Chocolate Toffee Almond Bars

I quit the gym on Saturday. Burst through my apartment door after one final round of Andrea versus the treadmill and told Daniel, somewhat proudly,  “I’m not going back there. Not for a while anyway. They made me fill out a form to cancel my membership and in the section where they ask why you’re…

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Becoming Outdoorsy

I wasn’t an outdoorsy kid. “Andrea, want to go outside?” Putting down the remote in a frantic motion, “Wha—is the ice cream truck out there?! Jesus I thought I heard somethi-” “No, just to play.” “Oh ha, no thanks. Blossom’s on in four minutes.” And so it went. Why go to summer camp when Salute…

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Healthy Living Summit

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I’m 30,000 feet above you right now, flapping my wings on a return flight from Chicago for a blog conference. The Healthy Living Summit was a weekend long event gathering passionate bloggers who write about health, food, and fitness. While I was thrilled on Friday to be headed east to meet the bloggers I’ve been…

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Vegan Black Bean Burger

I never understood why people ate veggie burgers. Until three years ago, I thought it odd that someone who didn’t want to eat animals would want to recreate a cow-flavored burger. I realize now that I was assuming all veggie burgers were posing as meat imposters. I was also making assumptions about why people chose…

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Mini Rainier Cherry Cheesecakes

Dear Andrea, Remember when you were eleven years old and you made a collage of the life you dreamed to lead as a grown up? The one with the knee socks, plaid skirt, collared shirt, and sweater vest- the outfit idea you snagged from Cher’s wardrobe in Clueless? Yup, that’s the one. While it’s cute…

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