Just Grab a Cookie Already!

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I guess by now that it is no secret, guys. I REALLY enjoy decadent food. I mean I do it within reason (see past posts with healthy recipes :-P), but sometimes in life, you just need a deliciously decadent chocolate chip cookie.

There was a time in the not so distant past, where I would worry about everything that I ate. Now- the phrase “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips” makes me want to stab my ears out. Because it’s not necessarily true, right? Sure, if I was eating heavy meals three times a day followed by dessert and snacks in between I would have a problem. But when you are an active, healthy person who regularly eats light, healthy, yummy meals- have a cookie when you want a cookie.

I vaguely circled around this idea in my last post but I think it bears repeatedly loudly and clearly: I think when it comes to diet and fitness you need to live freely to live happily.

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I am a 1950’s Housewife…. and Spicy Beef Enchilada Roll-Ups

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Hi my name is Stephanie and I am a 1950’s housewife. I double and triple recipes just so that I can stockpile meals in my freezer. I mean I PREFER fresh food- who doesn’t? But with a long commute, we rely on our stockpiles often.

And sometimes, all that crazy housewife cooking mania pays off.

Case in Point: This past weekend, we were able to escape to NYC for a wonderful visit with friends. It was a beautiful, sun soaked weekend made even better by fantastic company and several TO. DIE. FOR. meals. Thai food, burgers at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, and one of the BEST Italian dinners I’ve had. So much delicious food. And for those of you wondering  whether I worried about calories, I can tell ya with a big old smile: no, I did not. At the end of the day, one delicious weekend celebrating life with friends and enjoying copious amounts of good food won’t blow an otherwise on track diet.

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An Ode to Spring and Blueberry Lemon Muffins

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I can’t say it enough- I adore spring. If I had to choose an overall favorite, I have to admit that fall is my true season love, but spring and I, we have our own secret love affair too. Seriously, if you have ever endured a New England winter, you will understand the pure joy that those first few warm, sun soaked days of spring cause.

Along with warmer weather, comes a craving for “spring flavors.” Don’t get me wrong, I still love my winter comfort foods- and I have been known to make chili in the middle of the summer- but spring screams lemon, fruit and fresh veggies to me.

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Reflections, Something Sweet, and Chocolate Drizzled Macaroons

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I have to be honest, I wanted to blog all weekend. In fact, I have a back log of recipes and photos just waiting for my attention. But I wasn’t sure how to proceed. I suspect a lot of people in my home state feel like that right now. Even though I was blessedly not directly impacted by the events last week, my perception of my hometown, my feelings associated with it, are altered.

So this weekend, after spending Friday glued to the news as the most unbelievable display of heroism by our first responders unfolded before our eyes, we tried to find balance again. After seeing so many families torn apart, I admit I clung to my husband. I felt a need to simply be close. It helps, honestly.

In the interest of pure transparency with anyone reading this, I will admit that going back to posting recipes seems odd. But normalcy is good too. This weekend, normalcy came in the form of sweetness- nothing wrong with fro yo for dinner, right?  After everything we’ve all seen this last week, I think we could all use a little sweetness right?

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