October 28, 2016

5 Fun Things

1 – What’s the most popular Halloween candy in your state? Find out here. Massachusetts’ favorite is Starburst. What?? I think I’m bothered by that. (It’s not chocolate, why.) And because I still have roots in SC…theirs is candy corn. WORSE! I guess I belong in Minnesota or Montana…


2 – Those Australians are wild with their sweets. I’m sure we all know where the #freakshake originated. Erm, #freakfrappe. But what is this fairy bread?! This is 0% healthy but I am 100% on board. Brb, gotta go buy some Wonderbread.

fairy bread instagram


3 – Quaker Oatmeal has seasonal flavors? What’s up! And good news, they’re not all gimmicky, overdone flavors. Apple Cheddar Rosemary, Lemon Ricotta Pancake, and Vanilla Chai. I am 100% tracking these down, buying them, and eating them. If anyone sees these, let me know! I will report back.

quaker oatmeal seasonal flavors  Apple Cheddar Rosemary, Lemon Ricotta Pancake, and Vanilla Chai contest winners bring your best bowl


4 – What kind of wine drinker are you? Take this little quiz. I got Open Minded Explorer. The accompanying photo is just ridiculous, but the results are pretty accurate. I love wine, I love learning about it, and I know what I like, but I’m not a snob about it. There’s so much to know!



5 – : ) Happy Friday peeps.


October 26, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites (aaand a #FreakFrappe)

You’re not sick of pumpkin spice yet, right? Better not be. It’s only October. Insert eye rolling emoji here.

Oh wait. 🙄 There we go. Did you know you can add emojis like that? This is reaaaaalllly good news.

Anyway. Back to pumpkin spice and everything that’s nice. Like these energy bites. I got a box of the Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice + Chia Oatmeal and after trying a couple of packets I thought it would be fun to experiment with. At first I thought I’d turn them into pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies, but we’re trying to keep things healthy ova here. Trying being the key word. (Pssst: We’ll save the cookies for another day. It’s bound to happen.)

Yes, these are healthy. And yes, they’re still delicious. The texture is a bit different than your average energy bite. Instead of being chunky from a nut base, they’re softer, and more pie filling-like (YUP) from the carrot and applesauce. Should I have called this pumpkin pie energy bites? Maaaaybe. Onto the recipe!



Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites


  • 2 packets of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal (or 1 cup oatmeal, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg)
  • 6 dates
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish


Place all ingredients, except coconut flakes, in a food processor. Process until combined. Roll dough into 1-inch sized bites. Roll each bite in coconut flakes. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Makes approximately 15 bites.


And when you want something on the naughty side, try this Pumpkin Pie #FreakFrappe I created for our restaurant group.


Now do you see why I have to make healthy treats at home?! The struggle. Shoot me a comment below if you want the frappe recipe too. That is, if you can wipe the drool off your keyboard first.


October 24, 2016

My Fall Wardrobe Essentials

I always chuckle when I pull out my fall and winter clothes. Now that I live in New England, it’s around the middle of October that I start feeling the need to drag myself down to the basement and bring up my cold weather clothing. I loathe that day. So much that sometimes I have to make a party of it. And by that I mean open a bottle of wine to drown in my sorrows. Just kidding. It’s not that dramatic.

Or is it?

::cries putting away the sundresses and rompers::

But then I remember how darn cute fall fashion can be. All you need is a few basic staples.



1 / boyfriend flannel – why boyfriend style and not a fitted, feminine one? bc they they’re just darling over a pair of leggins

2 / field jacket – for when the temps drop, but it’s not yet snowy. this baby will keep you warm and even with just a pair of jeans, you’ll look so put together.

3 / blanket scarf – #necessary. this will pull any outfit together. pair it with a basic tee and a pair of jeans and boom. outfit made. and you don’t need to spend a lot on one of these. mine was $12.

4 / a cozy, feminine sweater – gotta balance out all those boyfriend flannels, right?

5 / striped boatneck ls tee – wear with your blanket scarf for a fun mix of patterns.

6 / dark rinse jeans – i love joe’s bc they’re a bit heavier than my paige jeans. definitely warmer for winter.

7 / puffer vest – i never thought i’d wear one. they didn’t make sense to me. if you’re cold, wear a jacket, right? no. these keep your core so warm. and they look adorable over a striped tee.

8 / neutral booties – i wear these constantly and they were less than $50. and i promise they’re comfy and nice quality.

9 / a grey tote – i love this tory burch tote bc it fits so much inside yet keeps everything organized with multiple pockets. the best part is the laptop sleeve!

10 / hunter boots – well, of course. i have the lava color (dark red) and i love them so much more than the fire engine red. they’re almost a cranberry color in real life. super cute.

what’s on your fall must-have list?

October 20, 2016

New Food Products on My Radar – Snack City!!!

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I get a real thrill out of all the new products that come out. It’s just never ending! And the best part is, as the world’s knowledge of health foods increases, as do the products! Here’s what I’ll be hunting down at the grocery store soon.

Drink Chobani – Greek yogurt blended with fruit in a drinkable form? Yeehaw. With flavors like Straw’Nana and Mangolicious…I want in.

Kind Nuts & Spices Black Truffle Almond & Sea Salt Bar – I’ve tried a few of the new Nuts & Spices bars, but not this one. I want to…and I’m afraid to. Maybe I’m afraid of how much I’ll like it. Who’s tried it?

Nature’s Path Qi’a Coconut Chia Superflakes – I’m a huge fan of Nature’s Path products. The Qi’a blends are a great alternative to sugary cereals. They’re full of both nutrients and flavor. And as a coconut lover….yes I need.

MadeGood Chocolate Banana Granola Minis – Is it wrong that I think this snack is, well, cute? Ok, ok, that’s a weird way to describe a food. But in all seriousness, this flavor!

Kashi Go Lean Honey Pecan Baklava bars – Is this a snack or a dessert? I mean, just look at that flavor. A blend of pecans, cashews, sesame and honey, yum! 8g of protein, 4g of fiber…Love it.

Mamma Chia Energy Beverages – I don’t typically consume caffeine but on the occasions that I do, I prefer something like green tea or another alliterative to coffee. These chia energy drinks fuel you with fair-trade guayusa, a leaf brewed like tea, that’s rich in antioxidants.


Biena Chickpea Snacks – I tried the cinnamon crunch flavor at a Whole Foods demo and immediately snagged a bag. I have yet to try the other flavors, but they all sound so good!


Ok, friends – what have you tried and what else is on your radar?