Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Clusters

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These are a real thing, you guys.  They happened in my kitchen just yesterday.  I saw them with my own two eyes.  I tasted them with my very own tastebuds.  I shared them with a few small grateful children and a couple friends.  And now, they are gone.  Today, no more.  So I’ll be making another batch just as soon as I get this recipe into your hands.   Continue reading

‘The Nutty Bird’ Sandwich

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So there’s this adorable coffeeshop called Pierce Street Coffeworks in the town I grew up in.  Many of our “half days” of highschool ended with lunch at this cute little spot-which, now that I think back, was nearly 17 years ago…what?! Can somebody please recalculate and tell me I’m wrong here?

On top of great coffee the atmosphere was full of art and color…and the sandwiches on the menu were pretty stellar, too.  The Nutty Bird used to be my go-to.  So so delish.  And every year on the day after thanksgiving I use my leftovers to take me back to that place of nostalgia.  Oh my is it yummy.   Continue reading

Sweet, Salty, Antioxidant Rich Snack Mix + Thanksgiving Meal Inspiration

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I planned on just leaving you with a bit of Thanksgiving meal inspiration today.  I did.  But it felt wrong, you know, not sharing a new recipe and all.  It felt like going to a dinner party empty handed.  No dish to share, no bottle of wine or even fresh flowers.  It felt icky.  So it’s not going to happen.  This snack mix is your hostess gift.  I hope you like it 😉 Continue reading

Cinnamon Pear Sauce

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So friends, as you may remember, I am a total fan of homemade applesauce.  It’s unbeatable…store bought varieties just don’t compare.  Not to mention when you make it homemade you’re not stripping away a ton of the nutrients through processing and preserving.  I’m just sold on the whole deal, especially considering how simple it is to prepare at home.

Now, theres a couple of kinds of food love, in my book.  Theres being a total fan, as I told you I was of the applesauce in the paragraph above.  And then theres Hallelujah, over the moon, this-is-out-of-control, party-don’t-stop food love.  This Cinnamon Pear Sauce?  I would classify it under the latter.   Continue reading

Favorite Blueberry Muffins

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Guys.  I am not one to push advice on others.  Your toes I will never try to step on.  But do me a favor this weekend.  Sleep until your kids or your dog wake you up.  Stay in your jammies until you absolutely need to get ready for the day.  Watch cartoons or your favorite mindless BRAVO show.  Chill out and try your best to relax (and please include cuddles).  And most definitely….absolutely…positively make these muffins (they pair very well with all of the coziness listed above). Continue reading

Nourished Brownies

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Listen, friends.  This recipe right here?  Write it down.  Take a picture.  File it away.  Send it to a friend.  I don’t care what you do but just don’t forget about it.  It’s one of my favorite “back pocket” treats.  Yes, its just a brownie.  Thats rich.  And gooey.  And indulgent.  With no refined sugar.  Or flour.  I know!  And the ease?  I literally let Georgia, my almost three year old, make them herself.  Start to finish.  The mess she makes takes longer to clean up than getting them in the oven.  Your new company-stopping-over-at-the-last-minute staple.  Just make sure you remember what you did with the recipe…they’re going to ask you to share it with them. Continue reading

PB and J Crispy Bars

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Once upon a time there was a mommy.  And this mommy promised her little girl allllllllll day long that after her nap she would wake up to a wonderful treat of peanut butter crunchy bars with chocolate drizzled on top.  So when the little girl when down for her nap the mommy headed right for the kitchen…she was so excited to eat the peanut butter chocolate treats herself prepare such an awesome treat for her little girl.  She measured and scooped and poured and stirred.  The crunchy peanut butter bars smelled amazing.  And now came the really fun part….the chocolate drizzled on top!  Mommy went to the cupboard to get the chocolate pieces.  But she could not find them.  She looked high.  She looked low. And everywhere in between. She began to sweat. How will I make the peanut butter crunchy bars with chocolate drizzled on top without the chocolate? I know I bought chocolate!   And then she became angry.  Smoke nearly started coming out of her ears.  The mommy had not-so-nice thoughts running through her head of what she wanted to do to the daddy.  She realized the daddy probably ate all of the chocolate pieces because daddy has a problem.  A problem with consuming everything in sight that resembles chocolate in a matter of milliseconds.  He’s like a really friendly chocolate monster.  Mommy decided she was going to get a padlock for her chocolate cupboard.  Not for the little girl or her baby brother but for her daddy.   Continue reading