Author: Kirsten Clark
A new year brings new goals, resolutions changes, and improvements. As this new year begins, I think about what changes and improvements I want to make.
Making a resolution of eating better is one of the top goals year after year. Healthy choices when it comes to decisions about what to buy and what to make is always a goal to be improved on. More and more these days we are finding ways to eat local, know what is in the food we eat and improve on the nutritional ingredients.
We all hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s what gives us energy as we start the day, but we also want to make sure it sticks with us, so we don’t eat one or two more times before we even get to lunch. Choosing the right foods will give us the energy we need and helps us maintain a healthy weight. For a lot of us, we have so much to do before we run out the door in the morning, that we don’t have much time to prepare breakfast. There isn’t time to put a bunch of ingredients together, so we need something fast and easy. We need to eat fast and take off for work and school. Or maybe we need to eat on our way.
Try these make-ahead homemade granola recipes to help give you the energy that will stick with you throughout the day.
Give the gift of chocolate to your chocolate lover this year!
Tis the season of giving, receiving, and best of all, enjoying everything the holidays have to offer. Whether you’re attending an office soiree, a family gathering, or hosting a neighborhood shindig, chances are you’re going to be giving out gifts this season. And what better way to let the people in your life know how much you love them than with the gift on everyone’s list: Chocolate.
Now that the Thanksgiving turkey has been picked clean and the mountain of dishes is finally washed and put away until next year, we can turn our attention to what we all really enjoy about the holidays: Having an excuse to sample a few new chocolate holiday desserts. Sometimes one a day. The most wonderful time of the year indeed.
There is something about falling snow mingled with the smell of fires burning and chilly toes that just begs for some self-indulgence. The whole season demands it. We brave the shopping malls. We scrape ice off our windshields. We spend countless hours bundling kids into and out of winter coats, hats, boots and mittens (bonus points if the mittens actually match).
And best (or perhaps worst) of all, we receive countless invitations to holiday parties. Which means we’d better come bearing desserts!
Ghosts! Ghouls! Goblins! Your Mother-In-Law showing up to your house unannounced! Yes, all these things are terrifying, signaling that we are in the throes of the scariest season of the year. But we’ve found a way for you to indulge yourself and any fellow chocoholics you know: Halloween Hot Chocolate.
Last weekend I visited Alderbrook Resort and Spa which is situated right on the water near the south end of Hood Canal in Washington State. If you have never been to Western Washington State, we have an abundance of beautiful green trees, waterways that are fun to explore by ferry, sailboat, motor boat, canoe and kayak and don’t forget the mountains that when they appear out of the clouds are simply gorgeous.
Last weekend we visited Vancouver BC for the last of their 4 week chocolate festival. It was a dark and rainy weekend which made for great weather to drink chocolate! This is the third year we’ve enjoyed this event and it’s clearly our favorite.
Do you like to drink almond milk? It’s extremely easy to make and I’ve included a recipe for you to try. Part of the fun in making hot chocolate is to play around with the different kinds of milk one can use. A couple of friends suggested that I make almond milk and I’m glad I did!