Category Archives: Recipes

Chocolate Mango Smoothie


The biggest difference that I have noticed between this pregnancy and my first is my self-care. It has definitely been more challenging to balance the need for a higher level of care for myself and growing baby as I also care for my toddler, my home, animals, property and hold a job outside of Woodford. Where before I could lay down whenever, planned my meals and snacked well, and was pretty focused on my unborn child and nothing else, now I have a toddler who I gladly give my portion of food up to, chase around all day, and who insists on climbing waaaaay up on my lap, regardless of my belly size.

One of the ways I’ve been able to sneak in some extra calories and protein is with smoothies. These are especially great on mornings I have to work, or as a “dessert” on days I know I didn’t eat well. Continue reading

Quinoa Vegetable Egg Rolls


My husband and I are big fans of egg roll and wonton wrappers. Sold in the produce department, these are super easy to use, and so versatile. I love them for quick snacks, lunches, or for when we do our own Asian food nights.  Continue reading

Deviled Eggs

I have to confess – I am actually quite picky about the texture of eggs. I can only eat them if prepared and seasoned in a specific manner, so the fact that I am offering an egg recipe for you today is pretty ironic.


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Vegetable Tacos with Black Bean Guacamole (Vegan)


While I am not vegetarian or vegan, I do stick to a whole foods, plant based diet. I try to consume as little commercial meat as possible, with no beef at all, and since our wild game options are somewhat limited, I frequently eat vegetarian and vegan meals.

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Cooking Basics: DIY Crushed Pepper

My husband and I enjoy spicy foods, always adding a little heat to our dishes. So when I ended up with a surplus of hot cayenne peppers from last year’s garden, I decided to dry them out.

In the past, I’ve strung the peppers up and hung them to dry, which is truly the “right” way to do it. I confess to being completely distracted by the jars and jars of blueberry jam, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes that I was putting up, and so I picked the peppers, and promptly forgot about them. Continue reading

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg Recipe for Fresh Eggs

If you have chickens, or even just access to fresh eggs, no doubt you have started to look for different ways to use them all up. One favorite in our house is making deviled eggs, which means hard-boiling the eggs first. Should be pretty simple, right?


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Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

This is one of my favorite recipes – a Chicken Taco soup loaded with veggies, warm, comforting and spicy, and super easy to make. It takes a few minutes to prep the veggies, but then you just dump everything in the crock pot, and forget about it all day!
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