Asian Noodle Salad With Peanut Dressing

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The fun thing about being in charge of the food around here is that I get to cook whatever I feel like eating! Pasta with veggies tossed in a peanut dressing. That's what I wanted. As I mentioned before, we had company over a couple weeks ago (our good friends from Texas) and when hosting any guests, I do my meal planning before they arrive so that I am not grocery shopping or trying to figure out what we should eat last minute. This is especially important when there are lots of little ones in the house- 8 kids to be exact, ages 7 and under (4 for each of us). Heather is one of my … [Read more...]


Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Larabars

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Hi friends! It's good to be back! I ended up taking 2 weeks off of blogging after my husband came home from his 9 month deployment. If you missed our homecoming pictures you can see them here. He's had a light work schedule since he got back so I couldn't get enough family time. It's funny how it took no time at all for things to go back to normal. We are just thrilled to have him home again. He arrived the Monday night, Memorial Day, then that first weekend our good friends from Texas came to visit us which was totally awesome. They have 4 kids the same ages as ours but ever since we … [Read more...]


Quick Fix Food

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Hey guys! Hope y'all had a great week. Today I am sharing a few instagram "recipes". They are more like quick-fix things that I am more likely to post on Facebook or Instagram (my peferred method of social media). Not following me there? Please do as that is where I am now going to put more focus since Facebook doesn't share much of anything from my "business page" anyway. Ok here we go! All iPhone photos for quick fix food!   Spicy Hummus Deviled Eggs  Want a quick deviled egg? These hit the spot!Take one hard-boiled egg, cut in half lengthwise, mash the yolk with 1-2 … [Read more...]


Asian Roasted Broccoli & Red Peppers

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Happy Monday everyone! What kind of food blogger am I blogging Asian inspired vegetables on Cinco de Mayo?! Oops. If it makes it any better we did have Mexican food for dinner. Well I spoke too soon about it being almost summer because it was in the 50s/60s and rainy all weekend. We really didn't do anything but had a quick trip to the library and lots of home-time for lounging. Don't you love how all the kids know about kale these days? Who ever started that kale chip trend was a genius. Now whenever I roast broccoli my kids will say "mmm, it smells like kale". They do love kale … [Read more...]


Marinated Three Bean Salad

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Hello friends! Quick visit today as I take a break from Spring Break activities- the elementary schools here in Washington (state) have their break so late here, but the weather is truly spring-like so I am happy! Here is the scenario, it's Saturday afternoon and someone invites you to a BBQ dinner for the following evening. You are not able to get the grocery store but you really want to contribute a dish. What do you bring? Well if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer this is the perfect answer! I wasn't sure if it would be a hit, but this three bean salad turned out very tasty … [Read more...]


Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}

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  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]


Black Bean Sloppy Joes {Vegan}

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Hi friends, stopping in for a quick visit, a quick recipe along with some iphone pics. I'll I have to say is having 4 young children in the house is HARD, to say the least. My goodness, even with my mother helping we are barely getting a chance to shower at the end of the day. Only 1 of the 4 kiddos is in school full time so it's all about juggling drop off & pick up schedules, feedings, naps, extra curricular activities, etc. It is loud,crazy and wonderful. I am enjoying all my sweet cuddle time with my new baby girl. She is already 3 weeks old and I will have an update for you soon … [Read more...]


Chickpea and Squash Sorghum Salad {Vegan, Gluten Free}

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When I made this frittata, I had half of a butternut squash leftover so decided to throw together a quick grain salad to have for lunches all week. I had a bag of Bob's Red Mill Sorghum that I received from the food blog conference I went to last month and wanted to give it try. You could easily substitute any grain you have on hand- farro, bulger, quinoa, wheat berries. (random note: the following photos are taken with my new iphone 5s camera- big improvement from my last iphone cam but still not quite as nice as my DSLR (which the first photo was taken with)) Today sorghum remains … [Read more...]


Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil {Vegan and Gluten Free}

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Goodbye September, let the craziness begins! October officially marks the start of the fun, albeit insanely busy time of year- not only is there excitement from the Holidays but my 3 kids have upcoming birthdays- one in October, one in November, one in December along with my birthday, and then baby #4 is due the very beginning of January. This time of year always flies by so I enjoyed one of the last few weekends where we really had nothing to do. I got home from church yesterday and wanted something warm to fill my tummy. We've had nonstop rain all weekend and I just felt like cozying up … [Read more...]


Lemon & Garlic Rainbow Swiss Chard

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Hope all you mothers had a wonderful relaxing Mother's Day! Mine was perfect- the best gift you can give a mom is sleep so I got to sleep in for a change, then went to mass, followed by a homemade brunch and lots of relaxing down time. Just what I wanted to do! First thing my husband said when he saw this rainbow swiss chard I picked up at Pike's Place market...."did they dye that?". Shocking the the answer is no, right? Rainbow chard  is just a mix of the other colored varieties as opposed to being a variety unto itself. Swiss chard is a nutritional superstar with it's … [Read more...]