Sunday, July 27, 2014

How to Make a Pitaya Bowl at Home

Recipe for making a pitaya, or dragon fruit, bowl at home. A tasty way to cool off with this superfood. 
pitaya_bowl_recipe
After a few weeks of vacation splurging on daily ice cream and skipping yoga, I wasn't feeling quite as great as my old self. So I'm back to my normal eating and feeling great with lots of energy again. My girls love to visit Backyard Bowls here in Santa Barbara for an acai bowl or pitaya bowl (or smoothie) topped with granola. Pitaya is another name for Dragon Fruit. They think the bowls are a lot like frozen yogurt because they are so smooth, cold, and sweet. But they are actually packed with amazing antioxidant ingredients and are 100% natural. The next time you get a craving for ice cream, try one of these icy bowls instead. You'll feel much better. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Italian Peppers & Onions: Life's Good in the Kitchen


LG Electronics asked me to share with you a new Food Network show they are sponsoring, and I agreed because I think the show looks great! "The Kitchen" is hosted by Katie Lee and the set kitchen is fully equipped with LG Appliances from refrigerator and ovens to microwave and LG cooktop. LG's mission is to prove that "Life's Good in the Kitchen" - a mission I love. Life really is good in the kitchen - it's not just about the constant making of food for the family. This is especially true for me this summer while the kids are out of school and we have been on vacation. There's no alone cooking prep time for mama, so cooking time happens together.
Most nights my little love says, "Mama, can I help you make dinner?" and my heart melts. Older sis isn't into cooking as much these days, but this girl is! She loves doing everything from washing veggies to whisking batters to stirring veggies. It a great time for us to spend together without the TV, rushing off to school or ballet, or other distractions. Here she is making Italian peppers and onions in our little kitchen it Italy.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy Bellini and Caprese Bruschetti Bites Recipes

Simple peach bellini recipe with a virgin option and Caprese Bruschetta Bites! 
easy bellini recipe
The Bellini is a classic Venetian drink made famous by Harry's Bar. I didn't get a chance to visit the iconic restaurant while we were in Venice, but I did get to taste a delicious Bellini at another restaurant, Ristorante San Stefano. It was perfectly fizzy, cold, slightly sweet, and refreshing. The good news is that bellinis are very easy to make at home, and can be made virgin by replacing Prosecco with sparkling water. The virgin recipe creates a fresh and healthy soda. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Venice, Italy Family Vacation

Part 2 of our Italian family vacation. Venice Italy. 
venice grand canal
While on our Italian family vacation we were staying in our house swap home on Lake Garda. Venice is only a 1-hour train ride away, so we just had to visit. Arriving by train is a great way to go, as the scenery is beautiful vineyards and that suddenly turn to water as the train approaches Venice. Before our trip I had major anxiety about someone falling into a canal. And then I read DesignMom's post, We Took 6 Kids to Venice and Nobody Fell in a CanalIt was just the reassurance I needed. Venice has a lot to offer families and small kids. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Venice with kids... 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Baked Zucchini Fries Recipe

baked zucchini fries
The zucchini plant just keeps on giving. The kids and liked the Parmesan zucchini chips I posted recently, but they were lacking some crunch. So this week we coated some thick zucchini spears/fries with panko breadcrumbs and baked them. I remember as a kid loving the deep fried zucchini dipped in ranch dressing at the local fair. These are a much healthier version but have the same qualities - salty crunch with a warm center!
baked zucchini
The girls liked these too. And Mr. Giraffe there. I added some sweet tomatoes from the garden to the plate for a tasty afternoon snack. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Easy Mint Chip Ice Cream Recipe

An easy no-cook mint chip ice cream recipe with vegan and low-sugar option. 
mint chip recipe
While we were in Italy we ate gelato every single day. I usually avoid sugar, but hey, when in Rome Italy.  
gelato

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