Five Years

On November 8, 2010 our second son, Julian was born. This past weekend, we celebrated his fifth birthday.

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He is love. He is beauty. He is faith. He is pure. He is eternity. He is a blessing. He is and always will be in our hearts and soul. We miss you Julian and we love you. Happy Birthday to our sweet baby boy.


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I apologize for the short post, it’s been an emotional last couple of weeks. Love.

Almond Cookies, Gluten Free

Nothing beats the sweet smell of Pure Vanilla Extract… well, except maybe Pure Almond Extract. Smells divine and tastes even better. I love those “wedding cookies” or as we like to call them at our house, “snowball cookies” with the powdered white sugar on the outside and the butter cookie filled with chopped pecans in the middle. They are one of our favorites. Well this time, I wanted to experiment with a more traditional type of cookie but with the same almond flavor and I am so glad that I did.

These Almond Cookies are beyond words, especially right out of the oven. Make these!!!! You will love me for it.



It’s that time of the year again…

The leaves are changing and the weather is cooler. There is more baking (although the weather or season doesn’t preclude me from ever baking) and we start eating warm soups and stews. It’s a great time of the year but not such a happy time for me. I prefer the spring and the summer when all the trees, flowers and vegetables are blooming. It’s a time of renewal and growth, beauty and happiness. I don’t mean to be a downer for the Fall and Winter but it really isn’t my cup of tea. Also, it reminds me of a time of much sadness.


Julian was born in the Fall, this is HIS time of the year and if he were here, I know my feelings towards the Autumn would be completely different, we would be celebrating his birthday with him and it would be so special. We do celebrate Julian’s birthday every year and we honor him in a very special way each and every year, but it’s just not the same as it would be if he was actually living and here with us, celebrating with us, smiling with us, opening gifts, running, laughing and enjoying life and his family. As I am writing this, I can actually imagine this in my mind and it is making me cry. I have been missing him a lot lately, thinking a lot about him every day. Again, maybe this time of the year is an extra reminder of our loss and how much we miss him. I do miss him sooooo soooo much.

Meet our son, Julian.

Meet our son, Julian.

In memory of my sweet, baby boy Julian. We love you and honor you and think of you every single moment of every single day. To all those who are reading this, give your sweet, living children a great big hug and kiss and remind them just how much you love them and how lucky you are to have them with you, healthy and smiling.

Greek Salad with Chickpeas

I am pretty boring when it comes to salad choices…. I usually always get the Chicken Caesar with dressing on the side and I love the salad bar at Village Bagels in Norwalk. I enjoy the mixed greens and romaine with chickpeas, carrots, cucumbers, walnuts and a scoop of tuna salad on top, yum. I also love the Burrito Bowl at Chipotle with lots and lots of lettuce on top, I call that the ultimate salad, love it so much. However, I don’t ever get the Greek Salad or the Cobb Salad or any of those other fancy salads.

Well, this time I found this recipe for a Chickpea Greek Salad and it certainly caught my attention. I just love chickpeas. Frankly, I am obsessed with chickpeas!!! So, when I saw this, I had to give it a shot, even though I am not a big fan of feta cheese or kalamata olives, just too salty for me. I thought my husband would love this since he loves Greek Salad.


My review: It was delicious!!! It is full of healthy ingredients, from chickpeas, to peppers, cucumbers to tomatoes and I added lots of romaine lettuce. I just love the crunch from the lettuce and the cucumbers. Of course, I put most of the olives to the side and gave them to him, lol and I sprinkled less then the recommended feta cheese but if you like it, you can certainly add more. It was very good and so healthy for you, I will definitely make it again.

Recipe is courtesy of another fellow blogger, Ambitious Kitchen. My only revision was the addition of the romaine lettuce. Here is her photo, much nicer then mine.

Vegetarian Chickpea salad with olives, feta, tomatoes, onion, garlic and a light lemon dressing! Add quinoa for more protein or enjoy on it's own!

I apologize for my photo above, it was taken after we ate most of it and taken with my cell phone. Not the best photo. Enjoy!

Chocolate Coconut Cookies, Vegan

It’s been a long time since I have posted but it’s been a very busy spring and summer, filled with lots of fun activities, birthday parties each month, vacation, play dates etc. Now, the kids are back to school :( and Benny and I are trying to find our own little routine again.

I’ve been browsing through lots of new cookbooks and have picked out a ton of new recipes that I’d like to try. My goal is to post a new recipe each day with my personal reviews as well as the recipe or the link to the recipe. Similar to the movie, Julie and Julia, I”d love it if you all followed along and shared your comments.

Let’s start today with a sweet treat… Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cookies. I made them gluten free so everyone could eat them here at our house. To make them gluten free, I substituted the all-purpose flour with 1 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup almond flour. I’ve found that it takes a little more “gluten free flour” to make it hold up as well as the gluten version.


My review: I thought it was a delicious cookie. In my opinion, I wanted it to be a bit more on the healthy side, so I reduced the sugar by 1/2 and still thought they tasted great. They were soft and fudgy, similar to a brownie. Everyone enjoyed them here, even Benny. We are all chocolate and coconut lovers in this house! This is a great option for those that can’t eat eggs and it is super easy and simple to make, just a few simple ingredients. My son Lucas rolled them all out for me while I moved onto washing the dishes.

Recipe is courtesy of another fellow blogger, Two Peas and Their Pod.

Cooking Parties

Is your child looking for something FUN to do with his friends and learn some important life lessons at the same time? Don’t you wish they still taught home economics in school? Wouldn’t it be fun to learn to cook some of your favorite food and bake your favorite treats? How about planning a family meal that is delicious and nutritious?


You CAN do ALL of it! It’s easy, trust me. We, at Food Jules, are here to help you.

Food Jules offers cooking parties for birthdays, holidays, boy or girl scouts or for just some plain old fun. We also offer private cooking lessons and family meal planning. Plus, we have a ton of healthy, tasty recipes on our website.


Our cooking classes are for ALL AGES so if YOU want to host a GIRLS NIGHT OUT with some of your close friends, make some fun appetizers and sweet treats and serve them up with some wine, we can help you.


Call or Email us today to get more information. We are excited to share all of our ideas, food creations and recipes with you. Your son or daughter will LOVE to invite his friends over for a private cooking party. It’s a great time, filled with lots of laughs, excitement, creativity and learning.

Hope to see you soon.

Cleanse Day #10

Yesterday, was our final day of the Dr Oz 10 day Cleanse. It was a great 10 days and I have lost about 4lbs and a few inches around the waist. Plus, I feel great! I know, 4lbs doesn’t sound like much, but I only had about 8-10lbs to lose so I think it’s great. I will be continuing the cleanse for another week, so I am hoping to lose a couple more pounds and then get back into an exercise routine.

I started the morning with a cup of warm water with lemon. This will be a new daily routine of mine. I really enjoy drinking that warm cup of water. It’s a great way to start the day. It helps kick start my metabolism and keeps me warm on a cold day.

For breakfast, I had a friend visit with her son so I made us a Cherry Banana Smoothie as well as the Mini Vegetable Frittatas. That’s right, I had both for breakfast, but it was half the amount I usually have on my own :) I also snuck in a cup of Organic Decaf Coffee.

Since I had a great big breakfast, I had lunch on the later side and made myself some Turkey and Bean Chili Lettuce Wraps. They were delicious. Lettuce is a more healthier way to eat wraps and gives it a nice crunch. These were delicious.

For dinner, we just had some of leftover Vegetable Soup. Then, for a snack I had a Brown Rice Cake with Almond Butter. It was a perfect end to our 10 day cleanse.