One fine morning, us girls, decided to make muffins together. Now, you may be wondering why these muffins are gluten free with all the bread posts on our site. Well, the truth is, I just recently found out that wheat doesn’t particularly like me much. With all of the gluten free hype, I thought I’d cut it out of my diet for a while, reintroduce it, and see how my body reacted. Now, I’m not saying I’m full blown allergic or anything, but there sure is a noisy, not so pleasant smell after my consumption of wheat. What?
So, low and behold, the gluten free blueberry coconut muffin! Why blueberries? Because my 3 year old eats them by the bag full. Why coconut? Continue reading Blueberry Coconut Muffins (gluten free)
This Rice Crispy Bar post was double inspired. My first inspiration came when my blogging co-conspirator Nicole and I made a journey to the quaint little city of Asheville, NC for a food blog conference. Little did I know at the time that I would totally fall in love with this little jewel tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
While visiting, we were able to explore the area and meet some incredible people, but our favorite part, hands down, was the food scene. I could go on and on about the fare at the Biltmore Estate, the grass fed beef from Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the many taste bud pleasing restaurants in downtown Asheville.
One such restaurant was the French Broad Chocolates Lounge. We had tasted little treats from this shop over the course of our stay, including the giant block of chocolate we received in our swag bag. (No complaints here!) So, on our last night, we decided to end our journey at their shop. Conveniently, they stay open until 11 p.m. for us late night chocoholics! And we were not disappointed. Continue reading Chocolate Covered Sprouted Rice Crispy Bars
One of my favorite childhood memories is when my family would vacation at my Grandparents’ house for several weeks each summer. Among other fun activities, I eagerly anticipated my Grandmother’s homemade sticky buns.
My Grandmother was old-school, waking up at 4am to make and knead the dough (by hand, no less!), yet still allowing enough time for the yeast to rise. She timed it perfectly so that the sticky buns were ready to eat by the time my brother and I woke for breakfast.
Years have passed, and I have often craved that sticky bun tradition. Continue reading Sticky Buns That Taste Just Like Grandma’s (Bucket Dough Method)
Yes, it looks like a colorless crockpot full of mush, but trust me…it’s delicious, versatile, and makes a great leftover! Perhaps even more importantly, my husband likes it!
I love slow cooker meals because they’re flexible. I can throw dinner together early in the day or the night before, then spend the rest of the afternoon interacting with my kids…or wasting time on the computer…just being honest here
The only “hard” part about this recipe is remembering to soak the lentils and brown rice the night before, because it requires me to think about dinner a full 24-hours before I’m actually going to eat it. It’s worth it to plan ahead, though, because it helps to make the rice and beans more digestible so that my family will be able to absorb more of the nutrients when we’re eating.
Plus, when I soak the rice and beans directly in the crockpot, then the rest of the prep goes that much faster. At lunchtime the next day, almost all of the soaking water has been absorbed, so I simply start throwing the remaining ingredients into the crockpot.
Flexible Italian Chicken Dip is also completely flexible because of what you put into it. Don’t have spinach? Skip it. Want to add bell peppers, broccoli, or extra carrots? Rock on. Throw in whatever veggies you have on hand. My basic template is to use a few handfuls of baby spinach, 1-2 grated carrots, most of a chopped onion, and a can of undrained diced tomatoes. But feel free to experiment and add any lonely refrigerator veggies that you just want to get rid of. Continue reading Flexible Italian Chicken Dip