Amazing Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Amazing Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay this is the best gluten free cookie recipe I have made in a while! When you read the ingredient list, you may think to yourself (huh?). I promise these Amazing Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are amazingly good! I was hesitant too, and you should have seen my kids face when I told them what was in them! When they and I tried these, they were hooked. My son, Zachary, ate 5 the first night and my daughter, Leigh had 3 (and they have been begging me to make them again). These cookies are so simple and will melt in your mouth. Trust me on this one and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend, and here’s to awesome healthy, fabulous cookies!

Crockpot Turkey Spagetti Sauce

Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti Sauce

My son, Zachary, asked after school today if we were having chicken again tonight. I told I made something he’s going to really like, a new pasta dish with a homemade Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti Sauce. It’s so easy! Start browning the ground turkey with Italian seasoning. Then, add the remaining ingredients. Set the timer on your crockpot for 4 or 7 hours (depending on when you’ll be home) and that is it. I was so excited to use the new Organic Hunts Diced Tomatoes, Sauce and Tomato paste. 43% of consumers are trying to include organic foods in their diets, and Hunts does a great job creating tomatoes with fantastic flavors. Hunts cans each tomato for their sauces and whole and diced tomatoes within hours of picking them from the field. This flash steaming process is only done with water so these are products are super fresh! This recipe can also be made with ground beef, chicken or pork. Toss with your favorite pasta; serve with a salad and call everyone to the table for dinner.

Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti Sauce

Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Fairmont Mayakboa

Looking for the best places to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22? Here are my top picks:
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Fairmont Mayakoba | Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Fairmont Mayakoba is a truly amazing tropical resort located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I just returned from there, and it’s perfect for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, fabulous cuisine, luxurious accommodations, warm temperatures and pure white sand. Celebrate Mexico’s national drink with their speciality margarita, Cucumber Habanero Margarita. The Habanero pepper is one of the most popular hot chili peppers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and gives any cocktail that Mexican kick and flavor!

Blackberry MargaritasCheeca Lodge & Spa | Islamorada, FL
The oceanfront property with panoramic views features its Black Rita with an Islamorada twist is this beautiful oceanfront resorts delicious margarita. It’s is served with Patron Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Agave Necter, lime juice and lightly muddled blackberries garnished with mint for added flavor.

The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal is showcasing the drink that they know best with loads of refreshing Tequila-based treats including the Cabo Cadillac Margarita made with Tequila Clase Azul Reposado, Damiana Liquor, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Orange Juice and Simple Syrup; the Carrot Margarita with Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Carrot Juice and Rich Lavender Syrup; and the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita consisting of Tequila Clase Azul Platino, Triple Sec, Fresh Cucumber Juice, Fresh Jalapeño Pepper Juice and Simple Syrup. Need I say more?

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples | Naples, FL

In one of my favorite Ritz Carlton properties in the world, enjoy tasty margaritas looking onto ocean views with frozen margaritas at Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort. Indulge with flavors like strawberry, mango, raspberry and banana to satisfy all margarita tastes and cravings, or kick it up a notch with the Gold Brick Margarita, of course using Patron!

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami | Key Biscayne, FL

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami takes Margarita Day to the next level with on-site Tequilier Heriberto Ovideo’s specially selected Cantina Beach Margarita at Cantina Beach. The Cantina’s own Double Barrel Herradura Reposada is served sugar rimmed with the perfect mix of Cointreau, sour mix and a float of Chambord on the rocks. For a little extra kick, indulge in a tequila tasting with the with the Tequilier, exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami.

Spur Teton Mountain Lodge

Spur at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa | Jackson Hole, WY 

Spur’s Spicy Margarita is made with infused jalapeno tequila, muddled citrus, passion fruit or blood orange puree. Located slope side, Spur offers the most elevated aprés ski experience after a day of adventure on the mountain. Enjoy locally sourced, elevated mountain cuisine at Spur Restaurant & Bar.

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FIRE Restaurant, the ART Hotel | Denver, CO

Raise a glass to National Margarita Day at FIRE Restaurant, Terrace & Lounge by enjoying the FIRE & Blood Orange Margarita while overlooking downtown Denver’s thriving cultural district. This specialty cocktail puts a spicy spin on the classic margarita – composed of Peligrosso Blanco Tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, blood orange, and lime, topped with with San Pelligino, sea salt and chili rum.

Tavern on The Square at The Arrabelle at Vail Square | Vail, Colorado

After a long day shredding the slopes, nothing sounds better than celebrating with delicious après ski offerings at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. For those looking to celebrate National Margarita Day, try the Mountain Margarita Made with Grand Marnier, Don Julio Resposado, homemade sours, and a lime garnish, it’s hard to stop at one! Just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, there’s no better way to say olé. Drink by the lobby fireplace or in your room by your own in-room fireplace.

The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa | Rancho Santa Fe, California

One of my favorite resort bars at the my top pick for best stays outside of San Diego, Rancho Valencia head straight to the The Pony Room, is the perfect place to grab a margarita for National Margarita Day. With five amazing margaritas on their menu featuring The Pony Express, The Silver Pony, The Palomino, Skinny as it Goes, and the daddy of all margaritas, The El Jefe. The El Jefe is made with Don Julio 1942 Añejo Tequila, Grand Marnier 100, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. For the less ambitious, The Pony Express is made with Fortaleza Reposado, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.

6 Winning Super Bowl Nacho Recipes

Fully Loaded Nachos with green and red salsa

I am unsure if nachos or chicken wings are the most served appetizers for the Super Bowl or really any big game, no matter the sport. Did you see this? The National Chicken Council estimates 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend, with today being the second biggest eating day of the year. My family, especially the boys, absolutely love and request nachos. These 6 winning Super Bowl nacho recipes are very diverse including grilled, steak, rotisserie chicken, Greek Style and even Mexican street corn. Enjoy for the Super Bowl tonight or for March Madness, your favorite baseball game or even the Masters. Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday and have a great week!

Fully Loaded Nachos with Green and Red Salsa via Bon Appetit

 

Greek Style Nachos

Greek Style Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Steak Nachos

Steak Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

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Mexican Street Corn Nachos via Closet Cooking

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos via The Food Charlatan

Grilled Blue Corn Nachos

Grilled Blue Corn Nachos via Ingredients, Inc.

Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars

Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars

My sister, Julie, called me this morning and raved about a granola bar recipe she tried from Giada’s cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food. I had all of the ingredients on hand so I tweaked the recipe slightly and made these Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars, which came out awesome! I used liquid coconut oil instead of the safflower oil, added additional oats and vanilla, used golden raisins and added a combination pecans and walnuts instead of just walnuts. These are a fabulous gluten free healthy breakfast or mid or afternoon snack recipe. Since my daughter does not get a lunch break at school, this is the ideal blend of protein, fiber, carbohydrates to help her energized though her day. These also make a great travel snack, so try them now and thank me later!

Pork Eggrolls

Pork Eggrolls

For an fabulous tasting appetizer, try these Pork Eggrolls which are so easy and come out great! These egg rolls make a great alternative finger food for the Super Bowl and are a family favorite served with fried rice or miso soup. Use water to seal the edges, but you don’t need much at all–not even 1 teaspoon on each wrapper. Use the preshredded cabbage already in the package to speed up the preparation time and feel free to substitute ground chicken. Be sure to make extra because these great heated up later or the next day. Check my favorite fried rice recipe, Quinoa Fried Rice  which is gluten free!

Quinoa Fried Rice

Steak Nachos for Super Bowl Sunday

Steak Nachos

It’s only 3 weeks until the Super Bowl, and I am already getting emails, direct Facebook, Twitter, Instagram messages and texts for recipe ideas. This Steak Nacho Recipe should be on your list for sure! I made this last week for my kids and husband, and they LOVED it! It’s really easy, fun to make and so flavorful. I will be making several versions of these nachos with ribeye steaks in one, grilled chicken in another, and a third with just black beans (for my vegetarian friends). Also, if you’re looking for a great grilled steak rub, try the spices listed above because the steaks by themselves are incredibly tasty too. It’s Super Bowl Countdown month so share with me what you’re serving. Good luck to the 8 teams remaining!

Detox Shots

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These green juice Detox Shots are an amazingly healthy way to start off your day. I made this with my favorite healthy ingredients, and all you need is 5 minutes. Place the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you want the mixture colder or thicker add ice and for added protein, add protein powder. You can drink this as a smoothie/green juice or serve as Detox shots which is a fun twist to get vitamins and minerals naturally. I have had one shot or glass since Sunday, and two friends asked me today why my skin was glowing and looks so even colored. I wonder if it has to do with drinking these, but regardless, I fell energized and not sluggish and I know I am doing something wonderful for my body! For Health Benefits of Kale see my article on MindBodyGreen which has had 83,000 shares and my top benefits of blueberries can be found here.

Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower has become so popular lately, making its way in recipes of all types. Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, those Cauliflower Tacos have become a family favorite! This recipe is so simple too! Roast the cauliflower with olive oil, chili powder, garlic, cumin and salt and serve in your favorite tortillas with any taco toppings. This makes a great weeknight dinner and is also wonderful you’re wanting to eat clean and light, but good! With only 70 calories per serving and very little carbohydrates and fat, what more could you want?

Six Hotels that are Thinking Pink

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It is almost October, and a new travel trend is that hotels are “thinking pink” this year by offering special programs and packages to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From spa discounts to lavish breast cancer and pink events, here are six hotels that are thinking pink:

The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – a stunning site carved into a cliff on 24 mountainside and pristine oceanfront acres at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Resort at Pedregal, in partnership with Clase Azul, is offering three exclusive pink bottles of the special tequila selling for $500 a bottle and $30 a shot where all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation, the only property in Mexico to have this rare bottle. In addition, The resort is offering its signature Pink Kiss cocktail made with vodka, strawberries infused aperol, fresh pineapple juice, raspberry puree and homemade citrus syrup topped off with a lime wedge.

Regent Palms Turks and Caicos

The Palms Turks and Caicos Providenciales Turks and Caicos

On October 10th, The Palms Turks & Caicos will host its 7th annual “In the Pink” event to raise money for TCI’s Cancer Society. The “In the Pink” event is one of the hottest social events Turks and Caicos has seen. The Palms’ General Manager, Karen Whitt, (committee chairperson and creator of the unique event) helps organize the event for locals and guests alike, in which they host a shopping paradise and a lavish party on property with music, cocktails and giveaways. With donations from corporate businesses and individuals, the team will transform several of the guest suites into a (shopping paradise – need different word used this earlier) , allowing buyers to snag excellent bargains on a wide selection of new and gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and even some designer items. After the shopping zone closes, the fun continues with a superb after-party in the elegantly pink- decorated courtyard in front of the famed Parallel 23 restaurant. The after-party includes live music and charming guest bartenders serving up themed cocktails and raffle giveaways.

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Awili Spa and Salon at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort  Maui, Hawaii 

In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Awili Spa & Salon, the signature spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, will offer custom handmade pink soaps ($12) available in Vanilla Yuzu, Pikake Lavender and Pineapple Espresso. The spa will also be showcasing a special Pink Pedicure Package for $95 which includes the Awili Spa everyday hydration pedicure, hand-crafted pink scrub made by the apothecary consultants, a glass of Rosé sparkling wine, and a mini Pink Deborah Lippmann nail polish to take home. 10% of all proceeds will go to the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Aside from offering custom pink spa offerings, the property will also light their arrival bridge with bright pink lighting for the duration of October.

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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-winning all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 355 guest rooms; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a three-chair/18-run ski and snowboard facility; 62,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants.

This October, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is partnering with ABCD — After Breast Cancer Diagnosis — to raise funds to help survivors. ABCD is a Milwaukee based organization led by survivors and dedicated to breast cancer support and information.

  • Grab Your Drive. Help a Survivor – Visit the Golf Shop to purchase a sleeve of pink golf balls for $10 and receive a complimentary bag of 50 pink tees. $5 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • Support a Survivor with a Sweet Treat – Dine in Geneva ChopHouse or Ristorante Brissago and ask for the Pink Lemonade Cheesecake with house-made strawberry gelato for $8. $4 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • A Reason to Relax — Visit the WELL Spa + Salon any Monday in October and choose the pedicure right for you. Need a reason to relax? 10% of the price of the service will benefit ABCD

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The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Rancho Mirage, California

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage will adorn the signature pink color into every facet of the arrival experience from shining pink lights on the the entrance of the resort and featuring beautiful shades of pink and cream flowers in the lobby. In addition, the ladies and gentleman of the staff will wear a hint of pink in their wardrobe throughout the month and greet guests with a variety of pink treats from the Concierge Candy Bar as well as offer scrumptious pink-frosting artisan cupcakes in the State Fare Bar + Kitchen for a donation of $1 to be given to charity. The Cure Cocktail will be added to the repertoire of cocktails as the speciality beverage of October, with $1 donated to the American Cancer Society for each drink purchased. To incorporate efforts to raise awareness and support into every aspect of the property, pink stones will be gifted to Spa guests for a fond farewell. Enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range offering striking panoramic views of the greater Palm Springs, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers 244 contemporary guest rooms that feature natural elements of stone, wood and fire, spacious patios, lavish amenities and incredible service to create a relaxing desert oasis.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

The world’s most luxurious hotel, continues to show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month Burj Al Arab Jumeirah by launching a pink-themed campaign and hosting an event to highlight the importance of this worthy cause. Starting from Thursday 1 October 2015, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will light its sail in pink and join a number of global landmarks participating in the worldwide illumination campaign. The hotel’s sail will continue to turn pink each Thursday throughout the month. For the first time, Burj Al Arab’s Royal Suite will blush pink on Thursday, 22 October, to play host to 20 breast cancer survivors from “Breast Friends” support group in Dubai.