From America to Australia: My new life down under

Sydney Harbour - a view from the Sydney Harbour bridge

Sydney is amazing – I absolutely love my new home. The city is so beautiful it almost hurts your eyes. The people are so wonderful I feel like I’m part of their family. And the healthy and active lifestyle is right up my alley. I’ve turned into a coffee snob, built an incredible network of dear friends, became addicted to green brekkie bowls (recipes to come!), and found love on the other side of the world. What more could a girl ask for?

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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Pumpkin Chili Holiday recipe

Forget the fact that it’s well past Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and even New Year’s. My love affair with pumpkin is here to stay. When cooler weather arrives there is nothing better than a big pot of chili. This is the perfect healthy (hello, Vitamin A) and hearty dish with a creamy thickness from the pumpkin that is oh-so-savory!

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From Grandma’s Kitchen: Ham Soufflé

Ham Souffle

When I was home for the holidays I found my version of gold tucked away in the cupboard above the microwave – our family recipe box full of stained cards with annotations. Heirloom recipes are treasures in our house. Imitation is the best form of flattery (right?), so I figured it was about time I dug into these recipes from my grandmother’s kitchens…. Classics, some simple, others complex, but most importantly, passed down. I’m starting with Mia Mia’s (mom’s mom) Ham Soufflé.

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Holiday Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles for Christmas

It’s tradition in the Nelson household to start the carbs early on holiday mornings. For Thanksgiving it’s always pumpkin waffles. However, by the time Christmas rolls around, we are usually craving them all over again. In my mind, the perfect holiday breakfast includes all the delicious flavor of pumpkin pie in waffle form.

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Exploring Wildlife in the Galapagos Islands

Marine Iguana on hiking tour to Tortuga Bay

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a few thousand reasons you should add the Galapagos Islands to your bucket list.

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Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche with Popcorn

Ecuadorian Style Shrimp Ceviche with Popcorn

Ceviche was something I was looking forward to eating in Ecuador. It’s often disputed that ceviche’s birthplace is either Peru or Ecuador so it’s hard not to find it, and order it, from any given menu. This Ecuadorian style shrimp ceviche took me back to the week I spent on the Galapagos Islands. It’s so easy and delicious!

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Jicama Coleslaw “Jicama Slaw”

Jicama Slaw in Mason Jar

The other night my friend called last minute to gather a group to grill. I’m 50-50 when it comes to handling last minute plans… I like to consider myself super spontaneous, but I really value prep time. Anyways, I offered to bring a summery side dish – thinking I could whip …

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