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Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

© Sunshine UrbaniakWe eat a lot of tacos and burritos in our house and fish tacos is a nice break from the norm of rice, corn, and beans. The cool lime crema and cabbage slaw really brightens up the dish. I use a light, white fish like flounder for my...

The Evolution of Parenting

The Evolution of Parenting

As parents, we focus so much of our attention on the evolution of our children. We keep an eye on them as they continue to grow and develop. We monitor their thoughts, bodies, and emotions. We watch as they blossom into their being. Our children keep...

Kids and Art

Kids and Art

"Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else." – Sydney Gurewitz Clemens I love this quote, but I would word it a little differently so it’s more universal; something like: “Art has the...

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakMy Chinese chicken salad has the perfect balance of crunch, sweetness, and tanginess. Crunch comes from the romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, sliced almonds, and chow mein noodles. Sweetness comes from the mandarin oranges, and...

Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage

Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage

© Sunshine UrbaniakStuffed shells is a classic Italian dish and comfort food. We wanted to take it up a notch by adding Italian sausage. Adding the meat makes it more filling and adds texture to the cheese filling. The fresh parsely and basil...

Veggie Burrito with Lime Crema

Veggie Burrito with Lime Crema

© Sunshine UrbaniakYou won't miss the meat in this veggie burrito! By adding layer upon layer of richly flavored ingredients, this burrito is truly delicious and very filling. It begins with the two toppings: pico de gallo and lime crema. By making...

Embracing The Shadow Season

Embracing The Shadow Season

For many, fall means pumpkins, the changing of leaves, cooler air, and cozy sweaters. It’s that magical time of year when we transition from warm summer days to the dark, cold winter nights. Those three months when the Earth slowly falls into a long...

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

© Sunshine UrbaniakI first fell in love with chicken tortilla soup when I moved to California back in 2000. In our town of Alameda, there was a local Mexican restaurant we used to order chicken tortilla soup from often. After many years, in my usual...

Breakfast Burrito with Chorizo

Breakfast Burrito with Chorizo

© Sunshine UrbaniakI make a lot of burritos at my house. My kids love them and they're the perfect quick meal during soccer season—ok, well any season! My breakfast burrito may not be super quick but it's well worth the 30 minutes or so...

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakWe kicked up egg salad a notch by adding creamy avocado. We still kept the mayonnaise because, well, it's delicious. We also added minced shallot, sweet relish, cilantro, dijon mustard, and spices paprika and cumin. It's the perfect...

Stop Arguing for Your Limitations

Stop Arguing for Your Limitations

We all want what we want for different reasons, but deep down, we all just want to be happy. To feel bliss and joy every day—no resistance, no struggle. We want what we want to flow into our lives with ease and grace, and that’s how it should be. Did...

Barbecue Ribs

Barbecue Ribs

© Sunshine UrbaniakIf you want succulent, tender, fall off the bone barbecue ribs, then you came to the right recipe. It starts with a dry rub, tin foil and two hours in the oven. Make it ahead, let it fully cool, then pop it in the fridge. You can...

Mushroom Orecchiette with Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese

Mushroom Orecchiette with Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis orecchiette pasta salad with mushrooms, bell pepper and goat cheese is so creamy and delicious it might become your go-to for potlucks. Quick and simple to make yet yields such rich flavor from the mushrooms cooked in marsala...

Clever Accent Walls

Clever Accent Walls

© BRIO Interior DesignThe idea of an accent wall may sound like an exciting way to add pop to a room, and it’s certainly easier than painting all of the walls but don’t break open that can of paint just yet. Your room needs to meet certain...

Fly Baby Fly

Fly Baby Fly

My kids are 11 and 13 and somehow I already feel like I have empty nest syndrome. My daughter will be 14 in three months; ‘officially’ a teenager (in my eyes, 13 is still a tween). Next year she’ll be starting high school and my son will be entering...

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