You guys. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this new recipe. Summer is slowly coming to an end, so you must make this right now. Although I do see it as a warm, light and delicious escape to the tropical Caribbean during the cold winter months, especially when all you've been making is creamy soup and heavy pastas (what, you don't do that during the winter?). I love this because you can do all of the prepwork earlier in the day (or during naptime) so that dinner time isn't as . . .
One of my favorite things about summer is the juicy, fresh produce. Especially from our farmer's market. ESPECIALLY those of the sugary, sweet variety. Make your simple syrup with juice, lime juice, and sugar. Sometimes I go a little overboard and buy a ton of my favorite fruit, nectarines and peaches, so the other day I busted out a cobbler for a friend I took dinner to (while I ooh'ed and ahh'ed at her new, precious little bebe). Smoothies are always wonderful with ripe fruit, . . .
These pitas are a Greek medley of flavors party in your mouth. They just feel healthy. Healthy enough to eat a handful of dark chocolate Cadbury eggs and another handful of thin mints for dessert. It's March, so it's not summer yet here, but this makes it feel like it. I can't wait to bust out these babies in the heat! Tzatziki sauce is one of the best parts of Greek food. Fresh, cool cucumbers are used to create a beautiful, dill-infused dip. Grill some chicken, layer with lettuce, . . .
Breakfast is easily one of my most favorite meals of the day, except I could have it all day. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, bacon, hashbrowns, fruit, cinnamon rolls, eggs, doughnuts, it is all sodang good. Sometimes I need a hearty meal in the a.m. instead of my usual toast, oatmeal or smoothie, or sometimes breakfast is calling my name for dinner! Throw in some sauteéd veggies and homemade salsa and you've got an amazing start to your day. I have Pioneer Woman's salsa recipe memorized . . .
Ok.. I have a confession. I'm not a huge salad person. I mean I like them a lot and eat them regularly but I get so bored with them! I have to have some punch and some flavor. The typical "house salad" better have a mean homemade ranch dressing on it other wise I'm done. I've posted a few salads before such as this WonTon Chicken Salad, Tropical Fusion Summer Salad (which is delicious) and Arugula Salad. All of those salads have some bold flavors going on.. from mango to crispy won tons.. I need . . .
Soup Soup Soup! I love all soups, but have an acidity problem with tomatoes so have a hard time eating tomato based soups, which leaves the alternative being cream based, which also leads to high calories. Now once in a while I would say who cares!? I do love creamy mashed potatoes and cream based sauces of almost any kind, but heres a way you can cut it out without losing the creamy consistency we all love. My mom and dad have been on and off . . .
We are still going strong with our Green Machine week and I am loving it! I have totally been on a health kick lately. Well I've had every intention of being on a health kick, and for the most part I've been pretty successful. I don't know if attending Expo West has motivated me or just the fact that Spring is in the air and swimsuit season is around the corner. Yikes. Either way, I've been more generous with my veggies and water consumption, limiting my sugars and grains and all that . . .
Two years ago, my husband read the book Eat To Live after my cousin got him super excited about green smoothies. I left our cousin's house less-than-thrilled about this new venture he was taking on, and just kinda brushed it under the rug. No. There was no brushing to be had. Homeboy was going big, and he was not going home any time soon. Not only did I have to hear about this book, keep the lid on my bubbling disdain for any fad diets, and be nice to my newly-health-crazed husband, but I had to . . .
I'm a beginning gardener. I love the idea of growing my own food and having fresh fruits and vegetables. We currently don't have the space to have a full blown garden but I have found a patch of dirt where I made my herb garden. I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. It's so nice to walk out the door and pick what I need. I seriously can taste a huge difference using fresh herbs compared to using those jars of dried herbs. Gardening has been something I grew up watching my mom do. I . . .
Several years back I discovered a company called Lush. Have you heard of them? They are a company that makes fresh, handmade cosmetics. Their stores smell like heaven, and you'll be pampered once you step one foot inside. The first time I ever visited a Lush store was in Pasadena, CA. Both my husband and I got his hands exfoliated and massaged - just for stopping by. Of course my bill by the time I left the store definitely paid for that pamper session. Lush does something that . . .