Okay ladies, finally we have an option for jewelry left over from our ex-boyfriends (or girlfriends). ExBoyFriendJewelry.com allows women to put past loves jewelry up for sale. Then, other women (or men) can purchase the jewelry online. Genius!

The New York Times recently wrote an article about this fabulous site that helps women unload their past and make some cash. Sounds like a plan to me! If only I had boyfriend’s who gave me jewelry… 🙂

But, it does beat the pawn shop. Right now the site is being upgraded to handle the recent rise in traffic (once the NY Times covers you, traffic tends to increase). Bookmark the page and check back.


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Coffee shops are the worst! Biscotti, scones and pastries, but rarely gluten-free treats. Today, while having tea at Vivace Cafe in NW Portland, I made a new discovery–Angeline’s Nutty Crunch Bars. Gluten-free, organic and dairy-free–it’s a perfect compliment to an iced peppermint tea (just tell the barista to brew a cup of peppermint tea and then pour over ice-yum!).

Have you tried these bars? Have another favorite cafe treat? Leave your tips here!
-Heather 🙂

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Inspiration comes in a variety of forms. So imagine my surprise when, while watching the Waitress (for a class on Domestic Violence), I became inspired to make a quiche. I heart quiche, but typically it’s loaded with dairy and made on a thick Bisquick kind of crust. Well, not this one. It’s delicious! Even my super picky (and processed food lovin’ sister) loved it!

1 Wholly Wholesome spelt 9″ pie crust
4 cage-free eggs
1 c soy cheese (or Lisanatti almond pepperjack)
1 c unsweetened soy milk
1/2 package of frozen spinach
1.5 c chopped asparagus spears
1 small onion
1 T garlic salt
1 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 350. Mix eggs, cheese and soy milk in medium-size bowl. Set aside. Saute spinach, asparagus, onion, garlic salt and olive oil until cooked through. (Roughly 5 minutes.) Pour veggies into egg mixture and stir well. Pour combined mixture into pie crust. Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of quiche. Season to taste. Enjoy!

P.S. You can eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Pair with a green salad or soup for lunch/dinner.

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For my recent 30th birthday bash, everyone ate cake.

Cupcakes that is.
They were moist, rich and decadent. To top it off, they were wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Use the Cherrybrook Kitchen chocolate cake recipe to make yummy cupcakes. Maximize the recipe (and consume less calories) by making them in mini-muffin tins. OR make gi-normous cupcakes (like the one on top in the picture) for a big special occasion indulgence.

If you’re okay with indulging in some sugar – for special occasions only! – try out the Cherrybrook frosting. I can’t say it’s good for you, but for a once-a-year treat, it’s not bad.

I loved these cupcakes – and so did everyone else, even those who don’t eat wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar.

Do you have a good wheat-free, dairy-free, low sugar cupcake recipe? Tried other Cherrybrook products? Leave a comment here.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Eat something sista! Food is GOOD.

France just passed a body image law that forbids anorexic models to be featured in print/television advertising or on the runways. How freakin’ cool is that?!

Maybe someday, we’ll be as cool as France. Until then, I’m even more excited for my trip there in September. Want to move to France? Check out the French Alliance in Portland.

Let’s rally so that the United States will pass this law as well.
No more super skinny models – yay!

Happy Writing!

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Breakfast is one of those meals that I have to change up routinely. I get burnt out on the same granola or eggs and toast meals. But, one breakfast I never burn out on is Barbara’s Bakery Wheat-Free Peanut Butter Puffins. Puffins rock!

Slice an organic banana and pour vanilla (unsweetened Blue Diamond) almond milk over top. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite wheat-free cereal?
Leave a comment here.

Happy Eating!

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Before Oprah, before the New York Times bestseller list and certainly before every woman in the world wanted to take a trip to Italy, India and Indonesia – I read Eat. Pray. Love.

I saw Elizabeth Gilbert speak at Powell’s books when Eat. Pray. Love. first came out. I wanted to be just like her. Seriously. I even sent her an email asking her to be my mentor (I figured it was worth a shot!). She actually responded, laughing at the thought that anyone would want her to be their mentor.

All the same, she’s a mentor (in theory) for any writer.
And last Thursday, she came to Portland, once again, only to a much bigger audience at the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall.

This time, she was equally amazing, radiant and hilarious. The audience spent half the time laughing. Love her! She also took a stand on a topic that I (and many women) often face alone – that of being a woman who chooses not to procreate. But now, next time a woman looks at me confused, I’ll tell her to ask Elizabeth about it. She had a far more eloquent way of explaining that some of us are not here in this life to procreate – we are here to do other things. And that’s okay. Go E.G!

In addition, I had the pleasure of seeing the poet, Lucille Clifton, speak tonight. At 71, she is as incredible as ever. She made us laugh, but most importantly, she made us think.

Neither of these two events could have been possible without the fabulous Literary Arts in Portland, Ore. They regularly bring world-renowned authors and poets to our city. For that, I am so very grateful. Both women inspired and encouraged me, simply by their presence.

Have you seen Elizabeth Gilbert or Lucille Clifton? Or do you have writers that you wish were your mentors? Leave a comment here.

Happy writing!
Heather 🙂

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As most of you know, I love bars. In fact, I like to think of myself as a bar connoisseur.

Recently, I stumbled upon Zing Bars. Yum-a-saurus! Not surprisingly, these tasty treats were created by genius nutritionists from the Pacific Northwest.

The all-natural bars come in three flavors – Blueberry Almond (gluten-free), Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (wheat-free) and Chocolate Peanut Butter (gluten-free). While I’m not a huge fruit bar fan (it usually doesn’t taste much like fruit!), the Blueberry Almond is one of my favorites and perfect for a late morning snack.

None of the bars affected my sensitive tummy, despite containing some whey protein. If you have a very strong allergy to dairy and react to most dairy items (I can handle yogurt and some cheeses), I would proceed with caution. If you don’t have a dairy allergy and are looking for an organic, wheat-free and all-natural bar – then Zing Bars are for you.

I’m so pleased to have discovered a tasty addition to my bar collection. Yay!
Unfortunately, Zing Bars are only available in one Portland store, but I hope that will change soon…

Have you tried Zing Bars? What did you think? Have a yummy bar recommendation? Post it here.

Happy Eating!

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I turned 30 last week and had the most fabulous birthday of my life. Jim (better known as “the man!”) threw me a lovely party with some of my closest friends at Henry’s in downtown Portland. He made wheat-free cupcakes (delish!), a rockstar poster that everyone signed and a gorgeous collage. Friends from high school, present day and even my dad made an appearance. After the party, a few of us (and you know who you are) headed over to Aura for some serious (and sexy) purse dancing. Who knew 30 could be so wonderful?!

I truly believe in the power of celebration. For the day leading up to the party, I treated myself to some of my favorite things – a new hairdo (caramel highlights!), pedicure and manicure with one of my closest friends, a massage (courtesy of Jim, my dad, Amanda and Alison – two of my sisters) and a night’s stay at Hotel Monaco, one of Portland’s shee-shee hotels. The actual day of my b-day, March 23, I spent in Oceanside, Ore. – my favorite beach.

Whether or not you have a birthday celebration, an anniversary or you just snagged a gig from a publication you’ve been eager to write for – celebrate. And make it big! It’s so important to enjoy these moments in our lives. They DO matter and who we share it with is even more valuable.

Thank you to everyone that celebrated the big 3-0 with me, and a gi-normous shout out to Jim who truly made it my best b-day ever.

Much love & happy writing!
Heather 🙂

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I LOVE the crock pot – it’s the best way to “cook,” so I was thrilled to create this wheat-free, dairy-free dish. Feel free to experiment with seasoning on this one (not my specialty).

10 oz. brown rice pasta, boiled for 8 min. (so not fully cooked) and drained. (Try Trader Joe’s.)
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
2 T garlic salt
3 T Tofutti cream cheese
8 oz. rice milk
2 cans Albacore tuna

Boil rice pasta for 8 minutes, drain and place in bottom of crock pot. Saute onion, celery stalk and olive oil. Add 1 T garlic salt. Once golden grown, add rice milk and Toffuti. Stir until Tofutti is mixed in. Add tuna. Mix well. Pour mixture on top of pasta in crock pot. Add 1 T garlic. Heat on low for 3.5 hours. Season as necessary.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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