Blueberry Lemon Crisp with Cinnamon Oat Streusel |


Warm, sweet blueberries with tart lemon, fresh from the oven with golden crisped cinnamony streusel on top… You can get this dessert for two* in the oven in less than 5 minutes.  In 25 minutes, you’ll have a home that smells like blueberry pie and this juicy blueberry-lemon crisp with cinnamon oat streusel ready to eat.  It’s like blueberry pie except quicker, easier and healthier!

*Can be scaled to make more.

Apple Cinnamon Granola |


Loaded with cinnamon and apple flavor and perfectly crisp, this homemade apple cinnamon granola recipe is a heart-healthy, high fiber, high protein, sugar-free meal.  I used peanuts, pecans, and coconut in mine but you could exchange these for whatever you prefer!

Apple Ginger Green Smoothie |


This apple ginger smoothie is refreshing, light and healthy.  It’s a delicious way to reset and feel better when you’ve been eating too much heavy food, and it makes a great breakfast or anytime snack!  The fresh ginger really makes the flavor pop, and you’ll never notice the spinach.

Santa Cruz Road Trip

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Henry Cowell State Park


Over the winter holiday, Matt, my mom and I drove up to Santa Cruz to watch my brother’s team play basketball (he goes to University of Puget Sound — go Loggers!)  We got up bright and early, piled into the rental car and hit the road, stopping only for lunch at Andersen’s Pea Soup.  (Check out my at-home version of the incredible stuff here.)


Sugar Cookies


Over the holiday break, I had a hankering for some traditional sugar cookies.  However, I didn’t want to fuss with rolling out the dough for cookie cutters or icing them (though that can be fun!)  These sugar cookies are quick to make and won’t test your artistic skills with colored icing — but most importantly their flavor is incredible. A hint of almond extract give these easy and delicious sugar cookies a shortbread-like flavor.  They are soft in the center and crisp on the outside, and a sprinkling of pecans makes them look cute and festive.

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