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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