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I’m Dreaming of… Clever Christmas Recipes

The entire family will love these cute and clever Christmas recipes that are actually a lot easier to make than they look! 

Happy Holidays friends, and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’re stockpiling the Paxil, or finding some way to manage your holiday stress, crossing gifts off your to-buy list, and planning for some relaxing time with loved ones in the coming weeks.  Also hoping Santa doesn’t leave you with too many credit card bills to pay off all spring, because nothing sucks more than that…

My favorite thing about the holidays (besides getting to see my kids for a whole week, of course), is planning what I’m gonna make – the cookies, the candy, the peppermint martinis, the appetizers, and of course, the meals.  I get totally, crazy excited with all of the planning.  My Holiday Pinterest boards are burning up with too many cute and clever Christmas recipe ideas, so I’ve got to share! Continue Reading..


Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu

This Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu is ridiculously fast and easy to prepare, and its full of yummy, spicy  holiday flavors.

Oh my goodness – I’ve been so busy getting back into my new kitchen and keeping up with some pretty intense work deadlines, that I kind, sorta misplaced a week somewhere.  I truly thought that Thanksgiving was next week, not in 3 days.  Yikes.  Luckily, my parents are hosting, so I’m helping, but not really responsible for cooking.

It is time to think about holiday parties though, and I do have several coming up in the next few weeks. It’s always good to plan your menu ahead, and give any new recipes a test-run so there are no goof ups in front of guests, so I’m testing a new one out on all of you today.  This month the Recipe Redux challenged members to share a healthy dessert for the holidays.  Well …  How about two out of three?  This is definitely a dessert.  And I think it’s perfect for the holidays.  But I’m not claiming that it’s healthy! Continue Reading..


Apple Cinnamon Upside Down French Toast

This Apple Cinnamon Upside Down French Toast is make-ahead easy, and a surprisingly low carb breakfast or brunch treat. 

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #UseNectar campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Who doesn’t love a baked French toast casserole for a leisurely Sunday brunch?  It’s a great option to feed a group because you make it the night before, let it sit in the fridge, and then when it’s time, you just pop it into the oven.  Unfortunately, most recipes tend to be pretty high on the carb scale, because in addition to the bread and syrup, there’s usually a fair amount of sweetener involved in the egg mixture.   Continue Reading..


Cranberry Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites – (from my new kitchen!)...

These energy bites are made with pumpkin and spice and everything nice.  No baking required!

Well, hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Some of you know I’ve been knee-deep in a total kitchen renovation for the past few weeks, and I’m so happy to say – IT’S FINISHED!!  Well, there are a few minor odds and ends to tie up, like a door for my pantry and my glass cabinet fronts, but it’s 99% finished, and I. AM. IN. LOOOOVE.

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Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

A much healthier twist on the ultra-rich pasta dish – this Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara  is full of veggies and tastes delicious any time of day.

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#OrganicForAll” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free product for recipe testing and was compensated for my time, but as always, opinions are my own.

Is there a person in this world who doesn’t love pasta carbonara?  That luscious creamy, cheesy sauce that’s wrapped around pasta, eggs, and bacon.   It’s the ultimate breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast food.  SO good, and definitely fall comfort food. Yes, this spaghetti squash version is definitely different, but still full of the flavors you expect, and it won’t disappoint. Continue Reading..


5 Bean Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette {Recipe ReDux}

A beanier version of the three bean salad you know and love – because this is the easiest and most delicious way to eat more pulses.

It’s the 21st of the month, which means it’s time for another Recipe ReDux post.  This month’s theme is
First Cooking Recollections – and we were asked to share a story about one of our first cooking memories.  Funny thing is, I can’t remember a first cooking memory, and I guess that’s because there was always something cooking.  We rarely got takeout, but I’m thinking back to the ’70s (yes, I’m super-old), and I don’t even think take-out was a thing then. Continue Reading..

The Smart Cook’s Secret Ingredient

Good cooks know that time-saving shortcuts are a must, and this super-convenient, secret ingredient will take your cooking to a whole new level!

There’s a new secret ingredient in my kitchen, and it’s your lucky day – because I’m in a sharing mood.

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Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad

Enjoy a taste of summer all year long with this quick and easy caprese pasta salad that’s just as good whether it’s served warm or cold.

Two things:  1.  I bit into a mealy, juiceless peach the other day, and 2. Pumpkin spice lattes are here.  That can only mean that summer is over 🙁 .  It doesn’t feel right to see pumpkin recipes all over Pinterest, and Halloween decorations at Target, when Labor Day is hardly over, and it’s still 100 degrees outside.

While I’ve accepted the fact that peaches are past their prime, I’m not quite ready for fall flavors yet, because the tomatoes are also super-ripe, my basil is oh-so-happy, and my pool is still perfectly swimmable.   Pumpkin lattes just don’t taste good while you’re on a pool floatie. Continue Reading..


Pina Colada Ice Cream with Salted Macadamias {Recipe ReDux}

Super-simple pineapple coconut ice cream that transports you to an island vacation.  You’ll never guess it’s vegan!

Hello from Hawaii!  How perfect did this work out?  Today is a Recipe ReDux post day.  The theme is to share a favorite vacation memory food.  I’m in Kauai right now.  Guess what’s for dinner?  Yep.  Pina Coladas.  Or in this case, pina colada ice cream with salted macadamias.  You’re welcome. Continue Reading..

Newsworthy Nutrition Nuggets

Here’s what’s new and newsworthy in the world of nutrition this August.

I’ve been bad about sharing.  Sometimes I read so many news stories, blog posts, research studies and the like about diet, food, fitness and health that if it’s not earth shattering, I tend to put it on the back burner in my head.  But it occurred to me the other day, that just because it’s not earth shattering, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful or important to share with you.  I’m Sorry!

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10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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Roasted Figs Blue Cheese & Walnut Spread

When figs are in season, roast them up and make roasted figs, blue cheese, and walnut spread to wow your guests, or just treat yourself.

 

Can you believe before last week I had never, ever tasted a fig?  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I’ve had fig newtons, and that fig jam that comes in a jar and you get at the fancy cheese counter.  But I honestly couldn’t say what a fresh fig looked like until the other day.  And now I have a bowl full.  Hooray for tasting new foods!


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