Five Reasons You Should Do a Sugar Detox

One of the things we knew we needed to address as we tried to get back to more healthy eating habits and #makepantsfitagain was address our relationship with sugar. (Backstory here.) At first, we tried to do things like limit our sweets to once a week, but we kept relapsing because Tuesday the kids were really hard… Read more »

Almond Stuffed Campfire Peaches

Noel mentioned in his last post that in an effort to #makepantsfitagain, we did a bit of a sugar detox. (Post on that coming soon to your favorite food blog.) Going forward we aren’t banning sugar, but we’re definitely cutting back significantly. Over Memorial Day weekend, we took our kids on a mini backpacking trip. While… Read more »

Garlic and Ginger Crispy Tofu Stir Fry

All of this eating our feelings is starting to catch up to me. The past few weeks we have embarked on an effort we’re calling #makepantsfitagain to improve our general health. It includes more regular exercise, eating much less sugar and more vegetables. Don’t worry, we’re not going Whole 30 on you or anything, but… Read more »

Baking Therapy and Eating Your Feelings

As I mentioned in my last post, life has been a tad bit crazy this school year. It’s also been highly emotional. Caring for my mother-in-law in her final months of life is probably the hardest thing I’ve done to date. (And it was equally, if not more, difficult for Noel since it was his… Read more »

Hi There + Why You Should Use Pastry Flour in your Pie Crust

Hi there. It’s been awhile. Life threw us some curveballs last fall and it just now feels like we’re clawing our way up for air. In August, Noel broke his arm and I tried my hand at being a middle school English teacher while a teacher was out on leave. We barely survived juggling all… Read more »

A few new recipes for our email followers

Hey email followers. We discovered that a bug with our new recipe plug-in is causing emails to not be sent out for new recipes. Terribly sorry about that. Here’s what you all missed in the mean time: S’mores Cheesecake Raspberry Dark Chocolate Dutch Oven Cobbler Baked Eggs We’ve got a few new recipes in the… Read more »

S’Mores Cheesecake

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you probably saw all the mouthwatering baking we were doing last week in preparation for National Cheesecake Day! One of the prettiest ones (and equally delicious, this one has both looks and personality) was this s’mores cheesecake. We actually developed the s’mores cheesecake a year ago for our… Read more »

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cobbler

During our courtship (is that word too archaic for something that only happened a decade ago?), Noel and I spent a summer apart. I was smitten which led me to do sappy things like make care packages with chocolate kisses and cheesy sayings. And because Noel was likewise smitten, he continued dating me even though he… Read more »

Baked Eggs

We, as with many families, participate in the Mother’s day ritual of breakfast in bed. This year Audrey, as usual, was kind enough to wait patiently for me to complete the meal and deliver it. Upon receiving it, she pretended to enjoy eating a meal where any shift in her posture could send a mug of hot chocolate and greasy… Read more »

Lessons From a Broken Dishwasher

Over the years, a few friends have told me they hated cooking, but didn’t mind doing dishes. We’d joke about making an arrangement where I’d feed their family everyday if, as payment, they’d clean everything up afterward. It’s no secret that dish washing isn’t a beloved chore at our house. This is the Dirty Dish… Read more »

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  • Earth Day Giveaway!

    Happy Earth Day! You may have caught onto the vibe that we have a few hippie tendencies. What can we say, we’re soft on the outside, but crunchy on the inside. In honor of Earth Day I’d like to share some of our favorite ways to “go green” in the kitchen.

  • Golden Oreos With Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

    We were recently lucky enough to be singled out by a fun little virus that sent several in our family reeling through all the symptoms treatable by Pepto Bismol. Suffice it to say, food didn’t really sound good for awhile. As we’ve slowly returned to normal life and regained our appetites, these cookies were one… Read more »

  • High Altitude Cherry Vanilla Cake

    A few years back Noel had an opportunity to work in DC for a month. His company was sending employees back East for a month at a time and we lucked out to get the rotation during the peak of cherry blossom season. During the day, our young son and I explored the museums and… Read more »

  • Bell Pepper Salsa

    Today is the official first day of spring and even though the weather forecast hasn’t seemed to take notice and is predicting snow this weekend, it makes me happy that some sort of authoritative entity has officially declared winter over. (My heart has been declaring the same thing for weeks now, but I apparently have less… Read more »

  • Spinach, Feta, and Sun-dried Tomato Scrambled Eggs

    About a year ago Audrey and I were at a little diner on a pier having breakfast while our children were over a thousand miles away eating breakfast with their grandparents. Nobody threw food on the floor or climbed on the table. The special that day was these scrambled eggs with spinach, feta, and sun-dried… Read more »

  • Sneaky Whole Wheat Pie Crust

    Pi(e) day was Friday and as with any other good food holiday, we had to indulge. I tried my hand at a coconut cream pie and it was just as delicious as it was pretty. I was feeling pretty smug about it and the fact that I slipped whole wheat into it undetected didn’t curb my ego… Read more »

  • How to Have a Romantic Dinner at Home When you Have Small Children

    Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. Right now our kids are two and almost four and we’re discovering it isn’t always easy to find a babysitter. We don’t live close to family, we tend to run out of favors from friends quickly with all our appointments related to our son’s recently diagnosed ASD, and the two… Read more »

  • Crusty Sourdough Bread with Whole Wheat Variation

    Being on a diet where bread isn’t allowed sounds like a fate worse than death. If for some reason a legitimate medical need to avoid bread arose quite the conundrum would ensue. In Happy Tummy vs Toast, toast would likely prevail. Even up against something like “excruciating pain” toast might still win if it was… Read more »

  • Natural Sugar Cookies with Lemon Raspberry Icing

    Sugar cookies can be very deceptive. They often fall in two categories, the ones that are all looks and no personality and the ones that actually taste good, but are a bit homely. Many a time, I have foolishly fallen for the good looking sugar cookie at a party. And no this isn’t code for… Read more »

  • Whole Wheat Nutella Pop Tarts

    Happy World Nutella Day! We’re likely going celebrate tonight by whipping up some Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes that we’ll top with whipped cream and gobble up while we watch the finale of the Biggest Loser on Hulu.  A bit hypocritical? Perhaps . . .