Starting Something New - Some Big News!

Starting Something New - Some Big News!

Hi there, friend.  It’s certainly been a little while since I have given you the love and attention you deserve, via recipes, photography, fit-tips, and witticisms, but I’m starting to pull myself back to the blogging world little by little.

I took a little unannounced hiatus for a couple reasons.  One is that I moved.  I’m taking a bit of a journey by stepping out of my comfort zone and am trying out a new place.  And sometimes, when that happens, normal life gets thrown out of whack.  You know what I mean?

The other reason for my disappearance is actually quite exciting. 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate Crust

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate Crust

Happy Birthday!

In my family, it’s basically birthdays all around this weekend.  My dad’s birthday is today, the U.S.A.’s is tomorrow, and my mom’s is the next day.  The fireworks celebration between my parents’ birthdays has always seemed very fun and appropriate.  Well, when the rain doesn’t come down and keep the fireworks from happening, anyway!

Unfortunately, for the last few years, I have been unable to visit my parents on their birthdays, so the holiday hasn’t felt quite as celebratory in a while.  What I’m happy about this year? I’m actually...

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Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Am I the only one who thinks food should look good? 

Yeah, I know – what kind of question is that, anyway?  Of course I’m not the only one.  I’m sure you wouldn’t be reading a food blog if you didn’t like the way food looks in pictures and you want to make appealing food, too!  But even when you’re at home by yourself, not trying to impress anyone with your culinary masterpieces… don’t you still prefer to eat something that looks good?

Sure, you’ll never get a bowl of plain cereal to look much different than, well, a bowl of cereal, but that’s beside the point.  Even when I’m by myself, as long as I have enough light to see – and I haven’t had a power outage in a long time, thank goodness – I love making my food colorful and tasty-looking.

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Hollie – Get Fit Realistically!

Hollie – Get Fit Realistically!

Recently, I wrote a healthy-baking swap guide for my friend Hollie’s blog, over at Muscles and Munchkins!  She is super awesome – a mom, fitness instructor, marathon runner, and a blogger!  She also has a lot of awesome tips and a fantastic perspective on how to be fit and healthy, the right way. 

Now, it’s a fact.  We can’t argue this.  We should always try to find a balance between what we eat and what we do physically to be healthy.  It’s really never one or the other!  So Hollie is here to help you all get a sense of how you can stick to your physical fitness goals, no matter who you are.  Listen up!

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