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Denver Vacation Day 1: Tap the Rockies!

by Kristin Filed Under: Travel 41 Comments

Greetings from Denver! It is absolutely gorgeous out here and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. It’s been clear blue skies for two days, and the high yesterday was 57 degrees. Take that, freezing cold tundra that is Iowa! ;) We arrived via plane Saturday morning and were absolutely…


Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

by Kristin Filed Under: Early Years 49 Comments

I think a visit to my local chapter of Chocoholics Anonymous may be in order. I’ve consumed copious quantities of the sweet stuff in the past two days! First, some TDF Homemade Fudge Sauce (had the consistency of warm brownie batter…went back for seconds of just the sauce…omg) over some…


Puff Pastry Wrapped Brie & Pumpkin Butter

by Kristin Filed Under: Appetizer 25 Comments

Try this easy and elegant, Puff Pastry Wrapped Brie & Pumpkin Butter appetizer the next time you’ve got company! Puff Pastry Wrapped Brie & Pumpkin Butter Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 1 baby brie wedge* 3-4 Tablespoons pumpkin butter** 1 egg splash of water Directions:  Preheat oven…


11 Tips to Get Up for a Morning Workout:

by Kristin Filed Under: Workout 31 Comments

A lot of people have asked how I get up for a morning exercise routine. Research has showed that getting in a good morning workout jump starts your metabolism, makes you mentally sharper throughout the day and makes healthy eating decisions easier to make throughout the day. But what if…


Tips for Dining Out at a Mexican Food Restaurant

by Kristin Filed Under: Lifestyle 18 Comments

Well, I’m headed south of the border for lunch today…my co-workers and I are going out for Mexican! Some Mexican dishes can be a healthful eating nightmare – think chips, cheese…and more cheese! Here are my tips for making healthier choices when dining out Mexican style: Choose soft shell tacos…