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Queenstown, New Zealand – Bungy Jump!

I took a little time off from blogging the past couple weeks to enjoy a birthday vacation to Queenstown New Zealand, Sydney Australia, and Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef.  A trip of a lifetime.  While the years are creeping up on me my kids were there to remind me that I’m still young enough to be crazy and adventurous! 

Roasted Grouper Roulade with Spinach Pesto over Quinoa

Roasted Grouper Roulade with Spinach Pesto over Quinoa

I went through a phase several years ago where I loved creating everything in a roulade.  I think they’re so pretty and a nice way to present a dish.

After making some spinach pesto the other day I tried to think of something creative to use it on.  Then when I went to the fish market and saw their Grouper I decided I’d create a roulade with it. The green and white would look so pretty together and be a nice blend of flavors. 

Gluten-Free Homemade Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Gluten-Free Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

What’s your favorite food?  My favorite has always been pizza.  As a child growing up I loved cheese pizza and still do. However, now I typically smother it with veggies, but hold the onions. 

Easter Peeps Centerpiece 2

Easter Peeps Centerpiece

Easter is this weekend and many of you are already busy gathering up your ingredients for the big feast.  In case you forgot about a centerpiece, here’s a quick and easy one to put together that will brighten up your table, plus be a conversation piece.  

Freekeh Tabbouleh with Lime Marinated Grilled Sirloin

Freekeh Tabbouleh with Lime Marinated Sirloin over Flatbread

The other night I wasn’t too hungry but wanted to create something light, yet substantial enough to sustain us through the night.  I came up with this Freekeh Tabbouleh with Lime Marinated Sirloin over Flatbread.  It was perfect – light, tasty and filling, without making us feel stuffed. 

Chocolate Babka 1

Chocolate Babka aka Chocolate Krantz Cakes

I love bread, but as I’ve mentioned in the past we limit how much we eat of it.  That said, growing up there was always a Babka in my house.  In fact, between the bread and the sweets it’s a wonder I’m not diabetic. Those days are long gone though.  Now we pay close attention to the foods we eat, and while we aren’t perfect all the time, we definitely monitor our intake. 

Jackson Pollack inspired White Chocolate Easter Eggs

Splatter Painted White Chocolate Easter Eggs

When I was a little girl they use to have the Easter Farm in the parking lot of a mall called Westroads (that no longer exists) here in town .  Each year my sisters and I couldn’t wait to go to see all the little chicks, ducks and bunnies – it was so much fun!  Children and their parents would be packed inside a tall, long, tent in celebration of Easter coming. 

Butternut Squash Lasagna

No Noodle – Butternut Squash Lasagna

I have always loved lasagna but the older I get, I find I try to avoid having pasta. I got to thinking the other day that I”d love to try making lasagna without pasta, but with veggies instead. I’ve seen where others have made zucchini lasagna, although that sounded marginal at best, to me.