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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles

Sep 17, 2014
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles

Extremely rich dark chocolate truffles filled with fresh pomegranate arils. So simple to make & actually healthy too!     I treat grocery shopping the same way many girls approach the mall. I slowly wander up and down the aisles, frequently pausing to inspect the items on the shelves. I’ll hold a package of...

Foods for the Soul
Banana Gingerbread Muffins

Sep 16, 2014
Banana Gingerbread Muffins

An easy recipe for spicy gingerbread muffins topped with sweet slices of banana. The epitome of cozy fall flavors—yet still secretly skinny!     Once or twice a month, my dad drives across town to cook with my grandma. He stops by Trader Joe’s on the way and picks up a few bags of...

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Dad’s Kitchen

Sep 14, 2014
Dad’s Kitchen

Dad's Kitchen is a popular Curtis Park/Land Park restaurant that's been featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. While the main attraction for the television show was the Dad's Burger, the restaurant also offers a few items that can...

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Maple Pumpkin Scones

Sep 13, 2014
Maple Pumpkin Scones

An easy recipe for fall-flavored breakfast pastries. Soft on the inside with a light crust on the outside, they’re positively irresistible—and secretly skinny too!     Just over two weeks ago, my parents brought home a new puppy, a cute little golden retriever boy. He’s super fluffy, full of energy, and always nibbling! Sometimes...

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Garden Fresh Tomato Cornmeal Cobbler

Sep 10, 2014
Garden Fresh Tomato Cornmeal Cobbler




While visiting with my grandparents, we shared a few homemade dishes created around fresh produce from my grandmother's overgrown jungle of a vegetable garden.


Along with a garden fresh tomato salad, we enjoyed this cornmeal cobbler-topped fresh cherry tomato and onion dish. Made with garbanzo...

Foods for the Soul
Skinny Chai Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat)

Skinny Chai Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat)

A super easy recipe for a refreshing & healthy cinnamon-spiced drink. Save time & money by making your own at home!     Every weekday, my mom sets an alarm for 4:30 am. She rises before the sun, pulls on running shoes, and pounds the pavement in the dark and quiet calm of the...

Sacramento Vegan
Coffee Garden

Coffee Garden

Every so often, I walk from my house to Coffee Garden on Franklin Boulevard. I don't drink coffee, but it's nice to sit there with a glass of iced tea and read a book or do a little writing. When I was there last week, I checked their menu to see if...

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Pomegranate Pumpkin Granola Bars

Pomegranate Pumpkin Granola Bars

A 6-ingredient recipe for chewy pumpkin granola bars studded with sweet fruit. Full of fall flavors & lots healthier (and cheaper!) than store-bought!     After 14 years in their current house, my parents decided to update their kitchen. Although already remodeled by the previous owners, its light cabinets and dark green granite countertops...

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Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

A light & refreshing smoothie that tastes exactly like the Thanksgiving dessert! Healthy, skinny & completely clean-eating—but you’d never guess by the taste!     After hauling all of our furniture and hundreds of heavy boxes into our storage unit, my guy and I said good-bye to our tiny place and turned in the...

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Joe Caribé Bistro & Cafe

Aug 31, 2014
Joe Caribé Bistro & Cafe

My husband Phil and I drove to Auburn this weekend so I could check out Joe Caribé Bistro & Cafe, a restaurant with Caribbean cuisine. There were a couple of menu items I especially wanted to try, and rather than choosing between them, I just ordered both and brought home lots of leftovers.


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