Bacon makes everything better. This is a inalienable truth. If there is a way to add bacon to a recipe, I will find it. I’m especially enamored with desserts and the way the salty perfection of bacon can highlight the sinful sweetness of, well, everything. But the combination of fat and sugar, though delectable, is not so great for you.
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Chocolate is good, no, make that great. Oh-so-decadent and delicious, it’s one of the little things in life that makes everything just a bit better. But if you’re allergic to milk or live a dairy-free lifestyle, much of the chocolate out there on the market is off limits. This, Bombshells, is a travesty. Not only are you missing out on the rich and sexy taste, but you’re going without the fabulous health benefits like stress reduction and cell-protecting antioxidants.
As we move toward a healthier, chemical-free, organic and natural lifestyle, swapping out our beauty products is often the hardest part of the change. Just because you want a healthier life doesn’t mean aren’t going to be a Bombshell. You need cosmetics that perform as promised while remaining free of all those unpronounceable ingredients.
Any school event that encourages other people to give my kid disgusting chemical and dye filled candy is an event I loathe. Valentine’s Day seems to be the pinnacle of cheap, red dye 40-laden candy. Besides the fact that my kids are extremely sugar reactive and turn into little dictators when they’re on a sugar-high, I just can’t sit idly by while entire classrooms of little ones are pumped full of junk.
Staying healthy when you have a house full of walking, talking petri dishes –– I mean kids –– is no small feat. And while I don’t recommend you put your kids in a bubble until those spring bulbs you planted spout above the thawing ground, you can do a few things to keep all those germs at bay.
Kids don’t like green food. OK, that’s not an absolute because my nine year old loves Brussels spouts; but overall, anything green is typically not well received by the under-eighteen set. So, I’ve taken old fashioned split pea soup, vamped it up, and made kid-friendly organic and vegan golden pea and barley soup. Better yet, this is a slow cooker recipe so you can toss it all in and come back to a rich, hearty dinner the whole family will love. Since I don’t like multi-step slow cooker recipes (because what is the point if you have to do a bunch of prep), this is a throw-it-in-and-go kind of dish. Enjoy!
Sometimes, I’m a coffee person, but on a chilly winter night, donning a pair of fuzzy socks as the fire in my hearth drapes a cloak of burnt orange over everything, I am most decidedly a tea person. These precious little leaves, so diverse in their flavor and intention, have a multitude of gifts locked inside.
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