The Man I Love

Shane, the love of my life, lost his life to suicide on July 22nd. I loved him dearly and miss him every day; I can't believe it's been almost a week already. We connected on a deep level because of our craziness and had such fun together. Even though our personalities were quite different, we … Continue reading The Man I Love

Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal Crisp

It's strawberry season and I'm finding them irresistible to walk by in the grocery store without picking up. So I bought some! While I could have just sat and ate the entire container myself, I decided to make something even tastier out of them. This oatmeal crisp combines diced sweet strawberries with shredded coconut, cinnamon … Continue reading Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal Crisp

Honey Lavender Banana Bread

Happy spring! This warm weather has energized me to get into the kitchen more and bake up some goodies. I whipped up this tasty banana bread last night to use up some bananas that were past their prime. I was also given a small jar of lavender honey recently as a gift, and thought this … Continue reading Honey Lavender Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Berry Protein Smoothie

I loooove me some smoothies! I frequently whip them up on the weekends as either a light breakfast or healthy mid-day snack. I enjoy changing up my ingredients to make different flavors, but one ingredient that's been a mainstay is cocoa powder. I'm a big chocolate fan, so including this in my smoothie always gives me … Continue reading Chocolate Banana Berry Protein Smoothie

Cucumber, Lemon & Green Tea Infused Water

I've had an issue with drinking enough water since I was a kid. It's not that I don't like water, I just never seem to be very thirsty. But because I know I need to be drinking a certain amount each day for my health, I pretty much force myself to drink it. And I've … Continue reading Cucumber, Lemon & Green Tea Infused Water

Homemade Guiltless Nachos

I went to one of my Charlotte Food Bloggers meetups the other night, which provided me with some much needed inspiration to get another post up on the blog. I always love chatting with the CFB ladies. We went to Bonterra Dining & Wine Room for Charlotte restaurant week and had an amazing meal and … Continue reading Homemade Guiltless Nachos

White Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cookies

Another cookie post? What is this craziness?! I'm still baking away for Christmas and recently made these tasty cookies loaded with cranberries and white chocolate chips. I added some almond extract to the batter for an extra flavor to complement them, which worked out nicely. These are super easy if you need a quick holiday cookie … Continue reading White Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cookies

Black Onyx Chocolate Mint Cookies

Tis the season for cookies! I love this time of year just for the baking alone, as it brings back a lot of fond holiday memories. There was never a shortage of Christmas cookies in our house growing up, so I developed a sweet tooth at a very young age. While I don't bake nearly as … Continue reading Black Onyx Chocolate Mint Cookies

Halloween Nostalgia & Spiderweb Brownies

Can I just say how much I LOVE HALLOWEEN?! I've loved it since I was a kid and have very fond memories of it growing up. My sister and I would go trick-or-treating in our huge neighborhood and fill an entire pillowcase with candy in one night. We went through our costume phases; pink bunnies as … Continue reading Halloween Nostalgia & Spiderweb Brownies

Maple Balsamic Squash & Sprouts

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, especially because it involves hearty foods and flavors. I get so delighted when I first see winter squash in the store each year, as that is a major sign for me that fall has arrived. I bought some delicata squash and Brussels sprouts this past weekend and got inspired to … Continue reading Maple Balsamic Squash & Sprouts