I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Green Smoothies

A couple years ago we bought a Vita Mix and it suits my lazy food standards perfectly. I toss a bunch of stuff in it, turn it on and voila - instant meal. I like to eat but I don't like to prepare food the way that so many do. I also feel uninspired about breakfast (and sometimes lunch) and a 2 p.m. hunger headache isn't a good thing.

I've been reading for years about the benefits of green smoothies, made popular by raw foodists. I have enjoyed green smoothies here and there but I've never made them consistently. My kids really like yogurt and fruit smoothies so that is typically the way we go in the morning.

I am using Tera Warner's 21 Day Detox as inspiration to kick off my new year. I thought about signing up for the program but I've lived long enough to know that I am never going to keep a written journal about my exercise and eating and I am not going to take the time to long into her inspirational chats. I'm happy with the treadmill, The Shred and green smoothies so that's what I'm doing!

Today starts my 21 days. This morning we had a smoothie of baby spinach, red grapes, 1 pear, 1 banana, half a lemon's juice, a bit of honey, ice and water. It was good, the kids liked it and G-Man (whose favorite color is green) thought it was great to be drinking something very green!



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