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Easy (Mock) Creme Brulee

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When you think of creme brulee I'm sure thoughts of fancy restaurants and candlelit dinners flash through your head. We all enjoy an expensive night out with friends and family, but there is no reason to not have those same flavors at home on a Tuesday! This recipe uses only three ingredients! It is quick to make and tastes delightful.

Christmas Brunch Cocktail

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Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of year. The crisp air brings hopes of snow, cozy fires, and quality time spent with the ones you love. In my adult years I have grown to love a big Christmas brunch. I enjoy preparing eggs, bacon, biscuits, fresh fruit and of course no brunch is complete without a delightful cocktail! My go to Summer cocktail is a mimosa so for Christmas I decided to do a mimosa with a twist. The combination of cranberry and rosemary always puts me in the mood for holiday cheer. This year as you snuggle up close to those you love, open gifts, and sing carols I...

Pepperplace Market

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One of my favorite markets in town is Pepperplace Market. I love running into friends and neighbors each time I visit. On one of my recent visits I was entranced by the amazingness of Hepzibah Farms . The flowers and the sampler basket I purchased were enough to last all throughout the week. I highly recommend you stop by and see these guys!

Go-to morning smoothie recipe

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Today I want to share with you guys my go-to smoothie recipe! I am not a fan of big meals when I wake up early in the mornings. I need something simple and easy to consume that will give me a ton of nutrients quickly. This smoothie recipe gives me the energy I need to get through my busy work day and feel great.

Vegan Southern Goodness

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At our house we try to eat meat-free at least 3-4 times a week for budget and health reasons. When you eat vegetarian that often, it's important to keep variety in your diet. This week I have been hunting for some exciting Southern style vegan options to add to our weekly meals. Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy OMG! Who even knew this could be made vegan! So many childhood memories revolve around this meal. I can't wait to add this to our menu. Vegetarian Brown Sugar Collard Greens Collards are the epitomy of Southern cuisine. In South Carolina they were everywhere. I can't wait to try this vegan...

Five Fall stews to keep you warm inside

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We are finally going to dip down into the 40s here in Alabama. I am relaxing with my windows open and dreaming of what delicious foods I will make in the next few months as Winter rolls in. Here are five clean eating stews I cannot wait to throw together soon. Cauliflower Soup from Kitchen Stewardship Look at that lovely, smooth cauliflower! Just look at it! Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Stew from The Gracious Pantry Simple, rustic, and full of hearty yumminess! This Vegan Chili from Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water One of our go to recipes this time of year. Spicy, smokey, and loaded with...

My "healthy" obsession with mushrooms

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If you follow me on Instagram then you know that mushrooms are in my food ALL THE TIME. I love them. All different varieties. The earthy flavor and the smooth, rich texture are only some of the reasons I use them so often. Mushrooms are full of nutrition and immune boosting properites. Here is some info from Mercola on the health benefits of this delicious obsession of mine. Mushrooms from a farmer at our local market Pepperplace Market . The FASEB Journal recently published nine studies on mushrooms that were also presented at Experimental Biology 2013, which detailed a wide variety of...

Starbucks CEO to all Partners after the Trump election

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Dear Partners, Last night, like so many of you, I watched the election returns with family and friends. And like so many of our fellow Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – I am stunned. We cannot know what the precise impact will be on our country and the rest of the world. I am hopeful that we will overcome the vitriol and division of this unprecedented election season. As Americans, we must honor the democratic process. We have a president-elect in Donald Trump, and it is our responsibility as citizens to give him the opportunity to govern well and bring our country together...

Flikr

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Are you following us on Flickr ? You may have noticed that recently we have a sidebar with lovely photos. This is the feed to our Flickr account. It's a great way to share tiny moments that may not fit into a blog post. I hope you will check it out! Spiffy Eats Flickr

Mama Rose's Heartburn Elixir

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The last time I visited my grandmother I got terrible heartburn after my morning coffee (this has happened quite frequently the last year or so). I opened the medicine cabinet to see what she may have and she said "No, honey, we don't use heart burn medicine anymore, I make a this drink. Let me show you!" I was so excited to hear about a new heartburn relief and with all natural ingredients too. I am not a doctor, or dietician, I am simply telling you guys it works for me. Here's what my grandma makes: 1 tablespoon Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey, and warm water to...

Give Me Your Best Stress Reducing Methods

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As some of you know I recently purchased my first home. I am so grateful for this next step in my life. It's been very exciting to say the least. But, it is also an extrememly stressful time. Between moving and cleaning at the old place, organzing at the new place, transitioning multiple pets to an entirely new space..... It's a lot. All this to say, today I am coming to my readers to inquire... what are your go to methods to reduce stress? Running? Hot teas? Massages? Running through the streets wearing a unicorn outfit like a fairy who got into the scotch???? No idea is a bad one. I want to...

Clean Eating Fall Treats!

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This time of year is perfect for getting in the kitchen with those you love and making festive goodies. I love making treats that are both delicious and have a list of clean ingredients. Here are a few that I plan to try out in the kitchen this year! Clean Eating Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from The Gracious Pantry Fall Harvest Granola Bars by The Seasoned Mom Apple Crisp from My Natural Family Sauteed Apples from Sweet Treats Baking Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake from Jay's Baking Me Crazy

Crockpot Mulled Wine

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The ancient Romans are thought to have brought mulled wine to Europe in the 2nd Century. They believed by drinking warm wine brewed with certain spices they would ward off disease and keep themselves healthy throughout the colder months. I am not certain how or if mulled wine would improve my health, but I know it improves my mood! This recipe is simple and the perfect drink to warm up your home and put you in a state of relaxation and joy. The smell alone is enough to boost your mood- oranges, cinnamon, cider and wine will fill your senses with holiday cheer. We opted to avoid any added...

Moo Brew the Clean Way

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One of my favorite things in the entire world is family recipes. I love hearing stories of my family gathered together enjoying special recipes. It's amazing how a certain smell or taste can bring us right back to a certain time in our lives. Grandma's biscuits, Mom's buttermilk pie, Dad's chili, Mama Rose's sausage bread. Each one holds special memories of incredible people in my life. Today's recipe is one that was introduced to me by my boyfriend's mother. She is an amazing cook and I feel like I learn something from her every time we spend time together. A few years ago for Christmas she...

How participating in #BlogLikeCrazy landed me my first magazine spread

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The first time you see your work in print is the most incredible, astounding, prideful, gleeful, exciting... Ok, let me start at the beginning. Last year I participated in the See Jane Write challenge Blog Like Crazy . Every November women all accross the country commit to blog every single day of the month . Last year when I decided to participate I experienced many emotions throughout the challenge. Joy: yay I'm going to rock this! Anger: late at night, no blog ideas... why did I decide to do this? Fear: what if I write every day, and no one takes the time to read it? Pride: wow, I'm really...

My Favorite New Restaurant in Birmingham: Tropicaleo

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I had the amazing privelege of attending the soft opening for Tropicaleo . If you haven't heard of Tropicaleo yet, stop what you are doing and read this. After that, go eat the best Puerto Rican food in Alabama! They are currently serving lunch in the kitchen of Crestwood Tavern (until their new location opens in Avondale) Mon-Fri from 11-3 and brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10-3. Ok, so back to the opening. As soon as I entered Crestwood Tavern the smell of earthy spices filled my senses. I had my first taste of this delcious food at the Woodlawn Street Market and the anticipation of...

Alabama Farmer's Market

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Today was my first visit to the Alabama Farmer's Market. What an incredible day it was! I brought my friend Mary along and we scouted out the best peaches we could find. These will make a beautiful biscuit topping, cobbler, or maybe even an ice cream! I also snagged some juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers to whip up a simple summer salad later this week. There was also face painting and a small petting zoo! These guys are very photogenic. Here is our entire haul from the market. All for $25, I might add. I'm excited about these Mississippi sweet potatoes. Maybe some sweet potato pie...

Our Adventure at The Woodlawn Street Market

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The streets of Woodlawn were booming this morning as we made our way through the Street Market. Birmingham is returning to its roots in the midst of massive growth and development. It's an exciting time to call Birmingham home. I usually write a lot, but today, I really feel like the photos speak for themselves. I do want to mention one amazing thing. As we walked through the market, we asked several vendors what inspired them to start following their dreams? In these conversations we came accross not one, not two, but THREE folks who had gone through the Co.Starters Program from Rev...

Follow Spiffy_Eats on Flickr!

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The first thing I want to say is THANK YOU! Thank you to all our readers, twitter followers, facebook friends, and instagram followers. Thank you for liking, sharing, commenting and overall encouraging! We read every comment and they all touch our hearts. Each and every one of you mean so much to us. We would not be where we are without you. Thank you for following along the last few years as I have developed my voice in this blogging world. Thank you for putting up with all the iPhone photos, and the facebook posts with hundreds of food pictures. From the bottom of my heart- THANK YOU! Now...

Real & Rosemary

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From the moment I saw the lovely exterior of this new spot, I knew it was perfection. The mix of southern charm and industrial pieces fits perfectly with the small town of Homewood Alabama. As we walked in to the cafe, we were met with friendly faces and warm greetings. Before I even stepped up to the counter to order my food, a staff member had placed a warm cup of Alabama's own Royal Cup Coffee into my hand. As I sipped, my friend and I decided what food we would order. Everything at Real and Rosemary is whole food options. We had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Mims, one of the owners...

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