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Thirsty Thursdays: Vegan Christmas Cocktails

  • Posted on: 18 December 2014
  • By: jessica
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Only a few short days before Christmas! What better time to talk about Christmas Cocktails! I've put together a list of a few that I am excited to try. They are all vegan and vegetarian friendly. Happy Thirsty Thursday, everyone! 1. White Christmas Sangria from Cooking Stoned This beautiful drink comes to you courtesy of Jerry James Stone. I adore his quirky, vegan style. Check out the video for this fruit filled recipe here on Cooking Stoned . 2. Vegan Eggnog from Tasty Yummies I am absolutely in love with this next drink! I am a huge cashew fan because of their healthy fat content and the...

Spiffy's Pinterest Picks: 4 Christmas Roast Beasts

  • Posted on: 17 December 2014
  • By: jessica
This is one of my favorite parts of any Christmas movie ever! "He brought everything back, all the food for the feast, and he... He himself, the Grinch... carved the roast beast." How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Such a heart-warming scene! Also a scene that makes me hungry. Just the words "roast beast" bring to mind images of deliously cooked meats. I can just imagine huge cuts of beef roast, a whole duck, oxtail, pork loin. So, today I thought I'd share my Pinterest Picks for your Christmas feast! If you are wondering where to buy good, quality meats (and you are local to the Birmingham area...

Goat Cheese Appetizer

  • Posted on: 12 December 2014
  • By: jessica
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Today I have a delightful recipe to share with you! It is perfect to whip up when you have a party to attend this Holiday season. This recipe is adapted from Anne Byrn Saves the Day , a cookbook with fantastic recipes designed to "rescue any occasion". I had the privilege of going to a live demo of this recipe and have been wanting to try it out ever since. The original recipe calls for cream cheese. I chose to use whole fat greek yogurt, as most store bought cream cheeses do not have a very clean ingredient list. (Sidenote> I have learned that you can substitue healthy whole fat greek...

Guest Blog: Stellar Fashion and Fitness

  • Posted on: 10 December 2014
  • By: jessica
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I am so proud to have Jennifer from Stellar Fashion and Fitness guest posting today. A few months back I met Jennifer at a See Jane Write event. I was a fan of her blog and very excited to connect with her. Over the past few months I have grown to admire her for many reasons, including her acute eye for fashion, her love for fitness and her ability to write from the heart. She has become a dear friend to me over these last few months and I am so grateful for it! Let me share a bit of her mission statement with you. "I believe that finding peace with your own body — and by that I mean the full...

Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • Posted on: 9 December 2014
  • By: jessica
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This time of year, I adore making soups. As I mentioned on my earlier post in anticipation for Market Noel , I love how the aroma fills the whole house and makes every part of my home feel warm and cozy. When I met these awesome folks at Frontier Soups , I had my mind set on something I could make for a Taco Tuesday, and I was not disappointed. This recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup will have you going back for seconds without a doubt!

Why I love Anne Byrn, and You Should Too.

  • Posted on: 28 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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While at Junior League of Birmingham's Market Noel , I had the incredible privilege of meeting acclaimed author Anne Byn. Anne is the Cake Mix Doctor . She takes box cake to a whole new level by sharing incredible ways to add just the right ingredients to her already delicious gluten-free cake mixes. Anne was at Market Noel to demonstrate a recipe from her newest book, Anne Byrn Saves the Day . The book shares recipes from Anne's personal collection and from her friends and family. The recipes are all easy to make meals, that can be whipped up in no time for a party or get together. The...

Garden Honey Bee of Hoover, AL

  • Posted on: 24 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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When I attended the Market Noel this weekend, I had the honor of meeting one of the kindest people I have met in my entire life. Brenda Belcher, the owner of Garden Honey Bee . Here is a picture of Brenda and her husband, John, the beekeeper! Brenda's talent of creating absolutely delicious honey is only surpassed by her passion for the honey bee. Brenda's heart lies in educating others on the purpose of the bee and the impact bees have on our daily lives. Bees sustain our lives by pollinating over $15 billion worth of crops each year in the U.S. We love bees for their honey, but who knew...

Sweet Chipotle Sloppy Joes

  • Posted on: 23 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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This weekend I had the privelege to attend Market Noel, an annual Christmas bizzaar put on by the Junior League of Birmingham . I had such an amazing time and met some incredible people. The next few blog posts I will be highlighting a specific vendor and their products. I hope you will take the time to check out these talented small business owners and try out their products. First on the list is Sue from Hot Squeeze . Sue's slogan is "It’s all about FLAVOR. Keeping it SIMPLE. Always ALL NATURAL." Sue creates sauces that have all natural ingredients and no added salt. She believes with the...

Winterize Your Pantry

  • Posted on: 20 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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This time of year pinterest is loaded with ways to winterize your house, winterize your wardrobe, or winterize your car. These are all important and great ways to prepare for winter, but have you ever thought of winterizing your pantry? Today I want to share with you a few items I keep in my pantry to be prepared for winter. 1. Chicken Broth Chicken broth is rich in amino acids and minerals that will speed the recovery of any cold or flu. It is also very filling, warm, and delicious. I love using it to make my Immune Boosting Chicken Soup . Chicken broth is an absolute must have for you...

Market Noel Ticket Giveaway (plus 3 vendors I can't wait to meet)

  • Posted on: 18 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Have you heard of Market Noel ? This is my 2nd Holiday Season to spend in Birmingham and I am amazed at how many incredible events are happening each weekend. "Market Noel is the Junior League of Birmingham's (JLB) annual holiday market, a three-day shopping extravaganza that benefits the programs of the JLB. Market Noel raises money for the league's community projects, serving women and children in the Birmingham area, in the areas of Education, Health, Financial Stability, and Safety and Crisis Intervention." I am ecstatic to be able to attend an amazing holiday market that not only has a...

3 Adorable Kitchen Accessories that I Need!

  • Posted on: 14 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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I find myself browsing the web looking for adorable things to add to my kitchen on a regular basis. I thought today I would share three of my current favorites and how you can get them for your own kitchen. 1. Scoops of Flower Measuring Spoons from Modcloth Oh my gosh! The pink and yellow pastels put me in an instant good mood! I am having fantasies of measuring cinnamon, honey, turmeric, and buttermilk with these adorable little measuring spoons. I love the idea of having the measuring spoons displayed on the counter. No more wasted time digging through drawers to find the right spoon...

3 "Health Foods" That May Not Be Good For You

  • Posted on: 11 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Growing up I heard certain foods were healthy and certain foods were not. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I took the initiative to look into the actual ingredients in these so called "heatlh foods". Something as simple as turning over the box has become a game changer in my eating habits. READ THE INGREDIENTS, FOLKS! I now focus on eating whole foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. Today I want to share with you some foods that I grew up thinking were healthy. Did you grow up thinking the same thing? 1. Low-fat Dairy For many years we have been told that low-fat or...

Grandma's Blue Ribbon Buttermilk Pie (Clean Version)

  • Posted on: 9 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Holidays are a time for family, friends, gifts, and PIE! In my childhood home, the smell of pie in the oven was a sign that Fall was here and Winter was coming soon. My mom is no chef (I hope she is ok with me saying that). But, she has a few recipes that she makes and she makes them really well. One of them is my Great, Great Grandmother Todd's Buttermilk Pie. And when I say Mom makes it well, I mean really well. When I was a little girl she won a blue ribbon at the county fair for this pie. It's that good! I decided to clean it up a bit by choosing whole fat, grass-fed buttermilk, kerrygold...

Week 1 #BlogLikeCrazy

  • Posted on: 7 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Hi All! Thank you for stopping by. Since November 1st I have been part of the amazing November Challenge: Blog Like Crazy! Each November the members of See Jane Write are challenged to blog every single day for the whole month. I would like to share with you what I have learned in my first week and what I'm looking forward to the rest of the month. 1. Let Others Shine If there is anything I have learned from Javacia, the leader of See Jane Write, it is to showcase the amazing talents of others. I have started a section of my blog called Spiffy's Pinterest Picks dedicated to exactly that. I...

Spiffy's Pinterest Picks: Pecan Pie

  • Posted on: 7 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Pecans have always been a big deal in my family. At my grandparents' house in the Mississippi Delta there are giant pecan trees. I remember as a child my dad climbing the tall trees and shaking the branches. Then all us kids would run to gather up the pecans. Grandaddy would give us a little money for each bag of pecans we gathered. This is one of my favorite memories. My cousins and I had so much fun. This year my boyfriend is going to meet my Delta family for the first time at Thanksgiving and I am so excited. He happens to be a huge fan of pecan pie, so I'm sure we will be coming home with...

Headache Prevention

  • Posted on: 6 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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I have suffered from migraine headaches since I was about 7 years old. I have been on different headache medications throughout my life and still have never been able to successfully treat the pain and agony. So today I have decided to look at 3 actions I can take weekly to prevent my headaches. I truly believe prevention is the best medicine. 1. Gerson Apple Carrot Juice If you have not seen " The Gerson Miracle " yet, please check it out. Dr Gerson was a brilliant physician who strongly believed in food as preventative and healing medication. One of his main recipes is a raw, cold pressed...

Clean Eating Shopping List

  • Posted on: 4 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Tuesday is shopping day every two weeks for me. Why Tuesday? To be honest, it's the day our local dairy Working Cow Organic delivers to my local store. I love getting my milk that first day and so I schedule that day to do all of my shopping. Today I wanted to share some basics that are on my regular clean eating shopping list. If you read my blog on 20 minute meals , you know that I usually follow an easy formula to make my dinners. The shopping list is based around that, but also includes snacks, lunches, and breakfasts. I buy almost everything organic when possible. The list does not...

Monday Munchies Switchel: A cider version

  • Posted on: 2 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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A new friend recently told me about a drink called Switchel. I had never heard of it before, but he boasted of its health benefits and delightful flavor, so I was intrigued. Switchel originates as an Amish tradition. The drink is used to quench thirst and aid in electrolyte balance during harvest time. Switchel typically consists of vinegar and ginger. Sometimes honey or molasses are added. I chose to use my Champion juicer and juice 6 apples, 1 carrot, and 1 small piece of fresh ginger. I then added 1/4 cup of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon all spice, 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup, a couple sprinkles...

Spiffy's Pinterest Picks: 5 Christmas Gifts Under $20

  • Posted on: 2 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Welcome back to Spiffy's Pinterest Picks! Today I will be sharing with you five gifts you can buy for your family and friends that cost less than $20! These gifts are not only inexpensive, but will help you share the joy of eating clean with your family and friends this holiday season. 1. 4-Quart Crock-Pot A slow cooker is a great way to help your loved ones start their clean eating journey or encourage them to stay on track. This particular one priced at $17.99 may not have all the bells and whistles, but it is a great place to start. You can make clean, delicious meals for up to four people...

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