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Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup with Sage and Coconut

Halloween is just a few short days away but at our house the festivities have already started. Baby Girl has eaten her own body weight in candy from all the parties and trunk-or-treats already. ‘Tis the season? So… for that reason, I’ve teamed up with Lindsey of LK Cooking to bring you a Halloween dinner that’s healthy enough you can totally justify sneaking a treat (or two, or ten) out of the Halloween stash. That’s not even the best part about this soup, though. The BEST pa

Broccoli Salad

Yay, broccoli! At least that’s what your family will be saying after trying this salad. I actually don’t know that anyone has ever really used that sentence in a real life situation but I thought I’d see how it sounded. And it sounds a little ridiculous. Broccoli is really good, don’t get me wrong… But it’s definitely not cake. So that’s why in this recipe we trash it up with some other really good stuff and call it a salad… Because it does have broccoli in it after all. I lo

Grilled Chicken Parmesan

This is one of my favorite weeknight meals. Grilled chicken, tomato sauce bursting with fresh vegetables, and parmesan cheese. It doesn’t really get much better. Oh! And it’s good for you, too. I like that about it as well. Serve it up with a green salad and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice dinner if you ask me. This is actually a little bit of a recipe re-do except the first time I handed out the recipe it was just for the sauce. In the last post I talked about how this was

Rosemary & Thyme Roasted Veggies

You guys. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day… and it was the worstbest (thanks for the new word, Kelli!) Valentine’s Day ever. Okay, rewind to Saturday. Baby Girl and I are hanging out, being awesome and cute like we always are. Or it was mostly just her being cute and awesome, but I thought I’d throw myself in the mix. So anyway, I don’t really know how it happened but somehow her fingernail ended up embedding itself into my eyeball. I really didn’t think much of it, other than t

Triple Berry Spinach Smoothie

I drink a smoothie for breakfast almost every morning so I’m always looking to switch things up a bit. This smoothie is SO. FREAKISHLY. GOOD. Seriously. SO. GOOD. It’s the perfect smoothie recipe for the season as we head out of fresh berries and toward good smoothies that utilize frozen fruit. This smoothie features a mixture of frozen raspberries, blackberries and blueberries that I found at my local Costco. If you are like Famous Julie or Martha Stewart you’ve probably gro

Parmesan Mushrooms

I feel like there are two people in the world. People who love mushrooms and people who don’t. I’ve never really met anyone who is like, “Oh, mushrooms? Yeah, they’re aight.” I swear it’s always one extreme or the other. “I WANT TO MARRY MUSHROOMS,” vs. “MUSHROOMS CAN EAT CRAP AND DIE.” Well, I want to marry mushrooms. They are the whole package. Funny, smart and delicious. That isn’t everyone’s ideal package? Hmm… weird. Well, THESE shrooms are also healthy and PRETTY! BOOM.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Unfortunately I never saw this deliciousness last time I was wandering the streets of Mexico. We did however run into a gentleman who was walking around with a device that appeared to be two metal bars connected to a car battery. As we strolled past him, he shoved the bars into my older brother’s hands, turned on the battery and continued to electrocute him so vigorously that all the muscles in his hands contracted and he couldn’t let go. THEN he proceeded to turn the electri

Pico De Gallo

If you are anything like my friends and family, you have tomatoes bursting out of your garden around this time of year. If you are anything like me you are insanely jealous. Someday I’ll have a garden. And grass. And no weeds. BUT, if you are like the first people I mentioned, then this recipe is going to use up a whole lotta those tomatoes that are such a huge problem for you nowadays! (poor baby) I got this recipe from Pioneer Woman (I LOOOOOVVEEE HER) a couple years ago an

Bruschetta

Saying “bruschetta” makes me feel so fancy. Eating bruschetta makes me feel so fancy! Especially when I read the recipe for the first time and it said I would have to chiffonade the basil. WOAH. Usually, when I eat this for lunch I like to drink a little Perrier and sip my drink with my pinkie out. It’s only appropriate, right? Chiffonade… ing (?) is so much easier than it sounds though, so no need to be afraid. You are basically just cutting the basil into long thin ribbons.

Cheesy Dutch Oven Vegetables

I love dutch oven cooking. I think the process of cooking with charcoal and stuff is fascinating. Not to mention, the flavor is seriously out of control. Something about using cast iron and cooking outside seems to instill such deep, overpowering flavor. Oh my GOSH. I sound SOOO old. Oh well. I don’t even care. Being old is cool. I can eat ice cream for breakfast. Of course, you can’t underestimate the magic of childhood. The natural bewilderment inherently instilled in the s

Classic Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

Wedge salads are my new favorite way to consume vegetables. And bacon. But do you really need a favorite way to consume bacon? I think just the action of eating bacon in and of itself is everyone’s favorite way to eat bacon. Have you ever met a human on this planet that doesn’t LIKE bacon? I’m not talking about vegetarians or people who don’t eat pork for religious reasons, I’m talking about someone who by their own will and choice decides that bacon just doesn’t taste good t

Mango Chicken Stir Fry

Quick? Check. Easy? Check. Healthy? Check. And pretty to boot. It’s the whole package. Plus, you can eat it with chopsticks and improve your dexterity. Do I really have to keep going? This recipe is for those days that you start the morning off with a piece of chocolate cake. Or pastries. Or pie. Or cookies. Which these days are known as their psuedonyms: muffins, donuts, poptarts and …. well, cookies. Cookies is kind of a hard one to justify as a breakfast food. But we’ve al

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Have you ever had twice baked potatoes before? This is like the same thing, just like, one thousand times easier. You don’t have to dig out all the potatoes once they’ve been baked and refill those tiny fragile little potato skin boats with filling. You boil the potatoes until they are soft and then mix it with a ton of delicious ingredients. Like sour cream and cream cheese. You know, healthy stuff. Let’s be real, it’s the cheese and bacon that packs the real punch. … On yo

Cucumber Punch

I know, I know. The name of this drink sounds totally weird. Cucumbers? In my punch? Don’t cucumbers belong in salads? Or on my eyes? Well, trust me. This drink is so good that all the cucumbers you aren’t using on your eyeballs belong in this drink. They add the most crisp, refreshing hint that it makes me want to put cucumbers in all of my drinks. Oh, and who knew that a cucumber could dress up the side of a glass like that? *whistle whistle* Sorry. I have an inappropriate

Chicken Pot Pie

The ultimate in comfort food. Just looking at that picture makes me feel better already. How do you feel? No… how would you feel if you were eating it right now? Wait. How would you feel if Ryan Gosling was spoon-feeding this to you? I’m guessing that this would probably become your new favorite food. It might become your new favorite food even if it’s your right hand spoon-feeding this to you… (wait… do you spoon-feed yourself?) I’m so confused now. BECAUSE IT’S DELICIOUS. T

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Let me guess… Broccoli is your favorite food, right? How did I know? That may sound like I’m being sarcastic but this stuff is seriously so dang good. Instead of making fries as a side dish with your next meal, you should try this first. It is crispy and garlicky and super addicting. See all those dead spaces on my pan? Yeah… that’s from me not being able to control myself. A–ROUND BROC–CO–LI. Are you kidding me? I mean broccoli has always been pretty alright. You know, I wou

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

One of my friends asked forever ago if I could post a recipe for sweet potato fries. I’ve just taken my own sweet time getting around to it, I guess. I have no idea what took me so dang long. Actually, I know exactly why it took me so long. Every time I tried to get sweet potatoes from the grocery store I ended up coming home with yams. Every. Single. Time. I was getting totally frustrated with myself and didn’t know how I could make that mistake not one time, not two times,

Best Beef Stew

I made this forever ago and never really found a good time to post it. I was waiting for a snowy day, but the winter was so mild and spring came so early that I think I kind of missed the boat. It’s SO GOOD though, I can’t keep it from you any longer! I first fell in love with this recipe right after Mr. T and I tied the knot. Mr. T is a man of many talents, one of which is hunting. After we got married, he came home with deer meat. A LOT of deer meat. Have you ever eaten dee

Teriyaki Pineapple Kebabs

Is it kabob? Or kebab? The world may never really know, I guess. Promise me that you will still like me a little bit after I tell you a little secret. You are all going to gasp in disbelief and utter disgust when I tell you this, but Costco’s already prepared and pre-packaged food is the bomb. Alright, that probably wasn’t a secret, but… GUYS! I’m a food blogger who buys already prepared food. It’s almost shameful. You have to remember that I, like most people these days, w

Roasted Artichokes

How fancy does this look?! I love artichokes. Especially when they are dipped in melted butter. It’s like my 64th most favorite way to consume butter, behind cookies and brownies and all that stuff that isn’t as good for you as artichokes are. Of course. But, seriously. These are super good seasoned up with a little salt and pepper, some roasted garlic and fresh lemon juice. They are a delicious and easy side dish to practically any meal. Also, they are pretty and rustic. Th

 

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