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

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

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

Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread + The Secret to Perfectly-Baked Bread

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Earth Day is coming up in just two weeks, so I decided to take my Sunday to make the most of what I had in my kitchen, including spotted bananas. The result truly turned (almost) trash into treasure! I'll let you in on the big bread secret first, then get on with the recipe. Have you ever had a loaf of bread stick to your loaf pan stronger than Kimye sticks to the Hollywood spotlight? This is especially common in low-fat recipes, ...continue reading

Turkey + Hummus Cucumber Sub

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Please forgive me for the unannounced posting hiatus and all-around social media silence over the past couple weeks. In addition to my usual job, fitness classes and freelance projects (have you checked out my stories on Recipe.com yet?), I've been preparing to take my AFAA and NASM exams to become a certified group fitness instructor and a certified personal trainer. Yesterday, I spent 8 hours in a group fitness studio ...continue reading