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Propagating Herbs: A How To Gude Part 2

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Well, so far I have had some success and some epic failures. Be sure to hop over to my first post to see how I got started with propagating these herbs for an indoor winter herb garden. Today is day 20! And here are my successes with getting some roots from my herbs. This is mint. It's getting a few small white roots. Yay! Here is some lavedner. It is thriving and healthy and look! One little white root growing! And the loveliest, most flourishing of all- The basil! There's roots everywhere on this little guy! So what's the next step? That's a good question. I plan to start researching the...

Bacon and Gouda Stuffed Apples

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Nothing informs my senses of the arrival of Fall more than the aroma of apples baking with cinnamon. Combine that with the inviting smell of bacon and your family will be running to the kitchen to find out what you're making! This recipe is warm, savory and sweet. The addition of gouda makes for a creamy side dish everyone will love.

Propagating Herbs: A How To Gude

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The Fall weather is starting to sneak in, your herbs are starting to dwindle away. What can you do? If you love the idea of being able to grab fresh rosemary, mint, or lemon balm even in the dead of winter, keep reading. Let me start by saying, I am new to gardening. I have been gardening for the last two years and I absolutely love it! I have had some great success ( my first cabbage made it through 5 degree temps and was delicious) and some failures (every tomato I tried to grow heat rotted before ever turning red). But, after reading this helpful post from 17 Apart , I am completely...

How I am training for a 5k

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I haven't done a fitness post in a while. To be honest, most of my summer fintess has consisted of outdoor adventures with the dog. I do not follow a specific fitness plan during the summer because I know that I will get outside and be active every chance I get! Todd and I at The Preserve doing some waterfall hiking! Over the last few weeks, that has changed. Why? I AM TRAINING FOR A 5K! String up the banners, give me a cookie, all the above. I am extremely proud of myself. In my opinion, it does not matter how big or small your healthy living goals are. It only matters that you set them and...

All-natural Candles- Shop Local

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When it comes to household items, I do my best to choose natural items in all cases. My usual all-purpose cleaner, white vinegar, water and lemon essential oil. I use it to clean my kitchen counters, floors and bathroom! Candles have always been a struggle for me. I am lured in by all of the sweet smells of the big name brands who make promises of spring rain, pumpkin spice, gingerbread houses and the like. Yet, the thought of putting harmful chemicals into the air that my family and I breathe really bothers me. I have attempted a few different brands of natural candles, only to be...

Back To School Paleo Egg Muffins

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Let me start by saying, this time of year can be super stressful! For those of you with children, going back to school is a very hectic time. For those of you who work retail, back to school is insanely busy! College students, trust me I understand! The next few weeks can truly effect the way you eat. As we get busy, it is so tempting to grab poptarts, cereal, or other sugary foods as a quick alternative to healthy eating. How can you avoid this trap? FOOD PREP! Food prep sounds way more daunting than it should. It evokes images of 50 plastic tupaware containers filled with chicken you need...

Modifiied Paleo: A recap of my first week

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Hi all! Thanks for stopping in. This week I felt motivated to switch over from 80/20 "clean eating" to 95/5 "modified paleo" and journal the challenges and victories with my readers! To give you a little background, I usually eat a clean diet 80% of the time and eat out, enjoying whatever I like 20% of the time. This eating plan this week specifically excluded sugar and gluten. Typical day Breakfast: Smoothie 1/4 cup yogurt 2 handfuls frozen fruit 8 ounces Coconut water 1 small banana Lunch: Salad & Kombucha Bed of lettuce 1 can tuna 2 tablespoons whole fat greek yogurt 1 carrot 1 radish...

Coffee and Molasses Pork Tenderloin

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I love Ice Box Coffee! I love Pork! So the combo makes perfect sense to me. This recipe will give you the most succulent, flavorful pork you have ever had. It's simple, fun and absolutely delicious. We used the grill to cook our tenderloin, but this could easily be cooked in your oven as well. Sidenote: If you like this recipe, please vote for it on the Icebox Coffee Instagram ! The contest runs until August 6th! Thank you.

Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Pineapple Upside down cake is one of those traditional desserts that no one wants to give up, regardless of allergies or food sensitivites. This recipe combines a gluten free cake mix, fresh pineapple, grass-fed butter and coconut sugar. Oh, I also had some duck eggs and used them in place of chicken eggs. They made the cake so insanely fluffy!

Vegan Caribbean Jerk Marinade

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I love Caribbean flavors in food. In American cuisine, it seems so often we place spices into one of two categories: savory or sweet. But, with Caribbean spices they do no such thing! I grew up thinking cinnamon was only used in desserts and salt was only used in savory foods. Boy, was I wrong! This simple marinade recipe combines aromatic spices and coconut milk! I chose to use it to marinate shrimp, but it would be great on any kind of meat or veggies, or used as a sauce on top of a veggie and quinoa bowl.

Paleo Peach Muffins

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Welcome back to Monday Munchies! This time of year I absolutely love going to my local farmers market. One of my favorite things is to wake up early and get to the market before the crowds. I love strolling through the booths and seeing all of the beautiful hand made items, delicious produce and locally sourced eggs of all different colors. Now that it's June peaches are starting to show up at lots of the booths. Peaches hold a special place in my heart. As a child when I would travel to Rena Lara, Missippi we would walk down to my aunt's house and pick peaches from her orchard. I remember...

Clean Eating Turkey Leg Tacos

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1. Tacos are awesome. 2. Giant tureky legs make me feel like a medeival queen. 3. Pressure cookers make everything easy. For today's (late) edition of Monday Munchies I want to share with you a simple recipe for pressure cooker turkey tacos. Part of the inspiration for the recipe comes from this video . This guy is hilarious! And he shares really helpful details about using a pressure cooker to cook turkey legs. For this recipe, I use the Gracious Pantry Clean Taco Seasoning . Any clean taco seasoning will work, but I recommend this recipe. You can choose whatever toppings you want. I chose...

Jalapeño Honey Chicken Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps

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Today I want to share one of my favorite new recipes with you. It can be made using one bowl and one sautee pan. Oh, did I mention it's delious? Seriously. Delicious. This recipe uses the same list of ingredients from my Jalapeño Honey Chicken Teriyaki , just in different proportions. Please check out Garden Honey Bee to buy your own local honey next time you're at Pepperplace Market !

Stone Hollow Farm Tour

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This week I had the pleasure of a suprise visit to Stone Hollow Farmstead . I have frequented their booth at Pepper Place Market , and always wanted to see the farm in person. As a birthday suprise my boyfriend took me for a tour. I had a blast! Stone Hollow Farmstead is a small, family owned farm in Alabama that puts large emphasis on sustainability and creativity. They focus on using organic methods of farming with respect for the land and animals. The founder, Deborah Stone comes from a family of farmers. She not only has created goats milk cheses but also genius cosmetic products . They...

Thirty

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As I sit on my front porch this morning I hear birds chirping, train horns blowing, neighbors rushing off to work. I see my knock out roses, my azaleas, my mints, and my cottage flowers. It smells like Spring. I am extremely aware of the fact that today I am embarking on a new part of the journey. 30. My twenties are gone. Oh, what fun and turmoil those twenties were. So many bad decisions. But, I don't hate them. As the sun begins to peak through the clouds all around me, I am aware that 30 is a chance to start fresh. Leave my twenties in the dust. But, how could I? They taught me so much. I...

Clean Eating Egg Salad

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This was the first week of the Pepper Place Farmer's Market in Birmingham. I was so excited about this day, and I was not disappointed. The place was filled with vendors from all over the area selling fresh, high quality products. Check out these pastured eggs I grabbed from Marble Creek Farmstead . I could hardly wait to get home and make something fun with them! So without further adieu, here is my recipe for Clean Eating Egg Salad!

A Rena Lara Easter

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There is nothing like going home. This past weekend, I went to Rena Lara, Mississippi. Population- 97. This is one of the places I consider "home". My grandparents have lived here for over 80 years. Every Summer growing up, I remember our family trips to the Delta (the flat lands). We would wake up early to go fishing with grandad on a lake connected to the Mississippi River. We would play with our cousins, watch every Disney movie, and eat the best food in the world. My grandmother passed away a couple of years ago and I miss her so much. This visit last weekend, I had the opportunity to...

Forgive My Absence

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Hi All! Thank you for stopping into Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water! As you may have noticed if you read often, I have not been posting as I usually do. Why? The answer is simple and exciting. I am studying and will be moving my career in a new and interesting direction over the next few months! Hooray for change! I plan to be back posting recipes and fitness tips by mid-March or early April. Thank you all for you continued support and faithful readership. Taking a break from blogging is a true act of will power. I love it so much! But, I believe by exclusively focusing on my classes in all my...

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