• Fab Food & Drinks

    Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf

    This light loaf is the perfect addition to your Sunday morning coffee. It’s light, yet rich and lemony too! You could also add a blueberry compote with a scoop of ice cream and serve it for dessert! Yum, Yum! Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Ingredients 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 1/2 granulated sugar 2 eggs 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup coconut oil zest of 1 large lemon (add more if you want a pucker!) 3/4 vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups greek yogurt 1 cup fresh blueberries (if using frozen, thaw before adding and drain out water) Grease a loaf pan and set aside. In…

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    Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

    These cookies are perfect for Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or any “tines” day! Cake-like, full of flavor, and fun to make, bet you can’t just eat one! Makes 20 cookies  Ingredients 1 1/3 cups flour 3 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder  1/4 tsp baking soda  1/4 tsp salt 1/3 cup brown Sugar 1/3 cup white sugar  1/4 cup butter (room temperature)  2 eggs 2 1/2 tsp vanilla  1 tsp red food coloring  1/4 cup powdered sugar  In a bowl combine your dry ingredients; flour, cocoa powder, baking powder & salt. Give it a quick whisk and set aside. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together with an electric…

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    Valentines Day Chocolate Drizzled Pretzels!

    These chocolate covered pretzels are so delicious, they add the perfect amount of savory and sweet, and are the perfect treat with a cup of coffee or tea!  Makes 16 Pretzels Ingredients 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, melted 16 pretzel rods  Valentines day sprinkles  Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minutes at 50% power, remove from microwave and stir. The chocolate chips won’t be fully melted so continue to microwave on high in 10-15 second intervals, stirring in between until all chips are melted! Set aside.  Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat, lay 16 pretzel rods on the…

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    Tips to Keep your Manicure from Chipping!

    Lately, I’ve been really into neutral nail colors, they’re versatile, classic, and don’t show chips as well (I’m a stickler for good-looking nails without chips). I’ve been painting my nail since I was about 12, and I’ve learned a thing or two to keep them from chipping!  Essie Colors listed in in photos:  Without A stitch  Feeling Wellies Bare With Me Private Weekend Wild Nude Hubby For Dessert Here is what I have learned:  The shorter the better, I usually cut my nails just to the tips of my fingers, which leaves plenty of nail for color and less area for chipping!  Use good quality polish, my personal favorites are…

  • Fab Food & Drinks,  Fitness & Wellness

    “Healthy-ish” Peanut Butter Cups

    These “healthy-ish” Peanut butter cups are really tasty, loaded with protein and refined sugar-free these peanut butter cups are sure to please. These are a great snack with a cup of tea or perfect for the kids lunches!  Makes 6-8 Peanut Butter Cups Ingredients Chocolate Layer 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 cup cocoa powder 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla In a mixing bowl, Mix together the coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla until combined. Layer into a square baking dish or muffin tin (since these are for valentines day you can use a heart shaped mold!). and place into the freezer for 15-20 minutes.  Peanut…

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    Light, Sunday Morning Banana Muffins

    Sunday Mornings call for tasty treats and these muffins are de-lish! They are a great use for those sad brown bananas and are pretty quick to prep. Bonus – you can use only 1 bowl (less dishes to wash…yes please!). Most importantly, they are scrumptious! When you allow bananas to turn brown and almost mushy, they become extra sweet, which makes them the perfect ingredient to use when trying to bake using less sugar. These muffins use agave nectar as a sugar substitution which adds a slightly “nutty” flavor. Slivered almonds the perfect complement if you are a nut lover. Take to bananas out of the freezer about 15 minutes…

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    Truffled Rosemary Monkey Bread Muffins

    Upgrade your biscuit game with these incredibly delicious, simple and fun to eat muffins! I like to serve these with soup and they would be great at your holiday table as well! The cool thing is that because they’re cut into smaller pieces and tossed in the coating all the pieces have flavor!  Makes 12 large muffins 2- 16 oz packages buttermilk biscuits (you can find these at the local supermarket or my favorite store, Trader Joes!) 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary finely chopped 3 Tablespoons butter, melted 2 Tablespoons truffle oil 1/2 Teaspoon salt 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray,…

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    Baked Broccoli

    This is one of our most favorite sides. Baking the broccoli brings out a somewhat “nutty” flavor and it can be the perfect addition to a salad, pasta dish or just have it as a side dish. This recipe is simple, foolproof and well, downright delish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 3 cups broccoli, trimmed into bite-sized pieces (I usually make them smaller if they’re going into a salad) 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper Place Broccoli in a mixing bowl, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake 20-25 minutes Warning: Once this comes out of the oven a few pieces will inevitably be consumed…

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    Fancified Avocado Toast

    Step up your brunch game with this outside the box take on Avocado toast. Instead of using “toast” we opted for mini waffles. They sure are a crowd-pleaser, they’re hearty, healthy and they look super cute too!  Waffles 1 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar 1 Teaspoon baking powder 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1/2 Cup 1/2 Cup plain greek yogurt 4 Tablespoons butter, melted Topping 4 eggs 3 small tomatoes 1 small avocado Salt Pepper Place waffle batter in a large bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth and combined. Drop spoonfuls onto waffle iron and cook to your desired “done-ness”  Place 1 waffle on a…

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    Corned Beef, Cabbage,​ and Sweet Potato Pizza!

    This is a St. Patty’s day tradition in our house, I make it almost every year and we always say “we should make this more often”! It’s a fun twist on a traditional Irish classic! Making the dish in “pizza” form is fun and interactive, you could even do mini pizzas for a party too! 3 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces 1 (about 3 lbs) corned beef brisket already brined.     1/4 cup mozzarella cheese 2 cauliflower pizza crusts (you can use regular too!)  2 Tablespoons truffle oil.  6 cups water 1 lb bag shredded cabbage…

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    Rustic Cheesecake Bites

    These cheesecake bites are rustic and delicious! They’re lightened up so you can eat two or three and not feel guilty! They’re also not super sweet either, with just 1/4 cup brown sugar, you don’t have to worry about that sugar high. (wink wink) You can also make these ahead of time so they’re the perfect little bite for an afternoon tea or dessert with guests! Makes 30 mini cakes 1 1/4 cups crushed Graham Crackers 4 tablespoons butter, melted Preheat oven to 350 Line a mini muffin tin with mini cupcake liners. Put 1 package of Graham crackers into a Ziploc and whack with a wooden spoon to make crumbs! Mix…

  • Fab Food & Drinks,  Fitness & Wellness

    Green Goodness Smoothie

    Need a great, nutrition-packed smoothie? This is just the ticket. It is really tasty, and you can make it sweeter depending upon your tastes (just add some agave nectar). Healthy, delicious and bursting with superfoods! This can be your new go-to recipe when you’re craving a smoothie. 1 cup vanilla almond milk 2 handfuls spinach 1 handful kale 1/2 large banana 1/2 frozen blueberries 1/2 plain or vanilla greek yogurt 1/2 cup orange juice Ready for a really complicated process? Put everything blender, and… drumroll, please? Blend it up!  Pour into your favorite glass and savor the healthy, deliciousness! Note: depending upon your blender you may have to add the spinach and kale in batches…

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    50 Activities To Do while you’re stuck at home!

    It can be hard during times like these to stay positive and excited about life when let’s face it, folks are a little down right now. But never fear, we’ve got a list of 50 activities to keep you busy while you’re stuck at home. Whether you’re busy working from home or are taking care of your kids, this list certainly has at least a few things to keep you busy during your homestay!  Spring Cleaning:  -Move furniture and vacuum behind and under it (Goodbye 3 year old dust bunnies!)  – Detail your car- Wash, Vacuum, squirt and spray, also while you’re at it top off all fluids! – Clean…

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    Butterhorn Cookies

    I love the taste of Butterhorn cookies and have recently learned that they’re quite hard to find. I checked our local coffee shops, even Starbucks and Nordstrom cafe with no luck, so on a rainy Monday afternoon I decided to make my own, and I really liked the result (By liked the result I mean I ate 5 in the first 20 minutes of cooling!!)  Preheat oven to 350 2 cups flour  1 tsp. Salt 8 Tbsp Cold Butter (1 stick) 5 Tbsp. Cream Cheese (2.5 oz) 3/4 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt One Egg yolk Filling: 3/4 Cups Brown Sugar 1 Tsp. Cinnamon Mix flour, salt, Butter and Cream cheese…

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    Delicious Chickpea Salad

    This Chickpea salad is divine! We made it last week to accompany grilled salmon and it was a winning combination. It’s packed with veggies, protein and goat cheese too! It’s super versatile and you can add whatever veggies or cheese you have on hand! Ingredients 2 cans chickpeas drained and rinsed 1 cup grape tomatos 1 red bell pepper chopped 3 green onions 1 avocado 3 tbsp goat cheese Start by rinsing 2 cans of chickpeas. Slice grape or cherry tomatos and toss them in. Next, slice half a cup of green onions and add them to the bowl. Follow this with one chopped bell pepper. I love avocado, and…

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    Rustic Rhubarb Tart

    I recently was given fresh rhubarb from a friend and I’ll tell you what, I couldn’t get home fast enough to bake it into something scrumptious! Tart, sweet, and well downright delicious, this will have you sitting by the oven like a child on Christmas morning! Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1 package store-bought pie crust 4 Cups fresh rhubarb, sliced into 1/4″ slices 1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered 3 tbsp flour 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup of sugar  1/4 tsp orange zest 1/2  tsp cinnamon Slice rhubarb into 1/4 inch slices, place in mixing bowl, add sliced strawberries and mix with flour, vanilla, sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon. Set…

  • Fab Food & Drinks,  Fitness & Wellness

    Fresh and Fab Carrot Orange Smoothie

    This smoothie is SO delicious. It’s sweet and slightly nutty from the hemp seeds. Great for breakfast or a mid-day pick me up or just your daily dose of vitamins!  Makes 4 smoothies 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds 1/2 Teaspoon Tumeric 3/4 cup yogurt 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1 scoop collagen powder 1/2 banana 1/3 cup chopped carrot 1/2 cup orange, peeled and cut into small pieces 1/2 teaspoon orange zest 1 cup frozen mango  Place all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve! Enjoy this tasty treat! xx, T (Peanut Butter & Jelly Chronicles)

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    Summertime Fish Tacos

    These tacos are great for a hot summer evening, they don’t require very much cooking and best of all, most of this recipe can be made ahead of time. All you need is a margarita and some cute summertime cocktail napkins and you’re good to go!  Fish: 1 1/2 lbs cod or white fish 2 tablespoons taco seasoning 1 lime, juice and zest Place fish in a ziplock bag, sprinkle with taco seasoning and add lime zest and juice, let marinate for at least 4 hours or more.  Salsa:  2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 3 cloves garlic, crushed in a garlic press 1 cup frozen fire-roasted corn or regular frozen…

  • Fab Food & Drinks,  Fitness & Wellness

    Rainbow Smoothie

    Lately, we have been trying to “eat the rainbow” everyday! Focusing on healthy food choices and eating as many fruits and veggies as possible. This smoothie contains all the colors, Red berries, Orange zest, Yellow banana and mango, green spinach, and Blueberries! Not only is it nutritious but it tastes great too! Makes 4, 1 cup servings 1/2 cup greek yogurt 1 1/4 cups almond milk 1 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup frozen fruit medley (we used mango, banana, strawberry medley, you can use any berry assortment that you like) 3 tablespoons oats 2 big handfuls spinach (definitely an official measurement!) 1/4 teaspoon orange zest 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (really good…

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    Superfood Breakfast Cookies

    This is the perfect ‘grab and go’ cookie. They are not only nutritious and loaded with superfoods like pumpkin, flax seeds, cinnamon and of course some chocolate but they’re also really durable, I like to pop one into a baggy and toss it into my purse to curb my afternoon “hangriness”! Preheat oven to 325 1 cup oats 1 cup flour 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup pepitas 1/2 cup rasins 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoon flax seeds 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)  1 cup canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons butter, melted  1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons agave nectar  1 tablespoon milk Combine dry…

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    Healthy Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

    Smoothies are a great way to start the day, especially if one contains coffee and an entire banana! It’s a great way to get some good protein to kick start your day and be the best version of you! 😉 1 cup of coffee- cold One banana  1/2 Greek Yogurt (I used plain but vanilla would be awesome too) 1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats 2 tablespoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon half and half 1 tablespoon collagen or vanilla protein powder Place all ingredients in the blender. Mix on high until completelty blended. Pour into 2 glasses and serve. If you like it a little sweeter just add some agave nectar.…

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    Salmon “Nicoise” Salad

    I’m a HUGE fan of ‘main course’ salads, Nicoise Salad definitely fits that bill. Since I love salmon I decided to mix it up a bit and use salmon for the fish! I also opted to use asparagus, another springtime staple in my house and when I walk by it at the grocery store, I just can’t resist it! This salad will be your new favorite way to get your greens!  1.5 lbs Wild Caught Salmon (For purchasing tips check out this website)  Salt  Pepper 2 tablespoons butter 2 lemon slices Preheat oven to 425. Rinse and pat dry salmon, line a cookie sheet with foil. Cook salmon at 425 for 15…

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    50 things that make us happy!

    Because we’ve been feeling like life is really, really good, we’re sharing with you 50 things that make us smile!! 1. That first cup of morning coffee 2. Puppy’s (always make anyone smile) 3. Sunflowers 4. Jade Roses 5. Little kid hugs 6. Spotting a deer 7. Going to bed with freshly washed sheets! 8. Watching a Gossip Girl Marathon 9. Joel Kanitz’s voice (if you don’t know who this is…you NEED to…voice of an angel!) 10. Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway on a perfect day 11. Country music sing-alongs 12. Watching it snow (not this time of year…but in the winter) 13. Hanging out with our girlfriends 14.…

  • Fab Food & Drinks,  Simply Fun

    To Wine or Not to Wine?

    Need a fun weekend activity? How about throwing a wine tasting party? It’s so much fun and obviously contains lots of….Wine-ing!!! We began by inviting 4 friends…totaling (8 people..4 couples!) and had each couple bring a bottle of wine wrapped inside a paper bag, Each bag was then given to 1 person (the sommelier) for the evening and the fun began!! What you need… FRIENDS…preferably ones that like wine might be a plus! 1 friend designated as the “sommelier” they won’t be as into the tasting as they’re somewhat “working” but they can still play along printable “tasting” notes cards…find one on the internet or make it up..! Snacks…! cheese…

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    What’s the Best Exercise Program for Results, and Fast!?

    I know it sounds too good to be true, I promise it’s true! With Fittbe Pilates, it has never been so easy or fun to get fit. Popular, amongst celebrities, dancers, and athletes, the effectiveness of Pilates just might blow your mind. The Best thing is that you will start to see the results fast. Founder, of the method, Joseph Pilates explained that in “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”!  Now, ready for a shocker? Pilates has a cumulative aspect. It’s not just that the more you do, the better you will get.…