• Quick Pickles

    We love pickles around here. It is so easy to make a quick pickle and it elevates any dish. Tacos, salads, burgers, stir-fry, rice bowls, sandwiches… okay I will stop. The tang and crunch of a quick pickle just makes everything taste better! We love keeping red onion quick pickles in the fridge (my kids LOVE them) but don’t stop at red onions. Carrots, radishes, cucumbers (obviously), green beans, cauliflower… so many options! I usually double the batch of vinegar and make two different types at once! I use honey here as a sweetener because I always try and go the less refined route, but I really like the earthiness…

  • Graham Toffee Candy

    Graham crackers smothered in vanilla toffee & dark chocolate with a sprinkle of pecans… I really struggled to name this recipe… it is not a cookie. Is it bark? Is it candy? Is it the so called “Christmas Crack”? Let’s not limit this to Christmas because it could (and should) be made all year round… so let’s call it Graham Toffee Candy! I was playing around with the “Christmas Crack” that is all over Pinterest and thought “This would taste so much better with graham crackers… and maybe pecans”.  I was right! The candy here is a ridiculously easy vanilla toffee that is divine! You could swap in butterscotch chips…

  • Sweet & Spicy Pecans

    Okay, is it just me or do the Holidays seem like a full on contact sport this year? So much to do and everyone is in a rush! I almost got slammed backing out of a parking spot today… It makes me want to hole up in my house watch Christmas movies and bake all things Christmas! These nuts fit nicely into that category! My mom used to make something similar as a kid and I loved them. I can’t take credit for these delicious pecans, I found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen (she is fabulous… check her out! Her latest cookbook made my November Favorites and My Holiday Wishlist!)…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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!…

  • A Relaxed Weekend

    I am beat guys. I need a breather. The end of school is a real energy suck, am I right? This Monday also marked 9 months since I lost my brother. 9 months! I am trying to wrap my head around that. Heading into Summer is very bittersweet. We are so excited for a break at the beach but Summer was my time with my brother. We spent every weekend together. Seriously, every weekend. It is going to be a difficult adjustment for all of us; I am going to cut myself some slack as I navigate this new path. Soooo on that note…. you get a greatest hits post.…

  • “Burner Juice”

    I have loved celery juice now for a little over 9 months. I talked about it here, in this post. I swear to goodness it helps with digestion, clarity, my skin, my hair… which I think is all tied to gut health. I really think it has healed my gut from SIBO. I have read science behind “The Celery Juice Diet” thanks to the Anthony William books and I think it works, maybe it’s mumbo jumbo, but who cares if I feel better, right? So I have been strict, per Anthony William, about drinking straight, pure, freshly made celery juice… until we went to LA last week. I had a juice…

  • My Own Magic Green Sauce

    Okay, a Pinch Of Yum’s 5 Minute Magic Green Sauce is really… well… magical. I love it and would put it on anything and everything (make it, really!)… BUT, my oldest has a sensitivity to pistachios and parsley (I know, so odd) and has a really awful reaction… so it doesn’t work for family dinner. And actually, neither does the jalapeño… This means I needed to make my own version of this sauce that is friendly to my house, and my kids gobbled it up! My Own Magic Green Sauce   Ingredients:  2 Bunches of cilantro cleaned and rough chopped (stems too!) 1 Medium/large avocado or 2 small avocados 1/2…

  • Wooden Spoon Sloppy Joes

    My oldest asked if we could make sloppy joes after flipping through a kid’s cookbook. Meat, check. Sauce, check. Bun, check. What more could a kid ask for? I was immediately thrown back to “hot lunch” day at my small day school in Maryland. I think those Joes either came from a can or a McCormick spice pack. So, yes, my answer was “of course we can make these from scratch my dear!”. I started looking around for a good recipe and every single one had way too many steps and way too many measurements. I don’t need to get that many kitchen items dirty to make this simple dinner…