Category Archives: food

Dairy-Free Meals for Breastfeeding Mamas

When Lawson was born, I tried to limit dairy for the first month since I had read a lot of babies are sensitive to dairy. Come to find out, Lawson can eat pretty much anything.

With Sybil, I started out the same by limiting dairy. I cut out milk, butter, yogurt and cheese. We quickly discovered Sybil had a more sensitive stomach. She struggled with painful reflux and gas and still does at seven months old. I never imagined I’d be limiting dairy for so long. (I say limiting rather than eliminating since dairy is in so many items. I try my best not to cook with dairy but realize there’s likely some in items I eat when out.)

I’ve found a few go to dairy free meals that have become mainstays in our weekly rotation. Here are my favorites:


Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs (served with spaghetti squash)



Korean Beef over Rice


Dairy Free Meals


Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad

Dairy Free Meals


Chinese Green Beans with Turkey

Dairy Free Meals



Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Dairy Free Meals



Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Dairy Free Meals


Slow Cooker Chicken (served with roasted carrots, broccoli and potatoes)

Dairy Free Meals


What’s your favorite dairy-free recipe? I’m always looking for something new!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Entertainer & Chef

Gift Ideas for the Hostess and Chef


Happy Thanksgiving Eve! The day before a holiday is almost as exciting as the holiday itself. Everyone is in a festive mood already. If you’re hitting the road or skies this weekend, travel safe.


one: how fun & festive are these cheers coasters? they’d make a great stocking stuffer too!

two: the le creuset dutch oven is a repeat pick on my gift guide for a good reason. if i had to choose only one item to have in my kitchen, this would be it. i use it more than any other gadget or cookware item. and in this french gray? be still my grey heart.

three: we eat a lot of avocados in this house. anyone else think getting the core out can be a slippery and dangerous mess? enter the 3-in-1 avocado slicer. it makes splitting, pitting and slicing avocados a breeze.

four: i never used to be a huge fan of breakfast, but somewhere in my 30’s i hopped on board. there are days i have breakfast for every meal. on those days, i need the breakfast cookbook to ensure i’m not eating cereal for every meal.

five: for the cutting edge wine aficionado, the coravin model two would be a great gift. you can drink a glass of wine from any bottle without uncorking it. crazy huh?!

six: pair this cheers decor with the coasters and a bottle of champagne to make a cute hostess gift!

seven: can a serving tray be beautiful? i think this copper handled tray is. i picture it displayed on a bar cart…

eight: the tiny tim cocktail mix tastes like christmas in a bottle. a mix of herbs and all-natural juices, just add some rum for a tasty treat. here in phoenix, you can find them at urbAna too. i’ve already picked up a few of these for holiday gifts.

nine: moscow mules are my favorite summer drink and it goes without saying they must be served in a copper mug.

ten: i’ve loved the anthropologie latte bowls for years and finally added them to my wish list. this set of 6 comes in 4 colors.


check out my other gift guides for more ideas for your girl’s night gals ($50 and under), the kids, the adventurer, and the bookworm & music lover

Spring Cuisine Inspiration

What to Eat this Spring


As we move into spring, I’m craving fresh everything. I’ve taken to Pinterest, my favorite place to find recipes, for inspiration. From fresh fruit muffins to salads, I’m ready to eat healthy and get ready for swimsuit season.

  1. Kale Pasta Salad
  2. Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes
  3. Spring Quinoa Salad
  4. Fresh Strawberry Mousse Cake
  5. Salmon with Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  6. Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad
  7. Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad
  8. Blueberry Chicken Chopped Salad
  9. Fresh Strawberry Muffins


Follow my eat & drink board on Pinterest for more healthy spring recipes. If you’re on Pinterest, leave your name in the comments so I can follow you too!

Mint Chocolate Brownies


Mint Chocolate Brownies

I don’t share too many recipes, because let’s face it, creating in the kitchen isn’t my strength. With St. Patrick’s Day a couple of weeks ago and Easter coming up this weekend, I was reminded of these mint chocolate brownies my Mom used to make. While they don’t scream healthy, they are delicious! And the mint hue makes them perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or Easter!


Mint Chocolate Brownies

First Layer
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
16 oz. chocolate syrup

Heat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 9×13 greased and floured pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Second Layer
2 c. powered sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 tsp. milk
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Green food coloring

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Spread over cold brownies.

Third Layer
6 oz. chocolate chips
1/4 c. butter

Melt chocolate chips and butter together on stovetop. Spread on top and refrigerate for 15 minutes.


Mint Chocolate Brownies