BlendTec Giveaway + 7 Favorite Smoothie Recipes

September 8, 2014 by Ali

It’s giveaway day!

I know, I’ve been slacking on the giveaways these past few months. But I’m making it up to you today by teaming up with some lovely bloggers to give away one of my favorite kitchen appliances — a beautiful BlendTec Blender (valued at $479.99).

I’ve been blending up a storm with my Blendtec for over 3 years now, and am even more of a fangirl now than when it first arrived. My blender is a machine. (Literally and, well, you know.) It continues to crush ice, puree soups, make homemade almond milk, mix up pancake batter, and blend frozen margaritas like a champ.

Oh, and smoothies. Forever smoothies.

For anyone who’s interested, I’ve included a list below of some of my recent favorite smoothies. But below that is the Rafflecopter widget, where you can enter for a chance to win a powerful new BlendTec of your own. So scroll on down below to check both out, and enter for a chance to hopefully win. Happy blending!

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15 Coconut Oil Recipes

September 7, 2014 by Ali

Raise your hand if you had a jar of coconut oil in your pantry ten years ago.

Now raise your hand if you have a jar of coconut oil in your pantry today. (Ooh! Me!)

I think it’s safe to say that the times are a-changin’ with cooking oils, and the one I receive the most emails about is the oh-so-popular coconut oil. Everyone (i.e. Pinterest) seems to be obsessed with coconut oil right now! Everywhere I turn people are using coconut oil for cooking, baking, skincare, dental care, and all of the other 100+ supposed uses for coconut oil. And even more uses seem to be to popping up daily. So much coconut oil!!

I’m no expert on the topic — especially involving any uses beyond the kitchen — but I do know that coconut oil has become a staple in my cooking these past few years. I have really enjoyed learning how to substitute it into some of my older recipes, and cook up with some new recipes on the blog to share with you. To be sure, there are many ways you can use this high-heat, mildly-flavored, solid-below-72-degrees, high-smoke-point, vegan, and gluten-free oil with recipes. Mostly, I use it to stir-fry or roast things, since coconut oil is safe for high-heat cooking. But I’m also a big fan of baking, frothing, krispie-ing, melting, and even popping with coconut oil.

(What? Those aren’t all words?)

Well, you’d better scroll on down and check out this roundup of 15 coconut oil recipes from food bloggers to see what I mean. ;)


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Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites

September 5, 2014 by Ali

Time for a new no bake energy bites recipe!

This one’s extra-special because I made it with my lovely mama.

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Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake

September 3, 2014 by Ali

What sort of gifts make you really excited nowadays?

I have to be honest — the older I get, the less excited I get about gifts that include more “stuff”.

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Coconut Water Iced Coffee

September 1, 2014 by Ali

Tomorrow marks my 31 1/3 birthday. Par-tay!!!

(What? You don’t celebrate 1/3 birthdays? You must.)

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15 Comforting Casserole Recipes

August 31, 2014 by Ali

Alright, let’s be honest. There are a few retro food trends that are probably better left firmly in the past. (Ahem.)

But lest you think that the days of the beloved casserole are over, think again. Casseroles are back, baby, and better than ever! And there are plenty of stellar casserole recipes filling up the blogosphere — and this blog — to prove it.

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Chorizo Queso

August 29, 2014 by Ali

Just when you thought chips and queso couldn’t get any better…

chorizo joined the party.

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Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Avocado Salsa

August 28, 2014 by Ali

We’re 3 days away from September, and I finally went swimming for the first time of the summer last night.

About. Dang. Time.

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