• Holiday Gift Guide #5 – The Gourmet

    So this is an easy one… all the best things for “the gourmet”. If you have a loved one who adores being in the kitchen this is the list for you! These are all my favorites or things that are on my want list!   Click on item name to shop!  Instant Pot Duo 80 – Okay. Obviously this is on here. It should be on every gift guide I put together because I love it so much (Same with #2). If you don’t have one in your kitchen you should. It is a miracle appliance! Vitamix Professional Series Blender – Same as above… I use this all the time.…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #4 – Your Best Friend

    What to get your best bud? The friend that keeps you grounded, that is always there for a laugh? Sometimes that can be hard! You want to get something they will really enjoy and not just a token that will clutter up their house, am I right? I love getting a consumable (food or beauty!) that can be used and then be gone, or something they wouldn’t buy for themselves! Below find my favorites; bonus- everything except for the awesome L.L. Bean tote is $50 and under! Click on item name to shop! L.L. Bean Signature Camo Boat and Tote – I love an L. L. Bean tote bag; durable,…

  • Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

    First, thank you all for your kind messages after my post on Monday, I Need To Walk and It’s Getting Cold… I really appreciate the love, support and suggestions! The other day I told a friend I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful, giving people. It keeps me afloat. Oh, and I will report back on podcasts soon! Now on to the cookies. We are entering the hectic holiday season, you know the one with all the sugar and craziness? How would you feel about a kid friendly breakfast cookie packed with a vegetable and no white sugar? Yes, please? I thought so. Inspired by the amazing…

  • Make Ahead Breakfasts

    Okay… summer is now over (unofficially). That Tuesday after Labor Day always seems to be the day despite what the lunar calendar says. The melee sets in; back to school, back to work, back to life. It can be hard to get out the door in the morning (or sit to write a blog post!), am I right? I pulled together my favorite recipes that you can make a head and get you and/or your kids out the door even faster without the headache! Muffins: So easy to make ahead and keep on the counter or better yet, in the freezer! Make a double batch while you are baking! All 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…

  • Chocolate Cashew Butter “Bonbons”

    Does anyone remember that expression “it’s not like I’m sitting around all day eating bonbons?” Was that only something my grandmother and mother said? I’ve always wondered what a bonbon is exactly; per Webster it is “a candy with chocolate or fondant coating and fondant center that sometimes contains fruits and nuts. Or something that is pleasing in a light or frivolous way”. So these little treats definitely qualify for both of those definitions. They are a healthier version with no refined white sugar. They are gluten and grain free and also paleo if you choose the right chocolate chips – this brand is good for Paleo. The dates bring a…

  • Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

    Muffins. I grew up eating muffins every weekend. My dad would make the best muffins (out of a box, my favorite were the Duncan Hines Deluxe Blueberry Muffin… which they still make a version of, but sadly I can no longer eat! ).  We would enjoy them with eggs and bacon; it was the highlight of the weekend. So, it comes as no surprise that my kids love muffins too. I find that they are great weekday breakfast paired with fruit and yogurt if you make them with simple healthful ingredients. We can save the super fun treats for the weekends like my parents did. These also freeze well so you can…