More Research Supporting Cheat Meals :)



This article is just a little more science behind why having a “cheat meal” will help you reach your fitness goals all the same.


Positive Memories in Therapy

Interesting article from

PsychCentral 12 Ways to Accept Yourself

Many clients who struggle with abusing substances also struggle with diminished self-worth and self-acceptance.   Here’s a great article from PsychCentral to work on self-acceptance.  Even those with a healthy sense of self can benefit from a few of these steps–check it out.

Therapists Spill: 12 Ways to Accept Yourself

CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition

Some really amazing things can be done with a camera: Winners of the 2015 Urban Photography Competition Shine a Light on Diverse Urban Life Around the World

My Famous Nantucket Cranberry Pie

I found this recipe before Thanksgiving and it got so many requests I made more for Christmas.  This crust-less pie has a sweet cake-like batter that compliments the tart cranberries.  You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking, but following the recipe to a T was a great crowd-pleaser at all of my holiday parties this year.


Prep time: 20 min. | Cook time: 40-45 min. | Total: about 1 hour


  • 1 tablespoon + ¾ cup butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 bag (12 oz, about 3 cups) frozen whole cranberries, slightly thawed (about 15 min or more)
  • 1 and ½ cup granulated sugar (separated)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 sprinkle of decorative, raw, or coarse sugar
  • optional: whipped cream or ice cream for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Grease a 9″ pie plate with 1 TBSP melted butter
  • Spread the cranberries in the bottom of the pan and cover with ½ cup sugar
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, ¾ cup melted butter, sugar, flour, salt, walnuts, vanilla and almond extracts, and orange zest
  • Spread batter over pan of cranberries using a spatula or your wet fingers and sprinkle raw sugar
  • Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes (insert fork, it’s done when it comes out clean)
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, optional: top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

My slight variation came from: 

Delicious “Sparkling and Spiced Citrus Sangria”

Here’s the link from Yummly.  I started making a batch yesterday, but I was missing a few things so I tweaked it a bit.  First, I had no ginger shrub so I used some extra cranberry peppercorn syrup (the recipe is in the link) and sprinkled in some powdered ginger.  Also, I couldn’t find any kumquats at my local grocery stores, so I used tangerines and oranges.  Lastly, I couldn’t find any Pavan Liqueur so I substituted for Grand Marnier.  I’ll post an update on how it turns out, wish me luck!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The classic duet Baby, It’s Cold Outside has always been one of my most favorite holiday songs–but unfortunately it perpetuates the stereotype of men conniving women to spend the night with them even after they’ve repeatedly said “no”.  Nothing screams Christmas cheer like sexual coercion, right?  But I grew up listening to this song with the scent of my mother’s cookies baking and despite the message, I still enjoy listening to it. Well leave it to Lady Gaga to at least reverse the gender roles in her rendition with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  They’re both so talented–it’s just delightful (find out about the original versions here).

By the way– “‘No’ means ‘no'” is not good enough, but only “yes” means “yes”… There’s a debate on college campuses around the country on redefining the standards; read more here and help prevent sexual assault.