Smoky Tomato Gazpacho

Smoked Tomato Gazpacho | No Thanks to Cake

It’s official.  I’m obsessed with summer tomatoes.  There, I said it.  The veggies during the summer are just SO SO good, and the beautiful tomatoes I’ve uncovered have been incredible. I find myself picking up fresh hothouse tomatoes, pretty pretty grape tomatoes, all the colors of heirlooms, and tomatillos… I can’t stop myself! Especially when…

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Sweet Potato Avocado Toast | No Thanks to Cake

Sweet Potato Avocado “Toast”

I know that food should be pretty.  I’ve learned that over the years.  Whether I’m eating Jenny Craig food plated on pretty Fiestaware or dining at my favorite restaurant, the way I present my food DEFINITELY impacts my opinion of the dish. This weekend, I made something that was JUST beautiful.  And, it was JUST…

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Chicago | No Thanks to Cake

Chicago with My Girls

Summer is DEFINITELY my favorite, and I love the adventures that I have each year… but somehow, in the crazy mix of things I miss out on sharing them all on the blog. In an attempt to catch you guys up on some of the fun… I’m going to share one of my favorite trips year-to-date….

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Backyard BBQ Class at Uncorked Kitchen | No Thanks to Cake

Backyard BBQing at Uncorked Kitchen

I’m sure it’s no surprise to hear that I love to take cooking classes.  Anytime I get to learn more from the experts, I’m in!!!  When Uncorked Kitchen reached out a few weeks ago inviting me to come to their cooking school, I responded with an enthusiastic YES and invited my friend Brandi to join…

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PB2 Banana Mocha Smoothie | No Thanks to Cake

PB2 Banana Mocha Smoothie

A few weeks ago… I got my very first Nutri Ninja blender! Truth be told, I wasn’t sure I needed this blender, nor that I would use it. Man, I was wrong.  I haven’t stopped using it since I unpacked it (as you’ll see over the next few weeks with my recipes I’m sharing.)  I’m…

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Summertime Sangria | No Thanks to Cake

Summertime Sangria

My friend Bev had a birthday bash over the weekend, and as usual, I couldn’t show up empty-handed. While I had a few salads and slaws come to mind to bring, I remembered a ridiculously delicious sangria I tried at a party with friends last year.  I knew I needed to make it immediately! The…

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