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Labor Day Weekend Fun!

This past weekend was alot of fun, it was a four day weekend (yes!), my birthday & labor day! My family and I all went to our Cape Cod House for the weekend, which means there was alot of food & alcohol. Since Hurricane Earl never hit the Cape, only some rain, we decided to have a Hurricane Party! All in all it was a wonderful weekend, I love being able to get the whole family together for a couple days! ❤ I miss my parents now that my sisters and I live two hours from them. I love being able to spend time with them whenever we can, their the best! 🙂

Hurricane Party= Lots of Takeout & Alcohol

This lasted one day believe it or not!

Beautiful day

Boat Ride on our new boat!

Happy Hour

Me, Mia & Maddie...wheres Taia?

Delish.

Me & JJ.

Day 4: One hour before we were leaving to go home, need I say more. Good Weekend!

 

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
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Happy Birthday to ME!

On September 2nd I turned 24, awww I’m getting old! I had a wonderful birthday this year, it was alot of fun with friends & family 🙂 My birthday fell on a Thursday this year, so my cousin Mikara decided to have everyone over for a birthday dinner party (isn’t she cute)! It was wonderful she decorated her apartment, cooked & even had goodie bags 🙂 My sister Taia made three beautiful cakes & cupcakes. They both really outdid themselves!  It was a birthday for a princess indeed 😉 A special thank you to everyone who made my birthday extra special!

Mikaras apartment decorated so cute!

Happy Hour 🙂

Mikara cooking up a storm 🙂

Delish!

Prosciutto/Spinach/Breadcrumb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Tortelli Pasta & Salad.

Taias baking! Strawberry Cake with Fresh Strawberries & Vanilla Cake with fresh blueberries!

Birthday Wish!

One Year Older=One Year Wiser 🙂

Thanks Again ❤ 
 

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New Additions: Thanks Dad!

My father is one of the most thoughtful & generous people I know. He knows that I have been using the kitchen alot, so last weekend when we went home he surprised me with a beautiful new serving bowl & a new pestle & mortar. Isn’t he the best! Very thoughtful, thanks dad! love you!

Beautiful Serving Bowl for pasta when I entertain.

I've never had a pestle & mortar before so I am a bit unsure how to use it, but my dad said it perfect for making homemade pesto sauce. I say bring on the sugar & mint, lets make MOJITOS! 🙂

& last but not least, I had to include my all time favorite picture of my dad & I from when I was young! ❤

 

Thanks again dad, love you!

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Thirsty Thursday!

Yes, its almost the weekend & since tonight is thirsty thursday I thought I would share some hangover tips 🙂 These food cures may help you get over your hangover a bit quicker. Try them out & let me know!

Next time you wake up with a pulsing headache due to a long night of drinking, Try to:

  1. Eat or Drink something that has fruit in it: Fruits and fruit juices contain a sugar called fructose, which may help your body clear alcohol faster
  2.  Eat some starchy carbs: Carbs such as toast, may help to counteract nausea and low blood sugar
  3. Drink more fluids:  Drinking alcohol causes your body to lose a lot of water. Rehydrating—with water or sports drinks that contain electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium—is a must!
  4. Do some electrolytes: salty soups can replace lost electrolytes, relieving some dehydration: headache, weakness, dizziness.
  5. Catch a buzz: Catch another buzz—a caffeine buzz! This will help relieve that “jet lag” feeling. Coffee, please!

For more information on hangover help, visit www.eatingwell.com

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Fast Food Breakfast on the Go!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is essential to eat a good healthy breakfast in order to start-up your metabolism for the day. But what if I’m busy & don’t have time to sit down for breakfast?? Well next time you’re in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You’ll be pleasantly surprised…

  1. STARBUCKS: Protein Plate
  2. SUBWAY: Western Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt
  3. AU BON PAIN: Large Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  4. JAMBA JUICE: 12 oz Mango Peach Topper
  5. MCDONALDS: Scrambled Eggs & English Muffin
  6. JACK IN BOX: Breakfast Jack
  7. BURGER KING: 3-piece French Toast Sticks
  8. Einstein Bros: Pumpernickel Bagel with Smoked Salmon & Whipped Reduced Fat Garlic&Herb Cream Cheese
  9. Dunkin Donuts: Egg White & Cheese Wake-up Wrap

& there you have it, breakfast on the go!

For more information visit www.cookinglight.com

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The New Look Great / Feel Great Diet.

I was recently reading womens health magazine & I came across these very important tips to feel great and look great. This article reveals how to lose weight without trying, how to make your skin glow & lastly how to boost your brain power. Check it out!

1. Lose Weight Without Trying

On the O2 Diet, estimate that you’ll lose about two to three pounds a week. But instead of worrying about the pounds, focus on ORAC points–and the pounds will melt away. These are just three of the O2 Diet’s weight-loss wonders:

Artichokes
At only 60 calories each, they’re a calorie bargain. Artichokes are also super-high on the ORAC scale—7,900 points— and they contain phytochemicals that may lower cholesterol levels.

Lemon Water
Lemon peel contains pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to help with weight loss. Add an ounce of lemon juice and some zest to each of your eight daily glasses of water (which will help you feel fuller), and you’ll add 3,200 ORAC points.

Red Grapefruit
One study found that people who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds over 12 weeks, while those who drank grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. The red variety has more of the cancer-protecting antioxidant lycopene. Half a grape-fruit has 1,900 ORAC points.

2. Make Your Skin Glow

While no food can turn back the clock, some can perk up your looks and slow the aging process.

Figs
Eating a handful of dried figs increases the amount of antioxidants in your blood for four hours, much longer than many other foods. Two small figs have about 2,700 ORAC points.

Red Bell Peppers
The unique combination of large amounts of vitamins A, C, and E make red bell peppers a skin superfood. Half a cup adds 600 ORAC points.

Watermelon
This lycopene-rich fruit provides 33 percent more protection against sunburn than other fruits. (You still have to wear sunscreen though!) One cup of this diced melon has 200 ORAC points.

3. Boost Your Brain Power

The neural pathways in our brains are growing and improving all the time. Eat the right foods and you’ll be able to concentrate better, remember more, and feel calmer.

Blueberries
They may improve memory, cognition, and balance. Researchers believe that blueberries (9,700 ORAC points per one-cup serving) reduce inflammation and can help us overcome the normal effects of brain aging.

Cinnamon
Researchers believe that cinnamon may inhibit certain Alzheimer’s disease cells. One teaspoon of cinnamon adds 7,000 ORAC points.

Plums
These juicy treats decrease anxiety-related behaviors, and researchers think they may protect against depression. One plum adds 4,100 ORAC points to a meal.

Remember these important tips next time you visit the grocery store!

Adapted from The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge Antioxidant- Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin, and Beautiful, by Keri Glassman, R.D., Rodale 2009. Available wherever books are sold or at womenshealthmag.com/O2diet.

 

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Out of the Kitchen.

Sadly…this week I am not going to be cooking 😦 I have a very important test next Monday to study for & I need all the time after work that I can get. However, each day this week I will be posting cooking tips and food & health facts. hope you enjoy!

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