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Just the Essentials | #TLCBookTours

Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for the latest book by Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse and founder of S.W. Basics—Just the Essentials! Just the Essentials is a guide to using the restorative powers of essentials oils in your daily routine.

I'm fairly familiar with essential oils and their many benefits and uses, and was taught to use them by my mom when I was younger. That said, while I often purchase natural, locally made health and beauty products, I've never really ventured into mixing up my own—at least not for beauty purposes. My hands-on experience consists mainly of natural for-the-home remedies (cleaners, pest control, etc) and aromatherapy (stress relief, cold relief).

Homemade Soda Crackers (Saltines) | Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters

Homemade Soda Crackers (Saltines) | Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters
Homemade Soda Crackers (Saltines)
Welcome to the book tour stop for the latest book by Amy Rivers, Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters. I didn't realize until after I'd read this book that it was the second book in a trilogy. I may have originally been told, but if I was, I forgot. While I think it stands on its own just fine, there were a couple of instances where the main character, Gwen, referenced something that previously happened to/with her cousin and best friend, Val. That did make me wonder if I'd missed an earlier book, but I convinced myself this wasn't a series, and that was just the way it was written.

Dublin Lawyer (Lobster in Whiskey Cream Sauce) | #FishFridayFoodies

Dublin Lawyer (Lobster in Whiskey Cream Sauce)
Dublin Lawyer (Lobster in Whiskey Cream Sauce)
Welcome to the March installment of Fish Friday Foodies, where a group of bloggers gets together to share fish and seafood recipes. I'm hosting this month, and since today is St. Patrick's Day, I asked everybody to create Irish recipes, or recipes with an Irish lean.

Spotted Dog (Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins)

Spotted Dog (Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins)
Spotted Dog (Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins)
Okay, so there are certain dishes or recipes that I only find myself eating or making during a certain time of year. I'm not talking about things that rely on seasonal produce, either—more like the stuffing and whole turkey that I only make around Thanksgiving and the corned beef and soda bread that I only make around St. Paddy's Day.

Lamb Shanks w/ Einkorn & Potatoes | #EinkornExperiment

Lamb Shanks w/ Einkorn & Potatoes | #EinkornExperiment
Lamb Shanks w/ Einkorn & Potatoes | #EinkornExperiment
It's hard to believe that we're already midway through March, but today is the 15th, and that means it's time for another update on the Einkorn Experiment! Since I talked about einkorn flour three months in a row, I wanted to switch things up and share my latest experience with the whole einkorn wheat berries this month.

Matcha Buttermilk Pie

Matcha Buttermilk Pie
Matcha Buttermilk Pie
I've been a bad, bad pie baker. I think this may actually be my first pie of 2017 (okay, I know it is)! That's pretty sad for a self-proclaimed pie lover. But hey, what better day to start making up for the recent lack of pies than Pi{e} Day?

Toaster Potatoes and Homemade Ketchup | The Martian #FoodnFlix

Toaster Potatoes and Homemade Ketchup | The Martian #FoodnFlix
This month's Food 'n Flix pick is the 2015 Science Fiction/Drama flick, The Martian. If you're not familiar with the story, it's about astronaut Mark Watney's struggle and perseverance to survive after, presumed dead, he is left alone on Mars. Watney's smarts and good humor ensure that, while long, the journey is not boring.

Fresh Strawberry Muffins | The Roanoke Girls

Fresh Strawberry Muffins | The Roanoke Girls
Fresh Strawberry Muffins inspired by The Roanoke Girls
Some secrets run so deep and fierce that they suffocate those who protect them. That is exactly the case with dark, chilling secret held by the Roanoke girls. It's caused generations of mystery and speculation around the girls born at Roanoke house. Beautiful women that either die or run. Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel!

Spotted Dick w/ Boozy Custard Sauce inspired by Logan | #XMenu

Spotted Dick w/ Boozy Custard Sauce inspired by Logan | #XMenu
Spotted Dick w/ Boozy Custard Sauce
*light spoilers*

This film takes place in 2029, and we see that Logan is deteriorating, both inside and out, and is pretty dependent on alcohol. He and Caliban are taking care of Dr. Xavier in a deserted building in Texas, while Logan saves money to buy a Sunseeker, so that they can sail away from everything.

Slow Roasted Yellow Cherry Tomatoes w/ Garlic & Marjoram

Slow Roasted Yellow Cherry Tomatoes w/ Garlic & Marjoram
Slow Roasted Yellow Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and Marjoram
Tomatoes in March you ask? Why yes...tomatoes in March. Not something usually associated with the midwest in wintertime, I know. Well, unless you count the rows of jarred, canned, and dried tomatoes in many forms that line many a pantry. Like mine. I'm really not willing to go without tomatoes half of the year. Sure, I can be found breaking down and buying some Roma's from the market from time to time, as well.

Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Mixed Greens Pesto & Lentil Black Rice Salad

Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Mixed Greens Pesto & Lentil Black Rice Salad
Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Mixed Greens Pesto & Lentil Black Rice Salad
Today is the first Friday of the Lenten season, and in honor of that, Leslie and I are sharing fish and seafood recipes for today's edition of She Made, Ella Hace. So, here's the thing—I wasn't raised Catholic (and I'm not Catholic now), so I've never done the whole abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent thing. And while my husband was raised Catholic, he's not a practicing Catholic now.

Cabbage with Bacon and Cream

Cabbage with Bacon and Cream
Cabbage with Bacon and Cream
With St. Paddy's Day less than 3 weeks away, the Progressive Eats bloggers have come together this month to share a menu fit for the occassion. Whether  you want something traditional, something with an Irish twist, or something green—we've got some recipes that you're bound to enjoy!

Flourless Chocolate Cake | Practical Magic

Flourless Chocolate Cake | Practical Magic
Flourless Chocolate Cake | Practical Magic
Welcome to the first edition of the (Vampires, Witches, and Zombies - oh my!) Book and a Movie Challenge of 2017!  Last year, I joined my friend Kimberly of Coffee and Casseroles in her monthly pursuit of exploring vampires through books and film, this year she's expanded to add witches and zombies to the mix, with posts being every other month. We're kicking off a new year with the book Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, and its movie adaption.

Spiced Almond Popcorn Snack Mix | #CelebrateAlmonds

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Spiced Almond Popcorn Snack Mix | #CelebrateAlmonds
Spiced Almond Popcorn Snack Mix | #CelebrateAlmonds
Almonds and popcorn and seeds—oh my! These three things may just be my ultimate snacking trifecta. They are all easy to pack in my purse or bag when I'm on-the-go, as well as for when I feel a between-meals snack attack coming on. So combining the three might just be one of the smartest things I've done lately.