The author, blogger, and mom of two shares her favorite…
Way to wake up:
With big hugs from my 10- and 8-year-old daughters. I can’t start my day without them!
Oats! They’re the basis for my homemade granola, which is my favorite thing to eat for breakfast.
Object in her home:
I love our kitchen table, which is fitting considering what I do. I like to serve dinner family-style using lots of pretty dishes, so having a big table with extra space makes it easier.
I make a maple syrup mocha drink with unsweetened cocoa, maple syrup, espresso, and frothed milk. It’s delicious! (Get the recipe here.)
Thing to do with her daughters:
I love to watch the two of them experience new things for the first time. I want to be there for every “first” in their lives for as long as I can.
Anything made in a slow cooker is wonderful because you do a little bit of work in the morning and the rest is done for you! I especially like my Best Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker recipe from my cookbook.
My father makes risotto every year, and I came up with a brown rice version for my cookbook. One year, he made an Italian flag out of the risotto to celebrate our roots.
It makes me so happy when I overhear my daughters working things out without my help. When they say something like, “Here, you can have it,” which shows they’re sharing on their own, it makes me so proud.
Aspect of her career:
The lines between work and play are blurred for me, and I love that. Oftentimes, it doesn’t even feel like I’m working.
Wise words for new moms:
Never say, “I’ll never do that.” Before I became a mom, there were plenty of things I said I’d never do—but it was a lie! You never know how things will change or what you’ll be thinking when you’re making decisions for your children.
It never hurts to ask.
Hearing about people’s life-changing moments. For me, it was when I saw Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, being interviewed on Oprah. That was when everything changed for me. I enjoy hearing about the moments that have affected others.
Advice she’s received:
When I first started making changes to my family’s diet, a friend told me I should start a blog and write about it. At first, I didn’t want to do it. I changed my mind and here we are!