Jan 02

Intentions for the New Year and New Decade


I adore the beginning of a new year. It is full of so much excitement and potential. It is a great time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the coming one.

When setting our goals and intentions, we can rattle off a list of some things in our head, usually about our weight or being less stressed. This is one way to start the year off, or we can be deliberate about setting our intentions. Putting a little time and thought into the process yields far better results. Here is what I am doing. Take some time to get the benefit from these or your version of these steps.

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Sweet Potato Pie Bites

Sweet Potato Bites

These Sweet Potato Pie Bites are a family favorite. I made them for Thanksgiving one year, and my husband and son couldn’t get enough of them.  My son eats them all year round.  We use goat cheese but you can play around with the combinations.  I like blue cheese crumbles with chopped walnuts, as well as this version. These are seriously yummy! 

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Nov 10

An Attitude of Gratitude


Gratitude is good for your mental health. 

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what a person receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude or thankfulness, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, they usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, being thankful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves— whether to other people, nature or a higher power.

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Pumpkin Walnut Bread with Oat Flour


This bread is incredibly moist, beautifully spiced and full of pumpkin flavor. Accented with warm spices like cinnamon, plus a touch of earthy nutmeg and clove, dreamy coconut oil, and vanilla too. It’s not too oaty. The walnuts give it a lovely crunch, and the maple glaze.. divine!

The oat flour is so easy to make, you just blend oats until they resemble a flour-like texture. They create a beautiful depth of flavor in the bread.


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Tom Yum Soup

TomYum copy

This extremely tasty and healthy dish, is the version my husband finessed, after returning from Thailand.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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Peach Shortbread Tart



Is there anything that smells better than a ripe peach? I think not. The California peach season is in full swing and this Peach Shortbread Tart is a fun and delicious change from the traditional pie.

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Jun 05

Happiness Pie

Happiness Pie

Everyone wants to be happy, but what is happiness?…..

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Edible Flower Spring Rolls


Using Edible Flowers 
in your party desserts, drinks, salads and even main dishes adds a unique element to your celebration. They add color, elegance, a bit of whimsy, and also have an interesting range of tastes.

Search for what is in season in your area – your local farmers’ market is a great source for finding out what is available and they’ll often have much more variety than the grocery store. Always ask vendors how their flowers are grown (you don’t want to eat flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides!). You can also order edible flowers (fresh or crystallized, which are great for using atop desserts) from several sites online (Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, Marx Foods, Food Innovations).

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Edible Flower Ice Cubes


Beautify your beverages with….

these delightful ice cubes made with edible flowers. What could be more festive? Too pretty to eat? But you CAN use beautiful edible flowers for your ice cubes and drinks.

They are perfect for summer get-togethers. Whether it’s a ladies night in, bridal shower, or Mother’s Day tea, these floral cubes will keep your drinks cold and bump up your party host cred.

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Peach Almond Shortcake ~ with Coconut Whipped Cream (Paleo, GF)



Starting off the week with shortcake . . .

is always a good idea. Especially if they’re amazingly satisfying and healthy.

What’s not to love about this light summer dessert? It is a favorite of mine. I believe it was this seasonal dessert that got me liking peaches when I was a kid.

These flavorful shortcakes are SO simple, grain and gluten free, and taste even better than the shortcake I grew up with. They are moist and have the slightest sweetness to them…perfect for the dessert-ifying. Here, with the addition of sweetened peaches and coconut whipped cream, they are worthy of my top 2 desert spot!


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