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Penelope Wall's Blog

February 23, 2010 - 11:33am

I usually consider myself pretty rugged when it comes to the cold—but we could all use a little taste of sunshine in the dreary midwinter. So after a very Vermont winter wedding in January, my husband, Colin, and I decided to honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. It was a dream get-away, so much so that the minute we stepped off the plane back in Vermont and felt the frigid 10˚ air, we both looked at each other and thought, “I want my Hawaiian honeymoon back!”

With all the fresh fruit, veggies and seafood available, it was easy to eat healthfully—and deliciously—while we were there. Being a big “fruitie,” my favorite meal was the sweet island fruits like Hawaiian pineapple and papaya that I...

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December 16, 2009 - 10:44am

I love going all out for the holidays, but what I don’t love is being stuck in the kitchen at my own party. I used to think I had to slave away like Martha to be the hostess with the mostest. But the truth is the best parties are the impromptu ones, when you can whip up a few finger foods, shake up some cocktails and mingle with your friends all night long. (Get 7 expert tips for easy holiday entertaining here.)

The 6 practically instant appetizers below and these 3 helpful tips are my secret weapons for the best party ever, without a lot of work:

Tip 1. Save money on booze. Most...

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December 4, 2009 - 12:58pm

I live by the “everything in moderation” mantra, but something about the holidays makes me want to throw that out the window. It’s all those cookies—they’re my downfall!

I love holiday cookies so much that a few years ago, I invited some girlfriends over for a holiday cookie exchange and asked everyone to bring a platter of cookies to share. Not to be outdone, each guest showed up with a stunning platter of prize-worthy holiday cookies.

The cookie swap was so successful that I decided to make it an annual event. Now I’m always on the lookout for an amazing...

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November 23, 2009 - 10:51am

My fiancé, Colin, and I do tons of road-tripping during the holidays. To save time and money, we snack in the car rather than stop for a meal along the way. Gas stations don’t have many healthy options, and if we’re not careful we end up eating lots of junk food like candy, soda and salty chips. So to stay healthy on the road, we never leave home without two big containers of water—one for each of us—and a bag full of quick healthy snacks to keep us going the whole car-ride long.

How do...

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November 19, 2009 - 10:50am

I’ve been an on-and-off vegetarian since I was a teenager and the one holiday I’ve always dreaded most is Thanksgiving. I mean, isn’t it all about the turkey? While I get stuck eating starchy sides and dry stuffing, everyone else gets the main attraction, plus gravy. There’s nothing like Thanksgiving to make a vegetarian feel like an outcast.

So one year, I convinced my (very supportive) family to forgo the traditional roast bird and indulge in my strange vegetarian concoction: tofu, seasonings and sesame oil, all mashed together, molded into a bowl and then baked.

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