Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas on

Salad might run through my veins like sugar does through those of a baker.

In fact, I’m not sure if I’ve ever gone more than 2 days without a salad in at least one of my rounds of eating. There’s always a side salad with dinner, it could be more fruit filled or sometimes there’s no lettuce at all. It’s a mix and match type of game more often than not.

But where I hit my real pleasure point is when I make a big daddy salad for a filling lunch or dinner.

Pack it with protein.

Add salty bits.

It definitely calls for a sprinkle of cheese.

And where would we be without the sharp tang of pucker-induced salad dressing?

And while we’re talking tangy puckers—not Tanya Tucker—I have a giveaway of over $250 worth of AWESOMENESS (jewelry anyone?) at the end of this post, so set your mouth, and your mouse, to scroll…

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Friday Faves Christmas Edition

by heidi on December 19, 2014


‘Tis the last Friday Faves of the season because next week I’ll be prancing and dancing my way through all of the holiday jingles with my family.

As of today, Smudge is out of school and it’s time to celebrate and chill. My sister and fam arrive the day after Christmas and oh what joy we will have! I hope you’ll all be living it up with your family or loved ones too. Pay attention to it. It goes too fast and too soon becomes merely a memory.

On a side note, thank you to so many of you who sent condolences and warm wishes on the loss of our sweet 13-year-old chow/shepherd “puppy”, Chewy.

Smudge and friends with dogs

He was the light of our life and loved by all, especially Smudge and her gaggle of pals (taken just 2 days before he passed). It just isn’t the same around here without him underfoot, waiting for just one morsel of food to fall to the floor. We’ve lost 2 of our dogs in just one year and it’s not been easy for this family of dog lovers. Our chihuahua Pippa is still under the covers keeping me warm at night. Whether I want her to or not. I’ll take it.

This week’s Friday Faves has a happy holiday vibe. We may not have snow, but I do have presents in links for you to see!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn and Cashews

by heidi on December 18, 2014

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn with Cashews on

December brings out the best in all of us with the bestest of intentions.

We overcommit. “Yes! We’d love to get together with friends we haven’t seen all year! I’ll host!”

We overindulge. “Oh why not? I already had one **___fill in the blank here___**, what’s the harm in just one more?”

And we overspend and overdo. “I just need to get a little something for the mailman, their teachers, my hairdresser, their coach, his clients, my Secret Santa, the neighbors, the dogwalker and the list never ends. never ends. never ends.”

At this stage of the gift giving game, your time to be a jolly old elf is slipping away like stealthy Santa and his reindeer-led sleigh. If you eschew gift cards (“they’re convenient but so lame!”) and Chia pets aren’t really your thing (Duck Dynasty, really?), jump into the DIY gift giving scene with an easy enough lesson from me. read more →

20 Make-Ahead Holiday Breakfasts

by Hayley Putnam on December 17, 2014

20 Make Ahead Breakfasts |

You don’t actually have to slave away in the kitchen all morning on Christmas day to enjoy a decadent breakfast or brunch. It is totally possible to have a relaxing, leisurely meal on Christmas morning without barely lifting a finger.

Twas the night before…

These recipes require all of the prep the night before, so all you have to do in the AM is turn on your oven. Your impressed family will think the elves did it. You can savor watching the kiddos open their presents, stay in your pajamas until noon (at the very least), and enjoy more of the magic that is Christmas morning.

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Fish Chowder With Copper River Salmon

by heidi on December 16, 2014

Thai Fish Chowder with Copper River Salmon |

This fish chowder, if it could talk, would have a long story to tell about a very short trip I was on that ended in minutes with a very quick fall.

This soup and I met on a rainy Alaskan night. There were no walks on the beach but we did get caught on the rain. The piña coladas were on an entirely different continent and man oh man, how I wished I had champagne to kill the pain. But this soup from Cordova, Alaska’s local Fishwives, and it’s subtle Thai-inspired flavors saved me instead.

Thai Fish Chowder with Copper River Salmon |

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