Simple & Delicious Valentine’s Day Menu

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Valentine’s Day Cookies

Valentines Day. As a kid, it was fun exchanging little cards and candies at school, but the anticipation of my dad getting home from work was the real excitement. We’d run to the back door to give him a huge hug and wait, jumping up and down. And there they were. The holy grail of Valentine’s Day. White boxes that each contained heart-shaped boxes of Fannie May candy. That’s when they used real ribbons, and made each box unique. Now I sound like my dad-“back in my day…”

My mom always got the biggest box, my sister the medium box, and being the youngest, I got the smallest box. My sister and I hid our boxes on the shelf in our closet, far away from our brothers.

My dad & I dancing. I was probably 4 or 5 rockin’ a super cool all purple outfit. 

The days of heart-shaped boxes have passed. They’ve been replaced with a delicious meal. Not going out to eat, but a meal made at home is the best kinda Valentine’s Day.  Invite your lover, friends, or family, turn up the music, uncork some vino, and make an easy, yet delicious meal together. Here’s a simple menu you can use. Try one recipe or make a night of it, cooking them all.

Let’s start with a simple appetizer.

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Brie Cheese



2 pounds of whole brie

16 ounces of strawberry preserves

1 sheet frozen pastry puff, thawed


1. Place whole Brie with rind on an oven proof serving dish with shallow sides.

2. Spread preserves over brie.

3. Stretch puff pastry to cover brie and tuck under the sides.

4. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 mins.

Serve with crackers or bread.

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Shrimp Pasta

Here’s a tasty main dish you can’t mess up & is sure to be loved by everyone.



1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 8 ounce package of angel hair pasta

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 pound of shrimp, peeled & deveined

2 20 ounce cans Italian style diced tomatoes, drained

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup chopped parsley

3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

3 tbsp fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

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1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil & add 1 tbsp of oil. Cook pasta until al dente. Place pasta in a colander to drain.

2. Heat remaining oil in a large skillet on medium heat.

3. Cook garlic constantly stir & don’t allow it to burn.

4. Add shrimp and cook for 3 to 5 minutes & remove from skillet.

5. Add tomatoes, wine, parsley & basil to skillet & stir. Cook about 10 mins until liquid reduces half way.

6. Add shrimp and cook another 3 minutes.

7. Serve shrimp over pasta & spring fresh Parmesan over top.

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Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Of course I included a dessert recipe; the most important course! I’m actually going to give you 2 dessert recipes.



12 Nilla wafers

2-8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup of sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup cherry pie filling

Cup cake liners

12 cup cake pan


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line cup cake holders with paper liners, place one wafer in the bottom of each cup & set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese & sugar they’re until it’s light & fluffy.

4. Add 1 egg & beat mixture then add 2nd egg & beat again.

4. Spoon mixture equally into all 12 cup cake sections (on top of wafers).

5. Bake for 30 minutes.

6. Turn off oven & slightly open the oven door, leaving the cheesecakes in the oven for 30 more minutes.

7. Remove tray from oven & allow cakes to cool completely.

8. Top each cheese cake with cherry pie filling.

9. Place tray in the frig for at least an hour before serving.

10. Store leftovers in the frig.

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*works best in a 4 quart cooker


1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp butter

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1 cup sugar, divided

3 tbsp + 1/3 cup cacao powder

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup nut milk

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup brown sugar

1.5 cups hot water

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1. Coat inside of cooker with non stick spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour & baking powder.

3. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate & butter & mix.

4. Whisk in 2/3 cup of sugar, 3 tbsp of cacao, vanilla, salt, milk & egg yolk.

5. Add flour mixture & mix completely.

6. Pour batter into slow cooker & spread evenly.

7. Whisk together remaining sugar, cacao, and hot water until sugar is dissolved. Pour over batter in slow cooker. Do not mix.

8. Cover & cook in high 1-2 hours. The cake will be very moist and floating on a layer of molten chocolate when it’s done. You’ll know it’s done when the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pot.

9. Turn off cooker and remove lid. Don’t let lid drip into cake.

10. Allow cake to cool for 25-30 minutes before cutting and spooning onto plates.

11. Make it extra tasty by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Happy cooking and Happy Valentine’s Day! 





Turnt on Turmeric

IMG_7682 Hi guys! I feel like this blog post has been a LONG time coming! I wanna talk all things turmeric, and why I use it every day. That’s right, I use it every single day! And I’ll tell you why! 

I took a TON of medication when I was recovering from my accident. I am talking months and months of antibiotics, pain meds, you name it. Of course after being run over by an SUV, that was mandatory. As I recovered using those meds, my body was severely inflamed, bloated, ached, and just did NOT run properly. UGH! I couldn’t believe that I would be in continuous pain forever with all the injuries I sustained. 

IMG_7678Enter turmeric! I discovered this MAGNIFICENT root that is a golden miracle! LITERALLY! I started taking a turmeric supplement in a capsule form every morning, and noticed a big decrease in my inflammation and pain levels each day. THEN, I watched as my skin literally started to GLOW! My stomach bloat became reduced, because it also helps release toxins from your body. 

Now don’t get me wrong, I still get massive bouts of pain after a long days or during stressful times-even during the super fun events in life. This is where I amp my intake of turmeric in yummy ways! I make some delicious drinks like my TURMERIC ELIXIR or my TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK. I even add it to my recipes like this one, TURMERIC POACHED EGGS. I bet Lauryn from the The Skinny Confidential would love these eggs on her GG crackers! 


So I definitely sneak turmeric into my recipes as often as possible, even if it’s the slightest amount.

Turmeric seriously gives you the most radiant skin! SKIN!! I almost forgot! I must leave you with this tip. I make a super dreamy skin mask using turmeric since it calms pores and decreases acne and scarring! Just mix 1/2 tbsp. of turmeric powder, 1 tbsp. of raw honey, and lather it all over your face! After 15 minutes, gently remove the mask and watch your skin GLOW! Smooth and soft my skin feels immediately! 

IMG_7681Ready to get Turnt on Turmeric with me? Start small just by using a capsule  everyday or by making my turmeric drinks or food recipe above. Of course if you are on any other meds or medical watches, check with your health care provider to see if it’ll interact with your other supplements or meds. I have never had any issues with turmeric except reaping all the AMAZING benefits, but we are all different. 

Much love to you all!



8 Ways to Set Successful New Year’s Goals

SO 2018 is here!! Can you believe it?! Happy New Year! There’s nothing I love more than setting out goals, growing, & learning! BUT, there’s a specific way I do it. I’m giving you all my methods that’ve helped me reach EVERY goal!


FIRST, I pick my goals. How do I choose them? So anytime I get a thought or an idea that totally excites me, multiple times, I know I’ve got to put it into action. I jot them in my journal or notes section, until it makes the GRAND list, on my vision board.

SECOND, I get very specific. Think HOW and WHEN. For example, my reading goal. Rather than saying, I’m going to read more this year, I get clear with that goal. It becomes, I will read 1 book per week before I go to bed. This makes the idea clear and concrete without being general. 

THIRD, make the goal attainable. I want to add some workouts in my daily movement time. Rather than saying I’m going to the gym each day, I actually say I’m going to add 1 day of weights per week to my movement hour. For me, this is attainable & it’s SPECIFIC.

FOURTH, write out your specific goals. The power of writing your goals will have you achieve them far more than just thinking or talking about them.

FIFTH, post your goals in a place you can read them every single day. Mark specific times in your daily planner you’ll be taking the action steps to follow through. For me, I will simply add an alarm on my phone to go off an hour before bed that just says, TIME TO READ. It’ll soon be a habit.

SIXTH, do monthly checks. Ask yourself, what’s working? What’s not working? What can I alter to set myself up for success? Go easy on yourself too. Too many goals can be daunting and you may have to step back a bit. That’s ok. Give yourself a break. If you need to scratch a goal off your list, just tell yourself it’s ok. You’re rocking your other goals, and you can come back to it. You’d rather rock 1 or 2 goals, hit them 110% than half-ass 5 goals.

SEVENTH, share your goals. Find a friend who you can share your dreams and goals with. It gives you accountability PLUS it will help create them even more. Visually, words work for me best. So I literally write each goal into 1 sentence. You can add a little picture or magazine cutout next to each goal that motivates you.

EIGHT, pick what works for you! Some people like big, picturesque vision boards, some people like a smaller piece of paper with words. I found using only pictures was too vague for me. I wanted something more concrete. Now I combine the two, but I know I need to write each goal out into a specific HOW and WHEN goal. 

That’s each step I follow to achieve my goals! Now go out there and DREAM BIG! Everything you want is waiting for YOU! Want to see my full list of goals for 2o18?! I’ll be posting them in my stories on Instagram for you.
Leave any comments or question below. And HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Sweet Tooth Bars! Easy to Make!


I got a totally, random taste for something sweet, like a baked good. I really don’t even know where this was coming from. Baked goods just aren’t my thing. I love making them, but with real & raw ingredients. The kind that don’t give me a tummy ache, access bloating, or a crashed feeling. Then I thought, “Well, actually just a chocolate protein bar would probably hit the spot.” Do I really feel like going to the grocery store for 1 thing when I was already there this morning for a big list? Not so much. Hmmmm…

Ah ha!! I’ve got some almond butter, cacao powder, & some other goods here. I whipped out a bowl, started pouring things in, and mixing. One initial, tiny taste so far…magic! Just what I was craving. I’ve gotta roll these out into bars! Oops did I forget to record the measurements of each ingredients again? Yeah I’m not real slick on tracking those details. I just kinda know how much of what to throw in there. BUT!!! I can come close. You are always welcome to adjust as your heart desires just like any other recipe. Well, are you ready for this super simple, snackin treat?

Sweet Tooth Bars:

  • 1.5 c almond butter
  • 1 to 1.5 cups vanilla protein powder
  • 2.5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1.5 tbsp ghee butter
  • 2 tbsp raw, local honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • *You can feel free to add goji berries , nuts, and anything else you like.  

Mix everything together in a medium bowl. Don’t mix with your spatula like me; they break.

Roll batter into a ball and place on top of a sheet of parchment paper on a counter.

With a rolling pin, roll out the batter so it’s still thick. The thinner you roll them, the more you’ll have, but they start to stick to the rolling pin. (The ghee butter does a great job of not allowing the batter to stick to the rolling pin.)

Take a knife and cut your batter into bars, & place bars on a plate & stick them in the freezer for at least an hour.

*this recipe should be taste tested as you go. That’s the only way you’ll know if you’ll enjoy the finally product. If you like them sweeter, add more honey or some maple syrup.

Most of all, have fun with it! Make up some of your own add ins. What do you have that you could toss in? Crushed nuts, cacao nibs, coconut shreds, dried cranberry or sliced dates?

Wondering why I pick the ingredients I do? For 1, there’s mega health benefits to each. Secondly, they make me feel a heck of a lot better than white sugar, white flour, & processed oils. Check ’em out…

Cacao powder/nibs: Loaded within magnesium!! Something we totally lack, but our body needs this nutrient to sleep better, keep our blood pressure even, fight inflammation, & kidney disease. Common cocoa powder is overly processed, has added fillers, & lacks nutritional value.

Chia seeds: they’re a healthy fat and protein. These seeds are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. They also kept you hydrated.  Chia seeds are super versatile so if you haven’t used them yet, jump on it!

Flax seeds. Besides there’s beautiful, nutty flavor, these seeds balance your hormones, give you clear skin, aid in digestion, fight cancer, & lower your cholesterol. You can even blend then to make a flax powder!

Ghee butter is super delish. 4th&Hearth was nice enough to send me their Madagascar vanilla bean flavor. Ohhhh so good in making sweets from scratch. Ghee is a healthy fati like to use in baking a cooking as it has a high smoke point.

Let me know when you make your Sweet Tooth Bars! What did you add?!




Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas 

Preparing weekly meals ensures success for healthly eating! It saves you a lot of time during the week, and you conserve money since you won’t stop to eat somewhere! 

It’s also proven that people who cook meals at home more often, reep the benefits of a healthier life! 

So let’s get to the tips!!!

1. Devote one day each week! Pick a day you will grocery shop, and prep! 

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