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Fall Comfort Food: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Kale, Brown Butter & Herbs

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So my sisters have done the “23 and me” genetic testing and we are virtually positive there’s nary a trace of Italian that runs through our veins. But sometimes I just feel that in another life, I would be barefoot in a kitchen in Tuscany, whipping up all kinds of Italian specialties I can’t pronounce and dramatically talking with my hands. Basically Sophia Loren meets Julia Child.  Sounds glamorous and delicious, right?

Now that I’ve settled back into my nest after a very exciting two weeks on the road for my sons’s wedding and visiting the Hallmark movie set for one of my books, I’m finally able to spend some time in my kitchen. It’s restorative and grounding to be home. It recharges my batteries.

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Fierce Roundup: The Very Best Heathy Tacos On The Internet

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This post is dedicated to one of my favorite foods: the taco! Not only are they delicious, but tacos are the perfect vehicles to load up on big flavor without a lot of calories. The hot sauce, cilantro, feta, and salsa are all healthy ways to jazz up some lean protein. It’s like magic.

There’s a lot of flexibility here to make healthy tacos work for my Weight Watchers Freestyle program, so that’s another added bonus.

I would say that my love of healthy tacos originated from my time spent living in Mexico, but it dates back further than that. They are consistently a mainstay on the menu, no matter the season. I have a clever habit of transforming leftovers into “creative” tacos. As in, tikki masala tacos, Korean beef and broccoli tacos, you get the idea. I pretend like it’s super fancy “fusion” food. The Chairman doesn’t know the difference. continue reading

Style Over Fifty: The 6 Fall Fashion Must Haves You Need In Your Closet Right Now

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Every year about this time, when the temperatures start to drop a bit, when a hint of crispness hits the air, and the foliage starts flirting with the much-anticipated color change, I get a few dramatic urges. I give in to these urges.

I welcome the warmer palettes, the cozier afternoons, the excuse to wear cashmere, and the flavors and aromas that make up Fall. (pumpkin spice, anyone?)

And maybe it’s because my inner schoolgirl is just programmed this way out of habit,  but there’s a feeling that September marks a time to refresh, to renew, to reassess, to begin again. continue reading

Lemony, Herby, Healthy Egg Salad with No Mayo, No Guilt, and Zero Weight Watchers Points

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A friend of mine travelled to the Willamette Valley recently and was going on and on about this egg salad from Red Hills Market. I kept thinking to myself, surely it can’t be that good? Egg salad is egg salad, right? But then she showed me the picture.

And it took my breathe away.

Heavenly, cloud-like whites with specks of bright yellow yolk, heavily spattered with fresh herbs, sea salt, cracked pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. My friend said it wasn’t saucy, heavy, gooey, or gluey. It was simply perfect. continue reading

Crossing the Finish Line: What I Learned From My First Sprint Triathlon

Health and Fitness, Marie's Triathlon Journey
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Fair warning: this is going to be a long post. I think it’s the longest I’ve ever written. But I’ve got so much to tell you. And at the end of it, there’s something I want to ask you. So, hang in here with me. We’ve got lots to talk about.

First off, I did it! I completed my first sprint triathlon.

No, not in the time I had hoped for. But as a couple of you wisely pointed out, I beat everybody who stayed at home on the couch.

The sprint triathlon didn’t kick off until Saturday but I picked up my race packet on Friday. When I pulled my bib number from the envelope, adrenalin, anxiety, and excitement flush through my veins.  continue reading

Three Steps to Start Embracing Healthy Aging (and Why It’s Never Too Late)

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Well, I’ve calmed down a little bit since my last post, the one outlining my anxieties surrounding my upcoming triathlon.

Thanks so much for the words of encouragement that several of you posted in response. It does help to know I’ve got so many people rooting for me.

One message that really got me thinking came from Dayle. She said, “You should be so proud of yourself for attempting such a new challenge. You have already won!

There’s a lot of truth in that.

I mean, yes, I want to do well on Saturday.  I’ve always been a competitive person. Not so much with other people as with myself. I’m someone who likes, and even needs, to set goals and work toward them. continue reading

How to Face your Fears When Self-Doubt Tells You To Give Up

Grow in Wisdom, Marie's Triathlon Journey
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I’m writing this on a Saturday.  Not just any Saturday but the Saturday that falls exactly one week before September 8, 2018.

That’s the day I’ll be running my first triathlon. It’s the day I’ve been dreaming about for nearly a year. But lately, not necessarily in a good way.

A month ago, I wrote a post on how to train for a first triathlon. Near the end of that post, I recalled all the miles of training and hours of preparation I’ve put in for September 8th.  Though I was nervous, I said I felt confident that I was ready and would finish the race. Not only that, I predicted I would finish strong.

That was then.

Now I’m not so sure. continue reading

The Best Hatch Chile Recipes To Cook This Season

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It’s about this time of year that I start getting mad cravings for that spicy, smoky, and sweet taste of Hatch Chiles. If you have missed the loud ad campaigns from your local grocery store or the Hatch Chile pics flooding Instagram, it’s Hatch Chile Season. Yes, it gets its own season.

Why are these such a big deal, you ask?

Well, for one, they are amazing and unlike any other chile. Stores roll out the red carpet welcome for these suckers every time this year in late summer. While they are more accessible in the Southwest, chefs all over are flying them in fresh just like oysters plucked from the sea. continue reading

Healthy Chicken Parmesan (only 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle Points!)

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When it comes to dining out, I’m a very loyal customer. Or possibly a creature of habit.

When my husband and I move to a new area, we spend a few weeks surveying local eateries, then settle on two or three that become “our restaurant.”  It’s not that we never dine out at other locations, but these are the spots we frequent on a regular basis.  The staff knows us by name, and vice versa, and we can almost always get a table, even in the high season.

One of our favorites is a delightful little Italian bistro. The food is good, the service friendly, and the prices are fair.  When we walk in the door, we’re welcomed so warmly that we feel like family. Or at least members of the club. continue reading

Tomato Sauce Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes (No Peeling Required!)

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In case you hadn’t guessed by now, it’s Tomato Week here at Casa de Bostwick. The gazpacho earlier this week was the kickoff.

I imagine it’s the same at a lot of casas around the country. When the tomatoes are ripe, everything else comes to a standstill.

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