Cherry-Berry Vanilla Shake

Sometimes I throw something together out of whatever I have in the kitchen, no big deal, and then I realize, THIS COULD BE A BLOG POST. This morning I blended up what was left of our frozen fruit with some yogurt and whatever else was nearby and blended it up. I gave it to Darling Baby, […]

Mason Jar Sangria

Is there any better party drink than sangria? I don’t think so. It’s beautiful, you can use cheap wine and no one minds, and it’s easy to switch it up with the seasons. This recipe has apples and winter spices, but you could easily change the fruits with the season. A lot of sangria recipes […]

Curried Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

Last weekend we took a trip to the Santa Barbara Mountains. We go in October almost every year. We stay in a cabin, and visit Snow Line Orchard, and carve pumpkins and just generally unplug and enjoy Fall in the mountains. It was Darling Baby’s first year. (We may not look like it here, but I […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract with Brandy

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about holiday gifts, and the blogging world is no exception. There are a lot of vanilla extract posts floating around the blogosphere right now, and they’re all good, but I’m going to argue that mine is exceptional. Why you ask? Because BRANDY. Brandy has that […]

Tamale Pie

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Baked Cranberry-Ginger Chicken

I made this last night. It felt like Fall, and I wanted to eat something Fall-ish and amazing. So I threw all the Fall flavors in my kitchen together and hoped for the best. It turned out great. I baked this in the oven, but I’ll bet you could cook it in the slow cooker […]

Real Food Fancy Coffee Drink Roundup!

Coffee. To some it’s the nectar of the gods, to others, it’s nothing short of poison.Some awesome bloggers like this lady and this gentleman, who enjoy researching much more than I do have already written some great posts on the benefits vs concerns of coffee drinking. As for me and my house? You’ll have to pry our […]

Easy Recipe for Refried Beans

This easy recipe for refried beans includes an extra step.  By soaking the beans overnight in lemon juice and water, any undesireable side effects (yes, like gas) can be eliminated and the full health benefits of the beans can be received by your body. This recipe can be a great side dish for Migas, or […]

Crustless Zucchini Pie

Zucchinis. Is there anyone on earth who can’t grow them? It’s one plant I’ve had good luck with, but my pride at having grown a bumper crop of…something, usually turns to dismay as I realize I can only bake so much zucchini bread. What else is zucchini good in? Lots of things, I’m sure, but […]

Basic Salad Dressing

Basic Salad Dressing 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons expeller-pressed flax oil Method: Place all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake ’em up until they’re well assimilated. Optional add-ins: Blue Cheese, chopped herbs, garlic, shallots…use your imagination! […]