Smokehouse Cheddar Cheese Straws

If you haven’t picked up on it with my last few recipes (like these fries with CHEESE, this bruschetta with CHEESE, and this orzo with CHEESE), I am 100% back on the dairy-eating train. I had to give up all dairy (and soy) this summer after Juniper was diagnosed with a milk and soy protein intolerance (MSPI for short).

Many mothers have to stay away from dairy and soy the entire time they are nursing, but JuneBug outgrew her intolerance right around the six month mark—so welcome back, cheddar. I plan on writing about my experience with eating an MSPI diet in the future, but for now, I’m just reveling in the fact that cheese is back in my world. Oh cheese, I missed you so.

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Beer-Soaked Chili Cheese Fries

Beer-Soaked Chili Cheese FriesNotice anything new around here? No, I didn't get a haircut (although, I desperately need one), I got a new website design! After working on it for months and months, I was finally able to launch the brand new look for Back to Her Roots. I'm so excited about it, guys. There were a lot of problems with the previous design both from a technical and a functionality standpoint, and it feels so nice to have a fresh start. I'm still. . .

Our 2015 Garden Plan (and How We Made It)

Lettuce GardenIf you're looking out your window and you see snow-covered grass and a thermometer that says it's below freezing, you're probably thinking I'm insane for posting a gardening post in January, but trust me, right now is a really important time in the life of a gardener—it's planning time! Come about the first of November, most gardeners are so sick of gardening that they can't even stand it. We just want to spend a day not weeding or raking or shoveling—as. . .

Bacon Almond Cheddar Bruschetta

Bacon Almond Cheddar BruschettaSomething you might not know about me: I'm kind of a huge, obsessive, scream-at-the-top-of-my-lungs sports fan. Yep, I'm totally one of those people. College basketball, hockey, and open-wheel racing are my drugs of choice, but I really don't discriminate. If it involves someone keeping score of something and a winner and a loser, I'll probably watch it. Even though football doesn't top my list for favorite sports to watch, I still, happily wear my blue and support the mighty horse during. . .

Lemon Orzo with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Lemon Orzo with Shrimp and TomatoesI pride myself on being a mostly seasonal eater. I try not to buy too many tomatoes in January. I save eating butternut squash until Fall rolls around. I use dried herbs in the cold months and fresh in the summer. But there are certain foods that I love so much, I just can't wait until they are in season to dig in. And this lemon orzo is one of them. The truth is, by this time of year, I am. . .

My One Word: Fearless

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Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups

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Our Experience with Cloth Diapers

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Whole Wheat Apple Raisin Muffins

Whole Wheat Apple Raisin MuffinsI'm one of those people who forgets to eat. Or, really, more accurately, I'm too lazy to eat. Actually, as I type out this very post, I'm hungry. But it sounds like entirely too much work to get up from my desk and go find something to eat. So, I say, "Oh, I'm just going to write this post, and then I'll eat." Because, procrastination. And then two hours go by and I haven't eaten and I have a headache. . .