Homemade Green Tortillas With Spinach and Cilantro

These tortillas have some spinach for color and a bit of cilantro. It's just the right amount of surprising flavor. You must try and see for yourself.  ...more

20 Food Blog Trends That Need to Die in 2015

Honestly, people, we don't know why we even bother. We do the very hard work of reading all the blogs and spotting all the hackneyed trends for you, and for what? We've officially lost the war on stripey straws, mason jars, quinoa, and pumpkin spice. ...more

How to Go Vegan in 9 Easy Steps

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take ...more

Use Extra Christmas Candy to Make These Fudge Recipes

My husband and I rarely eat dessert but if you opened our pantry you'd find yourself facing a whole shelf of candy. We rarely eat it but if we ever get a late-night craving for Skittles, Nerds, jelly beans or Swedish Fish, we're covered. Don't get me ...more

How to Make the Prettiest Kale, Peach & Almond Salad (Video)

What is my (and every other person's, it seems) favorite vegetable du jour? KALE, baby! There are all types of kale: curly kale, dinosaur kale (Umm, huh? Tyrannosaurus Rex? Oh, not that kinda dinosaur? Phew.), red Russian kale, and a few others. I love 'em all. Check out this video we shot of the making of this rockin' kale-peach-almond salad dish for your viewing pleasure!...more
You're making me want some kale and I errr do not like kale. :-)more

It's National Chili Day: Celebrate With a REAL Texas Recipe!

How long has it been since you've had a big, thick steaming bowl of REAL Texas chili? Well, that's too long. Here's an easy recipe for the real thing for National Chili Day today!...more
I feel ashamed to say that I de-Texasify my chili every time I make it by using ground meat, ...more

The Ultimate Money-Saving Tip for Your Gluten-Free Diet

Some feel P.F. Chang's is discriminating against individuals with celiac disease because they charge $1 more per menu item that is prepared gluten-free. Here's what I think about the cost of GF food and the best way to save money....more
melaniehoglind great to hear from some like-minded folks! :) Thank you for your comment and I'm ...more

Junk @ Home 2015 - Twinkies

Coming at you with the fourth Junk @ Home challenge of 2015. I'm a few days late, sorry! ...more

Birthday Cake Pancakes

These Birthday Cake Pancakes from the book Stack Happy are ridiculously fun and SUPER delicious! Oh my sprinkles you guys. Today we’re talking pancakes ....more

Spanish Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Spanish style meatballs served in a rich tomato and saffron sauce....more

Weekend Photos in Review

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Creamy Mango Green Smoothie

I swear, it’s merely a coincidence that my first blog post as a born-again California girl is a green smoothie. Cross my heart. I made this bad boy when it was the middle of dreary, cold February in Chicago, when it seemed like everyone around me was sneezing and sniffling and I was like, “GREEN SMOOTHIE, HAAAAAALP!” I promise you, my bacon consumption will not decrease one single bit after moving to The Juicing State ....more

March (Birthday) Madness

March?!?! How is it March already? My tree is still up (yes for real…but it now has Easter ornaments on it so I’m only partially crazy :D ) ....more

Hearty Split Pea & Smoky Bacon Soup, for When Something of Substance is Craved

The older I get, the more my soul craves and searches for those things of a deeper, more substantive nature that fill me to the brim with life. Those surface spaces and places that satisfied my youthful cravings well enough, those “top layers” of life where emotions and feelings came and went and changed on a whim without much understanding and wisdom to back them up, are not the places where any long-lasting foundation can be forged, nor any life-long dwelling built. But in my youth, they served me perfectly for where I was ....more

Pad Thai Party

Let's have a pad thai party! Invite your friends. ...more

Ten Easy and Delicious Chili Recipes

In the mood for a really delicious bowl of chili? Maybe want to try a new recipe that’s a little different than your regular chili recipe? ...more

Weekend Reading, 3.1.15

Hello, all, and happy first of March. I can’t believe that the first two months of this year have flown by so quickly! It’ll be a while...more