Month: July 2015

4 Ways To Use All Those Fennell Seeds You Don’t Know What To Do With!

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Fennell seed

I have a ton of Fennel in my yard.  Front and back.  I started with one plant about 6 years ago.  Now I have 40!.  It self seeds and spreads really easily.  So I am always looking for ways to use fennel.  In the spring, the bulbs are wonderful in salads.  I have made a bruschetta of caramelized onion and fennel.  My husband uses it on pizza sometime.  In early summer, the fennel has lacy yellow flowers.  Honey bees love it for the nectar.  I will pick it and put in a vase.  Looks really lovely.  Right now the flowers are gone.  The seeds are coming.  I do use them for my vegan sausage.  As I said though, I have a lot of plants, so that means a lot of seeds.  So I went searching for new recipes.  Here are what I found.

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Peach-Avocado Salad with Basil

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From More Time At The Table!

The heat is catching up with me.  All I seem to eat these days is soup and salad.  A lot of cold soups.  I went looking for a salad recipe and found this.  Peaches and Avocados are two of my most favorite foods.  So much so, that I have both a peach and avocado tree in my yard. I especially love the color of this dish. Peach-Avocado Salad with Basil.   Enjoy!


French Lentil Soup With Roasted Carrots & Mint

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French Lentil Soup with Mint and Roasted VegetablesMy husband Jim, loves soup.  To him, it’s the ultimate in comfort food.  He would eat it every day and I think for every meal if I let him.  I won’t let him.  I asked him today what he wanted for dinner.  It’s 95 degrees out.  What do you think his answer was?  Soup.  So, he’s getting soup.  LOL.

Anna Thomas’s French Lentil Soup with Roasted Carrots and Mint is one of his favorites.  It’s from her book “Love Soup”.  It’s hot soup(thank you for a/c!).  If you don’t want it now, please save the recipe for later.  You won’t regret it!

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Thursday Tips: Food Prep Is Sensory Play

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I loved this post!  Cooking is about more than getting dinner on the table! It helps us learning about our world, ourselves, and the people we are with. dea.  My husband and I always spend time together on cooking.  And with traveling we always tried to learn about the cuisine of the area.  It enriched our experiences.

When our son could, we intentionally got him involved.  Usually my son’s job was to direct us.  He also would help with preparing the veggies.  Or peeling shrimp.  The problem is that half of that food would end up in his mouth and the cats would get some of it too!

My son loved this part of our day.  And he felt important.  That he mattered.  And he learned that he could make a contribution to our family.

That was a wonderful time for us.  If you have children, get them involved!  Thanks for this post!


Thursday Tips: Food Prep Is Sensory Play.

Oreo Truffles Recipe

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From Meers2Review!

These are so pretty!  And the recipe looks incredibly easy.  This is not helping my diet people!

Oreo Truffles Recipe.

Braised Broccoli and Tomato Pasta

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From Aiden Blackeryby.


A beautiful pasta dish.  I thought I was the only person who knows about the Esselstyn.  It is a diet that is to improve heart health.  Love the dishes by the way!


Braised Broccoli and Tomato Pasta.



Gluten free chocolate chip hazelnut cookies

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From Food by Camilla

These looks great.  The base is oats which so healthy.  One benefit would be to decrease your cholesterol!


Gluten free chocolate chip hazelnut cookies.



Hibiscus, Mint, and Agave Vitamin Water

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From Winnifer’s Blog

This is a new blog I just stumbled upon.  The recipe looks good and the photos are fabulous for a newcomer.  Check her out!

Hibiscus, Mint, and Agave Vitamin Water.

20 Desserts Inspired by Literature

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This is from Books, Baking, & Blogging.


I love this!  One of the matches is Butterbeer from Harry Potter.  Go and check out the rest!


20 Desserts Inspired by Literature.

My Week in the Blogosphere!

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Sorry that I am getting this out late.  Yesterday was crazy.  I was out all day.  Some friends and I were out in a small town in Brazoria County, Texas.  We were driving by the community airport there.  All of a sudden, people started dropping out the air.  Don’t worry.  They had parachutes on!  

We ended up spending part of our afternoon watching them.  The airplane would fly by and then the parachutists would be coming out of the plane.  One at a time.  At times, you would see 7 to 8 parachutes in the air.  Bright colors of red, blue, yellow, purple, etc.  Some would be spinning around.  One person flipped upside down.  We held our breath on that one.  The eventually righted themselves and made a perfect landing.  It was a wonderful experience.  

Have you ever parachuted?
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