Tasty Tuesday: White Bean Chicken Chili

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Isn’t soup season just the best? There is nothing easier than throwing a few ingredients into a big pot, adding some broth, and letting it simmer. Not to mention thrifty, since you can stretch small amounts of meat into many servings. Just add some fresh baked bread, rolls, cornbread or muffins and you’ve got a […]

Tasty Tuesday: Brussels Sprouts Your Kids Will LOVE (no, really!)

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I’m told that when I was a real little kid, I loved Brussels sprouts. But only the way that my great-aunt made them which involved frying them in vast amounts of bacon fat. Turns out, she was way ahead of her time, because that’s a thing now. Gone are the days of boiled-till-they’re-gray, mushy, bitter, blah […]

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up & Grocery Deals Guide {Free Printable}

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This is it! The weekend that everyone starts preparing for the holiday ahead. We’ll be busy sprucing up our homes, firing up our ovens for lots of baking, and of course cleaning out the fridge to make room for all those leftovers! I’m off the hook for hosting this year, and I’m excited to spend the […]

Tasty Tuesday: Anything-But-Basic Biscotti

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I bought myself an early Christmas present. My husband hates that I do this, but it happens every year. I find something I really want, tell him to put it on his list, and then go out and buy it myself because I CAN’T WAIT! I’ve been wanting an espresso machine of my very own, […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

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I have a special affinity for “vintage” recipes. Especially those intended to use up pantry staples, rather than rely on expensive things like eggs, butter, and cream. And even though I LOVE cakes, I really don’t like baking them too often because of the work involved. All the dishes–yuck!  This is a classic Southern recipe […]

Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (the right way!)

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  I always suspected I was doing something wrong when I’d try to roast pumpkin seeds every year. They’d always seem to come out rubbery, instead of crunchy and nutty. Plus there was that whole nasty task of separating the seeds from the pulp. So when the kids asked if I’d roast their seeds after […]

Tasty Tuesday: Apples & Pears Recipe Roundup

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One of the things I love most about the seasonal and local approach that my family and I have towards what we eat, is that we mark the seasons in terms of fruits and vegetables.  Winter brings citrus and pomegranate, Spring means asparagus, lettuce, and strawberries. Summer comes with berries, cherries, cucumbers, corn, peaches… But […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

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It’s hard to believe with the lovely sunny days we’ve had lately, but pretty soon it will be what my husband and I call “Soup Weather”…that wet, foggy, cold, dark-by-5pm winter weather that just chills you to the bone. And there is nothing quite as warming to the body and soul, as a nice big […]

Back in the Classroom with Door to Door Organics & Livewell Colorado (& a #Giveaway!)

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I consider myself a pretty good cook, but I am always looking for ways to expand my repertoire. Especially when it comes to kid-friendly and healthy food. So when I was invited to attend a cooking class with Door to Door Organics and Livewell Colorado, centered on exactly those types of foods, I jumped at […]

Tipsy Tuesday: Perfect Pink Grapefruit Paloma

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I love my wine and craft beer for sure. But every now and then, the occasion calls for a mixed drink. I’m always looking for lesser-known cocktails to add to my repertoire, and the Paloma is one of my favorites. While it’s long been a favorite drink south of the border, here in the US […]

Tasty Tuesday: Summer Bing Cherry Pie

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My husband and I are coming up on an anniversary in a couple of weeks, and to celebrate I will be making him his very favorite dessert–cherry pie. I can’t think of too many things better than warm pie and melty vanilla ice cream, especially when it’s made with fresh seasonal fruit! We LOVE bing […]

Tasty Tuesday: Bacon Avocado Ranch Potato Salad featuring Noosa Yoghurt

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Y’all know how much I love yoghurt–I use it in so many things from baked goods to salad dressings, and I often replace other dairy ingredients such as butter, sour cream, milk, or cream cheese with it. My tummy seems to handle yoghurt (full of good-for-you probiotics that help digestion) much better than other dairy, […]

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Coconut & Green Tea After-Sun Body Butter

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Rather than a yummy recipe to eat this week, here’s an easy DIY body treatment that feel so luxurious and soothing on dry, sunburned skin. Coconut oil is one of my favorite all-around body care products. It soothes sunburns, it works great as an eye makeup remover, and it protects delicate skin during shaving. But […]

Tasty Tuesday: Vegetarian Savory Bean Burgers

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   Photo Credit Rooey202 I made these savory Bean Burgers for my kids recently, using chickpeas aka garbanzo beans. (you can really use almost any cooked bean-I’ve had very good results with Great Northern, Black, and Kidney beans as well) My 6 year old son overheard me say they were “chickpea” burgers, to which he […]

Tasty Tuesday: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

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A while back, one of my besties lent me a copy of the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. She explained to me that she loved this method, and the resulting freshly baked bread so much, that she hadn’t been buying bread anymore! I was in a little […]

Tasty Tuesday: Kid-Friendly Summer Smoothies

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Ahh, summer! Ours is spent with long lazy days at the pool, sitting in the shade of the back yard, or day tripping around town. The last thing I want to do is heat up the kitchen, and the kids don’t want to interrupt play time to sit down to a meal. So my compromise is […]

Tasty Tuesday: No-Bake Honey Cheesecake Parfaits

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Ah, Summer is on its way! It’s staying light out later and gradually getting warmer…enticing us to linger outside on our deck or around our fire pit. Nights like that call for a tasty dessert, highlighting the spring and summer bounty of fresh fruit.  With our south-west facing home, the kitchen gets mighty hot by […]

Tasty Tuesday: The Best Guacamole Ever {Chipotle Copycat!}

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I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to food. I love to taste fresh, real ingredients and I especially love when a dish is so perfectly and simply made that I can deconstruct it. It’s this special little talent of mine: the foodie equivalent of being able to play a piece of music […]

Tasty Tuesday: Craveable Cracker Combos with 34 Degrees {& a Giveaway!}

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Cheese and crackers are an easy, satisfying snack anytime of day and for any occasion.  They can be casual for after-school munching, or gussied up for a party. But do you pay much mind to what type of crackers you serve? I never did before, but I am going to start. Because crackers matter!  Recently, […]