vegetarian black bean soup

Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

The fall harvest and crisp temperatures make autumn the perfect time to stir up large, comforting pots of soup. It’s also a crucial time to boost your immune system with school back in session, gatherings moving indoors, and fewer hours of sunlight. Soups like this vegetarian black bean are a great source of nourishment because not only is it packed with veggies, the black beans are a great source of protein and fiber so it’s a complete one-pot meal.

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citrus vanilla pound cake with summer berries

Citrus Vanilla Pound Cake with Summer Berries

Well, hello again. I hope you are having a lovely summer. My girls and I are making the most of the remaining days before they start their sophomore year of high school. The past month we enjoyed a weekend at the beach with good friends, a couple great concerts in town, fun in Sunriver with cousins, a big family reunion with lots more cousins, and a couple of lake days. We also very much enjoyed this Citrus Vanilla Pound Cake, and I’m excited to share the recipe with you.

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cheesy eggs

Cheesy Eggs

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I hesitate to post simplistic recipes such as scrambled eggs with cheese, but I’ve been told that’s what people want, so here we are. I was further motivated last weekend by some bland, overcooked eggs covered with nearly plasticized cheese at a restaurant that proudly advertises its breakfast offerings. Seriously, there’s no excuse for that level of incompetence when cheesy eggs are so easy!

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French toast with strawberries

French Toast

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I recently discovered that my daughters love French toast. One would think this would not be news since I’ve known them both pretty well for fifteen years. The thing is, from the time they were very small, they have kept me on my toes with their ever-changing tastebuds, never wanting me to get too comfortable. As soon as I would figure out that they both loved the freeze-dried fruit packs or bunny crackers enough for me to keep buying big boxes at Costco, they would both lose interest and leave me with a guilty pile of uneaten snacks. It’s safe to say that one or both of them expressed a dislike of French toast at some point, so I avoided it. I enjoy the path of least resistance as often as I can.

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steel cut oats

Instant Pot Steel-Cut Oats

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The need for good self-care is more essential than ever. Life has always held challenges, but it seems like everyone I know is facing difficult circumstances or significant life changes lately. At the very least, things are uncertain and weird for people, and it’s easy to fall into habits of self-soothing that might not be optimal for one’s health.

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coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate

Coconut Macaroons Dipped in Dark Chocolate

It’s almost midnight here on this winter solstice night, but in the words of Robert Frost “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” Okay, not really miles; I’m being dramatic. Just a couple quick paragraphs to introduce you to this recipe. I did make promises though, and if I don’t post it tonight, it’s not happening this very busy week before Christmas.

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