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Coffee and Molasses Pork Tenderloin

  • Posted on: 18 July 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 14 July 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 7 July 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 5 July 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 29 June 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 16 May 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 15 April 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 14 April 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 6 April 2015
  • By: jessica
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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

  • Posted on: 9 March 2015
  • By: jessica
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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...

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

  • Posted on: 12 February 2015
  • By: jessica
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I got my first butcher box from Bottle & Bone last week and I just have to tell you, I am so impressed! The box was full of all kinds of amazing, fresh and sustainably sourced meats. We have really enjoyed making some fun recipes with these high quality cuts. Today, I want to share with you my favorite recipe so far, Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken! I love this recipe because it is clean and SIMPLE!

Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Topped Cucumbers

  • Posted on: 10 February 2015
  • By: jessica
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Tonight I am going to an amazing event with The Birmingham Girls Club . Through this club, I have met some amazing women! This is my second event to attend since becoming a member, and I can't wait! We are all coming together to celebrate one another on this Valentine's week! For tonight's event, I put together a new recipe that is made of four simple ingredients, cucumbers, goat cheese, whole fat greek yogurt, and prosciutto. It's light, simple, and a perfect party food! Here's how I made it. Mix together 4 oz of goat cheese with 4 oz of whole fat greek yogurt. This works best if the goat...

On Track With Fitness Trackers

  • Posted on: 4 February 2015
  • By: jessica
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I am honored to welcome back Jennifer King of S tellar Fashion & Fitness . Jennifer says of her blog: I want to use this blog as a source of motivation — for myself and for my readers — to find the strength to become stellar people, on the inside and the outside. Whether you’re trying to lose weight as I am, wanting to become more physically fit or learning to dress in a way that expresses your personality, I hope this can be a place for encouragement, support and the exchange of ideas. Today Jennifer will be sharing some of her experiences with several different fitness trackers. I hope...

Sweetened Condensed Cashew Milk

  • Posted on: 26 January 2015
  • By: jessica
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I have been making cashew milk at home for years because of the healthy fats and the natural calming properties. So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered that Silk had started carrying their own Cashew Milk! I'm sure it will be nice to purchase pre-made non GMO cashew milk on those occasions that I do not have time to make it myself. I usually try to avoid store bought sweetened, condensed milk because of al the additives and processing. So I thought why not make a sweetened, condensed milk with the Cashew Milk I have on hand? It turned out quite delicious! I can't wait to make a...

Why Eat Local: A Conversation with Jen of Bottle & Bone

  • Posted on: 21 January 2015
  • By: jessica
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Enter our Valentine's Day Giveaway for you and your love to attend a sausage making class at Bottle & Bone , as Jen said, "The couple that grinds together, stays together!" Details at the end of this post. Nestled in a cozy corner of beautiful Uptown Birmingham is a butcher shop, unlike any you have ever seen. It is easy to spot by the unique, Viking style architecture displayed outside the entrance. Once you step inside your senses are filled with the smell of delicious meats cooking, your eyes captured by the magnificent offerings of ales and wines, and your ears filled with warm...

Jalapeño Honey Chicken Teriyaki

  • Posted on: 14 January 2015
  • By: jessica
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Thank you for stopping by Spiffy Eats. Today I am sharing a recipe with you that is not only rich in complex flavor, but really simple to make. Make it clean eating by putting it over a side of brown rice or paleo by putting it over a fried egg. Both options are easy and tasty. First, I would like to share a bit of my friend Amber's story. You have heard from Amber before in her post, "Free the Chicks" , where she wrote about the reasons for choosing pastured eggs and chickens. Amber is a school teacher who holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and a BS in Early Childhood Education and...

A Birmingham Christmas

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: jessica
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Although I am posting about delicious food today, this is NOT a recipe post. I wanted to take the holiday and truly relax, and not write down measurments or times. All day, I cooked like my Grandmama Furniss, a pinch of this, a dab of that, taste it, and keep going! I used clean ingedients and whole foods and we had an amazing time! Tony and I started our morning with some delicious hot chocolate and bailey's, a gift from my sister Sarah. We cozied up with our warm winter mugs and toasted our 3rd Christmas together. Once we had our bellies full of warm, yummy goodness it was time to attempt a...

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