Easy Mexican Brown Rice and Beans by a Reluctant Planner

February 14, 2014 Main Meals

Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!  I bet you were thinking I’d share something sweet today, dintcha? Well, I would’ve, but I forgot to plan something. More on my poor planning skills later. Are you looking for easy, healthy, and yummy? That’s the Food Trifecta, as far as I’m concerned, and this Mexican Brown Rice and Beans does it […]

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Chunky Apple Cake

October 17, 2013 Appetizers & Snacks

What’s better than apple cake made with just-picked apples? We had some beautiful apple picking on a picture perfect October day. Just look at that blue sky. And those luscious Macintosh apples exploding off the branch! New England rocks when it comes to the beauty and bounty of the Fall season. Then there’s always the one kid who takes a HUGENORMOUS […]

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Jumbo Toffee Crunch Muffins

August 8, 2013 Appetizers & Snacks

August 8th. A big day in this household, so it deserves a big muffin. Jumbo Toffee Crunch Muffins! Fourteen years ago today I was finally a mom, holding my first newborn baby in my arms. Zach was coaxed into the world, much against his will, with the aid of the baby vacuum as well as two pairs of doctor hands. […]

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Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

May 9, 2013 Dessert

Happy Thursday! These apple spice cupcakes, this blog post, and I have a lot in common. We all happen to be short and sweet. This is not up for debate. 🙂 I don’t mean to go on and on about how crazy life is, but I’ll  just say we are ALL counting the minutes until […]

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Doing the (Lowfat) Chai Chai

December 21, 2012 Beverages
Lowfat Chai Tea -- Juggling With Julia

I’m so far from a tea drinker that I thought that Chai was a type of tea leaf, like green, black, and oolong. Boy, was I wonderfully, amazingly wrong! I wish someone had said to me a long time ago, “Jules, this is the most creamy, delicious tea treat you’ll ever have. Oh, and by the way? […]

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Heart-healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 27, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle

Hello holiday revelers! Did you wake up yesterday feeling all Black Monday after a weekend of indulging? Good for you if not 🙂 But, for the rest, have I got a yummy way for you to get back on track!  It’s a cookie that is SO HEALTHY, you could actually call it…breakfast?! A no-guilt way to […]

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Snickerdoodles Pancakes and Cinnamon Syrup for a Sprained Ankle?

July 22, 2012 Breakfast/Brunch

Saturday morning dawned sunny and bright; it promised to be a great day for a 2-on-2 volleyball tournament with my fave partner. All was going smashingly well, for a while anyway. Then I twisted my ankle when I landed on the foot of my opponent while blocking. [For anyone who knows me, you might wonder […]

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Streusel Can Fix Anything!

June 20, 2012 Breakfast/Brunch

Streusel is like bacon. It can make anything better. Cakes, breads, muffins, sweet potatoes, pies, cheesecakes — you name it, it’s better topped with a sweet crumb topping. So, if you’re pancakes are looking just a little bit flat — more flatjack, than flapjack — smear some streusel over the top. That’s what I did Sunday morning, and it all turned out […]

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On the Lighter Side: Snickerdoodles

March 12, 2012 Dessert

In this cinnamon-crazed family where dessert is part of one’s birthright, there are few sweets that rank higher than Snickerdoodles. We made them a while back for the first time, and they were OMG-delicious. The traditional recipe is pretty straight forward — lots of butter, some flour, sugar, leavening, and loads of cinnamon. I decided to go […]

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Roasted Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

January 30, 2012 Vegetables

When I think ‘sweet potato’ my mind automatically jumps to Clark Kent.  Yes, this colorful spud has a lot in common with that nattily dressed, bespectacled Super Hero. It is a Super Food if ever there was one, packed with powerful good stuff — Vitamin, A, carotenoids, fiber, Vitamin C, and even some calcium. It’s considered one […]

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