Peach Shortbread Tart

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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

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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

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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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Mar 27

An Attitude of Gratitude


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

 

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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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Strawberry Lemonade

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There’s nothing that beats homemade lemonadeexcept adding strawberries to the mix!
I’ve recreated a childhood favorite, added fresh strawberries and just enough sweetness to make this your new favorite summer drink.

 

Strawberry Lemonade
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Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 8 fl. oz | Calories: 78 | Total Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 10 mg | Carbohydrates: 10.3 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 9.9 g | Protein: 0.2 g
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 mins
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 mins
Strawberry Lemonade
Print Recipe
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 8 fl. oz | Calories: 78 | Total Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 10 mg | Carbohydrates: 10.3 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 9.9 g | Protein: 0.2 g
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 mins
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 mins
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice tops from strawberries, discard. Add strawberries, agave and lemon juice to a blender and pulse until strawberries are liquid.
  2. Strain juice through a sieve if you prefer most of the pulp be removed.
  3. Pour juice into a 1/2 gallon pitcher, add slices of lemon.
  4. Fill the rest of the pitcher with chilled water. Don't over fill the pitcher, add just enough to make 1/2 gallon.
  5. Garnish sides of glasses with a lemon slice and half of a strawberry. Also, try adding a few sliced strawberries to the pitcher. This is such a pretty drink!
  6. Pour over ice and enjoy!
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Dreamy Vanilla Cupcakes ~ Vegan and Gluten Free

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These cupcakes are super dreamy. They are moist, fluffy and perfectly sweet. Infused with vanilla and loaded with sprinkles. They are topped with fluffy buttercream. Awesomely shareable & a bit addictive.

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Dec 19

Last Minute Holiday Shopping? Research Suggests Money Can Buy Happiness!

We’ve all heard the phrase: “money can’t buy happiness”.
But, what if it can?

New research shows that there just may be a way to buy a little slice of happiness with even a small amount of money. *Hint: The secret is in HOW you spend it.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Gingerbread, eggnog, pumpkin spice….

Whenever seasonal lattes roll out at national coffee chains, we feel strangely drawn to try them. But disappointment looms…. primarily because, we crave the nutrients that those delicious smells impart, when they are naturally prepared. Unfortunately, they are flavored, almost entirely, with aritificial ingredients, and therefore, not supplying us with the anticipated, REAL treat.

Being the foodie that I am, I scoured all sorts of media to find some good recipes.  Here is the pumpkin spice latte recipe that I enjoyed most. I’ve adapted it, to suit my tastes.
Enjoy!

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