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All Hail To The Kale!

OK – I’ll say it again. Is there a food on this earth that doesn’t have it’s own day? Yup, you guessed it, today is National Kale Day. Last year was the first ever National Kale Day, and someone, somewhere declared the first Wednesday in October from here on out to be a major celebration of this vegetable with a cult-like following.  What?  You don’t have an event planned?

I don’t even know how I found out about National Kale Day, and normally I would just roll my eyes and shake my head, but hey, it’s a good blog prompt right?   I have a new baby Kale salad recipe to share with you soon, but since it’s such a big and important day to celebrate kale, let’s learn all about this weird and trendy leafy green and share a round up of some really creative ways to use it.  Continue Reading..

Cinnamon Raisin Butter

I was asked to participate in the “California Raisins. Sweet. Naturally.” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of the California raisins mentioned in this post, and I was compensated for my time, but as always, all opinions are my own.


Is there a person on this earth who doesn’t crave a snack around 3:00 each day? It’s like clockwork, whether you’re young or old — there’s a teeny (or sometimes screaming loud) voice inside your head that says “feed me or else!” right smack in the middle of the afternoon. Anyone with kids knows all about the complete physical and mental breakdown that occurs when one is unprepared for the Hangry Horrors. But offer them something delicious, filling, and healthy, and that afternoon snack can easily turn evil little monsters into happy, sweet and energetic angels.


Well, guess what? Even though most adults can do a good job of controlling our hangry tantrums (it doesn’t look so good after all, to have a breakdown in the middle of a business meeting) even grownups still need a healthy snack in the mid-afternoon. Imagine how much happier the world and especially our workplace would be with snack and nap at 3:00 each day. Just sayin…   Continue Reading..

10 Healthier Tailgate Recipes

Things are starting to get pretty heated up around here. No, I’m not talking about any household feuding (that’s pretty much a given), or any hot cooking contests – I’m talking football and tailgating! We’re Notre Dame alums, so no matter what we’re doing on Saturday, we have to be in front of the TV at game time -there’s not really an option there. My boy is down at Clemson, so sometimes we have to double screen the TV on Saturdays, and then of course there’s Sunday football.

Sure the games are fun, but if you’re anything like me, the best part of football is the tailgating. It can rank right up there with holiday feast planning and eating, but whatever you do, don’t let it be an excuse to fill up on junk and pack on the pounds. Keep it on the lighter side with these 10 Healthier Tailgate Recipes that will score major points with your team!  Continue Reading..

How to Make Your Own Dried Herb Mix {Recipe ReDux}

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux, and this month the theme is Get Your Dehydrator On!  We were challenged to get creative with dehydrated fruits, vegetables or other ingredients.  You know I border on OCD when it comes to collecting kitchen gadgets, so even I was surprised to be caught off guard on this one.  I don’t own a dehydrator!  Well, never fear because as I learned last year when I made fruit leather, a regular old oven turned on very low will do the trick just fine.  Continue Reading..

Just Black Grapes Sorbet

Oooooh my taste buds are doing a happy dance! I haven’t made ice cream in forever – way before we moved, because my ice cream maker has been buried in one of the many boxes of stuff that I don’t have room for in my new house, so they haven’t been emptied and probably won’t be for a long time. I decided it was time to look through them though. to locate my ice cream maker.

I had to dig it out, because even though I’m getting word that the rest of the country is starting to feel like fall, it’s still in the low 100s here in Arizona. That means ice cream is still in fashion even though it’s well after Labor Day.

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Holy Avocados! It’s National Guacamole Day!

Please tell me you love guacamole- because today is National Guacamole Day! Who knew?

I have to confess, there was a time when I didn’t love the guac– does it take some getting used to? Is it an acquired taste?  Whatever.  I’m over it.  I adore it now, and that’s all that matters. I’ve mentioned many times that avocados are my go-to fruit (yup, little fun fact) when I don’t feel like cooking. They’re perfect with some toasted corn tortillas and a can of Mexican beans, and if I’m really lucky, I have some Mexican Pickled Vegetables or Pickled Hatch Chiles in the fridge to add on top. Perfect. Fast. Dinner.   Continue Reading..

Avocado Caprese Sandwich {Meatless Monday}

Are you all swept up in the craziness of fall? It’s funny how life just goes from zero to sixty in about 1 minute right after Labor Day. I know cooking is usually the first thing to get taken off the to-do list when life gets busy – it’s way easier to make a pass through the drive through or get take out on the way home from picking up the kids from soccer, or a late night at work. But let’s see if I can convince you otherwise…

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What’s In Your Lunch Box? 5 Rules to Keep It Healthy

Aaaah, sweet September – the month that says “Let’s get down to business”. Time to leave the carefree days of summer behind and get back to school, busier at work, on the soccer field, behind the wheel for your turn at carpool… For most of us, starting in September, life gets a little bit more hectic, and it doesn’t let up until after the holidays. Packing lunches also goes hand-in-hand with September, whether you’re packing for the kids’ lunches, or just trying to make more of an effort to eat healthier yourself. If you’re stuck in the turkey-sandwich-apple-yogurt-in-a-brown-paper-bag rut, here’s a little inspiration to keep it interesting and my 5 rules to keep your lunch box healthy. Continue Reading..

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