Balsamic Glazed Salmon from Gracefully Vintage!

This week, I’m featuring a blogger I adore, and her tasty glazed salmon recipe!

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Kayla, photo courtesy of @gracefullyvintage

Meet pretty Kayla, of the blog Gracefully Vintage, who hails from Sydney, Australia. I enjoy looking at her beautiful Instagram feed which features her vintage outfits and a peek into her life, especially when  she’s enjoying summer and I’m freezing on the other side of the world.

The other day she posted this delicious-looking meal, and I begged her to share! She was kind enough to oblige.

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Instagram feed: @gracefullyvintage

Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Steamed Veggies

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal And Fruit Cookies

I’m so proud of myself… I think my baking may be improving! I think part of it is that I’m finally understanding things like the difference between and importance of baking powder and baking soda. And I’m learning that, while it’s okay to tweak baking recipes somewhat, there are basic cornerstones to the recipe (and its directions) that you can’t mess with.

I made these the other day and they are YUM! I don’t like to use a ton of white sugar and butter so I replaced those with alternative ingredients, and I also used Eggbeaters instead of real egg to cut down on the cholesterol… but that’s up to you.

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Healthy Comfort Foods

My sister Alicia is the author of The Accidental Diet. It’s a hilarious, memoir-esque read with some sage wisdom regarding the yo-yo or fad diet vs counting calories in ‘normal’ foods.

I’m usually in the throes of battling the Marriage Belly, since for some reason living with someone and being the happiest one has ever been in one’s life can tend to make one fat. Also, since eating is communal, it’s easy to feel like you have to keep up with the person you stare at across the table every night.

I’ve found success using the My Fitness Pal app with a few close pals. It’s a calorie tracker, and it points out to me on pretty much a daily basis that, oh yeah, veggies are pretty low in calories. The problem is, most people think veggies and they think salads (which, to me, not only feel like labor to prepare, they feel like labor to eat).

Cooking up some veggies and chicken

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Kimpossible: Off-Roading and Roughing It in So Cal.

Meet Kimpossible!  Kim has been one of my favorite people and closest friend for several years now. We’ve spent years experimenting with new recipes, working out, and ushering each other through major life changes.  Kim is an “outdoor girl”, and since I’m going camping this summer, I’ve asked her to share a few ideas for camping foods.You’ll see more of her in my book, but for now, she’s gonna tell us about eating healthy, driving jeeps over huge boulders, and gettin’ stuff done.

Tell us about yourself!

I have been working for an environmental engineer for the past 10 years. I have an amazing boyfriend named Randall, and we live together with his 2 kids, ages 12 & 15. We spend all of our free time camping, hiking, and off-roading (“Jeeping”) in the mountains and deserts of Southern California. When we’re not actually gone, we’re planning the next trip.