Chocolate Banana Bread

B-A-N-A-N-A-S! I always seem to have a few brown bananas sitting in my kitchen. Most of the time they end up in the trash bin, but not today. I combined ripe bananas with cocoa powder for a delectable quick bread. With a moist crumb and chocolate chip topping you can’t go wrong. Over the years…

Sour Cherry Crisp

“Well, summer came along and it then was gone and so was she…” Those lyrics are from one of my longtime favorite singers; Jack Johnson. His music has a laid back summer vibe, but his lyrics are deep and introspective. The title of the song is “Dreams be Dreams”. He sings, Don’t let your dreams…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Right now the weather is scorching so it’s hard to believe in a few weeks Autumn will arrive. My son was born on the first day of fall and I’m sure that perpetuates my love for all things cozy, plaid patterned and pumpkin. My daughter recently turned three and she is all about helping in…

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

A few months ago I discovered this recipe when I was looking for a keto dinner idea. This meal feels indulgent and it has amazing flavor, but it allows you to stay on track too. I don’t eat keto typically, but my husband follows a modified version. I serve the chicken and creamy sauce overtop…

Zucchini-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Got that summertime, summertime sadness.”  ~Lana Del Rey The final humid days of August have arrived. September brings with it back to school (although, my son had his first day a couple weeks ago) and my favorite season Fall. On Thursday I head back to the classroom for the 2018-2019 school year. Summer break is…

Watermelon Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods; carbs and cheese are my love language. However, I have been a bit more mindful about my indulgences and decided to try fruit pizza. Watermelon is synonymous with summer and it’s the perfect treat for Independence Day. Melon is refreshing and juicy and makes a great base for…

Loaded Coleslaw

Independence Day arrives next week and if you are looking for a healthy side dish to bring to the festivities, look no further. I love all varieties of slaw; mayo based, vinegar style and this recipe is a unique combination of the two. It also, includes bacon and who doesn’t love that? This coleslaw is…

Kale Chips

Eating healthy doesn’t always come naturally. Throughout my adult life, I’ve had periods of indulging more than I’d like. Since having my daughter, it’s been harder to find the balance to keep up with workouts and focus on healthy eating. Sometimes convenience wins out and I’ve grown tired of this pattern. A few years ago,…

Candied Pecans

I’m the weirdo who doesn’t like nuts in my baked goods. Walnuts in brownies? Yuck! However, I love to eat them plain (salted or sugared). These pecans are tossed in two varieties of sugar and cinnamon and then toasted low and slow. They are addicting and I enjoy eating them by the handful. Gift baskets…

Frozen Grapes

When I’m not drinking coffee, I’m probably sipping on a glass of wine. Since I can’t indulge everyday, I have to have a few nutritious options at the ready. Enter frozen grapes…almost like wine. These bad boys require little effort and make for a healthy snack. The addition of cinnamon makes them a bit festive….