Edibles, Parties

Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I made these goat cheese stuffed dates on a weeknight when the light was fading and the kitchen was messy. "These would make a great item for celebrating something special," I thought. I remembered then that my daughter had taken her first real steps earlier in the day, and that was a reason to celebrate!… Continue reading Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates


Blackberry Pecan Salad

  Meal planning has kinda gone out the window so far this month. Like many things, it was easy to do for awhile, and then busyness got in the way. So one day with the "what's for dinner?" question on my mind, I put this salad together from what I had on hand and it… Continue reading Blackberry Pecan Salad


Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

  I didn't like tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and a variety of other things as a kid, which is kind of ironic now that I'm a vegetarian and love all of them. I hope my daughter will enjoy a variety of foods as well, so it's been fun to come up with new mixes and see… Continue reading Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!


Sweet Corn Salad

  Once upon a time, I attempted to grow my own vegetables on an apartment balcony. I bought dirt and containers and bell pepper seeds and a watering can, then patiently waited all summer for a bell pepper to appear. One. One pepper grew out of all of those seeds. It was the world's most… Continue reading Sweet Corn Salad


Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

  These are a tasty way to get a ton of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins in one meal. You can combine an endless variety of flavors and textures to suit your tastebuds! I was hungry and this sweet potato bowl looked good, so no pretty photos with this one 🙂 . This is a very versatile… Continue reading Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Flaxseed is widely touted as a health food- it contains fiber, and is a great source of Omega 3's, which is great if you are vegetarian or don't like fish. Flax seeds aren't cheap though- a tiny container of them from the grocery store can be $8.00. I always wondered if the seeds have any… Continue reading Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money


Sweet Corn Enchiladas

    The secret to these is the Corn and Chile salsa from Trader Joe's. It's a little sweet, a little spicy, and very addictive. If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, subsitute a can of drained sweet corn, but consider taking a road trip to stock up on the Trader Joe's version :).  … Continue reading Sweet Corn Enchiladas


Ute’s Stuffed Mushrooms

"May I help you?" Her voice sounded so familiar that I had to do a double take. I told her thanks, I was just browsing; we talked about where the clearance section was. I was curious though so I had to ask: "Where are you from originally?" Then it made sense why the store associate sounded exactly… Continue reading Ute’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Edibles, Gifts, Parties

Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

  Two of these are from Kilwin's, and two are homemade. Which is which? Ok, I made the ones on the right. But they tasted exactly the same, for less than half the cost. Because the ones on the left were $1.50 each, my husband and I only bought two when we were at Kilwin's recently.… Continue reading Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters


Yogurt Popsicles

When my sisters and I were kids, we would peel the lids off of single-serve snack size yogurts (the kind that came in a 6-pack), stick a spoon in each, and freeze them overnight to make "popsicles." They were so good that I wondered if I could do the same with greek yogurt (since it… Continue reading Yogurt Popsicles


Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers

Usually most omnivore weddings don't have many vegetarian options. So I was pleasantly surprised to attend two weddings this summer with two delicious vegetarian entrees- one had baked mac & cheese, and the other had polenta & goat cheese stuffed peppers. The peppers were so good that I made a version of my own. I… Continue reading Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers


One Pot Veggie Chili

  I've had this recipe for ages so I'm not sure where it's from, but it's very easy to make and quite tasty so I wanted to share with you.  It is "medium spicy" with the amount of spices called for in the recipe. It tastes great the second day, too. The ingredients are pretty basic/inexpensive… Continue reading One Pot Veggie Chili

Edibles, Parties

The Ultimate Ice Cream Sandwich

    A different twist on an ice cream sandwich that is easy to make for your next get together! I was watching Chopped on The Food Network and was inspired to see what dessert I could make with the ingredients I had on hand. I used a mix of toffee pretzels, a chocolate bar… Continue reading The Ultimate Ice Cream Sandwich


Vegan Quinoa Salad

  Quinoa is high in iron and protein without having a lot of carbs. This is one of my easy "using up what I have recipes" that turned out pretty tasty! You can eat it hot or cold, and add chicken and/or cheese for the non-veg. friends/family in your life.     If you enjoyed… Continue reading Vegan Quinoa Salad


10 Quick & Tasty Sandwich Ideas

There's a plethora of lunch ideas on Pinterest (and the pictures! They're so pretty!) but here's the dilemma: I pack my husband's lunches, and he likes sandwiches for lunch. As in, only sandwiches, with some snack items. Which means that things could get boring very quickly. So I'm on a quest to find simple but interesting… Continue reading 10 Quick & Tasty Sandwich Ideas

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

Dinner For $1.72: Mixed Veggies With Pine Nut Couscous

I've always known that it's cheaper to eat at home than eat out, but I'd never figured out just how much cheaper it is. I did the math for this meal and was surprised: $5.14 total, or $1.72 per serving. When a dinner out for two (without appetizers, drinks, or dessert) can easily be $30… Continue reading Dinner For $1.72: Mixed Veggies With Pine Nut Couscous