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  • These cinnamon apple oatmeal muffins made with whole wheat flour are a perfect hearty grab-n-go breakfast or snack option.

    Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Muffins

    These cinnamon apple oatmeal muffins made with whole wheat flour are a perfect hearty grab-n-go breakfast or snack option. Make sure to scroll to the end for this recipe, as well as some of my other favorite muffin recipes! Fall is in the air and school is back in session. It’s my favorite time of the year, even if it’s also one of the busiest. My daughter and I tend to be grab-n-go breakfast eaters, preferring instead to eat a bigger lunch and dinner. A hearty, better-for-you muffin can be a wonderful way to both quell hunger, while also being portable. Because it’s fall, I have cinnamon-apple on the brain and…

  • This avocado tuna salad is creamy and delicious, with just the right amount of salt and tang. Perfect eaten on toasted sour dough bread or atop a piece of butter lettuce!

    Avocado Tuna Salad

    This avocado tuna salad is creamy and delicious, with just the right amount of salt and tang. It’s perfect eaten on toasted sour dough bread or atop a piece of butter lettuce! Many of my lunches are leftovers from dinner during the week. Things like meatloaf, soup and pasta are almost better a day or two later than they are day of! But, sometimes I like a good sandwich—anything from a classic PB&J or B.L.T, to something with a little more flair. When I was at ALDI recently, I found these great packets of original chunk light tuna in water from Northern Catch® Harvest of the Sea. It’s labeled as…

  • A traditional PB&J can stir up nostalgia as the epitome of a lunchbox classic, especially with—in my case—a heavier ratio of peanut butter to spread, and a side of classic, salty potato chips!

    The Nostalgia of a Classic PB&J

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jif® and Smucker’s®. All opinions are mine alone. #BetterTogetherPBandJ #WeAreBetterTogether #CollectiveBias A traditional PB&J can stir up nostalgia as the epitome of a lunchbox classic, especially with—in my case—a heavier ratio of peanut butter to spread, and a side of classic, salty potato chips! There are certain things that strike up strong memories from childhood, ranging from scents and sounds, to textures and tastes. I hear a song from the ’80s and I’m immediately thrown back to the days of acid wash jeans, friendship pins, copious amounts of hairspray and splatter paint. The touch of ribbed cotton fabric makes…

  • These sweet and slightly tangy blueberry lemon pancakes will become a fast favorite in your house!

    Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

    These sweet and slightly tangy blueberry lemon pancakes will become a fast favorite in your house! Pancakes are such an easy breakfast staple. Plain ones only take a few ingredients … probably items you already have in your fridge and pantry. Then you can easily mix things up with fun add-ins based upon in-season fruit, produce deals from the farmers’ market or grocery store, and even spices from your cupboard. Some of our favorites pancakes over the years include peach cobbler pancakes, cinnamon sugar pancakes and, of course, traditional homemade blueberry pancakes. But, with regards to a traditional favorite, I’ve found that sometimes even the slightest of additions can take that classic flavor…

  • These juicy seared turmeric pork chops take about fifteen minutes to make from start to finish, which means they can help you can easily get a homemade dinner on the table in under thirty minutes any night of the week!

    Seared Turmeric Pork Chops

    These juicy seared turmeric pork chops take about fifteen minutes to make from start to finish, which means they can help you can easily get a homemade dinner on the table in under thirty minutes any night of the week! Working full-time and managing a busy schedule of kids’ activities and my own, I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive tasty and simple dinner options. Pork chops are one favorite in our house, particularly the thicker cuts—boneless or bone-in, we like them all. The thinner chops can work for certain dishes, like stir-fry or something saucy, but have a tendency to dry out really easily even if you’ve cooked them…

  • This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes!

    Tomato Basil Fettuccine

    This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes! Cooking dinner shouldn’t be a drag. I’ll say this though, it can be hard to embrace a chef knife and a skillet after a 10-hour work day, followed by being a kid shuttle service, and knowing there’s a looming pile of laundry in a mound on the bathroom floor the hamper. I get it. I do. I’m also one to look at the glass half full. To make lemons out of lemonade. I don’t have to cook dinner. I get to cook dinner. See how that works? But that doesn’t mean that every night I’m pulling off a five course meal. (Okay, let’s be real—that actually never happens, unless the…

  • Enjoy a vegan fettuccine alfredo, full of savory sautéed mushrooms, that's just as creamy and comforting as a classic recipe.

    Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo With Mushrooms

    Enjoy a vegan fettuccine alfredo, full of savory sautéed mushrooms, that’s just as creamy and comforting as a classic recipe. Pasta is one of my go-to crowd-pleasing meals because it’s just as easy to prepare a meal for an intimate dinner for two as it is to feed a party with ten. I also like that pasta’s versatile. If I have guests who are trying to stay away from gluten, then the grains are swapped for gluten-free alternatives. Those who don’t eat meat? No problem. Plenty of delicious vegetarian pasta options, and if I do have folks with a meat craving, then a simple alternative is to serve seared chicken breast or…

  • Homemade blueberry pancakes are super easy to make on the weekend and perfect to reheat during the week for an easy breakfast!

    Homemade Blueberry Pancakes

    Homemade blueberry pancakes are super easy to make on weekends and perfect to reheat during the week for easy breakfasts. Pancakes are one of those recipes that once you make them from scratch, it seems ridiculous to have ever used a box mix, or even store-bought in the frozen foods aisle! My basic recipe for homemade pancakes includes ingredients that even the most basically stocked fridge and pantry usually have: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, oil, eggs and milk. In my book, simple is delicious. But, there are still times when you want to liven things up a bit, give a little pizzazz or just use up some fruit or…