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10 Fun Facts About Honey

Guess what! My husband and I have been talking, and we’re really thinking about getting BEES next year! Just the thought of it is exciting because we use a ton of honey and keeping bees of our own moves us one step closer to living more sustainably – plus we’ll be helping the bee population. Continue reading


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A Tale of Two Feet

Once upon a time there was a girl.

The girl was the proud owner of two very loyal feet.

The girl paid a lot of attention to the feet. The feet were always smooth and soft, pumiced and brightly painted. The girl put the feet in cute sandals and adorned their toes with pretty rings and sunburst nail appliques. The girl and the feet grew quite close, and the feet were always there for her.

Then, one day, something came between them.

The girl and the feet fell out of touch, and didn’t see each other for a long time.

Not to worry, though. After many months, the girl and her feet were reunited! But a funny thing happened…although the girl saw the feet again, she was more interested in her new little Prince Charming than in painting their toes or smoothing their heels.

Seasons passed, and winters came and went. One day, as spring was about to begin, the girl found herself sockless… and she noticed the feet. Much to her dismay, she realized that she had been avoiding the feet for nearly a year and a half! She felt terribly guilty for neglecting them so, and realized that she had to make things right between them.

But the girl wondered where she would find the time. Then, it dawned on her that she could soak the feet in little Prince Charming’s bubble bath! Brilliant!

The girl thought it was the best pair of birds she ever killed with one stone, and wondered why it had taken her so long to think of it!

After a long, relaxing soak in the bath, she slathered the feet in coconut oil and honey, and rubbed them with warm lime halves dipped in coarse sugar until they were soft and smooth once again.

The girl realized that although little Prince Charming was very, very important, the feet have their needs, too. And she felt good.

And the feet were happy. :D

And so the girl and the feet lived happily ever after, with no worries other than what color of pretty paint to choose…

Say, Say, Oh Playmate and Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater by Hopscotch Kids

The End. :)


So, what do you think? Should I sport purple or orange after my pedicure?


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Pear and Cardamom Chutney

See ya later, summer!

My house is filled with the aromas of fall, and I love it! 

Thanks to Clean Eating Magazine, I’ve found an absolutely mouthwatering way to use the pears that were sitting on my counter this morning. Baby food was their intended fate, but it never hurts to teach the baby to share early, right?

So, half the pears went into the oven to roast with a little cinnamon, to be put through the food mill later. One thing happily checked off the to-do list…

The rest of my pears were dedicated to a new recipe that caught my eye and piqued my interest. Pears and cardamom are, hands down, two of my favorite things on Earth.  The minute I saw this recipe in CE’s article on easy homemade condiments, I was all over it.

Pear and Cardamom Chutney


  • 6 firm, slightly under-ripe pears (Anjou, Bartlett or Bosc) peeled, cored and diced, about 4 cups
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (1/2 inch cube) peeled and minced
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Pour all ingredients, except salt and pepper, into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until little liquid remains (allow to reduce to about 1/4 inch liquid in pan.) Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and let cool for 10 minutes at room temperature.

Transfer chutney to a resealable container, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Chutney can be used right away, but for best flavor, refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving.

(Bonus: only 39 calories and 7 grams of sugar per 2 T serving, according to Clean Eating Magazine’s nutritionals. Nice!)

If I lived in a cartoon, I would definitely have floated mid-air for a second on the wafting aroma! As the kitchen filled with the scent, I felt like I was wrapped up in a big cardamom afghan! :D 

I wasn’t sure how this would taste, what with the sweet pears, cinnamon and…onion? But let me assure you, the balance between the pears, honey, vinegar and onion was perfection, and just different enough to be interesting. 

This chutney would pair fabulously with fish, but I really want to try it will chicken or turkey, or maybe on a pork chop (but we don’t eat pork very often.) The possibilities are endless. The plan for this jar is to serve it with some roasted chicken tomorrow night, or, if life with baby gets too nuts (as it often does), it may find itself nestled into a simple wrap.

That’s the plan, at least (if the jar lasts that long… ;) )


Have you ever made a chutney? What’s your favorite, and how do you serve it? 


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