Taking Thyme

fresh food & fresh air

Watermelon, Peach, and Mint Salad

The dog days of summer have arrived and everyone is trying to catch a break! We just came out of a week long Excessive Heat Warning. When I originally checked the 10-day forecast and saw that KC area had an Excessive Heat Warning for an entire week I thought that it was mistake. How could it be that hot for that long? After all, Kansas is no tropical oasis. But.. Read More






Southwest Chorizo Rojo and Veggie Bowl

The Overland Park Farmer’s Market is the best in the area! And each Saturday it’s home to The Wiener Wagon – “Kansas City’s finest sausage on wheels”. You can do your shopping as tantalizing scents of freshly grilled meat float above the crowd. The Wiener Wagon specializes in sausages. But not just any sausage. Oh no my friend, Derr’s Artisan Sausages are a step above the rest. They are the.. Read More






NY Times “More-Vegetable-Than-Egg Frittata”

Oh my goodness! Freeze frame! Stop what you are doing! Reverse it back! Call-up all your veggie loving friends and have this be a party. Seriously though, and you know I have never lied to you before, this frittata¬†(<– right here!!) from The New York Times is frittat-a-mazing! Any time that I can use the phrase “eat yo’ colors” I am a happy camper! And this frittata definitely applies. Throw.. Read More






Cucumber Salmon Bites

Cucumber Salmon Bite in a sea of blackberries

Sometimes the best things in life are complete accidents. And sometimes, when random inspiration hits at the exact same time, amazing things come to be. That is exactly what happened the day I dreamed up these cucumber salmon bites! Everything came together at just the right moment in time to make for a delicious lunch. We had been having a spell of bad luck with things in the house, so.. Read More






Wannabe Big City Potato Burrito

If you have ever been to Fort Collins, CO then you will know what I’m talking about. Even if you have ever read an article about the city, you will know what I am talking about. And you will know how easy it is to fall in love with the city. The welcoming campus of Colorado State University (I said I’m proud – to be – a – CSU –.. Read More






Spring Rolls with Sesame Ginger Chicken

Before you get to the main post, a little disclaimer: This post was originally written in mid-May before the mayhem of moving began. Once elbow deep in the throes of packing, my blog took a brief hit of inactivity. Followed by a few weeks of no internet. We are starting to settle into the new house and it is time to get back on the blogging train! The events in.. Read More






Fresh Picked Asparagus with Honey Mustard Sauce

Oh my goodness! I just discovered that there is a farm not even 45 minutes from our house where you can go and pick your own vegetables! Right now it is the end of asparagus season, but soon it will be time for peas and beans. I don’t know how many of you have ever seen asparagus out in the “wild”, but it is one of the craziest things. You.. Read More






Fail Proof Granola!

Granola is one of my favorite things to make. Like seriously. I am excited when I talk about making it. I anxiously stare at the container wishing it to empty so I can make more. Okay, I may not go quite that far. But I definitely do my part in eating it so that I can make more. That’s almost the same thing, right? There is something so therapeutic about.. Read More






Butternut Squash Noodles with Shrimp

It has happened. It’s official and it’s real and it’s here. I like shrimp. I have spent the better part of my life denying this fact. I would eat it in a pinch to be polite, but otherwise no-way, no-how. But something about moving to Kansas City made me start to play with this little crustacean in the kitchen. (I know, I decide to start eating shrimp when I live.. Read More






Walk To REbeL

This weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer at the 6th Annual Walk to REbeL. REbeL Peer Education is a non-profit based out of Overland Park, KS who’s mission is to “change the definition of health and beauty for every body.” They do this through pushing all of us – old or young, man or woman, straight or LGBT, or any other way we may identify – to love ourselves.. Read More