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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  • Pounded Cake

    With enough whipped cream and berries this was still yummy. We’ll spare you the recipe this time.

  • Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

    I know it’s still January and it breaks some sort of code to post cookie recipes, but I just can’t help myself. Besides these cookies have some healthy elements, so those of you that are still going strong on your healthy eating goals don’t even have to feel like you’ve completely failed. 

  • Special Occasion Potato Casserole

    I really struggled with what to call this dish. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something about the word “casserole” that conjures up images of mystery potluck dishes, funerals, or nights where mom just doesn’t want to think about feeding people and that’s definitely not the vibe I’m looking for here. Turning to the thesaurus… Read more »

  • Homemade Oreos With Cream Cheese Frosting

    I’ve never particularly been a huge fan of oreos, but I think it’s because I was spoiled with plenty of delicious homemade cookies growing up. My grandmother had a delicious and easy recipe for homemade oreos that I used for years until I decided to abandon the use of shortening and store bought cake mixes…. Read more »

  • Screaming Banshee Smoothie

    We try not to eat out a lot (which is not always easy with over ten restaurants popping up in the last year within a two-mile-radius of our house), so when we do we try to make choices that we won’t regret. One of our favorite places is a quaint cafe that serves breakfast and… Read more »

  • Chocolate Almond Nutballs with Creme Centers

    I never thought I would learn the recipe for pure bliss at the age of twelve, but the first time I made these I knew I had found it. We had a guest teacher in my 4-H group who had previously worked for a little candy shop in my hometown and she told us that… Read more »

  • Citrus, Avocado, and Bacon Salad

    We’ve foolishly bought those giant packages of salad greens from Costco a few times in the past with delusions of our small family actually being able to eat all of it before it begins decomposing in our crisper. We’d give ourselves pep talks and try to eat salad every day and though we’ve come close… Read more »

  • Post Thanksgiving Highlight Reel

    The marathon is over. We hosted Thanksgiving this year. 10 people, 5 dishwasher loads, 12 lb turkey, and tubers galore. Good times were had by all. Here’s the rundown:

  • High Altitude Snickerdoodles

    When we’d first moved to the Denver area, we got invited to a potluck dinner where one of the guests had brought Snickerdoodles. Everyone in attendance gushed over how tender the cookies were and complained about how whenever they made Snickerdoodles they were always flat and crunchy. The cookies’ creator thanked us for the many… Read more »

  • Heart Healing Lasagna

    I recently had the opportunity to take dinner to a church friend who had one of those trial-by-fire-sort-of-weeks that makes you cry just hearing about it. My heart ached for her and her family and I desperately wanted to do something more than just take her dinner, but knew that the limitations of reality prevented… Read more »