Delicious Corn Chowdah

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Ahh, it’s been a while!! One of my goals this summer was to be more active on the blog sharing recipes, healthy living insight, and keeping myself engaged with writing. It’s pretty obvious, though, that it fell to the wayside [oops!!]. Regardless, this summer has been so wonderful! We’ve traveled a lot – a day in Charleston and a week in Myrtle Beach with my boyfriend’s family, a night at a Virginia B&B to experience incredible fresh oysters & crabs, a fantastic weekend in Maine celebrating a close friend’s birthday with lobster, sailing, and R&R by the water…

[Morning Meals] Cherry Lavender Smoothie

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It’s been hot, hot, hot here in DC lately! [Ironically, as I write this its a cool 70° and rainy outside, but this is a total anomaly.] Ranging anywhere from the high 80s to almost 100° by midday, the temps have me reaching for smoothies over and over again on the daily. We’ve also been flooded with cherries this season, so I’ve been snacking on them endlessly. I wanted to jazz them up a bit, though, and this Cherry Lavender Smoothie hits the spot as the perfect morning meal to cool me down before I conquer the…

Hawaiian Love Smoothie

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Six years ago my brother and sister-in-law married each other on the beautiful island of Kaua’i. My family spent about a week on the island – exploring, swimming, getting sunburns, and soaking up the Hawaiian air. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I loved absolutely everything about the islands – I loved the people, the weather, the simplicity. And there was this feeling of magic in the air – the spirit of Aloha. Needless to say, I was hooked. As we were waiting for our plane to depart at the airport to take us back…

Tangy Rhubarb Vinaigrette

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Long time, no write! Eek! With life a bit of a whirlwind lately, I’ve hardly had any time to devote to BITG. Being this is more of a “passion project”, it seems its one of the first things to be put on the back burner [why is that?!]. But I’ve been really seeking balance lately, including reducing my classes a bit, putting less pressure on myself [a.k.a. working on my perfectionism], and really focusing on what serves me. When all is said and done, the goal is to get BITG posts back on their weekly schedule! Much easier…

To Meat or Not To Meat?

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The weekend before last my boyfriend and I had the pleasure of running away for a night after a quick, spontaneous conversation on Friday afternoon about checking out the Charlottesville farmers market in Virginia. We left early the next morning, taking our sweet time during the 2 1/2 hour drive, stopping for coffee at a cute cafe. When we arrived, we strolled the market just as it began to drizzle, but despite the gloomy weather it felt great to be sans agenda – with just my man and a weekend latte. As we browsed, we…

Sueños Naranja Cocktail

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Cocktail?! Did I grab your attention yet? It’s Friday – the freakin’ weekend – and I’ve had a craving to pop a bottle of champagne all day. Weird? I think so, but maybe its the sunny weather, the blooming flowers, or the fact that I just feel like celebrating [nothing in particular]. When 4 pm rolled around, I decided I did enough work for the day [plus got a great workout in this morning] that I deserved a nice adult drink. I don’t drink often, mind you – some weeks/weekends I don’t even think about it – but…