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Green juice

Published on December 31, 2012, by in Recipes.

I have the constant struggle to justify making green juice when I could be making  a glowing green smoothie instead. Well, sometimes I just want something smooth to drink. Last night I made a pitcher of my favorite green juice. Green juice: 1 bunch kale(stems and all) 1 head romaine lettuce 1 cucumber 1/2 bag baby spinach 3 stalks celery 1 apple 1 pear I love this juice because it has so many nutrients but still tastes delicious. The apple and pear make it slightly sweet and easy to drink. A pitcher of juice make about 3 glasses. I don’t drink the juice all day long, but like to have one glass a day, usually first thing in the morning. If you are thinking about getting into juicing, now is the perfect time of year. There are sales on juicers everywhere. I personally got mine at Aldi for $34.99 at

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Ch-ch-changes

Published on December 31, 2012, by in Update.

Here we are again on the eve of a new year. Time for reflections on the past year and looking forward to what will come. Last year, I made a lot of changes at the start of the year to my diet. I followed Whole Living 28 day action plan and felt awesome afterwards. I had cut out most processed foods. I had also decided to eliminate Diet Coke and more importantly fake sweeteners from my diet. Wow. What a change. But I’m so happy that I did it. They taste so awful and chemically to me now.  I can’t believe I ever drank and ate them. However, as the year progressed, I started to incorporate more and more processed foods back into my diet. I’m not disappointed in myself, because I think moderation is key. I would like to focus on eating as few processed foods as I can

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Merry merry

Published on December 30, 2012, by in Update.

A very belated Merry Christmas! I spent 5 days in Florida for Christmas visiting Brian’s family. The time went way too fast. We could have easily used another few days to see everyone we wanted and to get in enough quality time with people. But with we did the best we could with the time constraints that we had. As soon as we got to Florida we had a very nice lunch with his mom. For Christmas Eve dinner we had a wonderful meal prepared by Cheryl. I loved the texture of our dinner napkins. After dinner we lit candles in their annual Christmas Eve candle lighting and connected with family through several forms of technology. On the way back from visiting his sister and awesome nieces and nephew, Tomtom took us on a scenic tour of south Florida. Brian and I took a cruise along A1A for some mansion

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Edible Christmas gifts

Published on December 23, 2012, by in Recipes.

Earlier this week I was in Texas visiting my adorable and goofy 6 month old niece. While flying home on Wednesday, I learned that my good friend Aaron was stuck in Chicago and unable to get to Iowa due to the blizzard. So we met up at the airport and he headed home with me. Since there were no flights headed out for him until Friday at the earliest we made a plan to spend the day making lots of Christmas goodies(with a full guest post to be coming from Aaron soon). We started off by making a double batch of Ina Garten’s mulled wine to keep us warm while we worked. Then we got to work on Alton Brown’s ginger snaps: A batch of really amazing apple cider caramels: Then we got busy and made 4 dozen red velvet cake balls: We also made a batch of Christmas salty

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Winter Holiday Travel Tips

Published on December 21, 2012, by in Recipes.

I know I usually just blog about food, but after traveling this week and traveling again next week I thought I’d throw out some of my personal travel tips. Which I find even more important to stick to during the holidays when travel gets a little crazier than usual and I need to keep my sanity. If you wear contacts, travel in your glasses. My eyes get so dry on the airplane when I travel in my contacts it’s almost unbearable. And if I happen to doze off on the plane, then I’m not sleeping in my contacts. Trust me, your eyes will thank you. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Always accept a drink from the airline attendant…or two. I always get a water. And usually a hot tea or coffee. Another great way to hydrate is to take an empty water bottle with you. There are water fountains all over the

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Good bread

Published on December 16, 2012, by in Update.

Honestly, I can’t think of another title for this post. But this is good bread. Really good bread. Nice and crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Oh, and really easy to make. No fancy ingredients. No fancy tools. Do you want to make it too? It’s Jim Lahey’s bread. The recipe(which you can find all over the internet) or in his amazing book. This is book that you should definitely own if you plan on making bread. It teaches the importance of weighing ingredients and how keeping it simple can yield and amazing product. Here’s a look at my recent bread making adventure: Weighing: Getting it going: And the final product with some sheep’s milk basil and olive oil cheese. To die for! Put it on your Christmas list, people!

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Portabella mushroom pizza

Published on December 14, 2012, by in Recipes.

The other day I was wanting pizza. I had also regained strength in avoiding gluten products. I’ve made a few attempts at the cauliflower crust pizza and didn’t want to buy a standard gluten-free crust at the store. So I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea. That was to use a portabella mushroom cap as the base for the pizza. A healthier alternative that the other two. And I love mushrooms on my pizza. Start by scraping the gills out of the cap of a cleaned portabella. I also cut out the stem. They were a little woody. Then I chopped up some spinach and mixed it with pizza sauce and put it in the mushroom caps. I topped it with a little more sauce. I like sauce. For one of the mushrooms I topped with 2 pieces of pepperoni and some mozzarella cheese. The other

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Spice up your life

Published on December 7, 2012, by in Recipes.

With Sriracha salt! Super easy to make. And a perfect gift for the Sriracha lover in your life. Mix 5 teaspoons of Sriracha with 1/2 cup of salt. Make sure to mix well and get all the salt moistened. Spread out on wax paper and let dry 1-2 days. As it dries, it will harden and clump. Break it up and spread it out periodically. Once dry, put in a salt shaker and use it on EVERYTHING! Just think of the possibilities, shrimp, chicken, steak, baked potatoes, fries, popcorn, eggs….

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Ban holiday bloat!

Published on December 6, 2012, by in Recipes.

Ugh! It’s the sixth of December and I haven’t blogged once this month! Shame on me. It seems like the holiday season has already started to take its toll on me. I haven’t been getting to the gym nearly as much and instead have been going out  for fun social events that involve drinking and eating foods I don’t typically eat. While they are always a good time, I can always feel it the next day. I would say, when did I become so old? But I think  it’s more that I started taking better care of myself(less booze, less processed foods, more exercise,  more organic food and tons of fruits and veggies) and now I can really feel it when I veer from that lifestyle. I literally crave salads and water. To help counteract the junk I have been taking in, I have tried to throw some more green

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