• Baked French Toast (Gluten Free)

    This recipe all started because I felt insanely wasteful throwing away the heels of a loaf of bread (usually 4 pieces!) because no one would eat them. The end of a gluten free sandwich loaf if not like scoring the end of a French baguette after all (yes, I miss a French baguette!). So I started saving the heels in the freezer… what could I make? A baked French toast seemed perfect! Honestly, you can just buy a loaf and use that… but I am saving my heels for this recipe! This recipe is written for gluten free bread which absorbs liquid differently than traditional wheat bread, if you want…

  • September Favorites…

    Ah, September, that’s a wrap. September is always a jam packed month coming off of summer. I feel like I have holed up a bit this month so there are a lot ( A LOT) of books on this list…   Click on corresponding number to shop item! Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family – Loved this book.. the Pollan family doesn’t disappoint with inventive recipes. I love the idea of a vegetable forward menu and this ” Felxitarian” cookbook fits the bill. Good Housekeeping Cookbook: 1,200 Triple-Tested Recipes – Triple tested… really enough said. Everything you ever wanted to know how to cook is in…

  • Chicken & Sweet Potato Chili

    Fall is here despite what the temperature outside may be! I am ready for super easy, delicious & warming dinners. In comes my best kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot.  This genius little appliance makes quick work of 5 ingredients (yes FIVE! Okay, 6 with the bay leaf… and salt and pepper just don’t count!) and puts a chili on your table in about an hour start to finish. And it tastes like it has been on the stove for hours! Chicken & Sweet Potato Chili (Serves 8-10, freezes well) Ingredients: 3-4 lbs Boneless, skinless chicken thighs; trimmed 4 Cups cubes sweet potatoes (I leave the skin on) 2 Cups salsa…

  • One Year Later.

      Here I am. September 17th. What a crappy day of which to be reminded. It has been 365 days since I lost my brother. Which means it has been 366 days since I have spoken to him and 373 days since I have given him a hug. Surreal. People keep asking how I am, which is so lovely and kind. So here we go. I have learned a lot in 365 days. I am strong. Very, very strong. It doesn’t get easier per se, but the sharp pain of it all softens. I miss him every day. It is, for lack of a better word, weird. I guess the…

  • Easy Banana Blueberry Muffins

    I may have gotten my kids to end their long loathing of blueberries… seriously, who hates blueberries? They are so sweet and delicious! Granted, I have a serious love of blueberry muffins that stems from childhood Sundays (thanks, Dad!). I figured if I tucked blueberries into Thad’s Banana Bread and turned them into muffins they couldn’t really complain… I was right! Perfect for a lazy Sunday and then for a rushed Monday morning! Enjoy!   Easy Banana Blueberry Muffins (Makes 12) Ingredients: 3 to 4 Very ripe bananas (lots of dark spots & amount depends on how big the banana is! ) 1 1/2 Cup gluten free flour (I like…

  • 30 Minute Pork Ragu with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

    I posted a super simple yet EPIC Pork Ragu on my Instagram Stories last night and have gotten a bajillion questions… I guess everyone is in the “Back To School, Back To Work, It’s No Longer Summer Rules” schedule too. So let me write out the “recipe”, if one can even call it that, here! So what is a Ragu? Per Wikipedia “In Italian cuisine, ragù is a meat-based sauce that is commonly served with pasta. Ragù was created by Alberto Alvisi in the 18th century. An Italian gastronomic society, Accademia Italiana della Cucina, documented several ragù recipes.“ For me, it’s the simplest dinner. Ever. Super speedy and super tasty.…

  • August Favorites…

    We were all over the place this month! A little bit of travel and sadly lots of fevers, infections and antibiotics! The month feels a bit like a blur and here we are back at school… where did Summer go? It was fun while it lasted! See below for what I have been loving this month and using on repeat! Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother – I am an Olaplex convert… I talked about the bond builder, shampoo and conditioner in my July Favorites and then I tried this leave in. These products have totally repaired my hair- I no longer have beach fried hair! Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves…

  • Back To School…

    Summer flew by. But that always happens right? One minute we are celebrating the 4th of July and then all of the sudden it is Labor Day weekend... sigh. We start next week and I am not really prepared... but everyone is still in shorts through the month of September anyways! Below find some cute pieces for kids to start the school year off right, and a little something for the adults too- we want a few new things too, right?

  • S’mores Oreo Bark

    Are you looking for an easy no bake Summer (or any season!) sweet treat that both kids AND adults will love? Look no further. This recipe is the bomb.   S’mores Oreo Bark Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate pieces 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate pieces 1 Cup marshmallow Fluff 12 Oreos (for gluten free I like Glutino) 4 Graham Cracker Sheets (for gluten free I like Pamela’s) Instructions: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt 1 1/2 cup of the dark chocolate chips in the a microwave safe bowl (I like to use a Pyrex measuring cup) and pour melted…

  • Strawberry Orange Breakfast Cake

    The local market here has a table tucked in the back for “last chance” fruits and vegetables. Very (VERY) ripe fruit and on their way out vegetables- perfect for baking (or soup making in the winter). The other day they had strawberries for $0.99 so I knew I needed to bake something! Cookie & Kate has a recipe for Lemony Blueberry Cake in her cookbook that I’ve been dying to try but my kids are still anti blueberry. In come the over ripe strawberries! This is a direct adaptation of her recipe just swapping out the flavors a bit. I felt like orange would go better with strawberries than lemon!…