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gluten-free anniversary

In honor of one year of being gluten-free (I have a gluten allergy, not Celiac), I am sharing some of my favorite gluten-free recipes and tips:

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  • This delicious breakfast recipe is sure to please a crowd—gluten-free or not!
  • My freezer always has these.  They are great with some peanut butter for a quick “out-the-door” breakfast or snack.
  • This is a great cheat sheet for your purse for grocery shopping.
  • A yummy green smoothie is an excellent start to the day.
  • Gluten can hide in many things.  This is a great resource for hidden gluten sources.
  • Get glutened?  I always have this on hand.
  • I am loving this new bluegrass gem for gluten free baked goods and delicious bread.  Go on Monday for the almond scones-delish!

 

What are your favorite gluten-free tips or tricks?

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sweet tooth satisfied

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As someone with a perpetual sweet tooth, this is one of my favorite go-to guilt-free desserts.  At only 170 calories, this gives me the taste of a hot, yummy, baked dessert without the calories.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp of any flavored cake mix (I prefer french vanilla, butter pecan, strawberry, or chocolate.  This also works with gluten-free mix)
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • microwavable dish (I use a ramekin or coffee mug)
  • microwave

Step by Step:

  1. Measure 3 tbsp of cake mix and place into dish.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of water and stir.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute on high.
  4. Top with the topping of your choice and enjoy.  I love a bit of powdered sugar or a dollop of cool whip.

 

See, it’s totally easy!  3-2-1, cake!  Yum.

This is also a great dessert for unexpected guests–it’s great with a cup of coffee.

katherine Greene

new year’s resolutions

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These are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for starting the New Year organized and healthy!

  • A great HIIT cardio workout that doesn’t take up too much time.
  • An organized desk is a great way to get work done and keep a clear head
  • Clear your winter sinuses with this neti routine
  • These stress-busting yoga moves will help you shake off the post-holiday slump
  • Start your day off with an easy, healthy breakfast parfait
  • Combat winter skin with this amazing routine
  • Plan your weekly meals and grocery shop ahead to avoid the take-out temptation.  We love simple slow cooker meals (even slow cooker desserts!)

What are your New Year’s goals?

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holiday favorites ’13

These are a few of our favorite holiday things:

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  • Love these yummy cheese balls.  So easy and perfect for any holiday fete!
  • Our favorite holiday looks involve glitter and drama.
  • Adorable diy sheet-music pinwheels would make a festive holiday table.
  • Cute diy snow globes are adorable holiday touches in a bathroom or windowsill.
  • Yummy black cherry salad is a great pre-plated salad for your holiday dinner.
  • Red lips add a festive flair to any holiday look.

What are your favorite holiday things?

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beat holiday stress with yoga {guest post by Laura Whitaker}

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It’s November and the holiday season is basically here…can you believe it? While this is typically a beloved time of year, it also tends to be the time when we invite lot of stresses (shopping, eating, spending, traveling, hosting, etc.) into our lives. I’m just as guilty of this as the next person, but I’m here to offer some ideas for slowing down and managing the stress that we all experience in one form or another. And we’ll focus on a topic I know and love: yoga.

 

My favorite definition of yoga is “the settling of the mind into stillness” (Patanjali). It may seem kind of new-agey, but don’t let this intimidate you. This is actually good news, since it means yoga is not about becoming a human pretzel or standing on your head (although that’s fun stuff to try out, too). Instead, yoga is about learning to notice your thoughts as they move all over the place – from holiday shopping lists to travel plans – then using your body and breath awareness to stay present and relaxed.

 

Before we launch into a few of my favorite stress-management yoga poses, pause a moment, close your eyes, and send your attention to each individual part of your body from the crown of the head down to the toes. Is there a place (or several places) that feels tighter than the others? If so, this is probably where you hold your stress. Maybe it’s your shoulders, your neck, your low back. Wherever it is, make a commitment to give some extra love to that part of your body throughout the following poses and the coming months. Exchange shoulder massages with your significant other while cooking Thanksgiving dinner, or take some slow neck circles while you’re in line with your kids to see Santa.

 

Now, on to the yoga poses. Read on:

 

– Supported & reclined bound angle (supta baddha konasana)
This is a great restorative pose, meaning it helps the body slow down and rest. For obvious reasons, restorative poses are super important in counter-balancing the hectic stress of holiday errands. Visit Yoga Journal for the “how-to”. I also recommend placing a rolled-up blanket tightly over the insides of your feet and under your ankles/shins. This provides some extra grounding support. Take this pose mid-day to open your hips and settle your mind.

 

Legs-up-the-wall (viparita karani)
This is another yummy restorative pose. It’s great for nighttime, helping you settle your mind for sleep. It’s also fabulous for headaches, which are often triggered by physical, mental, and emotional stress. Again, Yoga Journal has a great “how-to”.

 

Sun salutations (surya namaskar)
While restorative poses are some of the best stress relievers, it’s important to keep a healthy balance of slowing down and staying active. If you find yourself skipping workouts to make time for wrapping presents, sneak in a sun salutation. It will increase your heart rate for un-stressful reasons, and it has a good mix of forward folds (which are very relaxing, by the way), backbends, strength, and flexibility. Here’s a Yoga Journal video of a beginner-friendly sun salutation.

 

I hope this helps you slow down so you can better enjoy the coming holidays with your loved ones. Remember that you don’t have to commit to an hour-long yoga class in order to reap the benefits. Just a few minutes for a couple of poses a day will help beat the stress as you move through your holiday season!

 
 

*Laura Whitaker is a registered yoga teacher in Lexington, KY. She currently teaches at Barefoot Works Yoga on Richmond Road. If you have any yoga questions, feel free to email her at laurabwhitaker (at) gmail (dot) com. 

thanksgiving favorites

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it’s time to prepare!  These are a few of our favorite things for the yummiest of holidays:

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

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day trip: Cave Run Lake

Enjoy the fresh fall air by taking a hike in beautiful Morehead, Kentucky.

Whether you’re driving the length of the Zilpo Scenic Byway, or hiking a trail in this section of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Morehead is a great daytrip for taking in scenic vistas.

Above:  View from the top of the Cave Run Dam on the Licking River

 

 

Clockwise from the top: Tree canopy on the Fire Tower Trail;  Lake view from the top of the mountain on the Zilpo Scenic Byway;  Picnic lunch included sopressata, manchego cheese, olives, dolma, and apples.

 

Happy hiking!
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fall favorites revisited

In honor of our favorite time of year, these are some of our favorite things:

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  • Keeneland opens Friday, October 4 and runs through October 26
  • These pumpkin bars are the flavors of the season.
  • Is there any fall look that’s complete without boots?
  • Add some drama to the rich fall clothing colors with a bold, red lip.
  • No October is complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch!  Will you carve yours or do this?
  • After carving your pumpkin seeds, enjoy this tasty snack.

What are your favorite fall things?

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