Community, Blue Zones, & How to Live a Healthy, Joyful Life.

The Power of Community to Live a Healthy, Joyful Life.

This post on Community, Blue Zones, and  How to Live a Healthy, Joyful Life was inspired by my recent trip to Vermont to attend Blog Brulee. Although my travel was sponsored and I was compensated to speak at Blog Brulee, I was not compensated to write this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. I am, by nature, a wanna' do it all-er. An entrepreneur, jack-of-all-trades type, wanna be Martha Stewart, who doesn't always ask for help when I need it. And believe me, I really do need it. … [Read more...]

#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...]

Weekly Menu Plan and a Few of my Happy Things {Orange Pedicure Anyone?}

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Happy Thing #1: Shiny orange tootsies!Happy Thing #2: Having fun with Instagram.   Happy Thing #3: Spending time with my family at Disneyland and California Adventures, and conquering my fear of the Tower of Terror {SiSi was kind and held my hand :-)} P.S. The World of Color Show at California Adventure is spectacular-highly recommend! Happy Thing #4: Convincing my family and friends that kale is not only super healthy, but DELICIOUS as well.  I served my Kale Caesar Salad at a dinner party last night, and there was not a speck left on … [Read more...]

Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries

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When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But what about when your garden gives you rosemary? As in lots, and lots, and lots of rosemary? You make Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries. As in a heaping batch of deliciously crispy quinoa studded polenta fries flecked with savory parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. I first made my own version of these rosemary parmesan polenta fries a few weeks ago, after inspiration from this recipe at Kitchen Vignettes. Since I didn't have any uncooked polenta on hand, I decided to use … [Read more...]

Roasted Potato Salad Nicoise

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This is a story of a love affair between the ever so humble potato and the even humbler more humble green bean.  Alone, they are quite delicious enough in my opinion {unless said green beans come from a can-no thank you}, but marry them with diced red spring onions, kalamata olives, and a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and golden balsamic vinegar, and they make your mouth sing with pure delight. Yellow Potatoes loaded with nutrients to promote good health.... Gorgeous "Red" Green Beans from Suzies Farm at the Hillcrest Farmers … [Read more...]

Sea Veggie Tacos with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce

Sea Veggie Tacos

It's Recipe ReDux time again, and this months theme, "Sea What You've Been Missing" is an ode to the "more obscure" treasures from the sea, such as little fishies {aka sardines, anchovies, and smelts} and super nutritious sea veggies such as nori, wakame, and kombu. Being that this is a ReDux recipe, my Sea Veggie Tacos full fill two important requirements... One, they contain a very respectable dose of nutritious ingredients {sea veggies, napa cabbage, carrots, avocado...}, and two, they are absolutely, positively delicious! Napa … [Read more...]

Banana Spice Milkshake

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SUPER EASY, SUPER  DELICIOUS...I just had to share this mornings "milkshake" that both my kids slurped up happily, then asked for more :-) BIG THANKS  to Sage and Berries, a lovely blog I recently discovered, for the free downloadable yellow floral background pattern used here! If you have kids, do they tend to like the same things, or do they have different tastes??? I LOVE hearing from you! Please click here to leave a comment or ask a question, or leave a suggestion. And, if you enjoyed the post, please stumble, tweet, pin, or share … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Favorites!

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Loads of healthy and delicious back-to-school breakfast and lunch ideas your kids will love! Many, many years ago when I was a little girl... Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, was a favorite book of mine. If you're unfamiliar with the story, Frances is a bear who wants to eat nothing other than bread and jam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Meanwhile, her friend Albert brings fancy lunches to school everyday that would make any hungry little bear want to eat more than bread and jam. His mother even packs him a linen napkin … [Read more...]

Simply Mad for Millet!

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Welcome to WEEK 2 of my "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" cookoff and giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who has commented and participated in my Facebook ancient grains surveys so far!  I always love reading your comments, and your participation in my grains survey has inspired me to break out of my "grain rut" and try something different for a change. Seriously! Had I been the one to decide which "ancient grain" side dish to prepare this week, I probably would have picked the "Cumin Scented Qunioa with Red Beets". And, I have to … [Read more...]