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...]

Skillet Buckwheat Banana Bread

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...]

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

Gluten-Free Travel Tips // The Spicy RD #snacks #glutenfree #travel

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!

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:Fun with Friends in San Francisco

China Town Building

Chinatown, San Francisco: The difference between boys and girls??  SiSi bought a pretty "cat" tile and a bracelet in Chinatown.  Big Tex bought a sword.  As in a REAL sword.  Naturally we had to ship it home, as I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have gotten past TSA. Hello There! How's everyone's summer going so far?? I just returned from a mini vacation to San Francisco where my family and I had the most wonderful time visiting old {Gold} friends and meeting new {Silver} ones. Today's post will be quick as I have heaps of post-vacation laundry to … [Read more...]

Tooting My Own Horn: My Bean Homework Is Completed!

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With two kids under the age of 11 and one husband who still sometimes acts like a kid :-), you can well imagine that the topic of tooting comes up a lot in our house. I will spare you the gassy details, but suffice it to say, toots and beans, beans and toots, toots and pretty much anything {we can always blame it on the dog!} make for a lot of giggling at Casa Stewart. If you're wondering what all this tooting talk is leading up to, let me just tell you, that today I am tooting my own horn, because I finally finished the "Bean Homework" … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Sweet Potato Skins and Cowgirl Time!

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How was everyone's Mother's Day Weekend??? Mine was a blast {except for the lack of sleep that comes with spending the night in a cabin with 11 giggly 9-11 year old girls.  But that's to be expected, right???} Our "digs" for the weekend... I spent the weekend roughing it at Rawhide Ranch with 15 amazing young ladies/women from my daughter's Girl Scout troop, a barnyard full of horses, several pens full of chickens/sheep/goats {you can read more here about my love of goats :-)}, and 1 sweet cow named Pablo. I also rode bareback on a … [Read more...]

New Zealand Top Ten: Gorgeous Scenery, Fabulous People, and Oodles of Gluten-Free Options!

Lake Rotarua, New Zealand

A gorgeous morning by the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand Finally. My New Zealand post is up! Sorry it took so long, but it takes awhile to go though 750 + photos! Don't worry... I'm only going to share 700 of them with you. Just kidding :-) In all honesty though, it was hard to whittle down my trip to my 10 favorite experiences, but I figured that would be the best way to share at least a glimpse of this gorgeous country with you. So, here they, are {in no particular order}... New Zealand Top Ten ONE: The … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: BLT Quinoa Salad and Memories of Spain!

Madrid, Spain

A tree lined street in Madrid, Spain So, what did everyone do for St Patrick's Day?? We had a rare "quiet" Saturday here since SiSi and Big Tex's baseball and softball games were cancelled due to the stormy weekend in San Diego. I made waffles in the morning, then we ended up running some errands as a family, to buy SiSi some new purple Vans {the soles were coming off her old ones}, search for a new point-and-shoot digital camera for our up coming family vacation {sadly my old Panasonic died on me}, and stock up on some Ayala's Herbal … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Pirates, Chicken Sopes and More!

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Aeonium in bloom in my garden. I don't know about you, but the past couple of weeks have been rather wonky for me... won·ky  (wngk) adj. won·ki·er, won·ki·est Chiefly British 1. Shaky; feeble. 2. Wrong; awry. I was really hoping to have posted another weekly menu plan prior to this one, but my wonky life just got in the way. {NOTE-If this is your first time checking out my weekly meal plans, please read this post for more details.} Not that it has been a bad week or two mind you. Simply wonky :-) Wonky as in the kids were … [Read more...]

Going Home {to Texas}, and My Dark Chocolate ChickPz Winner!

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Where do you call home? Our former house in Plano,Texas, 2011 For me, it's San Diego, the town where I was born, my husband was born, SiSi was born, and where I have lived the majority of my life, including now. But, I've also been fortunate enough to have lived in several other towns in my life...Dallas, Texas  for college...Chicago for my dietetic internship {great city, but not so great winters}...back to Dallas {Plano}, Texas for my husband's job...Falls Church, Virginia, again for my husband's job, and, ultimately, back to San … [Read more...]

Blog Awards, Travel Pics, and A Few Things You May Not Know About Me…

Chihuly Glass, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, 2005

Today, I'm excited to share some of my favorite bloggers with you, plus a few fun travel pics as well. Chihuly Glass, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, November 2005 You see, last week I was EXTREMELY honored to receive two different blog awards from two very talented and fabulous ladies, Terra of Cafe Terra Blog and Ann of Sumptuous Spoonfuls. Terra awarded me with the Leibster Blog award, which, for those of you unfamiliar with the award, is passed along to 5 of your "dearest" or "favourite" bloggers.  The rules for the Leibster award … [Read more...]

My River Rafting Adventure: Raging Rapids, Fabulous Food, Spectacular Scenery, and Awesome People!

When in Idaho, eat potatoes!

Hi Everyone! I'm really excited to share my latest adventure with you... Whitewater Rafting down the Salmon and Snake Rivers in Idaho! Here are some of the highlights of my trip, along with some of my favorite photos... I have to say it was definitely fun taking pictures of scenery and people as opposed to food for a change :-) Boise, Idaho We started the trip in Boise, Idaho which is a really cool city.  Last time I was there I was about 5 or 6.  I don't remember much from that trip, other than going snow shoeing, but I'm … [Read more...]

Mole, Mezcal, and a Mexican Wedding in Oaxaca Mexico

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My husband, Mr. Spicy, and I just returned from 5 BLISSFUL {aka, without kids!} days in Oaxaca, Mexico where we celebrated our friend's Mexican wedding with lots of mole and mezcal. If you're unmarried and thinking about a Mexican wedding one day, I can highly recommend Oaxaca. Even if you're already married, or never plan on getting married, I highly recommend a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. It is a beautiful place, with lovely people, and, oh, yes, the most delicious mole and mezcal. But back to wedding talk. Not that I would change … [Read more...]