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Terrific Twos

Two years ago, I wrote my first post here.

Two years ago, I had no idea what would happen with this blog, where it would go, or where it would take me.

And two years later, I am so happy and feel extremely blessed to be where I am.

I have a creative outlet.

I’ve made friends with people all over the country – real friends that share my interests and passions.

I’m cooking and baking more than ever and loving every minute.

Thank you – to every one of you.

Thank you for reading and for sharing. 

Thanks for pushing me to do more, to cook more, to write more, to read more, to bake more, to share more. I have a feeling things will just keep getting more interesting with this blog, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you.

Here’s to some of my favorite moments of this past year and to an even better year to come.

– Traveled to Spain with my family, had some incredible and moving days, ate Paella by the Mediterranean, and saw the most amazing market

– Had a girls weekend with my mom and sister

– Celebrated 6 years of marriage

Turned 27

– Ate vegan for the month of June and made the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had

– Worked with a pastry chef for a day and made chocolate espresso cups

Summer trip to Honduras

Reaching a goal of raising $1,000 for Jovenes!

Having surgery

Finding + buying our first house

– Trying Zumba for the first time and being sore for an entire week

Being published for the first time

Having the best meal of my life at the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner

In all honesty, much more happened this past year than I thought! I’m thrilled to have these experiences documented – that’s something that wouldn’t have happened without this little ole’ blog.

And as for recipes, these are my personal favorites from this past year.

I had fun making them and eating them, but most of all, I truly enjoyed sharing them with you.


Vegan Frozen Cookie Dough Balls


Gingered Applesauce Cake with Dark Chocolate


Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


Vegan Molasses Cream Pie Cookies


Sourdough Pancakes, which I haven’t made in a long time.


S’mores Brownies

And…while we’re at it…


S’mores Cups


Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Scones


Maple Apple Walnut Bread


Carrot Cake Bread Pudding


Homemade Greek Yogurt (from scratch!)


Nutella Marbled Banana Bread


Fried Morels for the first time


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Peach Blackberry Crisp


Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Yup. Almost all of those are desserts.

I guess you know where my heart lies.

I was born with a sweet tooth that’s been passed down in my family for generations. There’s no getting away from it, so I’m embracing it and just trying to make healthier version of my childhood favorites.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the past two years some of the best years I’ve had.

Here’s to another year of good eating!

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Favorite Things

Woohoo, it’s Friday!!!

You know what that means  🙂  Jeans at work and the start of the weekend!

I should have known it was too hot for oatmeal, but I tried it anyways.


My trick to being able to eat it if I’m already hot in the morning is to use frozen berries. They cool down the oatmeal just enough, and the hot oatmeal thaws the berries at the same time.

Today, my bowl had:

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1  cup water, pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup or so frozen mixed berries, stirred in at end
  • handful fresh raspberries + blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds


No matter the weather, oatmeal will always be one of my favorite breakfasts.

What are some of your favorites? –


Clothing store?

Pair of shoes?

TV show?


Flavor of ice cream?


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