Vegan Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread (Monkey Bread)

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  Woo! So excited for brunch this Sunday! Bring on the pancakes, pastries, omelets, and mimosas! Flowers are blooming and the weather's getting warmer, but I think my favorite part about Spring is that every other weekend is some new excuse to celebrate with Brunch! (Easter? Mom's Day?? Wedding Showers??). Mom - totally excited to celebrate your awesomeness on Mother's Day. But I'm kind of really excited to celebrate that all-you-can-eat brunch buffet too...   Andddd I know … [Read more...]

Spring Vegetable Frittata

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After the past few posts I bet you guys were starting to wonder if you were ever going to see another vegetable on the blog! French toast... doughnuts... crumb cake... umm...can you guess which end of the Easter buffet line I start on??   Luckily for my insulin levels -  the final recipe for my 3 month magazine series with McHenry County Magazine is a super yummy Spring Vegetable Frittata! I'm really excited to share this recipe with you all because I think its kind of a unique take … [Read more...]

Skinny Caramelized Banana French Toast

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So I have a secret to tell you today! A very serious secret. And its not where I hide my peanut butter m&ms. That follows me to the grave ladies and gents. Good try.   I am a baker by day.... lead guitarist by night. O ya!  Jimmy Page would have to shield his eyes if he ever came in the same room with me and my picking skills.   Unfortunately - my gifted talents seem to have been lost on my family. They aren't appreciating my mastering of "Mary had a little Lamb" as … [Read more...]

Skinny Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

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  Cinnamon. Crumb. Coffee Cake. ...French Toast Souffle...Sun dried tomato Goat Cheese Quiche....Banana Streusel Muffins...Mmm..mmm...what do these all have in common?? Besides sticking to the butts of even you super humans out there training for your spring half marathons... ?   Haha umm....actually - pretty much nothing you all care about. It's just everything I want to wolf down at Easter Brunch.   So in order to justify my brunch obsession I'm going to be … [Read more...]

DIY Whole Grain Holiday Pancake Mix

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  Wanna know how I like my breakfast ?   Mm...Pancakes. Warm Maple Syrup. Coffee... ...With a side of restaurant waiter and a big cup of 'I don't cook in the morning'.    I love breakfast! I just really (really) dislike making it myself. Or at least doing it at 7am. When I'm hungry and its hard enough trying to focus on straight eyeliner and matching socks. So what to do? How ever do I manage a 5 star brunch when my brain is functioning at the speed of my 2 year … [Read more...]

Ooey Gooey Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

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  So I know today is Labor Day and I should be posting something BBQ or summer party-ish... which is what I was totally planning on doing. I swear.   Until I made these cinnamon rolls on Friday.   And OMG. omgggggggg! Total when Harry Met Sally moment, these little buns are killer.   Just close your eyes a minute...can you smell the warm cinnamon rolls baking in your oven?? Taste the creamy sugary glaze and tender sweet dough...bursting with warm … [Read more...]

Best Blueberry Whole Grain Muffins

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                          So I was really going to title this post "The Cheater's Guide To Building a Raised Vegetable Bed".   Because I totally cheated.     I'm sorry Pioneer Woman. I googled. I found your amazing directions. Step by step... fool proof directions. I even made a list of all the supplies I would need and took them to Home Depot with the full … [Read more...]

Mom’s Day Recipe Round-Up

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So the game plan for today's post was supposed to be "Mail Order Mom's Day"... and no. Not like ordering a new mom. I was going to do baked goods that are 'mail-friendly' for those of us too far to visit mom on her big day or those of us doting children who forgot to buy mom a gift. So the point was to give all you procrastinators some easy  recipes to make and send to mom for Mom's day...only today is Friday. I'm just realizing that I totally just defeated the point of my post. Mom will not … [Read more...]

Glazed Cinnamon Sugar-Stuffed Scones

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Happy Earth Day everyone!! Flip on some Animal Planet! Recycle your Sunday papers! And...don't flush your toilet every time you go...unless.. you know,  you uh...then please do... Today is all about celebrating our beautiful planet and remembering to love her back as much as she loves us! I was googling around the other day and found this awesome little awareness project. Earthday.org/2012 is asking everyone to pledge an "Act of Green" for today - whether it be helping drive over your … [Read more...]

Arugula, Ricotta, and Fried Egg Toasts

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Introducing.... The incredible, edible egg! Today's post is all about swooning, drooling, and dreaming about the magic deliciousness of eggs. But before you go grab your skillet or soufflé recipe cards, please sit down boys and girls, we're going to learn a little first. Ok I know, I know, I know...my posts usually consist of at least one reference to the Kardashians or my weird obsession with pink jelly beans...but hear me out...just think of me as that cool teacher from high school that … [Read more...]

Challah French Toast with Maple-Apple Compote

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Hi guys! So I really over achieved on this one...I don't just have one yummy recipe for you today, I've got 2 Easter recipes for you! Count it...2. For the price of one! Sounds kind of like my all-inclusive buffet line in Mexico... Ok, so Easter is one of my favorite holidays because: #1 its all about chocolate. Chocolate bunnies... chocolate eggs...chocolate candy...chocolate hangover.... #2 You get to eat BRUNCH. I don't know about you guys but the most gourmet I get on a Saturday morning … [Read more...]

Skinny Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel

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OMY-goodness. We have had amazing weather in Chicago this week! And I don't just mean amazing for Chicago... aka as long as its not snowing/blizzarding/sleeting/etc....am I forgetting anything..?? It was almost 80 yesterday. I came home and immediately jumped into my bathing suit and laid out in the gorgeous sunshine and read a book. And its a very good thing that my backyard is in the woods because I may have blinded a few people with the sun's reflection off my very white body. In the … [Read more...]