• Bacon & Cheese Hash Brown… Waffles

    Hash brown waffles. They are a thing and they are all over Pinterest and Instagram. We had to try them. Thad and I would have made these together (and loved them). We had a mutual love for McDonald’s hash browns (come on, you know they are THE BEST) starting at an early age. It was always the biggest treat when my mom would wheel through the drive-thru for those. Unbelievably, this past weekend marked 6 months of his being gone.  This felt like the perfect thing to make for Sunday dinner in a small nod to him. I turned to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, for a fail proof recipe.…

  • la vie en rose

    I saw “A Star Is Born” for a second time this weekend and Matt finally got to see it…loved it. It may have even better the second time. Soundtrack is AMAZING by the way! We came up with a new cocktail this weekend and “la vie en rose” seemed like the perfect name for this deep rosey pink beverage. When I made The Darien Peach, I bought (or had my husband go to the store and buy) a bottle of Aperol… he made so much fun of me because the store owner teased him that he just wasted $30 and that bottle would never get used. Apparently the store owner…

  • Morning Glory Muffins

    There is a place in RI called Allie’s Donuts… they make the BEST Morning Glory muffins I have ever had. When I was a teenager in the summer my mom used to bring me one every Monday morning when she stopped on her way back from dropping my dad off at the airport. It was chewy, sweet, hearty, sort of earthy and felt healthy. Perhaps my first foray into “health food”… I loved them and I wasn’t even a raisin person! Looking back they probably were not all that healthy but I digress. I thought of them the other day and figured I must be able to make my own…

  • Cinnamon “Latte”

    Okay… this drink is my favorite… borderline obsession and I have it for breakfast on days I don’t have time for eggs. I also make it with decaf chai tea for an afternoon pick me up. This recipe may seem familiar… I posted it about a year ago and SOMEHOW it got deleted from my website. It seems a sweet child MAY have deleted it when they were doing homework on my computer. Oh well. I’ve chatted about the Cinnamon “Latte” (aka power protein morning special) a few times recently so I thought it needed to be reposted! I gave up coffee almost two years ago (wow), but I’m not…

  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake- paleo!

    A perfect Paleo, kid-friendly cinnamon coffee cake for the weekend. It all comes together in the food processor which makes it super easy. I always opt to use the food processor when I can. It incorporates the ingredients so well! (This is the one I have here!) Ingredients: Coffee Cake 2½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal- I like Trader Joe’s brand!)  ½ teaspoon baking soda  ¼ teaspoon sea salt 3 large eggs ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Cinnamon Sugar Swirl  ¼ cup coconut oil, melted  ¼ cup coconut sugar  2 tablespoons ground cinnamon Instructions: Preheat oven to 350.…

  • Last Minute Holiday Gifts

    Thank goodness for Amazon Prime right? Free two day shipping is a life saver. For you last minute shoppers out there here is a great collection of last minute gifts that can get to you fast for anyone on your list! Countdown is on- one week until Christmas Eve! Side note: as I was creating this list some ship dates changed, I tried to update every product but some may have changed since I published it. Look for the phrase “Will arrive before Christmas” in GREEN letters to make sure you receive it in time!     Click on item name to shop!  Spooner Board– Your kids will love this……

  • Coconut Macaroons

    Coconut Macaroons. I think I first started making these for my in-laws for Passover early in our marriage. The first time I brought them my husband’s grandparents jubilantly stated that these were the best macaroons they had ever had. Ever. Coconut macaroons were their favorite cookie so they knew what they were talking about. Now I make them for the family for any holiday. They are so simple with only 5 ingredients and come together quickly.   I also think they make the perfect holiday “snowball” cookie and they make their way on to our Christmas Cookie plate. (Try our Gluten Free Roll Out Sugar Cookie for you Christmas Cookie…

  • Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon

    Roasted pineapple. Another inspiration from our quick trip into NYC. We did have one meh meal at a place that shall remain nameless, but the silver lining (besides providing us with a laugh) is that it turned us onto the idea of roasted pineapple. It is addictive, you have been warned. Serve this over ice cream, yogurt, pound cake, oatmeal, pancakes, grilled chicken, pork tenderloin or even fish! Or you can just eat it straight off the pan out of the oven. You get the picture, this can go on anything! Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon Ingredients: 1 Whole pineapple cored and cut into cubes 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil…

  • Thad’s Banana Bread

    Banana Bread. This was a staple in my house growing up. Whenever those bananas got spotty we had banana bread for breakfast. We LOVED it, especially my brother, who then in turn made it for my kids. They now love it, too. I have taken our old classic recipe and tweaked it to make it gluten free and have a little less sugar (and no refined white sugar)… there is still butter. I think butter is the key to the deep flavor of this particular bread, but feel free to swap in melted coconut oil, I am sure it will work! Ingredients: 3 to 4 Very ripe bananas (lots of…

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

    School is about to start… a little over a week to go. I am trying to get into the mindset of being back in a routine (and off the beach). A wholesome breakfast before the school day starts is a priority in my house. This granola fits the bill. Hearty and nutrient packed with enough chocolate to make the kids happy. Serve with yogurt and fresh berries and you are all set! A variation on my Granola Formula amped up with the flavors of Nutella! Ingredients: 3 Cups gluten free oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 1 Cup chopped hazelnuts 1 Cup sliced almonds 1/4 Cup flax meal 1/4 Cup…