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Nutritarian Adventure … How are we doing?

Early on in our Eat to Live adventure, I made a Nutritarian grocery list using Evernote (with the checklist feature) which syncs to all of my devices. So I always have the list on my cell phone when I am shopping. It really helps to just look at the list, check off the things we need, and stick to it — at least 95% of the time. Here we are a little over a year after starting this health adventure and we’re doing pretty well. Not perfect. But who is perfect? I’m happy with mostly great, much healthier eating and feeling lots better. Here is a gift for you — a well balanced, healthy grocery list to download and use for smarter, healthier shopping. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Cookies with a Twist

What’s the twist with these peanut butter cookies? Candied ginger and hand-chopped super-dark chocolate chunks. Plus less sugar than most cookie recipes call for. This gives you a deliciously crisp, buttery peanut butter cookie with little surprises of sharp chewy ginger and morsels of the best chocolate ever. And they’re not too sweet. The cookies will be soft and chewy at first, but after totally cooling, they’ll be perfectly crispy/chewy. Lovely with a cup of Darjeeling tea or a glass of cold milk (or whatever milk-alternative you like.)

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Creamy Pumpkin Chai Soothie

I made these for lunch today, though the Creamy Pumpkin Chai Soothie would be just as happy at your breakfast table, or being sipped around a fire after dinner. It’s a little bit sweet. A lot healthy. Smooth and creamy. And if you aren’t into being as healthy as all that — bake up some French Breakfast Puffs to serve with it. Yummo!

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Hot Honey Custard Soothie … Happy Birthday Mickey!

Oct.5th, 1981 — a day I will never forget. It’s the day I locked eyes with my first son, Mickey, before he was breathing on his own, when he was halfway into the world. Happy Birthday, Mickey. To make this day even more special, I made a warm soothing drink that I used to give my boys when they had trouble falling asleep. It’s nutritious. Healthy. Easy. And extremely comforting.

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Saturday Smoothies Morphing to Saturday Soothies

The cold weather is here in Montana so I’m switching my weekly smoothie recipe feature to a soothie recipe. Soothies are comforting, warm (or hot) drinks that will warm your belly. Check back weekly, or sign up for email updates so you don’t miss a single yummy recipe. Thanks!

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Broadway Bungalow Plum Jam

In spite of thoroughly mangling a perfectly good plum jam recipe, I stumbled on the best plum jam ever! So I’m giving you the recipe exactly as I made it. Mangled. Feel free not to follow the recipe — except oh, pleeease do not skip the brandy, cinnamon and vanilla. And if it turns out too runny to be jam — pour it on your pancakes and call it syrup. Yummo!

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Saturday Smoothies: Fruitypants Frappé

Adia named this smoothie, Fruitypants Frappé. It looks like a frappé. It’s definitely fruity. And she wears pants. A lot. So, the name makes sense. Don’tChaThink? The girls had an early day home from school. Teachers are in training. So I picked them up and we celebrated that we got to hang out and do fun […]

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Mo’s Chai Spice Almonds

I adapted a recipe to make these *awesome* roasted almonds even more flavorful than they originally were. You have to try these. They really are easy. Easy. Easy. And so gratifying. Great for gifts, too. I’m going to make some with pecans next.