Peach Almond Smoothie

Peach Almond Green Smoothie

So, the last two recipes I’ve posted have included kale. And now, we’re going for three in a row.  Yes it’s another kale recipe. This one is for peach almond smoothies (with kale). It’s really taking me forever to get through that giant bag from the grocery store! Also, have I mentioned I’m also growing kale on my balcony?! I might have a problem. But for real, shoving kale into a smoothie is my favorite way to get my greens.

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Sweet Potato and Beet Spiral Salad

Sweet Potato and Beet Spiral Salad

My friend Charlotte and I took a big step in our friendship. We went halfsies on a kitchen appliance – specifically a spiralizer. Now, I know this might raise a lot of questions. Such as, why are we splitting a spiralizer which costs just $30? And how do two people share custody of a kitchen appliance? Aren’t we risking our friendship since one of us could potentially hold the spiralizer hostage for too long?! Yes, it’s a weird thing to do. But we did it. And to celebrate she and I got together and made a sweet potato and beet salad. It was delicious!! (more…)

Kale Greek Salad & Freshy Bag Review

Kale Greek Salad and Freshy Bag

This past weekend Ryan and I had a cabin weekend reunion with a bunch of our friends. After a two-year drought on getting together, it was wonderful to be in the same house for a weekend! The weekend was filled with meat, s’mores (yum!), and beer. Copious amounts of all three, which was delicious, but not a good decision for the day to day. Now it’s time to get back to the work week grind – meaning I gotta stuff my lunchbox full of vegetables to make up for the weekend partying. So, to get on track I’ve got a new lunch box (it’s called Freshy Bag and I’ll tell you all about it) and it’s going to be packed full of kale Greek salad this week.  (more…)

BB-8 Orange Bars

BB-8 Orange Bars

It all started about eight years ago. Ryan and I were shopping and he wanted to buy me a Star Wars video game for Christmas. I was all, “it’s Star Wars, I won’t like it.” I was haughty and close minded. Little did we know that I’d fall in love. Now I’m obsessed and I have Star Wars paraphernalia everywhere. In fact, this is not my first, nor is it even my second Star Wars blog post. I’m a Star Wars nerd and I’m proud of it. And to celebrate I’ve made a special May the 4th (Star Wars day) recipe: a BB-8 Orange Bars.  (more…)

Vegetarian Lasagna from My Happy Plates

Vegetarian Lasagna from My Happy Plates

Today is a jam packed post my friends. There’s a delicious recipe for cheesy vegetarian lasagna, an introduction to My Happy Plates, and a giveaway for two lucky people! Seriously, get excited.

I have lived under the assumption that lasagna was a scary labor intensive meal that couldn’t be made on a weeknight. My Happy Plates showed me that I was wrong because in about an hour and smidge, Ryan and I had a yummy dinner. Basically, I mixed a few things in two bowls, layered everything on top of each other, popped it in the oven, and then sat down and watched baseball. That sounds like an ideal way to make dinner after work, right? Now that kind of night can be yours too.  (more…)

Jack Daniel’s Glazed Carrots

Jack Daniels Glazed Carrots

I’ve been really enjoying spring. The nice weather, baseball – what’s not to like?! I also love spring because it means that soon the farmer’s markets will be back and there will be a bigger variety of fresh produce. Yes, it’s the modern age and I can get whatever I wanted, whenever I want, shipped from who knows where – but a tomato in winter tastes like nothing. I am thankful for spring! And partially it’s because I’m in a vegetable rut. All I ever make is roasted broccoli and spring is reminding me to think of something new, different, and perhaps more colorful. Enter: Jack Daniel’s glazed carrots.  (more…)

Banana Caramel Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Banana Caramel Cupcake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

I don’t understand people who say they aren’t into sweets. How could that possibly be?! I have a massive sweet tooth and I always want dessert. Like, I’ll have a chocolate croissant for breakfast, then come lunch time I’ll totally want a cookie, and then after dinner wouldn’t some ice cream be nice?! I don’t (often) let myself do that, but I’m always on the hunt for sweets.

So, in my never ending quest for amazing and delicious sweets I made this cupcake recipe. This cupcake recipe is a delicious mouthful with a crazy mouthful of a name: banana caramel cupcakes with chocolate and peanut butter frosting. You might be thinking, “Mariel, that’s a lot going on in one cake.” You’re right. It is. But it’s also a glorious fusion of two classic combinations.
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Orange Flavored Lollipops

Homemade Orange Lollipops

Darling friends, I made orange flavored lollipops! Yes, I could get lollipops for free from the bank. Yes, I could buy a giant bag from CVS for $2. But where is the fun in that?! Part of the joy of getting into the kitchen is that there’s opportunity for curiosity, for trying new things, and for making stuff for myself. I love making things that I usually only buy. And, beyond that there’s there’s just the awesome magic of food science that transforms regular ingredients into treats for my sweet tooth.  (more…)

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

When you were a kid did you learn to play the recorder in music class? And then, did you learn to play a very breathy and staccato version of the song “Hot Cross Buns”? I certainly did, and I feel like a lot of other children across America did too.  And that was my only interaction with hot cross buns until last year when Ryan and I were in Wales and we went crazy buying pastries. This year, I tried to step it up a notch and make my own hot cross buns.  (more…)

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