Make a Plan to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions & My 4-Week Meal Plan

It seems like there’s been a lot of haters discussing the topic of New Year’s Resolutions this year. “Just be healthier all year,” they say. “Don’t go on a diet, adopt a lifestyle change forever instead!” And while they may have good intentions, I tend to think these platitudes overlook the difficulty in creating real … Continue reading “Make a Plan to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions & My 4-Week Meal Plan”

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Three Tips for Hosting a Standout Brunch at Home

We’ve just finished our 4th annual New Years Day brunch party, a great excuse for us to kick off the year surrounded by family and friends and of course, lots of festive beverages. Over the years, we’ve perfected our brunch-hosting skills, and have come up with three main tips for hosting a brunch that’ll leave … Continue reading “Three Tips for Hosting a Standout Brunch at Home”

Why We Plan Our Travel A Year In Advance

It’s no secret that the hubby and I travel…A LOT. And one question I get asked often is “How do you manage to get all that time off work? Do you guys have unlimited vacation days, or what?” Well the answer is no, neither of us have jobs that afford us with unlimited vacation days. … Continue reading “Why We Plan Our Travel A Year In Advance”

Ripening Late-Harvest Tomatoes

A friend of mine came over for lunch recently, and was shocked when I mentioned the tomatoes we were enjoying had come from my garden. “But how?” she wondered.  “Our first freeze was over a month ago! How can you possibly still have fresh, ripe tomatoes this time of year?” Well, the answer is that … Continue reading “Ripening Late-Harvest Tomatoes”

How I Make One Meal Last for Four: Homestyle Fajitas

When you hear the sizzling griddle approach your table in the restaurant, it’s almost impossible to stop your mouth from watering.  It means your delicious plate of fajitas – tender grilled meat, carmelized onions, fresh salsa – is but a few minutes away. But lately, I’ve taken to making fajitas at home on the weekends, … Continue reading “How I Make One Meal Last for Four: Homestyle Fajitas”

15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Red Curry Shrimp & Long Grain Rice

Starting our second week of healthy dinners for 2015 is an old favorite made more health conscious: red curry.  With just a few simple substitutions, this flavorful dish can easily be under 400 calories a serving, with low net carb as well. Ingredients: 1/2 lb of large white shrimp (should be about 15 or so; … Continue reading “15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Red Curry Shrimp & Long Grain Rice”

15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Ground Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ready for another 400-calories-or-less, tasty, filling dinner? Dinner #5 in our 15 Healthy Dinners series is ground pork lettuce wraps and the husband actually occasionally requests this meal on his own accord! Ingredients: 1 lb ground pork 1 head butter lettuce or romaine lettuce 1/4 cub hoisin sauce 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 green onion, … Continue reading “15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Ground Pork Lettuce Wraps”

15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Southwestern Stuffed Portabella

Seeing as how the hubby wasn’t a huge fan of yesterday’s zoodles, I figured I’d make him something a little more hearty for tonight’s 15 Healthy Dinners meal. So today, I served up Southwestern Stuffed Portabellas – mushrooms stuffed with beans, rice, and mexican flavors. These tasty little numbers aren’t the most photogenic meal I’ve … Continue reading “15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Southwestern Stuffed Portabella”

15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Oodles of Zoodles

Dinner #3 in my “15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015” series is all about zoodles: noodles made from zucchinis. To make them, you need a “zoodler” like shown above – you can get them for under $10 on Amazon. Making zoodles is pretty simple – you put a zucchini per person through the zoodler, then boil for … Continue reading “15 Healthy Dinners to Start 2015: Oodles of Zoodles”

Meal planning for two: three tips to reduce food waste

Recently I had a conversation with a newly married friend of mine.  She and her husband had budgeted $60 a week for groceries for the two of them, but they were finding it hard to stay on track. Things just weren’t packaged for two people, she lamented, so they were overspending AND throwing out a … Continue reading “Meal planning for two: three tips to reduce food waste”