Spaghetti Squash (or Not) Vegetarian (or Not) Casserole

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So - in an effort to eat more healthfully I was inclined to buy some spaghetti squash at Costco.  It may have been sort of an impulse buy - I had never seen spaghetti squash at Costco before and they were super inexpensive.  So then I had 2 huge spaghetti squash and I needed to figure out what to do with them. I was not having an extra creative day so I decided on faux spaghetti and meatless sauce (since I also bought a jumbo sized package of meatless Italian “sausage” at Costco a while … [Read more...]

Living Happier

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I decided this year was going to be a good year. A healthier year and a happier year than last year. I was excited when I opened Facebook one day and saw an advertisement for an app called "Happier".  I decided to give it a try. The idea behind "Happier" is to encourage people to keep track of the happy moments in their day which will encourage and provide an uplifting boost whenever needed. The idea is based in research that, in a nut shell, indicates that happiness is contagious and being … [Read more...]

Abstinence, Fasting and Sacrafice – oh my!

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Have you ever wondered why McDonald’s starts randomly advertising fish sandwiches around late winter or early spring?  Have you ever wanted a handy, dandy guide to Lent or wondered why Easter falls on a different day every year?  Wonder no more! Easter must always occur on a Sunday, because Sunday was the day of Christ's Resurrection. It coincides with the paschal full moon, because that was the date of Passover in the Jewish calendar.  The Last Supper (Holy Thursday) occurred on the Passover … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Huevos Rancheros with a Quinoa Twist

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As part of my quest to improve my health and  lose some weight I've been trying to cook more and eat out less.  I also am trying to eat more vegetarian meals and less red meat.  In order to do this, I have been reviewing cook books and recipes for inspiration for new dishes. I recently came up with this recipe which is a take on Huevos Rancheros.  We had it for a couple of dinners and lunch (since we are only 2 people and it serves 6) but would also make a tasty breakfast or brunch.  It was … [Read more...]

In My Neighborhood

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  I‘ve decided that 2014 is going to be a year of positive change and discovery. So far, in the realm of change, we had new front doors installed and the exterior of our house painted. We went with a totally different look for both the door and the house - quite bold for us. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I (along with our pup Ann Marie) stopped in San Juan Capistrano at Starbucks to get a cup of coffee. Originally we were on the way to the Dana Point Harbor for our usual … [Read more...]

Golden Squash Bisque + 1 = Yum

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Have you ever found yourself with three squash and no idea where they came from?  I must not be the only one this happens to.  It happened recently and I wanted to use them before they went bad - they were to pretty not to use.  I decided to make a squash bisque.  It turned out quite nice.  I decided to serve it with cinnamon and salt spiced edamame and egg sandwiches.  It was a  cozy, warm meal on a cool winter evening. Golden Squash Bisque Serves 4 1 Butternut Squash 1 Acorn … [Read more...]

30 Day Challenge – Move More!

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I took a break from doing 30 day challenges during the holidays. I probably should have taken the break a month or two before I did - my last two challenges were a bit half hearted. I took January to reset - It’s a new year and I have new resolve. It’s time to get back to 30 day challenges. For me 30 day challenges are, in large part, about trying new things and forming new habits.  This month’s challenge isn’t so much about trying something new, but getting back to something and maybe … [Read more...]

Getting Healthy in 2014

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The following post has been sponsored by Alomune. Healthy living is something I have decided to focus on in 2014. Last year was particularly stressful and I let it get the better of me. I gained weight, my blood pressure got high enough to require medication, I stopped practicing yoga and exercising regularly, I wasn't eating well and generally spent the year feeling a little off and crabby. Not only was my physical health impacted, but my mood and attitude suffered. I found myself being … [Read more...]

TinyPrints – Beautiful Cards for Every Occassion

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The late fall and early winter were a whirlwind of activity.  I am just now able to take a deep breath and refect on all of the activities that I participated in October through December. Early in November I got a message from Pauline (AKA the Craft Maven) asking me if I would like to attend a dinner party and learn about the cool new things Tiny Prints had available just in time for the holidays. After working past the extreme flattery of being invited to an event Pauline was hosting … [Read more...]

Family Traditions and a Recipe

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  If you don't have some family traditions that you keep going year after year you need to get busy and develop a few! My family started a tradition of baking and candy making at Christmastime about 15 years ago. Since we subscribe to the "go big or go home" mentality, our baking and candy making consists of 3 days and results in well over 100 pounds of candy and cookies. This year we used over 45 pounds of chocolate and at least 25 pounds of nuts. We work on it for about 12-16 hours each … [Read more...]