Favorites List – January 2014

Here are some of my favorite foods to eat, things to do and books/articles to read for January 2014!


To Eat

Love, love love me some kale!  Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around loaded with potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, iron, and calcium. You also get 2 grams of protein per serving.  Here is a really good Kale and Caramelized Onion and Grilled Cheese recipe from Cooking Light. Eat Seasonably also has some great recipes for kale.

kale-caramelized-onion-grilled-cheese-ck-l  Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

Oh how I adore Green Tea!

Green Tea

I drink green tea at a minimum 3 times per day in one form or another. Green tea soy latte is my morning fix; Green Tea Smoothie is for the afternoon, and a simple cup of green tea at night. Green tea is the least processed and thus provides the most antioxidant polyphenols, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea.


To Do

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

I can’t stand clutter! I am no neat freak, but I do like some organization in my home and life. When I can’t find what I am looking for or I open a cabinet and things start falling out I become one frustrated and stressed out mama. Decluttering is one of my favorite things to do in January! I actually declutter twice a year (January and June).  I’ve already started with my kitchen! Declutter 101: How To Cut Clutter At Home from Organized Home has some great tips on decluttering your home. I also like Changing Habits to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free from Decluttering.org.


To Read

CookedI am really enjoying “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” by Michael Pollan. In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores his own kitchen and the use of the four elements—fire, water, air, and earth— to cook delicious things to eat and drink.

Read more about it here Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation


This beautiful poem is just right for the beginning of 2014  New Beginnings Poem  author unknown.

What do you think?