Picnic Breakfast at Sunrise

Sunrise Picnic Breakfast at Lake Nokomis

Picnics are my favorite. Sunrises are also at the top of my list of things that are rad. Eric and I try to do a special picnic at least a few times each summer (in fact he proposed to me after one of our picnics!), and we realized that in our nearly 8 years of being together, we had never seen a sunrise together. So we made it a sunrise picnic breakfast!

I’ve watched many a sunrise with my best friend, who happened to live just one neighborhood away from mine while we were growing up. We’d plan to get up early, bring coffee (it was mostly creamer, actually) and spend the first waking hours of the day together watching the sunrise and talking about life. For that reason, sunrises are extra special to me.

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The Best Dairy Free Alternatives

The Best Dairy Free Alternatives | Whether you're allergic to dairy or just trying to eat less, I've got lots of tips, favorite brands and plenty of tasty recipes to help make the transition a smooth one. Living dairy free isn't as tough as it may seem!

Have you been tasked with eliminating dairy from your diet because of a recently discovered allergy? Did you try a whole 30 and decide you’re better off with less dairy? Or maybe you’ve decided to take your vegetarian diet to a new level and cut out dairy for ethical reasons. Whatever the reason, I’m happy to be the one to help!

I’ve written this post so many times. Whether it’s for friends of friends, co-workers or relatives who want to try a dairy free lifestyle, I’ve spent quite a bit of time writing down all I know about how to successfully substitute dairy in your diet. Mostly it’s been via email, but now it’s time I made it permanent.

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Beyond Burger Review + Best Veggie Burgers

The Beyond Burger

I now understand why this burger is called The Beyond Burger. It is BEYOND. Seriously. You will not understand until you try it for yourself, but essentially it’s a veggie burger made completely of plant protein, plus it’s gluten free (yay!), and it looks, smells, feels and tastes shockingly like a beef burger. To the point that I was actually nervous to take a bite because it reminded me so much of meat. And you don’t even have to take my word for it. My burger-crazy husband 100% agrees. This is an amazing product. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at In Fine Fettle with My Favorite Fool

Happy April Fools’ Day! In honor of today, I thought I’d share a bunch of silly behind-the-scenes photos of my favorite fool: my golden retriever, Gordon. Whenever I have food on set and I’m trying to get a shot, he’s always sticking his nose right in or blocking my light! Sure, he’s adorable, but he’s also a terrible sous chef.

Gordon Johnson, Stephani Johnson's 2-year-old Golden Retriever
Gordon Johnson: professional fool

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Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms

I try to take really good care of myself all the time, but it still seems inevitable that I get a cold every winter season. Over the years I’ve found several natural remedies to be the best way to shorten the length of time I have cold and flu symptoms. Even if you can’t stop a cold or the flu, there are ways to make it a little less awful when you are sick.

Throughout the year I make sure to eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, eat local, in-season and organic produce whenever possible, and for the most part, stay away from foods that don’t offer much nutritional value. This ensures that most things I eat will serve a purpose and give me the energy to do what I love most. So when I do get that inevitable cold my body is ready to fight back. Instead of relying on drugs to keep symptoms at bay, try these healthy, natural remedies for cold and flu that have served me well for years. Continue reading