Oct 23, 2014
by Inger

Autumn. Or Grab a Mouse First Thing in the Morning and …

You can tell it’s fall by the beautiful colors.  The bountiful harvests.  The mice trying to sneak in the house for winter.  

The “grab a mouse” part of the title comes from a bookmark I got in college which said, “Eat a frog first thing in the morning…  and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”  It amused me so much I carried it around for years.  And so we lead in to my scary tale.  This is the season for scary tales (tails?)…fall-2014-2

It began this morning when I was trying to sleep in a little.  The closer we got to morning, however, the worse things seemed to go.  I had been awakened several times by one of the cats playing wildly next to the bed and the activity didn’t show any signs of slowing.  She recently discovered my husband’s long lost childhood rabbit’s foot  and  adopted it as her new favorite toy,  She tosses in the air and dashes around madly–usually at the worst times.   Continue Reading →

Oct 20, 2014
by Inger

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup and a Harvest Party

We have a fall joke in our family.  It dates back to when our oldest was around three and declared to her auntie, “Fall is the best time of my year.”  Whenever we are really loving the season, someone spouts out the now familiar words.  We are certain to hear them at the annual Rare Earth CSA Harvest Party where we carve pumpkins, eat delicious natural food and commune with nature.  This year my potluck contribution was an Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup that comes together in a snap.

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

The recipe is based on a soup from Daisy Martinez that I made a year ago and turned completely vegan for a blogger weekend.  The vegan part was simple–just sub veggie broth for chicken stock.   But the original called for cooking a squash, which is time consuming.  So when I was running late before the party, I used canned pumpkin and made the super simple version below.  Continue Reading →

Oct 18, 2014
by Inger

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Macadamia Nut Vinaigrette

Fall can be beautiful.  Brilliant leaves, colorful pumpkins, fire-lit nights.  But after four days straight of rain, my fall is downright dreary.  So I am making a lunch that brings out some warmth–a roasted vegetable salad with macadamia nut oil dressing.

Roasted Vegetable Salad, Served

Roasted Vegetable Salad, Served

The initial inspiration for this came from Alysha of She’s on the Run who made a version of this salad for a blogger getaway.  The recipe itself was prompted by Emile Noel, a maker of high end, organic, fair trade oils who sent me a bottle of Macadamia Nut Oil in celebration of non-GMO month.  What perfect timing!  Continue Reading →

Oct 9, 2014
by Inger

Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues

With a title like Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues, I wish I could start this post with a wonderful story.  A tale of snacking in the deep south, notes of a blues band drifting in from the shadows. Moody bar, soulful tunes and a smooth-spicy dip.guacamole-from-aboveInstead it was guacamole before the swim meet accompanied by Red Hot Blues chips provided by Garden of Eatin’ .   Life is good… Continue Reading →