Chocolate Pecan Cashew Butter + Thrive Market GIVEAWAY!

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Happy Monday my friends!  Hope you all had great weekends!  On Sunday I finished up the second week of my pal January‘s Sugar Detox (she has another starting May 4th and it’s an online thing, so I highly recommend for any of you looking to learn more about nutrition and get those sugar cravings under control!)  One of the things I craved during the two weeks sugar-free was these flavored nut butters that I used to buy at a rad little raw restaurant in San Diego before we moved to LA (pre- Palm Springs as well).  I’m not sure what all was in them because I didn’t pay much attention to nutrition labels at the time, but I LOVED them!  S0, I decided to make my own!  This chocolate pecan cashew butter is the perfect thing for me to grab a spoonful of when I get a sweets craving- the protein and good fats in the nuts satisfies my body while the cacao and coconut nectar satisfy my love of sweets!

OK, now for the second part of this post- I am SO EXCITED to introduce you all to Thrive Market.  I know that I sometimes post recipes that have ingredients that you can’t get your hands on (it’s horrifying to me that you can 100% guaranteed find Cheetos in any town across the country but in many cacao powder is hard to come by).  It’s also extremely frustrating that economically speaking the high quality, healthy and nutrition driven ingredients that I use are often inaccessible to many.  Like CRAZY-MAKING I MIGHT SCREAM MADDENING!  Which is why I’m so excited!

Thrive Market addresses both of those issues by making high quality ingredients available online at 25-50% off traditional retail prices- similar to Coscto they charge an annual $60 membership fee that enables them to offer these massive discounts.  With free shipping on orders over $49 and thousands of products to shop- it’s absolutely where I’ll be stocking up on all of my pantry items!  And with each membership sign-up they give one to a low income family or public school teacher (through a network of non-profits). THAT IS MY KIND OF COMPANY!   So I just wanted to give you a heads up- if you don’t live in a town that has a Whole Foods or health food store, if it hurts a little every time you check out at your market and see the receipt, if you’re as frustrated as I am that you can find Cheetos everywhere but have to search like an online ninja to find health foods- well, Thrive Market is for you.  I promise, you’re gonna love it!

AND, AND AND AND!   They’re offering one lucky reader a $250 shopping spree!  Register for Thrive here over the next 7 days and one of you lucky ducks will win that while 10 others will receive free year long memberships! HORRAY!  And good luck my friends!   xx- Sarah

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Chocolate Pecan Cashew Butter

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients, mix well and enjoy! Store in a refrigerator.
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TGIF! And Some Links….

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Happy Friday my friends!  I feel like a broken record when I say that life is crazy and we’re in the middle of a storm every week- but it’s true!  This week we’ve been dealing with Nugget who somehow injured her neck? hips? back?  We’re not entirely sure but she requires pain meds and muscle relaxers every 8 hours so we’ve been on this crazy schedule of waking up at 3 am to give her medication, and hand feeding her, and carrying her to and from every room we’re in so she doesn’t miss us and doesn’t move around too much, etc.  Those of you who have gone through dog- health issues know what I’m talking about- it’s pretty much torture when they’re in pain and you can’t fix it.  And really, there’s NOTHING I wouldn’t do for that little bundle of love.  So this weekend we’ll be cozying up with Nugget, nursing her back to health, cooking up a recipe for you for next week and daydreaming about Bali.  I’m also hoping to squeeze in a nap!  I hope you have equally delicious and relaxing plans on the books!  xx- Sarah

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San Diego Staycation at the Marriott

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Happy Thursday friends- one more day till the weekend!!!  Since we moved to San Diego in January I’ve only left once for a quick business trip to LA, and life has been hectic with the house selling/buying, 6 weeks staying with friends etc.  And since we’ve been settled in the house I feel like my brain is running non-stop about how we can make it feel like home (design obsessive disorder, let’s call it).  So when the Marriott reached out to offer us the opportunity to book a spontaneous staycation we jumped on that like a cat pounces on feather toy!  So one random day when the mood struck us, using their mobile booking and check-in app we left the beach, booked a room, threw a few things in an overnight bag and headed out for our overnight stay at the Marriott Marquis.  The mobile check-in app makes it super easy- you can check in after 4 pm the day before your arrival and the app notifies you when your room is ready!

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Once we got there we hung out by the pool, ordered room service, checked out the amazing views from our room on the 23rd floor of the north tower (I got a little bit scaredy-cat-ish on the balcony for a second), lounged around and just generally made sloths of ourselves.  It was just what the doctor ordered!  My brain turned off, my vacation self turned on, and we were able to relax.  Of course we snapped a few photos to share below.  And here’s the bonus:  From April 2 to December 31, 2015 Marriott guests who check-in with the mobile app during their stay at a hotel in the US, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have a chance to win a grand prize of one million Marriott Rewards Points!  That could be you my friends, and that’s A LOT of nights of R&R!  Here’s a video Marriott produced to celebrate the millionth mobile guest check-in.

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Home Inspiration- Pantries

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As I spend more and more time fantasizing about our kitchen remodel- I spend exponentially more time fantasizing about a pantry that I can merchandise and fill with pretty things!  Speaking of which- do you ever merchandise your fridge- putting everything on display the prettiest way you can?  I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like but when I do it sure feels good!  Ok, so today’s inspiration- some pantry inspiration.  Hope you love!! xx- Sarah    {via 123 / 4 }

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Happy Tuesday my friends!  I feel like I’m in the middle of a cyclone this week- and it’s only TUESDAY!  Yowsers!  Do you know what I’m talking about- the days where you feel like you’re just spinning and getting tossed about and wondering where you’re going to land?  Well, that’s me over here- or over there, WHO KNOWS?!  HA!  I hope you’re weeks are off to a less eventful start!  xx- Sarah

Shop this outfit:  tank: JCrew (25% off with code SHOPNOW), skirt: Asos (old), shoes: Thakoon Addition (sold out), bag: PB 0110, bracelets: Miansai here, here and here, arm cuff: Campbell, rings: Gabriela Artigas

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Browned Cauliflower and Kumquats

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I know.  I want to start this post by saying I KNOW. Every recipe I’ve shared of late has kumquats in it.  I don’t know what my deal is – I WANT TO EAT THEM ALL!  The tartness, the citrus-y goodness of eating the peel, the tiny cuteness factor- I just love them.  I love them only a little less than browned cauliflower, which is just up there with the best things ever.  And this dish, with the citrus champagne viniagrette- it’s a fresh and beautiful side dish.  If you eat eggs, add an egg and it’s a beautiful brunch.  I don’t know when I WOULDN’T eat this.  I hope you love, at least 75% as much as my undying love of kumquats- which is obvi A LOT!  Happy Monday my friends, let’s get it this week, whatever IT is for each of us!   xx- Sarah

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