Quick and Easy Maple Candied Pecans

September 17, 2014

Quick and Easy Maple Candied Pecans My students have been immersing themselves in Japanese cultural experiences as they learn about the Heian Period of Japan and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, an amazing 10th century diary. While listening to traditional music and burning incense, we’ve experimented with ikebana, the art of flower arranging; shodo, […]

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Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa Float

September 11, 2014

Thanks, Le Grand Courtâge, for sponsoring the development of this Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa Float recipe! I had a crappy morning. There weren’t any major disasters, but there was a lot of minor crappiness. I had to wake up early to take Byrd to the groomer before work. Mike didn’t get a chance to take her […]

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Pumpkin Bread

September 9, 2014

Cheesecake-Stuffed Pumpkin Bread I spent one summer in college working as a research tech in my developmental neuroscience lab with students from all over the country. One of the new friends I made was Crystal. Through our chatting while wrangling frogs and culturing neurons, we quickly discovered that we were both Christians. One day while […]

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Drenched Lemon Cream Cake

September 2, 2014

Drenched Lemon Cream Cake Y’all, let’s get real. There’s nothing wrong with taking nude photos. Nothing. I’m a middle school teacher, so let me qualify that: there may be moral and practical implications with sending those photos to people, posting them online, or Snapchatting them to someone (good grief, DON’T DO IT). In any of […]

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Smoked Whitefish Salad Vols-au-Vent (and 8 great party ideas)

September 1, 2014

Check out 14 Healthy Snacks and Apps by Julie Ruble at Foodie.com Thanks, Foodie, for sponsoring this post. When I was in college, I stepped into exactly one frat party for exactly 20 seconds. That’s how long it took me to see that barely any lights were on, everyone was sloppy-drinking, and the music was […]

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No-Bake Coconut Icebox Cake

August 24, 2014

No-Bake Coconut Icebox Cake Since I started my teaching career at a low-income, inner city school, I’ve been on a journey to understand my own privilege. I’m a white, middle-class Christian in a place and time when that identity confers benefits on me that I didn’t need to work for. It’s not my fault, per […]

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Taco Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

August 18, 2014

Taco Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms School starts tomorrow. Pls send help. And earplugs. And Pringles. And easy weeknight meals. Okay, okay, I’ll provide the easy weeknight meals. I promise more stories soon, when I recover from the whirlwind that is this week. In the meantime, please accept this recipe for amazing, low-carb, excruciatingly easy Taco Stuffed […]

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Easy Carrot Cake with Whipped Icing

August 14, 2014

Easy Carrot Cake with Whipped Icing Trigger Warning: While I’ve tried to make the details of disordered eating behavior mentioned in this post very vague, they still may be triggering. If you’ve struggled with disordered eating and are vulnerable to that, you may not want to read. I read an article yesterday that made my […]

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Easy Coconut Sheet Cake with Whipped Coconut Icing

August 5, 2014

Thanks, PAM, for sponsoring this post! I’ve shared my social media confessions. Now it’s time for some cleaning confessions. I am a really, really terrible housekeeper. I can deep-clean — things like disinfecting the whole kitchen, swiffering the floor — but it’s keeping things tidy that feels like climbing up a mountain during an avalanche. […]

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Strawberry Pop-Tart Pie

August 4, 2014

Strawberry Pop-Tart Pie I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter! One of my blogger friends recently asked, “If you drink milkshakes, what’s your favorite flavor?” on her Facebook wall. It was a happy conversation until someone chimed in just […]

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