No Tricks in These Treats!


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!


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!

The park was decked out for Halloween and yes, Micky as a Pumpkin is pretty adorbs. And as always the celeb sightings NEVER disappoint:
Fan girling over Fairy Godmother #BippityBoppityBoo
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!


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!

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!


and with the hacks I’ll of course


Vacation is for eating... right?

The last week I’ve been on vacation on the East Coast and it’s been wonderful! Seeing friends, seeing family, spending time with The Boy and… what everyone really cares about on vacation, a whole lot of great food.

For most of the vacationing population out there and especially those who choose to spend their time off in New York City & Down the Shore in Jersey, vacation food means soft pretzels, ice cream cones and salt water taffy. But for those of us who are of the Gluten Free, Try-to-be-Dairy-Free,  Almond Milk Latte loving variety, vacation food takes on a whole new meaning. We are constantly searching for the hidden little gem that offers up indulgences that still say “Enjoy! Relax! Calories Shmalories! You’re on vacation!” But that also says “You won’t get a crazy break out that will make you look like you’re in 9th grade all over again.”  Otherwise known as foods that taste great but don’t make you feel like crap.


Oh My God I’m Back Again… with a Smoothie and More! (and yes I just used a Backstreet Boys song as my title)

Food, TV

Hello there!

It’s been a loooong while since I’ve written and while a lot has happened– the blog got a makeover (do you like it?!), The Boy put a ring on it (yay!), I entered a new decade (um, yay?) and I’ve been cooking up a storm (posts coming soon!) but like a true friend who you haven’t seen for a while, it’s nice to just pick things right back up like no time as passed.

So let’s pick things right back up, shall we? I wanted to let you all know that I will be on Fox Detroit tomorrow morning on their morning show, The Nine (in the 9 o’clock hour) sharing some of my favorite new kitchen gadget finds. These are all items that make cooking/baking/DIY’ing in the kitchen a whole lot faster and easier… and makes the excuse that it’s too difficult, too expensive and too time consuming to eat healthier a whole lot harder.

I will