Pumpkin Cream Cheese

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I was at Target the other day....can we just pause for a moment and talk about how great Target is? No, we don't even have to, it's just known to all. I love that I can go and get toiletries, cute clothes and a few groceries if needed. It's my happy place...as long as I am not with all 4 of my children, then it's a madhouse because even they get so excited when they are there that they beg for everything. On this particular trip I had to return some clothes and then afterwards I headed over to the grocery section to grab some milk. I passed Philadelphia brand pumpkin cream cheese and … [Read more...]


Blackened Seasoning Mix and Blackened Fish Recipe

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Hi friends! I am excited to participate in Recipe Redux for the first time, a recipe challenge group founded by Registered Dietitians. What happens here is a group of bloggers (aka "the recipe redux members") create a recipe each month using an assigned theme. It's all about reinventing healthy eating. I always enjoy seeing the creativity that goes into these posts, plus it's a great way to find new blogs. Our theme this month is "Spooky Spices", you know those spices that are lurking in the back of your spice cabinet collecting dust. Well we are putting those spices to good use … [Read more...]


Grilled Cheese with Pesto and Tomato

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Cheesey, buttery, white bread, grilled cheese. That's how I remember eating them as a kid. Not exactly a health food, and they aren't the easiest to light-up with the exception of reducing the amount of butter and cheese used and throwing in some veggies (or fruit) like this tomato! Although I love a good grilled cheese, I don't make them that often. You would think mom of 4 kids would be making grilled cheese all the time. The thought actually popped into my head the other night on one of our busy soccer days- "it's been a while since I've made grilled cheese kids" let's have that for … [Read more...]


Apple Pico de Gallo {#YahooFood}

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    When I was in graduate school I became friends with a fellow RD intern whose parents lived in Cabo San Lucas. She invited me and another one of our classmates to go hang out there one summer. I fell in love. Not only is it gorgeous, but the local fruit stands, taco shops and markets add such character to the Mexican town.   We stayed for a full month (yes, lucky us!) because her family was kind enough to make room for us, and I have such great memories of going to the market to pick out our produce. Tomatoes, cilantro, onion, lime and peppers were the usual suspects. Coming … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


Roasted Salmon with Leeks

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Do you ever watch the show Chopped? I went into labor with my third child watching that show. My weekly CSA is much like opening the mystery basket. I don't pay much attention to the emails they send of what's being delivered so it's always a fun surprise. I like to challenge myself to come up with a dinner using something out of the CSA box. No recipe searching, just quick cooking. I had a defrosting piece of salmon waiting to be cooked so knew the leeks would pair perfectly with it. Leeks are relatives of onions and garlic and are absolutely delicious. They look like giant scallions … [Read more...]


Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

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Hi friends! I ended up with a short blogging week last week because my mother-in-law was visiting. You would think I would get more done with family in town but I prefer to take the time off rather than hide out in my office trying to catch up. It was great having her, but now I am back to business! Hassleback potatoes, did you know that is what they're called? These accordion-like spuds were named after the Stockholm restaurant that first served them, Restaurant Hasslebacken. I have been wanting to try these for ages, I'm sure you've seen them all over the blogosphere. I have seen them in … [Read more...]


Mini Cherry Cheesecake Bites

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As magical as pregnancy can be, I am just about ready for this one to be over- 38 weeks, tired, uncomfortable and in need of a good workout (and a good glass of wine!). I am not even that excited about Holiday eating because there isn't much room in my belly for it. What I am saying is I don't think this will be my year of desserts. Maybe I will save the splurge calories for post-baby when I have room and am burning even more calories nursing. I do love a good cheesecake so I might make an exception for my favorite pumpkin cheesecake....but when I was thinking of cheesecake I remembered … [Read more...]