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Puppy Love Post #2

Australian Labradoodle 3 months old

Weekly Puppy Love from me to you :). Our puppy is growing so up quickly. Just another week (she's 3 months now), but she seems to look so much more mature. She's only 18 pounds but she's not a dainty little thing - more of a tom boy. She's definitely coming out of her shell and testing us as she tries to figure out who the weak links are (we know who they are ;)). Training a puppy is a lot like raising my kids, although I wish I was as good at disciplining my kids, and that my … [Continue Reading...]

How To Make Tea Smoked Fish in a Wok

Tea Smoked Fish in a Wok - this post shows how easy it is to smoke fish at home - no need for an expensive smoker

This post shows you how to make Tea Smoked Fish in a Wok - it's a lot easier than you think, no fancy equipment required. Have you tried smoking food at home? You can smoke just about anything, and you don't need a fancy smoker to smoke food. I tried to justify buying a smoker to play around with, but just haven't been able to yet, so for now, I've been using my wok to smoke food, or using a homemade smoke packet on my grill. Of course, you can skip smoking food yourself and just buy … [Continue Reading...]

Triple Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl with Almonds and Chia Seeds

Triple Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl with Almonds and Chia Seeds - the perfect healthy breakfast packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants

This Triple Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl with Almonds and Chia Seeds is the perfect healthy way to start off your day - it's packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants. Lately, it's been so cold that I've been craving a hot breakfast. However, I've also been trying to get back in the mode of making smoothies for an extra boost of nutrients in the morning. So, I came up with this Triple Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl with Almonds and Chia Seeds which combines these two breakfast ideas into … [Continue Reading...]

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili Soup - warm up your belly with this healthy, hearty flavorful soup

Warm up your belly with this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili Soup - it's hearty and healthy. Are you surviving the winter so far? I'll be honest. There have been a few days where I wouldn't have left the house if it weren't for our little puppy who's still in potty training mode. I've been making lots of soup lately, from homemade chicken broth using leftover roasted chicken bones, to heartier soups like this lentil soup I'm sharing today. I love lentil soup and I love … [Continue Reading...]

Puppy Love #1

Australian Labradoodle Puppy

Big News! We got a puppy! My boys have always wanted a dog, but I was the scrooge for many years because I just didn't think I could take care of it. As a mom of four boys, I had plenty to keep me busy. All the moms I talked to over the years told me that the bulk of the responsibility of taking care of the family dog is the mom's. Now with three boys out of the house, and just one at home, I finally felt that I had the capacity to take on the responsibility of caring for a … [Continue Reading...]

10 Deliciously Healthy Smoothies

10 Healthy Smoothies - kickstart your morning with one of these deliciously healthy smoothies!

Jump start your morning with one of these Deliciously Healthy Smoothies. Whether you're a beginner smoothie drinker or an experienced one, you'll find something new and different to try. So many of us are trying to get back on track to a healthier diet this time of year, and I can't think of a better way than to jumpstart the day with a healthy smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to get a few servings of fruits and vegetables in early in the day, in addition to protein and fiber. All you need … [Continue Reading...]

Spicy Kimchi Tofu Mushroom Egg Soup

Spicy Kimchi Tofu Mushroom Egg Soup - this spicy vegetarian soup is healthy bowl of comfort on a cold winter day

Spicy Kimchi Tofu Mushroom Egg Soup is a great way to warm up your belly on a cold winter day. It's been frigid this past week and I've been craving this soup. Spicy and hot, this Spicy Kimchi Tofu Mushroom Egg Soup will clear your sinuses ;). Gochujang is a fermented red chili paste that is used in Korean cooking. It's got tons of flavor and is sweet, spicy and salty. This soup is not for the faint of heart. It is really spicy. In fact, when I first took a sip of this, I thought it was way … [Continue Reading...]

Smashed Avocado Toast with Egg and Smoked Salmon

Smashed Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon and Egg - try this simple, healthy breakfast - it will keep your belly full all morning

Smashed Avocado Toast with Egg and Smoked Salmon is a satisfying and easy breakfast to make. I'm still cleaning up after the holidays believe it or not. My sister-in-law and her family stayed with us over the holidays...then there was the mad scramble to get my oldest son ready to leave the country for a college course in Asia, and packing up the rest of the clan for a quick get away to Florida. So, you can imagine the state of affairs that I left our house in. It was a rude awakening when … [Continue Reading...]

12 Healthy Main Course Salads

12 Healthy Main Course Salads - start off the New Year with these healthy and delicious salads, packed with whole grains and lots of veggies

These Healthy Main Course Salads are packed with lots of whole ingredients that are good for you and will satisfy your appetite. This week, I'm turning to some of my favorite hearty, healthy salads and soups to start off the year on a healthy note. These salads are packed with real, whole ingredients ~ whole grains, greens, veggies, fruits and nuts. They're hearty and satisfying, and could easily be main course salads. These would make a great dinner, and leftovers would be perfect for lunch … [Continue Reading...]

10 Favorite Healthy Soup Recipes

Ten Favorite Healthy Soup Recipes - ten recipes to take you through the winter and keep your belly warm

Kick off the New Year with one or more of these 10 Favorite Healthy Soup Recipes. During the winter, there's nothing like a bowl of hot steamy soup. Whether you like your soup chunky or creamy and smooth, a bowl of soup is pure comfort in the simplest form. Soups are filling, and a great way to get you veggies into your daily diet. Happy New Year everyone! After all the holiday celebrating, I'm looking forward to eating lighter, aren't you? Today, I'm sharing my favorite healthy soup … [Continue Reading...]

Three Bean Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili - hearty and delicious with butternut squash, this chili will warm your belly

Enjoy this healthy hearty Three Bean Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili - it's satisfyingly delicious! With the holidays behind us, many of us are trying to get back on track with a healthy, lighter diet. Since we're in the thick of winter, we still crave heavier stick-to-your-ribs meals that are often richer than what we eat during warmer months of the year. So how do we satisfy these cravings while eating healthy? The trick is making comfort food that satisfies the desire for hearty … [Continue Reading...]