A note on self-compassion

The holidays and the end of the year can be a little complicated.   There can be lots of joy and wonderful things, like traditions and time with family and friends.  It can also be an emotional time, one that includes some sadness, heartache, stress and maybe even guilt.  There are a mix of emotions, and I think that is okay.  Sometimes it is just about how we manage those emotions.  Or it can be…

Cranberry Sparkler

This month has gone by so quickly.  The holidays are the same time every year, why then am I always so surprised by them?  Last year we shared a cranberry recipe for Christmas, so I thought we’d keep with that theme but with some added flare.  Bubbles to be more exact. “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” Most of my favorite cocktails include some type of sparkle to them.  Prosecco just has…

Roasted Broccoli & Cheese Risotto

More rice this week, except this time we are making risotto, and in a much easier way.  Usually risotto requires a little babysitting, this version is more forgiving.   We are also adding roasted broccoli and some sharp cheddar cheese, but given it is a basic rice dish, you can really make it whatever you want.  I like adding mushrooms or asparagus as a variation, oh and roasted butternut squash would also be amazing.   Some get intimidated…

Mom’s Spanish Rice {A small batch}

This week was filled with making cookies, drinking cocoa and office holiday parties!!  It is always fun to share in some festive time and family traditions.  This recipe is another one from our family recipe box, the kind of recipe that has really never been written down.   My mom has made this since before I can remember.  It is a very traditional dish in our culture.  It is also beautifully simple, making it a go…

Unstuffed Cabbage & Sausage Soup

We are officially out of leftovers, and moving on to the next holiday!  I am ready, and excited for all that December will bring, hopefully less colds and fevers than November… not looking good so far.  Oh toddlers…    This week we have been comforted by my new soup recipe.  In our family there are many dishes that have cabbage in them, a popular Mexican stew is one,(cocido- which maybe we will tackle…