Sunday, April 29, 2012

OUTING | NJ - THE SAND IN THE SPRING

POINT PLEASANT, NEW JERSEY -  Every since I can recall, I have found the beach to be my place of solace.  I am not particularly fond of scorching sands littered with bathing beauties and screaming children splashing about and kicking up sand under the unforgiving heat of the summer sun, but I am a tremendous fan of the beach when abandoned... particularly in the fall, mid winter, and late spring.  Growing up in suburban New Jersey, where the beaches are free only in the off season (Labor Day - Memorial Day), I learned quickly the best times of the year to dig my toes into the sand, do a few cartwheels, and listen to the ocean as I sipped Dunkin Donuts and read a work of literature.  Any time anything went wrong in my life, my immediate reaction was to flee to the coastline and watch the waves crash gently into my ankles before retreating back from whence they came.  I was born a fire sign and not particularly a fan of water, but the ocean and I, we find balance in the company of one another.  We find peace.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

VEGGIE-VEGGIE PESTO! IT'S VEGGIE PESTO!


MY RECIPE - The perfect way to sneak veggies into an old favorite!  Veggie-Veggie Pesto takes everything you loved about Impromptu Hempesto and takes it's health benefits to the next level with the cunning (and stealthy) addition of broccoli and carrots.  These two little alterations not only bump up the vitamins and nutritional goodies you're putting into your body but provide just enough texture to keep things interesting.  Paired with my favorite little wonder (TJ's Spinach & Chive Linguine) this is a meal you won't feel guilty about when you go ahead and have a second helping!

Want to make some for yourself?  Well then...

Friday, April 20, 2012

THE FRIDAY FIVE - LOOSE LEAF TEAS I LOVE!


TOP 5 LOOSE LEAF TEAS - After having traveled far and near for thirteen months in search of the most healthy, flavorful, and original handmade tea combinations, I have collected my fair share of fantastic teas.  Based on the ones that I find myself craving and enjoying on a regular basis, I have managed to narrow down a list of five teas to recommend to you today.   Ranging from green to black and rooibos as well, I am quite confident that you will enjoy at least one (if not all!) of the teas on this list.

My journey from a two-pot a day coffee drinker to a seasoned tea taster (pinky up!) has been an interesting one to say the least for my body, mind, and taste palate... and I hope that as you begin (or continue) yours, that you will be blessed with equally sensational TEAdventures!  So now, my friends... I shall offer you a tasting!

Saturday, April 7, 2012