Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars

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Happy Father's Day—to my amazing dad and all of the other irreplaceable papas out there! In honor of the holiday, I baked you (and him) a treat. :) Since I couldn't be there in person to celebrate the holiday with my dad, I sent a batch of this dessert his way. It's includes some of his favorite snacks, peanuts, pretzels and chocolate. And who doesn't love a bar cookie? This recipe turned out to be the perfect gift for my dad in ...continue reading

Healthified Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Little in life says, "Thank you," "I appreciate you" or "welcome to the neighborhood," than freshly baked goodies. Don't you think (and agree with this quote from Buzzfeed)? As a sign of gratitude for my co-workers who covered duties while I was away in Iceland, I baked up a big batch of cookies. These were not just basic cookies, mind you. With summer just coming into full swing, I decided to share s'mores-inspired cookies!Taking ...continue reading

The Adventurous Girl’s Guide to Iceland: 9 Things to Do, Eat + See

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First things first, if you haven't been to Iceland, I have three words for you: "Just do it." The breathtaking scenery that makes you feel like you're stepping into a painting... The amazing mix of geological quirks (from very long or very short days and ginormous glaciers to hot geothermal springs and active volcanoes) you're likely to come across only in Iceland... The how-can-they-make-something-so-simple-so-delicious ...continue reading

Roasted Banana + Berry Whole-Wheat Bread

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! First of all, I must apologize for my long, unannounced absence. I'm blessed that my spring schedule became packed with neat opportunities and fun events (teaching a new fitness class, helping with charity events, writing more freelance stories), and my poor little blog sat quiet as a result. But I'm back and have a delicious holiday recipe to share as a mea culpa! OK, that doesn't look ...continue reading

Race Recap: 2014 Hy-Vee Road Races 10K

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Public service announcement of the day: Watch what you eat before a race! The threatening storms threw a bit of a question mark in the plans for the Hy-Vee Road Races and the Drake Relays, as did the dinner I had the night prior. I've never really experienced stomach issues during a race before, but I also never had African food 12 hours pre-run. Message received that I should not do that again, body! It was almost as silly of a ...continue reading

Homemade Vanilla + Vanilla Stevia

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I may have found a new signature cocktail. You see, I'm very much a red wine girl (if I drink at all), but sometimes the situation isn't quite right to say, "Pinot, please!" (See: Most sports bars, a dance club, etc.) My old M.O. was to order some variation of vodka and club soda, until I was recently introduced to the awesomeness that is the Moscow Mule. The classy cocktail uses the same mild-flavored alcohol, but mixes it with lime ...continue reading