Cinnamon Maple Bread Stuffed Apples


A group of friends and I made the trek to a local pick-your-own farm, The Berry Patch, on Friday. It was a crisp fall afternoon—just right for apple harvest! So right that I left with six pounds ($7.50!) of honeycrisp, golden delicious and sweet sixteen apples. Oops. Time to get creative to put all of those picks to good use! I love biting into a plain apple as much as the next girl, but jazzing them up every once in a while is ...continue reading

Vanilla Maple Nectarines


Peach fuzz might be cute on the boys of One Direction. But in my snack bowl? No thanks. So when I'm feeling less-than-willing to peel my fruit, I opt for nectarines—the hairless cousin of the peach. I spotted these beauties on sale for 99 cents a pound this weekend at the grocery store and set out to put them to good use in a new dessert. And a grill pan was invited to the party! I've never grilled fruit before, but why should ...continue reading

Whole-Wheat Peanut, Berry and Banana Bread


If given the choice, would you pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or peanut butter and banana sandwich? Why pick just one? My latest kitchen experiment, inspired by the ingenious Gina of SkinnyTaste, combines all of these flavors into one tasty bite. You don't even need two slices of bread for this one. But I wouldn't blame you one bit if you cut two pieces (or maybe three) for a twist on traditional dessert! Or how ...continue reading

Perfect Post-Workout Meal: Tex Mex Vegetable Egg White Scramble


Breakfast for dinner was one of my favorite meals when I was growing up—and this continues to be the truth. Nearly anyone can prepare a crowd-pleasing spread in less than 30 minutes, plus, there's just something so comforting about a diner-like meal! But one of the best things about this strategy is that it's so simple to switch things up. Does one person in your family prefer pancakes over waffles? Just tweak the batter a bit and cook ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special


Happy Easter, everyone! I'm up in the Twin Cities with my parents visiting my sister, Amy, and her husband, Joe, for the weekend. As you can see above, we've enjoyed some fun family time (yes, friends, I'll finally know what you're talking about when you refer to Settlers of Catan) and tasty meals. Bonus: It's starting feeling like spring is here to stay. *Crossing fingers* To celebrate, let's check out some warm-weather-friendly ...continue reading

Heart-Healthy Pancakes

Happy (almost) Mother’s Day! The day, like no other, screams breakfast in bed. I’m a little too far from my Mom to whip up any of these for her this weekend, but maybe I can offer an I.O.U. and refer back to this post to make her a treat when I see her for my sister’s wedding in one month. Sidenote: So excited for Amy and Joe—yay! As you know, I’m not the most inspired cook in the kitchen, but enjoy learning from ...continue reading