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So You Want to Start a Blog…

Who Designed & Developed My Site

5 Reasons Why I Workout

Hot Air Balloon Ride

My Cooking Inspiration

My Wanderlist

The Best Piece of Skin Care Advice I’ve Ever Received

The Time Curtis Stone Made Me Dance in Front of 500 People

The Time I Saw The Pioneer Woman

The Time I Was in a Claritin Allergy Ad


Back to Basics

The Well-Stocked Kitchen: Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry Staples

How to Cook Steak on the Stove Top

How to Make Cook Hard Boiled Eggs


Cooking How-Tos

Bake a Cut a Butternut Squash

Caramelize Onions

Cook a Juicy Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast

Cook Stove Top Oatmeal

Cut a Fresh Pineapple

Cut a Mango

Cut a Watermelon

Decorate a Sugar Cookie

Eat a Pomegranate

Make Fresh Pasta

Make Fresh Ravioli

Make Fresh Spring Rolls

Make Gyoza (pot stickers)

Make Homemade Gnocchi

Make Homemade Egg Rolls

Make Homemade Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Make Homemade Sushi

Make Overnight Oats

Peel & Cut an Avocado

Prepare a Fresh Artichoke

Slice an Apple

Stir Fry

Stuff Burgers


Other Food Tips & Tutorials

25+ Healthy Snack & Dessert Ideas

35+ Lunch Ideas

5 Tips for Building a Better Sandwich

Build a Better Salad

Guide to Chia Seeds

How to Cook on a Budget

How to Make Dinner with Stuff You Already Have

How to Meal Plan & Grocery Shop

Tips for Dining Out at a Mexican Restaurant

Tips for Throwing a Dinner Party

Tofu 101: Your Guide To All Things Tofu


Working Out Tips & Tutorials

10 Boredom Busting Tips for the Gym

11 Tips to Get Up for a Morning Workout

5 Tips to Survive Summer Exercise

Create-a-Loop Exercise Tool

How to Not Quit Mid-Run

How to Run Longer and Faster


Misc Tips & Tutorials

10 Ways to Deal with Stress

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

3 Free Web Tools You Should Be Using

6 Steps For a Less-Stress Morning

How to Add Volume to Flat Hair

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

How to Plan a Trip Overseas

Time Management Tips

Tips for Getting Out of Bed in the Morning



BlogHer 2011

BlogHer 2011 Day 1: Celebrity sighting & photography class

BlogHer 2011 Day 2: Your optimal blog

Blue Bunny Factory Visit

Blue Bunny Factory Tour

Blue Bunny Create Your Own Ice Cream

Blue Bunny Visitor’s Center

Blue Bunny Corporate Chef Lunch

Dole Healthy Bloggers Summit

Dole Healthy Bloggers Summit

Dole Healthy Weight Loss Discussion

Flipflop Winery Tour

Flipflop Winery Visit

Napa Valley Weekend with Hilton HHonors

3 Unique Wineries to Visit in Napa Valley

Napa Valley River Tour + Dinner at Oenotri

Sunrise Balloon Ride over Napa Valley

Sabra Hummus Factory Tour

Sabra Hummus Factory Tour


Iowa Favorites

2011 Iowa State Fair

2010 Iowa State Fair

Adel Sweet Corn Festival

Berry Patch Farms

Glimpse into Small Town Iowa

High Trestle Bridge

House Hunters

Indianola National Balloon Classic

Ledges State Park

Raccoon River Valley Trail Bike Ride

Raccoon River Valley Trail Hike

Taste of Iowa


  1. I just found your blog and I’ve loved reading through your top posts! I just got chia seeds in the mail yesterday and your post about chia was so handy! I knew they were good for me, but didn’t really know why. Thanks for the great information!

  2. Kaytee 07.13.2010

    Super excited to find all your NOLA posts together and see where we should go this weekend!

  3. Alvaro Rolek 09.02.2010

    Thanks for the info. Great writing skills by the way. It is really helpful to have fresh advice on the workout subject

  4. Sabrina 09.28.2010

    Kristin, I’m tyring to find your post where you show the picture and talk about the store you found in NOLA where you got that chalkboard-like wall hanging. Can you help me out? Thanks!

  5. Danielle 10.14.2010

    Hey Kristin! I love reading your blog… I am also trying to find the post about the store in NOLA where you got that chalkboard-like wall hanging, listing all the spices. The search feture has failed me… can you point me to the right place.


  6. Barbara R. 11.21.2010

    I just discovered you blog. I have been voting for your menu on

    I loved the menu especially your Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. I can not wait to make and try them. I love everything Pumpkin. Yummy. I also love Whoopie Pies, as they bring back many lovely memories of Mom in the kitchen baking a batch of Whoopie Pies in MA. Life is great

    I have been voting for you everyday since the contest started. I knew nothing about you. Today I decided to check your blog out and see who you are and whom I have been voting for just on your menu.

    I have enjoyed reading your posts about exercise, travel and food, which are all my passions.

    You are adorable and I love your energy and reviews of you travels, which are many places I have been. I have felt like I have been there again.

    Thank you for a great BLOG

    I will keep voting. Good luck


  7. Lynette Judd 02.27.2011

    I’ve been following you now for one or two weeks & am having such a great time. The food stories are fun to read & the recipe ideas divine. I’m an avid cook & adore food, so this is right up my alley. Thank you!

  8. Paige Witte 11.17.2011

    I am so glad I found your website. It makes me happy to find a blog that is realistic about eating healthy but also treating yourself to a treat too. I am from Iowa and love food, but love working out also. So, it’s great to find both on one website. I love that you have baked ideas for breakfast. I am so boring when it comes to breakfast. Cereal … lol sad. So I am excited to try your breakfast recipes to spice it up a bit. I will be looking forward to having more breakfast ideas. They do say.. that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

  9. Lori 01.08.2012

    Hello there, Kristin! I found your site while looking for an alternative to mayo on chicken salad. My husband and I just finished having your mayo-free chicken salad…Yum!! I added some chopped up spinach, and we ate it with an Ezekiel sprouted grain muffin. I’m a retired school teacher who is pursuing certification as a Nutrition Consultant. I love finding new recipes….and ofcourse, eating them!! I am a Midwest “girl” as well, living in northern Indiana.
    I’m so glad I found you!
    Blessings in the new year,

  10. Sylvia Norris 04.24.2012

    Oops, I think my comment got lost. Your blog is delightful! Love, love good food exciting travel discoveries, and love your joie de vie. Please come visit my neck of the woods in North west Michigan, it is the mid west’s gold coast. Charlevoix, Traverse City, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and world famous, Mackinaw Island represent fabulous beaches, world class restaurants, entertainment, home town American charm and miles of cherry orchards, vineyards and mile high sand dunes. A GREAT place to visit. (did I mention hiking trails and 80 or so gold courses?)

  11. Kristin 05.18.2012

    Hi Kristin, My name is Kristin too. I love your site. I was curious what your thoughts are on tofu. I’ve been a vegetarian for 17 years and never ate a lot of tofu..never made at home before. Reason why I ask is I know there is controversy over the soy and type of soy and it can cause health problems. Do you know much about this? I want to try your tofu sloppy joes, but I’m hesitant about tofu.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.20.2012

      Hi Kristin! I actually adore tofu, but have cut back on using it because of the reasons you mentioned. I personally feel like it’s fine to eat on occasion, but no, I do not use it weekly like I used to anymore.

  12. Jan 06.23.2012

    Has anyone tried the Martha Stewart method of cutting the pom in half, holding it cut side down in one hand and striking it repeatedly on the rind side with a wooden spoon? I plan to.

  13. Loretta Crane 07.23.2012

    Love your blog, especially the recipes and tips on wineries. Just wondering if you have a favorite olive oil you can buy locally (around Des Moines). Thanks.

  14. Iowa Girl Eats 07.24.2012

    I have heard that AllSpice ( in the East Village has awesome olive oils and vinegars!

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  16. Mary Kellogg 09.13.2013

    Just found your blog and added it to my DIGG feeder. Are you in Washington? I’m in Eatonville, WA.

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  18. Mary 01.20.2014

    Can’t wait to try some of your soup recipes as this is definitely soup weather here in NEOhio! Love the pic of your little guy in his flap hat. Do you have a pattern for it? Have been trying to find a pattern, either knit or crochet, for one for a baby.

    Peace and Love,


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