My Healthy Eating Tips for 2015 #MyPinterestingLife

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In two months I turn the big 4-0hhh and can’t think of a better time to get in shape for this milestone birthday. While browsing through Pinterest, I found this pin, printed it, and hung it on my refrigerator. These tips are all simple, yet extremely important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I am starting the New Year off on the right track and am looking forward to a new and improved lifestyle.

 

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Waffle Iron Brownies #MyPinterestingLife

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Sometime last year I pinned a recipe for Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookies made with a waffle iron. Genius! Since then I have seen several things made with a waffle iron such as hash-browns, cinnamon rolls, omelets and BROWNIES! Curious, I decided to experiment one night at work with a package of brownie mix and a hot waffle iron. The result was a decadent, yet simple, dessert that can be whipped up in 5 minutes.

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No formal recipe is needed for this sinful dessert.… Read the rest

Drew’s “Maine” Squeeze #MyPinterestingLife

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Today’s cocktail was created as a joke but turned out so amazing that I wanted to share it with everyone. Lately I have been obsessed with the spirit line from Art In The Age, which is innovative liquor brand that features a line of spirits dedicated to bringing back flavors we all  loved as a child, such as root beer, gingersnaps and strawberry pie. As a bar manager, I am fortunate that I have access to so many spirits and get to experiment with drink recipes on a daily  basis.… Read the rest

The Color of Love #MyPinterestingLife

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Happy New Year! I am so glad 2015 is now upon us and have never been more ready to bid adieu to 2014. Now do not get me wrong, 2014 began with so much excitement as I launched #mypinterestinglife,  in which I would recreate something I had pinned on Pinterest for each day of 2014. I wanted to use this as a motivational tool to spark my creativity and brush up on my culinary skills. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and I found myself opening a brand new restaurant and the grueling 18 hour days took a toll on me, and my blog.… Read the rest

Pizzelle #SundaySupper

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Happy Sunday! There is one thing that I look forward to every year around the holidays and crave throughout the month of December…….pizzelle! These delicious Italian waffle cookies originate from the Abruzzo region in Italy and I have been making them since I was a young girl. My great-grandmother was from Abruzzo, so I guess making these cookies is in my blood. 

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There is nothing I enjoy more than a cup of coffee with 2 or 3 pizzelle.… Read the rest

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders #SundaySupper

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My love affair with chicken wings began long ago. With football season in full swing and my San Francisco Giants in the playoffs, I have been whipping up football favorites every Sunday. Fried Buffalo Chicken Sliders are one of my favorite game day foods and I wanted to come up with a spin on my favorite recipe using my new football inspired crock pot that I won at BlogHer Food in Miami this past May. For this recipe, I combined my favorite buffalo chicken dip recipe from the stellar blog Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy and another recipe I found on All Recipes and the result is a wing lover’s masterpiece.… Read the rest

Pearfect Harvest Cocktail #SundaySupper

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~Albert Camus

Fall is my absolute favorite season. Nothing makes me happier than the arrival of cooler weather and the sight of cinnamon brooms and everything pumpkin at the local markets. While I do enjoy my fair share of pumpkin flavored foods, I have always preferred  apples and pears. As a bar manager at a local restaurant, I love experimenting with fall inspired drinks and am excited to share one of our new cocktails that has had everyone “falling in love” with its flavors.… Read the rest

Zucchini Brownies #SundaySupper

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I love this time of year. School is back in session, temperatures are slightly cooling and football is back. Baking is one of my favorite hobbies and nothing inspires me more than the arrival of a new season. I was excited to participate in this week’s edition of #SundaySupper, which features squash, because I love baking with pumpkin and zucchini. Last year I made brownies for the first time with zucchini and am excited to share this easy recipe which has become one of my favorites.… Read the rest

Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs #SundaySupper

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As a busy mom that works full time, entertaining guests is something I enjoy but do not always have time to prepare elaborate dishes. Simplicity is key and nothing compares to the taste of fresh figs paired with cheese and wine. Since moving to Florida from Northern California, I do not get to enjoy fresh figs as often but when I see them at the local market during season, I always sure to pick up a basket.… Read the rest

Pacific Wilderness Cocktail

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I have been on a cocktail kick lately and one of my favorite spirits is Distillery No. 209 Gin from San Francisco. Hands down, No. 209 is one of my preferred gins and is a secret weapon in gin based cocktails. The first time I tried No. 209 was back in May of 2012 during a trip home to California. One of my longtime friends made me a cocktail after a grueling 6 hour flight from Tampa to San Francisco.… Read the rest