Did You Know?

November 22nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Life - (14 Comments)

Did you know that if you let your 5 year old play with an alarm clock that you found in a box of hand me down toys, said 5 year old will inadvertently set the alarm to go off at 5:13? And did you know that this certain 5 year old will completely sleep through that alarm when it goes off at 5:13 on a Sunday morning?

Rise and Shine

Mama Appleseed

October 21st, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (12 Comments)

Today’s homeschooling activity du jour? Apple picking!

We met up with some homeschooling friends at an apple orchard today to enjoy the blast of warm air we’ve had and to do a classic upstate NY fall activity – slip on rotting apples and sit on pumpkins.

Kids! Running!

Kids.  Running.

All the varieties available for picking – some of which I’d never even heard of. Topaz, Fortune, Northern Spy? Come on, you’re just making these up.

Tons'O Apples

On our way to pick some Crispins, Mama Appleseed’s fav!


Apples on Tree

Action Shots

October 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Late Night Craziness - (22 Comments)

Today I saw a new recipe for hummus – cashew hummus! Raw cashews will be playing the roll of tahini today – thanks for understanding.

Peer into my food processor bowl. You must! You have no choice!

Making Cashew Hummus

1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans, drained but not rinsed
1 c raw cashews
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil, a drizzle more if necessary
Juice from one lemon (about 4 Tbsp of lemon juice I’d guess)
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
A few shakes of dried basil (or fresh would be better but I didn’t have any!)

This picture makes my lunch look so lovely. I think it’s the book in the background.

Hummus Sandwich and Gazpacho

A spread of sun dried tomato hummus on gently toasted Ezekiel bread, plump sliced tomatoes, home grown sprouts with a blanket of red leaf lettuce and a dabble of mustard. Chilled gazpacho made with the finest seasonal vegetables hand selected from a local grower.

Identity Crisis

September 9th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (24 Comments)

I’ve got a meeting tonight and will be home late, so today’s post is going to be wrapped up into a nice little bite of afternoon delight.

I woke up too early this morning. So early that I went back to bed at 5:30 hoping to fall back to sleep but it didn’t happen, so my day officially started somewhere in the 4 o’clock hour. I waited for the sun to come up and then hopped on my bike for a 34 minute therapy session. My mind turns as fast as my wheels when I’m on the bike. No iPod – it’s just me and the road. Well, just me minus the hundreds other people in their cars. Details.

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.

It Is My Duty

August 31st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (19 Comments)

I keep waiting for the watermelon to stop tasting so good –


but alas, that time has yet to come. I guess I’ll just have to keep testing the watermelons until I’m sure watermelon season is over. It is my duty.

So as luck would have it my mom had a technological snow day of sorts and was able to leave work early – thus I was able to get my run checked off the to-do list much earlier than I anticipated.

Midday sun + warm but not too hot air + slight breeze = perfect running weather.  It was my duty to run.

And the Award Goes To

August 18th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Late Night Craziness - (16 Comments)

Lots of awards to hand out today, let’s get right to it.

The award for today’s Best Accidental Lunch goes to:

Dates and AB

Dates with Almond Butter! We’re going to need four awards, one for each of them.

The award for the Most Unoriginal Snack goes to:


Watermelon. Boring.

The award for the Messiest Watermelon Eater:

Messiest Watermelon Eater

Oh! That’d be me! I’m honored. I don’t even have a speech prepared.

We’re presenting the Barbie with the Craziest Hair and Worst Tan to:

Barbie Award

Worth a Thousand Words

August 12th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Late Night Craziness - (22 Comments)

Today’s meals and snacks have been pretty random. I don’t know what’s up, maybe I’m getting my period or something.

I had some

veggies and hummus

late morning. Then I started looking around at all the house work to be done and feeling like I’m never going to


I said


this and I put it all on the

back burner

and let the


fall where they may. We met up with my dad at the yacht


for a little

pool time.

Maxine must have been pretty

A Little of This

July 20th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (10 Comments)

So today… there was a little of this.


A little of that.


We broke for lunch and I made a little hummus sandwich. And took a giant picture of it.

Toasted Ezekiel bread with mustard, garlic hummus, red leaf and tomato.


And pretended I was a little dinosaur eating giant steamed trees.


And steamed clouds.

Sometime between lunch and dinner came cookie time. We busted out the Newman’s Own Organics Champion Chip Cookies.


cookie_4 cookie_1
cookie_2 cookie_3

I think they were acceptable.