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When I’m brunching or even just checking out brunch pictures on Instagram, I’m irrationally jealous of bagels and lox. I normally prefer sweet brunches (with a side of salty potatoes, please) but there’s something about bagels, cream cheese, and a variety of toppings (like lettuce!) that just intrigues me to no end. When I tasted Blue Diamond’s Smokehouse almonds, I knew they’d be a great substitute for lox when paired with cream cheese. Is lox smokey? I reallllly have no idea, but I imagine it is. When crafting this snack, I opted for flatbread crackers (like the kind by Wasa) instead of bagels or even mini bagels because I wanted to keep them light and small. Also, because toasting enough bagels to feed a crowd seemed a little onerous —...


January 26, 2015


I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time. Remember the series of guest posts from last month? Where everyone independently declared my love for cheese? They’re definitely not wrong. Cheese and I are besties. I’ll snack on cheese any day just as-is (and full disclosure: I’ve also caught Josh eating a block like a candy bar), but sometimes you want a slightly fancier vehicle for you cheese. You know for parties, watching the game, or just trying to impress all of your friends with gooey, melty cheese. I’ve noticed that most cheese dips are either A. meaty B. basically...


January 23, 2015


These pancakes are a moment I look back on with great regret. I’m in the midst of a great banana kick. Like a 2 bananas a day habit that I just can’t shake. When I made these last Saturday morning, I only had 1 banana left. My choices were A. slices it up and put it on the pancakes (looks pretty, tastes even better) B. ration it throughout the day or C. peel it with the intent of slicing, and instead inhale the whole thing without even realizing. Obviously I went with C, because I’m a well-rounded human being who definitely has self control. These pancakes have the perfect texture to go with slices bananas, too. Nutty, multi-grain flavor like you’d get from a restaurant pancake, only there’s not really...


January 21, 2015


First up – don’t forget to enter the giveaways for a copy of Dairy Made Easy and a $40 gift card for Evolution Fresh juices (redeemable at Starbucks and a bunch of other places). I’m excited to give two people a reason to smile because I’ve had a rough couple of days on top of having a rough last week. My computer decided it didn’t want to be a computer on Sunday and took a lot of coaxing to come back around on top of some hectic/stressful time at work. Needless to say, I need some good news and I’ll settle for passing on some good news instead. This month’s Recipe Redux theme is smokey foods, which is kind of good news because I LOVE smokey flavor. I put liquid...


January 15, 2015


I get suckered into a lot of things I consider challenges — juice cleanses, GF/dairy/bread free weeks, free trials of diets — you know, normal health decisions that people regularly make. I consider them challenges to be conquered. And normally, I love them. The one thing I never, ever, ever enjoy? Gross, nasty, chunky drinks marketed as cleanses and detox drinks. But then I heard about FitTea: all natural, aids in tummy health, boosts energy and your immune system, and can even boost metabolism to help you burn fat. I couldn’t say no. To say I was skeptical about trying FitTea would be putting it lightly. It’s a 14 day detox, so if it was disgusting, I’d be having a miserable 14 days. But I just can’t say no. The...


January 14, 2015


I know a lot of people go into the new year looking for ways to eat healthier and get more veggies in their diet, but that’s a way I like to live all year long (Ehhh, well. I try!). I was stoked when Evolution Fresh contacted me about their Three Days to Green Movement — it’s about starting a healthy habit and trying a green juice. I grabbed two bottles of Sweet Greens and Lemon and a bottle of Essential Greens with Lime at Starbucks. I reallllly wanted three bottles of the lemon, but apparently it was in high demand! I even stopped back a few days later and they had re-stocked and sold out all over again. Can’t even be mad, just glad everyone is thinking about getting their...