Farewell to the Acme Juicer

October 8th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (13 Comments)

Oh Acme Juicer – you’ve done right by me.


The green just flows so easily from your spout.

Juicer Action

You’ve made me countless glasses of green juice.

Juice Poll

And some red juice too.

Green to Purple

We’ve had a lot of fun together.

Sneaky Juice

You’ve made me smile.

Green Juice

You’ve made me cry.

Liquid Bronze

But now it’s time to say farewell. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your new home with Mallory, wherever it is that Mallory lives. I’m sure she’ll take good care of you will appreciate you as much as I did.

Saturday Madness

September 19th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Party Time - (18 Comments)

A Saturday full of non-stop action!

I woke up this morning to a balmy 47 degrees and decided to post pone my bike ride for this afternoon when it was a bit warmer.

Instead I warmed my hands with a pot of green tea.

Pot of Green Tea

And warmed my soul with a bowl of banana chocolate fruit cereal.

Banana Cereal at Desk

Zak had plans this morning so I schlepped the girls into the car and we ran off to run some errands late morning into the early afternoon.

I hit the Thrive jackpot at the natural food store today!

Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right

September 16th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (26 Comments)

Immediately after I hit Publish this morning we were off for a homeschooling meet up with some friends at a playground.

Tube Crawlin'

Do you remember being a kid and running without wondering when it was time to stop? Running to try and catch a bird or running like you were being chased by a monster in the basement that was going to pull you back down if you didn’t get to the top of the basement stairs before the door closed at the bottom of the stairs behind you?

Run Ava Run!

(See her out there running like it’s nobody’s business?)

Intuitive Eating Refresher

September 7th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (14 Comments)

Today has totally felt like a Saturday. Monday? Really?

My little juice prank went off without a hitch this morning you’ll be glad to know. He’s a good sport and shares my crazy sense of humor. He laughed at the lid on the juice and said that it was definitely one joke that could have gone horribly wrong, but he would have been more sad over lost juice than a messy fridge.

After juice jokes, I changed into bike riding gear and had a little kiwi for a snack before heading out.

Pre Ride Kiwi

How to Make Your Own Hummus

September 3rd, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Lunch - (17 Comments)

When I make hummus – I might use canned chick peas, or might have more time and patience and cook my own beans.

There are two methods to cooking beans: The Patient Method and the Impatient Method.

The Patient Method: Soak dried beans completely covered water for 8 hours. The beans are going to expand so you’ll want to add enough water so that the water level is a few inches higher than the beans. 8 hours later, *drain and rinse, fill pan with fresh water, add beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for about an hour and you’re ready to rock.

No Rest for the Weary

September 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (19 Comments)

Today is a rest day. I swapped exercise this morning with work on my never ending to-do list. Over the years I’ve signed myself to volunteer for various non-profit groups and organizations – all in my quest to keep my brain from turning to mush as a stay at home mom. It’s all good, but sometimes things pile up and out of no where I realize I’ve got a million of things to do when all I’d really like to do is curl up into the fetal position with Halloween costume catalog and pretend my biggest concern is what Disney Princess I want to be for Halloween.

It Was Ladies Day

September 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Life - (22 Comments)

So if Saturday was Ladies Night, that must make today Ladies Day! My same group of girls from Saturday went to the zoo together today – except we had the little ones with us and were therefore double the number. 4 adults and 4 kids. 1 : 1 – always a good kid : adult ratio in my book.

Although our nasal passages weren’t pleased with us, we visited the birds upon our arrival this morning. I was a little shocked to find these guys RIGHT THERE, feathers and all, not held back by any cage or fence, just a couple of free birds.

Corny Dinner

August 20th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (17 Comments)

Be amazed as I make a veggie sandwich appear and then disappear right before your very eyes!

Lunch time magic.

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Pretty impressive if I do say so myself. I minored in sandwich sorcery in college.

Plus a little protein and dessert tied up into a fun package; the last of a container of 2% Fage, a little pour of maple syrup and a sprinkle of homemade granola.

fage 1 fage 2 fage 3

A little snacky as I finalized my list before heading out for some groceries late afternoon.

Apple Rings List

Sun of a Beach

August 11th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (24 Comments)

A little beach trip with some friends was in order for today, so we threw lunch in a bag this morning and off we went.

Beach Today

Lunch for mom? Leftovers.

Veggie Chili Leftovers

Plus a Jocalat Larabar.

Jocalat Larabar

And some Newman’s Own Organics Honey Wheat pretzels from our goodie box for sharing.

Snack and Share

While practically all the Newman’s Own Organics loot we were sent to try has been fabulous, I have to say these weren’t that great. Not BAD, but just – weird. Maxine spit hers out and a seagull ate it.  The seagull had no complaints.


July 31st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Life - (12 Comments)

The kids were with Aunt Ellen today, so the only pics I took were of food. I think I’ll spice this post up with some oldies but goodies.


Good Morning Pears

Ava, age two, with a pair of pretzels boobs.

Pretzel Boobs

A bowl of shriveled stuff.

shriveled stuff

Maxine, shriveled.

Big Sister Kiss

A banana spinach smoothie, with a little too much spinach. Even for me.

Too Much Spinach

Ava and too much green finger paint. Even for me.


After my morning meals wore off, I made my everything-but-the-kitchen-sink salad.

Everything but the kitchen sink