Why is it so hard to stick to a diet and not cheat?

Because we associate food with everything! It is so hard to stick to a diet, and not cheat. It's hard to change your eating habits to healthier ones because FOOD IS SOCIAL. Food is love, food is caring and comfort. Someone dies, we give them food. Someone gets married, we celebrate with food. Someone has a baby, we have a baby shower with food. Special date with spouse - it most likely involves food. Get togethers and holidays always involve food. Food is an important part of every culture ...

Summer Watermelon Tomato Salad with Burrata, Mint and Basil

Need a taste of summer? Try my Summer Watermelon Tomato Salad! It's a delightful combination of fresh tomatoes, watermelon, burrata, mint and basil with a hint of balsamic. The perfect watermelon tomato salad in my opinion! Fresh tasting and surprisingly filling. The burrata adds a slight richness without being too heavy. Summer Watermelon Tomato Salad with wine pairing session This Watermelon Tomato Salad recipe was inspired by my recent trip to Juneau, Alaska. I had dinner by myself ...

Juneau, Alaska!!! International Food Blogging Conference

Last month, I flew into Juneau for the International Food Blogging Conference. What a trip! Not only was the scenery amazing but the food! OMG! I've never had such delicious fresh seafood and I live in Seattle. Beautiful view of the water and mountains over Juneau Amazing restaurants and food trucks Who would have thought that the restaurants would be so amazing in this town of 32,000 people? And the fact that they have so many restaurants! Wow! I highly suggest you take a tour from ...

Garlic Scapes and Garlic Spears: Air Fried, Grilled and Roasted

Originally published: June 14, 2018. Updated: June 15th, 2019 It's Garlic Scapes Season (also called Garlic Spears) here in the Northwest! My favorite time of year! Even my youngest son gets excited. I brought home 3 bunches today! They are available only a few weeks out of the year. You can also find onion scapes as well this time of year. Look for them at your local farmer's market as well as in the produce market at higher end grocery stores. Fresh garlic scapes! Delicious air fried, ...

Homemade Instant Pot Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Quick, easy, homemade BBQ Sauce made in the Instant Pot in no time! Only takes 10 minutes to cook! It's sweet, slightly spicy, savory and delicious and has much less sugar than most of the store bought brands. Made with real ingredients including bourbon! Plus homemade bbq sauce tastes so much better than the ones you find in the grocery store. Can you make this BBQ sauce recipe on the stove? Yes, you can make this recipe on the stove. Just brown the onions and garlic for a few ...

Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

This is such an easy, healthy Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe! You're going to love it! Slightly spicy, moist, juicy and delicious! Sometimes you just need a quick and easy pork recipe. I created this the week before my trip to China because I needed some quick and easy meals for my son to reheat while I was gone. While it's similar to my Kalua Pig in simplicity, this one has a totally different flavor. Of course I think it tastes best with my homemade Instant Pot BBQ Sauce, but if you ...

On the Go! Crustless Chipotle Egg Cups

I love these Crustless Chipotle Egg Cups (or as some people call them breakfast egg muffin cups). They are my "go to" for an easy meal prep breakfast. You can make a batch in under an hour, freeze them for later and have a quick breakfast for 24 days! I eat one for breakfast with a banana and a hot cup of tea. I even take them in a cooler frozen when traveling. Previously published on March 13, 2018, updated with new pictures and information. Quick easy breakfast in 1 1/2 min! Low in ...

Air Fryer Chicken Tapenade Egg Rolls

Air Fryer Chicken Tapenade Egg Rolls are crispy on the outside with tender savory black olive tapenade filling on the inside. They are super easy to make and you fry them in your air fryer -or bake them in your oven (see notes in recipe for oven directions). So delicious and so much healthier for you than traditional frying! Eat them by themselves or dip them in a good quality balsamic vinegar. These healthy homemade chicken egg rolls were inspired by my recent trip to Salt Lake City, ...

Easy Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef for Tacos, Salads and Rice

This Easy Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef is great to serve in tacos, over salads, over rice in burrito bowls and in even in sandwiches. Tender, juicy, pull apart beef from a roast or from stew meat, cooked in your Instant Pot to perfection. Total time only 90 minutes and most of that includes the hands off cooking time! Freeze it into portions for quick meals later. Easy Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef, so versatile. Serve it over rice, in burrito bowls, in tacos, and over ...

6 Strategies for Handling Weight Loss Interruptions

What to do about your weight when your focus is interrupted due to life's interruptions? Have you ever had your weight loss interrupted by something you didn't foresee and/or couldn't control? And it wasn't just a party or vacation that threw things off? These past 6 weeks have been a nightmare for me! What was supposed to be a routine colonoscopy turned into a major hand infection from an iv. Not only did I learn how important it is to follow your gut when you know something is really ...