Grilled Spicy Thai Chicken Wings

Grilled Spicy Thai Chicken Wings

Grilled Spicy Thai Chicken Wings

Oh how I love the simplicity of summer. The long days, lazier mornings and easy meals lace together into memories we carry into the colder, barren days of the year. Last year I bought my husband a nice grill for his birthday. It might be akin to him buying me a classic car but you can’t deny the importance of good equipment, right? Although he does a good amount of the grilling I’ve been glad to have a place to cook outside on the scorcher days we’ve had lately. It’s also been fun adding new recipes to my arsenal because

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Healthy Dining Doesn’t Equal Deprivation

Healthy Dining Doesn’t Equal Deprivation

This article originally appeared at NRTODAY.COM Often I have second thoughts about posting food on Instagram and Facebook. I’ve heard complaints before that not everyone wants to see your dinner. However, last week, a friend approached me at the gym and thanked me for posting pictures of great-tasting, nutritious meals. “It lets me know that I can do this,” she said. It encouraged her to know that healthy eating can still be a great experience. It not only tastes good, but also keeps my guests from thinking they’re eating “diet food.” One of my best tips is planning ahead. About

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Red Curry My Way

Red Curry My Way

Russ and I attended a disaster relief training in Stanwood, Washington this past Friday and Saturday. On Friday we at lunch at a great little Thai place called Jasmin Thai Cuisine and Sushi. It was fantastic. I had a Panang Pork Curry that I couldn’t get out of my mind. For Mother’s Day I ended up making dinner because I couldn’t decide where to go out. I didn’t have everything I needed for a traditional recipe of Panang or Red Curry so I threw this together with what I had in the cupboards. It turned out good enough to share!

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Tribute to Mom and Her Gorilla (Granola)

Tribute to Mom and Her Gorilla (Granola)

Next Sunday, May 11, is Mother’s Day. It isn’t lost on me that I am incredibly blessed to have been raised by a gentle, brave and compassionate mother. Her love for her children was fierce and her faith was deep. We shared a vanity area of the house in my early adult years. To get there, I went through the master bedroom. Depending on the timing, I would find her kneeling at the end of her bed, praying with Dad as they started their day. They did this every morning for most of my life. Our house was the gathering

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Eating in Disneyland: Food Allergies to Favorite Spots

Eating in Disneyland: Food Allergies to Favorite Spots

So we established in the past two articles that I love Disneyland. Hearing my daughter giggle uncontrollably in the presence of princesses has brought so much joy and rest to our vacations, I just couldn’t imagine a better place to take her. Another thing that makes my life rich is food. I believe food is meant to be enjoyed with every possible sense. The smell, taste, textures and the sights of beautiful food are heightened when friends and family eat together. You can only imagine how much I look forward to food made at the Happiest Place on Earth! In

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