Recipe: Apple and Peanut Butter Breakfast Quinoa

September 26, 2013

This is a new recipe for me that I have absolutely fallen in love with! I love how the peanut butter gets all melted and gooey and the coconut milk makes it super creamy. Ingredients: 1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed 1/2 cup light coconut milk (canned) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla […]

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Recipe: The Best Guacamole

September 13, 2013

This is my dad’s “famous” recipe for guacamole. IMPORTANT: you can’t make good guacamole with bad avocados! Select some soft avocados, or buy firm ones and let them ripen several days till soft. I often put them in a paper sack to have them ripen quicker. Ingredients: 3-4 ripe Haas avocados 2 Tbsp. red onion, minced […]

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Recipe: Sesame Ginger Asparagus

September 5, 2013

Besides roasting asparagus, this is my favorite way to eat it! You definitely want to make sure you don’t overcook the asparagus because I’ve learned the hard way that asparagus mush is not that good. I know the ice bath sounds like extra work but it’s really important to stop the cooking. I’ve subbed in […]

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Recipe: Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

August 29, 2013

This is one of my favorite salads to bring to a summer picnic/potluck. Who is not going to love, pasta, bacon, ranch and cheese together in one dish?? Ingredients: 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked tri-color rotini pasta 10 slices bacon 1 cup mayonnaise 3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 […]

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Recipe: Zucchini ‘Crab’ Cakes

August 22, 2013

This is the number one searched for recipe on my food blog. I think it is because it is unusual and because anyone with a summer garden is always looking for ways to use their bumper crop in different ways Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 cup […]

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Recipe: Frosted Banana Bars

August 8, 2013

These bars are my favorite summer dessert! I like to put them in the fridge after frosting to eat them cold. DO NOT OVERBAKE! These are meant to be super moist. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour […]

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Recipe: Chili Lime Chicken Kabobs

August 1, 2013

I grew up eating grilled kabobs almost weekly in the summer so there is nothing like a delicious kabob to make me think SUMMER! These are so versatile, add any veggie that grills well.  I recommend marinating for about 5 hours and doubling the recipe.  Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine […]

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Recipe: Honey Lime Fruit Salad

July 25, 2013

This will be my new go-to summer potluck side. It is fantastic! The lime zest is such a fun surprise and kicks this fruit salad up to top notch. Ingredients: 2 ripe peaches, cut into cubes 1 can mandarin oranges, drained well 2-3 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced into thick half moons 1 cup green […]

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Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Pizza

July 5, 2013

This is a lighter pizza recipe- perfect for summer! Our favorite way to cook pizza in the summer is on the grill. Give it a try one night when you don’t want to heat up the house with the oven. You can also cook the spaghetti squash in the microwave. Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash (about […]

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Recipe: Berry Hot Chocolate

June 20, 2013

In the summer, we love to buy flats of berries from the farmers market. Because we live in Seattle and it is okay to drink hot chocolate all year round, we came up with this idea last summer. Put your little chefs to work by giving them a bowl to smash the berries in. We […]

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Recipe: Monster Cookies

June 13, 2013

These cookies are so fun to make with kids! They make a ton so be prepared to share with friends and neighbors. In the end, you and your kiddos will have to get your fingers in the bowl for the final mix. It’s the best! I put this in the directions, but I’ll say it […]

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Playing with Your Food – Tow Mater Sandwich

June 6, 2013

My husband made this Tow Mater sandwich for our son who is a big Cars fan. He used an image off of Pinterest as inspiration. It’s fun once in awhile to make something unusual and creative to make your kids smile. Ingredients: Bread Provolone Cheese Peas Favorite Sandwich Filling Sharp Knife Directions: Cut out bread […]

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Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

June 6, 2013

Back in January of this year, our gym ran a 60-day clean eating challenge.  My husband and I had zero desire to participate, as we had just finished a 24-day super strict Advocare cleanse and the whole idea of depriving once again sounded awful.  Truthfully, the idea of attempting to come up with suitable recipes […]

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Recipe: Shrimp Po’ Boys

May 30, 2013

My dad is to blame for getting me addicted to shrimp po’ boys. He’s a Texan and makes some killer southern food. These po’boys are no exception. Have everything ready before you cook the shrimp because you want to eat them hot. Have your buns toasted, lettuce and tomato cut up and tarter sauce made. Ingredients: […]

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Recipe: Chicken Tostadas

May 22, 2013

This recipe really is out of this world! It takes more than average time to prep but the payoff is worth it.  I know I’m biased because I’m a sucker for Mexican food but these babies are one of my favorite recipes! Ingredients: 1 medium white onion 1 pound tomatoes, quartered 2 large garlic cloves […]

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Recipe: Cajun Chicken Pasta

May 16, 2013

This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. You can buy pre-made cajun seasoning or you can make your own.  This would make a great father’s day meal if your hubby likes spicy dishes! Ingredients: 1/2 pound linguine pasta 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into thin strips 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 1/4 cup […]

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Recipe: Southwestern Egg Rolls

May 9, 2013

Ooooooohhh man. This recipe is a guilty pleasure. Fried spicy goodness. Even better with a cool cilantro dipping sauce. This recipe only makes 5 to I strongly suggest doubling it. Don’t forget to save time for the freezing step! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half 2 tablespoons minced green onion […]

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Recipe: Veggie Tacos

April 30, 2013

I have a small obsession with tacos. I can’t get enough of them and love to try different variations. I was a little worried that my husband would miss the meat in these. but he loved them.  We don’t repeat many recipes in our house, but this is one we do! (Adapted from Simply Recipes) […]

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Recipe: Crunchy Bean Salad

April 25, 2013

This is an excellent salad to use up mass quantities of vegetables from your garden, farmer’s market or Costco trip. Add in whatever you have in your fridge! (Adapted from Tasty Kitchen) Ingredients: 1 pound fresh green beans 1 zucchini 1 ear fresh corn or half a can of corn ½ white or red onion […]

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Chick Lingo: Exclusive BOGO Free Coupon Code perfect for Mother’s Day gifts!

April 19, 2013

I was recently introduced to the Seattle area company Chick Lingo and fell in love with their handcrafted signs, frames and jewelry. They have a B1G1 free offer that is just expiring but they have generously offered to extend it to our readers through Sunday, April 21st, 2013.  If you are looking for the perfect Mother’s […]

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Recipe: Shredded Brussels Sprouts and my experience with Bountiful Baskets

April 18, 2013

We are fortunate to have a Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op pick-up location near our house which is where we get most of our produce every week.  Every Saturday I come home with a laundry basket full of produce for $15 (plus tax). It is an additional $10 if you want to upgrade to organic (plus $3 your […]

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Recipe: Summer Salad

April 11, 2013

This is one of my favorite salads to use up fresh produce, so easy and so fresh! Ingredients: Ribbons of yellow squash and green zucchini (used my veggie peeler) Sliced mini heirloom tomatoes of various colors (at Costco in the warmer months) Red and orange pepper strips Purple onion strips Fresh cooked corn (I took […]

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Recipe: Spicy Mac and Cheese (good freezer meal)

April 4, 2013

This is one of the vegetarian dishes I’ve made for our meal swap. After being frozen, it isn’t as wonderfully creamy as hot off the stove, but it still has a great flavor (what Pioneer Recipe doesn’t??). I recommend freezing it in a casserole dish so it can be warmed up in the oven. I’ve […]

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Amazon: Starbucks Via Ready Brew just $.60 per packet + Tiramisu Bundt Cake recipe

April 2, 2013

Amazon has Starbucks Via Ready Brew Instant Coffee (50 pack) on sale for just $29.99 or $.60 per packet. This is a great price for Via and comes in four different flavors, including one decaf.  If 50 packets seems like too many, you could always split with a friend.  These are great to take on […]

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How to Host a Meal Swap with This Beautiful Frugal Life

March 29, 2013

Inspired by an article I read in Real Simple Magazine a few years ago, some friends and I started a once-a-month meal swap and it’s been going strong since. It’s a great way to get extra meals in your freezer and try out meals you wouldn’t normally cook. I love having meals in the freezer […]

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