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Pasta with sausage, sweet potatoes, & swiss chard

The dreaded question of “what’s for dinner?” is a tough one for almost ALL of us.  But in our house, we have an extra layer added to our dinner challenge.  While I am primarily a plant based eater, the other five people in my family…..well, not so much.  As much as JonPaul and the kids

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No knead artisan bread

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a major bread baking obsession.  I’m talking almost daily.  It started with a recipe I found on Pinterest for a basic loaf of white bread.  While it was ok, I knew we could do better.  And if there’s anything I love, it’s a challenge.  So of course the

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Basmati rice and black lentil salad

I love a good recipe that is full of flavors and textures.  One that can be eaten hot, cold or even better the next day.  And especially one that is tasty and delicious, but leaves me feeling great as well.  Which is why I love this basmati rice and black lentil salad.  It’s easy to

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Vanilla baked oatmeal

A little over 12 years ago JonPaul proposed to me in our small Chicago apartment just as the sun was rising.  He caught me completely off guard.  I can remember feeling so foggy, still in my pajamas without even my glasses on, and so confused as to what was happening, but at the same time

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Summer corn chowder

It’s not quite the end of summer yet.  In my book, summer isn’t over until all the sweet corn is gone ( what can I say I’m a midwest girl through and through). My parents came to visit last week from Ohio and brought us so much sweet corn.  My dad loves to stop at

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How I’m starting this school year

Can we get real for a second?  This back to school stuff is hard, for all of us.  Yes, there is so much excitement, and it feels great to get into a new routine.  But the reality is, this time of year can be hard ( for kids and mommas alike).  New routines, new expectations,

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Roasted tomato & grilled corn maftoul salad

Our kids go back to school this week.  Crazy. right?  I feel like this summer has flown by.  I say it every year, but this year it really feels like it went by too quickly.  Thankfully, even though my crew is starting school this week, summer is not officially over.  We still have a few

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Creamy coconut & summer berry popsicles

During the summer months, I feel like my parenting style is a little more relaxed than normal.  Bed times get pushed back, the TV stays on a little longer in the mornings, and desserts become almost a weeknight occurrence in our home.  To be honest, I wouldn’t really want it any other way.  These are

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