• Food

    Recipe: Old Settler’s Beans

    This dish is an old standby I’ve been cooking since college. Fun story: my friends and I used to get together at our church’s college campus building and cook each week. It started as a way to educate one friend in the group on how to cook (“Is the beef supposed to turn brown??”), and only ended as we graduated and moved on from our college town. This recipe was one of the first we started with, and was a particular winter favorite! One memorable snow day we all gathered on campus, played in the snow, and enjoyed a delicious bowl of Old Settler’s Beans. Now, it’s a staple in…

  • Food

    Recipe: Healthy(ish) No-Bake Cookies

    Growing up, my mom made the best no-bake cookies in the world. We all loved them! They were my dad’s favorite. When I grew older and moved into my first apartment, this was one of the first recipes I requested. It quickly became clear that this was a temperamental recipe. Sometimes, they’d turn out dry and crumbly, while other times they’d never harden at all and have to be eaten with a spoon! My mother always struggled with this as well. Even just the kind of stove you’re cooking with changes how they cook! This being said, we both began to push for healthier diets in recent years, but I…

  • Family,  Food

    How to Cope with a Picky Eater

    When Bash hit 6 months old, we decided it was time to introduce him to solid foods. He’s always been exclusively breastfed, but for a good month he had been swiping food off our plates, watching intently while we ate, and sitting unassisted. Any article you look up will say those are signs your baby is ready for first foods. So, like any good millennial mom, I spent a few hours on Pinterest and Google to see how we should proceed. What if I mess this up and he spends the next 10 years living off of fish sticks and chicken nuggets? Oh, the horror. After doing my research, we…

  • Food,  Organization

    Seven Tips For Surviving Your First Round of Whole30

    Several months back, I did my very first round of Whole30. It took me about two read-throughs of the book, a lot of research, and five months of countless excuses “but ____ holiday is coming up”, “my birthday is happening and we’re going somewhere special to eat”, “we’re going on vacation and I don’t want to be restricted” , I’m too busy/tired/bad at cooking, etc”. I could probably fill a book with all of the excuses I had in my head that tried to keep me from setting a start day. Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something using our…

  • Food,  Organization

    4 Secrets to Making Meal Planning Work

    Pretty much any time you start a healthy eating plan or resolve to cut back on eating out, one of the first things you’ll have to conquer is meal planning. So you look around on Pinterest, find 7,000 posts about planning your meals, cooking, and shopping, (just download this free printable! It’ll cut your planning down to 5 minutes! And you’ll lose 20 lbs. And cut your grocery bill in half. Just by downloading it!). Then, you dive in using whatever system you’ve found that looks good. Two weeks pass by, maybe a month, and it really just isn’t working anymore. Meal planning can honestly be such a chore, and it’s…

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