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A few evenings ago, I had a blast attending a Homemade Hummus cooking class with Kim #2

I had been having a particularly rough day at work, which Kim was aware of, and when she arrived to pick me up, she came with some chicken pot pie and a glass of wine for me – what a friend!!

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Once we arrived and got to know our table mates, we got down to hummus making. We learned how to make three different hummus recipes (so fast and easy to do yourself) and learned to combine some different olive oil and vinegar flavors.

Did you know you do not always have to use garlic and the traditional acid of lemon juice? As long as you use some sort of acid, be it grapefruit juice, lime juice or even a flavored vinegar, you are good to go. You also do not always need to use a traditional sesame oil as the oil base either. Again, you can use any flavored olive oil you want so go crazy and experiment!

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Recipe courtesy of Extra Virgin Olive Store in Mystic CT

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A few weeks back, I was invited to attend the opening of a gourmet pastry shop, Cake by Frank, at Foxwoods Resort Casino. I was looking forward to seeing some of my blogging friends, and tasting some delectable creations by world-renown pastry Chef Franck Iglesias.

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As luck would have it, the family schedule was suddenly shifted and I was not going to be able to attend. I joined in the fun online, when I could, so I could watch the virtual fun.

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The following Monday, to my surprise, while I was working in my home office, the FedEx truck pulled up and had a delivery for me. I muted my phone as I was in a teleconference, and ran to see what had arrived. I opened the box and saw a glorious vanilla cake with what I believe was a white chocolate buttercream. Naturally, I had to grab a few pieces of white chocolate and then ran back to my meeting.

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Later that night, my family and I each ate a slice and were in heaven. We most appreciate that a gourmet cake was not topped with eight inches of frosting on top of a dry cake – it was moist and perfect! Since we had half the cake left, I took the rest to share with some scrapbooking friends that evening.

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On the occasions that I need an impressive dessert, am entertaining, or simply want to treat myself, I am heading to Cake by Franck at Foxwoods Resort Casino. I already let my husband know that my next Birthday cake needs to come from Cake by Franck.

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Disclosure: The cake was provided at no cost to me, and was so darn good, that I just had to share the news about it with you. Go get yourself one or call and see if they will ship you on.

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My Favorite Christmas Gifts & the Bevy

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Hello from 2015! I do hope you had a blessed Holiday Season. Speaking of blessed, I wanted to share with you some of the fantastic goodies I received for Christmas. The most treasured gifts that I received are from my children: My daughter gave me a framed print that states ‘Love You More’. It is very meaningful since we […]

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Zesty Parmesan Ranch Popcorn Recipe

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Sooooo, I was innocently wondering through Stop & Shop recently, and noted a new member to the refrigerated dressing & condiments family by a company called ‘Tessemae’s’. The bottles stated ‘All Natural’ and I thought ‘sure…..’ but guess what? There is really is no junk in these babies. Don’t believe me, check them out. I love […]

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Swim Mom Tips: Snacks To Pack Your Swimmer For A Swim Meet

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Wow – it has been many weeks since I last posted. I drafted, I planned, I photographed and yet, the posts never published. Let me make that up to you. I have recently became a ‘Swim Mom’ as our son is now on a competitive swim team (and yes, our daughter is still on a […]

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Quinoa Crusted Salmon Burger Recipe with Creamy Sriracha Dill Sauce & Healthy Eating Habits #GiveASmile

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Disclosure: I am working with Colgate and Walgreens to spread the word about Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste and have been compensated for my time and efforts. All opinions, and this recipe, are my own. I have shared healthy recipes and tips for a few years now but healthy eating is only one part of […]

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