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.

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