Arrange Flowers like a Pro!

The FTC wants you to know: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. In my last post I told you all about our trouble last week getting to the flower arranging


Gridlock was just the beginning…

Every spring, flagship Macy’s stores across the U.S. treat their customers to an elaborate in-store flower show. Weeks ago I agreed to drop in on a flower arrangement demonstration s at the Downtown Seattle Macy’s, write about it, and get paid. I figured the big kid would get a kick out of watching


Blessing the Hands That Feed Us

Now to change things up a little. Penguin USA gave me a preview copy of best selling, “Your Money or Your Life” author, Vicki Robin’s latest book, “Blessing the Hands That Feed Us.” Penguin would also like to send a gratis copy of the book to one of you! If you are


Gluten Elimination – The Yays and the Boos

  We have passed the halfway point in The Little Helping’s gluten elimination diet. Can I just say, kiddo aside, this is a monumental achievement for me, the mom, who hasn’t been sleeping well for months and who’s brain is pretty much a cloudy, foggy, Swiss cheesed, mess. So yay! He has


Gluten Free Peanut Butter-Oat Cookies

You know how sometimes you find a cookie recipe that you really like and you get into a phase of finding the littlest excuse to make said cookies? Well, these are those cookies. The problem is I sort of fell for the version I shared a few weeks ago. The ones with whole


Skinny Turkey-Millet Meatloaf and a Giveaway!

  You’ll find the millet giveaway details at the end of this post but if you are here for the recipe you are in for a treat! This millet and veggie filled entree changed my opinion of an icon of American cuisine. I don’t think I’m a picky eater but I have


Going with the Grain: Millet

  It’s time for the next installment of this year’s Going with the Grain series. Today we’re talking about millet. Even though millet is not a grain but a grass seed it is completely appropriate to include in this grain centric series. You may be familiar with the variety commonly used in commercial


It’s Sumo Time!

No need to find a wrestling mat, I’m not promoting a new fitness craze. This post is all about fruit!  The other day my sister sent me an email with the subject line, “They are Back!” and only an image attached. At first I thought it was spam. I crossed my fingers


The Little Helping is “doing a science”

  “Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue”) is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture… Worldwide, gluten is a source of protein, both in foods prepared directly from sources containing it, and as an additive to foods otherwise low in protein… About 1


Molasses Banana-Oat Bread

This winter I have been changing up the flavor of our breakfast foods by using molasses in place of other forms of sugar. I used to keep a bottle of the thick dark syrup in the back of the cabinet (where it always seems sticky) for the very occasional batch of gingerbread.