Fine Dining and Chilly Nights

I like eating in restaurants, but am not generally a fan of fine dining or place that are stuffy and pretentious. Mostly because I don’t think they are worth the money. For a variety of reasons, I ended up eating in four such restaurants in the last month. More than I’ve eaten at in the [...]

bruleed berry oats

Bruleed Berry Oats

Oatmeal is something I typically eat when the weather is cooler. There’s just something more comforting about a warm bowl of oatmeal than a ice cold smoothie in the morning. But oatmeal can get boring. We all know this. Brown sugar and cinnamon. Maple syrup and pecans. Bananas. Peanut butter. Any combination of these. They’re [...]

paleo birthday cake cookies

Paleo Birthday Cake Cookies

Paleo birthday cake cookies are the perfect birthday (or any day!) treat. In my quest to cut back on sugar, I’m on a mission to make the best low-sugar treats I can find. Sometimes that includes making them, as the case with these paleo birthday cake cookies. I want to make a disclaimer here before [...]

Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall!

After a long summer of travel (more on that in a minute), we are now entering my favorite time of year. It’s when you can wear sweatshirts again. When you don’t have to worry about sweating to death just to go to the grocery store. When the leaves change and days are breezy and nights [...]

birthday brownies

Birthday Brownies with No Whip Frosting

An easy brownie recipe with no whip frosting is always a hit. Boxed brownies are easy. But no-box brownies are almost as easy and infinitely better. I said what I said. These birthday brownies (I only call them that because it’s almost my birthday and they have sprinkles!) come together in one bowl. They taste [...]

one blueberry muffin

One Blueberry Muffin

Ever want just one blueberry muffin? You’re in the right place. If you bake a lot, you know the pain of trying not to eat everything yourself. I often give things away, but I also eat a lot more cookies, bread, and pie than a person reasonably should. It’s rough. So mug cakes and things [...]

Eiffel Tower Sunset

To France…And Beyond!

This past month has been busy, busy, busy. It’s mostly been spent planning for an upcoming trip to France and Germany. I went to Paris a few years ago for a quick stopover, but this time, were spending a good amount of time there, as well as going to Lyon, and ending with Oktoberfest (on [...]

strawberry coconut cupcakes

Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes

Strawberry coconut cupcakes are perfect for a light end-of-summer dessert. I bake a lot. In order to not eat it all myself, I often deliver treats to everyone I know. So whenever there’s a party or gathering, I’m always asked to bring dessert. It can be exhausting at times, but I would be lying if [...]

cold brew smoothie

Almond Butter Cold Brew Smoothie

A cold brew smoothie to start your day is the perfect way to get your caffeine fix. My morning routine starts with a piping hot cup of strong coffee with lots of milk. But if you remember from July, I have kind of been on a cold brew kick. It’s been so hot and humid [...]

Here’s to AC and Staying Indoors

After a busy few months of travel, my July was a bit more relaxed. But this is because unless I have to, I don’t go anywhere in July or August. I learned this lesson years ago after a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China and Japan that was miserable because of the heat. So no more summer [...]