Classic Comfort Food, Gluten Free, Paleo Style!

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You guys!

How are you? Am I the only person who feels like this week might just be the loooooongest week in the history of loooong feeling weeks? I’m ready for some TGIF action. If only there was still that amazing lineup on ABC of Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step and Perfect Stranger #amIRight?

ah the good old days.

Speaking of good old days, even though I’m gluten free, paelo-ish and (mostly) dairy free, sometimes I just want the comfort of some ooey gooey delicious pasta. There is nothing better than warm, baked tomato sauce and a pasta that has crusty golden goodness on top.

But, there’s nothing worse than the bloating, breakouts and squeezing into my pants after eating said ooey gooey delicious pasta.

So, sunday night I finally made a healthy adaptation of a childhood comfort food classic. And while I didn’t have my TGIF lineup to go with it, I did have Grease

On the Fence: Beef Jerky (Epic Honest Harvest Wholesome Trail Mix)

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Hello!

This has been a very exciting week. The Boy and I celebrated two years together (crazy!), I found out that Backstreet Boys will be not only be the show “Undateable” next week- but they will also be on the same lot WHERE I WORK.  (Poll: Do we think it’s okay if I “coincidentally” wear my Backstreet Boys studded denim jacket to work that day?! “Oh, this old thing?”)

Oh AND I tried a new snack… Beef Jerky.

So much excitement, so little time.

Here’s the truth about Beef Jerky. When I think about Beef Jerky I think about growing up seeing Slim Jim commercials and those tubular things of beef at the gas station that looked (in my opinion), beyond nasty. 8th grade me thought why have that as a snack when you can have Gushers? or Teddy Grahams (chocolate ones, obviously). Or those yogurts that came with a thing of sprinkles to pour into it! Sprinkles in a

Girls Night In Products Featured on Fox 2 Detroit’s The Nine!

Good Morning!

In case you are looking for more info on the products I featured this morning on Fox 2 Detroit, I will post a full review later but here are the links!

The Perfect Drink 2.0 – App Controlled Bartending!  MakeItPerfectly.com 
Foodstirs- Food Crafting Baking Kits & Mixes – foodstirs.com
Tria Age Defying Laser & Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser – TriaBeauty.com
Glow Recipe: Curated Korean Beauty Products– Rubber Masks, Fermented Masks, Serums & eye creams & more!  – GlowRecipe.com
Brit + Co DIY Crafting Kits (comes with everything you need for a fun DIY project!)  – https://www.brit.co
Thanks for Watching!
xo,J

ZOMBIE Face Masks! (Otherwise known as Korean Beauty Rubber Face Masks)

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You guys!
Have you heard of Rubber Face Masks? Because I just tried one and I have never had so much fun putting on a face mask before! They have apparently been a staple in the Korean beauty world for years and a fan-favorite with celebs and spas alike but now, anyone at home with $5 bucks and 10 minutes can get in on the action!

These aren’t just any sheet mask. When you put the paste on, it turns into a rubbery mask that conforms to your face which allows mineral-rich nutrients to be absorbed and when you peel it off you remove dead skin cells and impurities from the skin!

So while prepping for my segment tomorrow morning on Fox 2 Detroit  on great activities for a Girls Night In, I tried one of these out, you know for research and such. Research that helps me get TV ready skin? Um, yes please and thank you.

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Ho Ho Ho it’s a Ha-Ha-Hanukkah Party

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Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah!

This past weekend I had my second annual Hanukkah dinner and I got VERY into keeping the food within the Hanukkah theme.

But first, let’s talk Target. Just when I thought I couldn’t love Target any more, they really stepped up their paper plate & Hanukkah decoration game. I mean these cute plates made serving dinner on paper actually acceptable!

And the napkins? I love them a Latke (see what I did there?!) The table was so colorful and bright (just like the candles from the menorah! Zing!) that one might not even notice the plastic silverware OR the cheap blue plastic tablecloth I used. (FYI The plates are designed by Spritz and I highly recommend them both for their cuteness and price point)

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Also, let’s talk about exciting it was to get to use our new camel Menorah that we got as an engagement present (thanks Amy!). It’s

No Tricks in These Treats!

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And a Happy Early Halloween to you.

This is the time of year that everywhere you turn, cute little miniatures are taunting you. “Eat me” screams the mini Milky Way in front of your assistants desk. “I’m sooo yummy” shouts the Snickers bar at Craft services.

But the truth is, aside from the fact that eating these miniatures on the regular between now and Halloween will lead us to feeling and looking not so miniature, these candies are chock full of ingredients that aren’t so good for you. And I’m not talking about from a weight perspective. They are chock full of the dreaded Ingredients You Can’t Pronounce to keep them shelf stable so that you could save your leftovers for next Halloween and hand them out to unsuspecting kids.

How gross is that? When you really think about it. You can save you Halloween candy until June and it will still be the same. Food is supposed to go bad and

HELP! I have a new snack addiction and I can’t. stop. eating.

It all started last week when I was in San Diego and after a less than satisfying dinner we sauntered over to Jimbo’s… Naturally – a market I could spend hours (and lots of dollars) in- to pick up something for what I like to endearingly call “Dessert Party!” we settled on chocolate peanut butter coconut milk ice cream from one of my favorite brands Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss but that’s not what this post is about.

No, this is all about the little box I saw right before the check out line (those grocery people know what they are doing!) and had to add into my cart.  It was a box of Puffins. But not just ANY box of Puffins, no this was a limited edition box of PUMPKIN Puffins! And for those of you who have never had yourself a Puffin and are wondering what all my huffin and puffin is about, let me

Healthy Eats & Lots of Treats: My Day at Disneyland!

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Is there anything better than a day at Disney?! I don’t care how old or generally grumpy of a person you are, as soon as you walk through those turnstiles and see the castle, happiness takes over and you suddenly forget it took you an hour to park because well, there’s Minnie Mouse and I swear her dress just gets cuter with age.

So the other day The Boy & I headed to Disneyland with my brother, sister-in-law, 4 year old niece and 1 year old nephew, Ben, to celebrate his birthday!

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The park was decked out for Halloween and yes, Micky as a Pumpkin is pretty adorbs. And as always the celeb sightings NEVER disappoint:
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Fan girling over Fairy Godmother #BippityBoppityBoo
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Um, sooo what’s your secret Rapunzel? I’ve got a LOB (long bob),  I need to grow out by my wedding! #IsItPantene?

Dessert for Breakfast + National Coffee Day + Chicago = One Happy Me! (and here’s the cake in a mug recipe from Windy City Live!)

Windy City Live!

You guys!!

I had SO much fun on Windy City Live this morning!!!

Ice Cream Hack!
Yes, I am eating (coconut milk) ice cream straight out of the pint before noon. Because I’m a grown up.

 

The hosts were fun, the audience was fab & I got to eat gluten free cupcakes at 11:40 a.m. and call it work… so to me, the day was already a gold star sticker kind of day by 11:45.

I had so much fun showing off different dessert hacks but I was so caught up in the cake-in-a-mug fun that I forgot to say how much flour to use! #oops

So here is the full recipe!

Cake in a Mug:

I made a chocolate chip cookie dough cake in a mug this morning and it’s so easy you probably have everything you need sitting in your pantry right now. Because that

Back in the Windy City for Windy City Live!

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It’s SO great to be back in Chicago!! I lived here for 5 years and every time I come back it feels like coming back home!

I spent the day with some of my favorite people visiting some of my favorite Chicago spots (If you’re ever in Chicago check out Beatrix for brunch!) and spent the afternoon getting ready for my segment tomorrow on Windy City Live!

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Testing out recipes in the adorable kitchen of one of my favorites- J Silvs!

If you’re in Chicago you can check it out at 11 a.m. Central on ABC or again at Midnight for all you late night TV watchers!

I’ll be showing some clever dessert hacks to make all things sweet tooth related easier which means you get to the yummyness a whole lot faster-  which is always a good thing!

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and with the hacks I’ll of course