Apple Pie Oatmeal

Confession: You are going to be seeing a lot of apples in the next few weeks.

Confession: I am totally obsessed with apples right now.

Apple Pie Oatmeal - fast and healthy! From www.theculinarycapers.com

I already told you about my terrible habit of buying a million (or like…20) apples every time I go to the farmers market. But now you get to find out what exactly I do with all these apples. Sort of simultaneously with me figuring out what exactly I do with all these apples. Continue reading

Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

Confession time. I have lived 26 years of my life terrified to use yeast.

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Ok, probably not the full 26 years. I doubt I was born with an intense intimidation around yeast, but for all my cooking years I have avoided it.

Until this Spring. I finally took the plunge, guys. And guess what happened… Continue reading

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Um, so I just discovered by all time favorite banana bread/muffin additions. Cranberries and chocolate chips.

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It’s genius! I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to figure this one out, but YUM! Continue reading

Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal is great. Healthy, hearty, and easy. But let’s be real, pancakes are way better.

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So when I found this recipe for oatmeal pancakes I was super excited. Gone was my guilt for wanting fluffy, syrupy pancakes every day of the week.

I can have my (pan)cake and eat it too. Continue reading

Super Green Juice

Ok, so let’s be real.

It’s February. Valentine’s Day happened, and you’re still munching on that box of chocolates, because – whether you gifted yourself, or received them from someone else – calories given with love don’t count, right?

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And we’re really past the point where we can say we’re all still on our New Years resolutions (but kudos to those of you staying strong and still with it!) so maybe it’s time to consider something different.

I’ve always said that I will sneak spinach into my children’s smoothies if/when I have them. What’s that? You don’t want to eat the spinach salad mommy just spent 30 minutes making? Well, let me go fix you a smoothie! *Cackles wickedly* Continue reading

Baked Cinnamon Apple French Toast

Breakfast is something I never spend enough time on.

When I’m running around in the morning getting ready, I only make time for some Greek yogurt and granola, or whole wheat toast, maybe some eggs if I’m feeling fancy.

And on the weekends, I find the allure of my cozy bed and fluffy pillow far too distracting to wake up early enough to make a time consuming breakfast.

But I might have to make time now. Continue reading

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Today, I discovered my blog has topped 1,000 views since I first brought you Roasted Veggie Pizza. What better way to celebrate the milestone than with breakfast for dinner?

When I was little, breakfast for dinner was one of my favorite treats. Breakfast is my all time favorite meal of the day (probably because you can get away with eating things that usually qualify as dessert first thing in the morning), so getting it twice in once day was always super awesome.

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I would usually beg for pancakes over waffles because my mom, great mom that she is, would pour the batter into any shape my little heart desired. And we’re talking anything from a dog, to an octopus, to people…specific people. You have not lived until your form has been immortalized in pancake batter.

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Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich with Fig and Basil

If you’re on the fence about goat cheese, I ask you to hold your judgement until after you try this sandwich. I used to belong to the camp that feels goat cheese is a smelly, unappetizing cheese that one asks to be held off your salad or entrée.

My mind has been entirely changed by two things: first, an amazing tapas restaurant called 4 Sisters Tapas and Wine Bar in La Crosse, WI (of all places…) where I had my first true experience with plain goat cheese, and this sandwich which has made it a staple item in my fridge forever.

Goat cheese is not the mildest of cheese, I will give you that, and taken on its own, it can be a bit overbearing, but with the sweetness of the fig and honey in this sandwich, and the gooey, cream-cheese-like texture it takes on when grilled, this sandwich is a great option for a quick dinner, or a filling breakfast.

So I ask, my darling readers, that you set aside your preconceived ideas about goat cheese until you try it in the sandwich I have been obsessively eating for breakfast for the past week. Continue reading