Five Minute Single Serving Apple Crisp - made with a healthy coconut oil, pecan, and oat topping.

Five Minute Single Serving Apple Crisp

Dessert today is brought to you by those end-of-fall sweet, juicy, ruby red apples that are just completely irresistible. Organic Honeycrisp, I'm looking at you. Today these apples are coated in cinnamon sugar and conveniently topped with a healthy, ... Read More →

Cheesy Chili Dip - this version of the game-day favorite is MADE FROM SCRATCH! No processed cheese or canned chili - just fresh, flavorful ingredients. 250 calories. | #chili #dip #gameday #appetizer

Homemade Cheesy Chili Dip

Waell, looks like we're going to have to stuff our faces with favorite game day foods two posts in a row. Hmm. Darn. When it comes to party food game food snack food etc, I have a deep and borderline inappropriate love for cheesy dips bubbling away inside ... Read More →

Cheesy Bacon and Kale Potato Skins

Cheesy Bacon & Kale Potato Skins

Boom! Crispy bacon, vibrant kale, golden-crispy potato skins, and swizzly melted cheese right in your face, as it should be. Me likey mucho. I have this thing and it's called I like to get really up close and personal right from the start with the food ... Read More →

14 Smoothies for an Instant Mood Boost | #smoothie #recipe

14 Smoothies For An Instant Mood Boost

I drink smoothies like it's my job. Which it is, sometimes, sort of. Which is awesome. It's TGIFriday, and here we are on the cusp (<-- really?) of the end of summer holiday weekend. It seems only appropriate to get your and my wheels turning about some ... Read More →

Big Cluster Peanut Butter Granola

Big Cluster Peanut Butter Granola

O-la! Friends? Get yoselves ready because here come the Big Clusters marching down bloggy avenue. Your snacking, breakfasting, and crunchy-sprinkled-topping will never be the same. These are happy granola hailstones of epic peanut-buttery-delicious ... Read More →

Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadilla - quick, easy, and colorful! Hits the spot every. single. time. |

Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadillas

It's like this: I ❤ Tex-Mex. I've always loved Mexican food (read: an excuse to douse food in salsa) and my food senses will always steer me in the direction of a Mexican restaurant when it's that glorious time to do my favorite thing of all time which is ... Read More →


Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos

So much I love about this right now. So, so much. Starting first and foremost on the list of loves is the lightened up cheese sauce that has just a tiny touch of garlic butter yumminess and any cheese you want in the whole wide world. And now you can add ... Read More →

Skinny Crab and Artichoke Dip - just 75 calories for this creamy, delicious appetizer! |

Skinny Crab and Artichoke Dip with Jalapeño

Forget the game; I'll be neck-deep in the mini crockpot. Except true thing --> we actually don't really watch the Superbowl. Not that we're anti or anything, and we love to go to Superbowl parties (not saying, just saying), but we just don't have a TV. ... Read More →

Pumpkin Hummus

Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus

Today I'm talking about a deliciously crayzie hummus combo that I made over the weekend. Let's get real here. When I first made this Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus like a ridiculous food blogger would, um, Bjork and I just about died from the ... Read More →

Healthy Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins: whole grain, less sugar and oil, 270 calories - Pinch of Yum

Healthy Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

The conversation in my head went something like this: I need a pumpkin muffin NOW. But that oil and sugar. Dern. And so began the quest for a healthy pumpkin muffin that still tasted like a yummy pumpkin muffin. The original version of these Maple ... Read More →

Peach Green Smoothie

Peach Green Smoothie

Hey yo. Big question today: Do you guys like drinking green things? Much like the chicken skin, green smoothies are a love-hate kinda food for me where mostly I love it and I only really hate it because of the name. I mean, who really craves something ... Read More →

Strawberry Jam Muffins

Strawberry Jam Muffins

Did we ever talk about this? That would be a package of strawberries for 13 dollars. Thirteen. Dollars. That's why I don't buy strawberries here in the Philippines, or berries of any kind, really. Don't feel bad for me. I mean, bananas, papaya, ... Read More →

banana lumpia

Banana Lumpia with Caramel Sauce

I was going to make this last week. With my sisters. Cause it's kind of a Filipino thing and I wanted to be a good Philippines host and everything. But we did this instead, which is like the most adventurous thing I've done in the last 6 months. ... Read More →


Coffee Cake Muffins

I cannot believe how much has happened since that Baked Rigatoni post went out a wee 48 hours ago. I'm currently sitting in my nice comfy bed, propped up with the computer on my lap, and all is well. Or, getting well. But here's a little reader-friendly ... Read More →

gingerbread loaves

Gingerbread Loaves with Lemon Glaze

It’s Christmastime! Or is it really? {crink eye} I feel like the world is playing a trick on me. From where I stand it looks more like primo beach season. True, people are wearing jeans and little sweater-like things, Christmas music and flashing ... Read More →

Potato Mojos

Crispy Potato Mojos

Guess how many Mojos I ate today? No, don't really do that. But for real. Guess what today is? VIDEO day! My face will stop looking so red when you press play. Promise. I want you to know a few things. 1) This is the first time I've done my ... Read More →

No Bake Cookies

{No Bake} Dark Chocolate Snickers Cookies

Me, six girls, and a bucket full of chocolate. This was my math lesson today. Actually, if I would have remembered the Fraction Pancakes fiasco, I would have skipped the lesson altogether and saved these chocolate bites of heaven for my personal kitchen ... Read More →


Chocolate & Sweet Cream Marble Loaf

Remember when I used to work out? Gosh golly. In our first few weeks here in the Philippines, I worked out every morning. And by worked out, I mean I ran for five seconds. It wasn't much, but it gave me license for an extra cookie. Now I don't work out ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the tough times when you want to come back to the states, remember back to January, February, March, all those months where God was pressing in your heart to do something radical for Him. My friends really speak truth. Reality check: I have been a bit ... Read More →

Stuffed Tomatoes

Roasted Corn and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. Stuffed with roasted corn, basil, and cheese?  I ate all 6 of them. So I was really sad to find out that the tomatoes that I've been buying in the grocery store are not fairly harvested.  In fact, tomato fields in the US have been called ... Read More →

Mango Cake

Mango Snack Cake

I.AM.IN.LOVE. With a mango snack cake and its crunchy, sugary, brulee-like topping and its melted butter on top. And then suddenly 18 pieces were gone. I'd just like to say I'm sorry for posting multiple mango recipes in a row and I promise I won't ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut Butter & Honey Muffins

Temperature Controlled Apartment vs. Freshly Baked Muffins? No contest. And I'm happy to report that fluffy, nutty, honey-sweet muffins just came out of my oven. Which has an actual fire inside it. Be impressed. Bonus: I'm pretty sure about one third of ... Read More →


Fresh Mango Lassi

I'm hunnnngry. All.the.time. I thought I was hungry in Minnesota, but dang. This new life in the Philippines has me eating at least 18 times a day. I'm blaming it on the sweltering heat and humidity along with a laundry list of other things, such as my ... Read More →


Berry Green Smoothie

Truth: I drink green smoothies. Truth: Bjork gets bugged out by green smoothies.  I pretend that he's immature and usually give a mini-lecture about the health benefits of green smoothies, which usually ends with him eating a whole box of Marshmallow Mateys ... Read More →


Golden Grahams S’mores Bars

I have a farmer friend. His name is Tyler. Our visit to his farm revealed a few things: Farms are pretty. Don't wear sandals on the farm. Fainting goats are so weird but hilariously cute. I will have a piglet for a pet someday. Tyler cooks. ... Read More →


Baked Spicy Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce

Hot, fresh, baked spicy fries are going to come out of your oven tonight. They just are. And I’m putting you under citizen’s arrest if you don’t cover your face in garlic cheese sauce. Did I say face? I meant fries. Fries, face, maybe both. As you can ... Read More →


Salted Double Chocolate Muffins

Sometimes I get to the end of the day and realize that I didn't eat ANY vegetables all day.  Like, zero.  Usually it's a Monday and it's the day after Easter. Wait, are there vegetables in teriyaki buffalo chicken wings? No?  No. ... Read More →


White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

I don't mean to brag, but I just ate an extra marshmallowy bowl of Marshmallow Mateys for dinner. And by a bowl, I mean a box. And by Marshmallow Matey's, I do not mean Lucky Charms.  Seriously?  I'm not even going to defend that. ... Read More →


Best Ever Brownies

If you're new to my blog, hidey-ho and welcome! I'd like to take this moment to let you know that I'm not a ten year old. I do know how to bake brownies from scratch, I swear. ... Read More →

Cookie Dough

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Healthy Cookie Dough

Today I found out that Johnnie from AT&T is my iPhone guardian angel. The discovery all started with my annual swimsuit purchase from Marshall's. I don't know what that says about me, because: Marshall's swimsuits have the potential to fit ... Read More →

Crab & Avocado Nachos

Crab & Avocado Nachos

I don't mean to be bossy or anything, but... You must. Make. These. NOW. ... Read More →

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Hailo. I have a few exciting things to share with you today, because it's Friday and things should be exciting on Friday. ... Read More →

Malted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Malted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, you know, I'm working on this little book. And I need things to photograph. So I stuffed a vanilla malt into a chocolate chip cookie and poured myself a glass of milk. Suddenly I found myself elbow deep in this buttery, crumbly, malt-y, weird ... Read More →

Triple Chocolate Party Balls

Triple Chocolate Party Balls

Once upon a time, I ate a million Triple Chocolate Party Balls. And Bjork got me an iPhone for Christmas. I downloaded my first app: Instagram. And then I fell in love with Instagram. I played for way too long with Instagram. Everything I saw suddenly ... Read More →

Chili Cheese Black Bean Dip

Chili Cheese Black Bean Dip

Wait, Christmas is over already? Hmmph. So, like, is it New Year's yet? And can we still hang out and have parties all week? And where's the Chili Cheese Black Bean Dip? ... Read More →

Holiday Pretzel Bites

Holiday Pretzel Bites

I love dessert.  And there's only one thing that could make me not like dessert. It's spending 3 hours in the kitchen melting, freezing, breaking knives, getting blisters, thawing, spilling, and refreezing the most high maintenance holiday toffee recipe in ... Read More →


Brown Sugar Cookies

I just applied for my Masters program. Then I ate five cookies to dull the pain. But the pain is still there.   Ouchie. No matter how I feel about becoming a better reading teacher for K-12 (which happens to be awesome), I do not feel awesome about ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

Friday.  Chocolate.  Choc.o.late. With sweet ribbons of peanut buttery cheesecake. Baked to ooey gooey perfection and eaten by the row. ... Read More →

Pumpkin Dip for Gingersnaps

Pumpkin Dip for Gingersnaps

This post is the crossroads of my teacher self and my blogger self. You have some homework. You need to make this glorious trio of pumpkin, cream cheese, and heavy whipping cream and bring it to a party.  For me, a party is usually me and Bjork hanging ... Read More →

maple vanilla almonds

Maple Vanilla Almond Clusters

I’ve been thinking about a few things. First of all, her, and how I wish she was mine.  ... Read More →

melon ginger 5

Ginger Melon Chillers

Pst. I need to get this off my chest. I... don’t like cantaloupe. Or, as my grandma calls it, muskmelon. With a name like muskmelon, it’s got to be, like, for old people? I’m sorry Grandma, I’m sorry Grandpa, I’m sorry to anyone who loves this ... Read More →


Crunchy Pecan Granola

Completely unrelated to granola...It’s been a hard week. Thanks for all your kind words. And thanks for still checking in, even though things have been a bit unpredictable around here.Today, I’m thinking about my grandpa, but I’m writing about granola. I ... Read More →

Real Strawberry Lemonade with Ice

Real Strawberry Lemonade

Hello, beautiful. You are red, sweet, and seductive. You should meet my tart, juicy, yellow friend. In fact, you should meet in a blender with sugar. And then I’ll take all your seeds out so you can be smooth. And the three of us ... Read More →


Creamy Basil Dip

Good news, bad news. Or should I say good news, good news? Good news: Every year, my family takes some time during the summer to go up to a cabin in northern Wisconsin. And that time is now! Today! ... Read More →

Garlic Edamame

Garlic Edamame

Ahh, this. Now this is a crave-able vegetable. We had a mini sushi party with my sushi-expert cousin.He told me to make edamame with garlic, so I did. And it’s heaven-sent and it’s coming up in a minute. But first, more of this. ... Read More →