Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Have you ever refrained from doing something because it just seemed to difficult? That is how I've always felt about jams, jellies, and preserves. I'm a huge proponent of eating healthy foods made from all-natural ingredients, and very often, store-bought varieties contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors. Traditionally, we've picked up our... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly
Food, for me, is an experience. So many of my most treasured memories are strung together by a common thread...a meal. My father was the "cook" in our household, and despite our busy schedules, we always had dinner together. My passion for healthy meals made from wholesome ingred... Read More »
Published on Friday, April 5, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
I've done a lot of crunchy things in my life...but my husband can attest to the fact that making almond milk from scratch has taken green living to a whole new level. Last month, I had an opportunity to meet with Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Bar (Organic, Gluten-Free Vegan Snack Bars). Her story is quite interesting...at the age of six, her daughter made the d... Read More »
Published on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
While my husband and I share a love for food, we have very different culinary approaches. He cooks...I prefer to bake. He rarely follows a recipe...I'm lost without one. Very often, he'll whip up something amazing..something that I want to write down in ink so he can recreate it over and over again. Sometimes it is an unusual ingredient or an unlikely combination of... Read More »
Published on Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
One year ago, I would have considered making a chicken or pasta dish a glorious culinary success. Before we had children, my cooking skills were mediocre, at best. And because my husband and I had very busy jobs where we often did not have dinner at a normal time, eating out was always our regular backup plan.
But there is something about having children that c... Read More »
Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
We packed away our faux Christmas tree over the weekend, one of the last few reminders of the holiday season, now officially over. I always start out the new year with specific resolutions, mostly surrounding health and wellness, and this year is no different. I plan to continue to attempt a regular fitness routine and a healthy diet, in hopes of losing some of th... Read More »
Published on Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
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The new year is just around the corner, and as I reflect back on 2012, I realize that I've been relatively consistent in sticking with my resolution to spend more time preparing healthy meals at home for our family. I am enjoying my time in the kitchen beyond simple baking and h... Read More »
Published on Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
After hearing about the struggles other moms had with getting their toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children to eat vegetables, I was determined to start early. As a baby, I was diligent and persistent with introducing new foods. While I strived to offer each of them variety, my priority was always to ensure they ate a few different vegetables. I worked ... Read More »
Published on Friday, November 30, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
You likely know that I'm a total foodie. I love dark chocolate, Gruyère Mac & Cheese, and Indian Red Quinoa. You also likely know that I'm incredibly passionate about health and wellness and how they correlate with what we eat. Strikin... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Very often when I'm planning a meal, I'll spend a lot of time and effort creating the main dish, leaving the appetizers and side dishes as an afterthought. In fact during this season, I often find myself running to our local market for frozen or ready-prepared appetizers/side dishes simply due to time constraints.
In an effort to create healthier appetizers and sid... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
It wasn't until I lost my father last year, that I truly grasped the fragility of life. When people spoke of losing loved ones, it felt far-removed...like something I might experience in the distant future. But there is a ... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Every single day for the past 2 weeks, I've walked into my local coffee shop hoping that the day would finally come when I can warm up with a Gingerbread Latte. I haven't thought much about my favorite spice, but more and more I'm realizing how much I enjoy Gingerbread in breads and cakes...pies and cheesecakes...coffees and teas.
Last week, I introduced you ... Read More »
Published on Monday, October 29, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Every year, our neighbors' home underwent a spooky transformation, in anticipation of the guests they'd host for their annual Halloween party. As a child, I remember the fun we had bobbing for apples and gnoshing on Halloween eats. I'm always intrigued by the desserts and the drinks, which manage to take on a particularly creative and festive twist. The punch they mad... Read More »
Published on Sunday, October 28, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
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Halloween is just a few days away, and all month long we've been celebrating with holiday-themed crafts and recipes. Our costumes are prepped and our pumpkin is carved in anticipation of the spooky day!
If you're looking for creative ways to transform your baked goods into eerily d... Read More »
Published on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
My husband always teases me about the fact that I bake a TON during the Fall and Winter seasons but never actually eat what I create. As opposed to cooking which can be stressful and time-consuming, baking is cathartic and relaxing for me. I love the ability to get creative and bake dishes that typically delight the palates of my friends and family.
During this t... Read More »
Published on Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Last week, we had a tease of Fall with rain and brisk, chilly weather. I pulled out my boots and sweaters only to put them away this week. While I absolutely love living in a city which sees so much sunshine, I do look forward to the Fall, even if it's simply for the change in colors and the inspiration to bake and cook.
My husband and I enjoy coffee...sometimes to... Read More »
Published on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
It's 8 pm and I'm eating a bowl of cereal with almond milk...by choice. Breakfast for dinner is a common occurrence in our household, since it's my favorite meal of the day. It used to be that mornings were more leisurely and we had time for lavish breakfast meals. These days, we're doing good if my kids have eaten breakfast AND we're out of the house on time.
The ... Read More »
Published on Friday, October 5, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
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It's 5:00 and I just realized I haven't even thought about dinner...
The kids are irritable and unwilling to eat what I've prepared...
It's a cold, rainy day and we've been cooped up in the house all day...
My son had a great day at school...
Pasta is my staple meal. It'... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
I walked into my favorite coffee shop recently and admittedly got swept up in pumpkin spice lattes. After I ordered one of my Fall favorites, I started thinking about how to spice up my coffee at home. My husband and I are avid coffee and tea drinkers, and as you can imagine, those frequent trips for our java fix quickly add up.
With just a few simple ingredien... Read More »
Published on Friday, September 7, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
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We're finally through the first week of school, and while it's still too early to feel like we've adjusted to the new schedule, I can honestly say that it was much better than I expected. The most difficult adjustment has been ensuring that we're eating dinner earlier so that my kids... Read More »