Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Pumpkin white chocolate chip muffins are moist and cakey, warmly spiced, and studded with white chocolate chips for extra sweetness.

When we lived in Raleigh, one of my favorite places to meet a friend was Sola Coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker (and a girl can only justify a Sola Shake on special occasions), so my favorite thing to get on a “coffee” date was the pumpkin white chocolate chip muffin. And then I found out those moist, delicious muffins were really from Great Harvest (which was both good and bad, since I went there every week or so for bread and I suddenly started doing my bread run on Tuesdays, aka pumpkin white chocolate chip muffin day). Continue reading “Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins.”

Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).

Balsamic chicken is an easy crockpot meal in a tangy tomato sauce!

**This post is brought to you by my sister, Laurie…with occasional interjections by me, so I can brag about my Instant Pot.**

Laurie: I’ve made this balsamic chicken several times now and it’s not a fluke. We really like it! That’s basically all the reason I need to add it to our regular rotation. But there are so many other good reasons! Continue reading “Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).”

Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark.

Salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark is the perfect crunchy bite to satisfy your fall sweet tooth!

I think it’s a food blog rule that you have to post “pumpkin something” the first week of fall. But I already shared my favorite, favorite pumpkin bread…and last year I skipped pumpkin completely and brought you this perfectly dense, cinnamon-y apple cake. So now we have salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark…and oh my word. It’s addictive. Continue reading “Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark.”

Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.

Healthy banana applesauce muffins are light, fluffy, and whole wheat!

Confession: shortly after I posted this whole wheat banana bread recipe, I tried another, similar recipe from Cookie & Kate – and I liked it a teeny bit better. So with a slightly guilty conscience, I kinda sorta switched to usually making that one. Continue reading “Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.”

Shortcut Burrito Bowls.

Shortcut burrito bowls are great for busy weeknights, since they can be on the table in minutes thanks to some easy time-savers!

I really wanted to name these “shorty-shorty-shortcut burrito bowls” or something that more eloquently celebrates how many corners you can cut and still have a really good, healthy dinner. We’re trying to plan ahead for quality family time since Jay’s schedule gets a little crazy this time of year, and we decided that Wednesdays we’ll do an easy, early dinner and the beach. This was the perfect meal to get us out the door in record time! (Okay, that’s a lie, it still took us 100 years to get out the door, but that wasn’t dinner’s fault. It was more the putting on of suits and changing of diapers and forgetting of sunglasses and searching for flip-flops and general disorganized corralling of excited kids. Maybe I need some sort of sheepdog to help with this process?) Continue reading “Shortcut Burrito Bowls.”

Food for Thought #9: July.

Hold the Cone Trader Joe's mini ice cream cone

1.// So, yes, it’s a bit more mid-August than end-of-July. July was kind of a blur, and included a week where Jay was out of town for work. I deserved two of those little ice cream cones each night he was gone, because reasons, and also they’re way easier to eat while pacing the downstairs wearing a baby in the carrier than a bowl of ice cream is. They’re from Trader Joe’s! Continue reading “Food for Thought #9: July.”

Six Weeks to a Stocked Freezer.

Instead of a marathon cooking day, take a more gradual approach to freezer meals by doubling your favorite recipes and stocking your freezer in six weeks!

Are you into freezer meals? Maybe you’ve seen that pin on Pinterest about how to make 30 meals in 30 minutes for $30 (or something only slightly less crazy sounding)? This is not that post – but I do think freezer meals are wonderful, delicious presents you give your future self. Future Self, you seem stressed. You look like you’re about to roll up to the drive-thru (again) or feed everyone pinto beans + croutons + raisins, aka the pitiful contents of your pantry. Here: this is an Actual Meal you can have instead. I don’t mind a thrown-together dinner every so often, and I really, really like takeout…but I don’t like to eat that way for days on end. Eating a real meal with my family is something I love, and stocking my freezer helps me have that luxury even during crazy, busy seasons! Continue reading “Six Weeks to a Stocked Freezer.”

Soy Sauce & Honey Marinated Flank Steak.

Soy sauce and honey marinated flank steak is simple, juicy, and flavorful thanks to hints of garlic and ginger.

For some reason, flank steak had fallen out of our rotation. A couple of months ago, I bought some on a whim at Costco, and that night all the stars aligned, and the combination of sweet and savory flank steak, a baked sweet potato, and roasted broccoli was a freaking home run. Everyone ate everything, people had seconds, and no one complained about any part of the meal! My girls are pretty good eaters, but there aren’t a ton of meals that get that universal approval. Continue reading “Soy Sauce & Honey Marinated Flank Steak.”

8 Creative Ways to Use 5-Minute Basil Pesto.

8 Creative Ways

So clearly I’m really hoping you made some five minute basil pesto, because I have some serious pesto inspiration for you today. My last batch ended up stirred into pasta with some sweet cherry tomatoes, and we had enough left to slather it on a pizza with mozzarella cheese and big tomato slices… Continue reading “8 Creative Ways to Use 5-Minute Basil Pesto.”