Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Tender, moist Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread has a swirl of sweet cinnamon sugar through it, and a crisp cinnamon sugar top. This quick bread recipe is bound to be a favorite. Over plates of teriyaki steak tips, crispy roasted new potatoes and chilled coleslaw, my...more

Asian Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and Arugula

Roasted veggies combine with quinoa and a sesame soy dressing in this...more

Baked Avocado Fries

Firm, ripe avocados are sliced, breaded and baked to crisp tenderness in this Baked Avocado Fries recipe. When Will was a toddler, he fell in love with the lyrical rhymes of Dr. Seuss ....more

Pasta with Zesty Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce

Sweet Italian sausage stars in this zippy, creamy Pasta with Zesty Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce recipe. Quotes and affirmations have materialized all over my house. It began with one — “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,” — which I purchased after.. ....more

Sausage and Pepper Pasta Bake

A classic from my childhood gets a bold new life in this veggie-filled Sausage and Pepper Pasta Bake recipe. As I pulled my car to the curb on a recent Friday evening, I felt a familiar sinking in my stomach. I was on a street I’d never parked on, going to a building I’d never.. ....more

Planning a Retro Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party? Go classic with these ideas from childhood for a retro birthday party. I received compensation from Hood in exchange for writing this post ....more

On Strawberry Crumb Bars, and Writing to Connect

One of the scariest parts of being a writer is sharing myself with strangers. It’s intimate and personal, but also important. It’s what makes writing worth reading ....more

Easy Banana Cake

When bananas begin to brown on the counter, it’s time to bake. This easy banana cake is ready in under an hour and has great flavors of banana bread in dessert form. ...more

Spicy Fajita Grilled Cheese

This fresh take on classic comfort food — the Spicy Fajita Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe — is perfect for making together. This recipe was created for my friends at Land O’Lakes, but all opinions are my own. And when you pin this, you can help give meals to families in need ....more

Homemade Rosemary Romano Focaccia

Airy focaccia bread is seasoned with a favorite Italian cheese and dried rosemary in this Homemade Rosemary Romano Focaccia recipe. It was a chilly June day when I stepped through the doorway of what would become our first home in Bangor. Ahead of me was my real estate agent who ushered me down to the.. ....more