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…

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with text

  Sometimes I can be very contradictory. On one hand, I love exotic flavors and foods, and I will not hesitate to try anything (seriously, I’ve eaten bugs before!) But on the other hand, I like some things completely plain. You just don’t mess with these things is how I feel. One of those things is hamburgers. Though I have recently been branching out slightly (adding lettuce, tomato and mayo, gasp!), I prefer them with just ketchup, mustard and pickles, and I normally don’t deviate from this standard.  One of my other “don’t mess with me” foods is Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I … Read more…

Our Southwest Roadtrip and a Big Announcement

Red Canyon

Well, first things first. As you can see, I’m expecting another little one. And I’m quite far along – like 32 weeks. Only 8 more weeks to go. Why didn’t I bring it up sooner you ask? I really don’t know. We decided not to make a big deal of it after the first trimester ended, then the later it got, the more ridiculous it seemed to make a big announcement. So here I am, announcing it when it seems like the baby is almost here. It’s been tough keeping up with a food blog during pregnancy. First there was … Read more…

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Whole wheat English Muffin with text

  Hi All! So here I am, back from my almost 2 week long road trip through the Southwest. A post with pictures and stories from the trip will follow, as soon as I get a chance to go through some of the thousands of pictures we took. But we all know how long it can take to get things in order after a trip, especially since the day after we got back I came down with an icky stomach flu. Not fun.  Today I want to talk about breakfast. More specifically, Homemade Whole Wheat English Muffins. English muffins are … Read more…

Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn

Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn

  Hello from Las Vegas! I have been travelling around the Southwest for the past week, having a great time. I thought I would have more time to keep up with posting yummy recipes, but not so much in between driving, visiting National Parks and taking part in my sister’s wedding festivities. Funny how that works… So far we have been to 4 states and 3 National Parks. The highlight for me so far has been Grand Canyon. I heard it would be spectacular, and I was worried that my expectations would be too high. Nope, it really IS that Grand. … Read more…

Pan Roasted Broccoli with Chickpeas, Garlic and Anchovies

Pan Roasted Broccoli with text

 This week my family and I are getting ready for a 2 week long road trip. We’re flying to Denver, then renting a car and travelling through the Southwest to Las Vegas where my sister will be getting married. I’m super excited, since I’ve never been to that part of the country before. But anyone who’s ever traveled before knows what prep week can be like, food-wise. It’s pretty dismal here in my kitchen right now. First of all, I don’t want to buy groceries, so I’m forced to use up what’s left, which is getting to be not much. Second, … Read more…

German Apple Pancake

German Apple Pancake

  I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve had a real thing for breakfast food. Almost everything on my “recipes to try” list, that I’ve actually been making anyway, has been breakfast related. And okay, it might not just be recently. I’ve been known to eat breakfast food for any meal of the day. What can I say? I just really like it. Seems like I’m passing this love on to my Peanut, as she has also requested “breakfast food” for lunch or supper on more than one or two occasions lately.  This German Apple Pancake is just one of those … Read more…

Good Old Fashioned Meatloaf

sliced meatloaf with text

 Never mind New Years resolutions (I never make them anyway). This time of year needs comfort food. Then again, who said the two need to be mutually exclusive. Sometimes, we can eat our favorite old standbys, like this Old Fashioned Meatloaf, but “healthify” them, at least a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means low calorie, low fat or low sodium. But it is a bit of an improvement over your typical meatloaf recipe. By using extra lean instead of lean ground beef (mine was a little freezer burnt, oops!), and switching part of the meat to … Read more…

Savory Sausage and Cheese Waffles

Sausage and cheese waffles with text

 So here’s something you may or may not know about me. I always, always have some kind of breakfast food on hand in the freezer, at all times. Since we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (cliche #1) and variety is the spice of life (cliche #2), I like to change my breakfast up all the time. And since I’m mostly concerned with a) getting coffee into my mouth and b) getting food into my Hangry toddler’s stomach ASAP, I don’t like to spend more than 2 minutes making our breakfasts. Insert freezer meals. I’ve got … Read more…

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract with Text

 Well, the Holidays have officially come and gone. While I’m sure many of you are eager to pack away the decorations and forget about all the hubbub until next December, I say now is the perfect time to get a head start on your gifts for next year. Or your Christmas baking (don’t worry, you won’t actually be baking anything yet). There’s a reason you need to think ahead sometimes with gifts, at least if you’re making them. Sometimes it takes a really, really long time to make something good. As is the case with Homemade Vanilla Extract. Don’t worry – even … Read more…