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Today: The SparkPeople Cookbook

Update:  Congrats to Sophie @ Life’s Philosophie!  And many thanks to all who entered.  This giveaway is now closed.

Late last year, I received a complimentary copy of The SparkPeople Cookbook.  I was familiar with the SparkPeople website and love their Instagram account, and had heard great things about that community from friends looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle.  After spending some time enjoying the cookbook and perusing the hundreds of searchable recipes (including a special section for parties and seasonal dishes) on SparkRecipes, I’m hooked.

I’ve never been much of a meal planner.  While pregnant, I stuck with small, frequent meals and seemed to experience new food aversions daily (root beer, raspberries, mashed potatoes and cucumbers… those were my safe foods hahaha).  I’m still eating round the clock (and often with one hand), but have been so happy to crave actual meals again.  Whenever I get a new cookbook, I seem to spend hours marking pages that whet my appetite.  That way I can easily find meal inspiration when I’ve grown sick of, welp… raspberries and root beer.  (Bodies are so weird.)

The SparkPeople Cookbook is full of healthy recipes, along with really helpful instructions for healthy cooking techniques, inspirational stories from the SparkPeople community, ideas for ingredient swaps, and other educational content.

It’s the kind of cookbook you’ll want to actually read.

The lovely folks at SparkPeople are offering a copy of The Spark People Cookbook to one On Tap for Today reader in the U.S.  To enter, simply leave a comment below.  I will choose a winner (using random.org) at the end of the day on Monday, February 17th.

Full monty disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of The Spark People Cookbook.  I was not compensated for this review or giveaway.  As always, I’m happy to share my honest thoughts on products I enjoy.  Also, it’s been two weeks since my last sip of root beer.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your meal planning style?  Always prepared… or fly by the seat of your pants?

 

Today: 12/12/12

We visited the Mayan ruins at Tulum a few years ago, and our trusty tour guide assured us the world is not going to end this year.  So there.  No more worrying.  Today marks the first and last time I will see 12/12/12 on the calendar, though.  Unless, like… I invent a time machine, travel to the year 2112 and take a peek at their calendar.  Or whatever.  I’m much too busy for that.  I’m not too busy to give you 12 jams, 12 places, and 12 books however.

12 favorite jams (of the moment)

  1. The White Panda‘s Drake and Diane mash-up.  Download it immediately.  It’s brilliant.
  2. Led Zeppelin – All My Love
  3. Amy Winehouse – Valerie
  4. Bon Iver – Re: Stacks (perfect for lowering your blood pressure, or napping)
  5. The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
  6. Michael Jackson – Human Nature (and also, every song he has ever written, recorded and/or performed… except for the Free Willy theme song)
  7. Nas – One Mic
  8. Pat Green – Carry On (I like to pretend it’s summer when I listen to this song)
  9. Ray Charles – That Spirit of Christmas
  10. The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait
  11. Wilson Phillips – Hold On (makes me wish I was in an 80’s girl band… sort of)
  12. Youth Group – Forever Young (and not just because it’s on the Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack)

12 places in Boston that I just love

  1. The courtyard at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square
  2. The Buddha room at the Museum of Fine Arts
  3. Franciscan Hospital for Children
  4. Castle Island
  5. Dorchester Heights
  6. Bapst Library at Boston College
  7. The penguin exhibit at the New England Aquarium
  8. Our roof deck
  9. The Harborwalk in Fort Point
  10. The docks by the Esplinade
  11. Haley House Bakery Cafe in Dudley Square
  12. Murphy Memorial Rink

12 books on my shelf

  1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand [per Anne‘s recommendation!]
  2. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
  3. It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
  4. Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (one of the very few books I can read over and over)
  6. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
  7. City of Falling Angels by John Berendt (so, so good)
  8. A New Owner’s Guide to Papillions by Deborah Wood (no… we don’t have one… but the papillion was one of forty types of dogs I thought I wanted before we found Clark)
  9. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  10. The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  11. The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverso
  12. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (…arrrrgh)

Happy 12/12/12!

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your favorite jam of the moment?

Today: What the peck?

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Nothing says fall in New England quite like a morning spent apple picking.  Nick, Clark and I joined our friends from The Pawsitive Dog for a field trip to Schratner Farm in Bolton.  After some training, we spent a bit of time at the farm, filling up our peck-sized bag with apples straight from the orchard.

I am excited to break out my newest cookbook and put that peck of apples to good use.  I saw Amy Traverso, author of The Apple Lover’s Cookbook and lifestyle editor at Yankee Magazine, speak at TECHmunch this year and couldn’t wait for her book to hit the shelves.  As luck would have it, Amy was signing copies at Twelve Chairs this past weekend, at the first Eat Boutique Local Market.  I have a feeling I may need more than a peck to work my way through these tasty looking recipes.

As we headed back to the city, with a very stinky Frenchie in the back seat (he spend the morning chewing on fallen apples, rolling in mud, eating grass, and swimming in a drainage pool), I had to pull over to capture a shot of these beauties.

Isn’t it amazing to be stopped in your tracks?  My mind– racing from the directions on the GPS to plans for making apple crisp and apple muffins and baked apples and apple sauce and oh crap, where’s my phone— was instantly quieted by this perfect moment on a back country road.

Why the peck don’t I head out this way more often?

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your favorite apple recipe?