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  • Soft & Cakey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars


    A recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bars that are soft, cakey and full of pumpkin spice flavor. I first baked these pumpkin chocolate chip bars back in 2009 and posted the recipe on my old blog. Last week a reader reached out and told me that baking these pumpkin chocolate chip bars is an annual [...]

  • Healthier Holiday Dessert: Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait


    To wrap up my "healthier holiday" series with ALDI I have a beautiful, festive and lighter dessert to share with you. But first...let's remember the appetizer and main courses. For the appetizer we had four bite-sized skewer combinations. The main course was pork loin stuffed with butternut squash, apples, cranberries and topped with a cider gravy. [...]

  • Salted Fudge Brownies (The Best Brownie Recipe Ever!)


    When it comes to desserts I tend to gravitate more towards fruity flavored things rather than chocolate. When I look at a dessert menu I can always pass on things like chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. I like chocolate in things but I don't like strictly chocolate flavored things. Does that make any sense at [...]

  • Weekend Getaway: Arrival in Mexico


    Hi everyone! I'm currently on my way back to the US after a long weekend in Mexico. I think this was the longest break I've had from blogging (three days) since I started this blog. I knew going into the weekend that the hotel had WiFi in the lobby but not the rooms and I [...]

  • Scenes From Christmas 2012


    Here is the continuation of the last post with a look at family, presents and dessert. We had a great time exchanging gifts. It's always so much more fun when there are little ones to buy for and play with! My grandmother is ridiculously talented at gift wrapping. She even does all of her own [...]

  • Vacation = White Sand, Rainbows And Cake


    Vacation day one was a success. I didn't work out, finished a book in 24 hours, napped on the beach, embraced my natural curls and went out for dinner with crazy hair and ate cake. I thought maybe I would go on a run yesterday morning but then my dad and I went to the [...]

  • The Peanut Butter Celebration


    What better way to start this post than with the dessert that brought National Peanut Butter Lovers Day to a close on Thursday? That would be vanilla ice cream topped with a chopped Reese's Cup and Trader Joe's Midnight Moo chocolate syrup. This is seriously the dessert of my dreams. Reese's Cup Blizzards might be [...]

  • Friday at 5 & 10


    Happy weekend! I mentioned in my Friday post that I was traveling this weekend. I've been a little all over in the last 24 hours but here's my final destination. I'm at my parents house! I arrived exhausted and sweaty around 3:30 p.m. and was immediately sent off to shower. I then painted my nails [...]

  • Happy To Be Here


    Hello from Georgia! Sullie and I arrived at my grandmother's house around 1 p.m. and she has been glued to Mema's side ever since! Backing up...I made it out of bed around 6:45 this morning and promptly made breakfast and worked on some blog stuff. I have been on such a bagel kick lately. I [...]

  • Sometimes I Eat Croissants, Sometimes I Eat Salads


    HAPPY FRIDAY!!! It is a beautiful day here in Charlotte. Although it's rather cold, the sun is shining and the sky is cloudless. My day is going to be pretty relaxed and low-key. I am only teaching one lunchtime yoga class and then computer work (must catch up on email), blog stuff, a Trader Joe's [...]

  • Monday Love


    I hope everyone had a nice Monday. I've said this before but it's one of my very favorite days of the week. I love that everyone has a "fresh start" attitude. I always say that the energy in my Monday evening yoga class is the best of the whole week. I also love starting my [...]

  • Asheville Part One: Eat and Drink


    Our quick getaway to Asheville was great!  The Western North Carolina mountains hold a special place in my heart after spending my summers in college as a counselor at Camp Wayfarer. I worked there for three summers and Brandon joined me for two of them. Asheville is a fun mountain town full of interesting shops, [...]

  • Tater Turns 26


    Everyone wish Katie from Sweet Tater Blog a very happy birthday! Today is her 26th! Last night Katie hosted a girls-only get together complete with wine, champagne, cats and cupcakes. Strawberry-rhubarb pie, vegan chocolate coconut cake, vegan/gluten-free blueberry lemonade cupcakes and vegan/gluten-free strawberry cupcakes. I sampled everything but a blueberry cupcake because I just couldn't [...]

  • It’s Strawberry Season…More Dessert!


    Good morning and happy hump day!  :D I'm enjoying a  cup of coffee and writing a morning post since I missed you guys last night. We had dinner with friends and I was too exhausted to even turn on my laptop when we got home. In the spirit of Wednesday/Hump Day...what is one thing that's [...]

  • Long Run Regret


    Yesterday I posted about my 18-mile turned 13-mile long run. I knew that I would regret it when I threw in the towel at mile 13 and sure enough the regret is hitting heavy today. I’ve been dwelling on my failed long run all day. It didn’t help to look at my training schedule and [...]

  • Good Food + Good Tunes


    Whew, this has been a busy day and I'm gearing up for the rest of the week to be the same way. So much going on - but all good stuff! I subbed a BodyPump class after work and then booked it over to Y2 to squeeze in a quick ashtanga practice. So grateful that [...]

  • Brunch, Bluegrass, Backbreaking Labor


    Coming at you today with far less energy than I had after yesterday's 16-miler. There has been no rest for my tired body - I kind of can't believe how much we crammed into this long weekend. We met up with my in law's yesterday for brunch after my long run. I was ready to [...]

  • 101th Post, Ashtanga Awkwardness, Grilled Okra Obsession


    Obviously, I couldn't decide what to name this post. I usually really struggle with titles but tonight the creative juices were a flowin' so you get a laundry list. Another thing I must note is that I've discovered the joys of blogging in bed. Last night Brandon was watching True Blood (which I know I've [...]