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In the Kitchen {no bake healthy brownies}

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These brownies are one of my most favorite desserts I have made lately. The best thing about them is that they are healthy. I used raw Cacao powder which has loads of anti-oxidents and fabulous health properties, they are sweetened with dates and pure maple syrup, and you don’t have to cook them!! Brilliant. Easy, healthy, chocolatey, I am sold. The following recipe is adapted from this original recipe from Plant Powered Kitchen. I am dying to get her book Let them Eat Vegan. I have heard fabulous things. no bake no sugar frosted brownies | Wiley Valentine

no bake no sugar frosted brownies | Wiley Valentine

Mom Monday {Labneh Dip}

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Something I learned to make from my father is this Labneh Dip. Labneh is essentially a strained yogurt cheese and can be found at many markets these days, as well as middle eastern markets. This dip is always a crowd pleaser with kids and adults alike, and its the perfect dish for entertaining.

Labneh-Dip

Middle Eastern Labneh Dip

You Will Need

3 cups Labneh (can be made with greek yogurt as well)

1 large clove of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons of za’atar

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 green onions, entire onion sliced

3 Persian cucumbers, diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered

1 handful of lemon basil for serving

Fresh Middle Eastern flat bread

 

What to Do

In a large bowl combine Labneh, garlic, olive oil, za’atar, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Add onions, cucumbers & tomatoes and stir well. once combined you can serve immediately with lemon basil and flat bread, or keep in the fridge until read to serve. Enjoy!!

Friday Fun {blueberries on the beach}

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Happy Friday my friends! This weeks inspiration t0-go image is from our trip to Cape Cod last week. We picked up a basket of just picked blueberries from a small stand on the side of the road and enjoyed them together in the sun on the warm sand…perfection!!FRIDAYFUN10

Out and About {Public 74}

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Hello friends! Back home and ready to get back in the swing of things. We had a great trip to Cape Cod and it was amazing to spend time with family. We arrived home on Saturday so we had Sunday to decompress. If your travels allow I highly recommend this. Anyway we discovered a great new restaurant in San Juan Capistrano (Southern California) on Sunday called Public 74. They have a fabulous beer selection, the cocktails looked amazing, and the food was fantastic and almost all organic. They JUST opened last week so they are still getting settled, but I highly recommend it.

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You really must order the opal basil fries. Be warned, the portion is HUGE so be ready to share…but they are amazing.

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Fun fact, the kids menu is so great and clever. I hate when I go to a restaurant and the kids menu is kraft mac & cheese, or american cheese slice grilled cheese. They have such great and clever choices for the kids, it was so refreshing. Let me know if you guys check it out! Would love to hear your experience.out-and-about-public-743

Mom Monday {alternatives to date bites}

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We are huge fans of date bites in our house. But I was looking for something a little different to make, just to mix it up. I am LOVING these alternatives. Can’t wait to try them out!

6 Alternatives to Date Bites | Healthy Snacks for kids | Wiley Valentine #foodtolove

Friday Fun {Melty Cheese and Sunsets}

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Happy Friday my friends! Here is a little Friday fun for you. The inspiration to-go is the view I captured last weekend from the fabulous Pelican Hill Resort. My favorite pin of the week is this fabulous pink bike seat. And the recipe to try is this indulgent Baked Fontina with herbs and garlic! Let me know if you give it a try!

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Mom Monday {strawberry quinoa bowls}

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With spring here, we are getting so many delicious things in our CSA basket. Here is a salad I whipped up for a party we had this weekend. It was a huge hit with parents and kids alike. Even with the parents that shall we say don’t normally go for the quinoa! Enjoy!

PS. if you have kids that are not huge fans of salad, try calling them bowls instead.

 

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Healthy Living Resources

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With Earth Day being this week I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you my favorite healthy living blogs.

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A House in the Hills | Fruit Leather

Chalkboard Mag | DIY Floral Syrups

DIY Natural | Homemade Natural Kids Toothpaste

The Kind Life | Alicia Silverstone’s new book, The Kind Mama

The best thing about all these blogs is that they have such well rounded content. From recipes, to exercise, green living tips to eco-chic products, you will find so many great resources on these blogs. Enjoy! And happy Earth Day week. Let me know if you have a favorite I may have missed. Leave it in the comments below.

San Francisco {a quick trip}

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We made a quick trip up to San Francisco last weekend with my brother and some friends to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had such a great time, and discovered such great spots I thought I would share with you an easy way to make the most out of a trip there. We flew up Saturday morning, returned Sunday evening, and even though it sounds like a super quick trip we had plenty of time to make it a fabulous visit.

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We checked in to our hotel around 10am and then headed straight across the street to the Ferry Building. On Saturdays, the famers market is going on, and it is not to be missed. It’s the perfect place to pick up a Bluebottle Coffee, a few Oysters at Hog Island’s pop-up shop because why not, and even some cheese toast from Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick. Now this cheese toast is not just any ordinary cheese toast. It is made to order right in front of you, as they heat up a giant wheel of raclette cheese until it’s bubbly and slightly browning on the top, then the wheel is tipped over and poured over your toasts. Served along side homemade pickles and pickled onions. Um yes, it’s completely amazing.

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Next we headed over to the Mission district to check out all the great shops over there. A standout for me was Paxton Gate. The shop is full of curiosities and DIY terrarium supplies. There is even a giant unicorn to greet you at the door. Yes this is a must.

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From there we walked to Foreign Cinema for brunch. The food was great, and the space is really neat. The poached eggs over duck confit was to die for.

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From here we needed a little pick me up so we walked to Dandelion Chocolate, to order from their chocolate milk bar. It’s a great place to get a chocolate infused coffee or in my case I ordered the almond, cinnamon chocolate horchata. It was beyond!

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Late night we had drinks at the Tipsy Pig. They make the most amazing drink there with fresh strawberries called Strawberry Fields. Served in a mason jar, it is the most perfect drink. So there you have it, a day in San Francisco, jam packed with the perfectly curated activities. Enjoy!

5 Ways to Create a Memorable Charcuterie

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My all time favorite thing to serve while entertaining is a charcuterie plate. I am constantly trying to create something new and exciting, so here are a few of my latest ideas. This is perfect for any party, gathering, or on a large scale it would be divine for a wedding.

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photo via The Avid Eater  // Photographer  Nicole Franzen  //  Food Stylist Lauren LaPenna