• 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…

  • Cashew Butter Cookies (Paleo!)

    Remember those seriously easy peanut butter cookies that only had three ingredients? Well why can’t they be cashew butter? And while we are at it let’s make them paleo with coconut sugar instead!     I started with Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Salted Peanut Butter Cookies and made some simple swaps. Super easy, low maintenance recipe,  but I recommend using a mixer because nut butter can be hard to stir!      

  • 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…

  • Tahini Dressing

    A little magic tahini salad dressing to start the weekend off right. Today I’m heading out for a long weekend on a girl’s trip (how lucky am I? More on the trip later!) so I thought I’d stock the fridge/freezer up a bit for my family.  So besides ice cream, hamburgers and other treats I have our favorite Easy Chicken Parmesan and Pork Ragù ready to be reheated along with loads of fresh lettuce and this dressing. What’s an easier vegetable side than a salad? Not much. Throw in some cucumber, chopped tomatoes and an avocado and you are good to go. I nailed down the recipe for this tahini…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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!…