Healthy Almond Ricotta Bread Pudding (Dessert for Two)

People, people – I think this could be the BEST thing I have EVER made.  Let me set the scene.  I have been feeling crummy the last few days.  I came home after picking the girls up from school and laid them down for naps.  I was needing something comforting and yummy.  Solution #1 –… 

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Simple Homemade Candied Pecans (using maple syrup)

Last night, we had a group of students over who are going with Jonathan on a spring break missions trip to Jamaica. Jamaica has approximately 2,500 deaf children. Mission To the World in partnership with CCCD (Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf) hosts teams at four different project sites. Three of these are CCCD school… 

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Homemade Hot Chocolate (using maple syrup)

In the last 24 hours the temperature has dropped from 40 degrees to 1 degree.  Nothing sounds better on days like these, than hot chocolate.  I went searching through the cabinets the other night but we were out so I went about coming up with my own recipe…here it is!  I love it so much… 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples

If you’re old people like us, New Year’s Eve looked a little something like this:  feed kids dinner, do baths, read stories, put them to bed, cook red snapper, brussel sprout salad and roasted sweet potatoes & apples, sit down for a quiet dinner and stay up until midnight playing Mexican Train.  Yep, that was… 

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Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are getting ready to embark on a Christmas adventure where we will spend the next week at Crystal Mountain Resort.  There is about every winter activity  you can possibly imagine there – skiing, snow shoeing, snow castle building, and sleigh rides.  My four year old is so excited she doesn’t quite know what to… 

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Friday w/ Friends: Kristen Guilander, RD, LD – Butternut Squash Salad w/ Ultimate Mustard Vinaigrette

  Today’s Friday w/ Friends features Registered Dietician, Kristen Guilander!  Kristen is a menu developer and a great resource for healthy living and eating.  She has compiled a list of the most nutrient packed vegetables and shared the MOST AMAZING fall/winter Butternut Squash salad.  We had it for dinner last night and it was divine…. 

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Simple Apple Crisp w/ Extra Crisp!

The way this dessert makes your house smell is reason enough to make it!  I don’t think much else can beat the aroma of apples and cinnamon baking.  My mom is coming in town for Caroline’s birthday and this seems like the perfect fall dessert to nosh on her first night with us.  This recipe… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: Pear & Brie Panini w/ Maple Syrup Cinnamon Dressing

We already have leaves falling from the trees around our house.  This makes me happy minus the part where we have to rake them all up and bag them.  It starts out as a fun fallish task and turns into, “is this ever going to end?”  We have many giant oak trees both in front… 

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Whole Wheat Apple Oat Mini Muffins

Once a month I help coordinate a Mug N’ Muffin get together for the women of our church.  It’s such a good time.  Everyone brings their favorite mug and we provide the coffee and muffins.  This month I experimented over and over and over again with muffin recipes but hadn’t found one that I was… 

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Pumpkin Energy Bites (No Bake)

Have you seen the energy bite craze on Pinterest lately?  They were intriguing to me so I decided to go out on a limb and try making a pumpkin version.  Tis the season (almost).  I think they turned out pretty darn good and my girls loved them too. They are packed with lots of whole… 

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