January 2017 Favorites

January 2017 Favorites

(This is not a sponsored post.  However, this post does contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale.  Whether or not you choose to shop through them, I really appreciate how you’ve taken the time to visit my site!)   Happy February! My household (the kids, that is) have been plagued by sickness for nearly three weeks now.  We’ve seen strep, ear infections, and now a stomach bug.  Being mostly confined to home (with the exception of some...

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The best thing I’ve had to eat lately & cookbook recommendation

The best thing I’ve had to eat lately & cookbook recommendation

Yes, I am blogging about soup…again. I don’t know what it is about butternut squash soup specifically, but I have craved it consistently with all three pregnancies. As you probably know by now, I keep the butternut squash by Trader Joe’s in my pantry at all times and even included it on my list of top foods to try from the store. But last week, my dad turned me into a butternut squash soup snob. Over the course of the past few years, he has really developed a love and talent for cooking and has introduced me to many...

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13 ways to make yummy tasting zoodles

13 ways to make yummy tasting zoodles

Hi! If you read my July Favorites, you know that I have been eating zoodles (zucchini zoodles) like mad lately. Despite the cheesy name, they can be so delicious, and they are also quick, easy, healthy, and inexpensive to make. While any spiralizer will do when turning the zucchinis into zoodles, I use a little contraption called a Veggetti because it involves no set up, works extremely fast, and is easy to clean.  It has actually become a kitchen necessity- ranking right up there with my Vitamix and Kitchen Aid mixer- although it was just a...

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6 oils to start using today for health & beauty

6 oils to start using today for health & beauty

I am a big fan of adding certain oils to my diet and using them in my beauty routine.  They are a relatively inexpensive, natural, nontoxic, and usually very easy to find in stores.  Many oils even fight inflammation and dry skin- two things that I battle constantly- so it is no wonder that I like to use them. You are probably more than familiar with popular oils, such as olive oil and probably even coconut oil, but hopefully, I will familiarize you with a few more today! Note: Choose organic and cold pressed oils whenever possible...

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The best thing I’ve had to eat lately: Grilled cedar plank salmon

The best thing I’ve had to eat lately: Grilled cedar plank salmon

You’d probably come up with 1,000 links to previous posts if you searched the word “salmon” on this blog, which really, probably isn’t much of an exaggeration. You all know that I have a major thing for salmon. After MT bought a Traeger Pellet Grill, he offered to grill my salmon, but I was a little hesitate to hand over the salmon-making duties.  I mean, I’ve always baked my salmon in the oven or pan-fried it, and I have always been more than content.  Why mess with a good thing, right? (Total side note: If...

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Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad (Just like the one from Panera Bread!)

Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad (Just like the one from Panera Bread!)

I have been really into the strawberry poppyseed & chicken salad from Panera Bread lately. Like, I wake up thinking about it and order it nearly every day for lunch or dinner. That habit it neither convenient nor economical, so I decided to recreate the salad at home.  Believe it or not, my salad turned out to be almost exactly the same!  It is also really simple with very few ingredients. If you don’t live near a Panera, you won’t have to miss out on this delicious salad, which, by the way, is seasonal.  And if...

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