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Best of February 2014

February 28, 2014

No…I’m not engaged. Susan Miller was wrong. You can stop freaking out Dad. True story, when my Dad read that post he didn’t think to click the link to the horoscope and thought I announced on the blog that I was engaged before telling him. For the record Dad I’m guessing you will know before I do that I am getting engaged and you will always be my #1 guy.

My Dad is also requesting that I put out the word that THM is freaking out on iPads and iPhones so if it isn’t working for you please tell me (or don’t because you weren’t able to read this post).

best of february 2014Back to the whirlwind that was February! Seriously, where did this month go? I managed to jam-pack some major business into 28 days but also seemingly do not remember any of it. I had to go back and read my own blog to remind me. Turns out it was kind of an epic month!

Not surprisingly, your favourites from this month are all sweet. We can thank The Great Valentine’s Day Healthy Bake-Off for that.

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1. Black Bean Lava Cakes (gf, v)
2. Mocha Overnight Oats (gf, v)
3. Sweet Potato Rice Pudding (gf)
4. Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies (gf, v)
5. Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls (gf, v)

Onto my favourites! I had an absolute blast putting together our Full-Course Healthy Valentine’s Dinner with some blogging buds (seriously the absurdity that unfolded in our Facebook messages was insane). Speaking of insanity, I almost lost my mind baking for my v-day bake-off. And then I definitely lost it when I saw how many of you decided to link-up! I’m still on a high from it. I had two other posts this month that I loved but I think deserve some more lovin’. I guest posted for my girl Selena and obviously had to make some balls (go make them NOW) and you might think I’m totally strange for mixing peanut butter, greek yogurt and salmon but trust me on this one, it works.

my-feb-favs1. Full-Course Healthy Valentine’s Day Menu (or for any night of the week!)
2. Chickpea Cookie Dough Truffles (gf)
3. Thai Salmon Salad (gf)
4. The Great Valentine’s Day Healthy Bake-Off

So what’s coming up in March? More than anything I’m hoping for a bit of calm, but knowing my inability to sit still that probably won’t happen. Here’s a few things I’m looking forward to:

coming up in mar1. The arrival of spring! Myself and a few other sneaky ladies have a line-up of recipes that will make you forget winter ever happened (wishful thinking…)

2. A trip! I spontaneously booked a trip this week to see some very special people. Will update you soon 🙂

3. I loved getting your feedback on my post about what blogging has taught me. And in accordance I am going to try and incorporate more blogging tips this year. But first I need to know what you’re looking to learn. Get at me people.

4. ALL THINGS GREEN! I recently discovered there was more to St.Paddy’s Day than drinking and 4:00 PM blackouts. I’m thinking of possibly hosting a St. Paddy’s Day link-up featuring green foods. What are your thoughts? I hear it’s lucky to eat broccoli on March 17th…

What’s your February highlight? Any interest in a St. Patrick’s Day link-up featuring green foods?!?!

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    Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet
    February 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Mmmm lace cookies! I haven’t had those in such a long timeeee and with coconut, I so have to try!

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    February 28, 2014 at 5:45 am

    That Great Valentine’s Day Healthy Bake-Off sure was fun! Sure – would love another in March – specially with green food! 🙂
    Those Chickpea Cookie Dough Truffles are on my to-make list, I cannot wait to fool my daughter into eating these! The joys of parenting – speaking of which, your poor dad – glad his small freak out was for no reason!
    Hope your weekend is wonderful!
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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 28, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Secret trip? It better be to Australia. Just saying.

    Although I’ll disclose more in the mail of e variety, YES to the st.pattys day link up….I may have just the perfect recipe for it. involving spinach. And cheese. and … yeah.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Secret trip? It better be to Australia. Just saying.

    Although I’ll disclose more in the mail of e variety, YES to the st.pattys day link up….I may have just the perfect recipe for it. involving spinach. And cheese. and … yeah. 🙂
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Easy Chicken Parmesan Patties

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    February 28, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Haha I would love to see a link-up full of green foods! Or just one of your green recipes. Either one would be entertaining! And I love that you’re thinking of giving blog tips! You’re totally on the way to, “I knew her when…” status so I fully support that! Have a wonderful weekend, and make sure you’re not sitting still to do things you love doing and not just driving yourself crazy with stuff, stuff, stuff (like I often find myself doing)!

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    Joanne
    February 28, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Your february was CRAZY!! And I had to laugh at your dad’s interpretation of your post…it definitely sounds like something my parents would do!
    Joanne recently posted…Pistachio Cake with Honey Vanilla Buttercream

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    February 28, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I still have those black bean lava cakes on my mind; just waiting for the right moment to make them. Perhaps this Monday when I will most likely be snowed in once again. In my opinion, Spring begins tomorrow – snow has no place in my Spring.
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted…Nutrient Dense Eating, The Cheesecake Factory And February Faves

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    February 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I think your banana fosters cinnamon rolls win my Holy Food Porn Batman award from your posts this month 😉

    Can’t wait to hear your tips. I would love to know from you specifically 2 things, how do you find the time to make and photograph so many recipes << aka blogging and time management and then secondly more photography tips from a styling perspective and general tips 😉

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    February 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

    March means that winter can just die, right? Seriously, can’t wait for some Spring weather. And considering that the Valentine’s Day bake-off went so well, why not through a St. Pattie’s Day one in there? I think it’d be fun…and actually get me recipe-developing again 😉
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Five Things Friday 02/28/14.

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Blogging tips..Pinterest 101 please 🙂 I mean, I have a lot to learn and it’s going to take time, but I need the scoop on that. Also–yes green foods link up!! I’ll make edamame 1) because I love it and 2) because I’m THAT creative 😉 Also–secret trip??? Are you taking a 2 week trip to the U.S. and swinging by Pittsburgh???? Doubtful, but I can hope, right? Have a great weekend Davs!
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    February 28, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Can’t wait to hear where you trip is taking you! I have no life right now, so I’m living vicariously through other people’s vacations. I need spring to get here NOW!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food recently posted…Random Fun Friday

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    Heather Murphy
    February 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I would love for you to do a green linkup and I can pin half the recipes to try out, only to end up not going through with it because I know Charlie will cook. I swear if he just quit I would be so much more adventurous in the kitchen, but hey, I’m not complaining- I will just start emailing him recipes I want him to try- that would be a sure- fire way to get him to quit cooking.. 🙂
    Heather Murphy recently posted…Catching you all up in the form of Friday Favorites

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    February 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful February! I love the Valentine’s Day bake-off! Healthy desserts are some of my favorite things to bake these days, so that link-up was pretty exciting for me. Oh and I made your mocha overnight oats for two breakfasts in a row. Deeeelicious! 🙂
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    Meghan @fitnesscrEATures
    February 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Yum to all of these recipes and YAY for a spontaneous trip! You are one blogging expert girl. I just opened your page up on my iPhone and it was just fine… 🙂
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    Kat
    February 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    hahaha your daddy is too cute. Mine would have done the same exact thing, except he doesn’t know how to work a computer, so I don’t have to really worry about him reading my blog 😉
    Gosh, I loved ALL your February recipes. Seriously every day I came to your blog I was like “crap! now I have to go back to the fricken store!!” 😉

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    You already know how I feel about green foods, but because it’s you, I’d put my bias aside and whip something up special 😛 And is it weird that I seriously can’t remember February? Good thing I have the blog as physical proof that I did something, otherwise I probably would have felt like I slept through the whole thing,
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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    February 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

    The balls. They are amazing. (No more comments).

    Yes! I have some green recipes!! My favorite in February was my vacation. And my high at the moment of all the painkillers. Pretty awesome, I swear.
    Happy weekend lovely lady!!!
    Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted…Crazy week shenanigans – Dinner Recipe Roundup

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    Diana @sosmallsostrong
    February 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Oh those lace cookies look dreamy!! YUM!!
    I love green foods, I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    February 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

    february is the shortest month, yet why did it feel like it had 50 days instead of 28?? i just hope that winter just shrivels up and dies now that we’re on the cusp of march. the highlight of my february was nothing. i’m totally looking forward to march, though. do you think you can throw in a chocomint-something recipe?

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda
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    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    February 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I am loving brussel sprouts and kale so I think I could do a green foods link up. Your favorites for February are my favorites too! So many good things!!!

    Can’t wait to find out where you are going! Is it someplace warm??

    You should definitely do visual blogging tips because your photos are great and your design and layout both on the blog in general and with each post are so clean and organized.
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    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Another amazing month in the books for you! <3 I am way less intimidated by a green foods link-up than a baking link up, so I vote yes!!
    Kim @ BusyBod recently posted…Disordered eating: My story

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    February 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Yay for your getaway!! I don’t care where I’m going, if I have a little vaca to look forward to, I swear it’s an instant mood lifter. Hopefully you picked somewhere sunny and warm 🙂 And good thing Susan Miller was wrong! That’s the kind of thing you want to be surprised with.
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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    February 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I hope you mean you’ve booked a trip to Colorado!!! 😉 Because you know you want to! But seriously, wherever you are going, I hope you have a great time. It’ll be a much deserved break! I really need to go back through your recipes and make some. If you have any desire to make a vegan and gf bran type muffin with raisins I’d be all over that sh*t! When I lived in Philly, the Starbucks’ there had these amazing, massive bran muffins with jumbo raisins and crystallized sugar on top. They must have had illegal drugs in them because they were amazing. Maybe I’ll get around to figuring out how to make some, I don’t know, probably not. Anyway, expect an email coming your way within the next hour or so! Have a great weekend!
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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    How have I STILL not made that darn sweet potato rice pudding?? I drooled over it for like a week straight and then forgot about it…story of my life.
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted…Mediterranean Salmon Burgers + Roots Hummus GIVEAWAY!

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    Kierston
    February 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Your food pics always make me drool!
    Kierston recently posted…#RECIPEFRIDAY: Low Carb Tomato Basil Portobello Mushroom Pizza

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    Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE
    February 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Fabulous that spring is just around the corner eh? I live in Minnesota and let me tell you, it is brutally cold. sighhhh. Excited to read your blog in March…all things green…yahoooo 😀
    Kelly – LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE recently posted…My FAVORITE baking blog

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    February 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What a fantastic February! And YES to green foods linkup for March. I’m already thinking of all the things I can Kermit-ify. 😉
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    Anna
    February 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    A green foods link-up sounds like fun! I didn’t participate in the v-day one for what reason I do not know, but I’ll make sure to whip up something green if you decide to go for it!

    Looks like you had an awesome Feb., looking forward to hearing about your trip and what you have in store for March 🙂
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    Amanda
    February 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    THM has freaked out on my Kindle a couple times. Maybe she just doesn’t like me. 🙁
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    Brittany
    February 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Agreed, the story about your dad…too cute. I love that my family reads my blog, it just makes me swoon! February was GOOD TO YOU, I can’t wait to be one step closer to spring.
    Brittany recently posted…Double Chocolate Banana Brownies

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    Kim
    February 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I hope you do a St. Patrick’s Day green link-up. We usually do some kind of themed meal because it’s fun!!!
    I’m happy that February is wrapping up!!
    Kim recently posted…What’s Your Minimum?

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    Kallie
    March 1, 2014 at 7:59 am

    So glad to found your blog, so many delicious recipes!! I love overnight oats going to have to check that out!
    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

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    Tonya@Healthy, Fit, and Frugal
    March 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I love the green foods idea in March because think of all the healthy recipes involving green foods! Probably a lot healthier than a bake off (although I full support that too-but lack baking skills). 🙂
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    Tina Muir
    March 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    You had such a good month! Well deserved too 🙂 You provided us so much enjoyable reading, and lots of good recipes!

    I would love to be part of a St. Patricks day linkup!
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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    March 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I think a green theme would be fabulous 🙂
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    Luv What You Do
    March 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Yay for St Patty’s Day! I love baking Irish soda bread!
    February went by in a blur! But the hightlight has to be getting out of the snow in Vegas!
    Luv What You Do recently posted…Saturday Shenanigans and Crockpot Thai

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    Cassie
    March 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Would loveeee St. Patty’s link-up. I know a recipe I’m going to experiment with for my blog… just currently low on spinach (after going to the store today… whoops). And for blogging tips I would loveee to know great tips for working with brands (even though I’m on the other side of that lol)
    Cassie recently posted…Coconut Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    March 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Alright if you can barely remember what happened in February, then you need to slow down because it was an epic month for you. Holy Valentine’s Day week. I’m still dreaming of some of those recipes (hello lemon roll), although I’m sorry you’re not engaged. That horoscope was crap; you need to get your money back stat.

    PS I’m reading this post just fine on my iPad. 🙂
    PPS St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday and for more reasons that just my Irish blood.
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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 5, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Glad to see that those lava cakes made it to the list – they were my absolute favorite!
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    Cassie
    March 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I am so excited for Spring!
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