Smudge’s birthday was this week. 10. Double digits. How did this happen and where did the time go?

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To say that she’s been jumping, skipping, leaping and cartwheeling with joy is a serious understatement.

It’s become a tradition to drag her birthday into a week long celebration. I mean, why not? She’s an only child, so duh, we only get to break out the kiddo party hats once a year. Her big day falls at the end of the school year, so that’s an added bonus and reason enough to have whip cream fights. And me and my husband? We’re always game for a party.

Same as the past three years, we’ll be slumber partying, ice cream party bar making and family grilling. All weekend long. I’m going to need a vacation come Monday.

Earlier this week I wrote about 4 food bloggers who’ve faced severe medical conditions and in the end, saved their lives by changing their diet. I’ve featured stories highlighting food bloggers in this way in my online magazines, but have recently been debating about moving this type of content to the blog so it’s more accessible and searchable.

But I wondered if you would read it because it doesn’t have an original recipe tied to it. By the looks of the reader numbers, you guys will and you do like it whether it has a recipe or not. I’m thrilled you do because while I love sharing recipes, I love creating content that teaches and informs and sometimes raises an eyebrow or two.

I loved this comment from Roxi, who addressed some of the flack that these specialized or elimination diets have received in the press lately:

“Fantastic post, Heidi!! So many of us change our menus clinging to the hope that the latest “(*insert buzz word here)-Free” diet will cure our bulges, make our skin clear, lead us to world domination… (ok, that’s a stretch). It’s great to have some facts on real ailments and real solutions, direct from the individuals who’ve lived the ups and downs and can provide solid workable solutions that look and taste great.”

Do you like seeing this content on the blog or would you rather see it in my online magazine? Your comments, criticism and suggestions are valuable to me and I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.

And now, onto this week’s Friday Faves.

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4 Food Bloggers Who Changed Their Diets and Saved Their Lives on

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you a pesky, complicated, hard to pronounce health diagnoses, and doctors don’t have the answers, you take your health into your own hands. You do your own research. You experiment. Often starting with changes in what you eat. At least that’s what these bloggers did.

What these Wonder Women have learned is how to overcome their health adversities, not just with medicine alone, but by altering what they eat. They discovered that food can be one of the best medicines and that even with a limited diet, what you eat and how you prepare it doesn’t mean you have to go without flavor. Their patience and creativity has been challenged, but they’ve learned to improvise, adapt, and most importantly, get healthy. Their resilience has clearly paid off—just take a look at their blogs.

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I’m the first to admit it. I’m not an expert in the nuances of cheese. And I am a far, far, far cry from calling myself a wine enthusiast, let alone a sommelier. You didn’t by chance notice those ice cubes in my Chardonnay, did you? Hang my head in shame, but that’s how I roll.

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But I do love cheese, and I do love wine. So throwing a casual party that marries my love of the two really isn’t that hard of a thing to fathom. Especially after I learned a thing or two to set me on my way thanks to my friends at Wisconsin Cheese.

A few weeks ago I was in Miami, Florida for the yearly Blogher Food Conference. It’s a get together where a bunch of us foodies on the web emerge from our blogging caves to network with one another, meet sponsoring brands, learn how to better our craft, and basically be forced into the open air of society—aka, a great excuse to go shopping for new clothes! You can read more about my trip here.

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One of my favorite parts of the Blogher conference was going to the Wisconsin Cheese Bloggers By the Bay cocktail party. For the past two years I’ve been fortunate to work with Wisconsin Cheese in creating recipes, photography and videos, and I’ve even been a judge for their Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown. I’m a judge again this year so watch for my Instagram feed to be melting down in ooey goodness later this month. Ha. Melting down. The puns are flowing today. Brace yourself.

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This week simply flew by. Maybe it’s because I was actually home for a stretch without my head in the clouds. Or could be that it was an “official” 4 day week. Or maybe it was because I’m not a 10 year old who can’t wait for the end of school to appear but I live with one.


Leftover pizza. What do you do with it? You can eat it cold. You can pick all of the good stuff off and leave the hardened cheese and wish you’d remembered to take it out of the cardboard container and put it in the fridge.

Last night my husband and my Smudge had a daddy daughter date and went to one of our favorite SLC pizzarias, Flatbread Neopolitan Pizza.  My man likes it for the beer and Quattro Stagioni (four seasons) pizza, I dig it for the Chicken Arugula and Basil Salad and Smudge loves the build your own pizza for kids.

He decided to go off the rails and order the Quattro Formaggi with Fior di Latta, Fontina, Romano and Parmesan. I love that man.

With two pieces of leftover pizza on the table, Smudge declared, “Dad. You should take those home and put an egg on it for breakfast tomorrow.” I love that girl.

I know! Why didn’t I think of this? It’s a total Friday Fave.

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Snap. Crackle. And mix those krispies with butter, chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers then let’s start snacking. Those little elves who live in the tree may never know what hit them once the melted marshmallows sticks around.

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Times like these call for sweet treats. And by times like these I mean the end of another school year and the absolute giddiness that has been bouncing around our house, with her high kicks and smiling licks that she simply can’t contain.

But since it’s also almost the weekend, and in the true spirit of weekending, I’m vowing to veer away from attempting any recipe concocting deemed too strenuous. Nothing that will take up too much time or put pressure on my already in weekend mode brain. Baking fancy cupcakes? That’ll wait for another time.

We have lots of other types of fun on the agenda. So let’s get to it. 

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