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Chocolate S'mores Smoothie by FamilySpice.com

Chocolate S’mores Smoothie to Kick Off Summer

Most of the time, what I find in the produce aisle inspires me in the kitchen. And with summer here, inspiration can be found everywhere. My favorite season, hands down, is summer. I love the warm weather, the laid back schedule and all of the fun summer foods my family and I enjoy during these […]

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Roasted Balsamic Vegetable Salad

Happy Spring! Last Thursday around 10am PST Spring arrived. It is also Norouz and the Persian New Year. The family and I were busy getting the house in order (hence the origins of “spring cleaning”) as we had a big family dinner to celebrate Thursday night. Needless to say, my workouts with Mamavation were a […]

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Pork Tenderloin with Crimini Mushrooms and Port Sauce by FamilySpice.com

Pork Tenderloin with Crimini Mushrooms and Port Sauce

Why is it that I never quite feel motivated to keep with my resolutions every January to stay healthy and exercise? Probably because it is cold and I have a rotation of kids home sick for a variety of ailments. This year was no different. Even worse as I was home sick with a variety […]

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Lemon Cake with Basil and Pomegranate

Holiday Gift Idea and a Lemon Cake with Basil and Pomegranate

When it comes to gift-giving, I tend to be a procrastinator. I know some people have all of their holiday gift shopping done way before November rolls in. I am definitely NOT one of those people. When my kids were little and they didn’t pay too close attention to the latest and greatest toys out […]

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Easy Thanksgiving Meals: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

Easy Thanksgiving Meals: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

One of my favorite meals of all time is the classic American Thanksgiving menu. Every year I look forward to it. I think I’m more excited about the leftovers, as I get to savor the meal days later. The flavor combinations, the colors and just having everyone together (if only for one meal) makes this […]

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Get Educated and Eat Safe

September is National Food Safety Month! What? Doesn’t sound as glamorous as National Pie Day or International Stuff-Yourself-With-Pizza-Month, does it? But, considering that the salmonella bacteria is the number-one culprit in foodborne illness AND the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that Salmonella causes more deaths than any other foodborne bacteria, don’t you think you should pay […]

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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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Tuna and Egg Salad

My Lunch Secret: Tuna and Egg Salad

I have been an avid tuna lover all of my life, which is funny because I can’t get any of my kids to eat the stuff! When I was single and had cats instead of kids, I’d crack open my can of tuna and my kitties would run from all parts of the apartment to […]

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How to Build the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

Saturday mornings in our house means there’s time to relax and really savor our breakfast. Some people like to indulge in pancakes and waffles. We like to indulge with eggs. Many weekends, my husband likes to fiddle in the garage and get his man duties done. It’s his meditative time, as I meditate behind the […]

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Healthy Breakfast: Baked Eggs with Kale and Mushrooms

Just a few days ago I looked at the calendar and realized that Christmas was on Tuesday and not on Wednesday. My kids were thrilled with this realization, but I went into full panic mode! Since we are not traveling during the holidays, I wasn’t paying as close attention to the dates as I thought […]

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