What’s In My Diaper Bag

Diaper BagI spent the last two weeks of my pregnancy obsessed with what people carry in their diaper bags. I was 13 days overdue, so everything that needed to get done had been accomplished weeks prior. My house was clean. My freezer was stocked with food. The nursery closet was organized. The hospital bag was packed. My work had all been wrapped up. I was basically just sitting around simmering. So, I needed to focus on something, and I focused on repeatedly. . .
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Chicken Étouffée

Chicken EtouffeeI am probably the last person in the world who should be writing about Cajun food. I mean, hello, I live in Indiana. I've never even driven through Louisiana, let alone actually stopped and had authentic Cajun cuisine there. I have pretty much no tolerance for spicy foods. And I certainly don't have access to the freshest gulf-coast shrimp or Louisiana crawfish (hence why this recipe is made with chicken—we can do chicken here in the Midwest). I can write about. . .
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Flax Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

Flax Cranberry Breakfast CookiesIf you haven't quite picked up on it yet, I'm a big, fat breakfast cookie lover. I love how easy they are to make (you can bake a batch is less than a half hour). I love that they are a handheld breakfast that is full of nourishing yumminess. I love that they make breakfasts (and snacks, I love them as snacks, too) feel like a special treat. I mean, c'mon, you're eating cookies. For breakfast. And it's good for. . .
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Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pulled PorkThis post is brought to you by a Back to Her Roots sponsor. I am so excited to bring you today's post, guys. Not only because the recipe is off-the-charts (I mean, c'mon, apple butter and pulled pork!), but also because it's the first post in my 2015 partnership with my friends at Musselman's Apple Butter. Over the next few months, I'm going to be bringing you a whole collection of wonderful, creative dishes made with apple butter. Are you excited?. . .
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Bacon and Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon Sriracha Macaroni and CheeseHomemade mac and cheese can be a real struggle. It seems easy. Take macaroni. Mix with cheese. DONE-ZO. Except not. Because how many times have you had (or even made yourself) homemade mac and cheese that was too dry, too bland, and maybe even a little stringy? If only making good mac and cheese was as easy as the name makes it sound. There are no less than a million recipes out there for creamy mac and cheese (literally, I googled. . .
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Lunches Lately

Lunches LatelyBack in September, I wrote a quick little post that showed off a few of the lunches I'd been packing for myself lately. That little post has quickly become one of the most popular posts on my blog. Apparently people really like healthy lunch ideas! I had plans to share my lunches regularly, and I'm finally back with another installment! You are probably thinking, "Um, but you work from home, why in the world do you pack lunches?" Well, I. . .
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Curried Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Curried Sweet Potato Breakfast BowlsThis post is more about a concept than a specific recipe (although, there is a recipe at the end of this post). Let's talk about breakfast bowls! In our house, a breakfast bowl is made up of a base of grain (usually farro or quinoa), and then topped with all kinds of of healthy fixins. And then finished off with perfectly gooey poached eggs. Even though we call them "breakfast" bowls, we eat them pretty much at any meal. In fact,. . .
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Vegan Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding

Chili Dark Chocolate PuddingI've always been one of those people who really likes Valentine's Day. I like it all. I like the pink and red and glitter and balloons and chocolates and cheesy stuffed animals and Power Rangers valentines and the candy hearts and the flowers—all of it. I know the arguments against it. It's just a holiday made up to make the greeting card companies money (maybe). You should celebrate the people you love everyday (totally). Life is about more than just romantic. . .
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