Pecan Pie French Toast Bake

This Pecan Pie French Toast Bake is perfect for holiday breakfast and brunch gatherings! Almost all the prep work can be done in advance! This is the time of year when I start thinking about comfort food and easy entertaining recipes. There’s usually a bit of crossover there. To be honest, some years I do little to no holiday entertaining, so it’s the comfort food aspect that speaks to me. We have a small home that isn’t ideal for parties.

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Apple Cider Cinnamon Buns

 The scent of these divine apple cider cinnamon buns will win over your holiday houseguests for sure! They’ll make your home smell like fall.  Thinking back, I believe the first time I ever tried a cinnamon bun was at a mall stand, Cinnabons. Is that place still around? As a teenager, I pretty much lived at the mall (because what else were we supposed to do before social media existed?). I never get to the mall anymore because I avoid

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Pumpkin Granola with Pecans and Cranberries

Pumpkin Granola is perfect as a breakfast or snack! It’s full of healthy ingredients with fall flavors we all crave, as well as a hint of sweetness from maple syrup. I’ve been on a granola kick recently. I found one that I’m obsessed with (I discuss it in my crispy baked tofu post). Once I start repeatedly purchasing a product I know I can easily prepare myself, it’s time to reevaluate. I have several granola recipes on the blog already, such

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Whole Wheat English Muffins

These whole wheat english muffins are a surprisingly easy breakfast option! Making english muffins from scratch is super satisfying! I don’t use a lot of bread products. I’m hardly a low carb gal, but bread has always been a slippery slope for me. Regardless of whether it’s a fresh artisan loaf from the local bakery or pre-sliced potato bread from the grocery store, if there’s bread around, I find myself eating more of it than I should. There are two

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Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked Oatmeal Cups are wonderful for a quick breakfast or midday snack. They come together quickly and freeze beautifully so that you can easily store leftovers.  This might sound strange, but sometimes I forget to eat on workdays. It’s one of those odd things that happens when you’re home alone all day. I get no cues from coworkers microwaving their Lean Cuisine or asking who else wants to go in on an order from the local deli. This doesn’t happen

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Green Berry Granola Smoothie Bowl

This Green Berry Granola Smoothie Bowl is a healthy, flavorful breakfast that also supports a great cause! Last year, I had the opportunity to visit the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington DC. Learning about the prevalence of food deserts, and the extreme levels of food waste in this country had a tremendous impact on me. I’ve tried to be more mindful ever since. When The Soulfull Project reached out to me about their incredible mission dedicated to helping CAFB

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Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins

Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins are a perfectly portioned treat that will turn heads at breakfast or brunch!  Years ago, back when I was still working as a network administrator, I had a friend who began freelancing full time. She started showing up late to get togethers or canceling at the last minute, and was always so stressed out. All she could talk about was work. One day, she said something that has haunted me ever since: “If I’m not working, I’m not

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Avocado Toast with Asparagus and White Beans

Avocado Toast with Asparagus and White Beans is both a healthy breakfast or lunch option, and it comes together very quickly! What more can you ask for? Insomnia has plagued me for years. I often struggle to fall asleep (and have tried every solution you could possibly suggest, trust me). There are phases of morning insomnia where I wake up at 4:30am and ultimately get out of bed, knowing it’s a lost cause as my brain races with random, disconnected thoughts. Some nights I never truly fall

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Tahini Date Pistachio Granola

This Tahini Date Pistachio Granola is a healthy, flavorful breakfast! It also mades a perfect midday snack. Late night snacking has always been an issue for me. Unfortunately, cereal is my favorite evening indulgence, so I don’t keep it in the house anymore. I’m not sure what it is about a bowl filled with milk and crunchy-turning-mushy things, but it just feels so right at 9pm. The one exception to the rule is homemade granola. For whatever reason, I can keep

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Savory Oatmeal with Poached Eggs, Mushrooms and Parmesan + My Journey Toward Minimalism

This savory oatmeal with poached eggs, mushrooms and parmesan is a cozy breakfast for two that comes together in no time. Oatmeal is a healthy whole grain that doesn’t have to be sweetened to be delicious. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” – Joshua Becker Minimalism. Simple living. KonMari. Until recently these ideas were fairly abstract to me, but the past several months have led me to make a few life changes. Simplifying my surroundings

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