Vanilla Pear Muffins

These muffins came about due to the abundance of pears coming in from my parents’ trees.  They are easy, chock full of spices and fruit, and I used a couple of alternative baking swaps like coconut oil and coconut sugar. I simply swapped the 1/2 of cooking oil for 1/2 cup of coconut oil.  CoconutContinue reading “Vanilla Pear Muffins”

Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

This soup is the perfect cure for the end of summer to beginning of fall blues.  Kind of miss the pool with the lingering hot days, but loving the cool sweatshirt nights?  Yeah, me too! I used some leftover corn on the cob to make this corn and sweet potato chowder – it’s something IContinue reading “Sweet Potato Corn Chowder”

NC Home Collage

North Carolina Home, collage & mixed media on paper, 9 x 12″, 2013.   Do not reuse image without permission.  Our Iowa home has something  new and interesting to grace its spacious gallery-like walls – a collage.  This collage makes use of old Greensboro maps, vellum, scraps of wall paint from the old house, andContinue reading “NC Home Collage”

Salmon Cakes w/ Lemon Yogurt Sauce

This right here is one of my favorite types of meals – roasted vegetables and fish, specifically salmon.  I always start to crave this kind of meal when things start to turn towards autumn – even when I just think it is starting to turn.  However, it’s still hovering in the 90s around here thisContinue reading “Salmon Cakes w/ Lemon Yogurt Sauce”

{Better Than} Best Pizza Crust Ever + Drawing App

Sometimes accidents are happy ones in the kitchen.  I was trying to make dinner the other night and Greta was in the process of melting down – I simply waited too long to start dinner for her sake. I tried to make my favorite pizza crust, from memory.  Usually this isn’t so hard, but whenContinue reading “{Better Than} Best Pizza Crust Ever + Drawing App”

Zucchini Cakes + Iowa City

Ok, so not cakes that are sweet, but nice little baked goods that are somewhere between a frittata and tater tot and oh so good. These babies were so good I made them two nights in a row at our house!  I still have loads of zucchini to use up – so of course theContinue reading “Zucchini Cakes + Iowa City”