Pineapple and Peanut Rice Salad

For the first time in over two months, I’m actually at work! Sort of… we have a two day workshop for teaching English Learners (which is at least half the school). I’m excited to hopefully learn some useful stuff for when I’m back in the classroom in a few [...]

Pineapple Quinoa

The other day Mike and I were talking about how much healthier the food we’ve been eating lately is compared a couple months ago. I mean, we have definitely had our fair share of ice cream and cake the past couple weeks, but it is SO much better than [...]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my favorite cake. Last year out of nowhere I decided I wanted carrot cake with cream cheese frosting as my birthday cake, which was a serious departure from the chocolate-on-chocolate birthday cakes of the years before. Now I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite cake ever. I just [...]

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Two of my favorite things about visiting my parents are my mom’s fully stocked pantry for baking and my dad’s willingness to run with me (pretty much any distance and at any time of day!) My parents had a stack of Listener magazines sitting on their coffee table, and [...]

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 [...]

Hawaii: Seared Ahi With Pineapple Salsa

We are in Hawaii! That means beautiful sunsets, lounging monk seals, and great ingredients to cook with!We spent our first day getting settled into our condo on Poipu beach in Kauai, and headed to the grocery store, where we found some beautiful ahi steaks and fresh pineapple.  about 2 pounds [...]

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