Brown Butter Rhubarb Cake with Crumb Topping

Brown Butter Rhubarb Cake with Crumb Topping

Slowly but surely, spring seems to be creeping into Minnesota which only means one thing: bring on the spring produce!  Okay, maybe it also means it’s time for patio sitting, walks around the lakes, leisurely bike rides, and lots and lots of yard work, but in my mind, it’s all about the food. It’s also… 

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Roasted Tomato Basil and Goat Cheese Pasta

Roasted Tomato Basil and Goat Cheese Pasta

Step away from the boxed macaroni and cheese.  Roasted tomato, basil, and goat cheese pasta to the weeknight dinner rescue!   It's probably pretty obvious from one look at the recipe index on this blog (p.s. I have a sparkly new recipe index...check it out!!) that I'm not a huge pasta lover.  I'll … [Read More...]

30 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Baby E Update: 30 Weeks

How far along are you? 30 weeks.  Holy moly. Cravings:  I wouldn't call any of these cravings, per say, but I have been eating a lot of citrus and fruit in general, smoothies, Sun Chips (an entire bag in two days...), popsicles, and ice cream. Food Aversions:  Still nothing. Generally … [Read More...]

Southwestern Chicken Couscous Stew

Southwestern Chicken Couscous Stew

Since we don't have cable TV (gasp!) I don't get to watch my favorite cooking shows very often.  It used to be the rare exception of visiting our parents that I'd watch Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman, but now that I joined a gym, I have a whole new-found level of motivation to get on the … [Read More...]

Bacon Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Bacon Jalapeno Grilled Cheese

This post is sponsored by GOVeggie! Foods as part of a yummy partnership.  As always, recipe and opinions are my own.  Well, I guess it was just wishful thinking that I would start to feel better because now I am down for the count.  I tried going in to work yesterday but barely made it through the … [Read More...]

Lightened Up Broccoli Salad

Lightened-Up Broccoli Salad

It's only Wednesday and this week has already gotten the best of me.  Marc has been sick for the past couple of days and all day today (on my day off AND the nicest day of year, yet) I've been feeling juuuuust on the verge of sickness - a nagging sore throat, intense fatigue, and just feeling icky … [Read More...]

Coconut and Dark Chocolate Ricotta Scones

Coconut and Dark Chocolate Ricotta Scones

At any given time, my baking pantry is fully stocked and ready for any disaster that might strike and necessitate cookies, brownies, muffins, or cinnamon rolls.  From all of the dried essentials like baking chips, nuts, dried fruit, oats, spices, sugars, and flours, to the refrigerated goods like … [Read More...]

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10 Surprising Things About Pregnancy (so far)

Warning: some of this (okay, MOST) is probably TMI.  Today I'm sharing some surprising things I've encountered during my pregnancy so far.  Maybe everyone else knew these things were going to happen but for me, no matter how much reading or "preparation" or research I did for pregnancy, some things … [Read More...]

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Move over bacon wrapped chestnuts!  There's a new favorite bacon-wrapped appetizer in town - Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites. It's not really "appetizer season" right now, but we could all use a little bit of bacon-wrapped goodness in our lives, don't you think?  Let's just go with … [Read More...]

Artichoke and Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich

Artichoke and Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend and Easter.  Our weekend plans originally involved a relaxing weekend up at the cabin, but after a reassessment of looming house projects, a house in needing of spring cleaning, and a good weather forecast in the cities, we made the painful grown-up … [Read More...]

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

These carrot cake breakfast cookies have saved me this week.  For some reason is has felt extra hard to get out of bed so I've felt super rushed in the morning and I've been so busy at work that I pretty much have patients from 7:00 a.m. until my lunch break at 12:30 p.m.  Usually I'll have at least … [Read More...]

Spring Vegetable Grain Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing

Spring Vegetable Grain Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing

Spring was in the air yesterday, and it had me happy as a clam.  That, and the fact that I treated myself to a pair of Birkenstocks with my REI dividend, AND I passed my glucose test, AND I went on not one but two walks, AND we went out for frozen yogurt all made for a happy happy … [Read More...]

Bacon and Leek Strata

Bacon and Leek Strata

The start of spring in Minnesota can only mean one thing.  Okay, two.  For one, we can cross our fingers and hope the nicer weather is here to stay!  I suppose we shouldn't hold our breath, though, considering we had snow last week.  Secondly, I consider spring brunch season.  There's Easter brunch, … [Read More...]

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Baby E Update: 27 Weeks

Happy Saturday!  Time for another Baby E Update.  I missed the 26 week update but honestly, my pregnancy has been pretty uneventful so not much was missed.  We went on vacation for ten glorious days (see photo below) and now we're just patiently waiting for spring to arrive in Minnesota.  There's … [Read More...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki-3

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

While I love to throw pork shoulder or beef roast in the slow cooker, I always hesitate with what to do to chicken breasts.  One of my frustrations with a lot of chicken recipes for the slow cooker is that so many of them contain cans of condensed soup.  I’m okay with cutting some corners … [Read More...]

My Favorite Green Smoothie

My Favorite Green Smoothie

It's funny how there are a handful of "recipes" that I make on a regular basis but haven't ever shared them here.  Like, for example, the sweet potato wedges I make on a weekly basis,  the kale and potato hash with a fried egg on top that I sometimes make every other night for dinner, or my … [Read More...]

Lemon Layer Cake with Raspberry Filling and Vanilla Buttercream

Lemon Layer Cake with Raspberry Filling and Vanilla Buttercream

Happy birthday to MEEEEE!  Let's eat cake. Yep, that's right.  I'm in my last and final year of my twenties.  Dun dun dunnnnn. Nah.  Not really.  I don't feel that weird about thirty being right around the corner (okay maybe it's a leeeetle weird) but I definitely don't feel old enough to … [Read More...]

Almond Coconut Energy Bites

Almond Coconut Energy Bites

Oats, flaxseed, coconut, and almond butter are the stars in these little snacks of health!   This week I was talking to a couple of coworkers of mine about how often we clean our houses.  Never known as the tidiest person, I wasn't surprised to hear that I cleaned my house the least frequent … [Read More...]

Easter Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Easter Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Let me just start by saying that it's not usually my thing to make cute artsy desserts that take a bajillion hours to decorate. But on the other hand - I MADE YOU A CUTE ARTSY DESSERT!! That did not happen to take a bajillion hours. Promise. I think my aversion to really cute desserts is due to a … [Read More...]

Second Trimester

My Second Trimester Must Haves

  Now that I'm almost through the second trimester, I thought it'd be fun to share some of the things that have gotten me through the past 12 weeks.  I'm hoping it's useful for any other moms-to-be or future moms-to-be!   1. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and Body Butter.  Especially … [Read More...]

Beef, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Flatbread (with caramelized onions!)

Beef, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Does your family have a certain night of the week that is designated as "Pizza Night"?  We typically do pizza on Friday nights, since we tend to be exhausted from a week of work by Friday night.  Since that's usually the case, we tend to order out for pizza more than we make our own, but every now … [Read More...]