• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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!…

  • 4th of July Attire

    The 4th is around the corner! We seem to always have a fun calendar of events around the 4th of July. Whether you have a relaxed block party, beach day planned, family BBQ or something a little fancier;  I have found festive pieces for the whole family! PS: Those red shades are $8!!! 4th of July Attire for the whole family! Click on corresponding number to shop Women’s item! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.   Click on corresponding number to shop Men’s item! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5.…

  • Summer Grilled Chicken Parmesan

    This is barely a recipe but still worth posting! “Chicken Parm” is a staple in our house; sometimes I take short cuts with Bell & Evans GF Chicken Cutlets or Tenders, but this shortcut is even better. I had the grill hot and ready to go for Sunday afternoon burgers so I generously seasoned some chicken cutlets and grilled them up for a different take on chicken parm! It doesn’t hurt that this is a much lighter dish without the breading! Once the chicken is grilled it is as easy as assembling the dish and popping it in the oven! Bonus, I grill the chicken ahead of time and assemble…

  • Serena & Lily Memorial Day Sale

    Memorial Day weekend always has plenty of sales so if you need something it is a good time to pop into stores or scour the internet! The lovely company, Serena & Lily is having a 20% off sale! They are known for their relaxed beach vibe while still being tailored and sophisticated. Their stores are SO peaceful… I am on a MAJOR purge/reorganization kick… more on that next week, stay tuned… but that also means I am taking a hard look at my beloved house that we have been in for almost 11 years (!!!). We have done a lot of renovations and work over the years but not copious…

  • Kid’s Chocolate Beet Smoothie

    As the school year winds down into Summer, things tend to get a little crazy, no? Even if you don’t have kids in school it just seems like the days are short and packed. So many appointments you’re trying to wedge in before summer and all the events… it’s wonderful to have a full calendar but it leaves me short on time. I have been prepping breakfast the night before for everyone because it starts the day off right. Thad’s Banana Bread,  Morning Glory or Blender Muffins, dreamy Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding or smoothies- it all makes it a touch easier in the morning rush. For a smoothie you just need…