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Nuts and Seeds Granola with Flax and Hemp Hearts


The waiting game…

Today is my due date.

It’s the date that we’ve had in the back of our minds for 9 months… The date the baby is supposed to be here. And, here we are. Waiting.

Babies are unpredictable creatures… I know that. But, I’m a planner. Those two things tend to be at odds. So, I’ve spent the past week keeping myself busy. I’ve cleaned and organized the freezer (including a detailed inventory and list of all the available freezer meals), cleaned out the pantry, baked, cooked, cleaned, and even decorated cookies (doesn’t everyone consider decorated cookies an essential for their hospital bag?).

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Cocoa Sourdough Bagels


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ahhh, chocolate.

I used to be one of those people who couldn’t understand people who don’t like chocolate. I say “used to be” because, in the last three months, I have become one of those people.

That’s right. I currently do not like chocolate. I can tolerate dark chocolate here and there, but I especially hate milk chocolate and all other forms of sweet chocolate.

I guess this is one of the many things I can “blame” on pregnancy and hormones. I’m hoping it’s a temporary thing, but for now, I’m one of those “chocolate haters.”

So, by now, you’re wondering why I’m writing about hating chocolate while sharing a new chocolate recipe. You see, that’s the funny thing. Even though I can’t stand to eat chocolate, I’ve been thinking about a chocolate sourdough bread for a while. Strange, right?Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Granola


My husband and I agree on a lot of things. Cereal is not one of them.

More specifically, we disagree on the amount of milk that should be added to a bowl of cereal.

My husband likes a little cereal with his milk. If the cereal is drowning and soggy, he’s a happy camper.

On the other hand, I like as little milk with my cereal as possible. In fact, I’m perfectly fine to snack on cereal with no milk at all. I prefer it. But, if I do have a bowl of cereal with milk in it, you can be sure I’ll add as little as possible. I will also eat it as quickly as possible in order to reduce the likelihood of the cereal getting soggy. I don’t do soggy.Continue Reading

Maddie’s Dog Biscuits with Peanut Butter and Pumpkin


A few weeks ago, we had a birthday in the family… A doggy birthday! My furry nephew (an adorable chocolate lab named Chester) turned one year old.

Of course, Maddie and I had to whip up something for the birthday boy. She is becoming a great helper in the kitchen, so I put her to work. She helped to mix up the dough, rolled out treats, and helped to cut out bone shapes with the cookie cutter.Continue Reading

Spiced Cranberry Apple Preserves


When we moved into our house over eight years ago, my husband and I planted a small apple tree. We were new homeowners and knew very little about gardening. We did, however, love  the idea of having fresh apples in our back yard.  So, when we were at the local hardware store and spotted the cute little dwarf macintosh apple trees all lined up, we had to have one.

Fast forward to the present. Our tiny sapling of a tree is now a full fledged apple tree full of apples. (Granted, it is a dwarf apple tree, so it’s not huge.) They always say that the best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago, right? There may be some truth to that saying.

In years past, the apples were very small and rotted or fell to the ground before we ever had a chance to pick them. This year, though, the tree was full of apples. So, on a sunny Saturday morning a few weeks ago, we headed out to the back yard to pick some apples.

I was just hoping for a handful of apples to make a pie, or perhaps an apple crisp.  We got to picking and having a good time (the kiddo LOVES to pick apples), and pretty soon we had two giant baskets full of apples. I didn’t weigh them, but I think there were 30 pounds of apples.Continue Reading