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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  • Almond Cranberry Muffins with Whole Wheat

    I am not a real fan of cranberry sauce (even when we make it ourselves), so we always make a small batch of the stuff for Thanksgiving and then have extra cranberries sitting forlornly in the fridge. Fruit generally doesn’t live a long life at our house, but cranberries are too tart even for our four-year-old… Read more »

  • Maple Pumpkin Pie

    And here you have it, the long-awaited conclusion to our pumpkin pie saga. As we learned last time, it is important to start with pumpkin purée that you made from a pumpkin if for no other reason than bragging rights. You may already know that I am a big pumpkin pie fan. Also, I am… Read more »

  • Pumpkin Pecan Bars

    I have a sister-in-law who knows a great deal about etiquette. She’s the type of person that brings flowers when invited for dinner and knows exactly which utensil to use during a multi-course meal. Being the type of person who generally thinks my presence is gift enough and has to consult google the two times… Read more »

  • Best Breadsticks and a Blogoversary

    I know that a food blog celebrating an anniversary without cake is blasphemy, but hear me out. This blog wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for these breadsticks. These breadsticks are one of the first things I remember baking with my mom. They are the breadsticks I made during college and were collectively snarfed by my… Read more »

  • Slow Cooker Pork Posole

    I’ve spent way too long scouring the Internet trying to figure out exactly what kind of perversion of an authentic Mexican stew we have created here. I don’t really have a straight answer for you. My best guess is that it’s a version of something like a New Mexican posole stew that’s been grabbed by… Read more »

  • The Halloween Debacle

    In the early morning hours she was giggling to herself. I walked down the hall, trying to decipher the babble that interspersed the laughs and burst through my two-year-old’s door with an exuberant “Good morning!” She looked up at me grinning from ear to ear and said, “I wanna eat the candies!” I stifled a… Read more »

  • Mini Apple Pies

    I won’t apologize for another mini pie post. We all know that would just be an unnecessary waste of time. This is the third and final type of mini pie we served at a recent church function (the others were pumpkin and pecan). The apple mini pies were not the prettiest of the batch (although… Read more »

  • Salmon Chowder

    As a desert girl that grew up in a landlocked world, I’ve always loved fish and rain. Because of this, most of my favorite vacations have been trips to the coast. When Noel and I were first married, my parents rented a house in Manzanita, OR. We were still poor college students at the time, so… Read more »

  • Mini Pumpkin Pies

    Even though my mother made exquisite pies of all kinds, most of the pumpkin pies we ate growing up were store bought. I don’t think my mom is particularly fond of pumpkin pies and since my parents usually won a pie or two every year at the local turkey trot, my mom rarely had a reason… Read more »

  • Homemade Pumpkin Puree

    A few years ago I embarked on a quest. A quest to turn a pumpkin into a pie. Up until that point real pumpkins were something you carved faces into for Halloween and then threw away before the neighbors kids got to them, and pies were best left in the capable hands of Marie Calendar,… Read more »