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Friday, December 9, 2016

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips {Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free}

Easy flourless peanut butter cookies studded with dark chocolate chips and sweetened with maple syrup. These cookies are incredibly soft, full of rich peanut butter flavor, and they develop a wonderful chewiness the day after baking them

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips

Come early December, sweet treats are e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. Cookies, candies, cakes, pies...pretty much anything you can think of with a holiday spin. It takes an iron willpower to resist all of 'em. 

I'm usually able to limit my intake by never making sweet treats at home (unless it's something like homemade toffee that's getting packaged up quickly for a holiday gift). 

Why? As I've mentioned here many times before, if I fix a whole batch goodies at home, I'll be the only one to eat them...and too quickly at that.

True fact about me: If I know there are sweets in the house (the only exception is bar chocolate) then my brain goes into devious let's-rationalize-why-we-deserve-the-sweet-thing-right-this-second-all-throughout-the-day mode.
Because of this, it makes way more sense for me to a buy dessert by the slice or individual serving from a bakery when a craving strikes. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DIY Chai Vanilla Sugar Scrub

An easy homemade sugar scrub recipe you can make in minutes with simple ingredients like cane sugar, grapeseed oil, chai tea, vanilla extract, honey, and essential oils. Apply this warm & cozy scrub to your body after a long day and you'll feel pampered in no time!

DIY Chai Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to pamper yourself? Try a homemade sugar scrub! They're a must-have in the wintertime if your skin gets dry and needs exfoliation. Which is most of the United States and Canada this time of year, am I right? Southern California and Florida don't count. ;)

My favorite way to use sugar scrubs is in the shower. You simply massage the sugar all over your body (I even do it on my face), let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off. Rubbing it across your body helps to improve circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system all the while sloughing off dead skin via the grainy sugar. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

20 Tried-and-True Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Want to serve the best recipes at your Thanksgiving meal? These are some of my tried-and-true dishes that I've been fixing for the past few years. My family loves them and I hope yours will, too!
20 Tried-and-True Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Lemme guess: you're trying to plan your Thanksgiving menu ahead of time and want to find the best recipes to serve or bring to the Thanksgiving day feast. There are loads of Thanksgiving recipe round-ups practically everywhere these days, but most of them are just curated lists of dishes that look good

In other words, the person sharing them hasn't tried most, if any, of the recipes. These types of recipe collections are awesome for inspiration when you want to try one or two new dishes and you don't have anything riding on your success. 

But, let's say you're hosting your first ever Thanksgiving feast and are responsible for most of the cooking. Or, you're attending a feast at someone else's home and are in charge of bringing a specific dish that's a family favorite.
No room for screw ups, eh? 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Fall-apart-tender pot roast cooked in the crock-pot with root vegetables and homemade onion soup mix. This super easy recipe takes about 20 minutes to prep and can be made in as little as 4-5 hours on the high setting or 8-10 on low. Serve it with your favorite mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or cauliflower for the best type of comfort food meal. 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Homemade Onion Soup Mix

One of my favorite comfort foods is tender, pull-apart pot roast, shredded over hot mashed potatoes and topped with ladles of juice a.k.a. drippings OR a quick homemade gravy...oh, dear. It's the type of comfort food meal that sings to my soul.

Growing up in Kansas, my aunt used to slow cook a chuck roast on the stove top every once in awhile. She'd always layer it with carrots + huge chunks of chopped potatoes before placing a lid on top to let it do its thing. A perfect stick-to-your-bones, meat n' potatoes kinda meal.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Easy Family Dinner Idea + 17 Quick Salad Recipes

Need an easy family dinner to make when you're entertaining guests or out of town visiting for a holiday? My go-to solution is to fix a high-quality main course from the freezer aisle and pair it with fresh & fast homemade sides. This saves you time, gives you the best of both worlds, and lets you relax and hang out with your loved ones! Keep reading more ideas + a round-up of recipes for inspiration. 

Easy Family Dinner Idea + 15 Quick Salad Recipes

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When you have family over for dinner or you're staying together for the holidays, the last thing you want is to get stuck in the kitchen for hours while everyone else is in the other room enjoying each other's company. Kinda defeats the whole purpose of having a gathering, right? 

I've been in this situation so many times and it's frustrating, to say the least. You're torn between wanting to serve a yummy made-from-scratch-especially-by-you meal and spending time with your guests. 

Sure, you could channel your inner Ina Garten and prep a fabulous spread three days ahead of time, but that's certainly not an everyday reality. Especially if you're traveling from out of town and don't have the luxury of a fully stocked kitchen. (This is often the case with me when I'm visiting family.)

So what's the solution? 

Suck it up and stay in the kitchen? Order take-out food? Nope!

You serve a semi-homemade meal that requires little time in the kitchen but doesn't compromise on flavor or quality of ingredients. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Beef, Apple & Rice

An easy recipe for baked acorn squash that's stuffed with a savory, slightly sweet & buttery filling of ground beef, apple, and rice. Fix this in about 40-45 minutes for an easy and healthy fall dinner recipe. This is a great meal to make when you're in a ground beef rut and need some fresh ideas using seasonal fall and winter ingredients.

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe with Beef, Apple & Rice

Have you ever tried acorn squash? It's not as popular as the slightly sweet butternut squash or trendy striped delicata squash, but it definitely deserves a spot at your dinner table. Acorn squashes are a deep orange color, often flecked with dark green spots, and--as the name implies--shaped like an acorn. 

If you're looking for a beautiful, eco-friendly fall accent for your home, grab 2-3 acorn squashes and let them hang out on your counter (or wherever you want to put them) until you're ready to cook them for supper.