Lemon Cupcakes with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

The only non-cartoon show my toddler likes is the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." And it is such a welcomed break for something to watch together besides Dora, Sophia the First, Cat in the Hat, etc... There's something about those high-pitched LOUD cartoon voices that irk me to no end. But cupcake baking, I could watch that all day!! I love seeing all the different flavor combinations, decorations and displays, and hearing the judges talk about the taste and texture. ... Read more » about Lemon Cupcakes with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

Over-the-top Delicious Pecan Pie without Corn Syrup

First a confession: I am totally into that Food Network show "Chopped"!! I love seeing what's in the basket and what each contestant decides to create -- both from a culinary perspective and also the design/presentation. So when Ancient Harvest Quinoa invited me to participate in a "Chopped-style" contest this winter, I was almost giddy. ... Read more » about Over-the-top Delicious Pecan Pie without Corn Syrup

The Vegan Debate + {Cranberry Banana Bread}

It wasn't a philosophical debate about whether to be vegan. No, I had an internal debate over the word "vegan" this weekend. Put it in the blog post title, or no????? Call the recipe "vegan"? I know that some of you may see the word vegan + baking and go running the other way. Please don't!! Just because there's no eggs and no dairy doesn't mean it's weird or doesn't taste good. Actually it's quite the opposite. ... Read more » about The Vegan Debate + {Cranberry Banana Bread}

Yummy {Sweet Potato Pie} on a Maple Quinoa Crust

Let me just start out with this:    I am in love with this pie. It was all I had hoped for and more:

  • Tasted divine.
  • Perfectly cooked.
  • A quinoa crust success.

And Babycakes and I may or may not have had 2.5 slices for breakfast after yesterday morning's photoshoot... OK, we did, and it was awesome!!! And I didn't even feel that bad about "pie for breakfast" because, ... Read more » about Yummy {Sweet Potato Pie} on a Maple Quinoa Crust

Fabulous {Holiday Bread Pudding} w/cranberry bagels

As I mentioned in my recent Holiday Bark recipe post, I am in full-on holiday mode.  It's just a matter of days before the decorations come out. And soon we'll be heading out into the forest to chop down our tree.  I admit, I've already lit the pine "Christmas" candle...more than once. And Babycakes and I have started to listen to Christmas music in the car on our commute to work/school. ... Read more » about Fabulous {Holiday Bread Pudding} w/cranberry bagels

A Nourished Family + {Quinoa Brownies}

Let me just say, again: I'm so thankful for all of you!! I love the mutual encouragment and inspiration.  In a recent email exchange with one of my readers, I was reminded that my goal and my focus is about having a nourished family. Not just me. Not just my health. Not just my happiness...but Dear Hubby and Babycakes too.  And that is why so many of my recipes are tested, tried, and devoured by my family before they make their way to you. ... Read more » about A Nourished Family + {Quinoa Brownies}

Nourishing Pinterest Boards + {Spiced Dessert Quinoa}

Hi friends! I am excited to share a few changes with you:  1) I am planning on posting new recipes more frequently (remember when I said I was cutting back?) 2) in order to make posting more frequently feasible, I am planning on shortening up my posts a bit, with one or two less seen in my recent Quinoa Bruschetta post. 3) I am creating a lot more Pinterest boards to separate out all of my recipes into categories ... Read more » about Nourishing Pinterest Boards + {Spiced Dessert Quinoa}

E-Cookbook Giveaway!! + {Double Chocolate Brownies}

If you didn't already hear, yesterday my e-cookbook was made available for download. THANK YOU so much for those of you who already got your copy!! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the recipes, photography, and personal stories :)  Surprisingly perhaps, I priced the cookbook really low (ie. less than a latte --only $3.99) hoping more people would have access to the nourishing recipes inside ... Read more » about E-Cookbook Giveaway!! + {Double Chocolate Brownies}