Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs – Version 2.0

Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs

The weather here in Wisconsin has been teasing us with the appearance and disappearance of Spring for a couple of weeks now. We went on our first community egg hunt today, and I saw several kids wearing snowsuits. At least there is no snow on the ground. Weather for tomorrow’s hunt looks a little better, but not great. And worse yet, while the weather looks great during the week, it looks like the “real Easter bunny” might freeze it’s tail off when it’s hiding the kids’ treats on the actual Easter, next weekend. Oh how I’d love for it to … Read more…

Things I Love, March 26, 2015

Tulle pompoms

- Well, Spring was here, for like 5 minutes. Now there is snow on the ground again. The weather in Wisconsin really isn’t that different from Canada after all. The forecast looks a little grim, more snow to come. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to pretend it’s spring, especially this weekend, for our TWO community Easter egg hunts! We took Peanut to them last year, and she had a great time. She was a little young for it at the time, especially for the busiest one. Although the organizers posted a strict 5 egg limit per kid, we definitely … Read more…

Costa Rican Beans and Rice

Costa Rican Rice and Beans

Finally another dinner recipe. It feels like forever since I have posted one, probably because it has been forever! Since I have no lighting setup, I rely on using natural light to shoot all my photos. As I’m sure many of you are aware, there is no natural light at dinnertime in the winter in Wisconsin. Which means that I either have to shoot my dinner foods with my kitchen lights (yuck!!) or make my dinner foods in the afternoon and refrigerate until dinnertime (maybe yuck, depends what it is). Anyway, now that the sun is up until 6:30PM, it won’t … Read more…

Thursday Things I Love – It’s Spring!

playground

– We are officially snow free and I’m so excited that it’s almost officially spring! Though it’s now a little cooler than it was earlier, we did some really fun stuff. Five different playgrounds, breaking out the Plasma Car and balance bike for the first time this year, and going to the zoo. It’s so exciting to see how Peanut is gaining confidence and strength and can do things she wouldn’t even try to do just a week ago (like the “big” slides)! – I LOVE Superstore’s new “Naturally Imperfect” produce line. Not only will it save consumers money on perfectly good produce if … Read more…

Do You Need More Protein When You Work Out?

protein and workout

Recently I had a reader question about drinking protein shakes to improve results of a workout – specifically about the benefits of getting protein from a shake vs. from whole foods. The question follows: “Hello, I love the photos! And I do have a question for you whenever you get the opportunity. I do a fairly intensive strength and cardio training program and I eat quite well but I haven’t been getting the results I was hoping for. The personal trainer here has suggested adding a protein shake to my day. What are the advantages or disadvantages of protein shakes … Read more…

Smores Pie

Smores Pie slice with text

  Happy Pi(e) Day! I think this is the first time I have actually gotten it together enough to actually post a recipe for a food-related “holiday”. And it’s really only because this decadent Smores Pie recipe has been waiting in my queue to be published for a couple of months now. Seriously, my sweets cravings have been out of control this pregnancy! I’ve made so many desserts, I’m really trying to spread them out a little bit. And I’m only blogging about a fraction of the things I’m actually making! Anyone who thinks dietitians don’t have a sweet tooth is seriously wrong (Okay, … Read more…

Thursday Things I Love and New Format

Thursday Things I Love

  Welcome to the first week of a new section that I’m going to try out on my little blog called Things I Love. Let’s face it, I don’t have time to blog about absolutely EVERYTHING on the internet and in my life that I’m loving at the minute (though, if you follow me on Pinterest, you may get a better idea), so I figured that I’d try and keep you updated with a weekly summary of these things. It may be recipes that I’m loving that I don’t write about, or books I’ve read or life events that are … Read more…

Should I Be on a Gluten Free Diet?

wheat

You’d have to be living in a cave (in which case, you’re probably on the Paleo diet – another topic for another time) not to notice all the gluten free foods, books and magazine articles claiming that following a gluten free diet will improve your health, cure your disease, reduce your weight, etc. etc. I’m sure this leads many, MANY people to wonder if they should, in fact follow a gluten free diet. The short answer is…Probably Not. Definitely not to the extent that the food and diet industries are currently making you think you should anyway. However, there are … Read more…

Almost Instant Cherry Cheesecake Bites

cherry cheesecake bites with text

  I was laying in bed  trying to fall asleep the other night, thinking about food (which, by the way, is pretty much the norm, especially in these last weeks of pregnancy). I was thinking about this enormous jar of delicious cherry preserves I bought at Costco last week, and what I would do with it all. Good thing I just picked up some light cream cheese! I though about cherry cheesecake, and how much I love it, but knew I didn’t want to make it right now since we weren’t planning on having dinner guests anytime soon (and really, as … Read more…

Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal on plate with text

  Here I am with another breakfast recipe. Seems like I’m getting pretty predictable. Oh well. What can I say? I just really like breakfast. Especially any breakfast that involves oats. It could be a quick bowl of microwave oatmeal, or steel cut oats simmered on the stove. But now, I’ve been enlightened to baked oatmeal. I had seen it appear in a few cookbooks and on Pinterest, and I decided to try throwing in some frozen cherries and almonds. I came up with this Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal.  I’m really glad to see that oats are gaining popularity right now, … Read more…