A Reason to Cook {+ Fun Baking Giveaway!}

A Reason to Cook {+ Fun Baking Giveaway!}

As a kid, I remember that the smell of homemade cookies coming out of the oven always made me – well, it kinda made me want to run in and eat all the cookies – but it also made me proud.

My mom taught me how to cook and bake things from scratch at a young age.  I’d always pull out all the bowls and ingredients, and then we’d pick out a recipe (usually oatmeal raisin cookies if I had my way,) and go through the steps together.  Sometimes the cookies would even take the shape of teddy bears or hearts – if the teddy bears were aliens and the hearts were more anatomically correct, that is.

So even though I wasn’t necessarily an excellent artist with my baking, it always made me feel sooo accomplished.  Like doing-the-monkey-bars-one-handed accomplished.  It was an excellent thing to know that I’d instigated the magic that went on in that oven.

Read More

Most Fudgy + Chocolate-y Brownies Ever {+ Chocolate-y Giveaway!}

Most Fudgy + Chocolate-y Brownies Ever {+ Chocolate-y Giveaway!}

Friends, it has been about three years since I began blogging about food, fitness, and how cute baby elephants are when they run. 

Wait – not the last one.  That’s just something I was thinking about just now.  But, hey - aren’t they? 

Right.  It’s been just about three years since I started this blog.  I’ve enjoyed sharing my discoveries in the kitchen with you, most of which involve experimenting with strange and foreign ingredients (ie., yogurt, almond flour, avocados, etc.) to “magically” make delicious things healthy.

If you’ve stopped by before, you probably know that I sprinkle in health/fitness tips here and there among my recipes.  This is because the world would obviously be a better place if chocolate and health were not mutually exclusive. 

I mean, have it all, why don’t you?  That’s not too much to ask.

Read More

Beet of My Heart Brownies

Beet of My Heart Brownies

Hi, friends!  I shared a recipe with a fun blog yesterday, Mamaof3Munchkins.com, where Ty Watson does a whole variety of family-kids-fun-stuff posts.  Of course I wouldn't leave you out of the loop, so I’ll give you the sneak-preview (so you know to start drooling) and hand it over to Ty to deliver you the rest of the post and the goods.  Be sure to check it out – they were an absolute hit with brownie lovers all over!

I hope you like chocolate. 

Now, if you know me, you know I’m always looking for excuses to bake things.  Especially brownies.

I know what you must be thinking.  Yes, I do realize it’s not really necessary to have an excuse to bake… but, you know, having an excuse often means having someone to share said baked goodies with.  Right?

Like meeting a new neighbor.  Celebrating a birthday.  Having dinner guests.

Read More

5 Meatless Main Dishes

5 Meatless Main Dishes

On the 5th Day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me... 5 meatless main dish recipes!

As the countdown continues, I thought we needed some healthy/hearty meatless dishes to keep us warm inside, you know, to help get in more plant-based foods without constantly resorting to salads.  Just a guess buuut... if you can see snow outside/ it's less than 65 degrees in your house, you MIGHT be more into hot food right now.  Bonus:  These recipes seem more like comfort food than health food, so no feelings of "missing out" on traditional holiday indulging should occur.

On the topic of traditions, what could be more traditional to Christmas than decorating the tree?
It's been a tradition in my family for years to get ornaments for our Christmas tree whenever we go on vacation or do something really memorable together.  This translates to a really interesting looking tree.  

 

Read More