Versatile dish: Mango Salsa

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The summer is a time for cookouts, parties, days at the beach or pool, spending time with friends and family, or just plain working. Who also feels like cooking when it's 80+ degrees out? Whether it's because I'm just not home or because it's too hot, I am a big fan of whatever makes my life easier when it comes to eating in the warm months. I use my slow cooker a lot in the summer for this reason. Throw a hunk of meat in the slow cooker with some spices and broth for pulled whatever. Defrost … [Read more...]

Using an Immersion Blender to Make Mayonnaise

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So, as per usual, I had this blog post (well the video part anyway) ready to go two weeks ago but work got a bit crazy (working until midnight and weekends too) so it sat unattended.  Until today. A couple of weeks ago Pam had sent me a text message asking me how I use my Cuisinart stick blender (also called an immersion blender) to make mayo.  I adore my stick blender!  My awesome-sauce sister-in-law, Jenn, bought it for me about 5 or 6 years ago and it is easily the one … [Read more...]

Chicken, Spinach & Rice Casserole

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I got the idea for this recipe when I realized I had a boat load of fresh spinach and 2 rotisserie chickens in my 2nd refrigerator from my mom. For the past 7 years I have been blessed to have my mom watch my kids once a week. Not only does she help us out with child care (thus saving money on pre-school) but 95% of the time she makes us dinner that night and brings up enough food where we literally don’t have to think about dinners for the entire week.  Naturally I didn’t want this food … [Read more...]

Are you Fed Up? The #1 thing you must do to improve your health.

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  The fitness and nutrition industry is confusing. There are so many different ways to exercise and to eat that it’s no wonder that we are all just confused. Should I exercise more, eat less, count calories, drink shakes, join Weight Watchers…and the list goes on and on. I’ve already written an entire post on why I hate the word diet and why they don’t work long-term. You can read all about that here. As I was finishing my last nutrition lesson before the end of school, I found myself … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Blog: On Friendship (and a Giveaway)

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Two years ago, on the eve of the Worcester Half Marathon, I sat with Pam in her dining room and we published our first post. Now, two years later things are much different. I’m about 750-miles away from Pam, as I sit in front of my computer in North Carolina. I could write about a lot of different things but instead, I’m choosing to write about friendship and the importance of it in our lives. Bear with me for some history here…. Almost five years ago, Lil One was born and I decided that I … [Read more...]

The #1 overlooked component to weight loss

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I know you. You’ve tried every fad diet there is. You’ve counted points, calories, fat grams, drank meal replacement shakes, taken supplement pills, wrapped yourself, eaten less (gotta control those portions), or skipped meals altogether. You’ve tried the gym, yoga, P90X, 30DS, walking, or even training for road races. None of it works…long term. Sure maybe you lose a few pounds in the beginning but the weight eventually creeps right back to where you started and sometimes, although you don’t … [Read more...]

Hearty Sausage Chowder

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Hands down this is one of my favorite soup/chowder recipes I have ever made. I mean you know a recipe has to be good when your husband refers to it as “your famous” chowder. This recipe is so good that my 7 year-old son actually hugged me after dinner and thanked me for making it! How sweet is that?! He then told me that I had to put it on the blog. So I am doing as I was told. :-) I’ve been on a bit of a mission to get my kids to eat a wider variety of vegetables. My kids' vegetable … [Read more...]

Hello From the Abyss…

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Just thought I'd write a quick mobile post while sitting in the passenger seat of our car on our drive back to Rhodey for the weekend to attend a family function. I've been MIA again...popular theme with me right? Life has been and continues to be totally crazy as we are still settling into our new life down in North Carolina. March and April were pretty much total whirlwinds with packing up and getting our home in Rhode Island ready for the market, moving down and unpacking the new house in … [Read more...]

Bored with Breakfast? Try Grain-Free Hot Cereal.

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One of the biggest complaints I hear when switching to a paleo nutrient-dense whole foods approach to eating is that breakfast becomes difficult & boring due to the overconsumption of eggs in the beginning. Boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, crust-less Quiche, egg muffins, frittatas, etc. How many different ways can we eat eggs for breakfast? Once I expanded my palate and began eating leftovers for breakfast, my breakfast boredom subsided. Chicken salad casserole for breakfast, why … [Read more...]

Bacon & Chive Deviled Eggs-more than just an Easter staple.

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I know Easter is over. But these deviled eggs came out so good I had to share the recipe. Brent loves deviled eggs so I always make them for him on Easter. When I think of eggs I think of bacon, it’s a fact. So I decided to change-up my usual recipe and I wasn’t disappointed. These eggs would be a great menu item for a cookout, a brunch, a baby or wedding shower, or honestly just as a portable breakfast for work. You could also dice up the eggs whole and make it into egg salad.  Aside from … [Read more...]