Meal Planning: Week of April 14th

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Hi friends! I am having problems with my photo editing software so I can't upload any photos until I get the issue resolved (and yes I could use other programs like iPhoto, which I might have to do in a pinch but I prefer to wait). So bear with me this week as there might not be any new recipes with photos :( I decided to go back to my usual meal planning method this week because my mom is in town and sometimes winging it, like we have been doing, causes more problems such as hungry, cranky children. It's grilling weather for sure here in the Pacific Northwest- sunny and in the 60s. … [Read more...]


Marinated Three Bean Salad

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Hello friends! Quick visit today as I take a break from Spring Break activities- the elementary schools here in Washington (state) have their break so late here, but the weather is truly spring-like so I am happy! Here is the scenario, it's Saturday afternoon and someone invites you to a BBQ dinner for the following evening. You are not able to get the grocery store but you really want to contribute a dish. What do you bring? Well if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer this is the perfect answer! I wasn't sure if it would be a hit, but this three bean salad turned out very tasty … [Read more...]


Ham and Veggie Crustless Quiche

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese. I remember the first time I made this crustless quiche, it was dinnertime and we lived in Austin. I wanted something light and healthy so I decided to make a quiche without the heavy crust (which I do love by the way but not the healthiest part of the dish). It baked up perfect without a crust and paired with a simple salad made a satisfying meal. The secret ingredient in this crustless quiche is cottage cheese. It helps bind everything together while adding extra protein to the dish. What I … [Read more...]


Cross-Training Benefits {Plus Workouts}

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Hi friends! Today I am sharing a couple of workouts and talking about cross-training. Do you do it? Do you know why it's important? When I am training for a running race I tend to limit myself to just running which isn't a good thing. Cross training can definitely be incorporated into a training schedule; it's just a matter of doing it! Cross training is defined as engaging in various sports and exercises especially for well rounded health and muscular development.  Basically it's exercising various parts of the body, other than that of which you are training. So for runners, cross … [Read more...]


Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}

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  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]


Roasted Salmon with Leeks

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Do you ever watch the show Chopped? I went into labor with my third child watching that show. My weekly CSA is much like opening the mystery basket. I don't pay much attention to the emails they send of what's being delivered so it's always a fun surprise. I like to challenge myself to come up with a dinner using something out of the CSA box. No recipe searching, just quick cooking. I had a defrosting piece of salmon waiting to be cooked so knew the leeks would pair perfectly with it. Leeks are relatives of onions and garlic and are absolutely delicious. They look like giant scallions … [Read more...]


Antioxidants 101

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I had a couple recipes lined up this week and they both ended up as big ol' fails. I didn't have time to retry them so I accepted that I just needed to move on. It happens! I am hoping to get some more cooking done this weekend though. So let's take a different approach and have a nutrition lesson. Lets talk about antioxidants. The word gets thrown around a lot in the world of nutrition, but how many people really know what they are and what they do in the body? Antioxidants 101 Our bodies produce free radicals both through natural processes such as breathing and exercising as well as … [Read more...]


Purple Potato Salad

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It looks like delivery subscription services are my thing- I've always loved getting fun mail. So in addition to Stitch Fix, my new obsession is getting my weekly CSA box. It's so fun seeing all these beautiful organic veggies (and some fruit) at my door each week. I also love the challenge of finding out ways to use them. The neat thing is that they send you an email of what is being delivered and they give you enough time to go into the system to make changes. I don't see the need for ever doing that since I like all veggies and really love the variety so far, but it's nice knowing … [Read more...]


Highs and Lows of Running

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Hi friends! Let's talk about running. My mind is all over the place with how I feel about it. Some days running feels amazing, other days I dread it. Last year one of my resolutions was to run a half marathon. Three quarters of the way through the training I injured my foot and had to cancel the race, then I got pregnant. Running a half marathon in 2013 was a no go. I already started planning the one I'd run in 2014 after I had the baby. Well that race is already coming up in May and I am not sure how I feel about it. There are days that I really want to meet my goal of running it in under … [Read more...]


Cooking With Kids & Resurrection Cookies

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The kitchen has always been the center of our home. My parent's kitchen has always been THE place to congregate- there is a huge island and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to their backyard. Whenever I go home, cooking dinner with extending family is what we do. The wine is poured, the appetizers are out and dinner in progress. It's always such a lovely time. Those face-to-face conversations in the kitchen are priceless and always flow so naturally over cooking food. Because of growing up with a focus on the kitchen as a place to gather, I love getting my children involved in … [Read more...]