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Top spices for cooking on LouiseMellor.com

Next to my stove-top I have a large spice drawer.  Sometimes it's organized, most of the time it's not. Sometimes the lids fall off and that's why there is oregano stuck to a blob of molasses, or is that honey? Sometimes I refill the cute little labeled jars  and sometimes it's a collection of mismatched messiness.  Above the spice drawer I have a spice cabinet.  First shelf is for […] Read More

Spicy Serrano Pepper, Lime & &Avocado Hummus on LouiseMellor.com

Summer at my house is ... Pool-obsessed-wet-doodle-dogs who stand at the door wondering why they can't come in.  It's a car full of Newport Beach sand and gritty wet bathing suits left for me  on the bathroom floor. Summer is warm, half eaten pb&j sandwiches cooking in the beach bag under the summer sun. It's the smell of last night's backyard bonfire in my hair and on my […] Read More

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What do I really want?  That is a good question ... what do I really want?  The first thing that comes to mind is: I REALLY WANT MY HAIR TO GROW BACK FASTER! But seriously, I'm not talking about what I want for Christmas or even what I want for dinner, but what do I really want my life to be like today and everyday?  What […] Read More

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While everyone else may be thinking about traditional holiday vegetables like candied yams, sweet potato pie, green bean casserole, brussel sprout gratin, creamed spinach, and corn pudding (did I forget anything?) - I'm thinking about how to eat more cauliflower.  How to get you to eat more caulifower.  Not just cauliflower, but I am always scheming new ways to get more vegetables into my families diet.  Don't get me wrong, I […] Read More

Quinoa Minestrone on LouiseMellor.com

To live naturally … When I started the redesign of my site, a year ago, I knew I wanted it to be a place to have the conversation with friends and family about things like Minestrone soup and our everyday life choices. The goal is to help us all "live more naturally". About 6 years ago I began transitioning into a healthier more natural lifestyle. […] Read More

Geez Louise!

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32 "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you."  Sound familiar? Easy to say, but is it true?  OUCH the last time I checked words can hurt, I have wounds to prove it.  One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned […] Read More

No Cream Butternut & Apple Soup on LouiseMellor.com

You just have to fake it ... I know it's 90 degrees outside, but seriously,  it is November and we have to get a move on with  Fall comfort food unless we want to miss the opportunity to eat endless amounts of squash, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg !!!  If we wait for it to get cold (which it might not ever) before we serve a cozy bowl […] Read More

How to make air-popped popcorn on LouiseMellor.com

Funny thing about life, it just goes on whether you are ready for it or not ... Ready or not , the trick-o-treaters are going to ring the doorbell and before you know it,  that once happy  Jack-O-Lantern is now frowning, growing mold,  and rotting on your porch.   After just a few shorts weeks of  "normal life", I came to the conclusion;  I'm just not […] Read More