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    Photo credit: Julie Clancy/Getty
    You may recall a past article “Brussels sprouts are SO out…” Well, guess what? They’re back!  Surprised? Us too!
    But here’s what we found Associate Food Editor, Rachel Tepper bragging on behalf of Brussels Sprouts about:
    When he was in his 20s, Momofuku chef David Chang began […]

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    In honor of Small Business Week we would like to publicly thank all of our amazing customers who have given us, at Off Your Plate the privilege of working with you.  We started this company 5 years ago because we love helping busy people regain control of their living rooms, closets, offices, moving details, time, sanity, and most impor […]

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    We were looking for another way to celebrate Easter in a lovely and natural way.  Here’s what we found.  Enjoy!
    From Tim and Mary. A pair of creatives with really interesting ideas and a great story.

    One of our favorite traditions this time of year is decorating Easter eggs. As children, we’d buy the brightly colored cardboard […]

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    Here’s what we’re serving and in the same order…. with a few repeats of #1 =)
    1. Tanqueray Easter Sour
    A refreshing Easter cocktail to keep things light and refreshing after all those chocolate eggs!

    Ingredients:
    3 Tbs Tanqueray London Dry Gin
    1 Tbs Cherry Brandy
    5 Tbs Lemon Juice
    1 Tbs Sugar Syrup
    3 tsp Cherry Jam
    1/4 […]

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    Do everyone’s spring resolutions involve remodels?! And not just kitchens and bathrooms. We’re also getting creative with our living space.
    Clients are asking our designers to help “create” more living space. If you’re familiar with the lovely apartments, condos, town homes and early 20th century architecture […]

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    Let’s face it, you can’t avoid the bathroom forever. So whether your goal is to spend less time in the bathroom or better enjoy the time you’re there, we have 4 creative bathroom organization ideas to freshen your experience.
    1. Shelve it over-the-door and take advantage of unused space for seldom-used items or decorativ […]

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    Just in case you need a few additional deductions, check these out.

    Efile Online with TurboTax
    Hmmm, but what if my cat, who I moved from New Jersey, quit smoking and is recovering from her plastic survey in our pool? Bonanza!!
    Good luck on this last week of filing… and many large and happy returns!
    xo~oyp

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    These delish’ green salad recipes rack up so many green points!
    Green #1. Natural earthy ingredients; green salad, kale and lime
    Green #2. Stored in recycled Mason Jars
    Green #3. Eaten in the same recycled Mason Jars reduces washing and saves precious water

    We saw this combo and simply couldn’t resist including as part of o […]

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    Last month we celebrated this kind of Green:
     
    In April, traditionally celebrating our lovely environment we’re looking at earthier versions of everything wonderfully and naturally green. Today we’re looking at this kind of green. This power drink will help get you beyond the hump and recover from the worst April fools jo […]

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    Finally, the rain, the sun, the longer days… that means one thing: time for planting!  Whether you have an acre or a rooftop garden box, you can probably use a hand in helping your garden grow.
    3 Gardening Apps for Fabulous Flowers, Herbs and Vegetables:
    1. Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer by ozPDA,
    Ideal for helping garden […]

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    There really is no end to what we will help you organize! This time, it’s your brackets!
    You may have noticed it’s March Madness and at least 1 out of every few is College Basketball Crazy.  To help you keep up to date we’re now entering the sweet 16.  Whether you, your coworkers, friends, neighbors, UPS man are entren […]

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    We had the honor of planning and preparing a super fun,  super Gru’som 3rd Birthday Party for a very important client on a very important day this weekend.
    We loved getting into the spirit with Despicable Me inspired decorations, food, games, entertainment and of course… the cake!
      Turning 3 was despicably fun for all!
    &nbs […]

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    Most of us have at least one junk drawer in the house — where we deposit all of those small miscellaneous things that might or might not be useful. To help you tame the junk drawer beast, we’ve put together a list of our 5 favorite tips:
    1. Newspaper to the rescue!
    Spread out some newspaper on the counter and dump the contents […]

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    Happy St. Pats to all of our clients, vendors and friends! We feel lucky everyday to be surrounded by such creative, successful, talented and organized =) people!
     
     
     
    Whether you’re Irish or not, from our hearts we say to you:
    May your pockets be heavy—
    Your heart be light,
    And may good luck pursue you
    Each mornin […]

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    This weekend starts off with Pi Day (3.1414) and begins to ramp up for St. Patty’s Day. Check out the fun events happening in San Francisco and have a fabulous weekend!
    Pi Day
    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    March 14 @ Exploratorium
    (415) 528-4444
    Price: Free
    Being an irrational number, pi cannot be expressed exactly as a common fracti […]

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    I am not kidding! Surprised us too!  So what are we going to do?  Celebrate of course!  And share the fun by passing on one of our very favorite party dips:
    Yummy, gooey and creamy, 5 star rated Spinach and Artichoke Dip, courtesy of Alton Brown at the Food Network.
    Spinach and Artichoke Dip
    1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
    1 ½ cu […]

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    Tips for Organizing Your Bedroom Closet
    Bedroom closets can be challenging places to keep organized. A rule of thumb is to keep your most-used items in plain sight, less-used items lower, and least-used items up high. There are lots of different ways to go with closet organizing systems as well — you can get drawers, racks, boxes, h […]

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    I’ve been gearing up for spring cleaning… seriously I have been! But this time I’m thinking about going all natural.  I want to know if green is as good as chemically created, toxic, environmentally damaging, expensive, skin irritating but albeit quite effective and fresh smelling household cleaning products. I’m […]

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    Or do we mean Fat Tuesday – Same, Same.
    OK…before we reveal some of the Fat Tuesday fun for tonight in San Francisco we’re going to answer for you that question that has been nagging you all day.  Or maybe it didn’t even occur to you…but here it is and you need to read it before we do the big reveal!
    What IS […]

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    This week a client of ours broke the news of their newest, wiggliest, furriest, sometimes sweetest but often destructive addition.
    Introducing, their currently 17lb someday 70lb Yellow Lab: Bogie
    Before Bogie, their home had always been one of impeccable design, taste and style. Typically neat and rarely in disarray.
    Enter Bogie, re-decor […]

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    Come look at our latest love! Window treatments with style, personality and just the right amount of modesty.  They are the perfect alternative to the less than perfect view, the too close neighbor and the too dark curtains!  These artistic alternatives are brought to you from New York’s Delia Shades.  Delia Shades, getting nods […]

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    Spring has sprung and parents are in full gear planning the summer their child will never forget!!
    Daunting! How in the world do we fill those empty days so we never, ever have to hear those dreaded words “I’m booooored”! How do we combat video games, TV and just plain old laziness?
    Thank goodness Bald Eagle Sports Camps […]

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    This weekend has been glorious! Our doors and windows are wide open bringing in all the fresh clean air. To make room for all things fresh I can’t help but purge any stale, space taking clutter. Today, I’m concentrating specifically on PAPER. I’m getting rid of and inviting less paper!
    Here’s my plan in 5 simple st […]

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    Change is good, in fact therapeutic.  But what if you already have some really interesting, beautiful and personal pieces that you don’t want to replace? You make changes with what you already have.
    6 Fresh Tips and Ideas:
     
    1. Add Height with Curtains
    If your drapes have enough length, consider moving the curtain rod to the c […]

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    Whether you’re in the mood for a dance party, a romantic moonlit garden walk, or an elegant dinner with stunning views of the City, San Francisco has it all. Details are below for three fun Valentine’s Day activities in San Francisco. Check them out and have a fabulous Valentine’s!
    Valentine’s Day in the Star!
    Harr […]

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    This weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are free hot dogs and Cheaper Than Therapy, just to name a few fun events. Check out the details below, and have a great one!
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    Cheaper Than Therapy
    Saturday, Feb 8 10:00p
    Shelton Theater
    San Francisco, CA
    Phone (415) […]

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    We have finally been having some weather apropos to winter here in the Bay Area. If you’re looking for a way to warm up, try this easy to make recipe for Warm-Me-Up-Soup.
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    Warm-Me-Up-Soup

    Source: Theresa Salcedo, CUESA Culinary Intern
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cooking Time: 40 minutes
    Serves 4 to 6
    INGREDIENTS

    1 mediu […]

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    The Grammy’s are coming up this Sunday!  If you’re thinking about throwing together a quick party we have a few rockin’ ideas to help make your party sing! (we can’t help our punnie selves)
    Decorations:
    Gold and Black or course! Here are a few ideas which we nominated for this category:

    Lovely Gold Mason Jars mak […]

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    Despite the beautiful weather we’ve been having here in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is still technically winter time. And that means citrus fruit is in season! Check out the recipe below for Pomelo and Tangerine with Spiced Honey Yogurt, from local non-profit, CUESA, Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture.
    Pomel […]

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    Another year and time to set some resolutions (again)!  Here’s the difference, this year you will be resolute and keep them!  And, of course we are here to help!
    This time, this year set SMART goals. Channel sales training and gravitate to the acronym that works for you.  For us it’s  SMART.  SMART goals are ones that are […]

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    I don’t know about you, but I love me some cookies at this time of year : )
    3 delicious Holiday Cookie recipes.
    Make some to send to your loved ones, share with your co-workers, indulge in all by yourself or for some extra pressies this year; leave these sweeties for Santa! Any which way, enjoy!
    Raspberry Almond Thumbprints
    (Origina […]

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    There’s nothing like a wreath to bring in the holiday spirit! And luckily, there are many ways to wrap a wreath. From lights to fruit, and even hand-written wishes, you’ll see that wreaths can be more than green. Read on below for 5 simple and fun ideas to spice up a wreath you already have or to make a new one to add to your […]

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    Are you throwing a Holiday Party? Or attending a Holiday Potluck? Perhaps you would like to share some festive cocktails appropriate for the season! Below we’ve gathered 3 of our favorite recipes for Holiday Cocktails. There’s traditional Eggnog, Mulled Wine to put you in the holiday mood, and Spiced Rum for that special holid […]

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    Turkey recycling and we’re not talking leftovers.
    Are you one of those people who have a stash of plastic bags in your kitchen? If you’re looking for a creative use for that stash and a way to keep your little gobblers busy while the real bird is baking, have we ever got the perfect Thanksgiving decoration idea just for you!
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    Happy Monday!  Just a quick story about our Off Your Plate Weekend.  Every month one of our clients holds a party for 10 of her best friends and herself.  It’s a rather. typically casual affair and involves cocktails, a nice assortment of hors d’oeuvres, 3, or so main course meal and dessert.  The time is special to her be […]

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    Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the December Holidays are right around the corner! Between now and January your schedule will become increasingly filled throwing and attending festive dinners and parties, writing and sending Holiday cards, shopping, wrapping, decorating, mailing and so much more!
    Take heart, help is closer than you […]

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    Here’s what Saturday in San Francisco looks Like:
     Wishing you all an amazingly beautiful fall weekend!
    xo~oyp!

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    Halloween’s hollowed hero is so much more than just a pretty scarey face! Too often underrated and underutilized Jack is typically sent straight to the dumpster the day after.
    Not this year. We have other ideas which can be summed up in two words: Pumpkin Puree!  Here’s how to create the golden nectar base and 3 things you ca […]

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    Party Pumpkins!
    A creative alternative to carving the ever popular jack o lantern  …  Painting a Pretty Pumpkin!
    So fun and inspiring are the designs we found that we simply needed to share.
    Consider using gourds as well as pumpkins and acrylic brush on or spray paints or permanent markers. The designs can be whimsical or scarey. […]

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    Getting a cold or flu will certainly bring you down but it doesn’t need to knock you out. It’s still possible to get things done – albeit with a few modifications.
    Do you recall the time in your life when you could actually drop everything and stay in bed to mend when you were sick?  And when you did the world would go on wi […]

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    Here’s a little of we’ve been up to lately.
    Last weekend we threw a Mexican themed party for a Graduate Professor at a prestigious university in the area, hint, its near Palo Alto. He invited his advisory staff and students over to celebrate the new school year – 40 guests in all.
    Initially ,when we discussed the party d […]

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    This week we introduced a new service specifically targeted to those who love, not just the idea of always having fresh flowers in their home but actually love walking in the door and seeing them.  Arrangements they don’t need to fuss with or even think about.  With our service, flowers are arranged, delivered and replaced. You […]

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    This Fall, the selection of flowers is extraordinary!  I hear so many complain that they miss the summer’s fresh, bright blooms.  But, have you seen these gorgeous colors?! Find Plum, burgundy, red, orange ― and add a purple splash –  breathtaking!
     
    Aster –
    Delicate-looking flowers.  These give that perfect pop t […]

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    You may have noticed, we at Off Your Plate are slightly obsessed with helping you keep things organized, orderly and looking great!
    Through  our experience working with clients, most especially in SF, Palo Alto, Marin, to name a few, who live in homes built 70, 80 and more years ago there are very definite storage challenges.  Those hom […]

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    Mango Chicken Tinga
    You simply must try this recipe!
    Makes: 6 servings
    Prep 30 mins
    Slow Cook 4 hrs to 5 hrs  (low)
    or
    2 to 2 1/2 hours (high)

    Ingredients:

    1 sweet onion, cut into wedges
    1 mango, halved, seeded, peeled, and diced
    2 pounds chicken thighs, skin removed
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle chile pepper
    3 cloves garlic, minc […]

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    Fall and Football~ Whoopie!!
    Yes. Summer is my favorite, but who can resist the leaves changing, pretty sunsets, cooler weather and Football.  Even if you don’t love the game, you’ve got to love the parties and tailgates that come with it!  So, if you’re hosting a party yourself or planning to go to one how about going […]

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    Bacon continues to sizzle in the hearts (seriously) of our public and especially on our palates!

    We choose to deny the fat facts and grease splatter in favor of the fabulous flavor and are learning to use it in not only breakfast pleasures but as part of salads, salmon, jam, desserts and even candy!
    As proof of this frenzy Off Your Plate […]

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    Dinner Tip for a Busy Week ~ Include the Slow Cooker
    Here’s 3 of our favorite slow cooker recipes:
    We heard from a client this morning who with a mixture of excitement and exhaustion shared; “Great weekend but ahead of schedule the week began while I was busy not preparing for it. Help!”
    In a few moments we plotted a str […]

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    For the last official BBQ of the 2013 summer season why not grill up something unexpected… like:
    A Pitcher of Grilled Lemonade. Yes, g r i l l e d lemonade. Tangy, smokey, sweet refreshment.
    How to:
    Dip the cut sides of 16 halved lemons in sugar and grill until marked, about 5 minutes; let cool

    Simmer 1 1/4 cups sugar with 1 3/4 cu […]

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    It’s 5:05 on Friday afternoon and while a nice full glass of wine is beckoning, you can’t help but be distracted by the thought that in just a few short days the craziness will begin..again.  Where did summer go?!
    We hope and trust you enjoyed long lazy days, late dinners, obscenely obstructed schedules, gorgeous getaways and […]

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    Where to go to get your just desserts.  This, as mandated by the office of the President of the United States circa 1984 by none other than our movie star President Mr. Ronald Reagan, is Ice Cream Week. No kidding.  No need to send a card but a spoon definitely comes in handy for celebrating this cool sentiment.  Here’s a list o […]

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    When did we get so nutty about this stuff?   In case you’re curious, but cautious about this miracle drink dubbed “Mother Nature’s sports drink” here’s the skinny.  For starters it’s low in calories, naturally fat and cholesterol free, has more potassium than four bananas, and  is super hydrating. But, […]

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    It’s summertime and the growing is easy. This July our favorite flavor boasting big, broad leaves and unmistakable aroma is Basil. Chopped, sprinkled, torn, whirled, tossed or muddled basil gets our vote for The Herb of Summer
    3 sublime recipes featuring our hot weather herb: 
     
    Tomato Orecchiette with Brie and Basil
    Ingredients

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    There’s almost nothing I love more than shiny things!  Yes, that includes stainless steel.  Not as exciting as jewelry, but it excites me nonetheless.  In an effort to make it an easier constant I searched for some help.  The folks at Good Housekeeping, living up to their name had the best advice, in my experience… as long […]

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    Bad news, gourmet-cupcake lovers: the market for stylishly embellished, frosting-slathered, cup-shaped, ganache enveloped sweet treats may be crashing. It seems, after a decade long, very sweet run and thorough investigation, the Wall Street Journal is closing the oven door on the whole cupcake craze and replacing it with another and enti […]

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    You’ve been talked you into throwing a barbecue this weekend. It sounds great after the week you’ve had but how are you going to pull it off in such short notice? We have tips on throwing a summer barbecue on the fly while appearing as though you’ve been planning for months. 
    Sometimes throwing a barbecue the day of ac […]

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    In honor of Small Business Week we would like to publicly thank all of our amazing customers who have given us, at Off Your Plate the privilege of working with you.  We started this company 4 years ago because we love helping busy people regain control of their living rooms, closets, offices, moving details, time, sanity, and their live […]

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    Summer Time for many means moving.  This huge project can either be super exciting or incredibly stressful.
    To help keep the scales weighing on the side of excitement we’ve put together a comprehensive list of Moving Dos and Don’ts with basically anything and everything in regards to a move!

    DO Compare Movers – And get ref […]

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    7 Activities For Fathers Day:

    Whether dad is an outdoorsy kind of guy, a thrill seeker, foodie, or just likes to get his aaarrgh on we found a bunch of activities that feed into all of dad’s favorite guy things. They are great for families, so everyone can celebrate all of the things that make dad awesome.

    West Point […]

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    A Farmer’s Market Feast
    ~ I absolutely LOVE June! And many of my favorite reasons can be found on Saturday morning strolling by the stands of our Farmers Market.  The strawberries, asparagus, honey, breads, spinach….   just gorgeous and waiting to be included in something scrumptious.   Here’s a delicious recipe with Far […]

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    See, we told you on Monday that Friday would be here before you knew it! Well, we didn’t really, but it’s here isn’t it! =)
    This little ditty is a great idea for people like me, who LOVE dessert, but don’t particularly love the calories.  Soooo, bring on the jello.  Thanks to Sunset, this dessert was a hit at a d […]

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     – Graduation Party – Cliffs Notes Version
    Last minute cramming. Feels like finals.
    In case you’ve planned a party for this weekend but need just a few extra ideas here are some of our favorites:
    1.  Treats:
    Recipe:
    Chocolate fudge-covered square graham crackers or Ghiradelli chocolate squares
    Reese’s mini chocolate […]

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    Tell me again why Monday is so close to Friday and Friday so far from Today?
     
    6 Tips to Make This Monday (a little more) Easy:

    Adjust to the workweek routine at your own pace.  As you transition from a casual weekend state of mind to becoming very professional ease into it so it isn’t as stressful.  Set short, easily attai […]

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    More Coffee Please!
    We hope you enjoyed a truly wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  Celebrating the incredible dedication of our service men and women and all that they do to ensure our safety and freedom can certainly leave one feeling a bit red (in the eyes), white (pale for lack of sleep) and maybe even a little blue on the first day ba […]

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    Not Quite Ready for the Party
    You have the menu, drinks & decorations. You’ve shopped, assembled, sliced, chopped and mixed.  You’re ready but… your house is…. not!  Don’t panic, we have 8 shortcuts to get your home party-ready quick.
    1. Recalibrate and let go of your inner perfectionist.  Your home doesn’t need to be c […]

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    There is nothing more American then Hot Dogs.  There’s also nothing more.. done.. at the tradition summer kickoff  bbq than Dogs. But…not these barkers.
    Thanks to Wolfgang Puck
    TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
    SERVINGS: 6
    In a nutshell – He splits the dogs, fills them with cheese and wraps them in bacon. Once they’ve been roasted, he […]

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    Close your eyes, well open for now so you can read, but then close and imagine ~ white sandy beaches, long warm days with just the right amount of breeze, late sultry evenings filled with friends, laughter and a satisfied calm… Summer.
    Summer, right in front of us but who can wait?! You know you’re thinking it too.  So let’s get th […]

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    We’re loving Spring’s infusion of all things fresh! Mad with spring sprucing we’re furiously wiping away our winter worn ways.  Check closets, cupboards, dressers and drawers off our lofty laundry list (right? no? we’ll address those later). Right now we’re looking into our coveted cosmetic bag.  So often, we jump on […]

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    10 Easy & Stylish Flower Arranging Tips

    Buying
    1. When it comes to color stick to a consistent color palette that is in fashion. As in clothes, think what colors you would wear together.  If the colors don’t match in an outfit, they won’t in an arrangement either.  Choose 3 colors for an easy combination (think two main […]

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    Are you racking your brain, trying to figure out how to give something fun, helpful and creative to your mom, wife or daughter for Mother’s Day (next weekend, by the way!)?  Well, consider gifting a couple of hours of services from Off Your Plate.  If the special lady you’re looking to show love to is disorganized, loves to […]

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    Saturday marks the 139th Kentucky Derby-
    Also known as The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.

    How does one celebrate such an elegant tradition with just a hint of horseplay? We recommend serving up 2 of our track favorite Mint Julep Derby Day Delights!!

    1.  Mint Julep – Sipping Style

    Ingredients

    4 cups bourbon

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    With the upcoming nuptials of a client on the horizon, we started our work on the event design and to got to crafting!  Often times, we typically see flower arrangements lining the pews and down the isle of a wedding venue (be it in a church, hall or outdoor roof).  We decided to put a little twist on this decor, and created date cards […]

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    And watermelon radishes are in!
    Over the last year, I’m sure you’ve noticed that practically every restaurant is serving their perfected plate of brussell sprouts.  And don’t get me wrong, they can be delish, but I’m also getting a little bored.  So, enter the watermelon radish.  Not only are these guys super pr […]

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    You won’t be sorry!
    During the holidays, I felt tired…rundown…and stressed.  I needed a little pick-me-up that would make me feel refreshed and rejuvenated (and that didn’t cost $100).  Soooo, I purchased the Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel, and I won’t ever turn back.  This stuff feels great, and […]

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    Start Early: It’s never too early to start preparation for your move. Begin to put things in boxes that you never use, or will not be using before your move. It will make you feel more at ease as the day nears closer. And trust me, it will be here before you know it.

    Minimize: Don’t be afraid to get rid of things! Take a good look at […]

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    Love the vino, but hate the purple tint on your teeth and lips? Using all-natural hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to erases stains in seconds, these cloths include mirrored lid which lets you touch up discreetly.  Genius!
    Pick up a pack of these fine gems @ http://www.winewipes.com/, and the red wine addiction will not show to a soul!
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    Heather & French Painting provides the highest quality workmanship when it comes to throwing new hue on the walls of your home in the Bay Area.  They are professional, incredibly talented and great at managing a project from start to finish.  This women-owned business is creating gorgeous environments for home-owners, renters and bu […]

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    Attacking a closet can be overwhelming, so proceed with caution. It’s hard to find the time to clean and more importantly keep your closet clean and organized. But once you do, you will be thrilled with how much easier it is to treat your closet like your own designated shopping area.

    A few tips:
    Recycle: Too many clothes? Living in an […]

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    The New Year is all about re-invention. New haircut? Do it! New raw food cleanse? Go for it! I am an advocate for anything that produces positivity within yourself and gives you a reason to look forward to the future. Sure there are the typical New Year’s Resolutions; diet, exercise, quit smoking, cook more, etc. Most of which don’t l […]

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    Wrap it up: Too many gifts to wrap and too much ugly cheesy wrapping paper out there to do it. Don’t fret alternate options for wrapping is all the rage this season, so take your pick! A few of my faves are fabrics and newspaper; these sustainable and often reusable wrapping alternatives are a fun way to wrap gifts. Pick a few fabric pa […]

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    Have you ever thought about maybe trying Acupuncture, but you’re a little gun shy?  Have you tried all sorts of possible remedies to cure an ache or pain, and come up with nothin’?  Well, I was that person and I took a chance on Nikki Fancher of New Mission Acupuncture, and she’s helped me with so much.  Whether I was […]

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    Nothing Bundt Cakes serves up THEE best bundt cakes on the planet.  This Thanksgiving I prepared my own and the fam fell over, yearning for more.  The Coconut Bundt Cake with powder sugar icing is off the charts.  Make it, try it, serve it.  You won’t be sorry!

    3 cups cake flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butte […]

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    The ladies of Off Your Plate were lucky enough to get VIP access to Appel and Frank’s seasonal shopping event at the Regency Center in SF last week and we’re definitely overwhelmed at the amount of merchandise on display. An abundance of jewelry, clothing, handmade crafts, gifts to support a cause, and delish wine that doesn&# […]

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    YUM!
    1 pt. whipping cream
    .5 cups milk
    1 cup packed light brown sugar
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1 stp. each ground ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.25 tsp salt
    .5 cup coarsely crushed gingersnaps
    2 tbsp. bourbon (optional)
    1. Whisk all ingredients except gingersnaps and bourbon in a bowl to blend. Strain into an ice cream maker and freeze […]

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    Sooo, I must admit that this year I went a little decorator-crazy for Halloween.  I have historically always loved this holiday – it’s fun, silly and it’s a day out of the year when you can have any excuse in the world to behave and look the way you choose – with little-to-no judgement!  While my costume idea thi […]

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    A great summer picnic dish, this chicken salad will have your friends and family saying, ‘ooooyeeee, yum!’
    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    Rub 3 6 ounce boneless chicken breasts with olive oil. Roast at 400 degrees until cooked through, about 14-16 minutes.  Let cool, then shred.  Mix together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped tar […]

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    This girl.
    Check out this funky device, that allows you to store 30 pair of shoes in a functional, compact modern design.  The Rakku Shoe Wheel is innovative and fun (and affordable at only $65), and will provide a fun platform for some of your most valued possessions!  The rolling coasters make it a snap, and it comes in silver, white, […]

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    Looking for something fun and FREE to do this weekend?  Well my friends, you must check out the 3rd Annual SF Street Food Festival this weekend!  From 11am-7pm on Saturday, you can get your grub on with your friends – stretching over several blocks in the sunny, eclectic Mission District.  All the best food in the Bay will be on […]

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    Like many people I know I have been saving wine corks for a while now looking for that special project where I can showcase my lovely talent of consuming wine. I have toyed around with the idea of making a corkboard (original thought, I know) out of them but I have never gotten around to it for whatever reason. However, I recently came ac […]

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    So…do you ever feel like showing up to a party with a regular, old bottle of wine is a little boring?  Of course, the guests or the hosts will enjoy drinking it, but what if you could spice up your bottle of wine…just a bit, to make it more memorable?  Well, check out swansonvineyards.com.  They bottle a great red that come […]

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    FogBay Blog
    So I may be late on this bandwagon but if you are like me you tend to swoon for all things SF related which I why I am in love with FogBay blog. Although no longer updated daily, it is definitely worth taking the time to view.
    Not only does it feature beautiful photos of the place we call home, but also offers beautiful quotes […]

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    This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe IS the Real Deal

    I have always had a dream of someday being the mom that makes the best chocolate chips cookies on the block. Silly, yes, I know, but true!
    So, over the past decade I have been working to make this domestic dream a reality; having tried multiple recipes, and tweaking the ever so famous ev […]

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    Inspiration for Wall Display
    If you are need of some inspiration for those bare walls in your home check out these templates from hubpages.com. If you are like us you have seen frame galleries popping up all over; from John and Sherry’s frame gallery over at younghouselove.com; to feature photos in the pottery barn catalog, frame galle […]

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    I recently had a birthday, and one of my most favorite gifts was this fun little 15 minute-glass. It’s cute, different, and a fresh twist on the classic board game timer. It sits on a shelf right right about the top of my laptop screen, giving me silent warnings and deadlines (ie. write a new blog post already, would you…onl […]

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    So…many of us city-dwellers often admire the beautiful gardens of our neighbors, the uber-fresh veggies served while eating lunch at a friend’s home. And we wish, oh how we wish we had the space to have at least a few pots to grow that beauty. Well, now we can with this brilliant invention: The Balcony Flower Pot! For just […]

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    No more venturing to street festivals with a thermos full of lemonade crytstal lite & vodka! Here are a few great ideas to spruce up your tasty & refreshing lemonade drinks for the fab summer parties you’ll be throwing or picnics you’ll be attending!
    Thyme & Lime Lemonade
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    3/4 cup vodka
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    Peeps now come dipped in chocolate.  Yep, you heard that correctly.  They are dipped. in. chocolate.  I am a sucker for holiday goodies.  I truly think that red and green M&M’s taste better than the regular ones.  I love holidays and all the junk we spend our money on. Including Peeps.  These puffs of marshmallow are ridic […]

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    Do you miss St. Patrick’s Day already?  Well let me tell you about this little ditty…. I tried this one out, borrowed from simplecomfortfood.com, and it’s soooooo good!
    REUBEN EGGROLLS

    2 cups of cooked corned beef, diced
    1 cup of green cabbage, finely shredded
    1/2 cup of cooked sauerkraut
    4 slices of Swiss cheese, dice […]

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    I spent the last week and a half, on-call for a client as she made a full-scale move from the peninsula to the perfect flat in Noe Valley.   She wanted to have someone there 24/7, who she could call on if she had to deal with a work issue, or be pulled away.  Moving is a TON of work – coordinating vendors, unpacking & breaking […]

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    Big Girl Mac n’ Cheese
    (Serves 6 – 30 minutes)
    12 oz. ziti pasta
    4 oz. thick-cut bacon – cut into tiny pieces
    2 tbsp. flour
    2 cups milk
    4 oz. gruyere cheese, shredded
    4 oz. Italian fontina cheese, shredded
    2 oz. Parmesean cheese, shreddd
    1tbsp. chopped chives
    1. Cook pasta.
    2. Fry bacon in a saucepan on medium heat until […]

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    Have you ever made a terrarium?  I’m sure you’ve seen them around…essentially a terrarium is a glass object filled with a mini landscape of soil, small plants, flowers, rocks, etc.  They are so cute, and you can get really creative with them!  To get started:
    1. Hit up a local TJ Maxx to find a pretty glass jar &#8211 […]

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    I have walked past The Shade Store a handful of times, while strolling down Fillmore Street.  I always liked the facade and was charmed by the helpful, but not overbearing sales folks that worked there.  I had a client who needed solar-shades for a few rooms in her home last Spring, and I decided to take a chance on them.  I went in, s […]

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    Need a good laugh?
    I have a friend, Ariel.  She’s damn funny. The bio on her blog goes something like this…
    My name is Ariel. I live in a curiously small apartment in San Francisco. In fact, this apartment is so small that there’s a flight of stairs in the middle of it that leads to nothing but a bathroom the size of an […]

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    I live in a city full of renters, who dread hanging a cool piece of art in their apartments for fear that their landlord will dock their security deposit extensively.  I read about this product quite some time ago, and purchased it recently to use for clients’ homes.  Let me tell you something…m.a.g.i.c.  Erase-a-hole is a […]

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    Italian Chicken Sausage & Artichoke Soup

    Courtesy of Sunset Magazine… Enjoy!
    (Serves 4-6/40 minutes)
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    1 lb. Italian chicken sausage – casings removed & broken into chunks
    3 cans (15 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
    1 lb. frozen artichoke hearts, thawed & halved
    1 bunch chard (1lb), stemmed &a […]

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    A dream come true…craft your own shoe!
    Have you ever tried on a pair of shoes and wished they were a little shinier or had a heel that was ½” taller?  Have you ever thought that you fun pair of purple pumps had a slight embellishment on the toe or a zipper down the heel?  Well girls, let me tell you something.  Milk & Hone […]

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    Okay, so I have to admit that I have been a part of a “Bachelor/Bachelorette Pool” for a few years now.  Yes, as in the TV show, The Bachelor.  It’s terrible.  The show is 100% terrible…but it hurts sooooo good!  The people that show up on my television on a weekly basis, are certifiably nuts, however totally entertaining.  I […]

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    I am a newly hooked “juicer”.  I’ve heard so much and read a lot about the benefits of juicing – including improved health, stronger fingernails, prettier hair and clearer skin, increased metabolism, decreased appetite…I could go on and on.  I never really understood the appeal though, until I started doing the juicing for a n […]

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    Super easy, super delish…with the rain falling like crazy this week, I thought I would post something that is perfect for this kind of weather!
    Ingredients
    2 cans enchilada sauce
    2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
    1 bag of grated cheese – Mexican blend,  or whatever you prefer
    2 small cans of slice olives (optional)
    1 yel […]

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    A good friend of mine is coordinating this event, The Stadium Stampede, and you all should participate!
    Founded in 1995, Good Tidings Foundation, is a children’s charity that supports athletics, arts, education and dreams for youth from communities of need in the Greater Bay Area. Good Tidings partners with the local professional t […]

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    I came across this delightful little treat today at a local market.  I love candy, and have never had these before.  They are tasty, small and virtually calorie-free!  Honees are individually wrapped milk & honey filled drops (with pure liquid honey inside every drop!).   The grab was impulsive at the check-out counter, as I real […]

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    Photo Designs by Odessa
    A dear friend of mine, Odessa Shekar, takes off-the-charts photographs.  She’s immensely talented, and similarly modest.  She loves to create a relationship with the subjects she’s shooting – in particular families, pregnant women, and newborns.  Her creativity comes through in each photo – as she hooks […]

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    Potato chips are amazing, yes.  However, they’re also terribly bad for us.  Soooo, this tasty, healthy alternative will have you leaving those old chips in the dust.  I have been making kale chips for about a month now, and they are so easy and delish!  Here’s a great recipe from a really cool gal @ www.glutenfreegirl.com
    Baked Ka […]

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    Some people hate V-Day…but how can you hate L-O-V-E?  Sure it’s probably a bit blown out of proportion, thanks to Hallmark, but in the end what’s so bad about celebrating something so positive?  I happen to like Valentine’s Day.  Maybe it’s because I was raised by a mom who loved it too – she enjoyed her classroom full of k […]

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    Almost everyone now-a-days has a website, right?  Whether you’re a small business owner, corporate head honcho, or someone who just wants a fun creative outlet…you’ve got a site.  Well, MIGHTYminnow knows websites, and there isn’t much that Kristin Long, the owner, won’t take on.  She is the head website developer – with a […]

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    This delightful shop offers up freshly prepared & locally sourced meals for the taking.  Everyday they start of scratch and prepare meals that nourish your body and give you energy.  Every meal includes the nutritional analysis, is labeled gluten free/dairy free and has the Weight Watcher’s Points.  The owner, Traci, is a local e […]

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    This dish is shockingly easy to prepare…as in after you had a really late night and are suffering from a slight hangover, you can still make it! It tastes phenomenal – buttery, fluffy, eggy with a tinge of browned crustiness.  And boys, your lady will be impressed if you serve this up in bed!
    3 tbs butter
    2 eggs, beaten
    ½ cup flour
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    Bloomingayles – Mill Valley, CA

    Fleuriste Decorateur, Gayle Nicoletti, creates off-the-charts floral arrangements.  Her designs are unique, and they undoubtedly make a statement. Gayle creates custom arrangements and floral decorations by request, However, I stumbled upon her designs at Cabana Home – a fabulous interior décor s […]

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    Krank Press Produce Calendars
    I was perusing Sunset magazine(which is a new found fav!)a few weeks ago, when I spotted something I had never seen before, and HAD to have it.  It’s a produce calendar, sold through reformschoolrules.com but crafted by the folks at Krank Press (uber craft people…with fabulous taste!). I apparently had t […]

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    Tasty Thai Chicken Soup
    1 qt reduced-sodium chicken broth
    2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
    1 cup cooked rice
    ½ tsp kosher salt
    2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
    1/3 cup veggie oil
    2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    1 large shallot, thinly sliced
    1 tbsp flour
    ½ cup cilantro
    ½ cup Thai basil leaves
    1 red jalepeno, halved & sliced

    Put […]

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    These little treats will make you happy when the sun is hiding out for days or the rain seems like it’s never gonna end.  These aren’t cupcakes, rather mini chocolate cakes.  They are rich, have a fudge-like consistency, and will put a smile on your face for sure. Guaranteed.  Makes about 18 mini cakes.
    For Cake:
    6 eggs, room tempe […]

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    Most of us locals know of the delightfully delectable Kara’s Cupcakes (http://www.karascupcakes.com/index2.html) .  If you don’t have the time to whip up the mini chocolate cakes recipe this week, dial up Kara!  There are locations in SF, San Jose, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek & Napa.  Kara’s is one of the first shops to specializ […]

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    My good friend, Carole, runs La Boutique, l’Art et la Mode – an all-in-one boutique, gallery and showroom in San Francisco. They bring some of the best and most innovative collections and designers from all over Europe to San Francisco, all presented in a friendly and peaceful atmosphere.

    Check it!: http://www.laboutique-galerie […]

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    So this here adorable couple decided to sell their house, get an airstream, and hit the road. They share stories of them living together in tight quarters (in their camper named Eddie), the people they come across on their journey and the fun, eye-opening discoveries they happen upon. Most of us have this fantasy, don’t we? Well..kudos […]

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    Sure the holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean that we stop eating and drinking all together! I wanted to share this fabulous (and healthy!) recipe with – one Off Your Plate used for countless parties catered during the holiday season. This dish is good year-round…doable anytime…and pleasing ALL the time! This tried-and-true re […]

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    With the new year quickly approaching and so much holiday shopping to be done, I realized that we often lose sight of all the things we have to be grateful for. I decided to come with a crafty way to help the people in my family make notes of these blessings and keep track of them. Taking the suggestion from one of my favorite blogs (www. […]

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    Well, noting the date of our last blog post, it is clear that we at OYP have not been taking our own advice. Our sincerest apologies…life even gets busy for us sometimes! Nonetheless, we are back in action for our busiest season of the year…the holidays! Yes, besides their intrinsic joy, the holidays tend to make us all crazed […]

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    One of my best friends recently had a baby. Thus, we are both a bit busy. In an effort to still see each other on a regular basis, we have developed a routine. I go over to her house early in the morning before work (after all, she’s up!), we get coffee, and then take a walk or jog with the baby in the stroller. This way, I get to see m […]

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    No matter where your summer vacation—or stay-cation—takes you, it’s important to plan ahead so you can use your vacation time to the max and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Here are some tips to help you save time this summer, whether you’re at a week-long stay at the beach, headed for a day trip in the park, or relaxing at ho […]