Happy Things, Healthy Living~Sunset Hikes, Hemp Smoothies, & More!

A great way to end the day in San Diego...Hike the beach trail at Torrey Pines Reserve, and watch the sunset on Torrey Pines Beach.

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... This Sunset at Torrey Pines Beach is also linked up to Sweet Shot Tuesday, Week 2,  by Kent Weakley. This New Year's Day Sunset Hike at Torrey Pines... A hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve in San Diego always makes me happy. Even better? A New Year's Day hike with good … [Read more...]

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

Strawberry Top Lemon Infused Water

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...]

Weekly Meal Plan, Link Love, Happy Things + What’s Important in Life

Weekly Meal Plan march 31, 2014 // The Spicy RD

After a week off from meal planning, I'm excited for this weeks deliciousness, in my latest weekly meal plan! This Mad Greek Quinoa Dinner Omelet with Feta and Tzatziki looks amazing for Meatless Monday, plus don't you love the name??? You can never go wrong with Chicken Tortilla Soup, so I'm excited to try out this recipe in my slow cooker for an easy make ahead meal.  Samosa Patties? I spied these at the last Recipe ReDux round-up-yum! Plus I've got two easy veggie dishes, Pesto Broccoli and Roasted Balsamic Asparagus w/ Goat Cheese & … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan, Link Love, Happy Things + Obsessions

My latest obsession...Waterlogue App // The Spicy RD

My Waterlogue watercolors...Counterclockwise, starting at the top left: Sunset at Dog Beach in Del Mar, La Quinta Resort in La Quinta/Palm Springs, Sunset from my rooftop deck, Moonlight beach in Cambria. I'm obsessed. … [Read more...]

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

Raw Caramel Dip w/ Sliced Apples // The Spicy RD

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: Veggie Burger Love, Herbal Iced Tea, & More!

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things Oct 28 // The Spicy RD

Last week Mr. Spicy and I celebrated 14 years of marital bliss... Truly, I am overjoyed to be married to such an amazing husband and father to SiSi and Big Tex. But... If you're reading this Mr. Spicy you had better keep yourself on your toes, as I have found a new love in Hilary's Veggie Burgers!!! Is it possible to be in love with a veggie burger???  … [Read more...]

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

Georgetown Cupcake // The Spicy RD

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...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Rock Climbing, Baked Taco Casserole & a Banged Up Shin!

Rock Climbing at Mission Trails Regional Park // The Spicy RD

That's me a the top of Lunch Rock in Mission Trails Regional Park! Hmm...Can you believe it's been over 3 month's since I posted my last weekly meal plan here? Don't worry... I have been eating. And, doing SOME meal planning on Pinterest too, but I confess that there have been several weeks this summer with no meal plans at all. With summer travel, more relaxed schedules, a break from some team sports, and no homework for the kids, it's a lot easier not to plan meals as often in the summer. But you know what? The kids go … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan and My Happy Things: Derby Pie, Crazy for Kale, and More!

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A glimpse at my latest happy things... I know I still owe you a carrot cake smoothie, and I PROMISE it's coming soon, but it's been awhile since I posted my weekly menu plan here {you can always see my weekly updates here on Pinterest}, and my happy things have been piling up, so I though it would be a good time to share some happy cheer with y'all :-) So, first up, this week's dinner plan, all gluten-free or adapted to be gluten-free, then next up, my happy things! Weekly Meal Plan: Week of May 6, 2013 DAY ONE Lasagna Soup from A … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: California Poppies, Peanut Butter Sauce, & More!

Spring Flowers//The Spicy RD

California Poppies in bloom on the Coast to Crest Trail in Del Mar... So many happy things to share with you this week :-) But, first, here's what were eating for dinner this week...{All gluten-free or adapted to be gluten-free.} Weekly Meal Plan DAY ONE Lemon Zucchini Pasta from Oh My Veggies {Making with gluten-free pasta} Cherry Tomatoes Salad {with lettuce from my garden!} Fresh strawberries DAY TWO Chinese Fried Rice {with chicken instead of shrimp} from Jeanette's Healthy Living Steamed broccoli Fresh … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Sun, Snow & Strawberry Season!

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Do you ever think to yourself, It's great to be back in my own kitchen again!? After a month of crazy {as in good crazy!} travel, both basking in the sun in gorgeous Key West, and schussing down the snow covered slopes in Taos, I'm absolutely, positively, 100% ready to be back home in my kitchen, writing my weekly meal plan, and baking up a batch of delicious strawberry lemon almond muffins. That is until the next adventure beckons me :-) In the meantime, here is my latest weekly meal plan, and a peek at the things that have been making … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: A Sprouting Garden, Kid’s Art, & More!

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things//The Spicy RD

Even though it was a rainy, gloomy weekend, I was so happy the rain stopped a little so I could go for a run in the canyon near my house :-) How was your weekend everyone??? With Miss SiSi under the weather, and the weather under-the-weather, I had a pretty low key weekend... Loads of laundry were done...TV was watched...magazines were read...board games were played...and meal planning was done. Here ya' go! Weekly Meal Plan DAY ONE "Layer's of Love" Ravioli Lasagna {SiSi's pick of the week} from No Whine With Dinner by The … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: A Sneak Peek at My Grand Canyon Adventure!

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Cathedral Rock~A sneak peek at my trip to Sedona and The Grand Canyon... Wow~It's hard to believe, but my last Weekly Meal Plan & Happy Things post was all the way back in October! Now, don't you all worry. I have definitely been eating :-) I just haven't been posting my meal plans here, and to tell, the truth, I've been a little wonky with the meals I have planned these past couple of months. Not to worry though!  The holidays are over, and it's time to start regular planning again, now that SiSi and Big Tex are back in … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Doing the Kind Thing & More!

Weekly Meal Plan

This week is going to be a delicious week... Baked Falafel Bites with Creamy Tahini Dressing from Tasty Yummies. Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Onions, here on The Spicy RD Blog. Crockpot Korean Beef Tacos and Cucumber Slaw from Confections of a Foodie Bride. Slow-cooker Beef Stroganoff from Fearless Homemaker. Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen. {A family favorite!} For gluten-free options, side/vegetable/fruit serving suggestions, and other healthy and delicious ideas, check out my … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Sweet…Bittersweet…

Spicy RD WEekly Meal Plan Week of October 1, 2012

Visit My Weekly Meal Plan board on Pinterest for links to this week's dinner meal plans. Today's post will be short but sweet. Sweet as in chocolate chip cookie cake sweet...almond flour berry muffin sweet...and, just a smidgen of bittersweet... You see, this morning I waved goodbye to SiSi as she and her friends set off for the little apple pie town of Julian, to spend the next 5 days exploring nature, telling ghost stories, and just plain having fun at 6th grade camp. It's not our first time apart... Mr. Spicy and I have … [Read more...]