Friday Faves

by heidi on October 31, 2014

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Happy Halloween friends of fright!

I hope you’ll be enjoying the day in the style it so deserves by oohing and ahhing at all of the cute little Elsa’s that scamper up to your door, scaring the crap out of the teenagers with 5 o’clock shadows in hopes of convincing them this should be their final trick or treat voyage, and relishing the smell of burning pumpkins as their candle light flickers come to an end.

I’ll be donning the wig up above as part of my Halloween outfit. What that is, I haven’t quite figured out yet. I just hope I don’t end up looking like my model come Saturday morning. Remember friends, it’s about moderation in all areas on Halloween. And can someone pass skeletor above an ultra rich deep conditioning treatment, PLEASE?

Have a great Friday and let’s get to this week’s Friday Faves…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

by heidi on October 30, 2014

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My mom has a saying about cooking / eating / observing an overly ambitious amount of dinner table food. “This could feed an army!” is the exclamation I’ve heard from her more than once in my life. It’s her way of noting how lucky we are, to live and enjoy such bounty with our family and friends. 

It happens most every year when we cook to excess at Thanksgiving, or when I get a wild hair and decide I need to add just a bit more to the BBQ with a few more side dishes, plus another dessert, and oh heck, why not have hot dogs PLUS hamburgers. Just so nobody goes hungry.

These pillowy, cakey, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies fit that bill. This recipe is perfect. Especially if you’re baking for a crowd. Like for my mom’s invisible army. Or better yet, for a party! Now, that’s an idea I can get behind. Or better yet, I’ll lead the charge.

So hop to it soldier (I’m looking at you, mom), and let’s get this cookie baking party started.

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Easy Lemon Orzo Faux Risotto

by heidi on October 28, 2014

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Say it ain’t faux! Yes it is! Faux ri-soh-tto to be exact.

I’m a big believer in real stuff. Real butter. Check. Real friends. They’re the only kind. Real flowers instead of fake? Always.

So why go faux with risotto?

1.  In my humble cooking opinion, using orzo makes this recipe a whole lot less temperamental to cook. Traditional risotto takes a lot of hand holding—and constant stirring—to ensure success. Orzo is a bit more forgiving.

2. This orzo is organic AND whole wheat — healthy carbs rejoice!

3. I make it often because it cooks up in just 30 minutes and can be served as a main dish, or served as a side. It’s flexible like that. And one of my pantry staples.

Here’s why… 

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Friday Faves

by heidi on October 24, 2014

Hi-ho and happy Friday, friends. Thanks for dropping in and saying, “Hey!”

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Here we are, on the top of the heap of the holiday chain gang. Suddenly it’s ghouls and goblins. Soon enough, it’ll be talk of the Mayflower, turkey timers and who wore the pilgrim hats best, that will lead directly into the whirlwind of holiday parties, eating too many of Santa’s cookies and clinks all around to ring in the new year.

Whew. Take a deep breath. Relax.

If you let it, it could almost feel like the holiday season is over before its even begun. But let’s do this instead. Let’s revel in the joys these next few months are sure to bring and embrace our festivus-es.

So why not start now, and let’s kick off the whole shebang with this week’s list of Friday Faves…

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How does the cook in the family shed a few pounds while making a meal the whole family will still crave and love? In Gina Homolka’s mind, it’s simple. You just need to get into the kitchen and start cooking.


The challenges of weight loss has been a universal struggle that has made the popularity of Gina’s blog, Skinnytaste, the success that it is since it’s beginnings in 2008. And it’s the same exact reason her new cookbook has soared to the tops of the best-seller lists.

As the creator of  both publishing endeavors, Gina Homolka has found the secret ingredient that resonates with her readers: she solves cooking conundrums for dieters by delivering calorie conscious, but still totally crave-worthy, lightened-up family favorite recipes that are painless to plan and create. In fact her Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli clocks in at just 420 calories per serving. Say what?

Now with her first cookbook,  The Skinnytaste Cookbook, legions of devout fans are going offline and straight to the cookbook shelves to discover recipes that she calls, “light on calories, big on flavor.”

This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup is just one of the many of Gina’s recipes that have been tested, tasted and high five approved and I’m sharing the recipe, plus a giveaway for a copy of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, with you today.

Let’s dig in!

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