How often do you have over-ripe bananas sitting on your counter? Is it just me? I swear it happens weekly, yet I continue to buy the same bunch that tends to go partially uneaten every time I do my shopping. Maybe it’s because I love a good challenge? Because Lord knows you can only make so much banana bread and so many peanut butter banana smoothies…it forces me to switch things up and get creative with those leftover sweeties.
You aren’t going to believe these. Truly.
Let’s just start with the fact that they involve only 6 simple ingredients.
And then lets discuss the fact that there is no cooking involved. Or blending. Or pureeing. Or effort. None.
And then let’s talk about how much more healthful they are than your typical store-bought white sugar packed peanut butter chocolate granola bars.
Guys, I write to you with reservation. This is not how this was supposed to go. We weren’t supposed to end our zucchini week this way. I had big dreams. High hopes. Goodbyes are difficult…zucchini goodbyes, well, they deserve more than a confidence-lacking post.
You see, I was kind of saving the best for last here with this bread. I made it last week…it was incredible…but I didn’t take photos. Figured I’d make it again this week because my kids acted like famished wolves when I made the last batch…it would be a perfect opportunity for me to get some photos for you. How special to be able to share them on this last day we have together with zucchini. I hate goodbyes. Continue reading
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! And what’s a holiday celebration without a little festive food? These little darlings are the perfect addition to your weekend plans…aren’t they cute? Continue reading
Well, friends, it’s been a while. Too long, in fact. My husband and I just returned home from a few days away and man am I feeling refreshed and ready to go. Continue reading
Man can breakfasts get mundane in my home. Finding something thats quick and healthful while still tasting yummy for the kiddos can be quite the challenge. I am thankful they love eggs in all shapes and forms but, as it is, we darn near need to buy a family of chickens to keep up with that whole deal.
Sweet treats can be so fun for breakfast…and these muffins fit right in that category. My kids love my pumpkin muffins and sometimes for something fun I add in chocolate chips. So I thought…if pumpkin is so yummy in a baked good, why wouldn’t sweet potato be? Continue reading
I hope your weekend was filled with so much love, friends! We had a great one…that consisted of much needed time out with friends, a lot of QT with the kids, all things heart shaped, sledding and…the only thing that should ever proceed a sledding experience..hot cocoa! Continue reading
The love is officially being spread, you guys.
I’m sure I’ve told you before…my kids are crazy people for chocolate covered strawberries. Like, to the point of requesting them for their birthdays instead of cake. The love is real. Continue reading
Happy Halloween Week! It’s funny, I was never really a fan of this upcoming holiday until my kids came along. But now, for me, it’s basically pure excitement. It’s a fun excuse to dress my kids in hilarious outfits (please, just pray Jude allows me to put his costume on him for at least one photo. one, thats the goal this year, just one little itty bitty photo is all i ask for. pray friends, pray.) Not to mention this holiday is perfectly placed among the most GORGEOUS time of year. Crispy Autumn. Ahh.
So on top of the costume thing and the beautiful time of year thing I’m pretty sure most of my excitement stems from the fact that it’s a perfectly wonderful opportunity to get fun and creative in the kitchen. Holidays equal special food. Always. Continue reading
I’m in full recovery mode over here. From a sleep-deprived, exhausting absolutely amazing weekend with family. We headed down to my hometown in Iowa to celebrate something pretty darn major in my family. My parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Can you handle it? I can’t. I can’t handle so much about it; how quickly time flies, how much they have accomplished in 50 years and, more than anything, how they define what marriage is all about.
I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you time and time again, friends, I am blessed to no end to have been brought up by these parents of mine. Not because of how much they have done for me or how selfless of parents they are, but because of how they do it TOGETHER. And so well. Nick and I have enormous shoes to fill in that department; and from what my eyes have seen it all comes down to teamwork. And empathy. And respect. And simply learning that it isn’t all about ourselves and that it is okay to let things go and pick your battles-thank you, Mom and Dad, for teaching me all of these values by example.
So, needless to say, this weekend involved a lot of celebrating. My five siblings, myself, spouses, 17 crazy-amazing grandchildren and some top notch aunts and uncles. And as you are aware, in my family, celebrating and food tend to go hand in hand. These Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chunk cookies were one of my contributions to the celebrating. I’d say they were graciously accepted by all-there was not a morsel left of the double batch I made. Continue reading