No Fat, Low Sugar, Healthy Persimmon Sweet Potato Muffin Recipe!

Healthy, No Fat, Low Sugar Persimmon Muffins

I know that’s quite a title but it’s TRUE! A photography client of mine gave me 6 persimmons. So we ate 1 and then no one wanted to eat another one, over an apple or pear, so I baked them into something! They are better than I thought they’d be… tasting like a bran muffin [...]

Banana Oatmeal Cookie: a Twist on Banana Bread

Oatmeal-Banana-Chocolate-Chip Recipe-Kids-Healthy-Snack-Baked Cookie

I want a cookie.  I want that warm, fresh-baked shape of a snack in my hand.  But I’m a utilitarian mom too, and I have 4 ripe bananas.  I could make banana muffins, but I make them weekly and I’m sick of washing out the pans.  Even on my most deliberate days, I spill batter [...]

Meditate while mixing Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Apple Oatmeal Muffin by Debbie Markham

I really enjoy mixing up some batter or dough and baking it right away with my kids after school.  Then they do homework, I work, and we smell the delicious treats we’ll soon sample after our focused effort.  These fantastic muffins provide dairy, fruit, fiber and protein in 1 healthy, tasty snack item. Grab 2 [...]

Sweet Potato Chili with Chicken (or Turkey)

Sweet Potato Chili Photo and Recipe by Debbie Markham

This Chili only gets better overnight! Perfect the next day for lunch! (serves 4) 3 Tbsps Olive Oil 1 Sweet Onion, diced 2 Chicken Breasts, diced, or 1/2 lb. ground Turkey 1 extra-large Sweet Potato (NOT a yam), diced Saute above ingredients for 3 minutes together. Then Add: 1 can Chicken Broth 2 cans Mexican [...]

Boston Marathon 2011

Debbie Markham finishing the Boston Marathon

One year after qualifying for the Boston Marathon, I flew out to Massachusetts to run the event this past Monday.  At 6am race morning, I boarded a bus that took me 26.2 miles away from the race finish, to the starting line. I had 2 hours to wait with my energy bar breakfast. The thrill [...]

Easy Blueberry Pancakes with fiber, protein & calcium!

Blueberry Pancakes Box Mix with added Flaxseed, Wheat Bran, Almond Meal

Makes 12 cakes, 100 calories each. My kids & I make breakfast on the weekends.  Our main objective is taste & health, & here’s what we came up with today! 1 1/2 cups Blueberry Pancake box mix 1/2 cup low fat milk 1 egg & 2 egg whites 1/4 cup ground flax seed 1/4 cup [...]

A perfect day!

Portrait of Mary

What a great day!  I photographed an 80 year old lady.  Her son wanted a portrait of her in their long time home, by the window in an old fashioned chair.  I couldn’t help day dreaming when my son might do the same.  Seeing her smile into the camera brought forth emotions and warm fuzzy [...]

Hotel workouts can work out!

Bison Burger

Attempting to follow my own advice of working out 6 days a week proved to be a creative venture last week when I traveled to Yellowstone Nat’l Park solo with my kids, for 8 days.   4 of those days I rose at 6am before them, warmed up for 2 min, worked-out for 24 (doing what [...]

Pie Eating Contest!

Debbie Markham in Pie Eating Contest, July 4 in Cambria, CA

I like firsts, they get my adrenaline pumping.  Combine that WITH SWEETS and I am IN!  That’s how I accepted a request to be in our town’s pie eating contest. Locally made yet world renowned Olalaberry Pie from Linn’s on the 4th of July… SURE I’ll do it!   My neighbor had much more info on [...]

Rich & Blue & Chocolaty

I’m currently writing a book “How to Have a Healthy Sweet Tooth,” & this seems like a perfect example.  Today’s creation was due to my chocolate bar melting yesterday & me putting it in the fridge.  Then I bought blueberries at the store, separately.  When seeing them side by side my heart pitter pattered… mmm…quick [...]