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  • Weekend: Laying Low + Cooking + Christmas Trees

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    It's a chilly, rainy day in Charlotte and I think it's perfect for getting back into the groove. I was up early to promote our Cyber Monday Specials for the studio and then taught and took a class. Great start to a week that needs to be ultra-productive. Before we launch into the new week, [...]

  • Finding my Creative Confidence

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    Throughout my childhood and my early adult life, I didn't think I was creative. Anything having to do with widely accepted forms of creativity like art, dance and music felt foreign to me. I have never been artistic and things like drawing, painting and sewing never came easy and honestly didn't really interest me. One [...]

  • Learning to Cook Like a Pro with Salted

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    For the last 5+ years one of the items on my bucket list has been to take classes at our local culinary school. Not the one-off "Date Night Learn to Cook Italian" kind of special event but a real class where I learned about new techniques, skills, cooking methods, cuisines, etc. Alas, my schedule has [...]

  • Getting Inspired and Out of the Box in the Kitchen

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    This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. I was first introduced to Blue Apron back in February and I have been talking about it with friends and family ever since. If you're not familiar with Blue Apron, it's a service that delivers all the farm-fresh ingredients you need to make three or four meals right [...]

  • The Most Adventurous Thing I’ve Ever Cooked {Provencal Braised Octopus Recipe}

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    This dinner looks pretty delicious, right? It was actually the most adventurous thing I've ever cooked! Last week I received a text from my fiance that there was no need to go to the grocery because he'd already been shopping at Whole Foods. I arrived home to a fridge that looked like it had been [...]

  • How to Make Homemade Plain Yogurt

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    Today is a pretty epic day for PBR. It's my dad's first recipe post! I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me that he's going to be regularly contributing around here. Let me back up and tell you the story of me + my dad + my love for cooking. My [...]

  • Simple & Clean Cooking & Eating Lately

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    Hi and happy Wednesday. So I just posted a "Throwback Thursday" photo on Instagram...and then someone pointed out that it's actually Wednesday. Delete. I blame it on 5:30 a.m. clients three days in a row. Thank god for Starbucks reward drinks. Yesterday I treated myself to a venti soy latte. The barista asked me if [...]

  • What I’ve Been Cooking Up

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    This morning started with a 4:55 a.m. alarm for a 5:30 a.m. training client. Surprisingly enough, I bounded out of bed and felt great. My client has been sick/traveling so this was our first 5:30 a.m. in several weeks. Time to get back in the groove! I had another client at 6:30 a.m. and then [...]

  • Recent Eats: Creative in the Kitchen

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    So glad y'all are loving the Tommie Copper giveaway. Remember, you have until midnight tonight to enter! And be sure to check back later tonight for an Erin McDermott Jewelry giveaway! (WOOHOO!!!) It's been a week since I've shared recent eats so I want to quickly show you some of my favorites. Many of my [...]

  • Adding A New Job Title…

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    I'm adding a new job title to my repertoire...personal chef! (This is not an April Fool's joke!) The job title list for me now includes blogger, author, personal trainer, yoga teacher, group exercise instructor, CrossFit coach, marketing and communications manager and personal chef. After all, I am a gemini and we're said to be "jacks [...]

  • Brie and Apricot Chicken & Missin’ the Kitchen

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    I miss cooking so much. I miss sitting down on Sundays, planning out my menu for the week and grocery shopping. I miss actually having someone to cook for. I miss the process of cooking. One of my favorite things in the world to do is settle into the kitchen, turn on music and get to [...]

  • Cooking with Chobani

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    Last week I was invited to attend a holiday cooking event at the Chobani office in Charlotte. I love all things food and cooking and I love Chobani so I eagerly accepted. Chobani opened a sales office in uptown Charlotte about six months ago. Their offices are on the sixteenth floor of one of the [...]

  • Creamy Shrimp, Prosciutto and Mushroom Pasta

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    The cooking streak continues thanks to a great Whole Foods restock on Sunday. For those of you who like to see the goods... Here you have it. Spinach penne pasta (coupon), sour cream, nutritional yeast (bulk), oat bran (bulk), eggs, gluten-free bread, tortilla chips (staple!), coffee, canned corn, canned pumpkin, cilantro, parsley, grapes, wild caught [...]

  • Loving Lately

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    I'm short on time but full of inspiration. You're going to have to be patient with me over the next few weeks because so much of my attention is focused on work and opening our new location right now. Exciting but consuming. So here is a quick look at some things that I am loving [...]

  • Culinary Creations

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    True to my declaration that I was going to get back in the kitchen and a little more creative with my eats again, I spent the quite a lot of time cooking and baking this weekend. Here's a look at some of the things that came out of my kitchen...sweet and savory! Saturday I made [...]

  • Bake, Cook, Yoga, Run

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    It's been a good two days of eating. Expect lots of recipes to come on Bakin' and Eggs. I spent my Labor Day afternoon baking, drinking hot tea and blogging while rain was coming down outside. It was perfect. I baked Zucchini Banana Bread with Walnuts and Dried Cranberries. It's a good quick bread for [...]

  • Weekend Build Up

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    I keep typing and deleting, typing and deleting...this is a nightly occurrence. Figuring out how to start posts is usually the hardest part about writing them. That and coming up with a title. I am majorly title-challenged. Anyway...how was your Friday? Mine was okay. Like I do every Friday (or really just about every morning), [...]

  • Teamwork

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    It is a beautiful night in Charlotte. We ate dinner outside and now I'm set up with my computer blogging with a glass of wine, candles and music. So nice! Similar to this set up but no fire tonight! We really enjoy time on our patio. :) I started today with ashtanga. Ever since I [...]

  • Five Things I’m Loving

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    My friend Ashely writes really fun posts about five things she's loving at the moment. I always enjoy reading these posts and thought I would borrow her idea tonight. So here are five things that I'm loving right now. 1. Hoodies. My cold weather go-to for comfort. I've been wearing them nonstop for the last [...]

  • First Chili Night of the Season

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    Catching up on the weekend? On Friday I was jumping for joy about my return to running. On Saturday I announced that I’m taking on teaching more group strength classes. Today was a glorious day of nothingness. Pretty much all I accomplished was cooking, cleaning, yoga and a grocery trip. Awesome. After eight solid hours [...]

  • Back in the Kitchen

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    The kitchen is one of my favorite places to be. It is a relaxing and creative place for me where I can forget about whatever else is going on at that moment. Life has been so crazy lately that I haven't spent much time in my happy place. Since I've been on this break from [...]