Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars


Happy Father's Day—to my amazing dad and all of the other irreplaceable papas out there! In honor of the holiday, I baked you (and him) a treat. :) Since I couldn't be there in person to celebrate the holiday with my dad, I sent a batch of this dessert his way. It's includes some of his favorite snacks, peanuts, pretzels and chocolate. And who doesn't love a bar cookie? This recipe turned out to be the perfect gift for my dad in ...continue reading

Healthified Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies


Little in life says, "Thank you," "I appreciate you" or "welcome to the neighborhood," than freshly baked goodies. Don't you think (and agree with this quote from Buzzfeed)? As a sign of gratitude for my co-workers who covered duties while I was away in Iceland, I baked up a big batch of cookies. These were not just basic cookies, mind you. With summer just coming into full swing, I decided to share s'mores-inspired cookies!Taking ...continue reading

Cookout-Ready Confetti Bean Dip

When the weather heats up, many people naturally lighten up their menus, opting for seasonal fruits and vegetables over stick-to-your-ribs foods like, well, ribs, buttery mashed potatoes or cheesy casseroles. This dish, while easy to serve year-round, would be ideal for any upcoming outdoor events you have coming up. Attending a summer barbecue, potluck or picnic? You’ll be a hit if you come bearing bean dip from one of my favorite food ...continue reading

The Best of Healthy Holiday Hosting

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Sorry I checked out for a bit—I was just trying to squeeze the most family time in as possible while back in Iowa for the week. Anyway, I think of Thanksgiving as kicking off the festive season: Advent, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc. During these weeks, parties and gatherings seem to pop up out of nowhere and we may be scrambling at the last minute to think of a dish to bring! So I ...continue reading