#peachlove: Peach and Berry Cream Cheese Tart with a Cinnamon Almond Crust

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I'm sitting here writing this post feeling bad.   REALLY bad. Because I can't share this delicious peach and berry cream cheese tart with a cinnamon almond crust with you for breakfast... Yes, breakfast. Loaded with healthy stuff like fresh, in-season peaches {duh}, rasp/boysen/blue/straw berries blended in to a lovely sauce, cinnamon spiced almond flour, a little dose of calcium from Greek Yogurt and Neufatel or cream cheese, plus a hint of maple syrup sweetness, this tart is DEFINITELY breakfast worthy. And, that's why I'm … [Read more...]

Singing the Blues…Blueberry Lassi and a Blue Berry Basket Giveaway.

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Blueberry Lassi~Best enjoyed poolside while listening to Billie Holiday singing the stormy blues. Update June 18, 2012: Congratulations to Sue {#46 chosen via random.org} for winning the Blue Berry Basket Giveaway!  The giveaway is now closed, but please scroll down to find and enjoy my Blueberry Lassi recipe, and happy berry eating everyone! At least a couple of times a week, a bowl of berries {blueberries...strawberries...raspberries...blackberries...and boysenberries}, graces our dinner table come spring and summer, when these healthy … [Read more...]

#icecreamlove: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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Remember this post from the other day? Where I promised you a {Part Two} surprise??? Well I wasn't sure I could make raw maple cinnamon oatmeal raisin maple pecan cookie dough any better than it already was. But, you know what? I did. And if you like ice cream, and you like oatmeal raisin cookies, you will LOVE this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Ice Cream. There's really not much to say about this creamy, oatmeal raisin cookie studded dish of deliciousness other than this... You.MUST.make.it. Trust me. Here's the … [Read more...]

Fabulous Foodie Finds from Natural Products Expo West 2012!

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Last Saturday, I put on my comfy boots and hit the road with two of my healthy foodie friends, for a drive up the Southern California coast to attend the 2012 Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Natural Products Expo West continues to be the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo West continues to help attendees reach their business goals. Join 58,000 other industry professionals interacting … [Read more...]

Food Bloggers Virtual New Year’s Eve and My 12 Favorite Recipes from 2011!

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Happy New Year's Eve my friends! {Or, for those of you reading this in 2012, Happy New Years!!!} What better way to celebrate the new year, than with a party??? {A huge thank you to Lora from Cake Duchess, and Sanjeeta from LiteBite for hosting this virtual party...to Junia from Mis Pensamientos for coordinating the partiers...and to Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet for her lovely and festive logo design!} So what will we be serving at this party you may be asking??? Why a bit of champagne the bubbly, of course, and for those of you … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays and Papa’s Chocolate Chip Bar Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to the four lucky winners of my Helping Hands Bakery Papa's Chocolate Chip Bar Giveaway!!!! Chosen via random.org, the winners are... #17 Nelly~Cooking With Books #38 Karriann~Creative Cooking Corner #13 Sylvie~Gourmande in the Kitchen #9 Kim Congratulations Ladies!  I hope you enjoy these bars are much as I did! And, a big thank you to everyone else who entered and checked out the Helping Hands Bakery Website! As I stated in my earlier post, I love how Helping Hands in not only making delicious tasty … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Chocolate Lollipops Just Like Ina’s!

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Can I tell you about my latest Saturday morning? I promise you I'll be quick since I know the main reason you're here is for the homemade chocolate lollipops! Anyways, this past Saturday I had a lovely morning... With the tree decorated, the house clean, the kids on vacation (no homework!), AND, no kids sporting events to attend, I managed to spend the morning relaxing in front of a warm fire, coffee in hand, watching Ina on the Food Network Channel. You all know who Ina is, right? No worries if you don't.  After all, my … [Read more...]

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake {Original and Gluten-Free} for #NellysBigDay

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I'm so excited to be celebrating a special occasion with you all today, and I hope you will join myself and all the other fun and fabulous bloggers in celebrating #NellysBigDay today with a virtual Bridal Shower for my lovely blogging and Twitter friend,  Marnely Rodriguez of Cooking With Books. Here's how it all started... “And …I said YESSSSS!” It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly … [Read more...]

#cookielove: Miss Hull’s German Spice Cookies

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Welcome to #cookielove! I'm so happy to be one of the hosts again for this month's #love bloghop. And lucky you, in honor of the holiday season, this month's theme is #coookielove! For those of you who have already started my December Fitness Challenge, surely you deserve a cookie {or two} for all your hard work! And, for those of you not doing the challenge... It's the holiday season and I simply CAN'T deny you a cookie, but promise me, pretty please, that you'll try and get some good workout sessions in this holiday season.  … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

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Do you know what the world's smallest grain is??? I'll give you some hints... It's a true nutritional powerhouse, high in fiber, iron, protein, and calcium. It is an excellent vegetarian source of amino acids, especially lysine, which is often deficient in grains It can be used in gluten-free cooking and baking. It is thought that this grain originated from Ethiopia between 4000 BCE and 1000 BCE. It starts with a T and end with an F. Have you guessed it yet??? It's TEFF! And, it's the whole grain I am cooking with for … [Read more...]

Luscious Lemonade Pie {Deconstructed}

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It's hard for me to believe, but it's already time for another Recipe Redux Post! August {and the whole summer for that matter!} has flown by! In less than 1 week my kids will be back to school, and hopefully {fingers crossed} I'll find some time to catch up on all my work projects that have gotten put aside for the summer. One thing that you won't want to put aside however, is a slice bowl of {Deconstructed} Luscious Lemonade Pie! I created this recipe after a childhood favorite frozen dessert of mine that my mom used to make-Pink … [Read more...]

Blog Hop: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

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Hi Everyone! I just returned from 1 glorious week whitewater rafting down the Salmon and Snake rivers in Idaho. I plan on sharing my photos and adventures with you next week, but today I'm talking cake! Here's why... Shortly before my trip, I was invited to join a fabulous group of bakers to co-host a baking blog hop. For our first baking adventure, we decided to make cake. Immediately my cake thoughts turned to a delicious gluten-free chocolate cake my mom recently made for me {Thank You Mom!!!} The recipe comes from a … [Read more...]