Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face.
You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing.
These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]
Banana muffins are even better with crunchy granola and toasted walnuts. Enjoy these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins with your morning coffee!
By now, you are probably aware of my love of muffins. It's rare that I don't have a stash of them in my freezer, and I'm often developing new muffin recipes. As usual, I tried to keep these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins on the healthier side so that I can enjoy them often without the guilt. If you have any over-ripe bananas on your counter or in your freezer, now you know what to do with them!
I added some of my favorite homemade granola to the banana muffin batter and also sprinkled some granola on top for a little extra crunch. Unsweetened ... [Continue Reading]
A good-for-you green smoothie made with kale, peaches, mango, and Greek yogurt. Full of protein and fiber, this smoothie will give you the energy boost you need to tackle your day!
Happy Wednesday! How can it be that January is almost over? It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was writing this New Year's post. I know they say that when raising young children the days go by slowly and the years fly by, but around here it seems that it's the days, weeks... everything that go by especially quickly. A busy, full life will do that I suppose. Happily, it's full of great things like snuggles with my sweet kids, story time, watercolor painting, and playtime at the park.
Today I'm ... [Continue Reading]
Oh do I have a treat for you today! These little carrot cake oat muffins are ridiculously tasty, and good for you too! They are perfect for snacking or a grab and go breakfast, with plenty of whole grains to leave you feeling satisfied. Pair a muffin with a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or a hard boiled egg, and you'll be set to tackle your day!
These carrot cake muffins are made with white whole-wheat flour and old-fashioned oats. Applesauce keeps them moist and delicious and takes the place of most of the butter in the muffins. They are low in sugar, with only 10 grams per muffin. And let's not forget the carrots. These muffins are packed with veggies!
But really, the very first thing ... [Continue Reading]
It's the weekend between Christmas and New Year's, which in my house means lots of family time, a little relaxation, and lots of organizing and putting away of Christmas gifts. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a very merry one, filled with plenty of family time and good food.
We had a quiet Christmas morning at home, sandwiched in between lots of time with our extended families. I love how magical the holiday season is when you can experience it through the eyes of your children. This year was the first year that Julia was excited to visit Santa and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. She was anxious to make sure that we placed our stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, ... [Continue Reading]
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Many of you are probably enjoying some yummy leftovers today, and you are likely thinking about holiday decorating, shopping, and more celebrations to come. I spent many hours in my kitchen over the past two days, but still couldn't keep myself from doing a little baking this morning. These Gingerbread Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect way to transition from Thanksgiving into the rest of the holiday season. They taste just like gingerbread and go wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea.
I'm sure you have a packed weekend, whether it be braving the crowds at the mall, getting and decorating your tree, or attending a party or two, but I hope you find ... [Continue Reading]
Weekday mornings are often rushed, busy times. Whether you are trying to get out the door to head to work or getting kids ready to go to school, there is not much time to prepare breakfast. My usual quick breakfast is a bowl of cold cereal, but I get tired of the store-bought options. I love making homemade granola because I can fill it with nutritious ingredients and customize the flavors to my liking. My all-time favorite homemade granola is made with lots of nuts and maple syrup, but for fall I've been loving this pumpkin spice granola.
I made three batches of pumpkin granola in two days, because I wanted to get the recipe just right. This granola has plenty of pumpkin spice flavor, ... [Continue Reading]
The other morning, William and I were outside playing in the backyard, and we both needed our jackets. It felt like fall was on the way, and it is- the season officially arrives on Sunday. Of course, today the high is supposed to be an unfall-like 86 degrees, but then temperatures are supposed to drop back down again.
What better way to welcome the cooler days than by making apple cinnamon waffles for breakfast? Sweet caramelized apples and a dollop of whipped cream top warm spiced cinnamon waffles. Even if the weather hasn't quite turned to fall where you live, don't worry. You should make these waffles all the same. I made them a few weeks ago on a summery Sunday morning, and we'll be ... [Continue Reading]
It's now my second week of school and I am very much back into the swing of things in the classroom. I know all of my students' names, have some of their writing and artwork up on the walls, and am getting to know what makes each of them a unique and special individual. I have a wonderful group of third graders this year, which makes it (a little bit) easier to leave my own two sweet peas in the morning.
Early wake-ups are deserving of a healthy and delicious breakfast, but I can't afford to spend any more minutes than necessary in the kitchen. (4:45a.m. is early enough for me to wake up, thank you.) I still need a good breakfast to fuel me through my morning, though, and this granola is ... [Continue Reading]
It's Friday- we made it! This week I am so ready for Friday to be here. It's been great to get to know my new students over the past few days, and I love the way a new school year is a fresh start to try new ideas, but I am exhausted. This first week of school business really takes it out of you. Plus, of course, I came down with a cold right at the beginning of the week, which made things much, much easier (sense a little sarcasm there, do you?).
After a long week, I like to wake up and have a relaxed weekend morning. What does a relaxed weekend morning mean around here? A cup of coffee, some quiet time, then breakfast and lots of playing with the kids. These Pecan Sour Cream biscuits ... [Continue Reading]
Let me apologize in advance for these. Once you make these granola bars, you are going to have a very hard time enjoying a store-bought granola bar. You are going to find yourself in the kitchen long after the sun has gone down, mixing up the ingredients for these bars. You will walk down the cereal aisle of your grocery store, looking through the granola bar choices, knowing that you have to choose one because you certainly don't have the time each and every week to make your own. Or do you? You might just decide that the thirty minutes you could spend watching TV or mindlessly browsing Pinterest might be better spent mixing together a batch of granola bars that you can really crave.
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Mmmmm scones. Nothing goes quite so perfectly with a morning cup of coffee as a buttery, flaky scone. These Citrus Scones have it all- a flaky texture, hints of citrus, and a sweet lemon-lime glaze. Writing about them right now as I drink my morning cup of coffee, I really wish that I had one sitting here on a plate next to me, just waiting for me to nibble on.
These scones would be perfect to serve if you were having guests over for brunch. I would round out the menu with a colorful fruit salad and mini frittatas, and enjoy it all outside in the fresh air, if the weather was cooperative. Next time I make these, I think I will cut them smaller, possibly even making mini scones. Mini ... [Continue Reading]