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Inspired Thinking – Mary Oliver

“Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” ~Mary Oliver This was a message I really needed today. I hope it opens up a litte space in your heart, too. For more insight on finding your way out of darkness, […]

May 21, 2013 0
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Vignole – Italian Spring Vegetable Soup

Vignole, loosely translated, means a “celebration of spring” and this lovely light and savory soup is just that. Filled with young, tender, green vegetables, herbs and simple white beans, you can’t help but think of the lightness of spring. This is the perfect, healthy soup, with just a little Prosciutto di Parma for texture and […]

May 20, 2013 0
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Southern Tres Leches Cake with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream

It is my birthday week (I officially turned 34 on the 14th) so it seemed only fitting that I create a lovely, fabulous baked goody to post this week. Nasturtium, one of my favorite edible flowers, is growing in abundance in my garden now and I wanted to create a dessert that showcased their beauty. […]

May 16, 2013 2
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Kentucky Derby Recipes: Mint Julep Fruit Salad

Being a Louisville native, I absolutely love and adore the first Saturday in May, The Kentucky Derby. This year the weather happens to be a little gloomy and rainy, but I can assure you it hasn’t dampened the spirits of all of us Kentucky Proud folks. I’m hopping around to a couple of Derby parties […]

May 4, 2013 2
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Kentucky Derby Recipes: Proper Mint Juleps and Mint Julep Bar

One of the accomplishments in life of which I am very proud is my ability to turn any Mint Julep naysayer into a Mint Julep lover. Over and over, I’ve proven to people that a good Mint Julep is lovable by just about anybody. I understand people’s supposed dislike of Mint Juleps. If you have […]

May 1, 2013 4
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Apple Brussels Sprout Slaw

I’ve been on a bit of a slaw kick lately, and I’ve been experimenting with various cruciferous veggies. A couple of weeks ago I made a Sweet and Spicy Broccoli Slaw, and this week it is Brussels Sprouts. This Brussels Sprout and Apple combination was a bit of a last minute concoction, and the tart, […]

April 30, 2013 2
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Trail Mix Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Cookies

Ever thought to yourself, It would be so awesome right now to be eating a homemade cookie on this hike instead of trail mix and power bars? Well, if not, I’ve just planted the seed. These energy-loaded cookies are perfect for any activity, place or time. Hikes, bike rides, runs, walks, adventurous picnics, anytime is […]

April 25, 2013 6
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A Return to Love Book Group Discussion Questions – Session 3

“Our internal state determines our experience of our lives; our experiences do not determine our internal state.” This post is Part 3 in a series of posts on A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. You can read the last post and discussion questions for Chapters 3 and 4 here. In this third session, our […]

April 23, 2013 4
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Sweet and Spicy Broccoli Slaw

My dear friend Joyce from Friends Drift Inn gave me a jar of Bread and Butter Pickles. She is the canning Queen and anything she gives you in a Ball jar is delicious (I won’t get into specifics). Her pantry would rightfully garner envy from any canning connoisseur. When I needed to whip up a […]

April 12, 2013 0
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Easy Homemade Gifts: Gift of the Magi Bread

Growing up, one of my Mom’s holiday traditions was baking Gift of the Magi Bread. Her original, hand written recipe from the 70s is below. It is heavily spotted with all the batter we’ve made over the years which is just one more reason I love to pull it out of my recipe book and […]

April 3, 2013 4
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    On this site I share my bottomless passion for good food, big adventures and green spaces. You can learn more about my wellness programming, cooking and gardening classes and Ayurvedic offerings here.

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