I loved hosting Food ‘n Flix this month, and was happy to share one of my most favorite movies with several who had not seen it, and those who love it like I do. We had some delicious participation this
If you've been reading spabettie since at least last summer, you know we love to grill. Jason always says he would grill year round - if we had a covered porch, he would be out there in the snow. Right
I have been go go go lately, which hasn't left much kitchen time. The same breakfast smoothie and lunch sandwich aren't really interesting talk around here. Well, I did find a smoothie shop in our new neighborhood, so I may
Mariel here. In case the confluence of both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby didn't totally bust any buttons this past weekend, we thought we'd share this incredibly decadent, sinfully simple recipe for PB&J Brownies. Yes friends, it's Peanut
Rice crispies are so versatile, one of my favorite things to be creative with. I've made a few uniquely flavored crispies, but these come from a cookie dough genius. Lindsay Landis has a new cookbook available June 5, and I
Share This is it. For me, this weekend marks a culmination of my health and weight loss journey. On Saturday morning, I'll be rolling out of bed at some godforsaken hour, dragging my tired and sorry self…I mean, my perky
(Sorry, I just wanted to show that photo again. I love the frosting on the front one). First off, look at this gorgeous corn! Second, I want a "corn teacher". Seriously, look at the corn. It's like nothing you've seen
The journey for our pistachio suit continues thus making its debut in Paso Robles, California for the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival! Our friends at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery poured some of their finest wines and dished out samples of our tasty pista...
Share "Mum, we're going to have Hot Cross Buns for Easter, right?" My boys are guardians of all our family traditions, making sure I don't miss a single detail as each holiday rolls around. Two years ago, I posted my
I've realized that it isn't any ONE thing that's getting me into trouble. It's the cumulative effect of lots of little things.
More importantly, it wasn't about eliminating anything bad, but rather watching my portions of the good.
Did I just say p...
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This double pea and fennel salad tastes like spring. A jumble of thinly sliced sugar snap peas, fennel, and tender, mildly sweet baby peas are dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette. It's a light and refreshing combination with a satisfying crunch.
Share Drinking enough water has always been a challenge for me. Of course, hydration doesn't have to be just about water. It can include juice, fruits, vegetables, smoothies, milk and even tea. However, there are times when I talk myself
Happy St Patrick's Day! I figured for St Patty's Day I would create another something with my homemade Baileys Irish cream. This isn't your typical blondie - brownie consistency. I've had three votes they may be better. I am developing
This weeks small healthy focus challenge has been adding a strength routine to my healthy habits for 2012. I have always loved a good cardio sweat session, but for some reason lifting weights or taking a class has never been my thang. Which is exac...
St Patrick's Day will be here soon and I've got enough Irish in me to start thinking about a celebration. Not a big party but an opportunity to pay homage to a part of my ancestry (My Dad's parents were
SharePin It When I started my weight loss and healthy living journey, I knew that portion control was going to be a key part of changing my eating habits. My perspective on what was considered to be "one helping" was
As the second and final weekend of SXSW approaches, we caught up with Chris Perry, Chevrolet's VP Global Marketing, to understand why sponsoring the music, film and interactive festival in Austin is so important to the automotive manufacturer and how...
Share There is a very good reason why grapefruit, in compotes or otherwise, evokes strong memories of peanuts and blue jays. Well, Stellar's jays, to be exact. Summertime weekends were often spent at my grandparents' cottage in the cozy enclave
Kettle bells, ahh. As I've been investigating and learning their endless applications I've also became more and more excited about them. Kettle bells can be used for movements ranging from explosive Olympic lifts to more endurance-oriented Tabata pro...
My focus challenge this week has been to get in a good heart pounding, sweat fest of at least 30 minutes a minimum of 3 times this week. The sunshine, warm weather, and river trail right outside our door has made this challenge pretty simple. For y...
Disclaimer: I really should not call these enchiladas. The only thing that resembles one is the fact that I rolled up some ingredients in tortillas, and cooked them like enchiladas. I even covered them with sauce, but it is not
Share Sandwiches take me right back to my childhood. Growing up in Vancouver, sunny days were not as plentiful as we may have wished. When the sun broke through the clouds, Vancouverites streamed outdoors like ants headed towards the first
I was a Girl Scout. First, a brownie. I wore the uniform (even though brown and orange are not my best colors), earned badges, sold cookies. Fun stuff. As a brownie, I looked forward to graduating to a Junior. New
Jason just returned from Missouri! While he was away, the kitchen looked like a photography studio slash bakery. All the time. It was kinda fantastic. On each house tour we go on, I am envisioning how this can be, all
Mmm, melty cheese. So, I recently heard there is such a thing as corn pasta. Did you all know about this already? I looked in several stores, and ended up ordering it online because I needed to try it. Nevermind
I am a child of the 80's and a fan of the mighty Chuck Norris. He always seems to be the poster child man of someone who could kick some major bootie! Not everyone is a runner. Not everyone is a marathon runner. Did you know that Chuck Norris nev...
Share Hash browns are my breakfast nemesis. You know, the thing you just can't resist no matter how many healthy choices are placed in front of you. Or maybe it's the bacon. Or the Eggs Benedict. Clearly, eating out for