Skinny Blueberry Coffee Cake

Skinny Blueberry Coffee Cake

I don’t really remember the weather this time of year last year, but in our second year in Orange County, the weather has been nothing but amazing lately.

It’s been in the upper 60’s/low 70’s which is so perfect. The cooler mornings have been making me want extra cups of coffee every day.

And if you give a girl extra coffee, she’s going to wish she had coffee cake to eat with it!

I love coffee cake, I mean looooveeee it! My favorite part is the crumb topping. Heck, I could just eat the crumb topping and just be so incredibly happy!

Coffee cake is not known for being very healthy though so I rarely eat it. I had a serious craving for it a couple of weeks ago and made this lighter version packed with fresh blueberries and of course, some of that dreamy crumb topping!

Easy Mexican Rice

Easy Mexican Rice

You know that really good rice you get at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that rice for quite some time. It’s so simple, yet so flavorful!

I tried making my own recently and have been pleasantly surprised how easy it actually is to make myself! It’s a good thing to because it’s a dish my whole family loves including the girls. Natalie eats it by the handfuls. There was just one condition set by my husband – it had to be plain with no “chunks” of anything added. That sort-of-thing breaks his food rules!

Crispy Roasted Taco Chickpeas

Crispy Roasted Taco Chickpeas

Raise your hand if you are one of those people that goes to the store and forgets if you already have an item at home, so you buy it just in case, go home and see that you actually already have at least 3 of that item? You guys can’t see me, but both of my hands are raised!

I always try to keep our pantry stocked with a variety of beans, broth, diced tomatoes, etc..Chickpeas are one of my favorite things to eat and so I have to have them on hand at all times! So of course, I always buy too many cans. My pantry was so full a few weeks ago, it could fit no more things. I made these amazing crispy roasted chick peas to make room and they are so addicting!

Strawberry Soda Floats

Strawberry Soda Floats

Like most families with toddlers, whenever my husband and I pour ourselves a drink of anything, we’ve got two little girls tugging on us for a sip. “What do you have in that cup, Daddy?”. Same with food. My husband can’t eat anything without Maddie chasing after him. He often has to use some stealth ninja moves to sneak things by her, probably because the two of them have the same taste in food. I don’t drink soda, but my husband sometimes buys some and I really don’t want the girls to have it. I made these soda floats the other day for Maddie. They use club soda which is pretty harmless! These strawberry soda floats are a fun and fruity twist to the classic root beer float! I actually first made these like 6 years ago on the blog, but I’ve been trying to go back and remake a number of recipes and redo the photos and I’ve had these soda floats on my list for some time! With it starting to feel more like spring, it was finally time!

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Hi friends! First, I want to apologize for not posting my regular two weekly recipes these past few weeks. Life has been so crazy! Maddie is starting preschool and we’ve had to do some classroom visits for her orientation. We also celebrated Natalie’s first birthday last week and Maddie also started ballet! Between all of this and work, I’ve been exhausted. I’m back with a seriously delicious recipe today though!

I’ve made stroganoff recipes before, but only ever with the good ol’ cream of mushroom soup cans, onion soup mixes, etc. and I mean, yeah, it’s still yummy, but I don’t really like to use all of that processed stuff if I can avoid it so I’ve been working to create a more natural beef stroganoff recipe and this Instant Pot version is simply divine!

Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad

I love, love, love chicken salad! It’s one of my favorite things to eat for lunch on some good bread or over greens. I’ve posted a few chicken salad recipes (see here, here, and here). It’s one of those foods though that can be kind of tricky as everyone has different preferences. For me, I don’t want anything sweet in it. No grapes or other fruits for me please. Oh, and NO mustard, that’s also a hard pass for me! This version combines two of my favorite things: chicken salad and Greek flavors!