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One of the many things I enjoy doing besides event planning is cooking for my loved ones. These are some of my favorites.

March 8th, 2023

Summer brings the best of things; sun, outdoors, trips to Lake Tahoe, and light healthy dishes, I especially love summer dishes that require minimal cooking – or can be barbecued – and can be served at room temperature. My favorite summer dish is a Corn, Jalapeno, and Avocado salad with lime and extra virgin olive oil. This combination is to-die-for! There are many variations of this salad that can be made depending on what sounds good and what you have on hand, but, I always use this recipe as the base.

April 24th, 2020

Sweet, tangy, and vibrant Gooseberry Champagne Cocktail is a fun twist on a simpler drink that will brighten any fun evening! The small orange Cape Gooseberries are not just vibrant in color, they are bright in their slightly tart taste, also. Cape Gooseberries might be small but they pack a big punch and when paired with sweeter ingredients like St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Champagne, it makes a very tasty cocktail!

April 22nd, 2019

The abundance of dyed hard-boiled eggs around here is really quite ridiculous. We dyed Easter eggs on three separate occasions multiplied by three kids and I’m certain we have well exceeded 4 dozen hard-boiled eggs now! We are a hard-boiled egg loving family but there is no way we can eat that many before they go bad. Since I hate wasting food, I wanted to come up with a new delicious way to eat them so I came up with this recipe just last week. 

February 9th, 2019

Oranges just do not get the credit that they deserve. We all know that they’re the Vitamin C champions and I’m sure many of us grew up drinking a glass of orange juice the moment that we felt the onset of a cold. Not only do they pack a lot of great vitamins and nutrients, but their wonderfully clean citrus scent can freshen a room in a heartbeat and just so happens to be one of my favorite smells! This delicious citrus fruit is great paired with so many flavors and can be both sweet and savory. I mean, clearly this fruit deserves more credit that it typically receives, right?

January 31st, 2019

I don’t know about you all, but my Holidays started in July. Lakeside. With cocktails. And I have basically been battling the healthy eating, weight maintenance, keeping in-good-shape since then. It’s been a long holiday season… in my efforts to lost the Holiday weight I have decided that healthy soups are going to be a prominent feature in my day-to-day life in addition to eating healthy, working out daily, and sticking to my Arbonne healthy-eating cleanse. Here’s to hoping it works out! I made this delicious roasted carrot and tomato soup the other day and it was really good and also really filling.

December 1st, 2018

I’ve previously posted about my love for my Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad and this one is a little similar in the base and the minimal dressing that I use. I am one of those weird people who prefers very light dressing – if you can even call my go-to a dressing… This salad is great because I use 3 salad bases interchangeably depending on which one I have readily available or which one sounds good at the time I am grocery shopping. I use Lacinato Kale, Swiss Chard (any variety), or shaved Brussel Sprouts. 

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Much like other larger families, we primarily shop at Costco for the majority of our weekly bulk groceries because with three growing kids, they can eat a lot! And, like a lot of people when shopping at Costco, our eyes are much bigger than our actual stomachs! At one of our weekly Costco trips a few weeks ago, I saw a big bag of delicious Coconut & Cashew Butter granola and I had to have it! Weeks later and I ate maybe 1/2 cup of the 42 cup bag. I guess I thought I would eat it far more than I really did… Granola is tricky like that! It seems like a healthy choice; I swear I will snack on that instead of Cheeze – but in reality – I don’t. 

December 7th, 2017

A light but very hardy vegetarian recipe perfect an Autumn or Winter dinner. It is much quicker and easier to purchase the butternut squash already peeled and cubed in the package – you can usually find this at your local supermarket. If you cannot find this and use a whole butternut squash, it is safest to cut it into 1/4’s and then peel it and cube it. 

April 21st, 2014

I love salads. And I love vegetables. So naturally, this salad is perfect for me! What’s so great about it (besides everything!) is that if you tend to eat a lot of salads this is a great option for something a bit unconventional to break up the monotony of the lettuce or spinach salads. 

April 3rd, 2012

If it weren’t for my DVR I would not have been able to make this deliciousness. I was home one night about 18 months ago (I remember specifically because I was pregnant with Poppy) and I was watching one of my favorite Food Network shows: Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. On the episode, they went to a diner that made all sorts of unique things, one of which was a Blueberry, Basil, and Goat Cheese pie. I know it might sound odd. Actually, to me it just sounds delicious.