10 Benefits of Cinnamon

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  The Benefits of Cinnamon The simple spice, cinnamon, comes from the bark of trees of the genus Cinnamomum.  It is dried and ground into the wonderfully aromatic powder that seasons so many foods and beverages.  What we tend to neglect, however, is all the wonderful ways that cinnamon can benefit us in our daily lives.  Here are 10 ways we can use cinnamon to give us a boost or help us heal. Cinnamon is an Anti-Inflammatory: Cinnamon is high {Read More}

14 Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes All Rounded Up!

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I am so excited about Thanksgiving this year!!!!  I will be taking the day off to relax and recharge.  I  will be spending the day with my mom, husband and kiddos.  What could be better?  I don’t know…maybe the fact that I am getting a TURKEY this year!  My mom is making the turkey.  Which means, we will have LOTS of leftovers.  I am not sure what I am more excited about, the Turkey or the leftovers. Well, here is {Read More}

Superfoods: Chia Seed Cookies

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Chia Seed Cookies

  Chia Seed Cookies… What? Chia seeds are one of those superfoods I talked about in a post a few days ago.  They are an odd little seed.  When you soak them in water, they turn into a gelatinous goo that has some pretty awesome nutritional properties.  High in fiber, chia seeds fill you up without adding a lot of calories to your diet. Chia seeds are commonly added to smoothies to add bulk, nutrition, and protein.  And yes, they {Read More}

Superfoods: The Lowdown

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    Superfoods – What They Are You hear the term a lot around the internet and tv: superfoods.  Everyone from Dr. Oz to The Doctors is talking about them and how we need to be eating more of them.  But WHAT are they?  Well, like many things, the definition of what is a “superfood” depends on who you ask, but it gets down to one basic idea.  Superfoods are foods that have few calories, but are packed with essential {Read More}

Superfood: Summer Quinoa Salad

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Summer Quinoa Salad

  Summer Quinoa Salad for a Refreshing Dinner With summer starting up, it’s time to start thinking about cool meals that are easy to prepare and that don’t heat up the kitchen.  I love to combine several superfoods (check out my Superfoods post!) into one easy salad that takes mere minutes to get ready and leaves me with more than one meal to eat.  A few simple ingredients is all it takes to have a perfect, balanced Summer Quinoa Salad {Read More}

Summer Berry Spritzers

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Summer Berry Spritzers

Summer Berry Spritzers Summer’s here and that means wide variety of fresh berries. From raspberries and blackberries, mulberries to strawberries, and everything in between, berries will start showing up at local markets every day. One of my favorite summertime recipes that utilizes berries is Summer Berry Spritzers. They are a refreshing way to enjoy berries and liven up any table in just minutes. Summer Berry Spritzers look beautiful, and taste bright and delicious. They can be made with any variety {Read More}

Summery Caprese Salad

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Caprese Salad

  Summery Caprese Salad in an Instant Few summer salads are as refreshing and beautiful on the table as a Caprese Salad.  Bright with the colors of beautiful tomatoes and fresh, crisp basil, it’s a beautiful combination in the bowl and on your plate, but it’s an even better blend of bold, spicy, and mild on your tongue.  I grow a variety of tomatoes in my garden just for this salad, to see all of the colors and flavors come {Read More}

Herbed and Fruited Waters

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Herbed and Fruited Waters

  Herbed and Fruited Waters for a Change of Pace Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to stay hydrated!  But who wants to drink plain boring water?  While it does offer some amazing hydration, it’s, well, plain!  So I’ve been trying out some amazing combinations of flavors, with herbs and fruit, to bring you a great assortment of Herbed and Fruited Waters.  There are so many ways you can use what’s in your herb garden or {Read More}

Beggar’s Stew – A Healthy Weeknight Alternative

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Beggar's Stew

  Beggar’s Stew for Easy Dinners Beggar’s Stew is a fast and easy option for dinner any night of the week.  I started making Beggar’s Stew when I had a lot of veggies that were starting to get past their prime but we’re still good and nutritious.   It quickly became a family favorite and is one of the most requested dishes in my house.  You can adapt Beggar’s Stew not only to your family’s tastes and what you have on {Read More}

Passionate Pink Lemonade

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Passionate Pink Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Passionate Pink Lemonade There’s nothing quite as good as a glass of freshly squeezed Passionate Pink Lemonade.  Tart and sweet, the old fashioned flavor is reminiscent of days long gone, sitting on a porch swing and sipping the day away.  Even in the middle of winter, a tall glass of Passionate Pink Lemonade is a fantastic way to rehydrate your body and give it some much needed pep!  Lemons have a lot of great vitamins and minerals such {Read More}

The Perfect Side Dish: Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

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Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Super Simple Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage I was blessed with a family that loves cabbage.  Pan “fried”, in stew, steamed, and even Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage are favorites that are fantastic for your your health and diet.  Cabbage is one of those love it or hate it vegetables, but I have even turned people on to cabbage with my Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage.  One of the best things about it is that you can make it on {Read More}

Cranberry Chutney

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Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney for Winter Meals During the winter, one of my favorite relishes is Cranberry Chutney.  Whether it’s warmed or chilled, it goes well with all my family’s favorite meats during the cooler months.  It’s easy to make and works well as gifts over the holidays too.  Fresh cranberries, apples, pears, and spices blend to make a wonderful Cranberry Chutney that is as beautiful as it is delicious.  A little bit of onion makes the whole thing savory and beyond {Read More}

Gluten Free Chicken Mushroom Swiss Wraps

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Chicken Mushroom Swiss Wraps

Gluten Free Chicken Mushroom Swiss Wraps I love making chicken dishes, and Chicken Mushroom Swiss Wraps are no exception.  They are super easy to make, are ready in less than an hour for an elegant dinner even on a busy weeknight, and they are gluten free!  Even the ingredients are simple, and you can make them ahead for a quick run through the oven and you are ready to go!  Chicken Mushroom Swiss Wraps make a fantastic dinner for your {Read More}

Brownie Bites with a Secret

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  Brownie Bites with a Secret Do you love Brownie Bites?  They are this perfect little dessert that is indulgent but easy on the waistline.  Well, these Brownie Bites have a SECRET!  They are a little healthier than the average brownie bite.  They have all the yumminess of a rich cakey brownie, with the goodness of pumpkin!  Yes, I said it, pumpkin.  No, you don’t taste pumpkin, you only taste the chocolate. One of the other things I love so {Read More}

Weight Loss: A Gift to Myself

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  Weight Loss: A Gift to Myself Weight Loss….Losing Weight….Dieting….Exercise, these are all words and phrases that strike fear in many women.  I started on the journey ALONE (as do most women).  I have tried in the past so many times, and failed.  So, this time, I wasn’t telling anyone what I had planned.  I hated the disappointed sighs I would get when I would fail.  Not this time!  This time, I was bound and determined to do this in {Read More}

Asian Ginger Dressing

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Asian Ginger Dressing

Asian Ginger Dressing for Any Kind of Salad Asian Ginger Dressing is one of the best and simplest dressings you can make. But don’t let that fool you. The flavor of Asian Ginger Dressing is bold and rich, and it goes well not only on a plain salad, but also with tasty morsels such as broiled salmon. It’s wonderful on salads all year round, and the ingredients are easy to come by, even though the flavor is from a far {Read More}

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