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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why I'm NOT buying plants from Home Depot or Lowes

This weekend I stopped at Home Depot to pick up a few supplies for our latest DIY adventure.  I wandered to the garden center with hopes of picking up a new lemon tree and maybe a few new flowers for the garden. 

I was puzzled by a plastic label popping out of each of the plants.  "This plant is protected from problematic Aphids, White flies, Beetles, Mealy Bugs and other unwanted pests by Neonicotinoids."

That name sounded familiar...and why did their choice of wording sound like such a hard-sell?  Like the waiter who comes asking 8 times if I'm really sure I don't want dessert.




Monday, March 23, 2015

Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Soup

Healthy, simple, delicious all-year round! Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Soup

Soups are great all year round, and this Moroccan Chickpea and Vegetable Soup is the perfect example of a soup that is crave-worthy in all the seasons.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Where Does Argan Oil Come From?

Do you know where does Argan Oil come from? So interesting!
Photo Source: (C) Direction du patrimoine culturel via UNESCO
http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00955

Shopping with a friend a few months ago (I rarely venture into the cosmetics department...) I was surprised to see Argan Oil in nearly everything. At that time I'd not heard of this so-called "liquid gold" and my interest was peaked.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Whole Grain Apple Oatmeal Muffins


Whole Grain Apple Oatmeal Muffins - Recipe and Tutorial by Lavende&Lemonade





















You would never guess these muffins are so healthy!  
The freshly shredded apple makes them incredibly moist and gives a gentle, sweet flavor that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a mid-day snack.  Plus, serving them in cupcake liners makes them feel like dessert!

Monday, March 2, 2015

French Almond Yogurt Cake with Pears

French Almond Yogurt Cake with Pears - Recipe and Tutorial from Lavende & Lemonade



It seems like every French home I've visited has some version of this quick, tasty recipe taped to the inside of a cupboard door.  This is a simple dessert that is perfect for making together with the kids because the measuring is so wonderfully simple.

This version is topped with fresh pears, which adds a luxurious flavor and appearance to the cake.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Roasted Eggplant "Hummus" Dip

Roasted Eggplant "Hummus" Dip

Eggplant is such a versatile vegetable that often gets overlooked.  When it is baked, it gets a wonderfully creamy flavor.  

This recipe for Roasted Eggplant "Hummus" is a variation on Baba Ganoush - a Middle Eastern eggplant dip.  It is delicious served with slices of crusty bread, Pita Chips, as a sandwich spread, or even mixed together with rice and vegetables.  


Monday, February 16, 2015

How to Dry Herbs - the simple way!


The bright flavor of basil, the woody undertone of rosemary, the sophisticated zing of thyme - these are all part of the joys and benefits of growing an herb garden!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Its A Good Food Day!

Its always a great day for good food, and that is exactly the concept behind Marco Canora's A Good Food Day!

Its A Good Food Day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dark Berry Chia Smoothie


Chia seeds are everywhere these days, which is fantastic news for our health!  They're a natural source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which have amazing health benefits like improving arthritis symptoms, helping with depression, and aiding in the development of childrens' brain development.  They're also full of vegan protein, amino acids, fiber, calcium and plenty of other great vitamins.


Dark Berry Chia Smoothie - a refreshing burst of antioxidants!

Monday, January 19, 2015

In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World

In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World

There is something so appealing about taking a glimpse inside people's lives and homes.  It must be larger than my own inner Peeking Tom, or else how could we explain the guilty pleasure of the Real Housewives and other 'reality' shows?  

In Her Kitchen, Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World is a lovely book that gives us an exciting peek into homes and kitchens of all types.  The author, the sweet and humble Italian Gabriele Calimberti takes us on a couch-surfing world tour and documents the whole culinary trip for her own grandmother.  The result is this wonderfully quirky collection of photos and recipes.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hearty Vegetarian Chili



The best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & Lemonade


This delicious Fall chili is so hearty that nobody even notices that it is meatless!  Perfect for football season, crisp fall days, or a warm meal after a long afternoon of playing in the leaves.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunday Suppers


Sunday Suppers is the type of book that you keep on your coffee table or kitchen counter just to make the room feel cozy - and a source for spontaneous inspiration.  It’s linen cover is charmingly quaint and inviting, and surprisingly decorative for a cookbook!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cut your Water Bill with this Simple Trick


Water comes so easily out of the faucet that it’s easy to take it for granted!  Just think of how much more careful we’d be with each drop if we had to walk to the nearest well or river to collect it.

There is a lot of water that goes down our kitchen drains that is barely even touched, if at all.  Think about the water used while we’re washing vegetables.  Or when we rinse something sticky of our fingers.  If we catch that water, it is perfect for the garden!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

The most amazingly addictive Chewy Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Cookies.



We love our fruits and vegetables at our house, but that doesn't mean that we don't enjoy a nice chocolate indulgence from time to time!  These chewy, fudgey cookies are the perfect chocolate fix.  They're perfect for cookie exchanges, as homemade gifts for Valentines day and Christmas, and of course for dessert!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream





We became absolutely addicted to Green Tea Ice Cream while living in Asia, and I'm thrilled to share with you this recipe to make it at home!

Making green tea ice cream at home couldn't be simpler!  It is so delicious - the perfect ending to a heavy meal - and is filled with all the great health benefits of Matcha Green Tea like:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Plant An Organic Lawn - The Series Begins



Planting an Organic Lawn - Series Begins - Lavende&Lemonade


So this picture might not look like much...but I literally jumped for joy right before I took it.  After a year of having the worst yard in the neighborhood, we've now been skyrocketed into the top tier!  The "event" in this photo was a major turning point, one that was months in the making!

Now that I'm confident in the results - I'd hate to steer anyone in the wrong direction - I'll be writing about the steps we took to get here and the lessons we learned along the way.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Roasted Olive & Tomato Chicken



Growing up, decorating the Christmas tree was always a VERY big deal in our family.  Each year at the beginning of December we'd spend hours wandering through the fields at our local Christmas Tree farm searching for the Perfect Tree.  It had to be just the right shape, evenly leaved without brown patches, and most importantly...GIANT.  At least in our little eyes.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cheesy French Dill Omelette




The Holiday season is filled with occasions to come together, for long weekends and vacations with friends and family.  We were excited to host a French friend who came to stay with us this past weekend, and each morning we all came together at the table to share breakfast and start the day.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of our Planet's Future

We all remember the part in A Christmas Carol when Scrooge is taken by The Ghost of Christmas Future.  Scrooge is taken into the future and catches a glimpse of the grim life that will come to be if he does not change his attitude and behavior today.

I’ve just taken a trip with the Ghost of the Future and I am ready to shout from the rooftops that we must, without question, take action to avoid that fate.
Beautiful afternoon for a picnic!  The future of air quality
Lovely afternoon for a picnic...

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