maple-mustard glazed fresh pork roast

ham brusselsI hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend! Those of you that got Easter Monday off, I hope today's jump back into the working world wasn't too much of a shock to your candy-coated system. Our Easter was pretty laid back, as it always is. We don't celebrate the actual holiday, but I'm always looking for an excuse to cook a fancier-than-normal meal and do something a little special—and Easter fits that bill for us. We started off the. . .
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things i’m digging…

sparkpeople1. Wildflowers. I took a little bit of time to literally stop and smell the (wild) roses this past weekend. Babyface and I took a hike through the woods and discovered that the forest floor is covered in so many amazing, beautiful flowers right now. I stole a few for my coffee table. I hope you don't mind, Mother Nature. Side note: I'll always have a soft spot for the purple and yellow color combo. Those were my high school. . .
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pinterest challenge: thrift store cake stands

How to Make Cake Stands from Thrift Store FindsI'm not sure if you guys know this or not, but I'm kinda obsessed with Pinterest. This sounds really cheesy and kumbaya-y, but the truth is, Pinterest helps restore my faith in the human race. There are so many clever, creative and interesting ideas on there that it makes me feel like, as a species, we must be doing something right. That all being said, there is a dark side to it all. Pinterest has a bit of a reputation. . .
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the truth

me illustration awesomeAs I was falling asleep last night, I was smacked in the face with a realization—I'm a pathological weight loss liar. One of the things I claim as a qualification for writing this blog and doing my freelance gigs is that I lost 50 pounds. Somehow that number is big enough for me to feel confident in my method and big enough for people to feel like they can trust me. 50 pounds is a lot of weight and it took a. . .
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confessions…

me hair1. Thanks to Jennifer Lawrence and Zooey Deschanel, I have an overwhelming desire to get bangs. Which is a terrible idea, because I have a short forehead and they'd look terrible. TALK ME OUT OF IT. Side note: this is fun. 2. I really want to see this. I still remember watching the first one at my boyfriend's house in high school. We were totally shocked at the kind of stuff they did in the movie. Now, it seems pretty tame, but. . .
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protein-packed peanut butter eggs

peanut butter eggsYou know these things? They are crack. Delicious, peanut butter-y, seasonal crack. I don't know what makes them so much more delicious than the regular peanut butter cup, but the eggs are on a whole other level. Since the second I saw them pop up the grocery store, I've been buying them up (along with Mini Eggs for Babyface). Part of me will be sad when they disappear off store shelves next week, but part of me will be glad. . .
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what i ate wednesday: feeling good

chartGosh guys, I am feeling fantastic! I haven't done a morning workout in what feels like months, but I bounded out of bed when my alarm went off and kicked some serious ass in my home gym. My training plan for the Avon Walk had me walking four or five times a week, but I've been craving the kind of sweat session that I can't seem to get from walking alone. So I decided to rework my training schedule a. . .
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pepperoni pizza mac and cheese

macaroni and cheeseVacation was awesome, but man, did it feel good to get back into the kitchen this weekend! My fridge is so full of delicious food for us to snack on throughout the week, and that makes me incredibly happy. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but my standard M.O. is that I cook like a banshee on the weekends and then nosh on the leftovers during the week. We do schedule a few easy dinners, but for the most part,. . .
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