The Yummiest GF Banana Muffins

Happy New Year, folks! I always have big plans to hit the ground running in the new year… and then something always happens to lay me low for a couple of weeks.  Last year it was a rib contusion from a random trapezing accident, and this year it’s just a good old-fashioned cold.

Maybe this is God’s way of telling me to just chill out…  that my new year actually starts on January 15!

So in that case I’m still a couple of days ahead……

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Vegan Salted Caramel Bars

These vegan salted caramel bars are so good they almost made me bust my macros!!!

Hello friends!  I’m now 2 days out from my upcoming bodybuilding competition, and today is my last day of carb and calorie depletion before refeeding tomorrow in final preparation for the show on Saturday.  I’m hungry!!  In every sense of the word.

The fun part of “peak week” for me is deciding what post-show treat I’m going to indulge in. …

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No-bake Peanut Butter Fudge

Howdy folks!  This no-bake peanut butter fudge is hands-down one of my “must-have-in-the-house-at-all-times” recipes, not only for contest prep, but for every single day of my life.  I hope it will become one of yours as well.

Remember my no-bake sweet potato brownies?  Well, these are a close cousin… …

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Vegan GF Thumbprint Cookies

These vegan and naturally gluten-green thumbprint cookies are the perfect treat for Christmas Eve, to sustain you as you wrap up preparations for your Christmas celebration.

Advent always passes by very quickly for me, and I’m usually caught up in the throes of shopping, wrapping, baking, making lists, and panicking a bit over everything I haven’t done.  I think this is common for many women, moms especially, as we try to create the perfect Christmas for everyone.  No wonder I used to feel so drug out on Christmas morning!

But this year has been different.  This year I’ve been deeply impressed in my heart that God long ago already created the perfect Christmas for all of us. He sent His Son as a baby in a manger.  And that is the good news of peace and salvation for all people.  This is Christmas, my friends.

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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote

These banana oatmeal pancakes whip up in 5 minutes and use only 3 basic ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now: oatmeal, eggs, & banana.  How easy is that?

When I was a kid, pancakes were our usual Saturday breakfast, and I loved them.  My mother made the best buttermilk pancakes in the world… light, white, fluffy things that soaked up as much maple syrup as you could pour on….

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Parmesan Eggplant Bake

Parmesan Eggplant Bake

This hearty parmesan eggplant bake is quick enough for a weeknight supper, oozing enough with cheese for the kids to accept the eggplant underneath… and delicious enough to be at extreme risk of being eaten before the photo shoot is done… gulp!

Did you ever notice I don’t post too many main dish recipes?  Yeah, there’s a reason for that.  For one, despite the best of my Meal Planning 101 intentions, dinner planning still usually begins at 4pm with me…

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No-bake Sweet Potato Brownies

No-bake Sweet Potato Brownie

These no-bake sweet potato brownies have been my best sweet potato discovery since around Thanksgiving 2004… when I discovered (a bit too late for that meal!) that there actually are really great taters here in Philippines!

We had lived here for less than 6 months, and I was newly pregnant with Sara, when we thought it would be a brilliant  idea to invite about 30 people from Mark’s office over for Thanksgiving.  Never mind that my kitchen had exactly one…

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Broccoli Cheez Soup

Broccoli Cheez Soup

The only thing Sara loves more than marshmallows is this vegan broccoli cheez soup.

Kidding!!  She doesn’t love it that much!  But to even put it in the same category as marshmallows is saying a lot, if you know how much Sara loves those sticky white puff-balls.

Sara's dinner ideas

But check out Sara’s list of “Dinner Ideas”… at the very top… “Broccoli cheese soup”… NOT “marshmallows.” …

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Happy New Year, friends!!

It’s January, which means we’re all on diets, or at least doing some sort of “detox” for the next 7 days, right??  Like a juice fast, liver cleanse, or the “cayenne pepper drink”??  Aren’t we??  I mean, isn’t that the thing to do in January???

Weelll, as my Pa would say… “THAT’S THE BIGGEST BUNCH OF HOOEY I’VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!!”

And he’s heard some big bunches, I can assure you.

The whole principle of “detox” really gets me… it’s as if the authors of said diets have forgotten…

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