apple tart recipe review

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness37 Comments

My mom and I leave for Paris on Saturday and I have been a bit of a crazy person the past few days.  I’m pretty set when it comes to packing my suitcase, but it’s the backpack/purse I’m going to be carrying with me daily that has been causing all of the angst and I started to second-guess my plan.  … Read More

summer activity | fun with food

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Food & Fitness28 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  As always, all words and opinions expressed are honest and my own.  (Oh,, and the first 50 readers to sign up will get $50 off their first two weeks Blue Apron, so you might want to stick around.) Our vacations are behind us and now the bulk of the summer is ahead of … Read More

late to the greek yogurt party

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness62 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FAGE.  All words and opinions are honest and completely my own. Truth.  When I was asked if I would be interested in working with FAGE (pronounced fa-yeh), a Greek yogurt company, as a sponsor, I had to pause a minute and think about it.  Hmm…I don’t know.  Is it good?  Well, the only way … Read More

tacos & other between-holiday meals

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness40 Comments

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  All words and opinions are, as always, honest and my own. I do enjoy cooking, but I have a threshold.  If I am spending the better part of the day baking pies and prepping food to get ready for a holiday dinner, I don’t want to have to think about tonight’s dinner.  And … Read More

gingerbread house recipe & templates

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Food & Fitness, Holiday48 Comments

A few years ago, I got it in my head that I had admired gingerbread houses long enough and I was going to make them myself.  Not just the graham cracker/milk carton/kit variety, but ones that I made from scratch and decorated with traditional white royal icing.  Kriste and I played hooky from working in the studio and we spent … Read More

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Marian ParsonsFood & Fitness22 Comments

I don’t often think about cooking with pumpkin, but there is a lot of goodness pumpkins can bring to the culinary table!  I was in the mood for something chocolatey and cookies are always a winner at my house, so I made a variation of a Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I found on Taste of Home.  I made a … Read More