Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Later days of summer

Everything seems to happen later during summer.  Wake ups, meal times and bed times.  Why wouldn't they?  There's far too much fun to be had!  Bike riding, playing catch, street hockey, fires with smores and of course swimming.  So much swimming!  We surround ourselves with those who bring us joy and laugh until the sun sets and the sky turns a beautiful shade of pink.  Ahhh....summer!

Who cares that we take bites of dinner in between epic cannon balls?!  Or that our growing up, oh so fast daughter wakes a bit later to make popovers for everyone for breakfast?!
Memories are being made!  We will over indulge in this time and enjoy every bit of it!

Garden Happenings!

I get so excited when our garden starts popping!
Garlic, spinach, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn and squash.  Oh, did I mention I love summer?

The bees are doing well too.  Busy buzzing around.  We'll keep an eye on things as my husband is a bit concerned the queen isn't laying as many eggs as she should.  For such a small creature, they sure are complex!

Right now we have an over abundance of Arugula.  I absolutely love arugula!  This peppery green is a wonderful addition to salads and I've also made pesto with it.  Delicious!  I have the recipe for you this week.....

Healthy Recipe of the Week!

Arugula Pesto

2 packed cups of fresh arugula
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ( I used a dairy free option)
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste.

In a food processor, blend the arugula and garlic until finely chopped.  With the machine running, gradually add the oil, processing until well blended.  Transfer the pesto to a large bowl, and stir in the Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Season the pesto with more salt and pepper to taste.
The pesto can be made up to 2 days ahead.  Cover and refrigerate.
*Adapted from Everyday Italian cookbook

I served this over whole wheat pasta and was eaten outside, in between an epic cannon ball contest at 8:30 at night.  Yup.....It's summer time!

Healthy Happenings!

Mamas Mingle

July 21st 6:30-8:30

Seacoast Birth and Family Connection
165 Lafayette Rd North Hampton, NH

Join me for a night just for you mamas!  
Connect with other mamas as you enjoy virgin cocktails and snacks, visit various professionals who are here to guide and nurture you on your parenting journey.

I will be speaking about the ways pregnant and nursing moms can have a healthier pregnancy and baby, experience a smoother delivery and recovery and how you can implement optimal pre and post-natal nutrition practices.

Wishing all of you a fantastic week that's filled with memories being made!

Much love,