Jun
08

I’m a firm believer that every BBQ or party should have at least a few healthy choices available for guests to nosh on. No one wants to show up and only be served mayo-loaded potato salad, overly salted potato chips, hot dogs, cake from the grocery store and cantaloupe that tastes like it’s out of a GMO factory.

Okay, maybe those are only the parties I’ve been to. Whomp whomp.

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Jun
06

Good morning! I’m headed to Boston today to hang out with Sarah for a few days before we depart to Europe. Seriously feeling exciting, anxious and thankful to have this experience. I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, but even better when it’s on a small cruise ship hitting up Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.

Bucket list item, for sure.

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Jun
02

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were always my favorite candy as a kid. Classic case of nostalgia.

During Halloween I’d go through my bag and pick out all Reese’s and set them aside for extra special treat days. I had to savor them because Mom didn’t buy Reese’s often. When Easter came along and Reese’s eggs were popular, I was allowed to have exactly one. I cherished that Reese’s egg with my entire soul.

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May
23

Tony got me a wonderful ice cream maker for my birthday last December and I finally put it to good use with this absolutely amazing vegan wild blueberry lavender coconut ice cream.

The first time I ever had lavender ice cream was at Jeni’s here in Chicago. It was a marvelous wildberry lavender flavor that was bright purple, sweet, floral and uber creamy. Probably one of my favorite ice creams that I’ve ever had. During the summertime, fruity ice creams are where it’s at.

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May
18

Meet my favorite new brownie. Trust me, it’s an important introduction. It’s kind of like when you meet your soulmate and want to make sure your friends all approve. This brownie situation is similar; I really, really hope you all approve. How could you not? They’re freaking fantastic fudgy almond flour brownies! Too many f words?

When was the last time you had a brownie anyway? I’m talking about a rich, fudgy brownie that talks to sweetly your soul and warms your heart with love. One that you need a big glass of milk for.

Those are exactly these kind of brownies.

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May
15

It was my Mom’s birthday last week and unfortunately I couldn’t be with her. Living apart from your mom seems to get harder the older you get. Lucky for me, I’m going to visit her next month!

To make up for lost time, I plan on making her this stir fry and a fresh cherry pie (her favorite!). I can just imagine Mom licking the plate clean; she loves peanut sauce. Yep, being peanut butter lover is a family trait.

Except for Dad, who really didn’t like anything peanut butter. LIKE WHAT?

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Apr
06

It always feels exceptional to wake up and notice banana bread sitting on the counter waiting to be devoured. You know it’s going to be even better than it was the first day, if that’s even possible. Yet you tell yourself you’ll have it later, perhaps for an afternoon treat.

Shortly after you open the pantry and peer into the fridge, you realize you’re absolutely having that banana bread for breakfast. There’s no stopping you. You’re craving it NOW.

That was my situation last week and it ended with me enjoying two thick slices with peanut butter on top. Plus a few fresh strawberries, chia seeds and huge chunks of dark chocolate. Because antioxidants, right?

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Mar
17

My mom filled my Easter basket to the brim with treats until I was in high school. Suddenly when I was 16, she decided that I no longer qualified to receive Easter goodies from this so called bunny. At first I thought she was kidding! This was a tradition, wasn’t it?

I suppose I figured that for the rest of my life, Mom would be there to drop off an Easter basket filled with my favorite jelly beans and chocolate eggs that no one ever eats (unless they’re Reese’s eggs of course).

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Mar
14

If you lived with me, you’d know that I almost always have to end each meal (or the night) with a little something sweet. I have a feeling that we’re very similar in our fondness for better-for-you treats, am I right?!

All I know is that I can’t feel confident and slam down an extra large blizzard or cherry dipped cone all the time.

I’m also sensing that I might be craving DQ here. Haven’t had a Dilly in wayyyy too long.

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