Confections of a Foodie Bride

She is a former bakery brat and a retired large account Project Manager from the tech industry (or maybe she's just on hiatus - she hasn't really decided yet). Her emergency kit includes a boxed cake mix and a box of shells & cheese. By day she manages investment properties, gets her butt kicked by a toddler, wears a light dusting of flour, and is constantly searching for AA batteries that don’t need to be recharged. By (ridiculously late) night, she publishes Confections of a Foodie Bride and The Brewer & The Baker, wields a mean plasma grenade, and speed-watches DVRed General Hospital.

Zoodles & Cheese with Ham and Peas

Hi. My name is Shawnda and I have the blahs. Can I just put out my Halloween lights (I take back every bad thing I ever said about the suburbs) and start watching Nightmare Before Christmas over and over again? ...more

Salmon & Avocado BLT Bowl

It’s not a low-rung college football game… but rest assured, if I ever stumble onto an orchard of money trees, I shall make it happen. The SABLTZ is what you get when you cook a Open-Face Salmon & Avocado BLT for your family, but you’re EightySevenPercenting a Whole30 (long live goat cheese and yogurt!) and you don’t eat bread. This can present problems but I’ve found that the quickest solution to most of those problems is also the simplest: Just put it over a bowl of zucchini noodles ....more

Open-Faced Salmon & Avocado BLTs

There’s absolutely nothing – and I mean nothing – wrong with the traditional BLT: smooshy preservative-laden white bread, mayo (actually, this is the one place I want Miracle Whip), tomatoes, ice berg lettuce, and copious amounts of crispy bacon and black pepper. Perfection. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make it better ....more

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya with Cauliflower “Rice”

Let the good times roll, y’all! It’s not Fat Tuesday yet but don’t let that stop you. I sure as heck didn’t let it stop me from whipping up a monster pot of chicken and sausage jambalaya ....more

Creamy Brie, Bacon, and Pea Pasta

As much time as I’ve spent there over the last couple of years with my mom, you’d think I wouldn’t be so surprised. But I still am. How a hospital, a place with a core business model of healing and wellness, can have such awfully unhealthy food is beyond me ....more

Brie and Caramelized Onion Queso

Yeah, that’s right. I made queso out of brie. (Because a girl can only watch so many hours of Big Game Pre-Game Nonsense.) Brie ....more

Chicken Zoodle Soup

Hi, my name is Shawnda and I am on day 20-ish of my Whole30-ish. I’m alive. Ish ....more

Flat-Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Black Pepper

We don’t eat a lot of white potatoes around here. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve made mashed potatoes as an adult. And when it came time to make them during the holidays, I actually had to get pointers from a friend ....more

Sauteed Kale and Spinach with Bacon & Balsamic

It’s the veggie side/breakfast entree you never knew you were missing. But you absolutely have been. Because you can start out your day with far worse breakfasts – my personal favorite, after all, is kolache and a diet coke – but to squeeze in two servings of leafy green veggies, some protein, and a slice of bacon? ...more

Microwave Sweet Potato Chips

The absence of crunchy food is probably one of the hardest things to “get over” while I am eating clean/Whole30. All the amazing foods are crunchy: potato chips, crackers, tortilla chips, every other chip out there. Maybe it’s just chips that I miss? ...more