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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.…

Veggie Noodles + Garlic Wine Sauce

Butter. Garlic. Wine. – Three things I don’t want to ever live without. Luckily, all three can be found in this indulgently delicious, yet veggie packed, recipe. I don’t tend to use the word indulgent in my recipe posts, because many associate that word with other words like heavy, rich, unhealthy, or bad. This recipe however, though none of those four latter words, does deserve a description as indulgent, because it is as delicious as…

Avocado + Cara Cara Salad

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am with the daily increase in daylight. Through my twenties, there has definitely been a pattern of winter related blues and just over all blah-ness. I think most people struggle with some level of seasonal affective disorder, especially us in the more northern and chillier terrains. The combination of darkness and cold really wears on my productivity, my esteem, and my emotions. Its so refreshing…

Chocolate Chip Marbled Banana Bread

When it comes to cooking, I feel like I have a really good handle on things. I can improvise with ingredients or measurements and usually find success. Baking, however, is a completely different beast. I have a truly difficult time with creating baked goods from scratch without a recipe. This is partly because I just don’t experiment enough. If I continued to try and try again at a recipe, I am sure I would finally…