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

Healthy Single-Serving PB&J Cake

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When I was a kid, "hot lunch" was a steady rotation of rubbery pizza, turkey and gravy over white bread, purple-hued hot dogs and overcooked spaghetti. As a result, my Mom or I packed a brown bag nearly everyday. I can probably count the number of times I bought a hot lunch ticket during my K-8 career on one hand. Since sandwich + fruit or vegetable+ treat (chips, dessert, etc.) was on rotation 180 days per year for nine years, I was ...continue reading

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake

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A recent girlfriend outing to Creme Cupcake's Dessert Lounge left me in dessert ecstasy. A pal and I split an ooey-gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. First of all, how could anything that involves both chocolate and peanut butter be bad?! Second of all, can we talk  about how extravagant lava cakes seem? They arrive looking like a regular single-serving dessert. Then your mind and taste buds are blown as soon as you take ...continue reading