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Olympics + {CHOcolate Chip Banana Bread}

I don't know about you, but I just LOVE watching the Olympics.  Every night I find myself promising I'm going to go to bed early earlier, to no avail. I just have to keep watching! It's intriguing. It's inspiring. And I love seeing the smiles on the faces of the champions.  They have trained so hard for that moment, sacrificed so much, and just want to be the best...in the world.  You've probably seen the commercials, but Chobani is sponsoring this year's Olympics!  Talk about big time :)  The forward momentum they have is amazing ... Read more » about Olympics + {CHOcolate Chip Banana Bread}

Date Night + {Reese's Spinach Smoothie}

I'm not sure what was the biggest highlight of Sunday night: a) actually going on a date night and using our Bonefish giftcard that we'd gotten a YEAR earlier, b) fitting into a dress I haven't worn in literally years, c) eating an entire meal at a restaurant without having to "manage" a toddler or dig into my purse 35 times to find something to occupy/distract said toddler, or d) actually talking to Dear Hubby for 2 hours straight with zero distractions. ... Read more » about Date Night + {Reese's Spinach Smoothie}

Soda, Pop, or Coke? + {Cascal Giveaway}

You probably don't know this about me, but I grew up in the South, Georgia to be exact.  I am a Southern Belle and a connoisseur of Coke.  When dining out at a restaurant they'd ask what you want to drink, and you'd say a Coke; then they'd ask you what kind Sprite, please.  Yes all soda was lovingly referred to as Coke. ... Read more » about Soda, Pop, or Coke? + {Cascal Giveaway}

Slow Cooker *Mostly* Vegan Zuppa Toscana

I really have to laugh at myself for this one.  I was so excited about my new plan: to cook more vegetarian meals to help Dear Hubby get more vegetables and less animal fats/proteins per the doctor's orders!  I went to the market and bought a bunch of weird new foods (ha!) - cheese that's not really cheese, meat that's not really meat, and a whole host of new veggies and fru ... Read more » about Slow Cooker *Mostly* Vegan Zuppa Toscana

Pretty Please...With a Cherry on Top

If you missed yesterday's post where I told you I'm going to embrace my inner vegetarian, it's worth the time to go back and read. It is going to be a bit of a transition for us, but we are able, ready, and excited.  Last night I made my first truly vegan meal, inspired by the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana!  I will be sharing that recipe with you tomorrow.  It was delicious, a perfect medley of flavors, and packed full of good veggies: 4 cups of kale, 2 russet potatoes, and veggie/grain "sausages." But back to today...cherries and please.  ... Read more » about Pretty Please...With a Cherry on Top

Eat More Veggies + {Peach, Pepper, & Bean Chutney}

I hope you already saw/read/entered to win yesterday's Monday Giveaway post about the gluten-free, veggie-packed "Better Chip."  If not, stop and do it now!  In preparing to do the review and taste test, I put together a number of dips/sides to accompany each chip flavor: like roasted red pepper hummus for the Red Pepper and Salsa fresca version, cranberry goat cheese & cherries for the Sweet Onion and ... Read more » about Eat More Veggies + {Peach, Pepper, & Bean Chutney}

Better Snacking + {The Better Chip Giveaway}

If you missed last week, "Healthy Kids Grow" won an entire case of protein-packed breads, bagels, and wraps from P28 Bread in our 2nd Monday giveaway.  This week I am excited to introduce to you a new line of veggie-packed, gluten-free chips by The Better Chip.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE snacking.  Especially now that I have a toddler!  We eat little bits here and there throughout the day,

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