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Healthy, Paleo Chicken Salad

I swear we don’t eat cake and cookies in our house everyday. Things have been just a little bit too unhealthy on this blog so it’s time to bring it back to reality. We try really hard to eat everything moderation in our household, and this chicken salad recipe is a great way to get your diet back on track. Trevor came up with this recipe a while back when we were eating a variation of paleo. Its a pretty strict diet, but effective to help kick those pesky sugar cravings (which as you may notice I do have frequently). I...

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Yes, that’s a strong headline, but these are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten. Period. End of sentence. You see this a lot on Pinterest: “These are the best cookies!” or “This is the best chicken recipe ever!” So, how can I possibly say these are the best cookies? Well, I’ve baked about 50 different kinds of chocolate chip cookies. Seriously. When I was pregnant with my second daughter, Bryn, chocolate chip cookies were my pregnancy food. I craved them day and night, and the baking got a little out of control. These cookies were originally created...

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7-Layer Ice Cream Cake

So look past this picture for a minute. Sometimes things taste way better than they look, and I think that’s just the case. Or I was on vacation and rushing taking the picture of a melty cake in the humid 90-degree weather. Either way, this cake is delicious and very refreshing on a summer day. I got the recipe from good ol’ Martha Stewart (where magical food-styling elves make photos of melting ice cream cakes look immaculate). At the very root of the issue, this cake is good and comes together quickly (especially when your freezer is freaking out in...

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Summer Cooking Bucket List

We are just hours away from the Gowan summer vacation and I’m in full prep mode. Packing clothes, sunscreen and plenty of small appliances. Yes, I bring my blender and juicer on vacation. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit and I need a smoothie at camp. Moving on: the best part about Pinterest is the ability to just pin to your heart’s content, but I regularly pin things and never follow through. So this summer, I have my Summer Cooking Bucket List Pinterest board. It’s all the things I’m angling to cook this summer (especially on our...

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Guinness Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Trevor is a real guy’s guy (despite the fact he’s surrounded by women). He likes to roam around in the woods, hunt, fish, grow excessive amounts of facial hair and, of course, drink beer. So what do you make for a manly man on Father’s Day? Chocolate cake, of course. This isn’t just a typical chocolate cake though. Instead of the usual sour cream or vegetable oil to moisten the cake, this kind (originally found in Bon Appetit magazine) uses beer and coffee. The different ingredients give the chocolate a deeper flavor while keeping the cake nice and moist....

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