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Puppy Love #5: Forgive and Forget

Australian Labradoodle 16 weeks

Here's some weekly puppy love from me to you, including my thoughts on Forgive and Forget. "We need lots of love to forgive, and we need lots of humility to forget. Humility completes forgiveness, before we forgive somebody we need to know that we too need forgiveness, and it is here that humility of the heart comes in" - Mother Theresa So, you might be wondering what puppies have to do with forgive and forget. Well, first off, when they make a mess in the house instead of outside, you … [Continue Reading...]

12 Healthy Comfort Soup Recipes

12 Healthy Hearty Soups - a beautiful collection of healthy soups to warm your soul

Warm your belly up with these Healthy Comfort Soup Recipes. We’re in the thick of winter here in the Northeast and we're buried in several feet of snow. When it's freezing cold out, there's nothing better than a bowl of hearty soup to warm you up. I’ve put together a roundup of 12 Healthy Hearty Soups for Parade Magazine’s food site. There's a nice variety of comfort soups in this collection, including some vegetarian, some vegan, and some dairy-free recipes. For meat lovers, try the Hearty … [Continue Reading...]

Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Recipe {GIVEAWAY: Sugar-Free Mom’s New Cookbook}

Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse - just 145 calories! The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

This Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse is secretly healthy, the perfect treat for chocolate lovers. Valentine's Day is this Saturday and I've got the perfect chocolate dessert for your loved one that is healthy and sugar-free too! After all, what's Valentine's Day without some chocolate. This recipe for Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse comes from my friend Brenda Bennett's new cookbook, Sugar-Free Mom: Naturally Sweet and Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole … [Continue Reading...]

Slow Cooker Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken Wings Recipe

Slow Cooker Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken Wings - this authentic recipes is sweet, salty and so delicious!

Enjoy the authentic flavors of this sweet and savory Slow Cooker Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken Wings. Did any of you watch the preview episodes of Fresh Off The Boat last week? This series is based off the life of Eddie Huang, a chef and food personality, who wrote Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir. I've been waiting for the season to begin for a while, anxious to see if this comedy will help dispel some of the stereotypes of Chinese Americans. The first of the two preview episodes got 7.93 million … [Continue Reading...]

Puppy Love Post #4: Puppies and Different Parenting Styles

Australian Labradoodle 16 weeks

Weekly Puppy Love from me to you :), including some thoughts on Puppies and Different Parenting Styles. We've had our puppy a little over a month now and she's definitely feeling more comfortable with our family (sometimes a little too comfortable as she tries to push the limits). One of the challenges has been trying to be consistent in the way we all "parent" her. Parenting styles are different for every person, and can pose a challenge in any family, whether you're raising a puppy or a … [Continue Reading...]

Winter Tuna Nicoise Salad with Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables

Winter Tuna Nicoise Salad with Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables - this one bowl meal is packed with protein and a rainbow of vegetables, served with a simple lemon vinaigrette

This Winter Tuna Nicoise Salad with Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables is hearty, delicious and healthy. There's a restaurant in town that makes a fabulous Tuna Nicoise Salad - they even poach their own tuna in oil. When this restaurant first opened, they were using a high quality canned tuna, but later decided to make their own so they could control the amount of salt in the final product (it's much lower now according to the owner). A while back, I bought a bag of frozen tuna steaks … [Continue Reading...]

Spiced Pumpkin Spelt Oat Quick Bread Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Spelt Oat Quick Bread - perfect for breakfast or tea, this quick bread is made with whole grain spelt and oat flour

Cut a slice of this healthy Spiced Pumpkin Spelt Oat Quick Bread for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Made with whole grain flours and flaxseed, it's full of goodness. Pumpkin is one of those seasonal ingredients that seems to go back on the shelf after the holidays. To be honest, I was getting a little pumpkin-ed out myself by Thanksgiving from seeing all the pumpkin recipes floating around everywhere. But, I do miss the smell of pumpkin bread baking in my kitchen. So, I made a hearty loaf … [Continue Reading...]

Slow Cooker Chinese Curry Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Chinese Curry Chicken - this is our favorite family curry that we've been making for the past 20 years

This Slow Cooker Chinese Curry Chicken never fails to disappoint. Cooked in a slow cooker, the meat falls right off the bone. I've been making this Chinese Chicken Curry Chicken for years and it continues to be our family favorite. My mom used to make curry chicken when I was growing up, but hers was different. She used coconut milk and it had a different taste to it. Although I loved my mom's curry chicken, I remember being intrigued by this recipe that had oyster sauce and ketchup in … [Continue Reading...]

Puppy Love Post #3: Puppies and Parenting

Australian Labradoodle 14 weeks old

Weekly Puppy Love from me to you :), including some observations of the similarities between raising puppies and parenting. As a mom of four, it's really interesting to have a puppy at this stage in my life. Raising a puppy is in so many ways like raising a child. I wish I had practiced on a puppy first. Here are a couple of observations I've been making the last couple of weeks about the similarities between raising puppies and kids/teenagers: All puppies are cute...so are … [Continue Reading...]

12 Healthy Super Bowl Snack Recipes

12 Healthy Snacks for Super Bowl - these are all Game Day favorites, lightened up so you can enjoy yourself at the party!

Celebrate Super Bowl with one or more of these 12 Healthy Super Bowl Snack Recipes. We're a huge football family, and although none of our teams are in the Super Bowl this year, we'll be hosting a Super Bowl party and watching the big game. I’ve put together a roundup of 12 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks for Parade Magazine’s food site. These are all favorite Game Day recipes that have been lightened up so you can enjoy yourself without feeling too guilty. If you're a Buffalo chicken fan, … [Continue Reading...]

Gluten-Free Hot Fudge Chocolate Pudding Cake

Gluten-Free-Hot Fudge Chocolate Pudding Cake - ooey, gooey chocolatey goodness made a little healthier with raw coconut sugar and oat flour. So decadently delicious, no one will ever know :)

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I've been trying to come up with some decadently delicious chocolatey desserts with a healthier twist. After all, what's Valentine's Day without chocolate? I remember when the Chocolate Molten Cake first became popular. The ooey gooey center reminded me of the Tunnel of Fudge Cake - does anyone remember that? I know, I'm showing my age. Well, this Hot Fudge Chocolate Pudding Cake is kind of like the chocolate molten cake and chocolate … [Continue Reading...]