That gentle, spring, powdery scent of fresh violets.  It’s an old-fashioned smell.  It reminds me of powdery old-lady kisses and victorian valentines and heavily-curtained, doily-covered sitting rooms. But violets also remind me of spring.  That first burst of gentle spring, where you can’t quite believe that these delicate flowers are actually pushing up through the so-recently-frozen

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Do you ever have those days when thoughts are swirling in your head?  You feel a bit spacey and scattered – too much to do, not enough time.   In that state of mind, I’m never very productive.  Instead of focusing on work, I seem to just get stressed and add more items to my

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Local. Seasonal. Organic. Those are the buzzwords of the day for foodie culture. And if you can reduce your food miles to just a few feet by growing food in your backyard, you’ll be the envy of many a food lover! While I would love a big garden for planting and pottering in the summer, my

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You know that tight, dry feeling after you wash your face. The fine lines, flakiness and maybe even – gasp! – crepey skin around your eyes. So you slather on some thick cream.  Depending on your skin that day it either soaks in immediately and goes dry again, or sits in a greasy layer on top of

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A bright red cabbage arrived in our veg box the other week.  I’m not a huge cabbage fan unless it’s fermented (or if you use it to color Easter eggs!)  I was feeling light and springy.  I wanted something colorful.  And purple is my favorite color.  So I thought, why not make a bright purple

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“Variety and moderation.”  That’s become my food mantra since my shockingly low thyroid result in September.  I asked the question “Can you overdose on kale?”  and now, 5 months later, I am more convinced than ever that YES, you can overdose on kale. Too much of any food – even healthy ones – can be

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“I can’t slow down.  If I slow down, I’ll get tired.” says Anna, our adopted Italian nonna (Grandma) for the day. At 77, she has been making pasta several times per week for most of her life.  In the beginning, she’s not sure what to make of us … English speaking ladies with cameras, who aren’t so

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Note: I wrote this post in 2012, when kale was the new superfood, and I was eating it a lot – too much, it turns out.   Ahh kale, everyone’s favorite green, nutrient-dense veggie. In my health coaching course, we all got a little obsessed with kale.  Regular kale.  Curly kale.  And my very favorite, Cavolo Nero.

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The scene: bustling sidewalk cafe in Sibiu, Romania.  Hot day.  Lots of sunshine.  People shopping, talking, eating, drinking everywhere.  Nearby, I see a group of old men at a table underneath a tree.  Another group of teenagers playing with their mobiles and chatting at a table in the sun.  Similar cafes lining the street.  And

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I’d never heard of Elderflowers until I moved to England.  (Then again,  I didn’t pay much attention to plants in general until a few years ago.) But elderflowers, along with strawberries & cream, Pimms and picnics are an essential of the Great British Summer. Once you know what they look like, Elderflowers are really easy

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