Open Faced Caprese Sandwiches

Open Faced Caprese Sandwiches

Let’s talk about things that are difficult to do with one hand.  Or, more specifically, while holding a baby in one arm. 1) Putting on underwear and pants. 2) Any sort of self care (makeup, lotion, cutting fingernails) 3) Putting on and tying shoes. 4) Preparing food. 5) Photographing food. 6). Eating food.  Especially sandwiches. While… 

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Rich Greek yogurt chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate frosting - both of which are lightened up with Greek yogurt! It's official - we are knee deep in the world of cloth diapering.  We started last week after Lars' umbilical cord stump fell off and we were somewhat coming out of the haze that … [Read More...]

Mason Jar Peanut Butter Ice Box Cakes-7

Mason Jar Peanut Butter Icebox Cakes

While we were in the last month of my pregnancy, Marc and I did everything we could to get all of our favorite summer activities in before the little guy made his arrival.  We've been pretty good so far at getting out of the house now that he's here, but there's no doubt life has changed. Part of … [Read More...]

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Lars’ Birth Story

  Let me start this post by saying a few things.  First of all, this post is NOT for everyone.  It has absolutely nothing to do with food.  It's extremely personal.  So if you're only here for the food, come back tomorrow.  If birth stories are your thing, stay while!   I was obsessed with … [Read More...]

Caprese Orzo Salad

Caprese Orzo Salad

Woah!  What's this?  An actual recipe on here?  And no baby pictures?  It's hard not to overshare Lars pictures because we're obviously in that "OMG OUR BABY IS THE BEST THING EVER" phase and pretty much want to shout it from the rooftop, but I'm trying to contain myself. So yes!  We're back in … [Read More...]

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Introducing: Lars Leonard

He's heeeeeere! Lars Leonard entered the world on Monday June 29 at 11:35 a.m. and life could not be any better right now.  It's been an exhausting 6 days, but it's the most incredible thing to be his mom and it's hard to imagine life without him now. We learn so much about him every hour … [Read More...]

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Can you believe the 4th of July is this weekend?!  While some might call us crazy, we’re packing our little guy Lars (official intro coming in a few days!), throwing our bags in the car, and heading up to the cabin for the weekend.  It’s hard to believe just a few years ago we were spending our … [Read More...]

Bacon Guacamole Tex Mex Chicken Burgers

Bacon Guacamole Tex Mex Chicken Burgers

Oh summer, how I love you.  I just can’t get enough of all your beach days, walks around the lake, outdoor concerts, patio happy hours, and of course backyard barbecues.  Sure, we try to stay regular with friend get-togethers during the winter, but there’s something so much easier and appealing … [Read More...]

Harissa Chicken Salad

Harissa Chicken Salad

I'm trying really hard (REALLY!) not to talk too much about being pregnant, but at this point, it's all I can think about.  Or actually, NOT being pregnant is all I can think about.  With less than a week until my "guess date" (that's what it really is, a guess, right?) we are in full Baby E Watch … [Read More...]

Greek Chickpea Salad

Greek Chickpea Salad

This no-cook Greek Chickpea Salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, parsley, onion, and a light yogurt vinaigrette is perfect for your summer picnics and barbecues!    Last weekend we took advantage of a gorgeous night in Minneapolis, packed our picnic baskets, and headed to the lake for a … [Read More...]

Coffee Rubbed Ribeyes

Coffee Rubbed Ribeyes

Like I mentioned last week, while I typically fire up the grill for chicken or fish, we’ve been grilling a lot of beef lately.   My family started raising cows last year and every time we visit the farm, we are sent home with our cooler packed with as much steak, roasts, stew meat, and ground beef … [Read More...]

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Baby E Update: 38 Weeks

Happy Sunday!  Just popping in to say 'hi' and for my (hopefully!) last pregnancy update!  Craziness.  Oh, and contrary to what the picture above might suggest, I actually do love my husband and being close to him.  Maddie's fluffy butt was just in the way of me getting any closer!  Ha.   How far … [Read More...]

Cilantro Pesto Steak Tacos

Cilantro Pesto Steak Tacos

We got our first taste of Minnesota summer yesterday, with temps reaching 90 degrees, and all I can say is bring. it. on. Bring on the the summer dresses, flip flops, cold cocktails (in a few weeks), ice cream cones, and all of the grilling recipes I can handle.  I'm even ready for the drips of … [Read More...]

Pepperoni Pizza Bagels

Pepperoni Pizza Bagels

As I get through these last few weeks of pregnancy, I have been all about the quick, easy, and simple meals that take less than 20 minutes from start to finish.  For one, I don't have a ton of energy to make much of anything in the kitchen these days, and my appetite has been strange.  I feel hungry … [Read More...]

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Butterscotch Blondies

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Butterscotch Blondies

While sweets haven't been in the forefront of my pregnancy cravings, my sweet tooth has come back with a vengeance the past couple of weeks.  Gummy worms, frozen yogurt, Junior Mints, cherry dipped cones, you name it.  I want it. I had a craving last week for a rich bar dessert, and these Brown … [Read More...]

A Day in the Life…

...of ME!  I'm over at Rachel Cooks today, sharing what a typical Tuesday looks like for me, along with answering some other fun questions.  Stop on over and say hi! … [Read More...]

Mango Salsa

Salsa Three Ways

One of my favorite spring and summer activities is to invite a bunch of friends over for grilling, beverages, and lawn games. This hasn’t been possible until last year due to the lack of a lawn and private patio (details…), so I’m still learning the best way to entertain with ease, but I’ve learned … [Read More...]

Baby E: 36 Weeks

Baby E Update: 36 Weeks

Happy Sunday!  It's that time again - another Baby E Update!  Now that we're less than a month away from our "guess date" I'd say we're in the home stretch.  Just a few more weeks and we'll get to meet our little guy! How far along are you? 36 weeks. Cravings:  I had a big craving for … [Read More...]

Chorizo and Potato Breakfast Burritos (Freezer Friendly!)

Chorizo and Potato Breakfast Burritos (Freezer-Friendly!)

The past few weeks I've been making freezer meals to have on hand for when the baby comes.  So far I've thrown together the ingredients for buffalo chicken, salsa verde pork carnitas, and Italian beef sandwiches to be able to put into the slow cooker in our sleep deprived haze, and hope to get a … [Read More...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal

Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal

I went to the farmers market this weekend for the first time this year with three things in mind: tomato plants, rhubarb, and donuts.  I came home with two out of the three.  The tomato plants and rhubarb were a breeze to find, but sadly the donuts were all sold out.  {sad face} Despite my donut … [Read More...]

Peanut Butter S'Mores Cookie Cups

Sugar Cookies Three Ways

Let me ask you a question. What do you do when the craving for cookies strikes? Do you drive to the store to snatch up a few boxes? Or do you immediately know what kind you want and get to work in the kitchen? Perhaps you make the cookie dough only for the purpose of eating the dough. Or maybe … [Read More...]