10 Bucket List Trips for Families

Bucket list. When I was younger I never really understood what this meant. I later learned it came from the term “kicked the bucket.” This is also known as, died. Bucket list essentially became a list of the things to do before you well, die.  I am very careful about what I put out in…

Grilled Eggplant with Tomato, Basil & Feta

This was a light, refreshing meal. I think I enjoyed it even better because the 3 main ingredients eggplant, tomato, and basil were all purchased earlier at our visit to The Carytown Farmers Market. Check out my previous post, Shop, Eat, Live, … Local. , before reading this. I am a huge eggplant fan, but historically have only…

Shop, Eat, Live, … Local.  

Today was a Sunday well spent. My daughters and I got up early and ventured out to Carytown. Carytown is an urban retail district lining Cary Street at the southern end of the Museum District here in Richmond, Virginia. The area that surrounds Carytown is called The Fan District, the district is very popular and is…

RVA’s New Bike-Sharing Sytem 

Today I picked up a copy of one of my favorite local publications, Style Weekly. I was excited to see that a bike-sharing system is about to come to Richmond. This will be a new transportation option for many Richmonders and visitors. The city is hoping that this will all launch in the fall. This is…

Caprese Quinoa Bake

This recipe was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I can not take all the credit. I was trying to figure out what to cook for dinner but was unsure. I knew I had Quinoa and a bunch of tomatoes, but was stuck on what to do with it. Ofcourse, I went to America’s number one search engine,…

Easy Cod Fish Tikka Masala

This was a delicious dish that I was able to create in no time. I worked all day seeing clients back to back, then got off and attended my bike meeting for BreakawayRVA, and then joined in at a networking event until 9:00pm. Yes, I was tired. I was drained, but my family still needed…

Pasta con le Sarde

Also know as, “Pasta with Sardines.” This meal originates from Sicily. My Italian roots shine through on this one. This is a national dish of Sicily. It’s either pasta with italian sauce only, pasta with italian sauce loaded with vegetables, or pasta with italian sauce, veggies, and sardines! At one point I would add boca crumbles…

Pep it up! 

Pep it up by adding Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, to your daily dishes. You probably have noticed by now that staple ingredients to most of my meals include peppers. If your thinking its for spice or heat, your wrong. Bell Peppers are not only good, but they are good for you. Peppers have way…

Simple Sweet & Sour Tofu 

As a working mother, I love simple and easy meals. I actually have a copy of a cookbook titled, A Man, A Can, A Plan, that was created for men with recipes that do not require tons of ingredients. The recipes within this book are quick, tasty, healthful meals based on canned and other convenience foods.  When making…

Szechuan Salmon with Pepper Salsa

Tonight’s dinner was fish focused. Primarily we eat vegetarian dishes, but we still love our seafood. Pescatarianism is what we practice majority of the time. This is a diet that includes fish or other seafood, but not the flesh of other animals. Most pescatarians maintain a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. This would include us as well….

Crispy Kale Chips

Potato Chips vs Kale Chips. Kale Chips wins. Most commercial chips, and this includes corn chips, potato chips, tortilla chips, you name it, are high in trans fat. Many also contain genetically engineered ingredients. I have heard people mention “kale chips” and decided to see what all the talk was about. I now see why….

Virginia Safari Park

Lets talk family fun. I am consistently researching and discoverying places to go, people to see, and new things to eat. My hubby and children are ofcourse my main reason. I try to ensure that we are not just sitting in the house and instead that we are actually living, exploring, experiencing, etc. Since I am…