Think about the last time you were really hard on yourself. When you really were your own worst critic. Why do we treat ourselves so much harsher than others? The other day I met with a respected coach, colleague, and friend. I had been feeling super frustrated about how it was taking me “forever” (1 month) to get back into shape and wanted to hop back into the CrossFit world and be able to do strict pull-ups, jump rope without being winded, and be able to lift or complete workouts without my heart jumping out of my chest. I wanted to pretend like I hadn’t takenRead More →

When I was younger I never ever dreamt about my wedding. To give you some background I never carried a blanky, but rather a pair of rubber pliers and a skeleton key. Yup, I was into my own thing and was always dreaming of secret, magical worlds to which I could travel and unlock my fantastical mind. I also use to dig mazes in a sandbox and take the mice that my cat caught and tried to make them run through it. I guess you could say I was not into the average girlie things. Maybe that was because my mom gave me a boy haircut andRead More →

“Mmmmmm donuts. Mmmmmmm chocolate. Mmmmmmm chocolate and peanut butter donuts. Mmmmmmm salted peanut butter glaze.” This was my thought process on making these donuts. I had done a chocolate peanut butter donut way back that got a crazy response on social media, but I never nailed down a recipe. In comes a month of weddings out of state and out of the country and in comes my crazy “need to use all of our food so it doesn’t go to waste” bakeathons and cookathons. I’m pretty sure I have made about 324 baked goods this past week. (And yes, I gave most of those away).Read More →

It’s peanut butter jelly ice cream sandwich time! Summer is on like Donkey Kong. Pools are open, school is out, and it’s starting to get hot. These sandwich throwback ice cream sammies couldn’t be any easier. With just 5 ingredients (yes, I said 5) and less than 30 minutes you can be lying in your lawn chair with one of these treats in your hand and your feet in the kiddie pool. Read More →

When I think of marriage I often think of food 😛 And when we think of peanut butter food marriages we often think of chocolate, banana, and jelly. Peanut butter and turmeric hardly comes to mind. Then the other day I was making a stir-fry and threw in some peanut butter with the turmeric and really loved the bold, spice of the turmeric combined with the smooth and somewhat sweet flavor of the peanut butter. The gears began to turn. I started adding turmeric to my smoothies, especially when adding peanut butter. I loved the flavor combo. So now that we’re heading into summer monthsRead More →

I have this great memory from a Sunday in summer after a night out with my girls. We woke up in the morning and wanted to go for an exercise walk through town. We stumbled upon a farmers market at the high point of peach season.As we walked into the square the sweet aroma of my favorite stone fruit met my nose and I knew that we needed to try one. I had about $3 in cash and had just enough to buy us each a peach. We sat outside eating and laughing at the ridiculous image of 3 women having peach juice running down ourRead More →

Seriously, Vada Sultenfuss? Could you get a cooler name or be any cooler of a role model for a girl? Riding your bike around all summer in your eccentric funeral home-home with Thomas J as your best bud. I wanted to be her so badly. Her and Thomas J became blood brothers. Blood brothers! Not that I would recommend that at all, but the idea was so bad ass as a 9 year old.Read More →

Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. I love playing tricks. Like making you eat your veggies without you being none the wiser. Like in desserts where you can’t even taste ’em? Damn genius, if I do say so myself. Thanks to some challenge inspiration brought on by a conversation between me and D, these are vegan and grain-free to boot. Speaking of the challenge…Read More →

Ummmm, so yeah, this happened. If apples + bourbon had a love child, it would be this salted bourbon caramel apple sauce. I love to play matchmaker, especially in the kitchen. I hear a lot about food combining regarding diet, but it’s way more fun when we think of it in terms of flavors. And adding bourbon to anything in the fall for baking and a love child is bound to be born. Read More →