Honey-Nut Banana Muffins {Gluten-Free; Naturally Sweetened}


Ever notice subtle seasonal changes in your eating habits?  I don’t just mean the gravitation towards soups in the winter and salads in the summer…these days it seems like I crave something warm and comforting all day long. Case in point, every day around 3 o’clock in the afternoon I like to make a cup of tea…it keeps me warm on these chilly January days.  And of course a little treat along with tea never hurts, right?...

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Maple-Walnut Buckwheat Scones with Honeyed Sage Butter


Can I let you in on a little secret?  I’m not really sure how I feel about buckwheat.  (Probably not the best way to sell you on these scones, but I have to keep it real, right?)  This was the first time I baked with it, and actually, the first time I’ve knowingly had it (other than in soba noodles, which I do enjoy).  Buckwheat is so healthy, I wanted to like it, really I did.  But it’s just so…I don’t know…grassy, maybe? Truth be told, cardboard-y is probably a better word....

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Roasted Honey-Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter


A bulk-sized bag of sunflower seeds is pretty much a permanent fixture in my freezer.  No, not the same, really old bag (it kind-of sounds like that’s what I meant but nope, lol!).  I replenish my freezer with a new bag every couple months or so because I go through them so often (toasted up they make a great snack, garnish for salads and soups, or addition to muffins)....

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Pink Grapefruit Supremes with Honey & Mint — Christmas Brunch

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Living in what basically amounts to the tundra in the winter, I have to take winter’s perks as they come.  One of the things I look forward to most of all during these frigid months is the delicious citrus that is in season.  (Of course it’s shipped here from somewhere else, but at least we get to enjoy it, lol.)  This grapefruit salad is simply flavored but deliciously refreshing, and makes a perfect addition to Christmas Brunch....

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$65 CSN Giveaway & Recipe for Camembert, Apple, & Walnut Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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The very kind people at CSN recently contacted me to sponsor a giveaway; the prize is a $65 gift card to use on any CSN website.  I’m excited to host this giveaway since CSN has anything a girl (or guy!) could want…including everything from cute handbags, to cookware, to console tables! International readers can participate and as always, you don’t need to have a blog to enter.  To participate, you can do any or all of the following (the more you do, the greater your chances of winning!).  Please leave a separate comment for each so I can count it as another entry: 1)      Go […]...

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Honey-Glazed Popovers

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One of the biggest perks of breakfast in bed (any time of day!) is that there is very little cleanup.  There are no tables to set and no dinnerware sets are dirtied in the process, which gives you more time to relax and actually enjoy your meal.  I surprised Mike with breakfast in bed and I wanted to make him something a little different.  I love my morning bowl of oats and these beautiful popovers are just another way to eat them.  And Mike (who normally won’t touch a bowl of oats) asked me to make these again.  I think this breakfast in bed will be showing […]...

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Individual Cheese, Honey, & Cornmeal Cakes with Prune Compote


I’ve had a bag of cornmeal in my pantry for quite some time and I knew wanted to make cake out of it.  This recipe was inspired by three staples of the ancient Roman diet:  whole grains, honey, and cheese.  Separately they might not sound extraordinary, but when combined they form something truly magical.  One of the most interesting things about ancient Romans’ eating habits was how they would recline while eating their largest meal of the day, which typically consisted of three courses.  These little cakes are the type of sweets that I imagine would be found gracing the third course of such a […]...

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Black Forrest Bran Muffins


My favorite muffins are chocolate chip, and I especially love the chocolate chip muffins at Tim Horton’s.  They’re moist, soft, and cakey with just the right amount of chocolate and a crunchy, sugar top.  Sadly, my favorite Tim Horton’s chocolate chip muffins have a whopping 430 calories each, not to mention 40 grams of sugar and only 2 grams of fiber (you can get their full nutritional profile here).    I can’t say that my Black Forest Bran Muffins are as cakey and delicious as the muffins at Tim Horton’s, but then again cake under the guise of a muffin probably shouldn’t be part of […]...

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