Melissa

pumpkin pie cookie butter baked oatmeal

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In the autumn and winter months I like to see how many new pumpkin recipes I can come up with. The reason for this is threefold. First, pumpkin is wildly popular and the recipes get shared like crazy among pumpkin enthusiasts. Second, it bugs some people that there are so many pumpkin recipes and I…

japanese turkey meatballs + homemade hoisin

japanesemeatballs

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to all the junk food being served for Super Bowl Sunday, you’ve come to the right place. You and your family can enjoy these yummy, healthy meatballs guilt free. We serve them alongside oven roasted or steamed veggies and offer homemade hoisin, wasabi mayonnaise, sweet & sour sauce,…

hoisin sauce

hoisin

We love this delicious sauce on everything. It’s wonderful as a dip for meats, veggies, fondue and mixed with balsamic vinaigrette as a salad dressing too. In the bowl of a blender, combine: 1/4 cup ponzu sauce OR lite soy sauce 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter or miso paste 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar 1…

slow cooker cuban beef {ropa vieja}

cubanbeef

This Cuban beef dish is healthy, high protein and delicious. The beef becomes ultra tender as it simmers away in the aromatic sauce in your slow cooker. Hearty, wholesome, comforting. Perfect winter fare. serves 8-10 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 4 lb. flank steak OR chuck roast 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1…

rose water cupcakes

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I don’t make cupcakes very often because they’re so hard to resist. They’re definitely a treat I can’t have around the house all the time, but some occasions call for this adorable dessert. Rose water cupcakes are an elegant, more “adult” version of the children’s birthday party variety. I just had to make a batch…

loaded veggie chickenetti bowl

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Healthy comfort food is the goal during the long winter months when everyone is craving warm, delicious (usually carb-laden) meals. I like to use whole grain, high fiber, high protein pastas, brown rice, farro, and quinoa in place of the white pasta and rice that is commonly found in the classic comfort fare. I also…

fried babybel cheese

friedbabybel

These adorable little fried cheese rounds make the perfect appetizer for a romantic celebration. I did a test run prior to Valentine’s Day so I could share this very special recipe with you. I’ve come up with a few tricks to help insure that the cheese doesn’t turn to greasy goo in the bottom of…

slow cooker enchilada stacker casserole

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Sometimes I seriously wonder what would happen for dinner at our house without the help of my trusty slow cookers! I love them! This recipe requires a 4 quart, round one. The big, 8 quart slow cooker will only work if you double the recipe. When stacking the ingredients, think 5 layers of tortillas with…

soft sour cream sugar cookies

scsugcookies

As Valentine’s Day approaches I’m busy in the kitchen cooking and baking up some of our favorite treats so I can share the recipes with you. These soft, puffy, delicious sugar cookies are awesome for any holiday, but I especially like to make them for Valentine’s Day. They remind me of an heirloom recipe we…

a scenes post

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Two weeks ago we spent a lazy weekend at home. It consisted of lots of naps in front of the fireplace, reading THIS (which was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the privilege of reading), watching reruns of Parks and Recreation and The Office. It was so darn cold all weekend!…