Chocolate Malt Layer Cake is dense, moist and totally decadent. Chopped malted milk balls add flavor and crunch. You need this dessert!

I’m being featured on Better Homes & Gardens this week! I agreed to join them for a Christmas baking contest along with 15 other bloggers. We adapted recipes from the BHG website and are now facing off in a bracket-style contest for a chance to win a feature in the magazine as well as some other fun prizes.

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This recipe for Orecchiette with Andouille Sausage, Pine Nuts and Parsley is a hearty, flavorful dinner that's ready in under 30 minutes!

I am a complete space cadet. People who know me and love me understand that this is just part of my charm. Putting this post together has been a very typical example of how I operate. I sat down to write the post, was distracted by something or another and five minutes later found myself browsing on Groupon for juice detoxes. Fast forward an hour and I decided to start working on the post again. I walked into the kitchen to double check how many servings are in a standard box of orecchiette and instead found myself doing the dishes and roasting broccoli for dinner. Totally forgot to check the amount of servings in the pasta.

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Love digestive biscuits? These milk chocolate covered tea biscuits are just like McVitie's brand, only better! They're one of my absolute favorite cookies.

Digestive biscuits are a wonderful treat I discovered years ago thanks to my friend Emma. I’ll never forget the day she handed me a mug of hot black tea topped with a bit of milk and a plate full of McVite’s digestives. I had never seen these British cookies before and the moment I dipped one into my tea I was hooked. Digestives are an odd name for a biscuit, I know. Sounds more like medicine, right? We’ll just call them medicine for the soul.

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This Freekeh Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pears is a healthy, seasonal side dish or lunch!

It’s incredibly frustrating when I have a ton of work to do and my body won’t cooperate. I’ve been sick for almost 6 weeks now and it’s really getting in the way of everything! I feel overwhelmed by my to-do list which seems to be growing by the minute while this silly cough keeps me up at night and makes me sluggish all day. It’s a lose-lose situation. If I cough all night, I’m groggy. If I take medicine to help me sleep, I’m groggy. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that this annoying bronchitis finishes running its course ASAP.

Healthy salads are keeping me sane at the moment. I don’t want to stop and think about cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m already cooking all day for work. I’ve been enjoying throwing chicken or steak on greens with some fruit and nuts. I’ve also been eating a lot of grain salads that use up my produce. I can make a large grain salad over the weekend and enjoy it for several days. This freekeh salad is a new favorite. It’s flavorful, healthy and full of protein and fiber.

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This Pumpkin Spiced Buttermilk Layer Cake with Maple Buttercream is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas! #dessert

I’ve never been very good at creating a work/life balance. It was easy when I worked for someone else. Every week, 40 hours were spent mostly sitting in front of a desk with breaks for lunch and meetings. Now that I work for myself, my weekdays and weekends are very similar. My mornings and evenings are very similar. I space out the work, but it’s always there.

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