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PB&J Overnight Oats (Gluten, Dairy + Refined Sugar Free)

One of my biggest regrets in life might just be that I never truly appreciated Peanut Butter & Jelly as a kid. When my mom would pack it in my lunch it was always met with an “Ugh not PB&J!!!”

What was I thinking?!
Peanut Butter & Jelly is like chocolate and coffee. Or like chocolate & pb. Or like me being serenaded by Backstreet Boys. All WINNING combinations.

Now that I’m a total grown up I’ll take that PB&J combo wherever I can get it, thankyouverymuch. In a smoothie, a classic sandwich and now, these overnight oats.

I’m way way way behind on the overnight oats train, I know. The truth is, I’ve thought about making them for years but oats are generally something we just don’t keep on hand and so overnight oats haven’t been made!

But recently, my husband tried a store-bought version of overnight oats at work and he raved about

Frozen Mocha Chip Coffee! (Dairy Free + Collagen!)

It’s been So HOT. So Hot In Herre.

Sorry I can’t help myself.

I just came back from running errands around my neighborhood and even though I’ve lived here for just over 5 years now, I have yet to fully grasp that people drive EVERYWHERE (like they will get in their car to drive a block only to spend 15 minutes trying to find parking) I still have that Chicago mentality so I spent the last couple of hours bopping around West Hollywood and I think I finally understand why people drive such short distances.

If you could see my frizzy hair and incredibly sweaty self at this very moment, you’d get it, too.

So I needed something to cool me down and fill me up. Iced coffee in the afternoon on a hot day (so like, every day here for the past 5 years)  is always my go to but today I needed something a little more. I love

I Scream for (Dairy-Free) Ice-Cream!

Some people are cake people. For others it’s cupcakes. Or cheesecake (looking at you, husband) Or pie.

I’m 100% an ice-cream/frozen yogurt (and chocolate chip cookie/scone) kind of girl.

Case in point: during my first summer hiatus at The Oprah Winfrey Show, I got a job working at a frozen yogurt shop. While all of my other co-workers spent their time off traveling & relaxing – I spent my summer spooning mochi balls and fruity pebbles on top of tart yogurt for $11 an hour at Berry Chill (RIP):

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It’s how I first discovered I was allergic to dairy. After consuming fro yo all day everyday for 3 months, my skin looked worse than a 14 year old in the midst of puberty and I felt awful.

So, after my Dr. delivered the devastating news, I cut out dairy and go figure,  my skin cleared up.

Flash forward to 2016.

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

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