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…

Summer Road Trippin’: Oven Dried Strawberry Trail Mix

Did everyone have a wonderful 4th of July???  I hope so!  We rolled it all into a 4 day weekend and went out to our fam’s cabin.  Was great to relax but if anyone lives in Eastern Washington or northern Idaho… How are you all surviving the pollen in the air right now???  I wouldn’t describe any of us as being allergy prone and yet, we all felt like we were in foggy-headed allergy comas! Regardless, I did lots of reading in a hammock, hiking, and cooking over a campfire! But, to get to the cabin, we had a very looooong car ride.  6+ hours.  Long car rides mean car…

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.…

Summer Road Trippin’: Honey Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas

Our household is a few camping and mini-road trips into the summer weekend adventure season!  We have had some super fun ones and even more that I can hardly wait for!  So car snacks are absolutely a happening thing for this easily hangry traveler.  Hangry Maria is not someone you want as a travel buddy.  Just ask the husband. I had been dying to test out a bunch of roasted chickpea flavor ideas I’ve had floating around in my head.  So before our weekend trip a couple weeks ago, I made a small batch of each.  The two clear favorites were the honey sriracha version in this post and the…
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