On July 19, 2007 a sweet little boy was born. I can’t believe this little boy turns five today and is starting Kindergarten in another month. I remember bringing Lucas home for the first time and how much he smiled, constantly. He is our happy little boy, so sweet, so kind, so gentle and such a wonderful brother and son.

I remember the night he was born. We were so excited to meet him. It was the first (and only) time I got to hold my baby right after he was born. Since Lilliana was a preemie and I had an emergency c-section, I was only able to meet her the next day. After Julian was born, he was brought to the NICU right away too so I only held him hours later. When Lucas was born, I remember them handing him right over to Michael and me touching his little fingers. They even let me hold him on my chest, while they wheeled me out of the surgery room. It was one of the best days of my life and such a blessing to have him with me right after the moment he was born. I can’t express to you how much that meant to me and how much I prayed for that same blessing when Julian was born.

Cutie pie Lucas being the big brother for the first time!

Lucas has taught us so much about life, even with all the pain that we have suffered over the last year, he continues to smile and show us love. Wishing him a wonderful birthday today, filled with lots of happy memories.

It’s a Strawberry Party!

I have to say that my all time favorite fruit is the Strawberry. It is so sweet and delicious and when it’s in season, it just melts in your mouth. We have been eating strawberries like they are going out of style!

When it comes to strawberries, we buy organic as much as possible. They are one of the top 10 foods that are sprayed with tons of pesticides but to be honest, they just taste better too! Seriously, the kids and I conducted a taste test between the conventional strawberry and the organic strawberry and time and time again, the organic strawberry won for the most sweet, delicious flavor. So it’s not only better for you but it actually does taste sweeter too!

Well, since we’ve had pounds and pounds of them in our fridge each week, we experimented with a couple different crisp/crumbles.. I just love the combination of sweet fruit and a sweet, crumble topping. We’ve made both STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP and a STRAWBERRY AND PEACH CRUMBLE. They were both so amazing that we incorporated these delicious recipes into our cooking classes and the kids LOVED them. I mean what’s not to love, they are super yummy.

You might be wondering, as we were, what is the difference between a crisp, a crumble and a cobbler? Well, to put it in simple terms, a crisp and crumble are pretty much the same thing, a flour and sugar streusel topping. However, a cobbler includes pie dough so it’s a closer cousin to a type of pie. That’s basically it in a nutshell.

Anyway, our classes this summer are all about eating local, in season produce to take advantage of the bountiful amount of vegetables and fruits that are growing in our local gardens right now and enjoy the wonderful flavor of it all, as well as support our local farmers.

So, go to your local farmers market, pick up some gorgeous strawberries and make these sweet, delicious crumbles and serve them with a heaping scoop of cold, vanilla ice cream and you will be sure to thank me as you take each and every single bite! Enjoy!

We’re Back at the Monroe Farmers Market.

Food Jules has returned to the Monroe Farmers Market, every Friday from 3-6pm.

This week, our sweet treats include Blueberry Crumb Muffins, Morning Glory Muffins, Lemon Yogurt Bread, Zucchini Bread, Chocolate Fudge Cookies and Cranberry Orange Scones. We will also have our famous Chicken Empandas, Turkey Empanadas, Jams, Hot Fudge Sauce and Granola!!! And don’t forget, all of our sweet and savory treats are made with organic, all-natural, whole grain ingredients so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them.

It’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow, so stop by the market to pick up some delicious sweet goodies, as well as some fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, maple syrup and bread from our amazing local farmers and help us support Connecticut.

The Green Smoothie

I know what you are thinking… a Green Smoothie, is that going to taste any good? Let me tell you, my kids drank two batches of it last week, they loved it. Today, I introduced this recipe to the kids in my cooking class and they raved about it to their parents! It really is very delicious.

The baby spinach makes it the green color, which is the fun part, but you don’t taste it at all, you just taste the sweetness of the fruit. It is delicious AND nutritious! You have to try it this summer and feel free to mix it up with any fruit that is in season.