Melissa

stuffed dumpling squash

Here’s a cute, different way to serve stuffing and squash for your holiday meals. Each person gets their own little stuffed dumpling squash. It’s definitely a more elegant presentation, and delicious too! I know this looks pretty fancy, but that doesn’t mean it’s complicated. Level up your stuffing game and give it a try. This…

eggplant rice bowl

In the midst of all this holiday cooking and baking, you may be looking for something healthy to serve your family. I love comfort food as much as anyone else, but I love healthy food even more because of how good it makes me feel. Balance is always key. You may have already guessed that…

icelandic almond rolls

Hello, Lovelies. I’m the person who almost always opts for the almond treat at a bakery or coffee shop. I used to be a chocolate fanatic, and while I still love that dark, rich temptress, she will lose every time when competing with something light and almondy. Sometimes it’s an almond-filled croissant, other times it’s…

alabama firecrackers

I’ve seen different recipes for this favorite snack over the years and never got around to actually making some until a few days ago. Alabama firecrackers are our new favorite snack. They are so addictive! Alabama firecrackers are spicy, crunchy, and totally delicious. My husband likes to eat them with salad instead of croutons. I…

dill pickle pizza

There was a dill pickle pizza craze a couple years back, and I always meant to buy one, or make one. The concept was so interesting to me. Doesn’t that just sound good? Dill Pickle Pizza? How can you go wrong? I mean, if you love dill pickles like I do. Well, I finally did…

copycat skyline chili {vegan beyond meat version}

Every Halloween, which is also my husband’s birthday, I make a big batch of homemade Skyline Chili. Skyline Chili (also known as Cincinnati-style chili) is unlike any other chili you’ve ever experienced. Other Cincinnati-style chili restaurants go by the names Gold Star and Empress. It’s unique blend of spices and other ingredients are a taste…

vegan bbq “beef” power bowl

Hello, Friends! Here’s another amazing vegan protein power bowl for you. This is so delicious and perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s easy to pack for lunches when you’ll be away from home. The vegan “steak” can be served warm or cold, but I do enjoy it more when it’s warm. (Make the “steak” in…

easy pumpkin spice fudge

Another pumpkin spice recipe! Yep, you heard it. I had to make up a batch of this for the always crazy and amazing pumpkin spice season. This fudge is creamy and pumpkin-spicy. The texture is dense and sort of buttery. The best thing about this fudge is that it’s delicious and ridiculously easy to make.…

best waffles

This is the time of year when I like to make cozy weekend breakfasts. We turn on the fireplace, sip tea, listen to music, and relax. These waffles are perfect for a cozy breakfast. We like them with tofu scramble, Field Roast Apple Sage sausages, and hash browns. You can top these with whatever you…

pumpkin spice cake bars

Ready for some more pumpkin spice deliciousness? These pumpkin spice cake bars are made from scratch, and perfect for fall. They’re super moist with creamy pumpkin spice frosting, and they’re easy to prepare. Make a pot of coffee or tea, light a fire in the fireplace, get your cozy blankets ready, put on your fuzzy…