what’s for dinner?

tmswimage by dthoskins

Summer is such a fun time to try new recipes!  With the longer days we are eating dinner later, leaving extra time to cook delicious meals.  I am currently following the Autoimmune Protocol Diet to try to calm down some of my autoimmune inflammation issues, which has provided an additional cooking challenge (I already eat gluten free).  Here are some of the winning dishes from our house:

After 45 days of eating this food plan, I have noticed significant improvement in my inflammation.  Plus, I like the challenge of cooking with constraints!

Which of these would you try?  Any of your favorite to share?

katherine Greene

what’s cookin’

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My little guy and I both love to cook.  It’s probably our favorite activity to do together.  All of the time together spent chopping, peeling and stirring over the stove allow us time to chat about our day.  Here are a few of our favorite things to make these days:

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getting rid of january blues

321Cake!image by dthoskins

Since I adore the holiday season, the fact that Christmas is over can send my mood plummeting.  Gray days seem to loom ahead during January and February, so it is very necessary for my to actively work against the gloom.  These are a few of the ways that I try to beat my January blues:

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flavors of fall

Sorry for the radio silence!  Since my little guy turned 5, we have been battling ear infections, which resulted in ear tubes round 2 and an adenoidectomy.  We are still recouping at our house, but I thought I’d share a few of our favorite fall dishes.  We’ve been busy baking here, since Gabriel isn’t ready to get out and about quite yet:

  • Nothing can beat the simplicity of oatmeal raisin cookies.  These are the best (so soft and chewy) and fill your house with a glorious aroma as they bake.

cookiesimage by dthoskins

  • I love pecan recipes, especially during this season.  This kale and pecan salad would be the perfect side to serve for a fall dinner.

kale&pecansbgtimage by dthoskins

  • Nothing is more comforting than a fall soup.  This butternut squash is a house favorite for our family for a lunch or a festive dinner starter.

butternutsquashsoupimage by AHOwens

  • Everyone needs a go-to game day dish.  These wings are sure to please even the most upscale of crowds.

hotwingsbgtimage by dthoskins

Give these delicious recipes a try!  The flavors of fall are the best!

katherine Greene

 

 

breakfast faves

Breakfast truly is the best meal of the day!  Here are a few of my favorite breakfast foods—everything from entertaining worthy to on-the-go:

Parfait and grapefruit (image by AHOwens)

brunch

Raspberry Oatmeal bars (image by dthoskins)

raspbars

Croissants with apricot butter (image by dthoskins)

apricot butter

Protein Smoothie (image by dthoskins)

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Green smoothie (image by dthoskins)

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Pancakes with strawberries (image by dthoskins)

pancakes

Strawberry parfait (image by AHOwens)

stawberry parfait

Oatmeal (image by dthoskins)

oatmeal w/cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, & jam

What are your go-to breakfasts?

katherine Greene

transitions {guest post by Meredith Swim}

Super thrilled to have a guest post today from the insanely sweet Meredith Swim about transitioning to the fall season.

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Fall

Summer gives a dramatic, sparkly bow, leaving me a bit sun-dazzled as Fall sweeps onto center stage. The early bloom of a new school year marks an official end to carefree summer frolics, setting in motion a change in routine and signifying a time of transitions.

Though I am not returning back to school, I still feel the familiar flutter of nerves and excitement for a new unfolding chapter. Fall is ripe and ready for creating and implementing a new routine, or spicing a mundane one up to inspire and nurture. My beloved coffee shops fill up with studious college kids and the presence of their textbooks and stuffed backpacks makes me eager to work a little harder. The arrival of the Virgo ruled months plucks me from summer daydreams and pushes me to concentrate on turning those wishes into a reality, so it’s time to buckle down, sweat a little and take care of the practical, nitty-gritty details.

Transitioning. As earth-beings we are in the midst of a seasonal transition. The transition from summer to fall is bittersweet. There’s a tender sadness that accompanies Summer’s bon voyage and the debut of Fall. I’m sensitive to the disappearing sunlight and the too-soon fading splendor of the leaves. As a person prone to daydreams, it’s easy for me to get swept up in the winds of change. I can feel ungrounded and overwhelmed by the longer to-do list.

I lovingly acknowledge my sensitivity to transitions, so I’m adding a few self-care essentials to the to-do list. I’m intending to take time to center and create small, comforting rituals to help me ground and weather this transition with grace and ease. I’m sharing some suggestions, perhaps one will resonate and feel like a big YES.

*Let’s begin with the breath. During the day, if I’m stressing over the future or in multi-task, super-woman mode, my breath becomes quick and shallow. Just bringing awareness to the breath will invite it to naturally deepen and lengthen. Take the time to breathe mindfully, knowing that pausing and having a moment of non-doing will actually create more space and clarity for purposeful action. I use my inhalations to welcome and fully be in the present moment. Fall in Kentucky is vibrant and gorgeous, so as I inhale I bear witness to the unfolding beauty of leaves. As I exhale, I envision sending the out-breath down my legs and out my toes, rooting into my feet and feeling less scattered and more grounded in my body and in this moment.

*Rituals can also be incredibly comforting and grounding during a transition. My mornings always begin with a few mindful breaths and a yoga practice. No matter where I am and no matter what mood I awake in, I commit to that time in the morning to be with my breath and to be with my body. This ritual travels with me and has kept me connected to self as I’ve embarked and undergone transitions. This ritual can simply be sipping coffee and reading the paper, journaling, or taking a stroll after dinner. Decide and commit to having a ritual that grants satisfying “me time.”

*Go easy, too. A wild and wide variety of emotions can appear during a transition: excitement for pursing passion, or fear of the unknown to name just a few. As the Sufi poet Rumi says about emotions, “Welcome and entertain them all for each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” Breathing mindfully and having a ritual allows for emotions to be acknowledged. Let this inner listening be one freed of any judgment. There is no right or wrong way to feel. Just be with the feelings present and let them be invitations to better understand self. If there’s need, take action or just be aware. Be gentle during this time. Maybe even be a bit indulgent and fully relish and savor those indulgences, a pumpkin cookie from a local bakery or a new stellar purchase to rock out Fall fashion.

Transitions can be smooth and easy. They can be a time of great self-discovery and a beautiful opportunity for growth, a shedding of the old and radiant emergence. Take it one breath at a time. Be present in the unfolding journey.

 

 

Meredith

Meredith Swim is a sparkly daydreamer who adores heart shaped sunglasses and impromptu dance sessions. Passionate yoga instructor, free-spirited writer, a Gemini on a life-loving quest for self-discovery and radical self-acceptance.

**All images were provided by guest writer**

 

 

gluten-free anniversary

In honor of one year of being gluten-free (I have a gluten allergy, not Celiac), I am sharing some of my favorite gluten-free recipes and tips:

crockBGTimage by dthoskins

  • This delicious breakfast recipe is sure to please a crowd—gluten-free or not!
  • My freezer always has these.  They are great with some peanut butter for a quick “out-the-door” breakfast or snack.
  • This is a great cheat sheet for your purse for grocery shopping.
  • A yummy green smoothie is an excellent start to the day.
  • Gluten can hide in many things.  This is a great resource for hidden gluten sources.
  • Get glutened?  I always have this on hand.
  • I am loving this new bluegrass gem for gluten free baked goods and delicious bread.  Go on Monday for the almond scones-delish!

 

What are your favorite gluten-free tips or tricks?

katherine Greene