Top 13 Healthful Bites Posts of 2013

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Happy almost 2014! I hope you all are enjoying wonderful, relaxing celebrations with family and friends. A couple days after my holiday party, I drove to my hometown to see my parents and sisters and to bake, eat, read, relax, join Mom for some workouts, watch movies (go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty!) and unwrap all sorts of running-related gifts. My family knows me well! I've also had fun clicking back through old blog posts ...continue reading

Christmas Dips and Drinks

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Mission holiday party is complete! On Friday, I hosted about 30 close friends for appetizers, drinks and desserts to celebrate the season rather than getting everyone gifts. Greatest idea ever. As you can see, I had an awful time with my girl Bethany and the rest of the crew. :) There were plenty of sweets, including Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Cookies, Gooey Butter Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites and more. And for ...continue reading

Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies

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Happy National Bake Cookies Day! It's very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I've been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration! There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to ...continue reading

Healthy Homemade Apple Butter

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When it comes to nutrition, butter sounds bad, right? Well, not as bad as those much-discussed trans fats, but you get the idea. THIS butter is made with just four ingredients—and none of them are packed with saturated fat. Just the fruits of my apple-picking labor, a couple spices and some lemon juice! Not only is this a surprisingly light condiment, but it's also super-versatile. As you can see below, I've tried it ...continue reading

Cinnamon Maple Bread Stuffed Apples

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A group of friends and I made the trek to a local pick-your-own farm, The Berry Patch, on Friday. It was a crisp fall afternoon—just right for apple harvest! So right that I left with six pounds ($7.50!) of honeycrisp, golden delicious and sweet sixteen apples. Oops. Time to get creative to put all of those picks to good use! I love biting into a plain apple as much as the next girl, but jazzing them up every once in a while is ...continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

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Pumpkin and cinnamon, peppermint and chocolate, peanut butter and jelly...What's your favorite flavor combination? PB&C (peanut butter and chocolate) is one hot combo this time of year, thanks to those ever-popular Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins! Inspired by that Halloween favorite, I set out to make a healthier dessert that was just as sweet and delicious. Could I do it? You be the judge. :) Chocolate Peanut ...continue reading