Hello Hello Hello everyone! I'm back in Ohio and have been busy getting this week's newsletter together after being out of town last week.

As July winds down and August is just two days away, things are gearing up for back to school. My goal is to provide you with some great ideas and recipes for quick and easy meals as the crazy times start up once again.

Plus, next week I'll be sharing an amazing meal/shopping planning page that will make setting up your weekly dinners a snap. If you know anyone who could use some meal planning help, make sure they subscribe to the newsletter so they don't miss it! Only subscribers will have access to this free worksheet!

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I'll see you online and here in two weeks!

I've rediscovered angel food cake this summer. It's a lower-calorie, low-fat option for dessert because it uses egg whites and a few other ingredients.

And while the egg whites give the cake its distinct, airy texture, they can be fussy when baking with them. That's why I always used a store-bought angel food cake--until a couple of weeks ago. It turns out it's not as complicated as I feared.

I found a recipe online and had to make a few adaptations. It's now going to be a regular in my kitchen!

This cake goes beautifully with fresh summer berries or even frozen ones! And, I also discovered you don't have to have that special pan to make the cake.

Check out the recipe below!
Snapshots from Tennessee
Last week, I celebrated my 25th anniversary with probably the most patient guy on the planet. We went on a last-minute trip to Gatlinburg, TN for the occasion. It was an incredible trip because 1. It's not every day you celebrate a silver anniversary and 2. We tried all sorts of new things: hiking, rock climbing (!) and I faced my fear of heights on a ski lift that got stuck for a little longer than I liked. I also snapped lots of photos with me in them, which I used to avoid. Not anymore!

If you've been thinking about trying something new--give it a shot! Life is happening now! Don't wait until you reach your weight loss goals to get out there!
A Tale of Two Me's

If you've ever felt like you are fighting yourself even when you are working hard on improving your life, then take a minute to read my story Where is the Progress?
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