My Life Check – Life’s Simple 7

heart health test

Ya'll will have to bear with me a little bit. I usually don't get overly personal in my blog posts, because you know, people sometimes read this stuff, but tonight I'm breaking my own rule. At times this post may seem preachy, it may seem sappy and hopefully, it may convince you to make some changes to your life. Instead of Black Friday shopping, or even "taking it … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

vegetarian Thanksgiving menu ideas

Traditional Thanksgiving dinners are great. I look forward to them every year as it gives me an excuse to make green bean casserole and stuffing. Every now and then I'll grab a honey-glazed ham and sometimes, if I have to, I'll make a turkey. But as my family and friends have evolved, so have their food preferences. Some of them are gluten-free, some follow the paleo diet, … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining Ideas

antipasto platter

You can make entertaining for friends and family really stressful, or you can make it really easy. Myself, I tend to go for easy. Whenever I host or attend group events, if my guests offer to bring something, I let them! I figure they're pretty sincere if they are asking to help out, and if they aren't, well, that will teach them! I'm also about sharing easy entertaining … [Read more...]

Italian Meatballs

italian meatballs recipe 2

When I was a kid, every Sunday my parents, brothers and me would load up in the car and go to my grandma's house for Sunday dinner. The majority of our extended family would be there (aunts, uncles, and cousins) and we'd hang out for hours, eating, talking and having fun. My grandma would make everyone's favorite dishes (mine was green beans) and if we were the lucky, we'd … [Read more...]

Meatless Chicken Fried Rice

meat free protein

One of my FAVORITE (yes, it deserves all caps) restaurants to eat at is Sumo. They have pretty good sushi and great grill items, but my number one favorite menu item of all time is their garlic fried rice. There is a reason butter and oil were invented and I believe it was so Sumo could make this delicous concoction of carbs and fats. As much as I love their rice, I … [Read more...]

Guinea Grinder

guinea grinder sandwich recipe

My parents were the type that always ordered the same type of food whenever we ate out. They'd have a small conference about what sounded good and make their decision. Mom would always order first so all my Dad would have to say was, "the same as her." At the time I always thought that was kind of silly but now that my Mom is gone, it seems kind of sweet. One of their … [Read more...]

Strawberry Almond Rice Pudding

strawberry almond rice pudding

School is officially in session at the East 9th Street household! Brecken's first day at a new school went off without a hitch. She even told me that tomorrow I don't have to walk her to her classroom, she's a big kid and can do it by herself. Now I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about that. Part of me is proud of my shy kid for wanting to this by herself, the other … [Read more...]

Fight the Afternoon Slump with Plenti Greek Yogurt

Plenti yogurt

Everyone has a sweet spot. You know, that time of day where you're really productive and can get things done! For me, that time starts around 9 pm and ends around midnight. Those three hours are golden. My to-do lists shrink, my stress level decreases and I go to bed feeling like I accomplished something, a lot of somethings. The downside to my golden hours are that I … [Read more...]

Loaded Nachos with Beefless Ground

loaded nachos

My family loves Mexican food. We've consumed our fair share of fajitas from El Agave and one more than a few occasions have used the kitchen island to set up a taco bar. We also love meat, especially red meat. But in my quest to be a positive role model for my daughter, I started making small changes to improve my overall health. I have restricted myself to one can of … [Read more...]

Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

pumpkin bread recipe

Food can trigger some pretty awesome memories. Whenever I eat a caramel apple (which is rare), I think about the times my friends and I used to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent (PPA). We felt we deserved, or better yet, were entitled to the richest, most fattening thing we could stomach and for whatever reason, we felt loaded caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate … [Read more...]