Gingerbread Scones with Maple Drizzle

Gingerbread Scones with Maple Drizzle -- soft, tender & on the table in 30 minutes! Nobody can tell these pastries are healthy!

Soft & tender gingerbread scones full of cozy spices. Lightened up, guilt-free & ready in just 30 minutes!     Last week, right before I pulled out my camera to photograph these muffins, my guy walked into the room and mentioned he had a craving for frozen yogurt, and I just about had a heart…   {continue reading}

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins -- the BEST recipe you'll find! Soft, tender & bursting with bright citrus flavor! We finished the batch in one day!

Easy & healthy orange muffins studded with tangy dried cranberries. Ready in a jiffy & the perfect cool-weather breakfast!     Living in warm northern California, where our summer temperatures regularly reach 100°F, it rarely feels like fall until the beginning of November. Days stay sunny and around 70-80°F clear through Halloween, with only an…   {continue reading}

Diamond of California – Harvest Tour Review

Diamond of California, Walnut Harvest Tour 2014. Gorgeous orchards & amazing food - what more could you want??

Highlights from touring Diamond’s walnuts orchards and processing plants! The “nutty” experience of a lifetime.     Last week, Diamond of California invited me and nine other bloggers on a Harvest Tour of their orchards and processing plants. Since I grew up on Diamond’s nuts—they’re the only ones we use in our pecan pies on…   {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake -- that buttery topping is the best! And you could eat 3 slices of this healthier version & consume fewer calories than a traditional piece!

A healthier recipe for classic pineapple upside down cake, made easier in the slow cooker! Sweet, buttery, fruity, tropical—everything it’s known to be!     Last week, with barely enough sleep to call it a night, I pulled on my running shoes on Thursday morning and started out on my usual route through the new…   {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake - made in the slow cooker! That cinnamon topping is the BEST. You need to try this!

Cozy pumpkin breakfast cake topped with a thick cinnamon streusel. Total comfort food—but it’s made healthier without any refined flour or sugar!     About two weeks after I was born, my parents decided to attempt their first bring-the-baby-to-a-restaurant experience before my grandma flew back home that weekend. Armed with the world’s largest diaper bag…   {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble -- SO easy to make! And it's even healthy enough for breakfast!

A cozy fruit crumble, full of cinnamon and ginger and molasses, that’s perfect for chilly fall evenings—and yet still healthy enough for breakfast too!     Almost every single day during elementary school, I found a bag of apple slices when I unzipped my lunch bag. Always Gala, always half (my younger brother received the…   {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns

Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns -- these skinny pastries don't taste healthy at all! You'll never eat any other sticky buns again!

An easy & healthy recipe for sticky buns studded with pecans—and made in the slow cooker! The BEST breakfast pastries you’ll ever eat!     The summer after my freshman year of college, my mom and I flew up to Alaska for a week-long mission trip with a few of the members from my childhood…   {continue reading}

Peanut Butter Cup Parfaits

Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Parfaits -- SO good!! Like eating a sweet PB cloud... With chocolate!

An easy recipe for peanut butter pudding parfaits with chopped chocolate peanut butter cups. A peanut butter lover’s dream—for barely 100 calories!     Last week, on the same day I planned on baking these cookies, the electrician showed up. Originally built in the 1950’s, our house had one of the craziest layouts he’d ever…   {continue reading}