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Biking in Canada

So fun! Great time! Loved being outside! Last year I went on one of my Best. Vacations. Ever. A fun-filled VBT bicycle trip.                                              On Day 2 of that trip I was already planning the next one. Oh, Canada! We did it! Bicycling in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, which are a large collection of small …

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Favorites and Fun in Quebec City, Canada

I joke I was born with a suitcase in my hand. The truth is I was born on the move – in a 55 Pontiac. However it came to be, I love to travel. It doesn’t matter where I go, I enjoy discovering. And I’m happy to share my finds with you. Check out my other travel posts here. The LiveBest tagline is you must be present to win. That means showing up in your …

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Coconut Fruit Tart

Coconut Fruit Tart is a nice slice to wake up my taste buds and change up my breakfast groove. Less sugar and more protein and fiber is just dessert! Are you in a morning rut? Eating the same thing day after day? If your breakfast excitement is trying a different smoothie flavor or box of cereal, I’ve got a recipe to get you on a new path. Dessert for Breakfast Dessert for breakfast seems to be …

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Citrus Herb Grilled Leg of Lamb

Fresh herbs, lemon and orange give Mediterranean flavor to Citrus Herb Grilled Leg of Lamb, right in your own backyard! As more people lean in to a Mediterranean eating style, lamb is a good fit. A traditional Greek, Moroccan and Spanish food, lamb lends itself to flavors of that region including lemon, garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, thyme, and rosemary. Cooking Style Depending on the cut, lamb works with your schedule. Quick cook or slow, grill or …

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Panzanella Vegetable Salad

Panzanella Vegetable Salad is delicious, easy, and healthy. A sensational summer salad right down to the last chewy bread bite! The sun is high. The blossoms are buzzing with bees. The grass is going crazy. With all the yard work and outdoor doings, an easy, simple dinner is what I’m looking for. Found it. Don’t hang up! Panzanella is an Italian tomato-bread salad. Before you hang up on me, it’s better than it sounds. The …

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Grilled Squid Mango Salad

Grilled Squid Mango Salad is filled with fresh Asian flavors of mango, lime juice, jalapeno, ginger and herbs. Together, they make a delicious easy, healthy summer salad in about 15 minutes. When you think of grilling, a sizzling burger might come to mind. Or a pork chop. Have you thought of squid? Squid meat has a mild flavor and firm, chewy texture. Many of us have probably eaten calamari battered, fried and dunked in a …

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Blueberry Ginger Spelt Scones

Blueberry Ginger Spelt Scones, a favorite with tea or coffee, gets a makeover with creamy yogurt, nutty whole-grains, juicy blueberries and spicy ginger.  It took a bit of saliva and a few weeks to learn that I’m a NorthWesterner. Not Seattle. United Kingdom. To pinpoint it: British and Irish with a spot of French and German. It appears my wanderlust is not genetic, because my people didn’t wander far. I am 100 percent European. Since …

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Chicken Mole

Chicken Mole is a great make-ahead meal. The Instant Pot makes it easy! If a Cinco de Mayo celebration is in your future, I’ve got you covered in one word. Mole. Not to be confused with a rodent, mole (pronounced MOH-lay) is a rich, dark Mexican sauce made from chiles, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables and fruit. The cook’s kitchen Though there are many variations of mole, the cook’s kitchen often dictates what ends up in …

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Orange Cabbage Slaw

Orange Cabbage Slaw is a super easy salad. Fresh orange sweetens the deal because cabbage can run on the bitter side. April brings green grass, song birds, and tax day. Paying those taxes can take a bite out of your monthly budget. Here are seven ways to stretch your food dollar. Seven says to stretch your food budget It’s estimated that we toss about 20 percent of the food we buy. That means if we …

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Coconut Seed Clusters

Coconut Seed Clusters may give the cookie tray the boot! Healthy fats, protein, and fiber from seeds and natural sweetness from honey and coconut. Yum! Candy at the front desk, Girl Scout cookies in the break room, and birthday cake at 3:00 to celebrate the honoree. The office can be the death of a health goal. These tempting treats are a minefield that can wallop willpower and derail good intentions. So what can you do? …