Tea Time Thursday

October 24, 2014

I’ve written quite a bit about tea, I love it. I have at least 2-3 cups a day! As part of my morning routine, with my breakfast at work (usually post workout) and something to relax me at night. Traditional Medicinals offered to send me a little fall care package filled with delicious tea.


Organic Throat Coat. We keep this in our house year round. Since I’ve had so many sinus issues this year this has really come in handy!

Organic Weightless. After an overindulgent weekend or pretty much anytime you are feeling a bit puffy, drink a few cups of this and it really does help with that temporary water weight.

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My nigh time teas:

Organic Night Night. Is it truly helping me sleep. I am not sure but I find the act of sitting with a warm mug of tea very relaxing.

Sames goes for the Organic Chamomile with Lavender. It smells amazing and really does help me relax.


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A few of my other favorite tea:

Good Earth Sweet and Spicy

Numi Breakfast Blend

Tulsi Brekfast Blend

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Harvest

Caribou Coffee Cinnamon Spice



If you have a favorite tea please share it, I love finding new flavors!

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With chilly days (temps in the 50’s) being a regular occasion now I have switched over to reds. One of the first bottles I grabbed was from our Swirl Wine Club membership and it was a wine from Isreal. A Kosher wine too. This was actually the first winery that I ever even tried out of Isreal.


Golan Heights winery makes a variety of wines including; cab, chardonnay, merlot, and pinot noir. They have been around since the early 80’s and I’ve really enjoyed the Yardin and Mount Hermon varieties. If you are looking for something new to try or need a Kosher wine, check them out.



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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Food Should Taste Good. I received product and compensation for hosting an event and developing a recipe. 


Yesterday I mentioned our girls night in my Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad and Food Should Taste Good was generous enough to send delicious chips, goody bags, and recipe ideas for our evening. Besides having just chips and salsa I wanted a warm dip to dig into. Cheesy, creamy and corn dip to be precise. Perfect on a chilly fall evening with dear friends, delicious food, glasses of wine and a roaring fire.



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Let’s talk about this corn dip. If you are looking for an EASY recipe to make to bring to a party, this is it. Only a few ingredients and all you have to do is mix it all in a baking dish and go. When this comes out of the oven steaming with melted cheese just try not to eat about half of it. No really. I had to stop myself from eating it all!


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Food Should Taste Good Girls Night and Cheesy Corn Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves 6-8

Food Should Taste Good Girls Night and Cheesy Corn Dip

An easy cheesy, warm chip dip.


  • 4 cans sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Sliced jalapenos


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large baking dish combine corn, mayo, cheese, salt/pepper. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Place jalapenos on top and bake for 15-20 minutes.
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Saturday night I had a few dear friends over for dinner, wine, a fire and a chance to catch up. It was low key but a night I think a lot of us needed. There were no hopping clubs or shots just a chance to enjoy delicious food and curl up with a few glasses of wine. It was perfect. Everyone brought something to share and I made a few heartier items. The first one on that list was a Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad. Vegetarian friendly, gluten free and really good. It brought some of those flavors of fall into a healthy salad.


The key to this salad is the raw shaved Brussels Sprouts. With the group I had coming over I knew most of them would be all for the sprouts. I used about a cup and shaved them with my mandolin. They added a great flavor to the salad! Don’t skip them. And I am always the one that makes sure there are plenty of healthy options on the table!


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Meatless Monday: Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves 6

Meatless Monday: Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

A great Fall salad with kale, Brussels Sprouts and a homemade dressing.


  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup shredded, raw Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 ounces blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp chopped macadamia nuts
  • For the Dressing
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt/Pepper


  1. In a large bowl toss together the kale, Brussels sprouts, blue cheese, cranberries and nuts.
  2. Whisk together hazelnut oil, garlic, Dijon, balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper.
  3. Pour over salad and serve immediately.
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Fitness Friday: Filling the Gym Bag

October 17, 2014

Disclosure: The items in this post were samples that I have received. If I am featuring it, I have tried it and loved it! I will never feature an item that I don’t actively use.     During the week I am usually getting ready at the gym or yoga at least 3 times. I’ve […]

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Thursday Thoughts: On Struggling

October 16, 2014

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Wine Wednesday JaM California Red

October 15, 2014

As a Marketing Manager in real life I am drawn to creative and interesting wine labels. It’s where my eyes immediately are drawn to and if I am deciding between two wines at a price point I tend to pick the one with the better label. I know, I know. You aren’t supposed to pick […]

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Salted Maple Apple Bourbon Cocktail

October 14, 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC.   Growing up in the Midwest had a few perks. I know most people think of the area as flyover country but nothing beats wide open spaces, fresh air, being able to ride your back miles and miles from home as an 8 year old. Another amazing […]

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Meatless Monday 5 Bean Chili

October 13, 2014

Confession time: normally when I make chili it is loaded with venison. We have a huge freezer full of it and it’s delicious. This time I went vegan and gluten free. And no one missed the meat. Seriously! Both Scott and my father in law ate this late one night after working all day. No […]

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Fitness Friday Online Workouts

October 10, 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Grokker. I go in spurts where I want to workout at home a few times a week. It can save time! Instead of packing up my gym bag, driving to the gym, working out and then driving home I can just head downstairs to […]

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