Summer Brussels Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing

Brussels 2


Great summer slaw! Perfect for those long hot days and when you just need something light on the belly! The Poppy seed dressing makes it refreshing. Really quick to make! Double the recipe and you’ll have lunch for a couple of days!!





  • 1 package of Brussels sprouts-Chopped finely
  • 1 small head of Radicchio-Chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Shallot-finely chopped
  • Sea Salt-pinch
  • Fresh Ground pepper


  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 C white vinegar
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp grated onion
  • 1 C olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy seeds

Dressing Directions: In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard and onion and process for 20 seconds. With blender or food processor on high, gradually add oil in a slow, steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. Pour into a mason jar and keep in the fridge till you need it again.

Salad Directions:

In a large bowl, add Brussel sprouts, Radicchio, shallots, Salt and Pepper. Top with dressing and mix well! Then top with sliced almonds and indulge!





Celebrate Summer like a “Marylander”“Marylanders” celebrate summer big! We wait all year for our little blue friends to come back into season and late June and early July kicks off the best 5 months of the year… Crab Pickin’ Season! Born and raised as a “Shore Billy,” (that’s what they call us in the surronding cities) we’re lucky enough to be surrounded by water on all three sides of us. The Atlantic ocean and Chesapeake Bay cut into the land and give us the peninsula we live on and the closest big city is a 3 hour radius all the way around. So, from my house, in 5 minutes I can be on the beach one way and go 5 miles inland I am surrounded by farmland and corn fields. So I guess you can say I have the best of both worlds!

Over the winter, we “Marylanders” tend to go a little haywire without our fish, clams, oysters, and of course our crabs. Once summer comes we go in to full swing of corn boiling, beer drinking, and crab pickin’. We’ll pay any amount of money to get them or you can even find most of us on a weekend afternoon, dropping hand lines of chicken necks into the shallow waters, hoping to scoop one big enough up into the net and throw into the pot. Even if’s it’s just for a little taste!

So, now that summer is finally here and the corn is quickly growing and local breweries are buzzing. You can celebrate like a Marylander this summer. shuckin’ corn, pickin’ “jimmies,” and sipping on your favorite brew. You can even slice up some warm garden fresh tomatoes, add a pinch of salt and pepper at you’ve got the perfect summer dinner!ff80f2314b521a264c9af65c2a72b616

Crab steaming recipe:

  1. Get a dozen of heavy, meat filled crabs. Add to a large crab pot, 2 cups of water and a can of your favorite beer. Put in the separator, then add crabs, cover and bring to a steam.
  2. Once the crabs have turned a dark red color they’re good to go. Cover their shells in “Old Bay.”
  3. Set the table with old newspapers, crab mallets, melted butter or apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, fresh steamed corn, and a beer. Dump the crabs in the middle of the table and enjoy the summer evening with your company and pretend you’re from Maryland if you aren’t! 🙂  Happy Summer!

Solstice Greens & Cannellini Crostini

Wow! Summer Solstice is here anwww.farmfoodieandfitness.comd gone already! Summer is in full swing! Now, if we could only slow it down! My family and I decided to celebrate summer solstice this year a little different. It was a cloudy day at the beach so we headed to mini golf,(Luckily everyone still has their teeth having a 2 year old with a golf club!)Then we grabbed all the ingredients for this healthy dish, made homemade ice cream sundaes, and we finished the night off running up and down the streets in our pajamas chasing and catching fireflies. I know the kids were having a blast, but I think I actually had more fun!!! I didn’t really want to cook or spend a ton of time in the kitchen, but wanted something hearty and filling, so I threw together this little recipe, it’s really all we needed to feel full and satisfied…well the sundaes helped with that too! 😉

This recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy summer dish when you’re strapped on time, not in the mood to cook, or just want something lite in the heat of the summer!


  • French Baguette
  • Fresh curly organic kale- washed and de-stemmed
  • 1/2 can Cannellini beans
  • 1 clove garlic-minced
  • small chunk of Italian Pecornio cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Slice baguette into crostini size bites. In a hot skillet add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and stir together. Place bread onto infused oil in pan until bread becomes crusty. About 3-5 minutes. Make sure to do both sides! Set aside
  2. In the same pan add a little more olive oil and add Kale. Saute kale till is starts to wilt, add in cannellini beans. Mash beans a little to absorb the oils. Just cook until they begin to warm.
  3. On a plate stack, bread, kale and bean mixture. Top with chunks of Pecorino, season with salt and pepper. And serve.

Quick, easy, filling, healthy, and perfect for a summer night of chasing fireflies!!




Smoked Salmon Rustic Bread with Baby Beets and Fried Capers

www.farmfoodieandfitness.comOver breakfast? Sometimes I just skip breakfast foods and go straight for lunch at 6:30 am. Waffles, bagels, cereal, oatmeal…. Monotonous and boring! Anyone else sick of the same breakfast foods? Want a new spin on breakfast? Grab this recipe! My husband responded with “you only made 3 pieces,” when I first made it. After eating it I thought to myself, “yea, what was I thinking! Three pieces is definitely not enough!”



  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon-Grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese-(the good stuff!)
  • Gourmet bread-(I used LaBrea’s Rosemary and Olive Oil Loaf)
  • 4-5 oz Wild Caught Smoked Salmon
  • 5-6 fresh garden tomatoes-(the more colors the prettier!)
  • 4-5 baby beets
  • 2 Tablespoons capers
  • 2 springs fresh Dill
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper


  1. On Medium heat, add 1 tablespoons of grape seed oil. Slice loaf bread and place in pan. Cook bread until it browns and becomes crispy.
  2. Spread a thin/thick layer of goat cheese and then place smoked salmon on top.
  3. In the same saute pan you cooked the bread, add a little oil and throw in capers. Cook until fragrant. About 2-3 minutes. Capers will brown a little on the outside when they’re ready.
  4. Slice beets (beets are raw) and roughly chop tomatoes.
  5. Place beets and tomatoes on top. Add capers, pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Tear dill and sprinkle on top. Enjoy!


When Life Gives You Tomatoes, Make Gazpacho!

photo credit: www.detoxdiva.comSummer never really got here on the East Coast this year, with mild 80 degree temps all of July and August it’s been feeling like a fabulous long fall. But with cooler temperatures, gardening was a little tough making tomato crops lagging way behind. Until these past weeks I’ve hardly had any all summer but with summer starting to peak her head out this week and bringing on the humidity, tomatoes seem to be abundant so what better to do with all those tomatoes but make Gazpacho!!!

One of the most desired soups ever invented. Cold soup is best for those sweltering hot summer days and even better for those warm fall afternoons. Perfect for using all those fresh tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers straight from the garden or farmers market. Add your other favorite ingredients or load up on different kinds of peppers to turn up the heat. Make large batches and eat it all week! DSC_6074

Makes 3-4 Servings

2 cups yellow tomatoes

2 cups red tomatoes

2 cups peeled and diced cucumbers

1 ½ cup red onion

1 cup orange bell pepper

1 teaspoon garlic minced

1 jalapeĂąo seeded (or keep seeds to add heat)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons olive oil

Âź cup sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh parsley

2 tablespoons fresh basil

1/2 cup scallions- chopped

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Âź teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Âź teaspoon cayenne

1 avocado-sliced

Puree peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeùo in a food processor. Add garlic, tomato paste, herbs, olive oil and blend well.  Transfer to bowl, and then add lemon juice and vinegar. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir together. Cover and let chill for at least 3 hours or overnight to let flavors settle in. Pour into separate bowls. Garnish with scallions and avocado. Enjoy!!

Watermelon, Mint & Feta Medley

www.gardening.ktsa.comThis one is a no-brainer for the summer! Sweet and salty! Super easy to make, and August is right around the corner which means an abundance of watermelon. If any of you grow mint you know there’s always an abundance of that herb growing wildly throughout your garden. This recipe is great for lunch, snack, dinner, or even dessert! Here’s to a taste of summer! Hope you enjoy! If you like this recipe. I have a summer recipe cookbook, loaded with easy garden-to-table recipes you can snag from my website it out in the shop section!

Makes 3-4 Servings

1 small watermelon

1 bunch mint

½ cup feta cheese

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cut watermelon into small chunks or using a melon ball, scoop balls and place into a bowl. Wash and tear mint leaves. Break up feta cheese into small chunks. Add lemon juice. Mix together and serve chilled.

Get Moving and Get Outside!

With the last weeks of summer winding down, now is the time to take advantage of the final dog days of summer and get outside. We spend so much time inside for work, on computers, and watching tv (especially lately with the Olympics, which I totally love!) Enjoy these last weeks of heat and get ready to jump into the gorgeous fall weather that is lurking around the corner! Now is the best time to learn something new, take a stand-up paddleboard lesson or enjoy a fitness class. Check your local area, my small town offers everything from aerial yoga, boot camp in the park, pole dancing, bikes on the boardwalk, surf lessons, golf, beach volleyball, even yoga and Pilates on the beach.

Getting outside can also include taking the dog for walk, gardening, make it a day at the pool with the kids, cut the grass, cook on the grill, find a farm and pick your own produce, the list is endless. The health benefits from exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and your daily dose of vitamin D make it priceless. Sunshine boots your mood and helps you absorb your Vitamin D. Fresh air will keep your feeling motivated and your energy levels up. And exercise always makes you feel that much better! So, here’s a little beak down of how many calories you burn an hour when you get outside and get moving. You’ll be surprised what actually burns the most!

The numbers will vary a little depending on your weight and if you’re male or female. This chart is based on a male or female weighing 145-165 pound range: The more you weight the more you burn and men tend to burn more calories faster. (Of course they would!) 🙂

Continue reading

Summer Slow Down Challenge

Most times we take things for granted, where we live, time, even friends and family. It’s not until we stop and slow down for a bit, do we truly experience the things that mean the most to us!

As a mom of two, having multiple businesses, a busy writing life, passions that seem to take on a career of their own, and not to mention the continuous mile long to do list. It’s hard to stop and slow down, put the list aside, squeeze in long-lost friends, add new ones, take care of a house, garden, and keep a family completely happy.

This week I made myself just slow down and enjoy everything around me. I cut back on a few responsibilities, added in some lunch and dinner dates with friends. I took an early morning run on the beach, sat watching the ocean, listened to the waves, rekindled an old hobby, listened to my heart, nurtured my soul, and reflected on the past year and how dramatically it has changed in such a short time.

My sweet little boy turns 1 today, and it made me realized how quickly time really does fly and if you’re not watching it will blow right by you. Life can pass you by, leaving you longing for a free spirit and easier days, and a determined heart. It’s crazy how different life can be from day-to-day. You actually have to tell yourself to stop and realize all it has to offer. We’re so busy all the time we miss the best things in life.

A week of slowing down has made me feel like a kid again. I’ve re-kindled a lost spirit that has been buried deep down hidden in work and responsibility. I have new inspiration and a happy little face to remind me to stop and appreciate time, love, life, and friendship. I’ve finally recognized the to do list will always be there and the perfect sunrise with a cool ocean breeze may not be.

The moral of the story… slow down, feel the salt air on your skin, take in all the sweet giggles and kisses you can stand because before you know it those days will be long gone and we’ll be longing for them back again.

So, I challenge you to have a “summer slow down.” Whether it’s once a week or a couple of times a month. It can be as simple as waking up early to see the sun rise to getting a pedicure or it could be determination to stir up old passions or as big as chasing a dream. Comment and let me know what you did for your summer slow down challenge! We could all use some inspiration and ideas!

Create a Summer Bucket List

We all have bucket lists, aspirations, and inspirations to do everything our heart’s desire before our time ends. Summer seems to have its own timeline and deadline that quickly approaches as it speeds by. So why not savor all that precious time and jot down a “summer bucket list” of everything you’ve always wanted to do, every event you don’t want to miss, even hit up all the bistros, breweries, and bars your body can handle.

Summer bucket lists are supposed to be fun, nurturing to your soul, and obviously achievable. So enjoy some of my ideas, include them in your list, and feel free to share any of your own!

  • Enjoy the beach at sunrise: Go for a run, mediate, or just watch the colors in the
    sky change as you breathe in the salt air and listen to the waves crash on the shore.
  • Try something new: Learn to surf, go kayaking, take a “SUP” stand up addle board lesson, or do Pilates or Yoga on the beach.
  • Stare up at the sky: Learn the constellations and the names of the full moons for the summer skies. Find Venus, discover the North Star, or catch an eclipse.
  • Pick your own and stock up: Find all the pick your own farms in your area, pick till you can’t pick anymore and stock up for the winter. Eat all the peaches, blueberries, raspberries, nectarines, and watermelons you can stand.
  • Get outside: Go to a concert or music festival. See an outdoor movie on the beach or in a park if you’re in the city. Even try a drive-in if you have one in your area. Or have a picnic on a farm, in a field, or on a boat.
  • Push your fear factor: Go sky diving, parasailing, or off shore fishing.
  • Spend the night out: Go camping, roast smores, sleep in a tent, and chase fireflies.
  • Learn to can and preserve: Make your own tomato sauce, jams and jellies, even your own spices and rubs.
  • Grow something extra special in the garden: Try something new in your garden. Something you’ve never tried before like artichokes, squash blossoms, figs, or capers (This is my something extra special this year!)
  • Keep a journal and take pictures: Document everything! You never know when inspiration will hit you again. Take lots of pictures; make a scrapbook of your
    infamous summer. Pictures last a lifetime!
  • Buy local & support your farmers: Try something you normally don’t buy, be proud to give back to your community, find a new recipe for all your new goodies.
  • Eat something exotic: Try raw oysters, pick your own Maryland  crabs, eat She-crab soup, try seared Ahi-Tuna, or experience fried green tomatoes or seaweed salad.
  • Reread your favorite book: Simple enough!
  • Add color and fragrance to your home: Stock up on cut flowers. Sunflowers, Hydrangeas, Gardenias and Ferns. Try different herbs for fragrance. Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, or Chocolate Mint!
  • Stay salty all day: Take a dip in the ocean, bay, or river. Let the salt dry on your skin or build up in your hair. After a long day in the salty air, throw a beach bash-grill lobsters and shrimp on an open fire in the sand. Enjoy summer cocktails as you watch for that rare, beautiful flash as the sun dips behind the horizon.

Celebrate Fourth of July with a Beach Bash!

Whether you’re celebrating the fourth this weekend or next. Throw a beach bash for a fun and memorable way to celebrate with friends and family.

Living only 5 miles from the beach, we tend to take it for granted, just like living close to any cultured filled city or snow-covered mountain. This year, I vowed to get there more than a handful of times like most of my summers. So, this year we decided to go big or not go at all!

A few weeks ago we celebrated my birthday on Assateague Island. We gathered up the kids and our close friends, packed the car with sand toys, beach games, even a couple of acoustic guitars. We tied down the surf boards and filled the rod holders with anticipating fishing rods. Stocked the coolers with cold beer and my favorite, Prosecco! (Italian Champagne) Not to mention the fresh shrimp, lobsters, and king crab legs from our local seafood market.

After we got our selves all settled and the kids were happily lathered up and coated in sand and surf. We dug our hole and lit the campfire. In no time we had spicy grilled shrimp, mouth-watering lobster, and unforgettable crab legs. We washed it down with local beer, a couple of glasses of Prosecco, and I was in birthday heaven!

As the sun began to set behind the dunes, we loaded up our skewers with gooey roasted marshmallows, smothered them in chocolate, topped them off with crunchy graham crackers, while we listened to the hum of the guitars!  It definitely was the best day at the beach in a very long time. And what made it even more special is we got to share it with the little ones enjoying the day even more than we did.

So, if you’re looking for some thing new and fun to do this Fourth of July. Why not celebrate with lobster and throw a beach bash? And don’t forget the camera to capture all your unforgettable memories! You’re guaranteed to catch some that’ll last a lifetime. Happy celebrating! Be safe and enjoy spending time with your loved ones!