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Black Bean Sweet Potato Salad with Zesty Lime Dressing

There were a plethora of black beans in my refrigerator I cooked up before I was heading to California. I made some black bean hummus and still had plenty beans left. I snagged some sweet potatoes and cut up the red peppers. I mixed in a little quinoa and made a zesty lime dressing for…

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Crockpot Stuffed Red Peppers

I’ve been quite astonished with the red pepper selection at the farmer’s market the last few weeks. Usually I see these giant non-organic peppers at the grocery store and think they’re just loaded up with hormones because they’re so big. However, I found a pepper the size of my face last week at the market…

Black Beans-A Must Have in Your Diet

As I sit eating my black bean soup for dinner, I realized that I had just whipped up a bunch of recipes that included black beans lately. I grabbed a ton of black beans at the farmer’s market the other week and cooked them all up before heading to California. I had no idea what…

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Jane: A San Francisco Restaurant Stop

We had just traveled all around the San Francisco area. We got to see Haight and Ashbury, the Fillmore, Mrs. Doubtfire’s house, the Full House House, the Painted Ladies and we were ready for a delicious meal. My cousin Lauren was getting married and her wedding website suggested this place called Jane. It was unreal….

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Wine Tasting at Joullian Vineyards

We arrived in Carmel Valley around 7:30 in the morning after evacuating the Napa fires. My dad gave my Uncle Ridge Watson a call and asked if there would be any openings to taste some wine at the Joullian Vineyards tasting room. He said of course and also gave us the opportunity to go to…

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Caught in the Napa Fires

At 9:50pm a red glow emerged over the hills. At first I couldn’t distinguish what it was but as we continued driving, we realized the glow was actually bright orange and red flames rolling down the mountains. My family and I had just tasted a wonderful meal at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa,…

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Snickerdoodle Oat Energy Balls

Snickerdoodle cookies are probably my favorite of all time. I have a sweet obsession with these energy bites I’ve been making lately and snickerdoodle just had to be checked off the list. These had oats in them, which made them a little dry. I will probably be trying them with cashews and almonds and no…

4 Steps to Get Rid of Negative Self Talk

“I hope I can remember to cue the same on the left as I did on the right,” I say to myself during nearly every yoga class I teach. “I really should get that blog post finished today,” runs through my mind Wednesday mornings before my newsletter goes out. “I can’t believe I wore these…

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Get Rid of Fruit Flies

I walked into my grandparents house only to see this giant mesh cage over my grandmother’s fruit bowl. It’s that time of the year when fruit flies are quite rambunctious. I told her that you can get rid of them in a pretty simple way. My grandparents always have a little skepticism when I give…