Arugula, Fig and Fried White Sweet Potato Salad

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Our fig tree is going bonkers right now and I’ve been harvesting figs like it’s my job!  And finding different ways to eat them like it’s my full-time hobby.  That’s how this tasty salad was born!  It’s the exactly the kind of salad I’d serve to friends at a dinner party- each plate carefully crafted and beautiful.  I’d pair it with white wine,  this soup, a crusty loaf of french bread, and some mellow music playing in the background.  When we have friends over for dinner it’s my favorite thing in the world to knock their socks off with a delicious meal so I don’t mind a little extra effort than I would spend on a normal meal for Lou and I.  AND: fried white sweet potatoes, so there’s that!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy!  xx- Sarah

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Veggie Sliders and PACT Cranberry Water

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One of the most important parts of staying healthy, for me, is hydration.  I drink water like I’m in the Sahara- every day!  So when Ocean Spray® introduced me to their PACt™ cranberry extract water I was excited for a new way to mix up my hydration game.  Using the powerful nutrients found in cranberries, PACt cleanses and purifies the body better than water alone.  And to celebrate the launch of PACt, Ocean Spray and Maria Menounos are hosting a beach bash on Thursday October 23rd in Hermosa Beach- complete with yoga, pilates, barre and various other complimentary fitness classes.  Fun, right?!  Register here to reserve your spot!  And when you’re done working up a sweat on the beach, may I suggest these veggie sliders?  They’re healthy, tasty and a perfect treat after a hard workout.  Here’s to making as many healthy choices as we can!  xx- Sarah         This post was produced in collaboration with Ocean Spray.  Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

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Steel-Cut Oats and Cinnamon Stewed Fruit

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This breakfast was inspired by one we had at our friends Farra and Juan’s house one morning that I’ve been making regularly ever since- it’s the most hearty, delicious, warming breakfast that’s perfect for these cool days of Fall!  It started my love affair with steel-cut oats, prior to which I’d been kind of meh about and reaffirmed my love of figs, apples and cinnamon.  Oh me oh my, it’s a good one!  And if you run short on time in the mornings, you can make this over the weekend and heat up the leftovers in the mornings during the week!  And you can mix it up with such a huge variety of toppings – I included a list for inspiration in the recipe.  Ok, have at it my friends!!  xx- Sarah

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Pumpkin Fizz Cocktail

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Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  It’s the month of pumpkins and costumes and all things scary and sweet!  SO, of course, this pumpkin fizz cocktail is perfectly appropriate!  It would be such a fun drink to serve at a Halloween party- so festive and colorful and fun!  Ok, so who is going to have the party, make the cocktails and invite me?  Because our entire lives are going to be packed up during Halloween this year, which is a tragedy of sorts, right?  I probably won’t even get to wear a costume (playing the world’s tiniest violin for myself).  So I’m asking all of you who celebrate Halloween to celebrate it extra hard this year, the little extra for me!  Thank you in advance!!!  xx- Sarah  {This post was produced in collaboration with Sarah Dickenson}

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Kale and Roasted Red Kuri Squash Salad

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So you may have seen on my Instagram- we accepted an offer on the house Thursday and are officially under contract! (!!!!)  It happened so fast, it was a whirlwind week and now we’re scrambling to figure out our next move.  We were thinking we’d travel for a bit and then find a place to rent when we get back, but when it started to become something that was actually going to happen we realized that we don’t have the cojones for that plan (insert worried emoji face here).  We feel like we’d be a little lost without a home base and we worried that the transition would be hard on the pups.  So, we’re looking for a rental in San Diego- the city where we met & fell in love, the incredible town that still houses so many of our favorite people!  And then, after we’ve settled for a hot minute we’re going to take the Bali trip we postponed when Carlos moved in with us.  I think we could use a couple of weeks of serious downtime to just breathe and count our lucky stars.  We seem to have a lot of them and we’re crazy grateful!  Thank you so much for all of the kind words on our house tour, for sharing the excitement with us, for being the raddest group of peoples in all of the internet!  And now, kale and roasted red kuri squash salad.  Red kuri squash is one of my absolute favorite of the winter squashes, if you haven’t tried it track it down and make it please!!!  xx- Sarah

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Pea & Mint Pesto and a Giveaway with Origins!

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I was crazy excited when Origins asked me to produce a recipe inspired by their Plantscription collection because, and I do not say this lightly, I’m OBSESSED with their products!  Formulated without harmful parabens, phthalates, or propylene glycol, the anti-aging Plantscription collection contains highly potent plant ingredients sourced from all over the world.  They created this charming video to speak to some of the ingredients found in the formula and I used it to inspire today’s recipe with PEAS!  Who knew these delicious little green nuggets could make your dinner so amazing while also helping to combat signs of aging in your skin?  Ok, so this pea pesto recipe is incredible and worthy of all my excitement-  BUT IT GETS BETTER!   Origins is going to give one lucky reader everything that you see below, a $500 gift basket of Plantscription goodness, including the Plantscription anti-aging power serum.  These are products I use and adore, so I know you’re going to love them too!  Please pop over to the Origins website to check out the full collection and leave a comment below about which product you’re most excited to try.  The lucky winner will be chosen randomly one week from today.  Please read official rules and regulations here.  Good luck everyone!  xx- Sarah

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