Category: All things yummy

Vegan Faire

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Bring your appetite and your Yoga mat at to the Fourth Annual Healthy Junk Vegan Faire! This annual one day festival showcases a full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services. There will be booths and workshops focusing on food, environment, local artisans, wellness, live music and FREE YOGA!

Enjoy live music from Blue Breeze Band (Motown R&B Soul Funk Band) from 6:00pm-7:00pm, Supremes – Just Sway Music from 7:30pm-8:00pm and Michael Jackson- RemJ Experience from 8:15pm-9pm

Unroll your yoga mat for some FREE Yoga compliments of the Yoga Mat! Classes begin at 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.

Vendors included in the day’s events are:

Follow Your Heart
Raw Life Cultivated
The Abbot’s Butcher
TGI Vegan
Best Gumbo In The Hood
Baby Love Sweetery
Clean South
Vegan Pizza
Good Town Doughnuts Costa Mesa
Hummos and Pita
Unisoy Foods
Mod Owl
Ash & Rae
Califia Farms
Evolve Bakery
Infinity Sauces
Fermensch Kombucha
Kelly’s Croutons
Orgain Inc.
The Little Sweet Place
Fed Up Food
Kacey Cakes
Proper’s Pickle
Mother’s Market & Kitchen
Young Living Essential Oils
Crate of Plenty: vegan subscription box
Prima Pilates Anaheim Hills
Sea Shepherd Los Angeles
Share International
Dolpin Project
Loveland Farm/sign up 4 love
Serenity Designs OC
Morning Blossom Boutique
Juice Plus & Tower Gardens
Threads for Love
Tadah Organics
Humane Project
Eco Dogs And Cats
Davids Natural Toothpaste

  •  When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4;00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Where: Center Street Promenade in Anaheim, CA

  • Cost: Admission is FREE!

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Swap your Java

March is National Nutrition Month and Jamba Juice wants to help us Swap our Java for Jamba.

To entice us to do so they are offering a $2 off coupon good on any Smoothie, Juice Energy Bowl or Oatmeal. 

Jamba Juice wants to make this easy for us to redeem our coupon; we don’t even have to have the coupon with us. All we have to do is snap a picture on our phones or show them a screen shot and show them the photo in the store.  The coupon is good for a one time use through March 13, 2016. This is a great way to try out a juice or energy bowl you haven’t had the chance to try yet while making a small change towards better nutrition.

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To see if your store is participating and for complete details visit the Jamba Juice website.


Pantry Tasting

wpid-2015-05-01_13.40.38.jpgThe Ecology Center is hosting a Fall Community Supported Pantry Tasting. Today, October 3, 2105 at 10:00 am, enjoy free samples of pantry goods featured in their fall Community Supported Pantry basket.

The Community Supported Pantry Program (CSP) is a seasonal subscription of locally made, artisanal goods created in collaboration with the Ecology Center’s community partners.

The Community Supported Pantry Program (CSP) box may include pantry items such as rustic bread, olive oil, artisanal sea salt, herbal medicine, simple syrups, custom tea blends, local honey, DIY handbooks, housemade jams, craft beer, flour & grains, seasonal recipes, and fresh garden herb bundles, all seasonally curated by The Ecology Center.

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If you’ve ever had questions about CSP boxes, this is a great chance to see what’s available. Also, you can stock up your pantry for an entire season or sign up for a year subscription and receive 15% off! Prices are $65/SEASON or $220/YEAR

The CSP boxes are available quarterly at The Ecology Center. Orders for the Fall Pantry will close today, October 3, 2015 at 6pm. you can order online.

The Ecology Center is located at 32701 Alipaz St, San Juan Capistrano, 92675

The Ecology Center’s talented community partners include:

The Ecology Center Pantry, San Juan Capistrano – Our Residence Chef, Kerri Cacciata uses The Ecology Center’s seasonal harvest from our orchard, veggie beds, and herb garden to make delicious preserves, jams, and pickles for all to enjoy.BREAD Artisan Bakery, Santa Ana – A family owned and operated bakery specializing in rustic & traditional French breads using age-old leavening methods.Angel’s Honey Farm, Brea – Angel’s farm rescues unwanted bee hives and gives them a new purpose – making the best tasting and most beneficial honey. The honey is said to help with seasonal allergies, a result of the bees pollinating local plants such as avocados, eucalyptus and local wildflowers.

King’s Road Apothecary, Los Angeles – Rebecca Altman, the extraordinary herbalist behind King’s Road, creates herbal tinctures, salves, and ointments from local, wildcrafted plants. She also teaches herbal remedy workshops at The Ecology Center.

Chocolatl, Poway – A chocolatier devoted to raw, wildcrafted ingredients and small batch process to develop chocolates that are high in minerals and nutrients.

Grist and Toll, Pasadena – As purists, Grist and Toll uses ancient stone milling techniques and local-only growers to provide the finest flour products and support our local grain economy.

Terrace Hill Olive Oil, San Miguel – A family olive orchard using sustainable practices to grow, pick, and process their olives.

Soapy Layne Vegan Soap, Rancho Santa Margarita – Cassie uses plant based materials to make vegan soap and natural skin care products

Laguna Salt Company, Laguna Beach – A specialty salt company handcrafting raw, infused, and smoked sea salt that are versatile enough to be used on any dish.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Vista – Makers of the best organic, biodegradable, all-purpose soap. We especially recommend Dr. Bronner’s for greywater systems.

Kean Coffee, Newport Beach/Tustin – A coffeehouse created by Martin Diedrich, Kean purveys fresh-roasted artisan coffee from around the world with a focus on organic and sustainable farms.

Eden’s Savory Sap – Handmade, plant-based simple syrups for concocting sodas, cocktails, dressing, cakes, cookies, pickling, soups, and more!

Kung Fu Tonic – Certified organic herbal remedies using a high-concentrated blend of roots to boost your immune system. We love Kung Fu Tonic during flu and cold season!

Caen Deming Candles, Laguna Hills – A candle maker dedicated to hand-poured, botanical-based candles. The candles are packaged in Weck canning jars, perfect for re-use in the kitchen.

Red Pig Tools, Oregon – The only blacksmith in the U.S. specializing in hand forged garden tools for home gardeners and farmers.


It’s National S’mores Day!

Image from Girl Scouts facebook page
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Today is National S’Mores Day and as a Girl Scout leader and I am so excited that I’ll be able to spend this day at Girl Scout Day Camp making S’mores and celebrating all things Girl Scout!

These heart-warming gooey treats are the true definition of everyone’s campfire favorite. Loretta Scott Crew is credited with the first recorded recipe in a 1927 Girl Scout publication. She reportedly made the S’mores for a group of Girl Scouts while by the campfire.

in addition to making the world a better place, let’s make the world a more delicious place by trying out some great inventive S’mores recipes.


 You can stick with the classic recipe or step it up using some of your leftover cookies in your freezers (come on, I know you have some in there. If you don’t – be sure to stock up next cookie season). Try using Your Caramel deLites®, Thanks-a-Lot® or Lemonades® instead of the traditional graham crackers & chocolate OR try some of these recipes from a Taste of Home. The following recipes were orginally posted on blog.



S’mores Frosted Crispy Bars
Delightful Caramel Bars
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling


1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
1-1/2 cups Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®, crushed
1 cup milk chocolate chips

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

1/4 cup crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®
2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
In a 6-qt. stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®. Fold in chocolate chips. Press into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Cool to room temperature.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme on low speed just until blended. Spread over bars. Sprinkle crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot® over frosting. Cut into bars. Break each candy bar into 12 pieces; place a piece on each bar. Yield: 2 dozen.



S’mores Ice Cream
Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + freezing

1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup marshmallow ice cream topping
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
10 Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
Preheat broiler. In a large bowl, whisk milk, cream, marshmallow topping and salt until blended. Arrange marshmallows in a single layer in a nonstick foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Broil 5-6 in. from heat 20-40 seconds or until golden brown. Cool slightly; freeze while processing ice cream.

Meanwhile, fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full. Freeze milk mixture according to manufacturer’s directions, adding half of each of the chopped Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows during the last 5 minutes of processing. (Ice cream maker may be very full.)

Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Serve with remaining Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows. Yield: 2 quarts. Makes: 16 servings.



S’mores Peanut Butter Pudgy Pie
Nutty Caramel Turtles
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

2 slices cinnamon bread
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs®, crumbled
1 tablespoon miniature marshmallows
Place one slice of bread in a greased sandwich iron. Spread with Nutella; sprinkle with crumbled Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs® and marshmallows. Top with remaining bread slice. Close iron.

Cook over a hot campfire for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Yield: 1 serving.



S’mores Summertime Cheesecake
Shortbread Fudge Tiramisu
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling

1 cup Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils®, crushed
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, mix Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils® crumbs, cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in melted butter. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate chips with 3/4 cup milk; stir until smooth. Pour into crust; freeze just until chocolate is set, about 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme, cornstarch, vanilla and remaining milk. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over chocolate. Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 6-8 minutes longer or until marshmallows are light brown. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer.

Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled. Remove rim from pan. Yield: 16 servings.

 If you have a favorite S’mores recipe, please share it using the#NationalSmoresDay hashtag.

all images and recipes courtesy of & Girl Scouts Facebook page.


One of the Best Street Foods in Mexico

Bionicos from Torta y Jugos Sahuayo
Bionicos from Torta y Jugos Sahuayo

Bionicos are one of the best street foods in Mexico. I craved this yummy medley of fruits with a creamy sweet dressing topped with coconut, raisins and walnuts during my pregnancies with my two girls.

Just thinking about has me about ready to run out to the store and pick up some sweetened condensed milk. One of favorite food blogs, has a great recipe for this tasty treat in her Why this is one of the best street foods in Mexico?blog post. This simple and delicious recipe uses sweetened condensed milk, I know what your thinking but….every once in while, well you know!

The recipe from provides the traditional version plus a healthier alternative for this sweet yummy milk.

If you’re out and about in the Tustin area give Torta y Jugos Sahuayo a try. Their Bionics included a family recipe for their sweetened milk. It’s not as sweet as the regular sweetened condensed milk and it’s outstanding!

Tortas y Jugos Sahuayo is located at 14520 Newport Ave, Ste B, Tustin, CA 92780. Ohhh, by the way make sure to try their Magoneadas. She gave me sample and it was delicious!


Pick Your Own Strawberries Day

Today from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm could be the final day for the “Pick your own Strawberry” field days of the season at South Coast Farms!!!!!wpid-2015-04-07_08.25.51.jpg

The strawberry fields are enjoying the return to May gray! The associated cool daytime and moderate night time temperatures of our local May gray and June gloom weather pattern create perfect weather for late season berries. The plants are loaded up with red ripe, super sweet, certified organic, never been sprayed strawberries!!!


South Coast Farms is an all certified, all organic farm. They are also are a “no spray” organic farm. They use no sprays on their crops, what so-ever! Not even approved sprays for organic production!  They believe food taste better naked, and I couldn’t agree more!!

wpid-2015-04-07_08.26.57.jpgThe strawberries at South Coast Farms are tasty, sweet and the deepest, reddest strawberries I’ve ever seen.

wpid-2015-04-07_08.38.50.jpgSouth Coast Farms also happens to be the last standing farm in the San Juan Capistrano. In addition to their famous red ripe strawberries, they sell lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, carrots, chard, kale, spinach, spring onions, radish, cucumbers, green beans, squash, parsley, organic eggs and more! I have never seen a head of romaine lettuce that comes comes to the size of theirs, incredible!

The cost is $2.50 per pound. Load up and freeze them these stunning strawberries are delicious! Be sure to ask about their CSA baskets.

Please wear strudy shoes you don’t mind get dirty. Your sandles, flip flops or high heels will not stand up to to the mud in the fields.

South Coast Farms is located at 32701 Alipaz Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA – right next to the Ecology Center.


Pick Your Own Strawberries

wpid-2015-04-07_08.25.51.jpgIf your thinking of attending the We Are Earth Day Festival at the Ecology Center on Saturday, April 11, 2015, I have the perfect addition to your day. Visit South Coast Farms, located right next door to the Ecology Center for a Pick your-own Strawberries Day.


South Coast Farms is an all certified, all organic farm. They are also are a “no spray” organic farm. They use no sprays on their crops, what so-ever! Not even approved sprays for organic production!  They believe food taste better naked, and I couldn’t agree more!!

wpid-2015-04-07_08.26.57.jpgWe bought some strawberries yesterday. They strawberries are tasty, sweet and the deepest, reddest strawberries I’ve ever seen. My girls loved these strawberries and can’t wait to go back for a pick your-own day.

wpid-2015-04-07_08.38.50.jpgSouth Coast Farms also happens to be the last standing farm in the San Juan Capistrano. In addition to their famous red ripe strawberries, they sell lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, carrots, chard, kale, spinach, spring onions, radish, cucumbers, green beans, squash, parsley, organic eggs and more! I have never seen a head of romaine lettuce that comes comes to the size of theirs, incredible!


Pick your-own Strawberries will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday. The cost is $2.50 per pound. Load up and freeze them these stunning strawberries are delicious! Be sure to ask about their CSA baskets.

South Coast Farms is located at 32701 Alipaz Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA


Easy Healthy Snacks


Earlier this month I was inspired by Chobani’s #ChobaniKids project in honor of National Nutrition Month. I love to cook as healthy as possible and thinking about this project made me take a good hard look at the snacks in my pantry.

I always keep plenty of fresh fruit in the house but I also keep some pretty unhealthy ‘granola bars” handy as well. I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my youngest is a snacker and trying to keep healthy snacks on hand can become challenging. She’ll seek out the quick sugar snack first. Here’s some things I’m trying to focus on keeping handy in our home.

 Cuties – my kids love kids cuties! A sweet treat that’s easy for little hands to peel and eat.


Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip – this quick & easy recipe comes from This dip is described by my youngest as “super yummy” . We use this 3 ingredient dip made of Greek yogurt, peanut butter & honey (I add a dash of cinnamon) to dip fruit, graham crackers & pretzels.


String cheese sticks – a protein rich snack that little hands can peel. I usually buy a big package from Costco, leave out what we need and freeze the rest.

wpid-2015-03-30_13.30.48.jpgNuts – I usually buy them (on sale) in the bulk section at Sprouts. You can make your own packages or buy some handy pre-made packets from Costco and Traders Joe’s.

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2 Ingredient Cookies – This recipe from is made from just 2 base ingredients: bananas and oatmeal. You can add-in things to your liking. I like to add dried cranberries or chocalate chips, a dash of cinnamon and nuts. They only take a few minutes to make and we love them. It’s also a great way to use up those overly ripe bananas.


Hummus -We eat hummus with everything in our home but offer it up with some fresh cut or small veggies like cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, broccoli and sugar snap peas and it’s a healthy snack. Buy it made from the store or great creative with 13 different ways to make hummus from

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Grapes – When I get them home from the market, I wash half of them right away and put them in a container in the fridge. That way the kids can have at them. People swear by frozen grapes, I’m not really a fan but some kids love them. 


Greek Yogurt – I usually buy a big Vanilla Greek Yogurt container. I make the girls smoothies as an after school snack using Greek yogurt, almond milk, bananas and/or strawberries (whatever I have on hand) and a little oatmeal. For school snack time, I put some in a snack container, top it with bananas or strawberries and/or some sliced almonds for some crunch.

I just found these great Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt packets that my girls loved. As soon as they finished them they were asking for more. Mom’s beware: some of the yogurt sticks and packets out there are filled with sugar and artificial colors. Chobani Kids yogurt has all natural ingredients with nothing artificial added. They are non-gmo and have no added flavors or sweeteners. These packets are great for on the go snacks! I’m keeping my eye out for Chobani Kids Yogurt Sticks next. wpid-2015-03-30_12.43.24.jpg

I know that my easy and healthy snack option might differ from yours. I am not dealing with any food allergies in my home. My point is to keep snacks quick and simple. I love pinterest for ideas and inspiration but it could be easy to get swept away in the thought of all the “time consuming” healthy snacks I’m pinning and I’m not making.

As a Mom, don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed or to feel guilty. We are all doing to best we can. If you have the time to get more creative, great, if not, there are quick and easy solutions to healthy snacks. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying never, ever have any sweet treats, I love Ice Cream and taking the kids out for free yogurt days, etc. but I always try to have those sweet treats in moderation.

Even though this post finds you a day before National Nutrition Month ends, I hope that this post serves as inspiration of small changes and easy alternatives to use throughout the year to keep our kids healthy and strong.

*I was not compensated by Chobani for this post.  All of the opinions above are my own.*


March Jr. Chef Class Schedule

Williams-Sonoma has a really fun FREE Junior Chef class scheduled for March. Get ready to welcome the Easter bunny with these fun and easy cooking classes. They’ll make some delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tastings along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.


Saturday, March 7th: Stuck in a lunch box rut? Join us for this series of classes where we’ll go beyond the basic PB&J. You’ll learn how to make some fun and tasty lunch foods that will satisfy kids and parents alike. Suitable for ages 5 – 13.


Saturday, March 14th: Let’s have a pancake party! We’ll make the batter and flip some flapjacks. You can personalize yours with some good-for-you foods like walnuts, coconut and flax. We’ll also teach you how to make a hazelnut-chocolate spread, to top everything off. Suitable for ages 5–13.


Saturday, March 21st: The Easter Bunny will stop in his tracks when he spies this adorable little cake you’ve baked and decorated in his own likeness! We bet that your parents will ask you to make one for everyone at your holiday table. Suitable for ages 5 – 13.


Saturday, March 28th: Eggs aren’t just yummy to eat—they’re also good for you! Learn some basic egg-cooking techniques plus eggs-traordinary ways to enjoy those hard-boiled eggs that you’ve decorated. Suitable for ages 5 – 13.
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OC Restaurant Week & Girl Scout Cookies

OC Restaurant week is just about here but even better then trying all the scrumptious food, how about trying some of Orange County top chef’s desert creations prepared with Girl Scout Cookies?  Yes, Girl Scouts Orange County has once again partnered with OC Restaurant Week to feature chef-created Girl Scout Cookie inspired desserts! YUM!!!

Select restaurants will be including unique treats on their menus during OC Restaurant Week, March 1-8. Be sure to visit these restaurants for a sweet Girl Scout Cookie inspired treat!

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants – Mission Viejo, Brea and Buena Park will feature: The OC Girl Scout Lemonade Cookie Cream Soda- Inspired by the Girl Scout’s Lemonades Cookie this cream soda includes lemon sorbet, Sprite® and cream. Topped with freshly made lemon whipped cream and a Girl Scout Lemonades cookie

Pascal – San Juan Capistrano will feature: Thin Apple Tart – served with warm caramel sauce 

Paul Martin’s American Grill – Irvine will feature: Homemade Ice Cream – your choice of 3 daily flavors served with shortbread cookies

Slapfish – Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach will feature: Caramel deLite Chipwiches with Thin Mint Studded Ice Cream

Slater’s 50/50 – Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Lake Forest will feature:  Peanut Butter Patty Push Pop – soft serve ice cream, pieces of peanut butter patty cookies,chocolate sauce and Caramel Delites Push Pop – soft serve ice cream, pieces of caramel delite cookies,caramel sauce

Sundried Tomato American Bistros & Catering – San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano will feature: Girl Scout Lemonade Cookie Sandwich – Vanilla pudding, “house made” hot fudge, powdered sugar, raspberries

For more information on OC Resaurant Week visit