Love People Well: Best Banana Nut Muffins

I do promise that the Love People Well series won’t just be a million different types of muffins.  As soon as a few more things start to ripen in the garden, I have some spicy and crunchy ideas of the vegetable variety.  But in the mean time… if I’m being truthful, muffins have been the name of the game around here.  Knee surgery? Muffins.  Family members taking solo road trips? Muffins.  Brother moving to New Mexico for the summer?  Muffins. Anyone want to guess which muffins this summer have been the summer’s most requested?  Yup, these.  They truly are the best and most moist banana nut muffins ever – almost…

Summer Salads and Sides: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

I wish I had the olive toned complexion of a Greek or the shiny dark hair of the Lebanese. But mostly, I just wish I could eat and cook Mediterranean food every day of my life.  (Maybe with a sprinkling of sushi and Thai food every once in a while, just to mix it up.)  But in general, Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite!  The flavors and colors make my stomach growl and my eyes grow wide. Ya’ll, I eat far less meat these days than I have in the past, and there are some sad-sad vegetarian options and alternatives out there.  In my opinion, Mediterranean cuisine has the best…

What to Make: Red White and Blueberry Baked French Toast

We live in the PNW and up her on the upper left coast, we get about 3 beautiful summer months a year.  The other 9 its gray and damp pretty much every day.  Or this past year, gray and dumping buckets of water from the sky on the daily.  So in the summers, we are always excited to do all of the things and explore all of the places.  After all, we love living here because it truly is beautiful!  So this manifests itself in spending every weekend (literally, I can show you my calendar) camping, backpacking, hiking, or staying in a B&B on an island.  Not a lot of…

What to make: 4th of July – Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Foodwise, the 4th of July is awesome.  Its relatively easy.  The weather is nice so the grill is usually going.  And everyone has their relax-o-meter turned up to 10!  4th of July in our family usually equates to beach or cabin weekends.  Backyard volleyball or badminton tourneys, hiking, kayaking or boating, and more cookies than you can imagine.  Allow me to explain that last bit about the cookies… Last year, we spent the 4th of July on the Oregon coast with family.  There were around 10 of us there, plus 7 dogs in total.  Yes, it is exactly as chaotic as it sounds.  Everyone brings food to share and splits…

Summer Sides and Salads: Garlic and Ginger Chicken Udon Noodle Salad

I know that I have said this before but summer is not the time of year when I want my oven cranked up… Aside from the heat factor, its also the TIME!  So, I have been falling back in love with one of my old faithful cheats:  ROTISSERIE CHICKEN! Yes, its a bit more expensive, but for a ready to eat deli item, its still not bad.  For a smaller sized chicken, I can usually get at least 2 dinners plus a 2-3 of the husbands’ sandwiches for lunch.  The man LOVES his daily sammich and apparently hates lunch time variety.  He claims that minimizing variables is what geniuses do.…
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