Kitchen Memories: Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

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Food is a wonderful way to express love. Whether it's having company over or cooking for loved ones, it's meaningful to serve something homemade. It's even more meaningful when you get to cook with the ones you love, like family. This breakfast casserole reminds me of family. There are multiple occasions where I remember my mother-in-law or one of my sisters-in-law standing around the kitchen preparing this for the next day's breakfast. In fact every other year we vacation together in Hawaii and this is the summer we will go again. Words can't express my excitement to get back … [Read more...]


Egg Stuffed Baked Potato

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Hi friends! I can't believe it's Friday. Truly, this week flew by. Allergies. Illness.  Sleepless nights. That pretty much sums up my week! My lil' guy caught a cold, not a big deal, but that caused him to wake several times for several nights. Little baby E had her 4 month check up and did not tolerate the immunizations as smoothly as she did at 2 months. She was super fussy and ran a fever all through the first night. She was miserable. More sleepless nights for me! Then I either caught what my 2 year has or just have allergies, weed pollen is very high right now so it could … [Read more...]


Ham and Veggie Crustless Quiche

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese. I remember the first time I made this crustless quiche, it was dinnertime and we lived in Austin. I wanted something light and healthy so I decided to make a quiche without the heavy crust (which I do love by the way but not the healthiest part of the dish). It baked up perfect without a crust and paired with a simple salad made a satisfying meal. The secret ingredient in this crustless quiche is cottage cheese. It helps bind everything together while adding extra protein to the dish. What I … [Read more...]


Cherry, Goat Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad + Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette + A Giveaway!

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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own Fancy salads are one of my favorite foods. Every time I go to a restaurant I absolutely HAVE to order one as an appetizer. The ones with goat cheese, dried fruits and nuts are the first ones that I am drawn to. Every time. So when I got the chance to create a recipe for Healthy Aperture and … [Read more...]


Multigrain Gluten-Free Pancakes

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One of my favorite parts of the weekend is leisurely waking up to a big pot of coffee and cooking a nice breakfast. In fact the minute the kids roll out of bed they ask "what are you making for breakfast?" They love their weekend pancakes and  I love playing with pancake recipes. There are just SO many options when it comes to pancakes- blueberry, buttermilk, peanut butter, cinnamon raisin, oatmeal, chocolate chip, the list goes on. I always make them from scratch because they are too easy not too. I have, however, tried a pre-made gluten-free all-purpose mix, simply for test purposes … [Read more...]


Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes

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Hi friends! Just stopping by quickly to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a relaxing long weekend (hopefully most of you don't have to work) and eat lots of yummy food. I also wanted to share a recipe that you can use with your leftovers on Friday. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner- Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes! I was lucky to have my mom visit from Texas last week for a quick visit. I wasn't sure if the kids and I would have plans for Thanksgiving (turns out we do), but she offered to help me cook Thanksgiving dinner. We figured if we stuck to the basics it … [Read more...]


An Interesting Study & Swiss Chard and Feta Rolled Omelet

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The following post is sponsored by ConAgra foods. All opinions are my own.  I am sure many of you know that food with more volume and protein can help you feel fuller longer which can be a great and effective weight management strategy. Also, when it comes to weight management, choosing the right breakfast is very important. Today I wanted to share the results of a recent study that was presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE®), which I thought was quite interesting: it found that calorie for calorie egg whites are … [Read more...]


Kale and Butternut Squash Frittata {Meatless Monday}

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Kale and butternut squash...what's not to love? This Kale and Butternut Squash Frittata is one of those dishes that requires minimal ingredients (only 5 not counting salt/pepper/oil) and it's super easy to make which makes it perfect for a quick weekday meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner); it's fancy enough for a brunch or the Holidays too (since it's got those fall flavors).   I was feeling the need to cook and had a couple hours in between picking up my daughter from preschool and my son from elementary school. I looked around the kitchen at what hadn't been used this week … [Read more...]


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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I confess, I don't really like chocolate in my banana bread. I prefer it straight up and traditional with lots of banana flavor and walnuts. This one, my kids love. What's not to love if you're a kid? Bread, banana and chocolate? I have been baking on a regular basis so that they can have a treat in their lunchboxes. Some of their favorites are blueberry zucchini muffins, pumpkin bread and banana bread. Then they'll say, "when are you going to put cookies in our lunch? Some kids get cookies in their lunch, ya know"....and I say well they're probably the pre-packaged junky … [Read more...]


Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

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(please excuse the iphone photos for today's post) Did you all have a nice weekend? We sure did because daddy came home after being gone for 3 weeks! 3 very long, summer weeks, but despite our rocky start (sick kids, ER visit for my youngest) the time apart did get a little easier this time around. I had the kids in VBS (vacation bible school) for the last week and they loved it so much that it was a great event to look forward to. My oldest had a couple flag football games which was fun too. I am exhausted though! I think I will be hitting the sack at 9:30pm every night this week. The … [Read more...]