September 18, 2014

Chocolate Peppermint Birthday Cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cake

This is a short post today because I am still all blissed on my birthday week high. (As I’ve said before, I am not one to shy away from getting older!) Over the weekend I enjoyed my yearly tradition of baking my own birthday cake. My daughter served as my trusty sous chef while I baked up this delicious treat. It is rich chocolate cake frosted with chocolate peppermint glaze. In short, it is like an inside out peppermint patty, or like a soft thin mint cookie. Take your pick. In short, it is chocolate mint heaven. If you have a birthday coming up soon I highly recommend baking this up and serving everyone you love a thick slice!

September 17, 2014

Homemade Fig Newton Bars, Cheesecake Stuffed Apples & More

I am trying to get better about sharing a lot of my work from around the web. Here are a few things I’ve worked on this month!

Baked Cheesecake in an Apple

Baked Cheesecake-Stuffed Apples with Caramel + More Cheesecake Desserts on Babble.com

Homemade Fig Newton Bars

Copycat Recipe: Homemade Fig Newton Bars on Babble

Baked Apple Chips

Baked Apple Chips on Lifetime Moms

September 16, 2014

A Havarti Party with Lunchbox Ideas

Arla Havarti Party

Last weekend I invited friends over for a super fun house party to talk about Arla Dofino cheese and how it can be incorporated into healthy, everyday lunchbox food. I loved the opportunity to chat with my friends about this company I’m enjoying working with so much. I’ve developed a lot of great recipes with a variety of creamy, delicious Arla Dofino cheese, and this was the perfect chance to showcase how you can add Arla Dofino as an easy option to your lunchbox repertoire.

Apple Slice with Cheese
The cool part is that I’m not the only one getting in on the Havarti Party movement – there are 350 others hosting their own Havarti Party with Arla Dofino this weekend, using some of my recipes and sharing tips for packing healthier lunch options for their kids. Follow the party fun with #HavartiParty on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
September 11, 2014

Win Naturally Delicious Arla Dofino Cheese for a Semester!

Arla Back to School Sweeptakes

 This year, I started a fantastic partnership with Arla Dofino because I love the variety of Havarti, Gouda, Fontina and Edam cheese. The cheeses are naturally delicious and align perfectly with my mission of incorporating good food into my family’s life every single day. Back-to-school is one of the busiest times of year and Arla Dofino totally gets that. To make naturally delicious meal planning part of your new routine, add any wholesome Arla Dofino cheese to your shopping list and cook up some great food. Better yet, enter this sweepstakes for the chance to take home a semester’s worth of Arla Dofino cheeses – perfect for snacking or packing into school lunches! SIGN UP HERE
September 9, 2014

Green Bean & Radish Quinoa Salad

Green Bean Quinoa Salad

I am still getting used to quinoa. It is a not a food I grew up eating. In fact, I didn’t really try it until maybe five years ago. It wasn’t because I was purposely trying to avoid it, it was just so off the beaten path. And, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d have time to master it given that I was still on baby #1 and trying to get quick meals on table. Fast forward a few years and now I am braver and more intrigued. I like quinoa. It serves a great backdrop to lots of flavorful healthy foods and can be used in so many dishes. I still, however, look for recipes using quinoa for ideas on what to make. I am not a pro at whipping up amazing quinoa salads with no guidance whatsoever. So when I saw this recipe on Megan’s website I knew I had to try it. It was full of flavor and green vegetables and perfect for getting on the table in a jiffy.

September 8, 2014

A Night of a Thousand Cookies with Dorie Greenspan & OXO

Dorie with Cookies

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event to kick-off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at OXO in New York City. The evening featured the fantastically talented, and one of my most favorite food writers, Dorie Greenspan. She is working with OXO and Gretchen Witt to raise awareness for the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a charity I love and have written about before. So, basically this event combined three of my favorite things: Dorie + Cookies for Kids’ Cancer + OXO. It was a total win.

September 4, 2014

Naturally Delicious Back-to-School Pizza Pockets

Easy Pizza Pockets

Not only does back-to-school season necessitate lots of new lunchbox packing ideas, it also calls for easy, family-pleasing weeknight meal recipes. My family loves pizza in all shapes and sizes, so we took our love for pizza one step further this fall with these cool pizza pockets. I use fresh store-bought pizza dough from our local pizza parlor, lots of naturally delicious Arla Dofino cheese, pizza sauce and any other toppings we want to try.