because I’ll tell you. First …