Nov 26

16 Ways to Infuse Your Days with Gratitude

Gratitude Inspiration

As we brim with anticipation for the Thanksgiving festivities of tomorrow on this ordinary Wednesday (at least according to our calendars), I've got to thinking about gratitude. Beyond our propensity to adhere to unspoken social rules and keep our moral barometers in balance (i.e., we should readily express gratitude because it's the right thing to do), why does gratitude matter and how does it affect our lives? Happiness is hard to define, but we can think about it as being … [Read more...]

Oct 11

Adventures in Juice Cleansing

Peeled Juice Cleanse

Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon and did a juice cleanse. Release your judgments, good or bad, and indulge my perceived slip of sanity by reading a bit further. There has been so much buzz about juice cleanses over the past few years. Blue Print. Urban Remedy. The Master Cleanse. Cleanses are all the rage. I think some people engage in a juice cleanse to detox and hit the "reset" button, others likely do it because they hope to lose weight (you won't lose anything but water weight, by the way, … [Read more...]

Aug 13

What do you need and what do you need to leave behind?

yoga teaches

No recipes today, but I do have a little secondhand food for thought to share with you all... Last Friday my yoga instructor repeated the above question at the start and end of class; she asked us to think deeply and consider the things that we need and the things that we need to leave behind in our lives. It got me thinking about the process of defining the things in my life that serve me and the things that are a disservice to me. It's easy and it's comfortable to hold onto the things that … [Read more...]

Feb 18

Grown-Up PB+J

Grown Up PB + J

Nothing conjures up memories of childhood quite like a PB+J. Peanut butter and jelly was a quintessential element of my childhood as I'm sure it was for so many of you. Sticky peanut butter overflowing the perimeters of soft slices of bread and topped with globs of sweet jelly. Really, does it get any better? Although many might consider this savory-and-sweet delight of a sandwich to be a lunchtime treat to be enjoyed by those under the age of 18, I find no shame in indulging at the age of … [Read more...]

Aug 07

Baked Mozza Tots

Baked Mozza Tots

Mozzarella Sticks + Tator Tots = Mozza tots. Something I daydreamed up mid 30-second stint of jumping lunges. Thanks, Jillian Michaels. There is something about that woman's incessant heartrate-raising workouts that makes me feel like I can eat whatever I please immediately after I'm done. Of course, I usually follow-up her workouts by first lying on the floor for 16-17 minutes before I even begin to consider the thought of moving again. For anyone who's questioned why I workout at home … [Read more...]

Aug 06

BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burger

BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burger

This burger is made of chickpeas and spice and everything nice. Everything nice being cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, and crispy shallots. The inspiration for this burger came from a conversation at a bachelorette party with a newfound friend and fellow food-lover. She mentioned that, although not a vegetarian, she had a thing for vegetarian food blogs and just happened to bring up one (don't remember which) with a picture of a chickpea burger topped with barbecue sauce. Now, I'm no poser but I … [Read more...]

Jul 25

I Love This; This is My Life


On our last day on the Amalfi Coast, Dan and I concluded that we I had soaked up all the Italian sun our my skin could handle. Thus, we figured we'd do something totally ordinary (not) and hire a driver to take us to Tramonti for a day to visit Tenuta San Francesco's vineyard. Wanting to make the most of the day, we made stops in the towns of Amalfi and Ravello along the way before ultimately ending up at the serene vineyard in Tramonti. Upon our arrival at Tenuta San Francesco, … [Read more...]

Mar 04

Patience is a Lavender Macaron

Lavender Macarons

Patience is most often a virtue but once in a while it's a lavender macaron.  A petite, pillow-like cookie that is typically so darn pretty one might believe that it couldn't possibly taste good.  But it does.  It tastes like heaven all wrapped up into two bites.  Of course, tasting heaven is going to cost you.  The fee is nothing short of a lot of time, patience, finesse, and love.  However, if you can afford to put forth these things, a macaron will love you back. My mom and … [Read more...]

Jan 08

Out with Resolutions and in with Dessert

Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart

Every January, there are resolutions made and resolutions broken.  Last January, I made 5 resolutions. Several that I reached and a few that I broke.  Quite honestly, the ones that didn't crumble into forgotten pieces as 2011 pushed on were the ones that seemed natural from the very start.  On the other hand, the ones I broke were made in an effort to will myself into committing to things that I might otherwise not.  Although the latter idea always conjures up hope for a monumental, … [Read more...]

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