Chocolate Walnut Quinoa Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Walnut Quinoa Cookies
Yesterday I thought I was playing a sneaky trick when I asked on Facebook whether you wanted a quinoa recipe today or a cookie recipe. Usually when I do that, I’m shocked how many people choose the healthy option! But this time, a reader named Sarah saw right through me and said she wanted both. Well, in fact, that’s exactly what I was going to do either way.

Because I made quinoa cookies!

Chocolate Walnut Quinoa Cookies
Quinoa cookies?!?!

Quinoa cookies. Don’t be scared. Unless you’re scared that your inner cookie monster will come out and eat half a batch of cookie dough. In that case, you should probably run for the hills.

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Brunch Recipes For Your Easter Sweet Tooth

Brunch Recipes For Your Easter Sweet Tooth

Is Easter a major holiday for you? Easter celebrations vary so much, from spending hours at church to nibbling on Cadbury mini eggs all day. (Can you guess which one describes me? I practically have to stare straight ahead when passing the Cadbury mini egg display in the grocery store…) But no matter which camp you’re in, I think we can all agree that Easter brunch is something to look forward to – especially when it is basically dessert before noon. Sign me up! Here are the decadently sweet brunch treats I’m salivating over.

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Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

There is a time for whole grain flours, hiding vegetables in cakes, and nixing frosting in favor of a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Today is not that time.

And that’s because today is my 27th birthday!

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese FrostingSo no raw, gluten-free, vegan desserts today. It’s my party, and I’ll eat goat cheese frosting if I want to.

And I reeeeally want to.

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Christmas Cookies Recipes I’m Drooling Over

Christmas Cookie Recipes I'm Drooling Over

I should have one single Christmas cookie recipe for you on this Friday, but instead… I don’t.

Usually, I spend all my spare time daydreaming about food, and that provides some great inspiration for this blog. But since getting engaged, well, I bet you can guess the subject of my daydreams.

Looking at my recent pins should give you a clue…

I’m pretty sure my wedding obsession can’t keep going this strong for my entire engagement (right? right? married people, please advise!), and I’m determined to start my constant daydreaming about food again… for better and for worse.

So in lieu of one recipe from my kitchen, here are the MANY Christmas cookie recipes from other bloggers’ kitchens that I’ve been drooling over for the past week… when I’m not pinning wedding dresses and engagement photo ideas, that is. Enjoy!

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Swedish Apple Pie

Swedish Apple Pie

Let me just say that family traditions crack me up. Every family has their own thing. It’s especially funny how traditions develop and then become set in stone, especially around the holidays. In my family, at least, they become quite rigid, especially where food is concerned. Making any changes is out of the question!

Example: Our Thanksgiving pie tradition. Now I realize we’re not unique in this, but humor me. My mom makes three types of pie every Thanksgiving – pumpkin, pecan and apple, and usually two of each. No additions, subtractions, or substitutions! She’s tried in the past to go down to two types, or maybe try something new for a change, but someone always complains. Hey, pumpkin’s my favorite! Can’t we make it? My mom is one of the most generous people I know, and certainly not one to let anyone go hungry. So before you know it, we’re back at pumpkin, pecan and apple.

Swedish Apple Pie

She’s reconciled herself over the years to the fact that Christmas is a time to try out new and exciting dishes. At Thanksgiving, new and exciting is met only with “hey, where’s the [insert traditional favorite here]?”

That sounds bratty, and maybe it is, especially because three types of pie is A LOT. My sisters and I have started helping out in the past few years… now that we’re kinda sorta adults. And even then, we have to start days ahead of time. Operation Three Types of Pie should be getting ramped up around here in about T-8 days. Bring on the rolling pins!

Nate’s family does pie, too, but their tradition is different. It features this Swedish apple pie, a recipe I was lucky enough to get a copy of from Nate’s mom a few years ago.

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