Chicken Soup–It’s Not Just for the Soul! {with “speech snacks” for /s/ and /ch/}

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Nothing is more comforting when you are feeling under the weather than a bowl (or two) of homemade chicken soup.  I can remember this remedy being a magical elixir for me many times throughout my life.  Luckily, I had a mom who instinctively knew when a bowl of homemade soup was in order.  As a child, it got me and my sisters through many cold and flu seasons.  As a young adult, I can remember returning home from college for a quick weekend visit and walking in the door greeted by family and the familiar, comforting aroma of mom’s chicken soup.  As a parent, with a family of my own, I have been lucky enough to have this wonderful recipe passed on to me—and it has come in handy on many occasions—for my child— and my husband who becomes a child when he is feeling sick!!  This holiday season (and cold and flu season) I am passing on the gift of Homemade Chicken Soup to all my viewers.  I hope it comforts and warms your heart and soul as well as your ailing body the next time you are in need of a natural healing cure!  Continue reading “Chicken Soup–It’s Not Just for the Soul! {with “speech snacks” for /s/ and /ch/}” »

Baked Oatmeal with dried cherries and apricots–{and Speech Snacks for /l/}

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Nothing starts off a cold wintry morning better than a bowl of hearty, warm, good-for-you baked oatmeal.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, it is nutrient dense, a great source of energy to fuel your busy day and a great way to send your kids off to school—and best of all, you can prepare this version the night before and bake it in the morning! Continue reading “Baked Oatmeal with dried cherries and apricots–{and Speech Snacks for /l/}” »

Cauliflower Fake Out! {with Speech Snacks for /f/}

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This Thanksgiving we celebrated with all the traditional favorites—turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes—but when the company goes home and I am cooking for just my family, I opt for the healthier version of the foods we splurge on during the holidays.  I could have made this side dish on Thanksgiving using cauliflower and no one would have been the wiser!!  Not only do Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes look like the real deal, then definitely taste like it too.  Add a little gravy over the top and you are eating a low carb, highly nutritious version of a comfort food that is getting a healthy make over.  Try making it for your family the next time you have a “mashed potato and gravy” craving and watch them devour a veggie that they might have never tried otherwise!! Continue reading “Cauliflower Fake Out! {with Speech Snacks for /f/}” »

Thanksgiving Spaghetti Squash–with an Italian Twist!—{and “SpeechSnacks” for /s/ blends}

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The first time I made this vegetable for my family, they honestly thought I had prepared a plate of spaghetti.  At first glance this unique vegetable does resemble the long thin strands of pasta that we are so accustomed to seeing on the dinner table with meat sauce or meatballs.  But if you look more closely, you will notice differences in color, texture, smell and of course taste. And while I love a plate of pasta for dinner, this dish is a nice change of pace and so healthful and nutritious!  This recipe contains ingredients that are associated with a Thanksgiving feast, namely squash and turkey, but with a twist—the Italian flavors found in tomatoes, onions and garlic.  Enjoy Thanksgiving and Italian cooking all in one dish.  ”Buono Thanksgiving!” Continue reading “Thanksgiving Spaghetti Squash–with an Italian Twist!—{and “SpeechSnacks” for /s/ blends}” »

The Wonderful Pumpkin Whoopie Pie–{with “SpeechSnacks” for /w/ and /p/}

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Rumor has it that the first Whoopie Pie was made in the State of Maine in the 1920s. Amish women would bake these desserts and put them in farmers’ lunch-boxes. The farmers would excitedly shout “Whoopie!” when they discovered one of these sweet treats in their lunch box.   Every time we visit Amish country, I find many different varieties of Whoopie Pies in the farmers markets—picking just one is always a hard decision!  During our last visit, I was inspired by all the wonderfully delicious comfort foods I tasted and decided to bake up some Amish Whoopie Pies myself. This recipe has a great fall harvest flavor. It contains many of the spices found in pumpkin pie as well as pureed pumpkin, which is high in beta carotene–another great reason to make some for your kids. They will never even know (or care) that you sneaked in something healthy—they will be too busy shouting “Whoopie”!!! Continue reading “The Wonderful Pumpkin Whoopie Pie–{with “SpeechSnacks” for /w/ and /p/}” »

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