Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Snack Cake with Coconut Topping


Weekends are so much better now that I’m back at work. ¬†I appreciate them about a million times more than I did when every day was pretty much the same. ¬†Obviously it was great having Mike home all day on the weekends, but now there’s even more of a […]

Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Smart people tend to read recipes carefully, sometimes more than once. They definitely don’t mix up cooking time and cooling time, leading to hideously burn candied nuts. Ugh. Those were supposed to be a hostess gift for the Christmas party we went to this weekend, but nope, I burned […]

Magic Scotchie Cookies


Why are these called magic scotchie cookies? Because I incorporated some features of magic bars (or 7-layer bars, or Hello Dolly bars) with scotchies (oatmeal and butterscotch chips). I left out chocolate chips because I didn’t want to overpower the butterscotch flavor. They’re pretty addictive, so I was happy […]

Coconut-Cilantro Quinoa Bowls

Welcome to the latest installment of “things to do when your due date is a week away with no baby in sight.” 1. Hit the gym. Be super tempted to stay on the elliptical until you go into labor. 2. Make bagels. Decide that while they’re pretty good, Peter Reinhart’s […]

Kale and Farro with Marinated Tofu

Wow, what a weekend! It was exactly what a good weekend should be. Incredibly relaxing, but also just productive enough to feel like I got lots done without being stressed out. We kicked off Saturday morning with a visit to the gym. After not going for a week and […]

Homemade Samoas

We’re right in the middle of Girl Scout cookie time, which is normally one of my favorite times of year becuase honestly, even though they’re horrible for you, those cookies are pretty addictive. But now that I know how disastrous palm oil (which is used heavily in Girl Scout […]

Carrot Cake Cookies (raw and vegan!)

Pleeeeease don’t let the “raw and vegan” up there deter you from this recipe (I’m guessing my sister has already stopped reading). These taste a little like carrot cake Clif Bars (one of my favorite flavors!) and they’re surprisingly easy. Plus they have just a few ingredients, don’t require […]


I was first introduced to lamingtons when my family lived in Australia for a few months. I was 12 and had a raging sweet tooth, but ended up being pretty disappointed by them. Far too often, they were dry and bland; far less appealing than they looked, all covered […]

Chocolate Caramel Slice

There are so many things I love about my current job. I’m teaching language arts in a Summer Advancement Academy designed to help kids from under-privileged backgrounds prepare for college. A lot of my students have been in this country less than a year, but they’re all extremely driven […]

Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes

I think my sister likes to bake even more than I do, so when she was in town for a few days, cupcake-making had to be on the agenda. Although she doesn’t like coconut, she figured this recipe would be a crowd-pleaser and it definitely was! I was a […]

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