Love the Life You Live

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Is it just me or is summer really flying by? I can't believe July has nearly passed us already! It's more than halfway over and I wish it would never end. The only thing I'm happy to see out of my sight is summer school! We've had some very humid and hot weather here in Florida, but we've also had a lot of rain which helps to cool things down. My sweeti and I spent all of last weekend enjoying the beach and having our own little "staycation". We headed down to Longboat Key, for an ocean swim and … [Read more...]

A relaxing fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, and relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones! All of my family is up North this time of year, so I'll be having my own quiet holiday (darn summer school kept me from getting up to Minnesota until August. bah!) But I am actually savoring a little relaxing solitude today. I just finished a huge accounting exam, so I can actually breathe for a few days until the new material starts. I finally found my nemesis in the accounting … [Read more...]

A little lemon goes a long way…

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You know what they say about lemons... When life gives you lemons... grab a bottle of tequila and celebrate! hehe And once you try a Meyer lemon, you'll never go back! My boyfriend's parents have this cute lil Meyer lemon tree that I'm pretty much obsessed with. In case you don't know about these gems, they are the creme de la creme of all lemons. In other words, they'll pretty much rock your socks off. They are sweeter and juicer than other lemon varieties, and are perfect … [Read more...]

Visit from dad, hydroponic farm trip

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This past week I had 4 exams in 5 days. That's... insanity right? Perhaps the professors all whispered behind my back to see how they could possibly make my life a bit more stressful than it already is!?  Ugh! So I've definitely let my blogging slack recently, but as you can see I've had good reason! But my exams are finally over,  so I have a bit of breathing room now! This weekend I got a surprise visit from my dad, who lives up in Minnesota with my step-mom and brothers. I was really … [Read more...]

Juicer review – which juicer is right for you?

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Hello gorgeous.  Meet the newest member of the family.  Isn't she lovely? Stevie sure thinks so. This is an Omega 8005 masticating juicer. I snagged this baby during Amazon's deal of day a few weeks ago for my mom and step-dad. Then I called up my boyfriend in a frantic. Me: There's an Omega juicer on Amazon for super cheap. I just bought one for Mom and Rick and I think you should get one too. Snag it! He: Hmmm... I'll check it out. Me: You have to get one! I love my Omega … [Read more...]

vegan quinoa cakes

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Ever since I picked up Heidi Swanson's latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, I've been dying to make quinoa cakes. Heidi has an easy looking recipe, that has been calling my name for weeks and weeks. Her recipe, along with every other one I stumbled upon within the blogosphere, is vegetarian, and still incorporates eggs. So I knew I had to try my hand at vegan quinoa cakes. But what a surprise to me when my first recipe trial turned out perfect. I literally squealed in delight when I took my … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Cabbage & Kale

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I think God had a sense of humor the day he created the pomegranate. I've never in my life experienced such a sweet, juicy and delectable fruit... that was so absurdly difficult to get at. (Although the coconut ranks high up there too). But all the hard work and time is usually worth it in the end. Health benefits of the pomegranate: Pomegranate seeds contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols--some pretty powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect us … [Read more...]

This week I’m loving…

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Well since I'm behind in blogging I'll just give you all an update! This week I'm loving... Gorgeous Florida fall weather. It seriously can't be beat. Fall weather doesn't really hit us until November, so the cool nights and breezy fall days have just started creeping in... and I love it! An excuse to wear cute sweaters? Yes please! Year-round fresh produce! My dad always complains during this time of year when the Minnesota Farmer's Markets shut down and he has to hit up the grocery … [Read more...]

This is what happens…

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This is what happens when a greens-lover discovers a local hydroponic picking farm with all-you-can-pick greens. She goes buck-wild. And the last time I did anything buck wild was probably college, so that's saying a lot. ;) I used to buy greens by the bunch. Now I hoard buy them by the pound. At around $1.50 a pound, I stock up until my little heart is content. Since the farm is about an hour drive for me, I'm sticking to bi-weekly trips. And this time around guess what was finally … [Read more...]

My new Omega Vert Juicer!

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Hey guys! So last weekend I tweeted about getting a new juicer, but I've been a little hush hush about it since. Ha! I'm such a tease. Why the suspense? Well, I wanted to really get a feel for the juicer before I gave it a review here on the blog. Using a juicer once or twice is hardly enough time for a fair and accurate review. In all honesty, I should have waited about a month but I don't have near that amount of patience ;) Introducing the latest addition to my kitchen family... the Omega … [Read more...]