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Golden Pineapple + Herb Smoothie

I went through a phase where I literally drank a smoothie every single day, and thus it left me feeling like I’d never want a smoothie again. Slowly, however, my smoothie taste buds are returning; and at the right time I’d say because as it gets warmer smoothies are often my breakfast of choice — with a couple of hardboiled eggs — or my favorite post workout snack. A long standing struggle with smoothie making…

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Donuts with Cacao + Peanut Butter Glaze

If at first you don’t succeed, avoid it for 4 months and then try again. I know, probably not the most inspirational advice you’ve ever heard, but that’s how I handled the major fail that was the first time I used my donut baking pan. Donuts! So trendy! I thought, as I bought the pan and proceeded to make what were the most terrible carrot cake donuts that ever existed in the history of life.…

Chewy + Soft Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mondays. Forever stuck in the shadow of the weekend and arguably most people’s least favorite day of the week. I get it, that alarm beeped when it seemed you had only been sleeping for 10 minutes, there is that to-do list waiting on your desk with this week’s tasks and the ones you left on Friday, and maybe there’s laundry or household chores. But, what if we reframed the way we saw Monday mornings? Rather…

Strawberry, Avocado + Arugula Salad w/ a Simple Honey Mustard Vinaigrette and Having Grace With Yourself When Feeling Distracted

We are in the midst of our first heat wave here, which leaves me wanting to go no where near the oven. I’m also in the midst of an unfortunate recipe and writers’ block spell. Thankfully, I picked up a few perfect salad ingredients from the farmers’ market this morning and aside from my overall lack of creativity in the kitchen lately, I never feel challenged to come up with a new favorite salad combination.…

Cinnamon Maple Homemade Granola

If you’ve always wanted to try making homemade granola, but thought it would be too difficult or time consuming, I’m here to tell you it really isn’t! Much to my surprise and happiness, I discovered that making granola might in fact be one of the most simple self-made goodies. Made with a mixture of standard pantry staples, it comes together in 5 minutes and takes just 20-25 minutes to bake. Loaded w/ complex carbohydrates and…

Skillet Baked Apples + a Lovely Weekend

This weekend was beautiful. Though originally forecasted for clouds and rain, there was nothing but clear skies from Saturday Morning to Sunday Night. We spent hours working on our yard on Saturday, but it honestly didn’t even feel like work. I’m not sure when it became enjoyable to me, but right now I am so into being outside and learning how to garden. I think this falls into line with a recent break through in…

Roasted Beet + Mint Salad

I wasn’t always so open to eating any type of vegetable. Growing up in the Army, we we’re usually limited to whatever the commissary’s were stocking, and it typically was a very standard set of vegetables. Additionally, this was long before our family discovered the beautiful art of roasting any vegetable under the sun. I spent the first 25 years of my life thinking I hated beets. I think its mostly because I associated them with…

How To Make Sweet Potato Toast

Whether you’re gluten free, ran out of bread, or just love sweet potatoes, this post is for you! A simple and nutritious way to make your favorite types of toast without any bread. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE bread and eat it often, but this past week we forgot purchase any when grocery shopping, so I decided to take advantage of the garnet yams from our CSA box. Sweet potato toast looks way fancier…

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – Vegan + Gluten Free

Salad season is upon us! Through the late spring and summer, I love nothing more than a delicious and unique salad with or as dinner. Anyone out there who doesn’t have central A/C understands the desire to leave the oven off as much as possible as the mercury rises. Luckily, I have a pretty decent collection of go-to salads for summer weeknight meals that also double as great dishes to bring along to barbecues. Today’s…

Bulleit Bourbon w/ Basil + Grapefruit

The temperature is rising and so are my cravings for refreshing home-crafted cocktails. 2 years ago I would’ve cringed at the idea of bourbon, but after being introduced to old fashioned’s by my fiancé when we first started dating, I developed a pallet for a good bourbon, on the rocks even. We often make old fashioned’s at home, but this past weekend we strayed from the standard and experimented with the grapefruit and bourbon combination.…