Mindful: Eating

Above: where we start our day, every day. The holiday season is the perfect time to assess my relationship to eating. While I try hard to feed myself and my family whole and healthy food, I rarely think very deeply about the actual process of eating while I’m doing it. It can be such a […]

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Fall Bucket List

In southern California, “fall” is a very loose term. A few trees turn golden in our neighborhood (including one the Mr planted in our back yard last year), and the air takes on a barely perceptible crisp feeling… and that’s enough to get me excited about enjoying the new “season.” :) To make the most […]

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Smoothie Series: Summer Peach

This simple, tasty smoothie has been a favorite as of late, since I’ve been able to take advantage of our peach tree in the back yard. You can add more protein powder or plain yogurt to add more substance if you like, but I really enjoy the sweet, slushy, summery goodness of this one on […]

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Best All Around: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil seems to be popping up everywhere lately (or maybe I’m just behind the curve), and I’m constantly surprised at how versatile this little jar of melt-in-your-hands magic can be. When I first bought some at Trader Joe’s, I got a secret thrill from using it in the kitchen to sauté veggies or make […]

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Smoothie Series: Berry Green

While this smoothie may not be as rich as this one, it packs a ton of nutritional power. No matter what else I may eat during the day, it’s good to know I’ve gotten a fair share of fruits and veggies when I make this good ol’ standby for breakfast! Berry Green Smoothie  In a […]

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Smoothie Series: Java Chocolate Peanut Butter

I love mornings. And while I don’t love pulling myself out of bed, once I’m up, I relish my daily ritual of pouring a cup of freshly ground coffee, making a piece of toast and sitting quietly on the back porch, reading and enjoying the stillness of the morning. I love this part of my […]

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Perfect Summer Meal (for the Girls)

Every week, my two best friends and I enjoy a homemade dinner together. We rotate houses each time, and although we love trying new and daring recipes, there are a few staples that just keep coming back into the rotation. And we’re totally okay with that. One of our favorites that we can’t get enough […]

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You Must Try: Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

Since the hubby is gone yet again for another several weeks of training (sigh), I haven’t been cooking much. But I did want to share this amazing recipe (slightly adapted) that has become one of our all-time dinner favorites. You should really give it a try! Turkey Meatball Sandwiches 1 lb ground turkey 1 egg ½ cup finely grated parmesan […]

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The Best Fudge You’ll Ever Have

I should start off by saying that I have an ENORMOUS sweet tooth. In fact, all of the teeth in my head might possibly be sweet. And while I enjoy most sweet things, there are a few treats out there (like this and this) that straight up turn me into a five-year old who has […]

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Weeknights Around Here: Salmon-topped Polenta

Sometimes no matter how well-intentioned I am about planning 2 or 3 weeknight meals (and even buying all the ingredients), the unpredictability of life and the spontaneity of my husband (which is usually way more fun than my obsessive planning, trust me) can completely foil my best efforts. Often by Friday, I’m left with a […]

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