healthier banana muffins

I don’t like bananas, but somehow, banana bread is one of my favorite comfort foods. There is something about the light cinnamon flavor and the crumb of the quick bread that makes me enjoy my morning, tea, or afternoon snack a little more. I don’t know if it is because I don’t make banana bread…

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earl grey shortbread cookies

I grew up in a tea-loving family. My parents have a tea drawer in the kitchen and I, the only tea drinker in my apartment, have enough tea to fill a drawer of my own. We don’t mess around when it comes to a good cup of tea. I didn’t try coffee until I was…

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denver

Many of my friends are going through large life changes or transitions this year. Some are going to grad school, graduating from grad school, starting new jobs, getting married, having babies, or moving to new cities. I get together fairly regularly with three of my college roommates who still live in the area, and out…

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august goals

August is such an abrupt jolt after leisurely the summer pace of June and July. All of the sudden, school is starting, vacations are over, and, in the academic world, work gets busier and more urgent. The beginning of July and 4th of July celebrations seem like a long time ago. July was full of…

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homemade hummus

2018 has been the summer of cheeseboard dinners in our house and I love it. As someone who loves grazing, small snacks, and variety, a good appetizer spread is one of my favorite ways to have a meal. Each time the selection is slightly different, and it has been fun to experiment with different combinations,…

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mini vanilla cake with blueberry frosting

Have you been to a farmers’ market recently? So many tasty summer fruits and vegetables have shown up on the stands in the past few weeks! So many tomatoes, blueberries, watermelon, and summer squash adorn the colorful market stands and entice me each week with their fresh flavors and inspire me to cook with local,…

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napa valley: food

Welcome to the second installment of our Napa trip: the food! In case you missed it, I shared our Napa winery experiences here. To give you a little background before we jump into the restaurants, we started each day with a great brunch and ended most of them with a DIY charcuterie board dinner complete…

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10 things I’m loving lately

Recently, I have been trying to write down three things I’m grateful for at the end of each day. I haven’t quite mastered the habit yet, but whenever I do it, I am reminded of some of the things that I have discovered lately or things that I keep coming back to because they make…

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salted oreo no-churn ice cream

You may be thinking, “salted Oreo? Is that really what she meant?” Yes. Yes it is. Spurred by inspiration from a Denver scoop and the realization that I couldn’t find anything like it when I got home, salted Oreo no-churn ice cream has become my latest no-churn ice cream obsession. Last month I traveled to…

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napa valley: wineries

At the beginning of June, my family took a long weekend trip to Napa Valley in celebration of both of my siblings graduating from college (and because everyone was available, which can sometimes be the biggest barrier for our family trips). Except for my mom, none of us had been to Napa before. Our goal…

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