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A Few of Our Favorite Charlotte Things

This past Friday, Nick and I took a day off from life and spontaneously enjoyed everything we love about living near Charlotte, NC. We are coming up on our one year anniversary in North Carolina. What better way to celebrate than to take part in the places and things that made us pack up our lives and move to this area? Here are 4 places we recommend visiting. 1. Famous Toastery Dilworth Getting up at 5:30 AM on your day off might be the farthest thing from your mind, but when gluten free breakfast at the Famous Toastery of Dilworth is your destination, you jump out of bed! We discovered this restaurant on our first trip to Charlotte, when we were researching the area. On each of our four road trips from Virginia Beach, we would stop at the Famous Toastery, refuel and start on our list of things to…

Recipe: Petite Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Welcome to Tuesday, friends. I didn’t forget about you yesterday. However, I had a guest coming for dinner, which required much of my time in the kitchen. Oh yes, and cleaning up the house from the weekend. Anyone else find that it only takes two days to completely make the house look like a disaster zone?! My menu for the evening was Paleo Chicken Parmesan on a plate of brown rice pasta topped with organic marinara sauce. One of these days I am going to actually photograph this meal so I can share it with you. It’s one of our favorites! I also made an Italian Salad. I tossed this with homemade dressing from fresh, organic basil, parsley, olive oil, red wine vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper. This dressing was a new recipe for me and everyone enjoyed it. I’ll be sharing the recipe with you in a…

Recipe: Healthy Skin Juice

Ever since I hit the big ’35’ last month, I have noticed my skin starting to show signs of aging. In particular, I felt like my skin had lost that healthy glow and I always looked tired. Since healthy living has become my mantra, I immediately hit the web in search of youthful skin recipes that included natural, organic ingredients. One of the easiest ways to get all your fruits and vegetables into your daily diet is to juice. The juice recipe I’m sharing with you today includes 6 powerful ingredients that will not only aid in clean, clear skin but boost your immune system. According to Healthy Holistic Living, there are 23 foods that make you look younger. This Healthy Skin Juice recipe includes 4 of those foods: Kiwi, Spinach, Lemon and Green Tea. The antioxidants in Spinach and Green Tea aid in protecting your skin cells. The Kiwi…

Recipe: Paleo Blueberry Balls

Happy Friday, ya’ll! Congratulations on making it through another week. Today marks two weeks since we began a new workout routine at the gym. After three months, we were ready to change it up. I enjoy the variety change brings, but a new routine always reminds me there is room for improvement. This week also marked four continuous months of working out at our new gym in Huntersville, North Carolina. It might not seem like a huge accomplishment to you, but it’s sort of a big deal to me. I’ve been working out with my husband for 7 years now. This is the longest span of time I’ve weight lifted without either hurting myself or contracting a lengthy illness. If you have Celiac Disease, you understand how easy it is for your immune system to be compromised. This is where I encourage you to take a serious look at your…

Recipe: Sweet Peach Paleo Muffins

The recipe of the day is a Sweet Peach Paleo Muffin recipe. This is the first snack I have added to the blog that includes peaches. This wonderful fruit is not a normal part of our weekly diet, but that is going to change! This past week in North Carolina, we have had HOT temperatures. The heat index on Sunday was 114 degrees! Friday night, I was craving something fruity and refreshing so I made an extra large pitcher of gluten free sangria. It was full of organic oranges, peaches and strawberries. We were blessed with company on Saturday night and I was glad to have a fun beverage on hand to share. This morning I noticed my leftover peaches were ripe and would not last another day. I jumped on Pinterest and baked the first muffin recipe I found. I am a big fan of muffins as they can…

Recipe: Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

Some of my favorite memories during my childhood included my loving grandparents. They lived about ten minutes from my parent’s house and were actively involved in my life. Gram would take me on day trips to the local arcade and out for lunch at Pizza Hut (I didn’t know I had Celiac Disease at the time.). One important skill my grandmother taught me was to bake. My gramps has a sweet tooth and gram liked to have cookies, bars and cakes stocked for his snack breaks. One dessert she brought to our family gatherings was her famous chocolate chip peanut butter bars. Every time I make this Chocolate Almond Protein Bar recipe, I am reminded of my gram. These protein bars also make a cold treat during the summer months. Enjoy them with a glass of almond milk and let me know what you think!

Recipe: Weekend Cashew Snack Bars

Congrats, we all made it halfway through Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend celebrating the start of summer. We made new friends and enjoyed a private concert, by Ricky Vacca, in our neighborhood during this month’s Front Porch Friday. After an evening outside, we walked back to the house craving a late-night snack. Thankfully, I had made a batch of my Cashew Snack Bars. They were waiting all nice and chilled in the refrigerator. These bars have been taste approved by friends of all dietary habits. That means, there is a BIG chance you will LOVE these bars! This recipe is perfect for summer as the only baking equipment you need is a food processor. That means, no hot oven heating up your kitchen and home! Three organic, good-for-you ingredients make up this recipe. You might find you need to make two or three batches at a time.

Recipe: Gluten Free Paleo Blueberry Banana Bread

I am sending you your Monday recipe one day late! My apologies, dear friends. Life just runs a bit slower now that I’m 35. Just kidding. Yesterday, was a total Monday. One of those days where nothing goes right and you long for a new day to begin. So, it’s Tuesday and all is well with the world again. The recipe for today is an easy to make bread. It is paleo friendly, gluten free and dairy free. I had all the ingredients at home, minus the fresh fruit. I love when that happens! Try out this Blueberry Banana Bread and let me know what you think. Just a little tip…make sure to bake this a little longer than you might think. It is a moist bread and quite tasty if cooked all the way. 🙂

Recipe: Paleo Skillet Meal

I am posting on Thursday this week, rather than my usual Friday morning, because tomorrow is my 35th birthday! Nick is taking me out to breakfast so I’m sure you’ll see evidence of all the foodie goodness on my Instagram feed. Breakfast is my FAVORITE! Anyone else feel the same way?  I’ve cut back on my coffee habit over the past couple weeks and I can’t wait to sip a glorious cup of caffeine with my eggs, sausage and fresh fruit. Enough about my food daydreams. I want to share my recipe from today’s lunch with you: Zucchini Beef Paleo Skillet Meal. I prefer lunch to be as easy as possible. No one needs to slave in the kitchen for hours just to have a healthy lunch. Leftovers are the best meal option; however, I was completely out today. This paleo skillet meal came to my rescue. The main ingredients…