A few months ago, I spent some time doing volunteer work in Kenya through the volunteer agency International Volunteer HQ. I stayed with a Kenyan family and volunteered at an orphanage, Internally Displaced Persons camps, and with the Masai (warrior tribes in Kenya). It was an extremely moving experience. Read more.

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    Blackberry-Basil Cream Pie

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    Blackberry Basil Cream Pie

    Blackberry Basil Cream Pie

    I had my first competitive muay thai fight on Saturday night.  It was an amazing experience.  The lead-up was quite intense with all the training, diet and lifestyle regimen, but it was all worth it the minute I stepped into the ring.

    For a while I was worried I wouldn’t make it to the ring.  There were three of us from my fight team who were scheduled to compete, but first, one girl broke her wrist, then the guy got called away for work and then we wound up spending an evening in the hospital with my coach; I definitely took care with every step I took to make sure nothing happened to prevent me from fighting!

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    Dr Oz 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse / My First Fight!

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    I’ve been steadily increasing my muay thai training (a martial art hailing from Thailand involving punches, elbows, knees, kicks and clinching) over the last couple of months, gearing up for my first fight (!) coming up on April 28.  I’m excited to put my skills to the test; no matter how much you train regularly, spar (practice fighting) with your muay thai buddies, or condition your body through working out at the gym, when you step into the ring on Fight Night with 200 people watching and screaming, adrenaline pumping, it’s different.

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    French Friday with Dorie’s Classic and Cocoa Sables

    Filed under :Around My French Table, chocolate, Cinnamon, cocoa, Desserts, Dorie Greenspan, orange zest, sables, shortbread
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    Classic and Cocoa Sables

    Every Friday, an intrepid group of bloggers and Dorie Greenspan groupies (yeeaaaahhhhh DORIE!) blog about a recipe from her fabulous- and massive- Around My French Table.  Dorie has long been renowned for her virtuosic baking skills, and Around My French Table ventures into the realm of French cooking with recipes she developed and culled from Parisian cuisine.

    This Friday, the recipe on tap was Cocoa Sablés, a thick buttery cookie with texture akin to shortbread (indeed, a sablé is a French shortbread of sorts).  I was excited to try not only the cocoa version, but also her classic butter sablés version as well.

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