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GF Cranberry Almond Muffin

Cranberry Almond Muffins

  I’ve been on this kick where I’ve been trying to limit refined sugar and gluten in my life. This is somewhat hilarious and is certainly not a coincidence to the extreme sugar overdose caused by my last post; Peanut Butter Snickers Cake.   I don’t have any diet restrictions as far as gluten goes, and with that being said I have no problem-o bellying up to good slice of cake, or bowl of pasta, or bun on my burger. However, when something as tasty as this muffin comes along and fills that bread-o-licous need in my life, I’ll take it! Because I’ll be honest, my pants are a whole lot more forgiving when flour (and sugar) is outta the picture. With the pop of fresh cranberries, a zip of […]

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Taco Seasoning

DIY Taco Seasoning

My science class has been investigating industrial farming and food, and the kids have selected topics that they’re interested in. I’m pretty sure by the end of it all, I’ll have a classroom full of students looking for organic, free-range, grass-fed, farm raised, non-GMO labels on the food that they eat (sorry parents). Wait. What about skittles, and Doritos, and Little Debbie’s? Yeah-alright. Maybe these lessons are actually impacting me a smidge more than them.  Their arguments are pretty convincing. It’s pretty funny-they (without any persuasion I might add) take the side against the debatable topic. I mean, in all seriousness-we probably all think about it, yet don’t act on it. Guilty! And basically, a week of research and some […]

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Corn and Bean Salad

This post has been sitting on my computer for nearly two months–a whirlwind of a two months. 1 house sold, 1 house purchased. Moving out, moving in. Boxes, boxes….and a puppy. Another puppy. Meet Jack. The good news is that we are all settled in our new home, which is nestled on the hillside off of a country dirt road. The better news is we are finally settled in (I am never moving again, ever). And the best news yet…I am back! And now that I have some time to get to this post, summer is in full swing. Yippee! Beautiful days filled with sunshine, comfy clothes, and evening strolls. I love it. What else do I love? Summer salads. […]

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Avocado and Pear Smoothie

Power Up Breakfast

Hey ya’ll! Avocados have recently been ranking at the top of my favorite foods list. They can be savory, they can be sweet, and they are oh-so creamy. Heeeellloooo you beautiful, versatile, healthy green fruit you. I think this love will surely last-at least for a long while. Especially with a smoothie like this. This feel-super-good-power-start-to-your-morning smoothie is something that I am finding difficult to resist-probably a good thing, seeing how I have a pile of quickly ripening avocados chillin’ on my counter-why, why must they all ripen at once?! I am an old fan of the green smoothie. We drink them. Every. single. morning. OK-except on the weekends when we splurge on breakfast sandwiches and muffins. Regardless-that’s a lot […]

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Ginger Lime Chicken

Dreaming of Paradise

It’s snowy and cold here, again. Living in upstate NY, I should really expect this during the first week of January. Training for a half-marathon in the middle of winter makes me snarl at the wind as it whips snow by my window (totally self-inflicted torture, I know). Arggg. But run is what I must do…so yesterday I bundled up and headed out the door, my neighbor shoveling, surely questioning my sanity. The sidewalks were covered with snow and ice. Tears were freezing in my eyes. Toes numb. Sounds fun, eh! Thank you to all of my friends who post pictures of their vacation beach runs…that especially helps! Rather than focusing on my twenty-some layers of clothing, I switched my […]

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Homemade Coffee Creamers

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Have you ever found yourself standing in front of row upon row of the gazillion coffee creamer flavors offered up at the grocery store? It’s ridiculous. There are so many glorious flavor combinations that you can add to your coffee. The thought of indulging in a double-chocolate, salted caramel coffee instantly makes my mouth water and me longing to fill up my favorite mug. Yet-I never leave with one (OK, rarely). If you flip over to the ingredients label-you might be surprised to find that your flavored coffee creamer is filled with all sorts of artificial ingredients and things that I struggle to pronounce (or know what they are). Yuck. That doesn’t sound delicious at all. What if I were […]

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Pumpkin Creme Brulee-a  creamy, sweet alternative to pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving

Instead of Pie…

A few weeks ago we went out to dinner with two of our friends, for the first time in foooorever, to celebrate Matt’s birthday. Once upon a time we regularly went out with them to eat at swanky restaurants around our area. But our swanky dining experience has transformed into pizza that Matt picks up on his way home from work. It’s all good-because I don’t mind our new dinnermate, who only cares if her food is pureed. One thing that I sure do miss from our evenings out is ordering up a nice big dish of creme brulee. And one of my favorite places serves it with a whopping, king-sized ginger snap cookie. Let me tell you, that cookie […]

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Ahhh, Thanksgiving week has arrived. Each year I try to determine my top three favorite sides to focus on. You know, the sides that get plate space ahead of the others…alright and also the sides you want to get your hands on before anybody else-in order to get a hefty amount. I tend to strategically place myself near my faves, ha! This year my top three Thanksgiving favorites are as follows: 1. homemade cranberry sauce 2. sweet potato casserole 3. stuffing And this year…let me tell you. I am filling up. Yes indeed. It is necessary you see, in order to make up for last Thanksgiving. Last Thanksgiving I was at the tail end of a four month morning (yea […]

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Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos. AKA amazingness on a plate. Twice this summer, at festivals, I experienced this wonderful nachoy concoction. I don’t know who dreamed it up, but I am quite sure we would be the very best of friends. Pulled pork. BBQ sauce. Chips. Melted cheese. Whaaat?! I absolutely love, love, love BBQ (and a mighty fine red BBQ sauce). I think that it should seriously be considered as a major food group. Enter cheesy nachos (which I also have a love for) and you’ve got a combination that is absolutely mouthwatering. Can we just zoom in on that pile of yum… A little more… If you want to just shove that delightful little chip into your mouth, I don’t […]

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Pumpkin Breakfast Bars

Fall. By far my favorite season. The hillsides transform into perfection, painted by all of the colorful changing leaves… Even autumn weeds turn to beauty as they line the rusted fence of a pasture… I could spend countless hours taking in all of the fall scenery. Complete dork. I know. And I am not ashamed! But my favorite thing about fall, pumpkins. Especially when sweetened, spiced, and baked (duh!). These breakfast bars remind me of all things fall.  And they are a healthy(ier) alternative to some of my favorite pumpkin indulgences. I found a version of this recipe over at  Sally’s Baking Addiction. But rather than going the dessert route. I decided to mix it up with some healthier alternatives […]

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