It’s a Smoothie Day!

  Smoothie days are the best days at our house! This Green Drank is a quick and easy to make. I've had it for breakfast countless times and sometimes even after a small dinner to keep me full, curb my sweet tooth, and to get those last minute veggies and fruit servings in.  This recipe is

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Chickpea Salad.

Sometimes the last thing I want to do before bed is make my lunch. This recipe came together pretty quickly, while I was waiting for dinner to finish simmering one night. It's really a hodge podge of stuff from my fridge and pantry but the flavors seem to come together nicely, making a satisfying, 2

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15 Carry On Essentials

As I'm gearing up for my trip to Cape Town, I thought I'd share with you some of my carry on essentials. Most of these items, if not all, are for trips of any duration, but I hope this inspires folks to book some amazing international getaways! 1) Big Bag.  You want your carry-on bag to be

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Blushed + Beeswax

Blushed is officially heating up! We will be creating a small line of fragrant candles, with hints of floral, woody, and spicy notes. Before the first scents are revealed, I wanted to share some background on the candles we'll be creating. The three most produced candles out there right now are paraffin, soy, and beeswax. You can walk

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Carmel Chicken

This recipe is OH SO GOOD. A fantastic find from the past holiday issue of Bon Appétit, I have been saving this recipe for a special occasion, but after holding onto it for months, I decided why wait? Isn't every dinner is a special occasion? Well...it certainly should be. The original recipe calls for chicken thighs and legs,

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Mozzarella & Marinara Egg Bake.

Let me start off by saying, eggs are fantastic. Fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached, I'll eat 'em all!  Wanting to shake things up on a slow morning, I decided to whip up a couple of egg bakes. I had been craving them since my trip to Seattle last fall. Brunch at the Fat Hen in Seattle's

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Gluten-Free Cornbread.

It's March! The beginning of a new season, March Madness, National Waffle Day (yes, that's real), and my birthday :) what's not to love about the month?! To ring in the month, I spent the day cooking up a storm - egg bakes, cauliflower chowder, and.....cornbread!  I've never been a huge fan of cornbread, but

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So long February.

We're at the end of February! I feel like it's been ages since the year started but thankfully,there is so much of 2015 still left! This month I've cooked up a storm, checked out a new band, explored Tiburon, worked a sweat (ahhhhh SoulCycle), watched the Patriots win the Superbowl (like I ever thought they'd lose.....sorry,

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Almond Praline Chocolate Rochers.

Typically I'm pretty good about rationing myself with sweets, but I'm just about eating, breathing, and dreaming chocolate right now. I blame it on Girl Scout cookie season being in full swing. Thin Mints. A box of Thin Mints triggered my demise. Valentine's Day certainly didn't help either. December is typically when I go off the

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Sweet Ginger Salmon.

Seafood has always been welcome on my plate. Some of my favorite childhood dishes consisted of shrimp, salmon, and white fish. I have a great appreciation for fish and shellfish, with salmon being one of my favorites - baked, fried, smoked, or grilled! Packed with nutritional value, the oily fish, in some moderation of course, can be a fantastic part of

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Friday Favorites.

1) 2015 New York Fashion Week with Marc Jacobs       The last bow for NYFW came from Marc Jacobs this year, with the designer streaming the show live online. In my opinion, the collection was excellent; 12 minutes of shine, sheer, and sparkle adorned models (close to 50? I lost count), trotting down the runway in

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Alamere Falls.

Last month, I went up to Bolinas to hike Alamere Falls. Several friends had recommended the trail, gushing about how beautiful the hike was. After experiencing it myself, I can safely say it is more than just beautiful, it is spectacular. Really a hike that reminds you of how amazing California is. With endless views of the ocean and lush forestry,

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Cauliflower Mash.

Searching for a quick, hearty, AND healthy side dish for dinner? Well, cauliflower mash is it! A lot of people refer to this dish as "mock" mashed potatoes, but I prefer to keep them separate. Both are very satisfying, but also very different in taste, texture, and smell. The first time I made this dish, I

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Ramen at Home.

Before I moved to San Francisco, my idea of ramen consisted of packets of Maruchan Ramen that you can buy for basically pennies. A college staple, these easy-to-make and cheap packets of ramen are riddled with sodium, monosodium glutamate (MSG), preservatives, and countless other mystery ingredients.  The first time I tried real ramen was at Ramen

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Friday Favorites.

1) 3 Bean Carrot-Spinach Soup from Food Fashion Party       I'm a big fan of lentils. They are tasty in soups, stews, salads, so much. This looks like a great soup, full of lentils and vegetables, all infused in Indian spices.  Image via Food Fashion Party 2) Dior Addict Lip Glow from Dior       I finally tried

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Tomato Basil Soup.

Soup is one the top foods I crave. I could eat it for days. Canned soup is a simple way to satisfy cravings, however, homemade soup is the best. This winter, I’ve made tons of soup, from a creamy butternut squash to chili. In the mood to go back to the basics for dinner, I made a

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Chicken Sausage & Rice.

My visiting friends have just left, one off to Tahoe and the other off to Los Angeles, leaving the house much too quiet for me. Over the course of their visit, we made it to Half Moon Bay, Sausalito, Bolinas, and of course, all around San Francisco. Showing them around was a welcome reminder of how stunning the

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Friday Favorites.

A quick collection from other bloggers, publications, and retailers, here are a few of my favorite discoveries from this week! 1) Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Annie Leibovitz, Feb 2010 from Vogue      So many memorable photos have come from Vogue over the years, all of which are available in the magazine's online archive that spans

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Wonton Soup.

The weather in San Francisco has been incredible these past few days...70 degrees in January incredible.... One of my favorite things to eat in warm weather is soup. I know it sounds strange, but I love soup even more during the summer than I do in the winter.  So after a walk home that typically

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Friday Favorites.

 1) Make Your Own Natural Beeswax Candles from DIY Natural       Candle making is something I have been really interested in lately. DIY Natural has the most comprehensive and informative write-up on candle making I’ve come across, even tells you where you can find some of the materials necessary! 2) Coastal Trail to Alamere Falls

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Mussels in a White Wine Sauce.

This past week has been a bit of a fantastic blur with a few of my closest friends, Vicky and Susan, in town visiting. Many laughs and smiles were shared over drinks, food, and around fireplaces all over the Bay Area.  Vicky, a wonderful cook and owner of Avocado Pesto and A Couple Travelers, both successful

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Blueberry Thyme Jam, Personalized!

As I've said before, I'm a total sucker for jam. I can't get enough of it. Making jam is so easy, however, preserving can be a little tricky, but is definitely a must for anyone that wants to make jam. Most recipes yield far too much jam to simply jar and keep in the fridge. You'll

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Friday Favorites.

 1) NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red from NARS Cosmetics      It's back! Last year, NARS released limited edition Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Mysterious Red. It basically flew off the shelves, but I was lucky enough to snag one of the last ones from the Fillmore location in SF. It is the perfect crimson red matte

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Blueberry Crumb Bars.

This is another great recipe from Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitten - Blueberry Crumb Bars! These deliciously, sweet and simple bars are a crowd pleaser, I promise. A word of advice from Deb, they are definitely easier to cut once chilled. It can get real messy to cut these right after they come out of the oven, or

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Hello 2015.

With the fresh start the new year brings, I have been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish this year, as I'm sure many of you are doing as well. Rachel Gadiel, writer of Nourish, a lifestyle blog, wrote 8 statements that make up her "manifesto" for 2015. It's Rachel's way to create

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Goodbye 2014.

Well it is the end of 2014. It has been quite a year for me – full of ups and downs. From switching jobs, being happily covered in Splenda, making new friends, spending some of the summer in Barcelona, truly one of the most beautiful cities of the world, thankfully the ups greatly out numbered

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Holiday Eats.

December is in full swing! The past couple of weeks have been pretty hectic with holiday parties, Christmas shopping, gift exchanges, tree decorating, and working out to hedge against maybe half of the inevitable pounds gained consuming butter-smeared sweet and savory treats.   Days after returning from Tahoe, where I had a fantastic Thanksgiving with some lovely

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A Weekend in Seattle.

"Take Only Memories, Leave Nothing But Footprints" - Chief Seattle Known for rain, coffee, markets, and Sleepless in Seattle of course, Seattle is a fantastic city. It's a city that I've always wanted to visit, even more so after moving to California. With a spur of the moment opportunity to visit Seattle falling into my

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Strawberry Balsamic Jam.

“Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself”  -Anonymous I adore jam. On toast, crackers, cheese, or even just by the spoonful (I know…). I love how jam is not only delicious by itself, but also a fantastic addition to many recipes, sweet and savory. This year, I’ll

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US Half Marathon.

Another year, another half marathon. I never thought I’d run a half marathon in my life. Never had the urge to at least. Then, out of the blue, I thought why not? Living in San Francisco, I had witnessed numerous races and always loved how friends, family, and even strangers, tirelessly cheered on the runners.

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Why?

As I’ve slowly been telling people that I’m starting a blog, I’ve been asked the same question over and over, why? Being so far away from many of my friends and family, I’m hoping this becomes a way to stay in touch, letting my loved ones experience a piece of my life in San Francisco.

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