Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Dear Springtime,

I thought it would be great if I could let you know what you mean to me.  It’s really delightful when you’re around, and not every season makes me really want to go outside like you do.

Sure, there tends to be a lot of wind, pollinating flowers that make my nose itch like crazy and my eyes turn red, and some extra anxiety concerning taxes, but it’s really all worth it when I think about all the fabulous benefits you bring us.

Besides lovely picnic/ hiking weather, a plethora of outdoor festivals (I love festivals!), and baby animals, all the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring up (pun intended) in farmers’ markets/ gardens/ stores/ etc. make me want to really get baking!

These fresh strawberries you’ve brought have been a complete inspiration.  I mean, eating plain strawberries is great, don’t get me wrong – but there is a LOT you can do with strawberries.  Of course I had to make something fun with them!  And those oranges still on the tree were also begging to made into something other than juice, you know?  So Strawberry Orange Cupcakes pretty much had to happen.

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Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

All I know is these are something different.

I had a really hard time deciding what to call them, because they’re like half cheesecake and half ice cream bar…. and half peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

They’re also high in protein, gluten-free, low-carb, and can’t really be eaten without a fork.

So what do you call that?

I guess the only thing that could sum it all up without being in paragraph form was Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars.  So there you have it.

To me, this is the dessert-embodiment of all the best things.  All the flavors and textures of my favorites went into this, sans the sugar-overload I would rather avoid but with the metabolism-boosting, muscle-fueling protein I need for my training!

It kinda even gives me a sneaky satisfaction at the thought of thwarting the traditional “sweets-are-bad-for-you” train of thought.

These are something different, all right!  But in this case, different really just means delightful!  Don’t you think?

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Best-Ever Cake Doughnuts

Best-Ever Cake Doughnuts

They say that the best defense is a good offense.

To me, this means being prepared for anything.  Like knowing that you can use one single recipe to make something for basically any situation. 

Sunday brunch at your place?  Doughnuts.

Baby shower?  Mini cupcakes. 

Birthday party?  Frosted cake.

Oh, wait, someone’s on a diet?  What, they’re giving up sugar?  No gluten? 

Okay, sure!  Good thing THIS recipe doesn’t need those kinds of things to be absolutely bomb.

So now you can be that person that always seems to have something delicious and ready to go on every occasion.  Trust me, this makes you very popular! 

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs {+ Printable Meal Planner}

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs {+ Printable Meal Planner}

I came home for lunch the other day, starving.  I looked in my fridge… and found practically nothing in edible form.  Fortunately, I was armed with a few ingredients, modern technology, and an idea.

The resulting Cheesy Turkey Meatballs that I pulled out of my oven about 20 minutes later are actually quicker, healthier, and more delicious than just about anything I could have gotten elsewhere at that moment.  Plus, now they’re ready to grab for a meal or snack any old time I need it! 

Easy meal prep is so fun.

I’m sure you’re with me – making healthy food should not be hard!  These days, we no longer have to hunt down a wildebeest, coax a sweet potato out of the earth, make a clay pot, or start a fire in a cave during a snowstorm.

I’m not saying you can’t do those things if you really want to, but… it’s really not required.

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