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Why I Only Drink Organic Tea

Why I Only Drink Organic Tea

Do you try to limit the chemicals and pesticides you and your family consume? Of course, chemicals are ubiquitous and there is no way, short of enclosing ourselves in a bubble (I just hope there are some raspberries, dark chocolate, good books and Netflix in there), to avoid them completely in the air we bre... Read more
Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish is an excellent lean protein source.  It is brimming with nutrients and is a natural source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which is vital because our bodies cannot make omega-3s on their own.  Some seafood has also been shown in scientific studies to give us a feeling of fullness or satiati... Read more
How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

Each Friday morning, while I’m still sleeping, we get a basket of fresh and delicious local fruits and vegetables delivered to our doorstep.  No, I don’t have an incredibly generous (and sleep-deprived) secret admirer, but I do belong to a local service called Read more
Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian: Review and Giveaway

Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian: Review and Giveaway

When our daughter Celia was 11 she abruptly decided to become a vegetarian. We were pretty surprised. Although our family doesn’t eat a lot of meat, Celia had always loved it and on the rare occasions when we went out to eat, she almost always ordered a steak. Celia has adjusted well to goi... Read more
Tired of Cooking? How about a Lazy Picnic Dinner?

Tired of Cooking? How about a Lazy Picnic Dinner?

I just hate wasting food.  It makes me so sad to see food that's been grown or manufactured, packaged, shipped, stocked on store shelves, and purchased with our precious dollars just to wind up in the trash. So I've devised a few strategies to use up odds and ends before I restock for the upcoming week. I've s... Read more
#Freebie Friday: Define Bottles

#Freebie Friday: Define Bottles

Last week on PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers I featured 3 Kidpreneurs who started their own successful food businesses. One of them, Carter Kostler of Virginia Beach, VA has just launched... Read more
Is Tuna a Healthy Choice?

Is Tuna a Healthy Choice?

Occasionally I share questions and feedback from Scramblers here in the newsletter. I welcome your thoughts, concerns and questions any time, as they help The Scramble improve and evolve. Please weigh in, especially on the tuna question below. Optional Ingredients Dear ... Read more
Reducing Coffee Cup Waste for Earth Day and Homemade Blended Iced Mochas

Reducing Coffee Cup Waste for Earth Day and Homemade Blended Iced Mochas

Last weekend for my birthday I asked my family to join me in a neighborhood cleanup of the local park and stream where we walk our dogs every day. We collected a trash bag full of candy wrappers, plastic bags, and countless Styrofoam and paper coffee cups that people had either tossed or that had blown out ... Read more
Fighting Food Waste with Farro Stew

Fighting Food Waste with Farro Stew

One thing that really drives me crazy is wasted food. I’m not one of those clean-your-plate moms, which I know can lead to overeating or eating disorders, but I am one of those don’t-order-it-if-you-can’t-eat-it parents. Last month on an extended family vacation, my 8-ye... Read more
#FreebieFriday: Squooshi

#FreebieFriday: Squooshi

Do you have babies or young children who like to eat squeezable snacks out of pouches? Does all the waste of throwing away all those single use packages start to bother you? If so, I am thrilled to introduce you to Squooshi reusable food pouches. Squooshi was creat... Read more