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  Healthy holiday cookies : Carrot Oat Cookies – sponsored by Heinen’s

Hello friends and happy holiday season to all of us! Wasn’t yesterdays warmer weather simply divine? We finally got all of the leaves up from our front yard it was awesome. We also got most of the house decorated this weekend which is a pretty awesome considering that decorating with a 4-year-old means decorating and then decorating again once he goes to bed…haha! We also hopped around to some of the holiday, maker sales including the awesome show at Lake Effect Studios, the studios at the Art Craft Building and it wouldn’t be a holiday without the annual Hot Toddy Party at the Banyan Tree in Tremont. Let’s just say, I got a great jump on checking off my shopping list!

Yesterday I also did a bunch of my weekly meal prep while the guys were watching the Browns game in the living room. Typically I make ahead, hard boiled eggs, I cut up and roast a bunch of veggies for mid-week salads and I grill chicken breasts also for salads. I always feel so accomplished when these basic prep things are done as I enter a busy week.

This week with the holidays just around the corner I decided to try my hand at a healthy, holiday cookie. One that I might be able to bring with me to friends parties, school gatherings and even grab for a breakfast treat…enter the Carrot Oat Cookies.

This cookie is not that sweet, super moist and tastes almost like you are eating a slice of carrot cake, minus the frosting. It has the standard, gluten-free chewy consistency which I personally really enjoy… fewer crumbs for my car commute to work.

Thanks to Heinen’s for asking me to participate in their holiday cookie bake-off. Cheers to shopping local and supporting Cleveland’s local grocer in your holiday shopping needs! If you were looking to make them even sweeter I might add a cup of the Nestlé mini chocolate morsels…I bet our little guy might like them even better…next batch! I hope you enjoy the recipe below, happy holiday baking!

– 1 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
– 1/2 cup brown rice flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– a pinch of sea salt
– 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (you could substitute melted unsalted butter if you don’t like to cook with coconut oil)
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
– 1 cup freshly grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350º and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer or KitchenAid, use the paddle attachment and mix together the coconut oil, vanilla, egg, and maple syrup. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, brown rice flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Fold in the carrots. Place your bowl of batter in the fridge for 20 minutes or more. This will help your cookies from melting too fast and becoming too flat. Scoop dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 15minutes or until they are golden brown. Allow to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Heinen’s for inviting me to explore healthy holiday baking. Thanks for supporting Heinen’s, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Picnic in Public Square with Heinens


Good morning! Today I am excited to share with you some wonderful images from our “Picnic in Public Square”  from last week. I invited a handful of friends to meet up after work downtown in the new(ish) Public Square for an after work happy hour picnic. I brought cheese and crackers, some incredible apricots, watermelon & clementines, summer ales, homemade sandwiches, a few cookies and some layered blueberry & lemon parfaits, it was delicious.


Public Square was the perfect setting for our urban meet up. There was plenty of parking after the work crowd rolled out of downtown and the park was rather quiet. It was an incredible setting to be enjoying nature in the middle of skyscrapers and historical buildings, I think we all had one of those “I can’t believe this is Cleveland!” kind of “ah ha moments” while we all enjoyed our evening together.


Heinen’s had reached out and offered me a $100 gift card to put together a picnic with everything from their store. I love their produce department so buying fruits and veggies was super easy. They also have a great wine and beer department so finding just the right six pack for our outing was very fun…not how cute is this can? I found some great little baguettes and ended up making each of us basil, arugula, prosciutto, tomatoe and fresh mozzarella sandwiches…including a touch of Lemon Herb Aioli from Stonewall Kitchen; also sourced from Heinen’s.

75897For dessert I had to do something with ball jars and so I filled them with blueberries and then whipped up some lemon pudding which was dolloped on top. I also bought small orange shortbread cookies which were quote the treat.  The wrapped sandwiches and ball jar parfaits were made the night before and we keep in a cooler while I was at work awaiting our picnic fun.


So, the moral of this story is that as we enter August there is still PLENTY of summer left to plan your picnic outing with your friends. Pick a fun location, plan an easy menu and spend the time outdoors with your friends!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Heinen’s who invited me to host a summer picnic as part of their social outreach. I received a $100 gift card to Heinen’s in exchange for my post. Thanks for supporting this local business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Feeling French (with new wines from Heinen’s!)


Hey friends. Hope everyone had a great weekend and an awesome Monday /Tuesday to get the week started. This past one was a quiet weekend for me and Baby Ninja, but honestly with the cold temps and the rainy Saturday it was a great excuse to stay inside and get caught up on a few house things …including pulling out a few fall sweaters. Seriously, can we talk about how fall fashions are the best? I love colored tights in bright hues, and how about a new slouchy sweater over a pair of comfy boyfriend jeans…bring on fall I am ready for you.

You know what else I love about fall? All the fall wines that will soon be popping up on the shelves of your local grocer. I’m not talking about just any new wines..I am especially interested in the French wines that are being imported from across the pond especially for Heinen’s and for us to buy and enjoy this fall.


Recently I was invited to attend a very informative wine tasting hosted by the wine enthusiasts at Heinen’s to show and share their new French wine offerings. Not only were the varietals delicious and unique, but each bottle was affordable and totally an option for a weeknight dinner pairing. French wines are known to be on the more pricey side, but the team at Heinen’s have used their relationships with the actual wineries to make great French wines at an affordable cost for all of their grocery stores in the area, you’ve got to pick up a few bottles next time you stop in. Happy fall everyone, happy French wines to all.


I was invited to attend a French Wine Tasting at Heinen’s as part of their public relations efforts. Thanks for supporting these local businesses that allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  …Bring MAY flowers!


Hey friends, hope your weekend, your Mother’s Day festivities and this fabulous spring-summer weekend has been good to you. These last few days we have been busy at our house prepping for our big party. Tons of cleaning, shopping and a bunch of spring gardening.

The other day when I stopped into Heinen’s (for the awesome salad bar) I noted all of the flowers were in bloom and ready for planting. Everything from faux-flourescent hanging plants to lots of herbs for the smaller kitchen gardens: they had something for every level of gardener.

It’s that time of year friends, the annual  “Celebrate Spring” event at all  Heinen’s locations. Even if you don’t have much of a green thumb introduce yourself to the ladies in the garden department and they can help you pick the perfect plants for your home spring planting project.

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I bought a few rosemary plants, some basil, a small container of mint (mojitos anyone?) and even got them planted over the weekend.

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So if you are in the planting mode AND you need some wine and cheese, swing into your local Heinen’s for a bit of spring fun.

I was invited to experience the “Celebrate Spring” flower happening at Heinen’s including a gift certificate to purchase a plant as part of their marketing efforts. Thanks for supporting the organization that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Weekend fun!


Hey friends! No matter what someone might say, there is NEVER a dull moment int the CLE! This upcoming weekend is filled with two of my favorite things…Champagne bubbles and decorating stories from some of the best in the business Chip and his lovely wife Joanna Gaines from the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper.

This week marks the first annual Idea Stream Week of Wine. Celebrating wines and wine making this event is hosted by WVIZ/PBS and Heinen’s. While there are a few great signature tasting events, Friday nights champagne tasting event looks the best to me. I mean, who can turn down multiple tastes of bubbles paired with hor’doeuvres by many of Clevelands best chefs. $75 tickets are still available…get yours today!

If bubbly is not your thing…perhaps you’re into home design and remodeling…enter this weekend Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo. Friday through Sunday at the new Cleveland Convention Center you can hang with many of  Northeast Ohio’s best contractors and designers to talk “all things home.” PLUS my favorite HGTV design couple Chip and Joanna Gaines will be there to talk about how to take your house and make it feel like home. Chip and Joanna are obviously talented design experts but I also really enjoy their quirky chemistry with one another. For appearance times and tickets visit their site.

So, while you are starting to make weekend plans don’t miss out on these two fun events. I look forward to drinking many bubbles and geeking out at the show with you…Cheers!