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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  • Eating Green on St. Patrick’s Day Without Food Dyes

    As you may have gleaned from my red velvet cake post, we’re not too keen on food dyes. This can make life difficult when faced with the moral dilemma of how to celebrate things like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, or really any holiday ever. Still, we try not to be complete party poopers, especially since… Read more »

  • Raspberry Cream Pie

    Happy pi(e) day! Don’t worry, if you missed digging into a great slice of pie this morning, you can still have an epic pi(e) day celebration when 9:26pm rolls around. That gives you plenty of time to bake and properly chill this pie. 

  • An Epic Pi Day

    There are a ton of food “holidays” and we’re a bit choosy about the ones we feel deserve celebration. Pi(e) day is one of the celebrations that make the cut. Pies? Math? I mean, no-brainer. (If you haven’t picked up on it already, especially in Noel’s posts, we have a bit of a nerdy side… Read more »

  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Review and Some Thoughts

    Noel and I have been doing a lot of thinking about this space and what we want it to be (and clearly not a lot of writing about it). As I was making a birthday cake for my little girl this last week something struck me. One of my favorite websites for cakes is Annie’s… Read more »

  • Baked Smash Fries

    There are all sorts of reasons to imitate restaurant dishes at home such as healthifying it, saving money, or our favorite: avoiding public embarrassment. Even when we treat our little family to a meal at a family friendly, casual restaurant, things often go awry – someone spills their drink, hurts themselves while dancing in close quarters,… Read more »

  • Gnocchi Al Forno with Spinach

    This is my emergency backup dinner. It’s for those nights when you realize at 6:30pm that your planned dinner for the night was supposed to be in the crockpot hours ago and you need to have the kids to bed on time tonight for everyone’s health and safety. Plan A went out the window along with… Read more »

  • Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

    After the whole Red Velvet Cake debacle, I needed to regroup with a recipe that could reintroduce positive cooking vibes into my kitchen. I went back to the archives and decided to throw two tried and true favorites, Golden Oreos with Raspberry Filling and Regular Oreos, together. Not surprisingly, I ended up with something amazing.

  • I’m So Over Red Velvet

    Now that it’s February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, Red Velvet is taking over the world. I’m not a fan of food dyes and can’t say I fully understand the hype over unnaturally colored baked goods, but I was tempted by the challenge of naturally creating a dessert that could compete in… Read more »

  • Sirpa’s Cheeseball

    I’m going to be straight with you guys. I have never watched a Super Bowl. Not even for the commercials. Generally, the only reason I even know the Super Bowl is coming up is because the grocery ads take a turn from the Greek yogurts and granola bars that herald in the New Year to… Read more »

  • Vermont Steamed Milk

    I’ve always had a bit of an addiction to hot chocolate. It’s long been my solution for everything. Cold outside? I’m going to need some hot chocolate. Sore throat? Cure it with hot chocolate. Cramps? Hot chocolate will make them disappear. Spent the whole day cleaning up puddles of urine? Kick back on the couch… Read more »