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Top Food Trends for 2014 at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show

A week ago I had a great time eating my way through the booths and exhibits at the 2014 Fancy Food Show. If you ever have the opportunity to attend this event, you MUST go! Thousands of booths featuring chocolate, pastries, salami, cheese, bread, olive oil, vinegars and everything in between are present here. And […]

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

A Visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano

After splurging on a big vacation earlier this year to Hawaii, this summer has been rather ho-hum for the family. And I’m not complaining. I am super appreciative of my  hard-working hubby and the privilege and sacrifice we make so I can stay home with my babies. And that means making the most of our […]

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What’s Growing in the Garden

The family veggie garden is doing well this summer. We’ve had a few little hiccups like unknown pests and dying tomato plants, but we seem to have reached a turning point.  I planted 7 tomato plants this summer, some cherry sized, some mega huge, ranging in colors of purple, yellow and red. Why so many? […]

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Brunch Smackdown at Mister A's

Brunch Smackdown at Mister A’s

You get a lot of pitches and emails from PR firms when you are a food blogger. Some of them pay, most of them don’t. A lot of them are just outright ridiculous and you hit the delete button without responding. But when I was asked to go to a fabulous restaurant here in San […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever

I moved to California over 15 years ago. And since my roots have nestled deep into this state, I have come to realize that there are wonderful benefits to living in this great state – and there are cons, too. But, I won’t dwell on that right now. One of the many reasons I love […]

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Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

Dealing with Reality

You know when you take a vacation and by the end of it you are so ready to come back home and you feel like you need a vacation from the vacation? Well, that did NOT happen to me! My family and I just returned from a week on the big island of Hawaii. And […]

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Take the October #Unprocessed Challenge!

Are you ready for the fight for your life? Are you ready to take back your health and change your bad eating habits? No, we aren’t talking about fad diets or colonic cleanses. My friend, Andrew, a.k.a. Eating Rules, is on a mission to take the unprocessed foods out of your diet. Purge the pantry […]

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Theme Park Eats: What to Eat at Knott’s Berry Farms

If you are a parent, then theme parks, in whatever shape or form, are in your life. I’ve been known to bring our own lunches and snacks to keep the eating healthy for all of us. For the most part, theme park food isn’t much to get excited about. That’s why I was excited when […]

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Farm to Table: Roasted Baby Carrots with Thyme

  When you are single, you can be selfish. You come and go as you please. You pretty much go wherever you want to go. When you get married, you consider your partner’s feelings and you start taking turns choosing where you visit. Add a baby to the mix, and you add limitations. When the […]

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Strolling Through the Avocado Groves

Last month I was invited by the California Avocado Commission to tour an avocado ranch and packing house. Considering my obsession with avocados, this was a no-brainer! Unfortunately, family commitments and a death in the family kept me from attending this amazing event. So, I asked my dear friend, recipe tester and bargain-queen extraordinaire, Annabell, […]

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