Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles We all know that the sense of smell is a powerful tool in the making and remembering of events. A whiff of a familiar scent has the power to transport us through time reminding us of childhood soccer games (fresh cut grass) or a lost love (perfume or cologne). It can bring up not so pleasant times as well (I won't add those here)....

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Mango Banana Smoothie

Mango Banana Smoothie 1 This goes out to all my fantastic friends and family in the soaked and partially underwater yet still fabulous city of Austin. Some fake sand, a couple lawn chairs, this tropical mango banana smoothie and bunch of mini umbrellas are all you need to be transported to one of those all-inclusive resorts in Cabo or the Bahamas. ...

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Infused Water

Let’s face it. Water is boring. 64 ounces of it a day can get old quickly, so why not mix it up, change it up every now and then? I mean, you wouldn’t wear the same black pencil skirt and white blouse all day every day, would you? No. You add pizazz, sparkle, and fun to your wardrobe – and probably to your desk, your home, and your food. So, let’s give boring water a face lift. You could go out and buy lots of different fancy waters from specialty grocery stores, but that might end up costing you just as much as an actual face lift. For the cost your morning latte and in the amount of time it takes you to shave, you can make a gallon of water a day for a week. Yes, you heard me right; $5 and 5 minutes are all you need. I’m talking about infused water. I have long made lemon water (I think most of us have). But why stop there? Again with the boring and monotonous. Pick up your favorite produce item, slice it up, drop it in water, let it sit for a few hours to overnight. Presto – delicious, fun, refreshing water that just might have you craving it in the afternoon instead of that 8th cup of joe. Oh, and when you've finished the water and are ready to move on, toss those citrus slices down the drain (except the limes, they're too tough), turn on the water and the garbage disposal, and let it run for about 30 seconds. Take a deep breath: your sink and drain now smell fantastic! Some of my favorite infused waters (all quantities assume 1 gallon of water):
  • Strawberry (about 10 – 12 strawberries sliced vertically)
  • Lemon Lime (½ of a lemon sliced, 1 lime sliced)
  • Cucumber (1 cucumber sliced)
  • Cucumber Lemon Lime (½ of a lemon sliced, 1 lime sliced, ½ of a cucumber sliced)
  • Cucumber Mint Lemon (½ of a cucumber sliced, 8 – 10 mint leaves, ½ of a lemon sliced)
  • Berry (about 5 – 8 strawberries sliced vertically, about 10 blackberries halved)
  • Orange (1 orange sliced)
What are you favorite infused water combinations? Strawberry Water 2

A Letter to Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffin 1 Dear Muffins, I love you. I really do. Let me count the ways. I love that you're just sweet enough without sending my glucose levels into overdrive. I love the specks of fruit littered throughout your soft and airy dough. I love your slightly crunchy top and delicately soft bottom. I love that you taste fantastic with coffee or iced tea. I love the endless combinations that make you infinitely malleable to my mood and desire....

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Vanilla Soy Latte

Vanilla Soy Latte_Insta I’m not sure what happened to spring, but today had a distinct crisp chill to it reminiscent of fall, which had me craving a warming beverage and roasted vegetables. As it was only 9:30 in the morning, I decided to wait on the veggies until a more respectable 11:00am at least. But, it was prime coffee time and a latte was just what the doctor ordered....

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Peach Rhubarb Smoothie

Peach Rhubarb Smoothie 3 In honor of Mother’s Day, this week's focus will be where it should: on all things mom. From the moment she wakes up to the second her head hits the pillow that night, she will be the main focus, the star of the show. Start mom's day off right with a delicious breakfast – the most important meal of the day. That said, might I suggest that you change up the breakfast-in-bed routine by ditching the cliché scrambled eggs and toast opting instead for lighter peach rhubarb smoothie? If your celebrations / family get-togethers are anything like mine, there will be food and drink in spades all day, so cut her some carb slack during this first meal. If you’re feeling especially generous and want to secure your “daughter / son / spouse of the year award” add a glass of champagne to that breakfast tray. You can thank me later. Peach Rhubarb Smoothie 2 Peach Rhubarb Smoothie 1

Hummus Cups To Go

1 Hummus Cup_angles white It’s one pm on a crazy Monday afternoon. You’ve been sitting at your desk since 7am and your stomach is sending some not-so-subtle reminders that the last time you ate was 6am. You meander into the kitchen still overwhelmed by your 106-message inbox. Too exhausted to cook or make anything, you grab the first thing you see and head back to your desk. Crunching away on bags of Chex Mix, you silently curse yourself and promise to do an extra 15, no make that 20, minutes on the elliptical in the morning....

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Acai Banana Berry Bowl, Smoothie

I love acai bowls – thick, tasty, creamy, flavor-packed bowls of delicious and nutritious goodness. The endless base flavor combinations and fun toppings give infinite fun to an otherwise annoying meal – breakfast. But, there are things I don’t love about them, including 1) how hard a good acai bowl is to find, 2) the lack of portability / eat-on-the-go-ability, 3) paying $8 a pop, especially when they melt in 10 minutes flat, and 4) waiting 30+ minutes after ordering for mine to be ready. Acai Smoothies ...

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Veggie Polenta

My little man is a fairly adventurous eater as far as kids go: ceviche, sushi, bran muffins, Roquefort blue cheese, brie, even smoked salmon. What I can’t get him to eat are raw veggies, chicken, or steak (and there’s only so many turkey meatballs I can eat). Lucky for me, he loves thick tomato-based sauces. ...

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Hummus Love

Every Sunday morning we take a family trip to the local farmer’s market. I look forward to it all week (sometimes I even run there and let the hubby and boy meet me there – yay for a little exercise before indulging in everything the market has to offer! The only downside is that now I am shopping hungry. Good thing the hubby brought ALL the reusable bags!). Farmer’s markets have really evolved. They now sell clothing, jewelry, tamales, home made soaps, and even have petting zoos and pony rides! Our weakness, aside from all the fresh produce that I don’t need, but want, and promise the hubby I will find a delicious way to use before it spoils, is that Israeli stand that sells a billion hummus flavors, tziki, flatbread, and other delicious dips. We have managed, through much trial and error, to narrow down our weekly purchases to just the original hummus and the habanero hummus. They are DELICIOUS and very addicting – like, sit down to watch half a football game while the boy is sleeping and suddenly it is gone addicting. There went $10! What?! $10! It’s just pureed beans! Oh golly. ...

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