Dark Chocolate Cherry and Chia Energy Bars

Dark Chocolate Cherry and Chia Energy Bars #recipe via FoodforMyFamily.com

A recipe for easy energy bars packed with chia seeds, dried tart cherries, dark chocolate, nut butters, and oats for a quick snack to keep you going. Each morning begins the same. Pushing back the down comforter that radiates warmth, I face the cold winter light and slip my feet into woolen socks and slippers. Wrapping myself in a thick … more

Valentine’s Day Treats with Frontier Co-op

Valentine's Day Treats #recipes via FoodforMyFamily.com

A few Valentine's Day treats for your sweet, including heart-shaped no-bake energy bars, pink cranberry muffins, and a chocolate yogurt fruit dip. Last night we invited friends over for dinner. The older children arrived both by bus and on foot with my own, traipsing into the house and kicking off snow-covered boots before disappearing to the … more

Thai Green Mango Salad

Thai Green Mango Salad #recipe via FoodforMyFamily.com

A crisp and refreshing Thai salad made with unripened (green) mango, mung bean sprouts, red pepper, and plenty of cilantro. The door opens inward, pushing against the rolled up towel that sits at the bottom attempting to block out the raw boreal wind that whips by on the other side. The cold air pushes into the room, demanding to take up … more

Easy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry

Easy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry #recipe via FoodforMyFamily.com

A recipe for spicy and fragrant Thai peanut chicken curry with coconut milk and plenty of cilantro on top. The trailhead sits at the side of the road, burrowing deep into the woods that surround the lake. Just a few steps in and the world changes: the snow absorbs sound and softens the landscape. A bright white covers everything, a few trail … more

Diet is a Four-Letter Word: Albion Fit Giveaway

Diet is a Four-Letter Word (Albion Fit Giveaway) via FoodforMyFamily.com

In which I discuss a few of my feelings about the word "diet" in our culture and give away $150 to Albion Fit. Three nights a week we don gloves and winter coats after dinner and pile into the car and head to swim practice at the local YMCA. While my kids swim, I make my way to the glorified "fitness center" where I've been lifting weights and … more

Vanilla Raspberry Mini Meringue Kisses

Vanilla Raspberry Mini Meringue Kisses #recipe via FoodforMyFamily.com

A recipe for crisp little vanilla raspberry meringues made into mini star-shaped kisses. Life is messy, made exponentially more so by children. Today one child stepped on a wayward grain of rice from packing lunch boxes, grinding it beneath his small heel straight into my relatively new area rug as he ran to brush his teeth. Toothpaste dribbles … more

Orange and Black Tea Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies

Orange and Black Tea Olive Oil Shortbread #cookie #recipe via FoodforMyFamily.com

A recipe for rich, olive oil shortbread cookies flavored with black tea and orange zest, rolled in sugar or with an orange glaze drizzled over the top. I cleared and wiped down the counter for the seventh time since waking up that morning, rinsing the washcloth under the scalding water and wringing it out. The dishwasher hummed to life, and on … more