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The Deadly Truth About Sugar

The Deadly Truth About Sugar

Ever heard someone say: “Buy Agave Nectar over honey because it’s much healthier! It’s a natural sweetener.” I so bought into this claim, but the truth of the matter is that it couldn’t be further from the truth.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Golly…I wish wish wish it were true. But it isn’t. There is just way too much conflicting information going around about the effects of sugar and how good or how bad it is for our bodies (mainly bad, by the way. Again, sorry).

Here are a list of 7 things that are extrememly important (and true!) to know about sugar.

1. By nature, sugar is duplicitous. When talking about “sugar” we are primarily referring to table sugar… you know, the stuff that is typically derived from sugarcane or beets. It’s also commonly called sucrose, which is made up of about 50% glucose and 50% fructose. It is REALLY important to know the difference bewteen ...

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Friday's Fixin's: Summer Watermelon and Feta Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Mustard and Parsley

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Friday's Fixin's: Amazing Quinoa Lemon Mint Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Roasted Beets

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Fun Food Facts: The Health Benefits of Matcha

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Friday's Fixin's: Mock Egg Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Bean Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Paleo Bread

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Friday's Fixin's: Paleo Banana Bread Muffins

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Friday's Fixin's: Dandelions!

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Friday's Fixin's: Mushroom Soup

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Friday's Fixin's: The Perfect Spring Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Apple "Cupcakes"

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Friday's Fixin's: ginnybakes!

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Friday's Fixin's: Lentil "Meat" Balls

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Friday's Fixin's: Puttanesca Sauce

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Friday's Fixin's: Slow Olive Oil Scramble

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Friday's Fixin's: Kombucha

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Friday's Fixin's: Baked Apple Cinnamon Spice Chips

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Friday's Fixin's: White Bean Dip with Leaf Organics Crackers

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Friday's Fixin's: Artichoke Appetizer

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Friday's Fixin's: Lentil Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Stupendous Salad Dressing

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Friday's Fixin's: Vegan Kale Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Cream of Broccoli Soup (Vegan Style!)

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Fixin's Special: Christmas Morning Breakfast

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Friday's Fixin's: Vegan Chili

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Friday's Fixin's: Artichoke Spread

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Friday's Fixin's: Mexican Brunch

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Friday's Fixin's: Silver Lined Comfort Food

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Friday's Fixin's: Maggie's Escalloped Pineapple

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Friday's Fixin's: The Sauce

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Friday's Fixin's: MaryAnne's Tuna Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Yamtastic Smoothie

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Friday's Fixin's: Long-Run Cake

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Friday's Fixin's: Running Preparation & Recovery Treats

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Friday's Fixin's: Toffee Bark

When I jump off the vegan, sugar-free, health conscious train, I jump BIG. I mean really big! And though I pay the price dearly with insomnia and horrendous hot flashes (sugar, wine and caffeine bring on hot flashes in a mean way!) it is worth it. I jumped big time with this week with Lulu Powers' Toffee Bark (Chocolate-Caramel Matzoh). Just writing it makes me drool. Yes, it's THAT great! Hope you enjoy it!

Friday's Fixin's: A Little Marinara Goes a Long Way

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Friday's Fixin's: Roxie's Rockin' Tomato Soup

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GOOP + Friday's Fixin's

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Friday's Fixin's: Chewy Toasted Pecan Bar

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Friday's Fixin's: Ranch Granola

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Friday's Fixin's: Mollie's Fusilli al Tonno

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Friday's Fixin's: Fiddle Egg Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Beautiful Beets

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Friday's Fixin's: Wheatberry Salad

Please enjoy this delish, easy breezy silver-lined wheatberry salad recipe!

Friday's Fixin's: Artichoke Dip

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Friday's Fixin's: Mollie's Pesto

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Friday's Fixin's: Salmon

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Friday's Fixin's: Kitchari

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Friday's Fixin's: Fabulous Fiber

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Friday's Fixin's: Stupendous Snacks

Since my breast cancer diagnosis (and especially in the bottomless pit of chemo despair), I have found that I am so much more focused on what I put into my body. While I was a healthy eater prior to this FBC nonsense, I do admit to having some unhealthy proclivities, e.g., skipping the occasional meal...or having one "big" meal/day....or not getting enough fiber and a few other unmentionables. I am learning though...which is a Silver Lining!

Friday's Fixin's: Mollie's Passata Soup

One of my all-time favorite restaurants is Trattoria Mollie in Montecito, California. The food is not only delicious and nutritious, but also made with a whole lotta love.

Friday's Fixin's: Multigrain Pilaf

Last week, a friend brought the most amazing lunch over. We had this delicious Multigrain Pilaf accompanied by even yummier conversation. I feel so happy, peaceful and simultaneously decadent eating outside. With a friend. At home. On a weekday. Everything about our lunch was a Silver Lining.

Friday's Fixin's: Arugula Salad

My all-time favorite salad recipe is found in Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook. It's easy breezy and so delicious (double Silver Lining!).

Friday's Fixin's: Sheryl's Tuna Salad

In the event that you haven't yet seen it, I'm super excited to introduce you to a fabulous Silver Lining cookbook: If It Makes You Healthy: More than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Season. This is a cookbook written by Sheryl Crow after her breast cancer diagnosis led her to gain interest in the nutrition of her food. Enjoy!

Friday's Fixin's: Kale Chips

Kale is widely considered the yardstick by which all other foods are measured. Health benefits are extraordinary and include risk-lowereing for breast cancer. Hope you enjoy this Silver Lined Kale Chip recipe.

Brookside Brussel Sprouts

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Brookside Bites: Art Smith's Mushroom Soup

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Brookside Bites and Bags

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Brookside Bites: Carrot-Lemongrass Soup

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Sugar on Your Brain

Sugar on Your Brain I have a sugar problem. There. I said it.  I crave it like mad and have never met a HoHo, Ding-Dong... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Ruby Detox Salad

Ruby Detox Salad with Tamari Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Welcome back to Friday’s Fixin’s.  A friend gave me a little grief last week because I haven’t... continue reading

Friday Fixin's: Curried Red Lentil Walnut Burger

Friday Fixin’s: Curried Red Lentil Walnut Burger As you know, I am ALWAYS on the look out for new recipes to satisfy my occasional meat... continue reading

Friday Fixin's: Cauliflower Mash

Friday Fixin’s: Cauliflower Mash Slowly but surely, I am making my way back into my kitchen. Sorry ’bout the dearth over the past couple of... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Oven Roasted Oyster Mushrooms

Oven Roasted Oyster Mushrooms Friday’s Fixin’s is BACK!  Sorry that it has been absent for the past couple of months, but this book road show... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Meatless Meatloaf

Meatless Meatloaf Ohhhhh, am I ever excited to share this week’s recipe! Maili had a stroke of genius with this one.  I have always loved... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Warm Winter Vegetable Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Warm Lentil Salad

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Friday's Fixin's: Citrus And Watercress Salad

Citrus And Watercress Salad We are truly blessed to live in California…for a number of reasons. For those who are living in the vortex this... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Italian Vegetable Stew

Italian Vegetable Stew Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! How was the first week back at work & school?  I must say that I was overjoyed... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Spicy Coconut Carrot Soup

Spicy Coconut Carrot Soup Today’s Friday’s Fixin’s is a last minute – and extra special! – addition to the blog. I’d like to introduce you... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Oven Roasted Acorn Squash With Cranberry Sauce

Oven Roasted Acorn Squash With Cranberry Sauce Today’s recipe is pretty full of fall awesomeness. Oh my gosh, when we were making this recipe, I... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Baked Carrots

Baked Carrots Today’s Friday’s Fixin’s is a little extra special. Don’t let the ease and simplicity of this recipe fool you — oh no!  It... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Mexican Cabbage Salad

Mexican Cabbage Salad Today’s recipe is a delish, easy, healthy and amazing side salad. Thanks to yet another fantabulous Maili brainstorm, I have made it... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Creamless Mushroom Soup

Soup is synonymous with fall. Well, at least I think so. Ever since my pesky bout with breast cancer, I have loved soup. There are... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Corn Tomato and Bean Salad

Today, I’m super excited to share this Corn Tomato and Bean Salad because it is pretty much the absolute perfect summer salad, brimming with flavor,... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

This week’s recipe is fresh tomato pasta sauce that is incredibly easy and fast and delectable. Why pasta?  Well because this is a simple “go... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Amazing Quinoa Lemon Mint Salad

  Quinoa Lemon Mint Salad Many of you know by now how much I love quinoa. In fact, the Quinoa Arugula Salad that I posted... continue reading

Friday Fixin's: Curried Red Lentil Walnut Burger

Friday Fixin’s: Curried Red Lentil Walnut Burger As you know, I am ALWAYS on the look out for new recipes to satisfy my occasional meat... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Oven Roasted Oyster Mushrooms

Oven Roasted Oyster Mushrooms Friday’s Fixin’s is BACK!  Sorry that it has been absent for the past couple of months, but this book road show... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Warm Winter Vegetable Salad

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad Today’s recipe comes from Sophie Dahl’s Voluptuous Cooking book.  Maili steered me in this direction and boy oh boy am I... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Warm Lentil Salad

Warm Lentil Salad Today’s recipe comes from my friend, Rachelle Schwartz of Wiley Valentine. Rachelle is an uber-talented artist, who also happens to be as... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Citrus And Watercress Salad

Citrus And Watercress Salad We are truly blessed to live in California…for a number of reasons. For those who are living in the vortex this... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Italian Vegetable Stew

Italian Vegetable Stew Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! How was the first week back at work & school?  I must say that I was overjoyed... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Spicy Coconut Carrot Soup

Spicy Coconut Carrot Soup Today’s Friday’s Fixin’s is a last minute – and extra special! – addition to the blog. I’d like to introduce you... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Oven Roasted Acorn Squash With Cranberry Sauce

Oven Roasted Acorn Squash With Cranberry Sauce Today’s recipe is pretty full of fall awesomeness. Oh my gosh, when we were making this recipe, I... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Baked Carrots

Baked Carrots Today’s Friday’s Fixin’s is a little extra special. Don’t let the ease and simplicity of this recipe fool you — oh no!  It... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Mexican Cabbage Salad

Mexican Cabbage Salad Today’s recipe is a delish, easy, healthy and amazing side salad. Thanks to yet another fantabulous Maili brainstorm, I have made it... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Vegan Polenta With Mushroom Ragù

Friday’s Fixin’s: Vegan Polenta With Mushroom Ragù Today’s Vegan Polenta With Mushroom Ragù is a super yummy, hearty and healthy fall dish. Oh my gosh, when Chef Maili Brocke played... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup In addition to fall being synonymous with pumpkin, I also happen to believe that it is synonymous with soup. Oh soup. As... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins To me, fall is synonymous with pumpkin. I love anything and everything pumpkin. They are beautiful to display, colorful and always welcoming.... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Creamless Mushroom Soup

Soup is synonymous with fall. Well, at least I think so. Ever since my pesky bout with breast cancer, I have loved soup. There are... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Corn Tomato and Bean Salad

Today, I’m super excited to share this Corn Tomato and Bean Salad because it is pretty much the absolute perfect summer salad, brimming with flavor,... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Michigan Tart Cherries

Michigan tart cherries are delicacies that I miss from the Midwest. There is something so uniquely special about them. Not only are they delicious and... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

This week’s recipe is fresh tomato pasta sauce that is incredibly easy and fast and delectable. Why pasta?  Well because this is a simple “go... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Amazing Quinoa Lemon Mint Salad

  Quinoa Lemon Mint Salad Many of you know by now how much I love quinoa. In fact, the Quinoa Arugula Salad that I posted... continue reading

Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

This week, I thought I was pregnant. Uh huh. GULP. Why? Well, because I woke up craving baked pumpkin oatmeal, something I’ve never had in... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: The Best Carrot Cake That I've Ever Had...EVER!

Last night I went to one of the most fun birthday parties I’ve ever been to. Seriously. It was a full-on love fest. Everything about... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Vegan Chili

With all of the carbs and sugar (kind of one-in-the-same) readily available and accessible and irresistible this time of the year, I find myself sugared... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Running Preparation & Recovery Treats

As I prepare for my 1/2 Marathon this Sunday, I am thinking about what I'm going to eat before and after the run. I am a big fan of Brendan Brazier who is a professional triathlete (can you imagine?!?) and a two-time Canadian 50 km Ultra Marathon Champion (that is OVER 100 miles, in case you were wondering!). In addition to his studley athleticism, he is also a vegan. Super cool Silver Lining.

Delicious Dressing

As a (90%) Vegan (at the recommendation of my oncology nutritionist-& my taste buds!-I do eat fish occasionally), I’m constantly on the search for yummy,... continue reading

Juicing for Health

Juicing for health is a daily part of my life. Until my breast cancer diagnosis, juicing had never been my thing. I always perceived it to... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Bring on the Juice!

Thanksgiving has been a glorious day. Full of friends, family, fun and food…Silver Lining upon Silver Lining. I may have overdone the food part. Ok, I definitely... continue reading

Herbal Aloe Juice: The Ultimate Plumber

One of the particularly unsavory side effects of my experience with FBC was/is digestive plumbing issues (that is the most ladylike way I could come... continue reading

Juicing Craze

As you can tell by now, I am a little cuckoo about juicing, and why not? It’s a great way to achieve and maintain your... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Happy Dance Juice

Ok, Happy Dance Juice isn’t really the name of this super yummy beverage, but it might as well be.  It’s actually called: Fresh Strawberry, Apple &... continue reading

SL Book: The Juicing Bible

A dear friend sent me The Juicing Bible by Pat Crocker. Oh my gosh. It is AMAZING. I am so excited about it!  As you know from... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Juices

A Silver Lining of FBC is that I have learned an extraordinary amount about nutrition, most of which I try to share with you here. Two of... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Juice

Juicing has never been my favorite thing. There. I said it. I've always perceived it to be tedious, messy and (especially for all of the work) not so tasty. Since my breast cancer diagnosis, however, I'm much more open to shedding preconceived notions!

Super Spectacular (& Simple) Smoothie!

Below is a smoothie/protein shake that is fueling and incredibly delicious…and I did I mention fast and EASY (Silver Lining!)? Hope you enjoy! Ingredients 1... continue reading

Flaxseed Oil & Seeds: The When, Why & How during Cancer Treatment

Flaxseed oil and seeds (also known as linseed) have both been promoted as valuable substances for preventing cancer, but when I was in the middle... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Best Travel Snacks

This weekend, another travel adventure begins!  I’m heading to New York for work (meetings) and play (friends & fashion week). I always equate New York... continue reading

Silver Lined Discoveries: Beanitos Black Bean Chips

In searching for something to munch with my new favorite bean salad, I came across quite possibly the most joy inducing product I’ve found in... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Baked Apple Cinnamon Spice Chips

After being gone for 4 days, I was in serious need of some time with our daughter, a/k/a Sweetly Six.  I’ve been eying this recipe... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Stupendous Snacks

Since my breast cancer diagnosis (and especially in the bottomless pit of chemo despair), I have found that I am so much more focused on what I put into my body. While I was a healthy eater prior to this FBC nonsense, I do admit to having some unhealthy proclivities, e.g., skipping the occasional meal...or having one "big" meal/day....or not getting enough fiber and a few other unmentionables. I am learning though...which is a Silver Lining!

Friday's Fixin's: Kale Chips

Kale is widely considered the yardstick by which all other foods are measured. Health benefits are extraordinary and include risk-lowereing for breast cancer. Hope you enjoy this Silver Lined Kale Chip recipe.

The Deadly Truth About Sugar

The Deadly Truth About Sugar Ever heard someone say: “Buy Agave Nectar over honey because it’s much healthier! It’s a natural sweetener.” I so bought... continue reading

Sugar on Your Brain

Sugar on Your Brain I have a sugar problem. There. I said it.  I crave it like mad and have never met a HoHo, Ding-Dong... continue reading

Alcohol Use During the Holiday Season

Recently I came across a fabulous article about alcohol use during the holiday season.  It was pretty perfect timing, I have to say.  As we... continue reading

Healthy Alternative to Halloween Candy

The biggest Silver Lining of the week was being introduced to Foodbabe.com.  Holy moly do I ever have a hugmongous girl crush! Before our daughters... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing What’s Christmas time without Gingerbread cookies?  I can’t imagine!  Today’s recipe comes straight from dear Maili Brocke, my dear friend... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Vegan Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Pudding Recipe Last week, we had some friends over for dinner and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what to... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: from The Solvang Bakery

On Tuesday, I arrived home to find the most amazing and glorious gift from dear Maili, her mom Susan and sister Melissa. Oh dear heavens... continue reading

Perfect Thanksgiving Pies Pop Up | Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Perfect Thanksgiving Pies Pop Up Today, I’m excited to announce the arrival – just in time for Thanksgiving – of a Perfect Pie Pop Up... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins To me, fall is synonymous with pumpkin. I love anything and everything pumpkin. They are beautiful to display, colorful and always welcoming.... continue reading

Silver Lining Discoveries: Black + Blanco Sandcastles

One of my absolute new favorite snacks is Black + Blanco Sandcastle cookies. My oh my oh my!  I first learned about them from Amy, the... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: The Best Carrot Cake That I've Ever Had...EVER!

Last night I went to one of the most fun birthday parties I’ve ever been to. Seriously. It was a full-on love fest. Everything about... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding One of my all-time favorite desserts is bread pudding. Even the thought of it makes me drool! I seriously love it in an... continue reading

Silver Lined Discovery: Mint Chocolate Chip Bars

One of the Silver Linings of this Game On program that I’m doing with my friends is that every day you get 100 calories of ANYTHING... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Austin's Carrot Pineapple Birthday Cake

Ohhhh, I’m giddy about today’s Friday’s Fixin’s post because this recipe is a doozie of deliciousness. For book club this week, a dear girlfriend, Cynthia... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Ice Cream

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  Sweetly Six is especially excited about this month-long celebration because ice cream is her all-time... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Apple "Cupcakes"

When Valerie Rice of Eat Drink Garden and I caught up this week, I asked if she had any super great recipes that she’d like... continue reading

Chocolate!

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Yippeee! For years, it has been one of our favorite holidays. How great is it that after 10+ years of... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Long-Run Cake

Ohhhhhh, do I have a treat to share with you this week.  Yumma! Yumma! Yumma! I found this recipe in Runner’s World magazine (one of... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Running Preparation & Recovery Treats

As I prepare for my 1/2 Marathon this Sunday, I am thinking about what I'm going to eat before and after the run. I am a big fan of Brendan Brazier who is a professional triathlete (can you imagine?!?) and a two-time Canadian 50 km Ultra Marathon Champion (that is OVER 100 miles, in case you were wondering!). In addition to his studley athleticism, he is also a vegan. Super cool Silver Lining.

Friday's Fixin's: Toffee Bark

When I jump off the vegan, sugar-free, health conscious train, I jump BIG. I mean really big! And though I pay the price dearly with insomnia and horrendous hot flashes (sugar, wine and caffeine bring on hot flashes in a mean way!) it is worth it. I jumped big time with this week with Lulu Powers' Toffee Bark (Chocolate-Caramel Matzoh). Just writing it makes me drool. Yes, it's THAT great! Hope you enjoy it!

The Sweetness of Friendship

This morning I woke up to an email from one of my dearest friends.  The subject line read: “Joined the C Club.”  REALLY? F-bomb. Big... continue reading

Friday's Fixin's: Chewy Toasted Pecan Bar

Recently a friend forwarded this recipe to me knowing how much I do love a good gluten-free, vegan snack. Yes, I promise: delicious, gluten-free AND vegan CAN indeed be used in the same sentence. Trust me, after you eat these bars, you'll understand why!

Brookside Babycakes

As I have mentioned here many times, I am about 90% Vegan (at the pleading of my oncologic nutritionist, I have wild caught fish once... continue reading

Sometimes, it's the little things

FBC has taught me to pay attention.  To the little things.  And to enjoy every potentially enjoyable moment.  Not in a fatalistic way, but in... continue reading

The Best, Fail-Proof Cobbler You've Ever Had!

Today, I am obsessed with all things sweet and no, I don’t mean our daughter, Finally Five (who happens to have been very sweet today!).... continue reading

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