Childhood Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Growing up my best friend lived across the street. We looked like we could be sisters, but were incredibly different in just about every other way - girl scouts vs. sports, dolls vs. running, chocolate anything vs. not a sugar fan, hockey vs. football, listener vs. talker, 1 brother vs. 3 sisters. Somehow we still managed to spend most afternoons laughing until our sides hurt and getting into mischief ...

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Best Ever Granola

Best Ever Granola II I have been buying granola at the store forever because I always managed to burn the granola (it goes from undone to burnt in no time flat!) when making it at home. Turns out that was a function of too high of heat and not being a helicopter mom towards the end of the bake cycle. Lately, though, the granola has been tasting especially bland and making the consumption not worth the calories. Such a bummer since I love granola and yogurt for breakfast....

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Banana Muffins

Banana Poppyseed Muffin

Banana muffin, with a banana topping, and a side of bananas - because you can never have too much banana.

It's no joke that each pregnancy is unique and I'm quickly believing that girls are more difficult than boys - from day 1. The last couple months consisted of long days in bed, binge eating crackers, rice, and plain pasta, chugging water, and being repulsed by everything else. Apparently my little girl did not want vegetables or exercise to be a part of the first few months of her development and let me know in no uncertain terms. With the first trimester firmly behind me, I am almost back in working order - though my cardio has a ways to go. I am using my newfound energy to go through gobs of email and learn the ins and outs of the stove and oven in our new place (yes, we decided to move before knowing I was preggers and successfully planned our move to begin right as the nausea and fatigue took my body by storm). ...

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Sunday Mornings

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Cranberry orange scones

Breakfast in our home usually consists of a bowl of cheerios, some yogurt, or toast with peanut butter washed down with a glass of O.J., a cup of coffee, or a serving of milk. On really awesome days, we might have a package of instant oatmeal or toss in some granola with the yogurt. Then it is out the door and off to work, the gym, or daycare. Monday through Friday maintains this same basic pattern and it works to get us all out the door on time usually with a smile and kiss to boot! Saturday mornings are a slightly more drawn out version of this same pattern, but the meals remain the same: yogurt, O.J., cereal, and milk....

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies I love carbs, especially when they come in the form of really good bread. You know, a fresh baked baguette with thinly sliced radishes, a smattering of butter, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Combine that with a glass of Sancerre and you have a little bite of Katie dessert heaven....

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Strawberry Acai Bowl

Strawberry Acai Bowl 2 The other day I was at the store when I noticed strawberries on sale for $0.99 / lb! I wasn't sure that was a feasible price for quality goods so I spent a solid five minutes searching for the fatal flaw in each pack. With no blemishes uncovered, I added a box to my cart and then another and another and another. I love strawberries and so does my little man, but when I got home and tried to neatly stack my treasures in the fridge, I realized that four pounds might have been on the slightly excessive side....

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The Only Banana Bread Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Banana Bread Slices 2 You know that dish (or dishes) that takes you back to your childhood. I mean, the minute you see the recipe, get a whiff of its familiar scent, or take that first bite, you are instantly transported back to eight years old and life suddenly gets just a little bit simpler? I have several of these dishes, of course, but this banana bread is one of my favorites....

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A Letter to Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffin 1 Dear Muffins, I love you. I really do. Let me count the ways. I love that you're just sweet enough without sending my glucose levels into overdrive. I love the specks of fruit littered throughout your soft and airy dough. I love your slightly crunchy top and delicately soft bottom. I love that you taste fantastic with coffee or iced tea. I love the endless combinations that make you infinitely malleable to my mood and desire....

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

It is absolutely amazing to me just how much my slow cooker can do. For example, in a few hours time it can take a pile of veggies, spices, beans, and chicken stock (above) and turn it into scrumptious black bean soup (below). The only thing I have to do is be patient enough not to lift the lid mid-cook cycle....

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Rosemary Olive Loaf

Rosemary Olive Bread_aerial I’ll be the first to admit that I have a slight obsession with small appliances – toasters, coffee pots, ice cream makers, blenders, food processors, slow cookers, and mixers. I even have a Keurig in addition to my coffee pot. Some of these stay out consistently – coffee pot, blender, toaster – while others come out as a craving hits. Normally this time of year, I crave homemade strawberry ice cream and cantaloupe sorbet. But, with the gloomy and rainy weather, I have had a consistent hankering for carbs, namely bread. We're talking good bread, not that white stuff they sell at the store and serve at all-night diners that has been stripped down of all nutrients and flavor. Part of what makes great bread so great is the smell. It’s irresistible. When my home is filled with the smell of freshly baking bread, it is like a big hug to my olfactory system. So, I figured, why not kill two birds with one stone? In came the bread machine from the garage (urge to use bread machine, check) to satisfy my need for the sweet aromas of homemade bread (not to mention a indulgence in the preservative-free freshness of the loaf). I filled it up, turned it on, and six hours later had the most delicious rosemary kalamata olive loaf you can imagine. Toasted with a little butter the next morning made for the perfect (if not most nutritionally balanced) breakfast. I’ve had my bread machine for nearly eight years now and have worn out the recipe book that came with it testing all the different provided ideas. At first I was wary to stray from the recipes and instructions included in the provided manual, but I have tried modifying the recipes to suit my tastes with much success. I’ve even taken other bread recipe ingredients, ignored the instructions, put them in my trusty bread machine, and ended up with a delicious end results (though I’m not sure if this is recommended). Rosemary Olive Bread_bites taken Rosemary Olive Bread_close up of olives in bread Rosemary Olive Bread_slice and olives 2 Rosemary Olive Bread_bites taken 2