30 Ways to Boost Your Health with Wild Blueberries

Psst...Make Wild Blueberries your new BFF if you're looking for one of the easiest {and tastiest!} ways to boost your health! Even better, I've got 30 delicious ways you can start incorporating wild blueberries in to your diet today! If you follow my Instgram feed, you may have noticed a recent plethora of all things related to Maine, including lobster feasts, gorgeous green hiking spaces, sparkling lakes, and, fresh-picked-from-the-field blueberries. Wild Blueberries to be exact! … [Read more...]

Happy Things, Healthy Living: Hiking the Boulder Flatirons, Gluten-Free S’mores, and More!

Happy Things, Healthy Living is where I share my favorite things and healthy living inspiration. Take a peek, join the conversation and share your favorites as well so we can all inspire each other to live a happy, healthy, joyous life! Here's what's inspiring me lately... Hiking the Boulder Flatirons If you've noticed I've been a little MIA here on the blog lately, it's because the last couple of weeks have been crazy busy with SiSi and Big Tex's last two weeks of school activities {and promoting to High School and Middle School!}, Mr. … [Read more...]

Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters + A Yummly Tutorial

Refreshing, nourishing, and 0h-so-delicious, these raw, vegan Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters, are a fun way to get your daily dose of avocado! Craving something rich and creamy, yet super healthy too? These 5-ingredient {plus sea salt} Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters have come to your rescue! … [Read more...]

Greek Salad Bowl with Avocado Tzatziki + California Avocados 101

Can you think of anything better than taking a trip to a California avocado farm, spending a weekend learning all about California avocados, stuffing yourself to the brim with their creamy, dreamy, luscious green fruit, then coming home to eat more avocados {that you picked yourself!} in a scrumptious Greek Salad Bowl with Avocado Tzatziki? I think not! … [Read more...]

Idaho Love | Roasted Potatoes w/ Brussel’s Sprouts & Cauliflower + 5 Perfect Days in McCall

I was compensated by the Idaho Potato Commission to create this recipe for Roasted Idaho® Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Purple Cauliflower. As always, my thoughts and opinions shared here are 100% my own. In addition, I did not receive any compensation for my trip to McCall, Idaho, as it was a personal trip. Have you ever been to Idaho? Maybe. Maybe not. Have you ever eaten a potato from Idaho? More than likely. And, I bet it was absolutely delicious! … [Read more...]

Macadamia Nut & Tart Cherry Stuffing + 4 Perfect Days in Maui

Inspired by my recent trip to Maui, this Macadamia Nut and Tart Cherry Stuffing with Sweet Maui Onions is the deliciousness holiday memories are made of! Today's post is a little bit of a mishmash... Part Thanksgiving/Holiday deliciousness --> Macadamia Nut and Cherry Stuffing {gluten-free, vegan, & free of all major food allergens except for the nuts which can be omitted or substituted with extra cherries or pumpkin/other seeds} And part travel adventures and fun-->5 perfect days in Maui, Hawaii! OK-I lied. … [Read more...]

Homemade Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts

I can't think of any better way to spend a lazy fall, weekend morning, than baking up (and eating) a batch of Homemade Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts (gluten-free and vegan). Can you? Hola! Olá! Hello! I'm fresh back from Spain and Portugal and can't wait to share all my photos and adventures with you, but bear with me a little while longer since I've got some major photo editing to do. In the mean time, I went through a little baked good withdrawl while I was traveling, not for lack of bakery windows filled with gorgeous Spanish pastries, … [Read more...]

Skillet Buckwheat Banana Bread

Hello! I hadn't planned on sharing this skillet buckwheat banana bread with you today, but it is just too delicious not to share! I won't babble on today, because this was a spur of the moment instameals recipe, inspired by the ingredients I had on hand, and THIS yummy recipe from Harris Whole Health that I have made and happily scarfed down before! Note: If you're on a gluten-free diet be sure and check out Cheryl's recipe blog as all her recipes are gluten-free, plus they are also all dairy-free and peanut-free, and most recipes are egg, … [Read more...]

Happy Things, Link Love, Infused Water, & Zucchini Noodles

Hi There! It's been awhile since I've shared my latest happy things...Strawberry Top Lemon Infused Water, Zucchini Noodles,and more, so here you go! Plus, I've got some fab links to share with you today. Come join the fun & let me know what's making you happy lately! Have you tried Strawberry Top {Lemon} Infused Water yet? If not, you should! I taught a class on nutrition and healthy snacking to a kid's running group {Sew Fun to Run-check it out!} and the kids had a blast making {and tasting} this super easy infused water along with … [Read more...]

Life Hacks, Duct Tape + How to Make a Frozen Spinach Smoothie

I've got two super nutritious and delicious frozen spinach smoothie recipes to share with you today, plus my top life hacks using duct tape and frozen spinach...[Not together, mind you!} If you think I've gone completely mad pairing duct tape and frozen spinach smoothies in the same post, I absolutely wouldn't blame you! But, bear with me here. They both have one thing in common... … [Read more...]

My Top Gluten-Free Travel Tips, Hiking Adventures, Mom Confessions, a Free E Cook Book & More!

Today's post is a mishmash of what I've been doing this week...sharing my top gluten-free travel tips at Stone Soup, Hiking in Tecolote Canyon with my girlfriends, sharing an embarrassing confession with you, plus giving you the scoop on a delicious free e cookbook for you to download! Which would you like to hear about first??? Let's talk about the cookbook... I'm thrilled to have my all-time favorite Super Duper Raw Power Salad featured in a new e cookbook you can download for FREE over at The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. In … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Raw Caramel Dip, A Trip to Palm Springs, & More!

So many happy things to share with you today, including a weekend getaway to Palm Springs, the most delicious {and kinda' healthy} raw caramel ever, and a delicious weekly meal plan too! What have you been up to lately?  Pull up a chair and let's chat!!! My Happy Things... HAPPY THING #1 Palm Springs Family Weekend Getaway It's hard to believe that it was only 3 weeks ago that we took a weekend road trip up to Palm Springs for a pre-Thanksgiving getaway with our friends.  It's been so busy, right??? Although I've been to Palm Springs … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Asian Fusion Pulled Pork Tacos, My Trip to Washington DC, & More!

My Miss SiSi loves watching the show DC Cupcakes, so Mr. Spicy and I visited the original Georgetown Cupcake location on our trip to Washington DC  and surprised her with a 6 pack of cupcakes {to share with Big Tex of course!}  Hello, hello! I just got back from a fun trip to Washington DC with Mr. Spicy, so I'm posting my weekly meal plan a little late, but I still have lots of yummy dinner inspiration lined up for you {and me!} this week, plus I'm sharing some of my happy things, a la Washington DC! Weekly Meal Plan: Week of September … [Read more...]

Travel Guide ~ Food, Fun, & Adventure on The Big Island of Hawaii

I could never get tired of this view of the Pololu Valley Lookout and Beach on The Big Island of Hawaii! Ahh...Hawaii...The Big Island...How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... I had the great fortune to spend a week with my family {Mr. Spicy, our kids, my parents and Mr. Spicy's parents} on The Big Island of Hawaii in early July.  SiSi's BFF and her parent's, who are good friends of ours, also happened to be there at the same time, which added to our fun!  The Big Island is a land of spectacular contrasts, from the top of Mauna … [Read more...]

Hit the Road Jack! My Travel Adventures in Key West, Santa Fe, & Joshua Tree

Gorgeous Key West Sunset... This travel post has been long overdue in coming, seeing as I soaked up the sun and sea air in Key West in early February, bundled up in snowy Santa Fe and Taos in late February, and shimmied over big bad boulders in Joshua Tree in early April. Did I mention it's May. May 30 as I am writing this.  Almost June to be exact! I thought about skipping this post altogether, but I promised you {way back when...}, that I would share my travel photos and adventures with you,and I never go back on my … [Read more...]