spiced cranberry-apple muffins

Happy (Almost) Thanksgiving!

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Even though the holiday is less than a week away, I’m actually feeling pretty calm about the whole day.  This year we’re staying local and having some family friends over, so I’m grateful we won’t be alone and relieved that this will be a much needed, low-key event.  I keep telling myself that I don’t really have to cook a ton of food, that nobody will care how many appetizers and sides there are or that everything is homemade.  However, knowing myself, I’ll throw all this out the window and start making lists upon lists of dishes I want to serve and groceries I need to buy.  Hmm..we’ll see how all this goes.
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Cherry-Avocado Smoothie Bowl

This post is short and definitely sweet.  I’m loving this smoothie bowl because it’s thick and creamy- perfect for a post-workout snack or even a filling breakfast.

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Now I’m wondering, why have I not added avocado to my smoothies before?  Silly question since there are hundreds (no, thousands I’m sure) of recipes out there using them.  Duh.  It lends creaminess with all the good fats which result in a perfectly scoopable smoothie bowl.  Almost like ice cream.  With toppings, we’ll just consider this a superfood sundae!

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Winter Green Citrus Smoothie

I’ve used kale before in my smoothies but more times than not, I ended up with a brown-green, salad-tasting smoothie.  As a smoothie-making novice at the time, I had my greens-to-fruit proportions all wrong and was trying to blend kale with a regular blender. Continue reading “Winter Green Citrus Smoothie”

Cherry-Almond Bran Muffins

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The new year typically brings a sense of renewal, casting aside the excesses from the holidays and starting out fresh.  We’re almost a week in now; how are the resolutions coming along?  Still going strong…or not?   Whether it be your basics: exercising more, maintaining healthier eating habits or keeping cleaner house (all of which are on my list among other things), or something a bit more personal, those resolutions give this upcoming year a sense of purpose. Continue reading “Cherry-Almond Bran Muffins”

Meyer Lemon Curd

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Many people associate lemons as being part of the summer produce rotation but oddly enough they are a winter fruit, with their brightness punctuating the dreary, rainy season here in Northern California.  It’s really quite wonderful to see our local farmers markets now showcasing an abundance of citrus fruit such as mandarins, grapefruits and Meyer lemons alongside the heavy root vegetables that define the winter season.

If you’re not familiar with the fruit, Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin with much of the tartness giving way to a light, floral sweetness.  Therefore their bright flavor is a natural, welcome swap in a traditional lemon curd.

It’s rich, silky texture is perfect as a spread on toast, scones and muffins or swirled into yogurt.  So, grab some lemons and get cooking!  You really can’t go wrong!

Meyer Lemon Curd

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