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Bite-Sized Gingerbread Cookies — Perfect for Gifting!

Do you ever have one of those weekends where you feel like you strike the perfect balance of relaxation and productivity? Certainly easier said than done, but when it happens I feel like gold on Monday morning! One of things we enjoyed this weekend? Diving into the holiday baking season with these bite-sized gingerbread cookies! One of the simple gifts we will be giving people this year are mason jars with gingerbread cookies, so in…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Wow, it’s been a while, but I have returned to bring you a recipe for simple butternut squash soup! The last month has been amazing but chaotic, full but also easy going. I GOT MARRIED — to my best friend and soulmate, and I couldn’t be happier. Our wedding was a weekend I’ll treasure forever. The final weeks of wedding planning were a bit nuts and chock full of DIY crafts. This left little time…

How To Make Quick Pickles

Let me start this off by saying this: I by no means strive for perfection, in the present or future, when it comes to sustainable and green living. I do, however, look for simple ways to decrease waste and reuse old materials (I.e. jars, bottles, etc). I’ve recently taken interest in making my own versions of things I would have previously bought in a jar because 1) I have so many empty glass jars in…

Citrus Pico De Gallo Black Bean Salad

Another week of choosing to avoid the oven as much as possible brings you this simple addition to your weekday lunches or dinners: Citrus Pico De Gallo Black Bean Salad. Tart and citrusy from fresh lime juice and fresh and spicy from the pico de gallo. Perfect as a light main course, side dish, or snack dip, this recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes of time! This recipe is chock full of healthy fats, fiber,…

Honey Tamari Cucumber Salad with Ginger, Jalapeño, Cilantro and Lime

Honey, Tamari, Jalapeno, Pickled Ginger, Cilantro, Lime Juice. Yes, that is a lot of flavors. I probably would’ve never tried combining tamari soy sauce and ginger with (what I consider) hispanic flavors, but boy did it work! Last week I started checking out cookbooks from our local library, not to follow the recipes necessarily, but to teach myself more about flavor blending and specific cooking/baking techniques. I was surprised to see just how many recipes…

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.…

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…

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…