spring veggie pasta salad with avocado-parsley sauce

Bring on the veggies!  That’s what spring is all about, right?

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tomato & cucumber salad {with lemon-caper dressing}

This salad screams summertime!  Though it’s only April, we’re getting summertime vibes over here and I am (somewhat) ready.  I’m ready to walk away from the stove and fire up the grill.  I’m ready to simply toss some veggies together to accompany our meal and call it day.  I’m envisioning sitting with my husband on our back patio at dusk under the twinkling pergola lights, listening to our wind chime dance in the breeze.  While sipping on an ice-cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, I am wholeheartedly enjoying this salad on a perfect summer evening.

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Almond Pulp Chocolate Chip Bars

As we have embarked on a few new house projects, painting our rooms have been the easiest to tackle first.  Painting has really provided time for me to unwind while listenening to the podcasts that have been building up in my library. The most recent TED talk on the concept of originality really struck a chord.  They pose the question: when is copying flattery, when is it thievery and when is it sheer genius?  Just because we, as humans, tend to borrow, riff or sample ideas from others does not make us unoriginal- it actually makes us innovators.  It’s a novel concept since we (I) have grown up with the belief that the inherent nature of using someone else’s work is morally wrong.

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Cherry Chocolate Almond Bars

Larabars have become my go-to snack bar because they contain only handful of ingredients, all of which are completely pronounceable,whole foods and come in a variety of flavors.  The only thing is they can get a little expensive so my solution is to make them at home!  I’m always on the hunt for a new or better homemade snack bar and while I’ve made a few versions before, none really wowed me with their flavor.  Except for these.  These are a winner because chocolate, cherries and almonds are the three best friends that I ever did see.

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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”