August 24, 2017

The Perfect High School Graduation Party

Young graduate woman with heap of papers.

June is the month of transition and big changes for many high school graduates and their families. This June my husband and I join the ranks as our eldest collects her diploma and takes her first steps into adulthood. Treat your graduate to a casual outdoor graduation party with these fun ideas.

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Unleash Your Creativity in the Kitchen

Laptop keys - Create 2

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

I am going to let you in on a secret. Writing content for this blog is stressing me out.

Each time I think about sitting down to write, I seem to find every excuse not to open up my word processor and just start.

“My idea is not creative enough.”

“Will that topic even be interesting to anyone?”

“How do I even construct the first paragraph? If it isn’t really compelling, no one is going to read on.”

Yup, lots of negative self-talk goes on in my head.

And then it hit me. Why do I expect myself to be a brilliant writer when I sit down to write once or twice a month?

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Winter Cocktails: A Review, A Recipe, A Giveaway

Winter Cocktails

The air is crisper. The leaves are turning beautiful shades of gold, red and orange before they drop to the ground. Fireplaces are being lit. Holiday songs are playing in every store and restaurant. Winter is on its way! No longer do I crave iced tea, mojitos, and magaritas. Now is the time for drinks that warm your belly while curled up on the couch after an intimate dinner party with friends. Now’s the time for winter cocktails.

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Back to School: Five Days of Kid-Friendly Lunch Ideas

Healthy Bento Lunch Box

Move over frozen chicken nuggets and French fries! Brown bag lunches can be fun and good for you too. Even the pickiest eater can get excited about eating a healthy lunch this year by including these fun ideas in his or her lunchbox.

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Are You Afraid to Cook? Tips for Moving Past Your Fear of Cooking

Scared to cook

Do you have a fear of cooking? Are you nervous about holding a chef knife, cooking foods to the right temperature, and burning things in your oven? You are not alone. As a personal chef, I have had a number of clients express these fears to me. As a novice cook myself a number of years ago, I had some of the same concerns.

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5 Yummy, Healthy and Fast Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Mornings can be hectic. Whether you are a morning person or not, we try to get so much done between the time we rise and the time we rush out the door. Exercising. Showering. Blow-drying. Meditating (yeah right!). Corralling children. Making lunches. Packing backpacks. Signing permission slips. Feeding the pets. And the one thing we often sacrifice during this mad dash to work is…breakfast.

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Prevent Food Waste: Make a Salad

Salad - A Great Way to Use Leftovers

If you were to keep track of all the items that enter your refrigerator by putting a little Post-It note on each one and then placing the Post-It on a poster board that read “Used” or “Threw Away”, what percentage of those items would have been unused and chucked into the garbage at the end of the month? If you said about 30%, you would be right. About one-third of all food we purchase ends up in a landfill never having been eaten. So how can we prevent it? Make a salad of course!

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Get Out of That Food Rut! Pinterest to the Rescue

Get Out of that Food Rut - Pinterest to the Rescue

Are you stuck in a food rut eating the same meals day after day. Meatloaf Monday. Taco Tuesday. Wish Someone Else Was Cooking Wednesday. Takeout Thursday. Just Forget About It Friday. You need some inspiration to bring new life to your weekly meals! Well do I have a fun way for you to jazz things up in your kitchen! Read on…

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Strawberry Tart with a Heart (and some raw honey!)

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. Whether you are sharing the day with one special someone, a group of friends you adore, or treating yourself to a day of indulgence, a delicious (and healthy) dessert is a must!

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Kitchen Design: Does Yours Help You Cook Efficiently?

As a personal chef, I have seen a lot of different kitchens over the years – some extremely small, some that look like they came out of a design magazine. Having cooked in so many different spaces I have developed a clear opinion on what works in a kitchen space and what doesn’t. Read on. My thoughts may surprise you.

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