Rosemary Sea Salt – Quick Hostess or Neighbor Gift

A quick and delicious recipe for Rosemary Sea Salt that makes a great holiday hostess gift!

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Hey y’all! It’s Stephanie from Sustaining the Powers here again today. Raise your hand if you love to give hostess gifts. Raise your hand again if you love to receive hostess gifts! Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas, but my mom always taught me you should never show up at a party empty handed.

You can bring some flowers, text the host (if you know them) and ask if you can bring a dish, drink or dessert, bring a bag of ice (parties almost always need more ice), bring a bottle of wine (or here in Colorado it’s a 6 pack of craft beer), or make a little something for your hostess, but it’s always special to be on the receiving end of a hostess gift. (It’s special to give them too. I get really excited about giving hostess gifts!)

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Parsley Lover’s Cucumber Salad

Parsley and Cucumber Salad

When I was living down in New Orleans, I faithfully ate from food trucks since they were camped right outside my office building all day long. And like the rest of the food in New Orleans, the food from these trucks was absolutely delicious. One truck in particular, The Fat Falafel, shared an incredible parsley salad that I couldn’t get enough of. In this recipe, I replicated that salad to the best of my abilities. And boy is it good.

Using just four ingredients, this salad is sweet with just enough kick from the vinegar. I have to warn you though, this salad is for serious parsley lovers, as the main leafy ingredient is Italian parsley.

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Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks Recipe

Cauliflower is the new black.

Thanks to Pinterest, cauliflower has gone from the bottom to the top of most grocery lists. I have never been a huge cauliflower fan myself, but after my successful Cilantro Cauliflower Rice recipe, I have turned over a new leaf. I am such a big advocate of getting more fruit and veggies into my family’s diet and if cauliflower is what it takes, then I am totally on board!

The last time my family went out to eat at our favorite pizza joint, I saw the couple at the table next to us chowing down on some incredible looking cheese sticks. From that night on, I’ve been craving them. Problem is…I’m gluten intolerant and I have yet to find a restaurant or grocery store that makes anything but gluten-free pizza.

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Maple Butter Carrots

Maple Butter Carrots

I’m always looking for new and delicious side dishes. I always have a long list of entrees I want to try, and then I fall flat on the sides and either just throw together a salad, mixed vegetables, rice or noodles. But I’ve switched my focus as of late to make sure that the sides I make are just as delicious as the entree itself. These Maple Butter Carrots were the start of that.

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