Caramel Banana Pecan Muffins

caramel banana pecan muffins

The other day, I spotted a solitary ripe banana languishing on the counter. In my household, ripe bananas mean it’s time to do some baking! Rummaging through the fridge and pantry, I found some leftover homemade caramel sauce and an unopened bag of pecans, and the idea hit me: caramel banana pecan muffins! Continue reading

Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad

Thai peanut quinoa salad

Last week, my boyfriend and I were eating this Thai-inspired peanut quinoa salad for dinner and watching an old episode of Modern Family. In the episode, Jay is trying to convince Manny to try pickles, and Gloria jumps in and suggests that in exchange, Jay should try blood sausage. As someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat in the first place (and who has always been somewhat of a picky eater), I find blood sausage rather unappealing, to put it mildly. So as Gloria unceremoniously dumps the sausage onto a plate for Jay, I make a face, and my boyfriend goes, “Mmm…it’s really good!” Continue reading

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Bake

broccoli cheddar potato bake

After I graduated from college, life got a whole lot busier. While I still loved to cook, I found that I simply didn’t have time to whip up a whole meal every night or even every other night, as I typically did during undergrad. I eventually settled into a routine of cooking one or two big meals (like a tuna noodle casserole or a pound of spicy peanut noodles) over the weekend and then eating leftovers throughout the week. It could sometimes get a bit monotonous to eat the same thing for days on end, but it was still better than spending money I didn’t really have on take-out. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies for Dogs

peanut butter pumpkin cookies for dogs

I don’t know exactly when Phoebe’s birthday is. I adopted her from a rescue group, which took in her litter from a high-kill shelter in another state, and no one knew the details of the puppies’ early life. While it’d be nice to know her actual birthday, I think the uncertainty of it just makes her adoptiversary that much more special and fun to celebrate! This week, we’re celebrating her second adoptiversary, and I hope you’ll bear with me as I get all sappy for a minute. Continue reading

Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

lemon blueberry cornmeal pancakes lemon blueberry cornmeal pancakes

Can you believe it’s been a whole SIX weeks since I’ve shared a blueberry pancake recipe with you?! I know, it’s a little ridiculous. And by “it,” I mean me. But shortly after I shared the recipe for blueberry banana pancakes, I came up with these lemon blueberry cornmeal pancakes and couldn’t NOT share them with you, because they are all kinds of amaaazzzing. Continue reading