Going with the Grain: Quinoa – Super Salad Recipe & Giveaway

  It’s time to meet the next tasty edition of this year’s Going with the Grain series! Yay! This time the winner will receive THREE bags of quinoa!!  If you are just here for the giveaway, that’s cool, I like free stuff too so I won’t hold it against you, just scroll


Of Course She’ll Change

The light in the room came from all sides. It poked its nose into corners teasing away the shadows. It curled its fingers around the furniture silently urging those gathered to settle in and be at rest. The light filled in the space between the floor and high ceiling in a way


Two life changing gifts and two ways to make a rhubarb cake

One spring when I was about 7 or 8 years old my mom took my sister and I on a little trip to visit her great uncle and second cousins in the small town of Snoqualamie, WA. The trip lasted only a few hours but I came home from the visit with


Farmstr – The next wave of the farm to table movement

The FTC wants you to know: I purchased the chickens featured in this post but Farmstr provided me with additional product at no charge in exchange for writing about the company. In my very own opinion, those products were awesome and will be highlighted in future posts. [Update 5/1/2014: Farmstr is offering


Sleep Deprived – The Painful Reality

One of my goals for Our Lady of Second Helpings is to talk about how I strive for balance and wellness as it relates to my previous weight loss and continuing weight maintenance. Right now my life is not at all balanced. In the spirit of bringing you, readers and friends, along


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