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Turkey Potpie with Leeks, Apples, and Cranberries


Sometimes I crave cooking.

No, I’m not talking about craving food.

Sure, I like to eat. But, for me, I find the process of creating a new dish, something that requires a few steps and some creativity, to be far more fulfilling than actually eating it.

Everything seems to slow down a bit when I’m in the kitchen. There’s something therapeutic about chopping and sauteeing, mixing and stirring.

I love to breath  in the aroma of butter browning and listen to the sound of leeks sizzling away in the skillet. Freshly chopped sage serves as aromatherapy like no bottled fragrance can. Working cold butter into flour with my fingertips melts away the stress of the day.

Yes, it’s true that we always need to eat. But, sometimes, I just need to cook. Continue Reading

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins


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I’ve started this blog post more times than I can count.

Both kids are napping. And, while my house is in need of some serious tidying and my kitchen could stand to be cleaned, I am sitting down to write a blog post.

And, here I sit.

Lately, after a much needed and rather long break, I’ve started to feel like it’s time to start working on some blog posts again. But, it’s been a slow start. Continue Reading

Cocoa Banana Bran Muffins


Let’s just say that I’m a bit Type A.  You might even use the word perfectionist. I’ll take it as a compliment.

That’s all fine and great… And, when it comes to developing recipes, it can be a good thing.

Enter the toddler.

Too tired to walk all the way over to the couch? Why not just lie down in the middle of the floor! Don’t want that last bite of your snack? Just put it on the counter. Partially chewed. Messy hands? No problem. Wipe them on the clean kitchen towel. Or on the cabinets. Or on your shirt. Hey, you have options!

Toddlers are not Type A.

(I can say this with assurance because I have plenty of first-hand experience. Sticky hands all over my countertops… and clothes… and walls… You get the idea.) Continue Reading

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread


Do you know what it’s like to be hungry? Really hungry?

I’m not talking about when you get home from work and raid the pantry because you’re “starving” and can’t wait for dinner.

Nope. I’m talking about real hunger. I’m talking about going to bed at night without having anything to eat. I’m talking about not knowing where your next meal is coming from or how you are going to provide food to feed your children.

I’m fortunate that I am not in that situation. I’ve never truly been in that situation. But, it is something that tugs at my heart strings… It tugs hard, and it always has. Since having my daughter, though, I find myself thinking about it more and more.

What if I didn’t have food for her? What if she had to go to bed hungry at night?

Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under 5 years old – 3.1 million children every year.

It breaks my heart to think about it… And, it breaks my heart that there are mothers and fathers out there who are living with that reality every day. They are people just like me who have just been dealt a slightly different hand in life. Continue Reading

Unprocessed Pumpkin Spice Biscuits


When it comes to healthier eating, baking is always the part where I struggle the most. I love to bake, and I’m sort of known for it.  I can’t tell you how many times baking has been the thing that has derailed my efforts to eat and live healthier.

I’d like to say that I’ve completely conquered that problem, and I am here to share the perfect solution. I haven’t, and I’m not. But, over the last year or so, I have made a lot of changes to the way I eat and the way I bake. I think they are changes for the better.

When I try to cut baking out entirely, it always backfires. I do well for a while. Then I end up baking a batch of cupcakes or brownies, and I eat entirely too many of them. So, for me, cutting back on baking (but not cutting it out) has been key. Continue Reading