About

I’m a spabettie. I’ve been a Spa Director since college and a spa-goer even longer!  My spa career includes the construction phase and opening of a large resort tennis club and spa, directing large capacity spas, spa business and software consulting. I have a wellness approach to spa – that it is more of a necessary maintenance, not only an indulgence. I infuse this philosophy into both atmosphere and treatment, and find it all extremely exhilarating and healing!

I believe my philosophy on spa is translated to my outlook on life, fitness and nutrition – clean eating and fun movement balanced with the right amount of indulgence.

 

I found a passion for creating in the kitchen at an early age, standing on a stool to reach the counter. I designed kitchens out of sand in my backyard sandbox. In college, I created elaborate dinner parties every weekend and invited my friends to enjoy. I bought cookbooks and equipment and taught myself to cook!

Several years ago, I talked myself into a store director position with a well known European deli and bakery here in Portland, and in addition to my duties I enjoyed attending classes from knife skills to baking, including laminated dough! I sometimes arrived at 4am to bake the croissants we made the day before. All of it was a major learning experience and I loved every minute! 

I love to create (mostly!) healthy recipes with vibrant fresh foods. I loosely follow an anti-inflammatory diet, and prefer to eat very clean and organic, leaving room for indulgence. I like the challenge of making a regular recipe vegan and or gluten free, and creating recipes from scratch. I have also proofed and tested recipes for several cookbooks, and have ideas for my own cookbook.

We live in beautiful Portland, Oregon, a city known for fabulous restaurants, carts, general food love. We enjoy dining out – there is always a new place to discover! Beautiful Portland also has much to offer the active person: miles of biking and running trails, awesome ski resorts and beautiful beaches. I played tennis, skied and ran my way through youth and college. (I started barefoot running on the track in jr. high!).

I love to connect with my readers, please leave comments or email me anytime!

Cheers!

 

Kristina, aka spabettie

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1 Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife June 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Thanks for visiting my blog! I like trying to make new recipes too! The best of us fail all the time :-)

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2 Helene June 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I’m jealous, I have always wanted a job like that, I would love to work in a spa…

I am interested in your Advocare and I just sent you a DM on twitter about it.

I love your blog and your positive outlook, and am really happy to have found it, thank you!

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3 dorrybird June 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

I’ve always wanted to visit Portland! The furthest NW I’ve been in San Fran. So glad to have come across your blog. I’ll be visiting daily :)

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4 foodcreate June 16, 2010 at 6:11 am

Love your blog…can’t wait to visit your spa ..sound like your having a lot fun doing what you love..Thank you for visiting ..my food site …have a lovely day :)

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5 Meg June 22, 2010 at 7:31 am

Hiii! I love your blog! I’m GF and I love the recipes I’ve seen on here, AND have a doxie!! Ahh :)

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6 Erin at Thehealthyapron July 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

OOO you live in Portland? I really want to go there! A coworker of mine just moved there! I hear it’s wonderful!

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7 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair July 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I’m coming to Portland in October to run a marathon! Can’t wait to explore what sounds like an amazing city!!

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8 spabettie July 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

which marathon?

are you here for a few days? we should try to meet! :)

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9 EmbraceYourSkin July 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I just saw the comment above me from Amber about coming to Portland to run a marathon in October… and I’m guessing it’s the Portland Marathon on Oct. 10? If so, I will be in town for it too! We should have a mass blogger meetup!

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10 spabettie July 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

we should ABSOLUTELY do that!! :)

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11 lisaou11 July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I follow you on Twitter and just now found your blog (at least, I think I follow you on twitter..that pic looks familiar!!

I love your daschund in your header…I have a choc and tan mini weenie!

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12 spabettie July 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

hello!! :) I just saw a photo of cute Milla !! :) I really need to start a doxie – blogger page! :)

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13 hundredtenpounds July 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I added you to my list of blogs to read! LOVE fellow Portlanders!

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14 Ilana July 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm

every time i read your blog name i read it as “spaghetti” but with a b. i have no idea if that’s what you intended but it makes me giggle every time

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15 spabettie July 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm

You are SO funny. I know you have said that to me before… :)

at one of my big spas, the entire spa staff was female, and we referred to the group as betties. spa betties :D

it kinda stuck with me.

I’m a Spa Bettie.

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16 happytalesblog January 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I used to read it that way, too!!! Welp, now I know what the “spa” is for, now!

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17 jacqueline July 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I just wanted to thank you, Kristina, for being an inspiration. After our twitter conversation and getting to know you better, I am amazed by your courage and positive outlook.

You are my favorite blog, and truly inspiring, knowing your whole story.

I love your recipes – it seems like you have fun with and are successful in recreating recipes in a gluten free and vegan way -

I recently finished jonathan safran foer’s EATING ANIMALS -

ON YOUR recommendation -

and am attempting to eat vegan as much as possible.

raeding your blog and using your recipes helps with this, and I wanted to again say

THANK YOU.

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18 Stephanie@ avocado nation July 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Dude!! You have the best job ever!! How did you get into that? While I wish I could describe myself as “spa-goer”, I am more of a “wish I was a spa-goer.” Someday. Also, I love that pic. It looks like those two people are carrying you on their shoulders. If that is true, I definitely want to go that spa in particular.

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19 Katie July 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Love your blog and love the color!! Im such a pink lover!!!

I love finding new blogs, and like you love reading so many blogs!!

Have a great day!!!!

I have never been to Oregon but heard it is beautiful!

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20 ReadersHeaven September 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

Hi, nice to meet you !

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21 krismoconnor October 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Hello Ms Spa… or is that Ms Bettie? LOL Nice to tweet-meet you and connect via the blogosphere!

Goat cheese… I have a goat farm like 3 miles from me… Life is good!

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22 spabettie October 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

well Hello new friend !! :) thanks for stopping by – I just opened your blog, and WEE ! same theme! ;) I’m off to read more now!

goat farm = Jealous spabettie !! :D

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23 Jaclyn (Ananda Prana) October 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I love your blog and I’m so glad I found it through Twitter! Um and your job sounds fabulous!! :)

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24 sarahnotsoplainandtall November 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

HI!! I just found your blog and wanted to say HI!!!
My DREAM goal in life is to one day open a destination holistic retreat spa where people can come to relax, recharge, and nurture their bodies!! I will be sure to follow you now! :)
would love for you to check out my blog as well…im fairly new so Im still learning the ropes :)
sarahnotsoplainandtall.wordpress.com/
@healthymodel

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25 Lakia Pearson November 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Such a cute blog Spa Bettie, I’m so glad I found it via Twitter! I’m also a lover of all things “spa” which inspired me to start a blog as well, so I look forward to reading your posts!!!

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26 Kristina @ Life as Kristina December 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

It’s very rare that I find someone w/the same spelling, so hello fellow Kristina:) I found your blog after you made those amazing ornaments for Caitlin! Glad to have discovered it-I love it!

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27 spabettie December 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

well, HELLO, Kristina with a K !! :D yes, you are probably like me in that you don’t even try to correct the CH anymore? Thanks for coming by, I look forward to learning more about another K !

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28 Christin@purplebirdblog February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm

This is funny to me because people always want to spell my name with a K and pronounce it Christine, lol :)

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29 spabettie February 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm

YES !! people almost always spell my name with a C… AND… call me Christine. or Christin.

…whatevs. I don’t correct.

also? some people (here) call me Betty! :D I LOVE it!!

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30 Dorry January 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Is this updated? I think possible so. I love it. Every word. And I love that smiling picture, too. And I love YOU.

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31 spabettie January 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I am in the middle of UPDATING to my new blog!! you caught me mid – sprucing! :) XXO I love YOU too!! We had SUCH an awesome day today, yes?? XXO

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32 Amanda @ The Artsy Kitchen February 17, 2011 at 5:47 am

I love your blog!! Now I need a trip to the spa soon!! way overdue.

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33 spabettie February 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

thank you Amanda, and thanks for saying hello! yes, I need to get to the spa myself… a “tune up” of a deep tissue massage and pedicure should do it… :D

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34 Nellie (The Midlife Cruiser) March 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

BOO!! The computer troll swallowed my last comment up whole. I wasn’t even finished with it!! Sneaky bastard!

Ok, I’m over it! I just wanted to say hi, and thank you for stopping by my blog. Miz Cotter Crunch is someone I keep going back to read because I like her outlook on life. I’m glad you found me through her, and that you left your blog address so I could find out more about YOU! From reading your old posts, it sounds like you’d love the nomad lifestyle. You would have so much time to create the great food I see you make on your blog!

You could even take Jillian with you :) LOL!

Hope you stay in touch!
Nellie

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35 spabettie March 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

YAAAY ! hello! :D yes, Lindsay has an awesome outlook and attitude… I was so excited to find your blog through her – as I said to her earlier, you are a RIOT ! :) your blog is a fun read – you know how you “meet” people in this crazy online world and have a feeling you’d be friends in real life? :D

I am VERY excited to follow along – and as soon as Jason gets home tonight I am going to talk to him about when we can take an extended 3 or 4 month vacation… WEE !

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36 spabettie March 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

oh! and – I also have a pink snuggie. …that Basil (dachshund) likes to steal. the photo of him in my blog header? sittin’ on my snug.

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37 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Maddie the cat has a hot pink snuggie — Basil needs his own too! FACT! =)

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38 spabettie March 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

yes, yes he does. ;) XXO !

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39 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

After “seeing” you in numerous blog comment sections (particularly Heather WTB) – I thought I’d stop by and say hello! :)

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40 spabettie April 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

hello Courtney! thank you for coming by! I went to check out your blog, and it is now in my reader :) I love YOUR take on granola… I definitely have granola tendencies! Have a great day and Cheers!

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41 green thumb anna April 8, 2011 at 12:08 am

nice photo – looks like fun!!!!

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42 i love papayas April 8, 2011 at 12:09 am

I would love to work in a spa all day!!!!

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43 Sayward April 10, 2011 at 10:54 am

Hello! I just found your site and it’s gorgeous, so fun and full of delicious foodie inspiration (I’m a fellow food blogger). I was just going to lurk around and not comment, but then I saw that you live in Portland. Yay P-town! So, hello fellow blogger and fellow Portlander. =)

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44 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

helloooo! thank you for saying hello and stepping out from behind the lurking curtain! :D I am adding your blog to my reader, because in a VERY short visit I have learned: 1) you have THE CUTEST baby! 2) we share a love of matcha tea AND wheatgrass… I love wg shots! 3) your husband may know a couple of Jason’s coworkers (who have played in pool tournaments at Lincoln City…) needless to say I am looking forward to reading and learning more! Cheers, Happy Sunday!

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45 Sayward April 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

Oh wow, small world! The pool scene is pretty small up here, I bet they’ve met.

Awesome to stumble across your blog. I’m adding you to mt reader as well. Your photography is spectacular! Okay, back to browsing your posts. =)

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46 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm

VERY small world! :D thanks for the photo complimenting – :) I’m learning a fun new hobby and I love it!

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47 Stray May 25, 2011 at 6:16 am

Ah so that’s where your name comes from! at first i thought it was from spaghetti, silly me!

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48 Emma May 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I find your blog so inspiring! Especially the day after my “unhealthy days”…when I need to get back on track, I just look at the juices you make and I’m back on my feet. Cheers!

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49 Allison @ PickyEatingRD June 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! I will be sure to check back on yours as soon as I get back from vacay!

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50 Cara August 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

You are my new favorite!!! :) Seriously. I am so inspired by your recipes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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51 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

wow, THANK YOU, Cara! you just made my night! :D

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52 Janessa August 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I just found your blog from gojee and LOVE It!! I am trying vegetarian and also cutting back on gluten, so I’ve got a great resource here with you, thank you!!

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53 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

thank you, Janessa! I received your email too – replied! thanks for reaching out, please let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you!!

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54 Eden September 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I love your blog; I just found it from gojee where I saw several recipes including those spinach pancakes – yum! I agree with the person who suggested a DONATE BUTTON since many probably use your great recipes as much as a cookbook they would purchase. :)

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55 Laura September 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

hello! I just found your blog, searching for a vegan + gluten free cheesecake (which I made and is WONDERFUL). I have been vegan for almost a year, just starting to cut gluten. I feel you will be much of a help, thankyou!!

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56 spabettie September 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

thank YOU, Laura!! so happy you liked the cheesecake :) good luck with reducing gluten and PLEASE connect anytime!

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57 Shari November 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I love this website, your wit, your dachshund (I had one growing up, BEST dogs!), your pictures and your food! I just read through a lot of publishings, you make me want to: juice, try gluten free, get a dachshund, stretch myself with my camera, cook more, you are inspirational, bettie! thank you, Shari

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58 spabettie November 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

hi Shari! thank you for the sweet message – you made my morning! please keep in touch, let me know if you start juicing, get a dachshund, all of it! :D Cheers! Kristina

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59 Shannon Oz November 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

new reader here and just had to tell you how much I am enjoying! I have a long list of recipes bookmarked and cant wait to get started. your dog is very cute as well.

thank you!!

Shan

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60 spabettie November 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

thank YOU, Shannon! I’m happy to hear this – you will have to keep in touch and let me know what you make!

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61 Health Bee November 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I love your blog. You’re so lucky to live in beautiful Portland!

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62 spabettie November 14, 2011 at 7:10 am

thank you so much! and we feel very lucky to live here, we love it! :D

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63 Sandi November 17, 2011 at 7:09 am

wonderful site here, Kristina! thank you for all you do.

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64 Lana November 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

how do you get a spa job? I have always thought that would be a great place to work, so relaxing? I just found your website while researching hemp seeds. I am excited to read more!

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65 Alla November 25, 2011 at 6:28 am

just found your blog and love it! your dahscound is very cute too!!

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66 Jenna Sweeney November 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

hello Kristina, I am a fellow dachshund friend and native to the beautiful PacNW! I currently live in Montana but grew up in Portland, so I am loving that aspect of your blog. I am a new vegetarian, and some of your recipes sound very good and I think they will help the transition, I like that you use real foods more than the fake meats (although sometimes you want that!).

I look forward to reading more, I have bookmarked your site. Thank you!

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67 Callie November 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

I LOVE your blog!! I am new to the blog world, I emailed you my link I don’t want you to think I’m using your blog to get views to mine. :) I have been wanting to start mine for a while, and you are one of a few that inspire me!!
I have been vegetarian all my life, and vegan many years. Old hat for me, though I still get the standard confrontations. I love your approach, how you rarely talk about it and “don’t use labels aside from recipes”, and I especially love your professional way of dealing with the bad comments and those radicals who give us a bad name.
Just wanted to say hello here, even though I emailed you too :D
-Callie

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68 Jean December 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

your photos are gorgeous and your recipes straightforward and delicious. I have made several bean balls and the spinach pancakes are next. you do a lot with cashews and I can’t have them LOL, but I envy the recipes all the same.

Thank you, Jean M

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69 Eleah January 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hi! I just found you through Janetha’s post and wanted to say hi as I am also from Portland. Always fun to find local bloggers. I have a juicer but rarely use it… but just looking through your juice post is making me want to pull it out!

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70 spabettie January 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

hello Eleah! I have seen your blog name (probably in comments on other blogs – it stands out to me because I love the name!), and now I will go check it out – I had no idea you were from Portland! Cheers – hope you are staying dry ;)

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71 Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hi! I think I haven’t commented here yet, but I’ve been reading your blog regularly for quite a while, and I absolutely love it! :D

You seem to be a little whimsical in some regards (in the best way!), and I can relate to that a lot. For example, I have a strange (new) habit of cooking whole chicken in my pressure cooker at weeknights. (I used to cook chicken before, but not the whole bird, so this is new.) I also spend most of my money on chicken (since I buy them organic), and I dream of adopting a chicken one day (not for eating, though, to make an exception once in a while). I think I also need a plush chicken. I have a lot of plush animals, but no chicken. That has to change!

So, I think we have *a lot* in common, and I’m very determined to be one of your best friends from now on, because we are so similar. What do you think?

I must also say that I *love* all your recipes! :D In particular, because they’re sooooooooooo versatile and easy to adjust! For example, some of your ingredients don’t go well with me (I have food allergies), or they’re not my favorites. But I imagine it will be very easy to just exchange them all for chicken! :D I could switch all the tofu, edamame, corn, quinoa, peanuts, maple syrup, flour, and even chocolate (!!) in for chicken! Wouldn’t that be awesome? :D You see, it’s soooooo easy! (I feel really inspired now.) :D

I also see that you have a dog. (Hello! :)) Well, at least I don’t eat dogs, so he’ll be safe from me. Heh. I actually like your dog very much (again, not for eating). He’s so cute! (Does he like chicken, btw?)

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72 Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Oh, and I also *love* that there’s a blender in the background of the picture that shows you as a little one! :D Until recently, I must admit I didn’t even know what a blender was. 8O And now it’s one of my favorite kitchen helpers! :D (I still have to try a chicken smoothie, though. One day! :D)

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73 Jason February 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Awesome website you have here, it is in my greader now!

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74 Jillian@whiskeydrinkinchimneysweep.com March 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Do you have a po box for to receive something somethings?

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75 Krista April 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I like your site, is there a recipe index?

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76 Grandma Wrinkles April 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

I have to ask again for a donate $$ button, as many recipes I have enjoyed of yours I feel I should have bought the book by now. you put so many into this website for so many, I want to return the favour.

DMW

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77 sandra May 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

would you mind emailing me I have questions and really love your sight. used a couple recipe aleady and want to ask you some questions, thanks

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78 Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run January 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

Wow you really seem to have a passion for cooking and baking :) That’s quite a commitment to be at the bakery by 4am- very impressive :D

Excited to read your blog and I’m interested in your barefoot running transition ^^

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79 Kristina Sloggett January 15, 2013 at 11:41 am

hi Nadiya!

funny you should say that about the barefoot running – I am adding a new series of “wellness” posts where I talk about things from fitness to spa to healthy life – and the barefoot running is one I am working on! :)

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