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Photo Dump

November 18, 2014 2 comments

Sharing a big ol’ photo dump from my iphone! I haven’t done this in awhile, so I am ready to catch you up on what I’ve been up to. Travis and I have talked about doing monthly dinner parties at our apartment forever now, but we finally got around to it. We hosted a Mediterranean-themed dinner party and invited over four of our friends. We cooked the main meal and our […]

Maple Chili Popcorn

November 11, 2014 0 comments
Maple Chili Popcorn

I remember growing up, every holiday season my dad would receive a massive tub of popcorn from work. The tub was divided into three delicious flavors: butter, caramel, and cheese. Given that I’ve always had a sweet tooth, the caramel was my favorite – I could eat myself sick with that stuff. Now that I try to keep a (much) healthier diet, snacks like that caramel popcorn don’t typically make it […]

Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan-Shallot Crisps

November 7, 2014 2 comments
Butternut Squash Soup

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have spotted this Butternut Squash Soup over the weekend. Travis has been under the weather for a few days now, so I wanted to make something warm and comforting for him. I love butternut squash soup, but I was looking for a way to enhance the flavors of the soup and differentiate it a bit. These parmesan-shallot crisps do just the trick! […]

Extra Crispy Roasted Potatoes

November 4, 2014 3 comments
Crispy Roasted Potatoes

I have this thing about regular potatoes that if they aren’t cooked extra crispy (I mean borderline charred), I really don’t care for them. To me, baked potatoes and mashed potatoes are just so boring (I know, I am crazy!). It must be a texture thing. Travis, on the other hand, loves potatoes, so if I make them, I always try to roast the bejesus out of them to make […]

Meal Prep Recipe Roundup

October 29, 2014 0 comments
Cardamom Granola

Every weekend, I meal prep at least one recipe for the work week. Meal prepping is great for people with busy schedules (ahem, all of us!) because you can simply grab and go meals and snacks when you’re on the run. It is also perfect for constantly hungry people (me!!) because there is always something healthy in the fridge for me to eat, so I don’t have to turn to junk food. […]

Chickpea and Chicken Sausage Minestrone Soup

October 17, 2014 3 comments
Chicken and Chickpea Sausage Minestrone Soup

It’s getting to be that time of the year where all you want to do after work is cozy up with something warm. Even though the nighttime weather is only hitting the low 60’s in LA recently, I still find myself craving warmer meals. This Chickpea and Chicken Sausage Minestrone Soup came out of a desire to make a hearty soup, but pack it with a protein, so that it would […]

5 Tips to Help You Workout in the Morning

October 13, 2014 2 comments

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know I prefer to workout in the morning, as opposed to after work. When I first began a full-time job after college, I tried to workout after work, but I kept skipping my workouts because I was too tired or I’d make alternate plans. I quickly realized that if I was going to get all of my workouts in, I would have […]

Thai Celery Salad

October 7, 2014 2 comments
Thai Celery Salad

We eat a lot of salads in our house, but it seems like we are always reaching for the same old ingredients. Last week I was craving a large bowl of leafy greens, but unfortunately the lettuce in our fridge had gone bad. We still had a whole lot of other green “things,” so I decided to throw together this salad, using celery and cilantro as the base. Given my […]

Weekend Photos

September 30, 2014 2 comments

I’m stopping in this morning to share a few pictures I snapped on my phone this weekend. Travis was away on business, so it was just Bessie and me holding down the fort. Since you all know how much Bessie likes sending text messages, she insisted on taking a few selfies to send to her daddy. Of course, I obliged. What a little camera hog she is! I had a […]

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa

September 26, 2014 3 comments
Strawberry and Avocado Salsa

In an effort to clean out my fridge this weekend, I created this INCREDIBLE strawberry and avocado salsa. Travis and I love making a mango-avocado salsa to serve on top of tilapia or halibut, but strawberries were the only fruit I had left in the fridge this time. In all honesty, the strawberries I had on hand were a little too ripe (borderline squishy), but I knew it wouldn’t matter for a salsa. […]

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