Tuesday Tidbits

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Time for the first Tuesday Tidbits of the year and I`m so excited to introduce our featured blogger today because I`m obsessing over her gorgeous, healthy dishes!  Michelle Miller is an American expat living in Kuala Lumpur where she creates healthy recipes using loads of fresh produce.   Living in Malaysia provides Michelle with a wealth of new and unusual ingredients and her dishes are bursting with flavor.  Her photography is simply stunning and I know you’re going to love her.  Michelle is also an avid hiker and traveller and shares beautiful pictures of her adventures.  So many great reasons to visit her site!

Now let’s check out some of her unique creations!  This first dish led to my discovery of Michelle’s blog.  I saw it on Foodgawker and knew I had to see more….

Butternut Millet Spinach Salad | Vitamin Sunshine

Butternut, Millet and Spinach Salad  from Vitamin Sunshine

This photography blows me away each time I look at it.  I want to dive in and devour this sumptuous salad. Not only are her recipes delicious but Michelle shares valuable information about nutrition.  It’s crucial that we pay attention to what’s going on in our bodies and Michelle helps us on that path.

Crockpot Chicken Sausage Spaghetti Sauce | Vitamin Sunshine

 Crockpot Chicken Sausage Spaghetti Sauce {Paleo, Low Carb}  from Vitamin Sunshine

Confession – I am completely obsessed with this spaghetti sauce and I can’t wait to make it!  Michelle doesn’t have access to some of the fruits and veggies she grew up on but recently found spaghetti squash and used it with this amazing sauce.  You can have this decadent dish without the guilt!  Confession #2 – I love spaghetti and I could eat it every single day and now I just might!


 SW Butternut and Quinoa Soup from Vitamin Sunshine

 I think I was drawn to Michelle’s blog because we think exactly the same way about healthy eating.  You can have fabulous taste without a lot of work or expense.  Whole foods will give you the energy to sustain you throughout the day and not leave you with headaches, cravings or bloated feelings.  Her beautiful recipes will have your creative juices flowing and you’ll be hooked like I am!

Thanks so much, Michelle, for sharing with us today.  It was truly a pleasure introducing you to my readers!BorderUntitled

Since we’re on the topic of healthy eating, here is a very helpful list of 30 Sugar Substitutes for Any and Every Possible Situation from Greatist.com.   Some of these natural substitutes will surprise you.  Let’s do our best to eliminate refined sugar from our diet this year.  It’s addictive, can suppress your immune system and can contribute to diabetes just to name a few.


I was thrilled last week to have Greatist include my popcorn recipe in their round-up of 30 Healthy Popcorn Recipes That Satisfy Every Craving.  I love this website.  It’s full of healthy eating and living articles and the reading is very entertaining.



One of my projects for the new year is to start a glossary of fresh herbs on the site.  It will include the nutritional properties, it’s uses in cooking and eating raw, and how to grow it.  You know how I love to nag you about including these in your recipes!  Until then, here’s a guide from Jessica Seinfeld at Do It Delicious.  (yes, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife!)



Since we’re spending so much time in the kitchen today, I thought I’d share this outstanding post from Architectural Digest of Perfect Kitchens for Holiday Entertaining.   I think this first one is my all time favorite – so cozy!


The colours and textures of this room have me sold!  What about you?


Light and airy with high ceilings gets me every time.  Is this your favorite?


Traditional is always beautiful and this wood cabinetry is gorgeous.

Click here for more stunning kitchens.


Ok, let’s go outside and explore these lighthouses that you can book for your next vacation.  I’ve always had a thing for lighthouses and these ones are very special.


About halfway down the Oregon coast is this 120-year-old lighthouse, restored in 2011 to accommodate tourists as well as seafarers. The nearby keepers’ cottages serve as a bed and breakfast, with rooms ranging from $133–$315 a night. The Mariner’s Room I & II provide the best view of the waves crashing on the rocks 61 metres below.


NORTH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE, Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, Wash.

Don’t let the name fool you: Cape Disappointment is anything but. The 112-year-old lighthouse is a great escape to the southwestern-most corner of Washington state, where you’ll feel so secluded — there’s little to no cell service — you may go into tech withdrawal.
Click here for more Lighthouse Vacations.
If you love the outdoors, perhaps you’d like to live in a treehouse.  There’s nothing like bringing nature into your home.  How fun!
If you are trying to find ways to get your kids off their tech devices and spend more family time outside then you’ll want to check out Outdoor Families Magazine.  OFM launches in t-minus 2 days (January 15, 2015) and it will be a free digital magazine that encourages families toward lifelong appreciation of outside spaces. The magazine, available at http://www.outdoorfamiliesonline.com will strive to enrich the lives of multi-generational families worldwide by providing unparalleled outdoor and adventure related content meant to inspire a connection to, participation in, and stewardship of the natural world.

To commemorate their inaugural issue January 15, 2015, Outdoor Families Magazine will also launch the “Great Family Adventure” Photo Contest, inviting  families from around the world to show off their awesome family adventures pictures! At the end of the two week contest, they’ll be presenting one lucky family with a two-night stay and three adventure-packed days on southern California’s Central Coast in the city of Oxnard, gateway to the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. In addition, the finalists will receive cool prizes from ten other awesome outdoor retailers including Hi-Tec footwear and Sierra Trading Post.

One of our very early Tidbits features was Jennifer Fontaine and she is one of the founders of this magazine!  Jennifer has the beautiful blog Mommy Hiker and she shared her gorgeous Orange Cilantro Yellowfin Tuna Salad with us.  Not only has she been busy developing and executive producing a pretty awesome new television series but now she has launched her own online publication.  Does this lady ever sleep?  I can hardly wait to read this – such a great idea!  Wishing you all the success in the world, Jennifer!
Just a reminder – if you are pinning, please do so from the original post, not from here.  Thanks!
And you know I love to send you on your way with a smile so I thought I’d include this adorable pic.  Everyone needs a hug!
Have a great day, everyone!






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    Anita Rivera
    January 13, 2015 at 6:06 am

    BIG LOVE! OH, how I adore horses, and when they seem to show affection, it just makes me smile. I love when they nuzzle their muzzle on you, or wiggle it for you. Ever seen that? It’s a hoot!

    HI ROBYN! YUMALISH…..I don’t have much time these days for much, and I wish I could make every recipe you share. So full of sunshine and goodness that I want to get into me as much as possible!

    Have a sunshine-filled day sweet one! Anita

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    January 13, 2015 at 7:26 am

    It was an honor to meet Michelle, thank you for introducing us to her and her amazing recipes. I am with you, her photography blew me away with its beauty!

    I am looking forward to your glossary of herbs. I have always wanted to have an herb garden….maybe this year I will 🙂

    Thinking of you, sweet friend. Hugs!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    January 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Hello Robyn and good evening! I hope as I am writing this note you are packed and ready and off for an awesome getaway. I love Tuesday Tidbits and so glad you have restarted with the new year. Thank you for introducing us to Michelle. I love her recipes and looking forward to giving her a visit. I would give anything for any 3 of those gorgeous kitchen but the first one really is nice. Is that a walk in pantry in the back? I also love cooking with spices and herbs and as a matter of fact I have so many that had to find a new storage solution a couple of weeks ago. I have some fresh herbs growing on my kitchen window seal and want to plant more soon. I just love snipping off some fresh herbs and clipping them into my dishes , they taste so much better this way, don’t you think? Great post…sharing of course!
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    Christin @ Blue Crab Martini
    January 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Cheers for the return of Tuesday Tidbits! What a lovely blog, I can’t wait to pop over and check out her recipes (they look delicious)! Have a wonderful vacation and take lots of pictures so those of us stuck in the freezing cold can live vicariously through you 🙂
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    January 13, 2015 at 11:34 am

    So glad you brought back Tuesday Tidbits! It always brightens my day and gives a little nudge of encouragement. Today’s recipes look so good. I can’t wait to try them. Blessings to you on the rest of your week!
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    January 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Awesome post! I love discovering new blogs. Thanks for introducing us to so many today. I clicked on 30 popcorn recipes and it led me to 30 sugar substitutes-I already had been there. I just thought you’d want to know. About the first recipe, I saw one like it on TV with roasted yams and spinach. KCET’s P. Allen Smith ‘Garden to Table’ show.

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    January 13, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Robyn! I love your Tidbits posts– honored to be a part of this one!
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    January 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Robyn, so happy to see Tuesday Tidbits. So much fun and inspiration. I agree, those food photos from your featured blogger look amazing! I love looking at houses and spaces. It would be so cool to own many so we can have different look. I hope you are enjoying yourself. Lots of love from W.W. xo
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